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Illustrated by Daniel Howarth

Longtail is faster and cleverer than Littletail -
but that won't be forever. And at the end of a busy day, as they curl up in their nest, Longtail reminds Littletail of one thing that will stay the same - always and forever ...

"This is one of those standouts where text and illustrations are in perfect unison ... has the potential to begin a loving tradition in any young family.”

KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Wonderful for bedtimes and storytimes, this is a simple, heartwarming tale of companionship and a parent's unconditional love.”

Linda Stakus, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

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UK Hardcover • ISBN-10: 1862336210 • ISBN-13: 9781862336216

UK Paperback • ISBN-10: 1862337071 • ISBN-13: 978-1862337077

UK Boad Book • ISBN-10: 186233787X • ISBN-13: 978-1862337879

 

US Hardcover • ISBN-10: 0439916542 • ISBN-13: 9780439916547

US Boad Book • ISBN-10: 0545209587 • ISBN-13: 978-0545209588

 


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As is often the case with my books, the story for this book was inspired by the title, which was originally just “Always and Forever”.  The phrase cropped up in a conversation with my children1 and it struck me as a very appealing and evocative title for a picture book.  When I looked it up on Amazon (something I routinely do with ideas for book titles) I was surprised to find that, at that time2, it had not been used for a picture book, so I thought that I should write one.

The story was originally about two squirrels, Bigbrush and Littlebrush, playing in a tree.  The structure of the story was similar to the published version, only with different activities such as nut-cracking and piggy-backing.  However there was something unsatisfactory about this early version and it was turned down by all of the publishers that I showed it to.

So I put the story to one side, but kept coming back to tinker with it every six months or so until eventually I realized that the problem was that the child never got the better of the parent in any of the activities, which was very unsatisfactory, particularly from a child’s point of view.


Daniel's early sample illustration of Longtail and Littletail.

So I wrote another draft, changing the characters from squirrels to mice and changing the activities to three games. Littletail’s size allows her to be the best at the last game, follow the leader, demonstrating that childhood has it’s advantages and making up for Littletail’s disappointment at being only second-best in the earlier games.  This, and some improvements to the rhythm of the words, seemed to give the story a far more satisfying feel.

This new version of the story was taken by Sophie Winter-Cole at Gullane, who suggested Daniel Howarth to illustrate the book.  Sophie sent me a small sample illustration that Daniel had done of Longtail and Littletail (shown opposite), which was so full of character and warmth that it was obvious that he was the perfect choice.  I think Daniel’s finished illustrations are beautiful and I’m particularly impressed with the way that he incorporates intricate natural details like insects and flowers.

1: I was trying to explain the difference between the two words.

2: Later that year, another picture book with the title “Always and Forever” was published, which is one of the reasons that the title of this book was subsequently changed.

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Father and daughter mice beautifully illustrate the special bond between parent and child in Emmett's latest. Littletail and Longtail spend the day in the forest playing games: chase, hide-and-seek and follow the leader. Although Littletail is good at these games, Longtail is always better. But Longtail reassures her that he won't always be better-someday she will be faster, cleverer and just as big as he is. But one thing will always be the same, no matter what: "I love you always and forever."
This is one of those standouts where text and illustrations are in perfect unison. Howarth's huge mice take center-stage, giving readers a mouse's perspective and highlighting his masterful portrayal of facial expressions. He achieves the ideal balance between cuteness and realistic detail. Like others in this style, this has the potential to begin a loving tradition in any young family.

KIRKUS REVIEWS

 This is such a charming tale of Littletail and Longtail, unusual in that it is a story of a daughter and her father, instead of a child and mother. Littletail is full of frolic as she scampers through the day. Longtail, the constant, loving father, is with her all the time. The concept of the quickness with which children grow, equalling or surpassing their parent in strength and size, is too true, but adulthood will never come soon enough in a child's eyes. Littletail is clever, but Longtail is cleverer; she is fast, but he is faster; he is small, but she is smaller and able to squeeze between the roots of an old tree where he is not, providing the only reversal of the pattern. The only thing unwavering is his love for her "…that will be forever." Howarth's illustrations are as delightful as they come. Detailed, friendly expressions as well as soft, soothing surroundings create a comfortable story to snuggle with. It is sure to be a favorite at bedtime, naptime or any kind of snuggle time!

CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

Large, realistic illustrations filled with wildflowers and berries provide a soothing backdrop to the mice romping in the woods. Wonderful for bedtimes and storytimes, this is a simple, heartwarming tale of companionship and a parent's unconditional love.

Linda Staskus, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Short and sweet, this tender tale reinforces a daddy’s endless love for his daughter. Little girls and their daddies will read this bedtime book over and over. A Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day, anyday book for the littlest mice and their keepers.

Lisa Rojany Buccieri, NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

This tender story, embellished with even sweeter paintings by Daniel Howarth, is the perfect bedtime read.

Krys Stefansky, THE ROANOKE TIMES

Jonathan Emmett writes a story that skillfully and poetically develops the world of loving play from a child's perspective ... The watercolor illustrations by Daniel Howarth build on the tone that Emmett creates ... so rich that they almost smell like the damp forest, he helps create this story that is fun, insightful, and sensitive.

Patricia Tauzer, COMMON SENSE



Language
Title
Translator
Publisher
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China
一直爱你,永远爱你
暖房子
New Star Press
9787513303019
Hardcover
Dutch
Voor eeuwig en altijd
 
Parragon
9781781864227
 
 
Finland
Finnish
Rakastan sinua aina
Raija Viitanen
Mäkelä
9789518826654
Olet rakas aina ja ikuisesti
Heli Venhola
Kirjalito
 
Board Book
9789512850266
German
Ich Hab Dich lieb:
Für immer und ewig
 
Parragon
9781445427300
Hardcover
Finland
Hebrew
אוהב אותך תמיד ולנצח
אירית ארב
Ma'ariv
Finland
Russian
Люблю тебя всегда и навсегда
Нешко С. И.
Mikko
Paperback
9786175880173
Finland
Taiwanese
我永遠永遠愛你
Shang-Ren Publishing Co.