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The Building Boy

Ross Montgomery
Illustrated by David Litchfield

A beautiful, epic story about life, death and seeing the world, that should sit alongside classics like The Snowman, this is the first picture book Costa-shortlisted Ross Montgomery.

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All at once, it was as if the stars leapt closer.
Grandma grabbed the boy, raising him high above the rooftiles on her head.
She was alive!

The boy’s grandma was a famous architect. Her garden is still full of old building materials. Unwilling to accept she has gone, the boy builds a giant structure from the bricks and girders he finds. And then … Grandma comes to life! The boy is whisked away on an epic adventure across fields, through oceans and atop roofs. But where is Grandma taking him?

Beautiful, thrilling and extremely moving: the extraordinary debut picture book from much-loved author, Ross Montgomery.

Critic Reviews

quirky and life affirming with a sense of the surreal.

Critic Reviews

…magical and heart-warming…with rich and somewhat surreal images of cosy interiors, city – and seascapes, starlit skies and buildings.

Nivolette Jones, The Sunday Times Books of the Year
Critic Reviews

This wonderfully touching book tugs at the heart strings.

The Building Boy

Ross Montgomery is a primary school teacher and he writes his books when he really should have been marking homework. Author of Alex, the Dog and the Unopenable Door and The Tornado Chasers, Ross has been shortlisted for the Costa Book Award and nominated for the Branford Boase Award. Perijee & Me was his third middle-grade novel. Ross lives in…

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