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Small in the City

Sydney Smith Sydney Smith



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Walker Books
01 September 2019
Children's & Educational; Picture storybooks
I know what it's like to be small in the city...

Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don't see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there's too much stuff in it. But if you know where to find good hiding places, warm dryer vents that blow out hot steam that smells like summer, music to listen to or friends to say hi to, there can be comfort in the city, too.

We follow our little protagonist, who knows all about what its like to be small in the city, as he gives his best advice for surviving there. As we turn the pages, Sydney Smith's masterful storytelling allows us to glimpse exactly who this advice is for, leading us to a powerful, heart-rending realization...
By:   Sydney Smith
Illustrated by:   Sydney Smith
Imprint:   Walker Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 325mm,  Width: 208mm,  Spine: 12mm
Weight:   330g
ISBN:   9781406388404
ISBN 10:   1406388408
Pages:   40
Publication Date:   01 September 2019
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  0-5 years
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sydney Smith has illustrated multiple children's books, including Town is by the Sea, the winner of the 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal, The White Cat and the Monk, written by Jo Ellen Bogart, and the acclaimed Footpath Flowers, which was a New York Times Children's Book of the Year and a winner of the Governor General Award for Illustration. Born in Nova Scotia in Canada, Sydney now lives in Toronto with his wife and son. Find him online at and on Twitter and Instagram as @sydneydraws.

Reviews for Small in the City

Looking for something a little different for an imaginative child who likes art? Look no further! * The Irish Independent, Children's Books of the Year * A stunning piece of work; thank you Sydney Smith. * The School Librarian * As with all the best picture books, the real story begins on the final page. * The Times, Best Books of the Year 2019 * It's a masterpiece of thick, blurry lines and drifting snow, framing a child's solitary yet celebratory experience of urban life. * BookTrust *

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