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Ten Tiny Things

Written by Meg McKinlay and illustrated by Kyle Hughes-Odgers


Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. Every day it carries them from here to there and back again in cool calm comfort. But one morning, the machine breaks down. Tessa and Zachary are forced to venture into the world beyond its metal walls – a place of secret somethings and hidden happenings. Getting from here to there may never be the same …

‘The illustrations make this book irresistible.’ Herald Sun

‘I love everything about this book, the theme, the alliterative and well-sculptured language, and the colour scheme used in the illustrations as well as the innovative illustrative style.’ Magpies

‘What really grabbed me about this book is the art style, I have never seen anything like this before.’ ABC Regional Radio

‘The children’s journey from insulated car dwellers to open-hearted explorers of the world around them is rendered with sympathy and insight. Very highly recommended for ages 3 to 8 years.’ Child Magazines

‘Recommended for children aged five and up, Ten Tiny Things will certainly be treasured by younger readers.’ Books+Publishing

’McKinlay’s alliterative, rhythmic text is a pleasure to read aloud and artist Hughes-Odgers’ enigmatic, acrylic on-board paintings in subdued tones resonate with and enhance the story.’ The West Australian

Ten Tiny Things is a children’s book, but its appeal spans all age groups.’

‘I loved everything about this book and just read it at a story time session for under 5s. They loved it.’ Weekend Courier

‘Recommended.’ Reading Time

‘Succinct sentences, alliteration, and rhythm give McKinlay’s story a folk-tale feel, and this is mirrored in Kyle Hughes-Odgers’s distinctive illustrations.’ Australian Book Review


SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (Winner 2013)
The Wilderness Society's Environment Award (Short List 2013)

ISBN 9781921888946 (Hardback)
9781760990596 (Paperback)
Formats Picture Book (230 x 238mm) (Hardback)
Picture Book (230 x 238mm) (Paperback)
Categories Children's Books 2021
Award Winning
Affordable paperbacks
Children's Picture Books
Pages 36
Publication Year 2012
Edition 1st
Publisher Fremantle Press
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    Kyle Hughes-Odgers

    Kyle Hughes-Odgers is an Australian artist. He has held exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally in New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and Berlin. Kyle has also been involved in large-scale public art projects internationally (New York City, Washington DC, Los Angeles, London, Sheffield, Hong Kong, Singapore, Madrid, Berlin, Cambodia) and at home in Australia, including From Above, a giant 6 m x 80 m exterior painting for the Perth International Airport. Read more

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    Meg McKinlay

    Meg McKinlay is a children’s writer and poet whose work ranges from picture books through to young adult fiction. Her publications include the Prime Minister's Literary Award-winning A Single Stone, and CBCA-shortlisted No Bears and Duck for a Day, among many others. Meg grew up in central Victoria, and spent her childhood roaming through the bush, striking it rich at least once a week on a vein of fool’s gold. Raised in a TV-free household, she was a bookish kid, in love with words, excited by dictionaries and spelling bees. These days she lives near the ocean in Fremantle and spends her days writing, reading and rambling. She is always busy cooking up more books. Read more