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House of Lost and Found

by Martin Widmark Floris Books
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Hbk 40 pages
AU$24.99 NZ$26.08
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Niles lives all alone in a big dirty house filled with memories of the people who used to live there. Then one day, a little boy appears on his doorstep and asks Niles to take care of his plant. Astonished, Niles takes the pot of dirt, and wonders what to do with it.


As a seedling appears, Niles realises how empty and lonely his house is and begins to care for the plant, his house and himself. By the time the little boy returns his flower has bloomed into a beautiful poppy and Niles, and his house, are filled with hope again.


This beautiful and uplifting story of loss and hope by Martin Widmark is accompanied by stunning, atmospheric illustrations by Emilia Dziubak, which capture Niles’s journey from loneliness to friendship.
'Touching, sentimental story, with vivid, beautiful illustrations. Powerful story of loneliness, and how the smallest seed can bud into renewal, revival, friendship, and love.'
-- Goodreads

'I enjoyed this picture book... I plan to buy this for my elementary library.'
-- NetGalley Librarian

'This was such a sweet book... The book has gorgeous illustrations throughout and it is mostly a picture book that follows the old man in his home. The detail is AMAZING and I loved spending time on each page to look through all the details. The story made me tear up a little at the end, it was very uplifting and a wonderful read. I think both parents and kids will really enjoy reading this one together.'
-- NetGalley -- Cover2cover Blog

'[A] tale of hope for all ages, told with stunning illustrations... The illustrations and mystery flower will appeal to emerging readers and the story will capture the hearts of mature readers.'
-- Goodreads/Twitter--NetGalley

'The narrative is crisp, unsentimental, and economical. A perfect marriage of text and illustration...This struck me as stunning, [both] as a story, as an example of poetically crafted storytelling, and as a work of art. The author is widely celebrated in his native Sweden, and it's a delight to have this translation now available. This is not only a wonderful book for the family shelf, it should have pride of place.'
-- Goodreads/NetGalley
Martin Widmark is the bestselling Swedish children's author of over 100 books. His titles consistently top Sweden's bestseller lists and have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. Before becoming a full-time author, Martin worked as a middle-school teacher and a Swedish language teacher for immigrants, and now uses his experiences to promote reading and literacy for young people.


Emilia Dziubak is an award-winning illustrator based in Poland. She is a graduate of The Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan and has illustrated numerous children's picture books that have been translated throughout the world.