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Much Too Busy

Published by Crocodile Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster



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About The Book

A witty and exquisitely illustrated new picture book about appreciating the little things in life from the award-winning illustrator and creator of Mini Rabbit, John Bond.

Pigeon is extremely busy doing important things. He has no time to stop, and he definitely doesn't have time to get lost. Luckily Mouse is on hand to help. Mouse is not busy at all. Mouse has all the time in the world to admire and appreciate the world around him. As this unlikely duo pair up to help Pigeon find his way home, Mouse wonders if Pigeon might be persuaded to stop and look at the world around him too . . .

A warm, witty and mindful tale of how the little things are sometimes the big things in life.

About The Author

John Bond studied at Kingston University and worked for seven years at an award-winning creative agency before becoming a full-time artist and designer. He is married and has two young children.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Crocodile Books (October 31, 2023)
  • Length: 32 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781623717223
  • Ages: 4 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

“Slow and steady won’t win any races in this sweet story, but it will help you value the walk along the way … Don’t let the pigeon miss the forest for the trees … Vibrant art and hilarious body language keep eyes moving across every eclectic page. Meanwhile, elegant, even innovative, page designs parcel the action out in the same way that panels would in a comic. Don’t be surprised, though, if the lesson to be imparted in this tale is aimed less at kids than at their time-constrained caregivers. (Picture book. 3-6)”

“There are picture books that exist simply to entertain children, and there are those that exist to melt the hearts of adults reading them. Much Too Busy does both beautifully. Immediately, it thrusts readers into a bright, expressive world full of tall buildings and bustling streets that seem crafted from translucent tissue paper cut-outs in jewel tones. Any kid would go gaga over the quirky bystanders and their wacky background shenanigans. It’s made better when the deliciously grumpy protagonist Pigeon shows up, who is so busy he gets lost … This is a charming read for preschooler story hours, for classroom lessons on mindfulness, for encouraging almost anyone to revel in natural curiosity; an incessant push of toward an agenda isn’t actually always important in the long run.”

– — School Library Journal

“Bond’s comical, textured illustrations feature a scowling, blue-feathered grump and a wide-eyed, expressive-eared, Frederick-esque optimist. The colorful details are eye-catching and fanciful; it’s easy to see why Mouse gets distracted—and why Pigeon sees the light.”

– — Horn Book Review

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