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Small Things - Mel Tregonning

Hardcover Published: 24th August 2016
ISBN: 9781742379791
Number Of Pages: 40
For Ages: 10 - 14 years old

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A stunning graphic novel from an extraordinarily talented illustrator. On the cusp of having everything slip from his grasp, a young boy has to find a way to rebuild his sense of self.

An ordinary boy in an ordinary world.

With no words, only illustrations, Small Things tells the story of a boy who feels alone with his worries, but who learns that help is always close by.

A universal story, told simply and with breathtaking beauty, about dealing with sadness, anxiety, depression, heartache or loss, and finding your way in the world.

About the Author

Mel Tregonning was born in Perth, Western Australia in 1983. A published cartoonist since primary school, at age 16 she began a long-running comic strip in a national magazine. Over the decades, Mel's illustration style grew to encompass surrealism, cyberpunk, Art Nouveau, manga, commercial art and photorealism. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design at Curtin University, during which time her first manga, Toy, was serialised in Xuan Xuan. Mel broke a finger on her drawing hand during a real-life game of Quidditch - which stopped nothing, but was scary for a second. She won the international Illustrators of the Future competition in 2006.

She was an in-house illustrator for RIC Publications, and her first short story, 'Night', was published by Gestalt in 2009. Initially inspired by Jim Davis, Charles Schultz and Murray Ball, Mel's influences expanded to include her family and friends, Osamu Tezuka, Studio Ghibli, HR Geiger, Shaun Tan, The Matrix, Muse and Yukito Kishiro. She liked laksa, Baskin and Robbins ice-cream, HBO's Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and really good stand-up comedy. Sadly, Mel passed away in 2014. She is survived by her sister, brother, mother and father - and an incredible body of work.

A special purchase.


Special story, beautiful product.

Lithgow NSW


Buy a copy for everyone you know


Absolutely gorgeous illustrations for a message everyone should remember.

Sydney, NSW


Wonderfully lllustrated! A story without words is well told.


Bought this for my granddaughter who suffers from anxiety. Hopefully her school will use it in class exercises.

Victoria, Australia


Accurate depiction of worries and depression


Graphic novel devastating backstory to author

Central Coast, NSW Australia


A beautiful book. Very relatable.


This is a lovely book and I have shared it with many people who I feel need to read it. I read it often and I'm constantly amazed at how the author has captured emotion in pictures. It's just a beautiful book.

Perth, Western Australia


Small Things

4.8 5


ISBN: 9781742379791
ISBN-10: 1742379796
Audience: Children
For Ages: 10 - 14 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 40
Published: 24th August 2016
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 30.5 x 23.0