Little Shrew (Hardcover)

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By Akiko Miyakoshi, Akiko Miyakoshi (Illustrator)
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Staff Reviews

I aspire to be as cozy and content as Little Shrew!

- Sophie

— From Little Shrew (Staff Pick)

July/August 2024 Kids Indie Next List

“Meet your new favorite character in children’s literature! Little Shrew is an adorable story about the daily life and routines of Little Shrew. Each page is a delight!”
— Jessica Nock, Main Street Books (NC), Davidson, NC


Akiko Miyakoshi returns with a beguiling, quietly magical appreciation of life’s little pleasures.

Little Shrew is diligent in all parts of life. He’s a hard worker and follows a strict schedule from morning to night. But even a life that runs like clockwork can be filled with unexpected pockets of joy, such as solving a puzzle for the very first time, enjoying the scent of freshly baked bread, seeing the vast beauty of a shimmering blue ocean or delighting in a visit with friends.

This collection of three short stories — perfect for emerging readers — is illustrated in Miyakoshi’s signature soft monochrome palette with pops of color. The charming tales celebrate enduring friendships, dreams for the future and the little pleasures that make everyday life more meaningful.

About the Author

Akiko Miyakoshi is the award-winning creator of several books for young readers that have been translated around the world. The Way Home in the Night won the 2017 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book Award and a 2016 BolognaRagazzi Award Special Mention, and The Tea Party in the Woods was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2015. The Storm, her first children's book, won the Nissan Children's Storybook and Picture Book Grand Prix. Akiko lives, writes, draws and dreams at the foot of beautiful mountains in Japan.

Praise For…

The graceful proportions, atmospheric detail, and quiet, bewitching light of Miyakoshi's charcoals distinguish this small gem.—Publishers Weekly, starred review (Praise for Tea Party in the Woods)

... he's both a stand-in for young readers and a role model whom they may wish to emulate someday ... Charm incarnate.—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

... offers young minds ample space to wonder and wander on their own.—New York Times (Praise for I Dream of a Journey)

... simultaneously winsome and melancholy ... renderings of quiet, precisely completed routines and the occasional celebration bring security and contentment to this intimate here-and-now portrait.—Publishers Weekly, starred review

A web of enchantment draws readers into this affecting story.—Publishers Weekly, starred review (Praise for Way Home in the Night)

... a calming naptime or bedtime read for families to share.—Youth Services Book Review

Charming in so many ways.—School Library Journal

... the detailed beauty of each illustration and its accompanying text will charm older children as well as adult readers. Highly Recommended.—CM Magazine

Product Details
ISBN: 9781525313035
ISBN-10: 1525313037
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Pages: 72
Language: English