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It was a red thing. It was a sparkly thing. It was a tiny, tiny thing.

It was a red thing. It was a sparkly thing. It was a tiny, tiny thing.

Tessa and Zachary have a machine that is swift and splendiferous. Every day it carries them from here to there and back again in cool calm comfort. But one morning, the machine breaks down. Tessa and Zachary are forced to venture into the world beyond its metal walls – a place of secret somethings and hidden happenings.

Getting from here to there may never be the same . . .

Praise for Ten Tiny Things


Ten Tiny Things will certainly be treasured by younger readers


The illustrations make this book irresistible

Herald Sun

I love everything about this book, the theme, the alliterative and well-sculptured language, and the colour scheme used in the illustrations as well as the innovative illustrative style


What really grabbed me about this book is the art style, I have never seen anything like this before

Sarah Mayor Cox, La Trobe University Lecturer and reviewer on ABC Regional Radio

The children's journey from insulated car dwellers to open-hearted explorers of the world around them is rendered with sympathy and insight. Very highly recommended for ages 3 to 8 years

Child Magazines

Recommended for children aged five and up, Ten Tiny Things will certainly be treasured by younger readers


McKinlay's alliterative, rhythmic text is a pleasure to read aloud and artist Hughes-Odgers' enigmatic, acrylic on-board paintings in subdued tones resonate with and enhance the story

The West Australian

I totally appreciate Meg's voice in this book – it's gorgeously-crafted and a delight to read. Illustrations by Kyle Hughes-Odgers are strikingly different and as enticing as chocolate

Book Capers Blog

Ten Tiny Things is a children's book, but its appeal spans all age groups


I loved everything about this book and just read it at a story time session for under 5s. They loved it

Weekend Courier


Reading Time

Succinct sentences, alliteration, and rhythm give McKinlay's story a folk-tale feel, and this is mirrored in Kyle Hughes-Odgers's distinctive illustrations

Australian Book Review

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    July 25, 2012

    Fremantle Press (Juvenile)

    36 pages

    RRP $24.99

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