Harper Collins

Sweep

£6.95
An uplifting story about confronting big emotions from the author of The Night Box, stunningly illustrated by Julia Sarda. Ed's bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town.

Can Ed sweep his troubles away? A wonderful bedtime story for children aged 3 years and up, perfect for helping children learn to recognise and deal with big emotions.

Our review: While this is a perfectly autumnal-looking book, with all those autumn leaves and the copper pressed cover, it actually isn’t about autumn at all. It’s all about a boy called Ed being swept up in his bad mood and all the negative emotions. He stops noticing the positive things and his bad mood affects everyone and everything around him. It all gets very out of hand before Ed begins to realise that this isn’t doing him any good. Suddenly a big wind whips all the bad feelings away and the world is brighter again; he can see beauty all around him and everyone is happy. In the future, it makes him think about whether the bad moods are really worth it. A great book for children that struggle with big emotions, and for us adults that sometimes fail to notice the positives when we’re having a particularly bad day.

NOMINATED FOR THE KATE GREENAWAY MEDAL 2019

Louise Greig is an award-winning poet and a children's picture book author with a unique, lyrical voice. Her childhood was filled with animals, the poems of Robert Louis Stevenson and picture books by iconic children's writers such as Margaret Wise Brown, Charlotte Zolotow, Ruth Krauss, Maurice Sendak, Astrid Lindgren and Tove Jansson.

Her debut picture book for Egmont, The Night Box, has been translated into 10 languages and has been nominated for the 2018 Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Association of Illustrators Awards (AOI) and the Teach Primary Book Awards. Louise lives in Aberdeen and when not writing is a director of a dog rescue and re-homing organisation. The wild solitude of Scotland and the beauty of nature remain strong influences in her life.

Julia Sarda is an illustrator from Barcelona. After her studies, Julia started working as colorist in a studio which made the editorial merchandising for Disney/Pixar and then moved on to freelancing two years later. Ranging from concept art for video games, to children's illustration, Julia has had the chance to illustrate some everlasting classics such as: Alice in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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