Released on 23 March 2017.

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2017 Short-listed

The CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

2017 Short-listed

The Little Rebels Children's Book Award

2017 Winner

IBW Book Award Picture Book Category

2017 Short-listed

UKLA 3-6 Category


Winner of the Independent Bookshop Week Picture Book Award 2017

From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy.

Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right?

Lush foliage and delightful characters abound in this cautionary tale of overenthusiastic neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The freshness of the illustrations and the many comic details make this a very special book. Once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave.

Emily Gravett's engaging woodland creatures will appeal to fans of such classics as The Animals of Farthing Wood and The Wind in the Willows and the rhythmic, rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud.

In the media

fresh and funny ... a gem!
INIS Reading Guide
a jolly introduction to taking care of the environment that’s filled with humour and charm
WRD Magazine
As well as providing plenty of giggles, it also carries a valuable message about the importance of caring appropriately for the environment.
Book Trust