The Old Man Gecko Press

This is an extraordinary book, one that can make the needed connection for young children to see human beings as more than their circumstances.

Kirkus Starred Review (US)

The Old Man

$24.99

The Old Man is a book that matters. Behind its dark topic, it’s a bright book—about children’s non prejudices, generosity, honesty and about hopefulness—that children and adults will love.

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  • Description

    Day breaks over the town. Wake up, everybody! It’s time to go to school. It’s time for the old man to get up, too. The night was icy and he’s hungry. His name? He no longer knows…

    This is the story of a person with no job, no family, no home—a nobody, who can’t even remember his name. But his day changes when he is noticed by a child.

    Drawn in soft, watercolour pencil, this is an important story for our times. This gentle, compelling book will appeal to children’s sense of justice and to every reader’s compassion.

     


  • Book Details

    Country of Origin France
    Reader Age 5-7 year
    Book Size
    ISBN

  • Reviews

    1. Rachel Eadie for Radio NZ

      This is quite a special book. It’s a beautiful and moving picture book. It has a powerful message and I think it’s got a power to make a difference as well.

    2. Read Plus (AU)

      This gem of understatement stopped me in my tracks and I’m sure it will for everyone as they read of the plight of one homeless old man.

    3. Library Thing (US)

      Drawn in soft, watercolor pencil, this is an important story for our times. This gentle, compelling book will appeal to a child’s sense of justice and to every reader’s compassion.

    4. Pam Norfolk, Black Pool Gazette (UK)

      The subtle, gentle but truthful unfolding of the old man’s day will appeal to a child’s sense of justice and an adult’s sense of compassion.

    5. Walking Brain Cells

      They are shadowy, chilly and seep under the skin like a shiver. An important book about small acts of kindness.

    6. Street Reads via Twitter

      This book is haunting me. I make everyone I meet read it. It’s so important.

    7. Momo Time to Read (NZ)

      On our city streets we see more and more homeless people. Our children see them too. I would hope a book like The Old Man might show adults that kindness counts and give our youngest children a small glimpse into the lives of people who are less fortunate.

    8. Let’s talk Picture Books

      This book is fascinating in so many ways. It’s very sparsely worded for the most part and the text is factual, allowing the illustrations to provide much of the emotional storytelling…Though this is a tough read, it’s a stellar way of showcasing how a little gesture can go a long way.

    9. Kidlit Book Reviews

      Gorgeous illustrations accentuate the moving text of this deceptively simple tale; a poignant look at the world we live in and the beauty of hope that can be seen shining through. An important introduction on poverty, kindness, and gratitude. Keep the Kleenex close for this heartbreakingly beautiful read.

    10. Book Trailers 4 Kids and YA (NZ)

      It is the honesty of a young girl that gives him hope and helps him find a voice. This is truly a beautiful book and an important one to share

    11. Bob’s Book Blog (NZ)

      Do not pass by this book like adults who pass by the old man living on the street who has forgotten his own name….The sadness and reality of homelessness is powerfully brought home in this classy picture book. The illustrations in watercolour and pencil drawings are superb.

    12. Kirkus Starred Review (US)

      This is an extraordinary book, one that can make the needed connection for young children to see human beings as more than their circumstances.

    13. Youth Services Book Review (US)

      There are very few picture books depicting homelessness, and this quiet story about the smalls things one can do to help begins to fill that void.


  • Reviews

    1. Elly McWilliam

      I loved the book ‘The Old Man.’
      That was such a good read.

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