Book - 2008
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Thing-Thing, a stuffed animal of an unidentifiable species, is given as a gift to the very spoiled Archibald Crimp who promptly throws it out the sixth floor window of the Excelsior Hotel, and the falling creature inspires random thoughts in the people who see it as it passes, while Thing-Thing hopes only to land in loving arms
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Tundra Books ; Plattsburgh, N.Y. : Tundra Books of Northern New York, c2008
ISBN: 9780887768392
Branch Call Number: PIC Fagan
Characteristics: [32] p. : col. ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Debon, Nicolas 1968-


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CatherineG_1 Nov 01, 2017

Archibald is a very spoiled child who throws his birthday present, a stuff toy out the hotel window.
As Thing-Thing passes each floor, he sees different vignettes or stories.
He is very upbeat and positive as he flies through the air.
The story ends with Thing-Thing ending up with the perfect owner!

Jan 11, 2015

One of my favorite children's books of all times. A spoiled kid who has everything reacts with disdain when his desperate parents present him with a stuffed animal that's not quite a dog, cat, squirrel, rabbit, or mouse. As poor Thing-Thing falls helplessly past window after window of the high-rise hotel building, we see tiny vignettes about what's happening in each room and how the sight of Thing-Thing affects each person who sees it. I couldn't believe how much depth of story Fagan and Debon packed into each 2-page spread, with so few words. Thing-Thing finally stops falling and discovers that the world may be a pretty nice place after all.

Jan 09, 2015

Started out not so good but got better and better and ended up being a pretty good little story . Illustrated nicely also .

Nov 07, 2010

This charming story whisks by with artful words and the fun collage/gouache illustrations of an unloved toy thrown out the window.

Oct 10, 2010

I was worried about this book as it started talking about a spoiled child but the story did progress and ended well. Loved the concept of random detailing.


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Nov 07, 2010

library_babe thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 5 and 8

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VeganGreen thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 4 and 8


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