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AGES: 10-12

A close encounter with an intelligent octopus provides a lesson in the value of curiosity and kindness to animals.


Debut writer Avital Balwit’s That Thing suggests that our indifference to other animals also reflects how we sometimes treat each other. Illustrator Alexis Deacon’s watercolour washes and exquisite octopi animate this brilliant short story. That Thing was one of four  winners of Pop Up’s 10th Birthday Writing Competition.


That Thing was edited by Caroline Royds and art directed by Jacqui McDonough at Penguin Random House.


That Thing is part of the 10 Stories to Make a Difference collection: ten original illustrated stories for young readers, all inspired by the theme of Difference. The collection features a mix of well-known and emerging writers and illustrators, giving a platform to untold stories and diverse new voices. Proceeds from sales supports Pop Up’s work in deprived schools, marginalised communities, and with talented aspiring and emerging writers and illustrators.


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