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When Pip and Blossom discover the leaves are falling off their beloved tree, they can't believe their eyes.
The tree is in TROUBLE!
Luckily, Mum can explain and Pip and Blossom learn what happens when autumn comes.

"Deliciously descriptive and wonderfully worded with sensational sounds."

Bianca Schulze, THE CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW

Emmett has written this in a voice that should be read aloud. His prose has depth, humor and a nice cadence ... A great combination of author and illustrator, this autumnal title will have you falling for it immediately.

Tasha Saecker, KIDS LIT

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UK Hardcover • ISBN-10: 1904442994 • ISBN-13: 978-1904442998

UK Paperback• ISBN-10: 1906427232 • ISBN-13: 978-1906427238

US Hardcover• ISBN-10: 0545160707 • ISBN-13: 978-0545160704

US Paperback• ISBN-10: 1906427232 • ISBN-13: 978-1906427238

US Paperback & CD • ASIN: B002NC315

 

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Illustrations © 2009 Caroline Jayne Church. Reproduced by permission of Chicken House.


Leaf Trouble started life as a fourth Mole and Friends story called A Pawful of Sunset, but although I was very pleased with it, Mole’s publishers didn’t think it suited the series, so The Best Gift of All became the fourth book instead.

However I was reluctant to discard what I felt was a good plot, so I set about adapting it for a different cast of characters. This is not the first time I’ve done this and What Friends Do Best also started life as a Mole story.

Adapting a story like this is not simply a case of changing the names of the characters. If the original story was for an established series, it will have been written to fit the established characters. When I’m adapting the story, I try to start afresh and make the characters fit the story, rather than the other way around. In this case, I decided the story would work better with a smaller cast of characters, one of whom should be older and more experienced than the others. I picked a family of squirrels as they could be living in the tree, which would give them an obvious attachment to it.

The new version of the story was picked up by Elinor Bagenal at Chicken House. Elinor was the first editor I ever worked with, on a pop-up book called Scraposaurus Wrecks. Although that book was never published, the experience gave me the confidence to continue working on children’s books and this was in no small part due to Elinor’s encouragement, so it was a pleasure to be working with her again.

Elinor proposed Caroline Jayne Church to illustrate the book. Caroline had previously illustrated my pop-up books A Mouse inside the Marmalade and A Turtle in the Toilet. She uses a mix of paper collage and paint to create her illustrations and for this book she decided to add an extra dimension by modelling the illustrations in 3D. Leaf Trouble is not an easy story to illustrate; it’s set in a single location, with a cast of almost identical characters whose colouring matches their autumnal setting, so I think Caroline has done a terrific job!

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Leaf Trouble is deliciously descriptive and wonderfully worded with sensational sounds. It offers up a simple explanation of why the leaves fall and when they will come back. When Pip the squirrel awakens one morning to discover that the leaves on the tree are no longer green and are steadily falling to the ground, he and his sister decide they will try to put all of the leaves back on the tree. The richly-colored collage illustrations, which were created dimensionally using inks and an array of patterns and textures, offer a delightfully warm tone to this charming story that will leave readers glowing inside. A beautiful story!

Bianca Schulze, THE CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW

Through the eyes of a charming little squirrel, Jonathan Emmett shows young children that change can be a good thing ... Emmett’s story is beautifully complimented by Caroline Jayne Church’s warm multimedia illustrations, which have a unique three-dimensional component.

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS CHILDREN'S BOOK REVIEW

Emmett has written this in a voice that should be read aloud. His prose has depth, humor and a nice cadence ... Church’s illustrations are perfect for the seasonal tone of the book ... A great combination of author and illustrator, this autumnal title will have you falling for it immediately.

Tasha Saecker, KIDS LIT

 

In Leaf Trouble, children can experience autumn from a young squirrel's point of view. The beautiful illustrations will enchant young and old readers alike.

Suzanna E. Henshon, CHILDREN'S LITERATURE

If your young readers like watching the squirrels gathering acorns, then they will enjoy Pip Squirrel's story in Leaf Trouble ... Amazing art by illustrator Caroline Jayne Church increases the appeal of this fall selection.

Monica and Kilby Young, WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL

The beautiful leaves set the perfect seasonal tone and the text is clear and inviting to readers. Emmett’s presents the changing of seasons in a way young readers can understand and makes this an excellent choice to share with your curious child.

Andrea Dochney, THE OAKLAND JOURNAL

The artwork here is brilliant ... A genuinely charming and informative book for the younger readers to explain, in their language, this wonderful miracle of nature.

Frank Hodge, HODGE-PODGE BOOKS



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French (Canadian)
Feuilles en folie
Hélène Rioux
Les Éditions Scholastic
9781443103169
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עץ בצרה
אירית ארב
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9789655177718
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