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By a Thread
By (author): Ned Dickens Illustrated by: Graham Ross
9781551433257 Hardcover, Picture book English Juvenile: Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Toys, Dolls & Puppets Apr 01, 2005
$19.95 CAD
Inactive 7 x 11.5 x 0.3 in 32 pages full color images Orca Book Publishers
CCBC Our Choice 2006, Commended
A rhythmic rollicking ride in Beo's bedroom.

The toy box has erupted and the toys are perched high, dangling low, hanging by a thread. Bard, the old bear, has been lucky enough to land in the underwear drawer and from there is able to assist his friends, if only they will follow his daring directions. By a Thread is about heroism in small places, all the different kinds of courage a child can draw upon. The text rhymes, and its rhythm takes the tongue on a rollicking ride. Even the most determined reader will not be able to read the story silently.

Primarily a playwright, Ned Dickens lives a life filled with adventure. He has twice raised the money to buy a vehicle and drive it to Nicaragua to donate to development projects. He has been a special education teacher and has done theater with street kids. By a Thread is one of several stories about Beo (who takes her name from Beowulf). The collection Beo's Bedroom is about to become an animated series. By a Threadwill be one of the first episodes. For more information, visit

A graduate of the illustration program at Sheridan College in Ontario, Graham Ross began his freelance illustration and graphic design career in Ottawa. A career that has spawned illustrations for such publishers as Orca Book Publishers, Scholastic Canada, and Meadowside Books of the United Kingdom, as well as numerous Canadian government agencies and private design firms. He lives in Merrickville, Ontario with a circus star family: his juggling wife, a helldriver daughter, a canine cannonball, and a fire breathing cat. For more information, visit

"This rollicking rhyming story is enormously fun, not only to the ear, but to the eye." - Canadian Children's Book News

"Ned Dickens, playwright by trade, writes with a wonderful Suessical rhythm mand rhyme...utterly charming." - The Vancouver Sun

"Bright, lively, inventive, and a great deal of fun to read aloud as a whole, or with young assistance, By a Thread is a joy. Graham Ross's lively colourful illustrations are the perfect accompaniment." - Deakin Newsletter

"A captivating picture book that will delight ages 4 to 8 again and again." - Hi Rise

"A fun read-a-loud with expressive illustrations by Graham Ross that will delight the reader." "A book that can be read and reread and enjoyed each time." "Highly Recommended." - CM Magazine

"Text and pictures burst with energy." "If only toy-box volcanoes erupted everywhere." - Kirkus Review

"The book design and zany illustrations by Graham Ross give By a Thread a very contemporary exuberance." - Quill & Quire

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