Winning Year: 1942
Author: 'BB' (D J Watkins-Pitchford)
Title: The Little Grey Men

Original Publisher: Eyre & Spottiswoode
Current Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780192719461
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The last four gnomes in Britain live by a Warwickshire brook under an oak tree on the banks of the Folly. Their names are Dodder, Baldmoney, Sneezewort and Cloudberry. They are "honest-to goodness gnomes, none of your baby, fairy-book tinsel stuff. They live by hunting and fishing." But when their brother Cloudberry decides to go and trace the source of the Folly Brook and doesn't return a whole year later, it's up to the remaining three to build an ingenious home-made paddle-boat and set out to find him.

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Denys Watkins-Pitchford, or 'BB', was born in 1905. He grew up in Northamptonshire, where he spent many hours out in the open air as ill health prevented him from being sent to boarding school. He studied art in Paris and at The Royal College of Art in London and for seventeen years was art master at Rugby School. He was already illustrating books before he began to write under his pseudonym, 'BB'.

The Little Grey Men established him at the forefront of children's literature. Many titles followed for both adults and children, and his reputation as a naturalist was further enhanced by contributions to The Field, Country Life and Shooting Times. He died in 1990.


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This was the first BB book I ever read ,reading this book was pure joy and took me back to my childhood days . A book that is hard to put down once you start reading ! The story of the last gnomes in England who try to find their lost brother . Can be a bit dark for children but still a good read !

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