This weeks Friday Flashback is for younger readers. It is still a favourite of many Australian teacher’s and features on State premier’s reading lists.
It won the CBCA award for junior readers back in 1983.
Thing written by Robin Klein & illustrated by Alison Lester is a sweet tale about a girl called Emily who dreams of having a pet. But Emily lives in an apartment and the landlord doesn’t allow animals on the premises.
Everything changes when Emily discovers a vegemite coloured ‘rock’ in the park.
Thing works so beautifully because Klein treats the drama of having a pet stegosaurus so normally. Thing likes to watch TV, it can disguise itself as pieces of furniture or shrubbery and loves to play hide n seek.
Belonging & friendship are the underlying themes that link most of Klein’s books.
She went on the publish a spate of Thing books in the mid 1990’s called Thing Finds A Job, Thing’s Concert, Thing’s Birthday and Thingitis. As well as enjoying success with her series for older readers starring Penny Pollard and Alison Ashley throughout the 80’s and 90’s.