Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right?
Lush foliage and delightfully funny characters abound in this dramatic tale of overzealous neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book. With a sumptuous double-sided jacket and a breathtaking series of die-cuts from the cover through to the title page, once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave.
WINNER: IBW Book Award Picture Book Category
SHORTLISTED: The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal
'A quirky rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy' Irish Independent
'Can you think of a better way to show children the virtues of the forests and the dangers of losing them? I can't!' The Book Bag
'The message is admirable and the cut-out cover enticing, but the greatest joy is in the comic expressions, hand-wrought images and witty detail.' Sunday Times