‘Just as Arabella’s caterpillar metamorphoses into a butterfly, so has Jarrett transformed a straightforward fact of nature into an entertaining story with abstract art that emerges with enormous child appeal.’
Julie Cummins, Booklist

 

‘…the animals are wholly safe, while their unannounced appearance seems surprisingly convincing as real and imaginary worlds are comfortably blurred to create a scene of unadulterated happiness.’
Julia Eccleshare, The Guardian

 

‘With its delicate illustrations and charming text this title is a tender portrayal of a very special friendship.’
Marie Benoit, Back to School Supplement

 

‘There is wisdom, encouragement and joy in this confidence-building story and many small performers will recognise Maddy.’
B/K No119

 

 

 

Clare completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia in 2007. She went on to win an Escalator Literature Award in 2007/8 to work on her first novel and was Hawthornden Writing Fellow in 2012.

‘…Few children’s books achieve such harmony of observation and execution where the apparent ease of the illustrations is matched by the spare, but far from simple, text.’
Margaret Carter