The owl who got left behind

By Martine Murray • Illustrations by Anna Read

This is the first in a series in which Owl and Rhino dramatise the familiar patterns, mishaps and tenderness of friendship and relationship. A quiet love story about almost overlooking what we do have by longing for what we can’t have.

The Wanting Monster

By Martine Murray • Illustrations by Anna Read

The story tells of a tiny monster who wanders into a village and caused enormous trouble. The village, with its stream and forest and fields, is pitted against human greed, carefully stirred into the minds of the hapless villagers by the attention seeking Wanting Monster.


We create books which distil simple truths, using the ancient modes of fable and story with a modern dash of whimsy and playfulness, all underpinned by the timeless art of elegant design and illustration. Our books respond to values rather than market forces, and as such, aim to inspire an imaginative and loving relationship to life, other and the natural world.


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