One of a Kind

A Story About Sorting and Classifying

Illustrator: Neil Packer

Binding: Hardcover

Imprint: Walker Studio

Age 7+

People & Places Children's & Young Adult: General Non-Fiction


A witty, magnificently produced exploration of the idea of "sorting" and categories, from the bestselling illustrator of The Silk Roads and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

The animal kingdom, modes of transport, musical instruments, art and architectural movements, cloud classification … anything and everything can be sorted into groups!

Framed by a charming narrative about a father and son, this is a book about categories; on a journey into town, a boy called Arvo explores the many ways in which we classify the world around us, to charming – and often amusing – effect.

One of a Kind marks Neil Packer’s debut as an author-illustrator, following his extraordinary artwork for The Silk Roads and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, together with Jim Kay. With a charming text and breath-taking artwork, this is a book which deserves its title: a true original by a huge talent.

"A magnificent book that is as captivating and witty as it is beautifully illustrated. I loved it." – Peter Frankopan, bestselling author of The Silk Roads

"Beautifully communicates fascinating information... A book to lose yourself in." - Lauren Child, former Children's Laureate

"One of the best illustrated works this year... Really, really beautiful - and very original." - Jim Kay, Kate Greenaway Medal-winning artist of A Monster Calls

"A great achievement." – Alexis Deacon, award-winning author, artist and graphic novelist

"Wonderful." – Gillian Cross, Carnegie Medal-winning author of The Demon Headmaster


Neil Packer's work for children includes award-winning illustrations for Gillian Cross' retellings of the Odyssey and the Iliad, and artwork for high-profile gift editions of The Silk Roads and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. He made his authorial début with One of a Kind, which went on to win the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Prize for Non-Fiction, the Cento Prize and the Premio Andersen. Visit Neil at his website:


BolognaRagazzi Award
V&A Illustration Awards
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