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The Big Blue Thing on the Hill by [Yuval Zommer]

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When a mysterious "big blue thing" appears, forest animals are baffled and afraid, so they try to make it leave.Readers (or their parents) will know that the "thing" is a VW bus, but the animals don't. Nevertheless, they sense that it poses danger. After much speculation about what it might be (an elephant? a dinosaur? a thing?), the wolves suggest frightening it away. They howl at it in the night, all to no avail. The bears are equally unsuccessful in spooking it with growls, and the wild boars' huffs, puffs, pushes and shoves can't budge it either. The smaller creatures (foxes, badgers and weasels) then try to dig around it and bury it-only to have it make a noise. This frightens everyone, and they run to seek the counsel of the Wise Owls, who suggest that the very smallest of creatures form a "BIG BUG FLYING SQUAD" with "a snake or two...for good measure" to swarm the big blue thing. Lo and behold, the plan works, and the animals can enjoy their pristine wilderness in peace-until another visitor arrives to deliver a space-age punch line. While the story never explains why the thing is unquestionably a threat, it revels in its telling, and detailed, playful, digital art succeeds in heightening humor. One thing's for sure: This will be a big hit. (Picture book. 3-7) ― Kirkus Reviews Published On: 2014-10-22

Zommer makes a rousing debut with a story about forest creatures faced with a menacing adversary. "It's a meteorite!" cry the bears. "It's a spaceship!" shout the wolves. Spoiler: it's a VW microbus, and it stops right at the top of Howling Hill, the very spot where boars, badgers, bears, and foxes practice making terrifying noises at night. Several plans to defeat the so-called Big Blue Thing fail ("They huffed and puffed as they pushed and shoved with all their might") until the Wisest Old Owl instructs the animals to organize the local insects into a Big Bug Flying Squad, whose swarms achieve in short order what howling and growing could not. Zommer's digital artwork retains a cozy, painterly sense as he gives the boars splotchy coats, the insects delicate wings, and the microbus dainty white curtains (its human inhabitants never emerge). Best of all are his hilarious predators, whose cross-eyed stares, sheepish expressions, and toothy grins make them instantly loveable. Children will delight in the creatures' dogged efforts to reclaim their home, and they'll appreciate the bonus ending-after-the-ending, too. Ages 3-7. ― DL Reviews Published On: 2014-11-10

The residents of a peaceful and sleepy forest near Howling Hill are puzzled to discover a Big Blue Thing has appeared in the middle of the night. What could it be, and how can they get rid of it? In this hilarious tale the animals try all manner of mad-cap schemes to make the Big Blue Thing move on, but what IS this mysterious creature? A very clever story, beautifully illustrated. -- WRD ― WRD Books Published On: 2013-05-01

What is the blue monster on the hill, wonder all the animals. They all agree it has no place on their beautiful and peaceful hill so in turn the foxes, wolves, warthogs and even the bears try to scare it away, all to no avail. But then wise owl suggests sending the smallest creatures in - success! This is just brilliant to read aloud, with all the wonderful sounds and language for children to share. The delicate illustrations perfectly capture the beauty of nature in wondrous variety and superb attention to detail - each is a work of art in its own right. A beautiful book to treasure and enjoy over and over again. ― Parentsintouch.co.uk --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Yuval Zommer graduated from London's Royal College of Art and went on to pursue a career as creative director for some of the UK's top advertising agencies.
His debut picture book, The Big Blue Thing on the Hill, published by Templar in 2014, was nominated for the 'Heart of Hawick' Children's Book Award 2015, in the best new picture book category, as well as for the 'Read It Again!' Cambridgeshire Children's Book Award 2015, for best debut by author/illustrator.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B074NNCCKP
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Templar Publishing (10 August 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 42747 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Not enabled
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  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 17 pages
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Yuval Zommer graduated from London’s Royal College of Art with an MA in Illustration.

He has worked as a creative director at many leading advertising agencies.

His passion for picture books has now won, and he is the author/illustrator of highly acclaimed children’s books. Yuval lives and works in an old house in Notting Hill where he overlooks a small garden which is visited by urban foxes, squirrels, birds and many insects, some of which later find their way into his stories. His other favourite places are The Natural History Museum and the Zoo.

'The Big Blue Thing on the Hill' (Templar 2014) was Yuval's debut picture book,

followed by 'One Hundred Bones' (Templar 2015) and he is currently working on a sequel.

Yuval has been nominated for the ‘Read it Again’ Cambridgeshire Children’s Book Award 2015

and the Teach Primary New Book Award 2015 as well as winning the 'Heart of Hawick' New Book Award 2015.

His eagerly awaited non-fiction large format title 'THE BIG BOOK OF BUGS' (Thames and Hudson) will be published in seven languages in March 2016.