The Thing at 52

Ross Montgomery, illustrated by Richard Johnson

A little girl spots a Thing living at number 52. She thinks he looks lonely so she visits him to take him a flower. Gradually they build a beautiful friendship and have lots of adventures together. When she learns that there are many more Things out there, she invites them all to a party, which makes her Thing very happy. But one day the Thing has to go and their adventures come to an end but the little girl knows that their friendship will remain in her heart forever.

A really powerful story exploring the themes of loneliness, friendship and learning how to say goodbye. The full colour illustrations are breath-taking and have an almost dreamlike surreal quality to them, adding such empathy to the thoughtful and moving text. A truly unforgettable book.

Published by Francis Lincoln

Reviewed by Annie Everall