Hom is the last of his kind. I don’t know what kind of creature he is, and nobody knows he exists... apart from me.
When a boy washes up on a desert island after a shipwreck, he is sure he’s all alone in the world. But he soon discovers there’s someone else living there: Hom, a peace-loving creature who has lost his family, too. Alone on the island together, they learn from each other and become the best of friends. So when a rescue ship appears on the horizon, the boy has a big decision to make...
Jeanne Willis is an award-winning children's author and scriptwriter. She had her first picture book published by Andersen at the age of 21, and has won the Silver Medal Smarties Prize (Tadpole's Promise), the Nasen Special Needs Award (Susan Laughs), the Sheffield Children's Book Award (Who’s in The Loo) and the Red House Children's Book Award (Bottoms Up). Jeanne has also worked on scripts for TV, including Polly Pocket and The Slow Norris, and a pilot TV series for Dr Xargle.
Paddy Donnelly is an Irish illustrator who now lives in Belgium. With over 14 years experience as an illustrator and designer, Paddy now gets to make a living drawing dinosaurs and his 5 year old self is very happy about this. Coming from a graphic design background, Paddy works in various illustration styles, and also creates kids apps.
Jeanne Willis is one of our funniest writers for children, but she can do poignancy and tenderness with equal skill… Illustrator Paddy Donnelly creates a wonderfully lush and vibrant desert island, and his characters are equally warm and alive
Jeanne Willis is a writer who can assume different voices like wearing different hats… The theme of how society treats outsiders that loom different and come from different places will resonate… A lovely story for reading with children from 3 upwards. There is plenty of scope for book-based projects in infant classes and potentially the themes can be explored with children in the lower junior classes too
Hom will stay with you long after reading his wonderful story… This book has children hooked but is also a very deep book with lots of extremely important messages about the way society treats outsiders
Nourished by Books
A gorgeously thoughtful tale of high adventure that will find a place in many hearts, Hom creates a whole new world of fun and reflection
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