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By Margo Lanagan, Illustrated by Rovina Cai



24 Pages, 10.25 x 12.25

Formats: Hardcover Picture Book

Hardcover Picture Book, $19.99 (CA $26.99) (US $19.99)

Publication Date: October 2018

ISBN 9781742975252

Rights: US & CA

Little Hare (Oct 2018)
Little Hare Books

Price: $19.99


Follow the unnamed narrator to a land of peace, calm, and comfort when times are dark and frightening

In wild times and in wartime, in times of fear and illness, I go to Tintinnabula, where soft rains fall. Tintinnabula is a story about moving from discomfort to peace, from violence and uncertainty to a still, sure place. It reminds us that our best friend in hard times can often be ourselves.


"The brilliant speculative fiction author Margo Lanagan (Black Juice, Seahearts) teams with young Melbourne illustrator Rovina Cai to produce a stunning, seductive picture-book for older readers. . . . While the text echoes the Brontes, Whitman and Yeats, the book holds its own vision. Literary-leaning children, young teenagers and fans of Neil Gaiman and Shaun Tan will adore the journey." —Readings

"Cai's artwork brings each page to life; her haunting images and use of soft hues complement the language and add to the overall mood and atmosphere. Cai produced the cover illustration for Lanagan's short-story collection Singing My Sister Down, and they are proving to be a pairing as formidable as Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell. This book communicates on many levels. The layered meaning makes it appropriate for older children and its lyrical nature and gentle repetition will appeal to the young. All ages will love it for its beauty." —Books & Publishing

"Lanagan's story holds out the hope that those who have experienced trauma will find peace and solitude, and that they may discover themselves again." —Publishers Weekly

"Image-driven and deeply emotional, this is a lyrical book about a difficult topic that will speak to adults as much as it does to children."—Booklist

Author Biography

Margo Lanagan is the author of Black Juice, The Brides of Rollrock Island, Red Spikes, Sea Hearts, and Tender Morsels. She has won four World Fantasy Awards and two CBCA awards. Rovina Cai is an illustrator.