Walker Books, 2019
32pp., hbk., RRP $A26.99
In an old armchair in a corner of Oddmint’s Dumporeum Nop sits watching, unloved, unwanted and belonging nowhere. At night he watched the other toys come alive and pretty themselves up with buttons, beads, ribbons, scarves and spangles ready for the rush of shoppers searching for that elusive perfect toy in the morning. Each going off in a crinkly paper bag to some place wonderful and a new life. But no one chooses Nop, not even with his brand new red bow tie.
But he maintains his faith that there is a special place for him, regardless of the opinions of others and devises an intriguing plan to find it…
In this gentle story, the creator explores the concepts of self-belief and determination as well as beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Nop’s new friend does not care that Nop is not plush in places – he has enough plush for both of them – or that he is not shiny and new with spangles and stars and glitz and glamour. Nop knows that there is someone and something for him beyond the armchair in Oddmint’s Emporium and it’s up to him to find it.
This would be an excellent and somewhat different way to start the new school year for those who like their students to identify their personal goals and then consider how they might achieve them.