Chasing the Shy Town *Pre-order

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Chasing the Shy Town *Pre-order

Erika McGann (author), Tony Galmes (illustrator)
  • This title is publishing on 6th June 2024
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A playful and funny early chapter book for early readers aged 5+

Young readers will find much to relate to in this story about the impossibility of perfection.

This charming early reader chapter book is packed with magic, adventure and lovely illustrations throughout. The characters are hugely relatable and it carries an important message for young readers about the impossibility of perfection. Perfect for reading together as a jumping off point for conversations about being yourself.


Senan uses his binoculars to spy out the Shy Town, a sweet little place on a hill, with winding streets and red and yellow roofs. Senan calls it the Shy Town because it often hides and is hard to find. He tells his next-door friend Joshua about the Shy Town, and they set off, with Senan’s grandmother in a ramshackle wheelchair, to find this elusive place. Along the way they make friends with Paperboy. Who is, as you’d expect, a boy made of paper.

With the help of a kruckle (a sort of Shy Town creature) that they meet on their journey, they find the Shy Town, only its real name is Perfection, because it is absolutely perfect. But all is not well in Perfection: the inhabitants are constantly worrying about making it more and more perfect. But since more perfect than perfect is an impossibility, they are constantly exhausted.

What can Senan and friends do to save the kruckles from their obsession with perfection?

Erika McGann is an award-winning children’s author based in Dublin. Originally from Drogheda, Co. Louth, she studied Animal Behaviour and Welfare before moving into publishing, and eventually writing for children.

Number of pages: 112
Reading age guide: 5 to 8 years
Publication date: 6th June 2024
Publisher: Little Island
ISBN: 9781915071514
Format: Paperback

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