In a big, big city,
in a tiny, tiny apartment,
lived a tall, tall man
and twelve babies.
All the boys were called Alistair.
All the girls were called Charlene.
One day the door slams shut…with the Charlenes on one side and the Alistairs on another.
What will the tall man do?
This humorous picture book is a riot of babies and silliness. The tall man with his six boy babies and six girl babies strike a problem when the Tall Man and the Charlenes are trapped outside the apartment, with the Alistairs inside. Only through some quick thinking does the Tall Man solve the problem – with the babies’ combined help.
Youngsters will love the silliness of the storyline and the illustrations. Adult readers too will enjoy the fun. This book is a collaboration between Tom Niland Champion and his mother Kilmeny Niland, who sadly passed away before the book was completed. Her twin sister Deborah Niland illustrated the story, making this is a real family collaboration.
A joyful book.
The Tall Man and the Twelve Babies, by Tom Niland Champion & Kilmeny Niland, illustrated by Deborah Niland
Allen & Unwin, 2010
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