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The Building Boy

The Building Boy


Ages: 3-8
Illustrated by David Litchfield
Published by: Faber & Faber UK, September 2016 / Faber & Faber USA, December 2017
ISBN: 978-0571314102

The Times Children’s Book of the Week
Nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Award 2018

The boy’s work was done.
He looked into the eyes he’d built and said, “Grandma, wake up.”
All at once the stars leapt closer.
Grandma grabbed the boy, raising him high above the roof tiles on her head.
She was alive!

The boy’s grandma was a famous architect. Her garden is still full of old building materials. When she dies, the boy builds a giant structure from the bricks and girders he finds.

And then … Grandma comes to life! But where is she taking him? 

An epic adventure about life, death, and finding your place in the world.

“Brilliantly inventive… quirky and life-affirming, with a sense of the surreal.”
The Bookseller

“Beautiful and deceptively simple…[a] sensitive and haunting tale.”    Booktrust

“‘The Building Boy’ is a picture book with such emotional depth and stunning illustrations that it literally made my heart sing. A masterpiece of a picture book which deserves to be treasured and shared.”   BookLoverJo

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