Stumpy is a Quig, a most unusual creature living in the the Sky Towers of an alien city. Unlike the other Quigs, who are daredevil aerialists, Stumpy is afraid of the great, empty spaces around him. He doesn't have the clever, grasping tails and powerful fins of the others - and they don't let him forget it, either. Bullied and mocked, Stumpy finally decides to make a leap of faith. Not everything goes to plan, but an amazing discovery awaits!
This exquisite picture book full of metaphor and symbolism
is enhanced by Andrew Plant’s deliberate choice of colours.
I found this book deeply moving; stunning in every way. The
wordless pages accentuate Stumpy’s determination which is projected as a
powerful and decisive force; vibrant and pulsing.
Strong themes addressed are: differences, overcoming fears,
self esteem, bullying, and never giving up. It comes from a talented creator
that has a catalogue of successes such as Pippa, The Poppy, and Glitch being
only a few.
This book stands out and is outstanding!
Gonis, Kids' Book Review
Whenever I get a book by Andrew Plant to review, I know I'm going to get a
beautifully illustrated, unique story and this is no different. It is
made for sharing and discussing.
Barbara Braxton, Teacher Librarian
A wonderful story about
achieving one's destiny, about overcoming obstacles, about proving the bullies
wrong, Plant's tale will be a starting point for many discussions at school and
at home about bullying and how it impedes the victim.
Fran Knight, Read Plus
Andrew’s books are always such a joy and this one is no
exception. For everyone who has felt as though they didn’t ‘quite fit’ in with
everyone else here is the entree to embracing that difference.
If you have little readers with the usual differences in
abilities this is a perfect book to share and from which many rich and valuable
discussions will evolve. Both text and illustrations are superb – as one has
come to expect from this talented creator.