Wild One

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Written by Jane Whittingham, illustrated by Noel Tuazon, published by Pajama Press.

Parents and children alike will relate to this day in the life of an energetic child

Can you stretch like a cat or hang like a bat? This little one can do those things and so much more as she bounds energetically through her day. Author Jane Whittingham‘s sprightly couplets take her from the park to the pool, to dinner and bed, while Noel Tuazon cleverly illustrates the animal companions of a child’s imagination.

Published in a sturdy format with a padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy paper, this picture book is perfect for sharing with wiggly, little wild ones of your own. And as the last pages are turned, the story’s final, sweet “goodnight” will leave the liveliest listeners ready to snuggle like a bear at bedtime.

Awards and Honours:

2017 Toronto Public Library First and Best selection

2017 Best Picture Books of the Year Honorable Mention, Minh Le, Huffington Post


“The rhyming text flows smoothly and has a jaunty rhythm that lends itself well to reading aloud. The playful watercolors start off saturated with bright colors that become muted as the child’s day comes to a sleepy end. A sweet read-aloud featuring a fearless and athletic girl to share with funny little monkeys.”—Kirkus Reviews

Wild One is Jane Whittingham’s first picture book and it’s a charming recount of a child’s day filled with play and activity….[she] demonstrates, playfully, that we belong in the animal kingdom, sharing many attributes with animals far and wide….[Noel Tuazon’s] style here is appropriately light, subtle and simple, as complements the story of a preschooler’s life.”—CanLit for LittleCanadians

“[E]xuberant, fun and all-around winning picture book Wild One….Overall, a joyful, fun and charming picture book. Perfect for a preschool age and under crowd…Wild One is a picture book that begs for reading aloud and having fun with, due its ideal compact length, clarity, perfectly fun rhymes, and complementary (adorable) illustrations.”—Fab Book Reviews

“A short, fun read that will likely become a favourite for little ones.”—Canadian Bookworm

“[A] cute story…What I also like about this book, and Pajama Press does it often, is the actual feel and look of the [book]. It has nice weight to it, padded cover, rounded corners and extra-heavy paper.”—Booktime

“Whittingham’s smooth rhyme and consistent rhythm are beautifully matched with the illustrations. Tuazon catches the expressions of a child on adventure just so, and his animals make this reader smile with every page. (That whale!) The watercolours brighten the page while suggesting the blending of everyday and imagination – watercolours, like Let’s Pretend and other imaginative games, never truly stay within the lines.” – The Book Wars

Available for purchase through Amazon, Chapters, Barnes and Noble, and select independent bookstores.