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ISBN:9780887768392
publisher: Tundra

Thing-Thing

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Nicolas Debon

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toys, dolls, puppets
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list price: $20.99
edition:Hardcover
published: Aug 2008
ISBN:9780887768392
publisher: Tundra
Description

Thing-Thing was neither a Teddy bear nor a rabbit; not a stuffed dog or cat. It was something like each of those, and nothing at all you could name. But it had something special. It had the hope that one day it would find a child to love it and talk to it and make it tea parties and take it to bed. A child it could love back.

Certainly Archibald Crimp was not that child. He had just thrown Thing-Thing out the open sixth-floor window of the Excelsior Hotel.

Oh, dear, thought Thing-Thing to itself. This is bad, this is very bad.

Cary Fagan and Nicolas Debon have created a story so rich in words and images that, despite taking place in a matter of seconds, Thing-Thing will be remembered as vividly as a child’s favorite toy.

About the Authors

Cary Fagan has won the Vicky Metcalf Award, the Jewish Book Award and the IODE Jean Throop Book Award, and his books have been nominated for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, the Silver Birch Award, the Norma Fleck Award and the Rocky Mountain Book Award. He is the author of several popular short novels and picture books, including Danny, Who Fell in a Hole and A Cage Went in Search of a Bird (illustrated by Banafsheh Erfanian). The Old World, his recent collection of adult short stories, was published by Anansi in March 2017.

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Nicolas Debon was born in Northern France and later moved to Nancy where he studied art at l'Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts before moving to Toronto for ten years. His picture book The Strongest Man in the World won the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Nicolas currently lives in France.
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Contributor Notes

Cary Fagan is an author for adults and children. Among his awards are the Toronto Book Award, the Jewish Book Committee Prize for Fiction, and the Mr. Christie Silver Medal. His picture books are Gogol’s Coat, The Market Wedding, Ten Old Men and a Mouse, and My New Shirt. His novels for children include Daughter of the Great Zandini, The Fortress of Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch Honor Book), and Directed by Kaspar Snit (Silver Birch nominee). Cary Fagan lives in Toronto.

Nicolas Debon was born and educated in France. He came to work for the French consulate in Toronto, stayed for ten years before returning to his homeland, and was granted Canadian citizenship. An illustration course opened new doors for him and his first picture book, A Brave Soldier was published in 1999. Since then, he has illustrated several books for European and North American publishers and has twice been nominated for a Governor General’s Literary Award. His graphic novel, The Strongest Man in the World, won the 2007 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for children’s nonfiction.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
4 to 6
Grade:
p to 1
Editorial Review

“Fagan’s story, and its serendipitous end, will please those on laps or large groups: Debon’s vertiginous cityscapes, with wildly varying perspectives and orientations supported by a leaping, swirling typeface, are just as good a match to the text as Thing-Thing and its new owner.” 
— Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews
“…a beautifully rendered and wickedly imaginative tale of an unwanted toy, is the best of a strong bunch. Never has falling out of a building been made to seem so heartbreaking – and yet so fun to read about.” 
— Books of the Year, Quill & Quire

“The toy named Thing-Thing – is the hilarious heart of this delectable picture book.”
— Top 10 for 2008, The Globe and Mail

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Canadian Children's  Book Centre
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Thing-Thing

Thing-Thing is “not quite a bunny rabbit, but not quite a dog either.” He’s some kind of stuffed animal that Mr. Crimp buys for his son’s birthday. But Archibald throws Thing-Thing out of the Excelsior Hotel’s sixth-floor window.

Instead of being loved by a child and made “sticky with jam,” Thing-Thing finds himself falling to an uncertain future. On his way down, a variety of people catch glimpses of him from within their hotel rooms. In each case, Thing-Thing’s brief presence makes a small difference to someone. Thing-Thing eventually lands on the blanket of a crying child. Immediately, the baby stops crying; and for the first time, Thing-Thing experiences the love of a child.

Nicolas Debon includes a variety of perspectives of the falling Thing-Thing – from a mother robin looking down at him, to a wide view of the city spread out around him with Thing-Thing at the centre, to a close-up of a spider underneath a gargoyle, its web seemingly big enough to catch the falling stuffed animal. Each illustration, except for the last, is a wide double-page spread. The last one is very special because Thing-Thing’s epic adventure is over and so is the need for the wide perspective. Instead, we see a close intimate look at Thing-Thing cuddled together with the child who loves him.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Summer 2008. Vol.31 No.3.

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Thing-Thing

Thing-Thing was neither a teddy bear nor a rabbit, not a stuffed dog or cat. Thing-Thing had the hope that one day it would find a child to love it. Archibald Crimp was not that child. He had just thrown Thing-Thing out the sixth-floor window of the Excelsior Hotel. Join Thing-Thing on its humorous and heartwarming journey to the ground.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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