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The Wall in the Middle of the Book


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £7.99 PAGES: 48 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 03/10/2019 ISBN: 9781912650057

The Wall in the Middle of the Book

Jon Agee

Scallywag Press

A foolish knight is certain that his side of the wall is the safe side in this clever, amusing and timely picture book.

A little knight is very happy that his wall protects him from the dangers that are sure to lurk on the other side. However, he is too busy mending a hole in his wall to notice the mounting dangers on his own side. Luckily he is rescued by one of the ‘baddies’ on the other side, and finds out that the other side of the wall is actually a much pleasanter place to be.

Selling points

  • Jon Agee is brilliant in his use of the page turn, visual storytelling, and deadpan humour. His books have won starred reviews and medals galore in his native country, America.
  • The knight talks directly to the reader, and the book's gutter becomes a literal wall in this playful, meta story that is laugh-out-loud funny.
  • A persuasive allegory about the folly of prejudice and xenophobia.
  • Endorsed by Amnesty International as a book that ‘celebrates freedom of movement and thought’.
  • Chosen as a Reading Gladiator by Just Imagine Story Centre.
  • Jon Agee will visit UK October 2019 with Children’s Book Show.


‘In one of the most powerful picture books of the year so far, Jon Agee makes us question the perceived order of things in this smart, timely and playful tale’ - Scotsman

‘Timely publication… Agee’s illustration and his spare, unembellished text gives it an instantly classic feel’ - Irish Times

‘A very topical book that will be of perennial interest for illustration fans and those looking for a thought-provoking, simple book about relating to others’ - BookTrust


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