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Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books



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"Marvelous mouse-sized mischief for all ages." --Booklist (starred review)

From the creator of the acclaimed and beloved Pokko and the Drum comes an emotionally resonant, "richly imagined" (The Horn Book, starred review)​ picture book about trust, worry, and loyalty between a father and daughter.

Mina and her father live in a hollowed-out tree stump on the edge of a pond on the edge of a forest. Nothing ever bothers Mina, until one day, her father brings home a suspicious surprise from the woods.

Should Mina trust her father--or listen to her own instincts?

Author: Matthew Forsythe
Publisher: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Published: 02/15/2022
Pages: 68
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 1.30lbs
Size: 11.10h x 8.80w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9781481480413
Audience: Ages 4-8

Review Citation(s):
School Library Journal 11/01/2021 pg. 60
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 12/01/2021 - Book Of Special Distinction
Publishers Weekly 11/15/2021
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2022 pg. 83
Booklist 01/01/2022 pg. 79
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2022
Shelf Awareness 02/22/2022

About the Author
Matthew Forsythe is the author-illustrator of Pokko and the Drum, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a recipient of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor, and a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book. He is also an illustrator for animated films and television. His credits include Adventure Time, The Midnight Gospel, and Robin Robin, a stop-motion animated musical from Aardman Animations and Netflix. Visit him at

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