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Simon Mole
Paperback / softback
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
UK Publication Date

The day that David moved to Fivehills,
The first thing he noticed was the kites.
Little kites, big kites
Eagle kites, pig kites
Golden Frog kites with car headlights for eyes
Mirror kites singing the sky back at itself

David knows that to fit in at Fivehills, he needs a kite. But when he makes one, the other kids of the town aren't too impressed. They say it needs this, then it needs that, then it needs something else soon David's kite doesn't feel like his any more. But David remembers what his Grandpa said - "Let's see what we've already got. More often than not, we'll find the answer inside" and learns that when you're happy with yourself, friends will follow.

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Simon Mole is an award-winning performance poet and author of children's books.His groundbreaking one-man show 'Indiana Jones and the extra chair' sold out two London runs, and toured nationally, while hi second, No More Worries, toured nationally in 2015 - reaching over 1200 audience at 9 venues, including Latitude and Wilderness festivals. His first theatre piece for children, Friends For All, was commissioned by the V&A in 2016 and has since toured around England. He has a vast amount of experience across the UK, creating workshops for schools, Pupil Referral Units, museums, prisons, and hospitals. Hisfirst picture book,Kites, was published in 2019 and his second, I Love My Bike, will publish in 2021.Simon lives in Maidenhead, Berkshire.

"I like it a lot. It does something that fewer and fewer picture books seem to do justat the moment- it tells a short story and isn't afraid to use as many words as are necessary for the telling. It helps that Mole is a poet, so he uses words atmospherically. The illustrations from Chinese artistOamulLu support the atmosphere with real charm."

Achuka Magazine

This deceptively simple tale of a boy, new to theneighbourhood, trying to join in with those around him, will charm, engage and prompt deep thinking in youngreaders...children will appreciate the important message of this utterly delightful story.

Just Imagine

TheEditor's Choicewith a5 starreview-an enjoyable story told with a richness of language and illustration that combine to make a truly satisfying whole.

Books For Keeps

Kitesis a beautiful story about having the courage to stay true to yourself and what you believe in and in doing this, the best kind of friendships will grow. The text is gentle, poetic and yet powerful in its ability to draw you in to this young boy'splight;feeling his sadness in his new surroundings. The illustrations are gorgeous and the perfect accompaniment for its intended age range.

Reading Zone

A truly visually stunning, with a heartwarming story of friendship …A book that feels like a breath of fresh air, soaring on strong breezes to work its way into your heart, utterly gorgeous stuff!

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1st paperback ed
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Number of Pages
33 unnumbered

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