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The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley

The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley
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Price: $15.95
Product ID : km-9781933605500



Human beings live for quite a long time and for a lot of that time we are not happy. We want to be taller, shorter, fatter, thinner, older and younger. We want our straight hair to be curly, our curly hair to be straight and our brown eyes to be blue. We hate our parents, children, teachers, students and everybody. We want to be somewhere else with someone else, eating something else and wearing something fantastic no one else can afford, and we want to splash them as we drive by in our big red car.

Rats live for quite a short time and for most of that time they are very, very happy...

This laugh-out-loud picture book will appeal to people - and rats - of all ages. A truly unique picture book by Thompson and Lissiat presents life lessons with gentle humor and satire.

Author: Lissiat, Amy, Thompson, Colin
Illustrator: Lissiat, Amy, Thompson, Colin

Country of Origin: Australia

Ages: 9+
Themes: Self Esteem/Identity



* Australian Picture Book of the Year
* Children's Book Sense Pick

"Part self-help book, part searing portrait of the modern manýs psyche, and part funny mousies gamboling about with derby-laden Groucho Marx look-alikes, the book is like nothing youýve seen before...the illustrator of this book has done a simply marvelous job...A messy, fun, thoroughly enjoyable concoction." - A Fuse #8 Production

"Brilliantly funny & wise...perfect for adults as well as kids! Clever, clever clever - both story and illustrations." - Lucy K., Talking Leaves...Books

"Fabulous! The story and illustrations are so beautifully done. I'll get to work releasing my inner Riley immediately." - Diana P., Bob's Beach Books

"...a humorous look at the human need for more and more, bigger and better...pure enjoyment." - Margaret Dillner, University of Delaware Education Resource Center

"...not like any other picture book youýll see this year. An interesting, odd little book. Thought-provoking." - Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast

"In this unique picture book with its multimedia artwork and its powerful message about living life to its fullest, Colin Thompson and Amy Lissiat use humor to reach out to their readers and to show them how important it is to be true to oneself." - Through the Looking Glass

"...teaches children and adults a lesson in the joys of the simple life...There is an almost Buddhist feel to this thought provoking childrenýs picture book." - Suite 101

"Thompson clearly had a lot of fun writing this book; the dry humor and satire leaps from the text, as if the author is there winking at you from the page and giving you a sly grin. I'd heartily recommend this book to most adults. You may want to purchase this book just to remind yourself of what's important in life." - Cheryl Rainfield, Picture Books That Don't Preach

"...we should all take his advice." - Nancy Keane's Book Talks

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