FREE Shipping

Small in the City

Small in the City

RRP: £99
Price: £9.9
£9.9 FREE Shipping

In stock

We accept the following payment methods


A child braves strange streets in search of a mysterious someone in this gorgeous story about love and loss.”— People Magazine What is the most significant change you have seen within your work as your career has progressed? Did it surprise you? Now in its third year, this award has evolved out of CILIP’s Diversity Review, which identified opportunities to empower and celebrate the young people involved in the Medals through the shadowing scheme. Set in an urban setting with street cars and a maze of lights, streets and sounds, this picture book skillfully captures the confusion of the city. As the child moves through the space with confidence, readers will learn more about both the kid and their city along the way. Readers at first may think that the child is homeless or running away. It takes a little while for their lost pet to be revealed to the reader. Small in the City’ is the best picture book I’ve seen so far this year, and among the most moving I know. For the right child it will be revelatory.”— The New York Times Book Review

Each year thousands of reading groups in schools and libraries in the UK and overseas get involved in the Awards, with children and young people ‘shadowing’ the judging process. They read, discuss and review the books on the shortlists, get involved in reading related activity in groups and vote for their favourite books to win the Shadowers’ Choice Awards. Asia has problems with walkability and containing a city once it’s got going. I love the scruffy, arty, foody southern Taiwanese city of Tainan. Then I looked up the population: 857,000. You can’t have a small city that has as many people as Fiji. The atmosphere will draw listeners in immediately . . . “ — The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, Starred Review


Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don't see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there's too much stuff in it. But if you know where to find good hiding places, warm dryer vents that blow out hot steam that smells like summer, music to listen to or friends to say hi to, there can be comfort in the city, too. Smith’s art has been award winning, but here he becomes author as well as illustrator. He does both titles proud in this stirring piece.”— Booklist, Starred Review

YLG has 12 regional committees covering all of the UK and each committee advertises and democratically recruits a judge to represent them on the panel of judges. Each judge serves a two-year term and each year the panel is a unique mix of new and experienced judges led by the Chair of Judges. Following the independent diversity review of the Awards, CILIP introduced a co-opting procedure so that if this recruitment process does not result in a sufficiently diverse and representative judging panel, up to two judges will be co-opted to join the panel. We first see the child on a city bus. Departing the bus, the child walks through streets, hanging “Lost Cat” posters, and sharing recommendations as to where the missing cat should and shouldn’t go: There are dogs and dark alleys to avoid; a dryer vent under which a nap might be taken; a shop run by fishmongers who “would probably give you a fish if you asked.” I read the book again to see if it had been obvious all along and I just hadn’t been paying attention. The river Ljubljanica passes beneath Ljubljana’s castle (Alamy) 3. Ljubljana, Slovenia (pop 285,000) Discover Malaga Tours Pisa’s famous tower leans over the cathedral (Getty Images) 7. Pisa, Italy (pop 99,000)Being small can be overwhelming in a city. People don’t see you. The loud sounds of the sirens and cyclists can be scary. And the streets are so busy it can make your brain feel like there’s too much stuff in it. We follow our little protagonist, who knows all about what it’s like to be small in the city, as he gives his best advice for surviving there. Setting descriptions, poems, diary entries, dialogue, letters of advice, lost posters Main Outcome:

Sidewalk Flowers was about discovering beauty in the busy city and sharing it. I worked on that book when I first moved to Toronto. Town is by the Sea is about struggle, family, and legacy. My first child, my son, was born while I was working on that book. It helped me process the significance of the moment. Now it’s Small in the City. It’s about navigating the nonstop urban life while also walking the path of grief after losing a loved one. Sheila Barry, my friend and editor, passed away as I was developing this book. Through this character I am able to project and process my own emotion after losing someone that important to me. CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal: Small in the City illustrated and written by Sydney Smith (Walker Books)

Follow us

That’s what this book is really about. It’s an examination of autonomy, it’s this idea that every child has a different journey and it’s all about the fact that despite those journeys we are all interconnected. One people. One race. Having similar experiences and yet different experience altogether.” CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner Jason Reynolds. Photo credit: Adedayo ‘Dayo’ Kosoko This is a three-week Writing Root for Small in the City by Sydney Smith. The sequence of learning begins with children getting in role as country and city cats. They will debate which is better for cats to live in, the countryside or the city. Then go on to develop their descriptive writing, using the gorgeous urban illustrations by Sydney Smith which will culminate in them writing and performing a poem. Children will continue to make inferences and predictions about the story, writing a letter of advice to the main character and a diary entry in role before discussing the final twist in the story. Children will finish by retelling the events in the narrative but from an alternative point of view. This will be their extended outcome which they will edit and publish. Synopsis of Text: If this picture book and his 2017 Kate Greenaway Medal winning collaboration ‘Town Is by the Sea’ written by Joanne Schwartz is anything to go by Sydney Smith is on his way to great significance. When you are small in the city you can still have the biggest heart of all. Author and illustrator Sydney Smith wins second Kate Greenaway Medal for Small in the City (Walker Books) I have a soft spot for Ito, once a weekend escape for the Tokyo smart set of the 1920s. It’s also where William Adams, the hero of James Clavell’s Shogun and Giles Milton’s Samurai William, had his shipyard and estate.

  • Fruugo ID: 258392218-563234582
  • EAN: 764486781913
  • Sold by: Fruugo

Delivery & Returns


Address: UK
All products: Visit Fruugo Shop