All the Lost Things by Kelly Canby (Picture Book)

Book Review, Picture Books
All the Lost Things
All the Lost Things

All the Lost Things by Kelly Canby

Age range: 4-8

Grade level: Pre-K – 2

Genre: picture book

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Peter Pauper Press (June 1, 2015)

Source: from publisher

My rating: 5 of 5 stars





About the Book:

Olive is not your ordinary girl. And one day when this spunky young lady decides to go for a walk in her grumpy, too-busy city, she finds some extraordinary things. What Olive does with them will delight and inspire. This lively picture book is filled with the author’s exuberant collage artwork and playfully hand-lettered words.

  • Ages 4 to 8.
  • Hardcover picture book with dust jacket.
  • Full color throughout.
  • 10-1/2 inches wide by 10-5/8 inches high (26.67 cm wide by 26.99 cm high).
  • 32 pages.


About the Author:

Kelly Canby was born in London, England, but has lived in Australia since the grand old age of three, which is probably about the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons. And it was probably only a few years after that when she decided that playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life! This is Kelly’s debut children’s picture book.

Find the Book:

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My Thoughts:

An absolutely beautiful picture book!  The book starts with a black and white world — the only bit of color is a small girl.  She follows a strange sound down a manhole where she finds something that changes her world.

The hand drawn illustrations lend a charming feel to this book, and the message of the story is beautiful.  I love the idea that through a selfless act, one little girl can change the world she lives in.  It’s a good message for everyone, and a good way to encourage children to look on the bright side.



Disclaimer: I received a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Cheryl Carpinello
    September 17, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    A cute idea. Would love to see a book like this for boys. Hint, hint!

    • Reply
      Dena at Batch of Books
      September 18, 2015 at 2:16 am

      It’s a sweet book. I wouldn’t say it’s only for girls, though. I think the message is universal, it just happens to have a girl as the main character. Give it a try!

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    Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews
    September 21, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I love how the illustrations are used front and center to tell the story. Sounds really good! Thanks for sharing in the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

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    Tina at Mommynificent
    September 24, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    This book looks absolutely lovely! Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday!

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