A bouncy read-aloud that will tickle children and adults alike

Kirkus Reviews

The Grizzled Grist Does Not Exist (PREORDER)


An exuberant rhyming picture book about a school trip to the hills, where no one sees the danger—apart from quiet Liam, who pays attention and saves the day with his particular skill of hiding.

It’s the class trip to Dismal Hills wilderness. The children aren’t worried about the legendary Grizzled Grist who lives here; they’re excited to show off their outdoor skills—foraging, climbing, trapping. No one’s impressed with Liam’s skill of hiding. But it turns out a hider can see what others think does not exist.

A hider moves with soundless ease and treads as softly as the breeze.

At times, a hider barely breathes—but what is this the hider sees?

When the children and their frazzled teacher walk confidently into disaster, little Liam saves the day—a triumph for the quiet child no one notices.

From the world of That’s Not a Hippopotamus also written by Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis.

Ebook available wherever you buy your ebooks



  • Book Details

    Country of Origin New Zealand
    Reader Age 2-5 year
    Book Size

  • Reviews

    1. Bob’s Books Blog

      This picture book is one of the best of the year.

    2. School Library Journal, Betsy Bird

      It’s like I always say. If you can write a book in which the phrase “It’s finis diem!” successfully rhymes with “He’s eaten Liam!” then I will be your friend for life.

    3. Books + Publishing

      Championing the feats of the ‘hiders’ of this world, this vibrant and charming picture book is an enchanting and triumphant tale for early-years adventurers, bursting with wonderment and the diversity of people, skills and nature.

    4. Kirkus Reviews

      Using a mix of rhyming couplets and longer stanzas as well as creative line breaks, MacIver creates a bouncy read-aloud that will tickle children and adults alike. Brave—and not so brave—hikers will giggle at this class’s brush with peril.

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