A timely and relatable tale about the importance of connecting to the introvert inside.
"Full of endearing characters and a charming storyline, this is a heartwarming tale of friendship, solitude and embracing our identity". -- Small Wonder Books
''Hanaor’s thoughtful words with Kourtoglou’s gentle yet quirky illustrations (do snails even have eye-lashes?!) make this an evocative and timeless new picture book''. -- The Literacy Tree
Marjorie is a happy snail. She loves her family and friends, but sometimes she just needs a bit of alone time. At these moments, Marjorie wanders off to try to find a quiet space, but her friends and family just follow her trail of slime and find her.
‘How can I find some space for myself?’ wonders Marjorie, and as she wonders, she wanders, here and there, back and forth, this way and that until she is entirely and marvellously lost. But the joys of solitude are short lived, and Marjorie swiftly realises that she can’t find her way back. Luckily, she stumbles on a good friend who helps her on her way and offers her some sage advice.
A natural follow on from the critically acclaimed ‘Pocket Chaotic’, this simple, layered story is exquisitely brought to life by Christos Kourtoglou, an emerging Greek illustrator with a distinctive watercolour style. It addresses the disjunction that kids and adults feel (particularly in a post-lockdown era) between our introvert and extrovert selves.
Ziggy Hanaor is a writer and publisher living in London, UK. She has authored picturebooks including Fly Flies (Cicada, 2019), Alex and Alex (Cicada 2021), The Pocket Chaotic (Cicada, 2020) and the graphic novel, Alte Zachen: Old Things (Cicada, 2022), which was received to critical acclaim.
Daisy Wynter is an illustrator based in Sussex. As a child she was a bookworm and a compulsive doodler, and this hasn't really changed in adulthood. Her love of picture books and comics led her to study for an MA in Children's Book Illustration at Goldsmith's, which she completed in 2020. She works primarily by hand, in pencil and gouache, and especially loves drawing dogs.
Christos Kourtoglou is an illustrator and a graphic designer living in Athens. He has worked for many respected clients such as Ikaros Publishing and Greek Festival. He is the illustrator of For a Free Life and What is Democracy?, both published byMetaixmio Publishing in Greece.
"An uplifting story about nurturing the introvert within…
Never did I ever think I would relate to a snail so much. I am quite sure Majorie is me! Even Wildling said it - he thinks I am Majorie and he is Bernard!
‘Marjorie needs some alone time, but whenever she tries to find a quiet space, her friends and family come and find her.’
I’m not sure I have the vocabulary to express how utterly brilliant this book is… I love it so much and wish everyone would get a copy so we can all talk about how perfect it is!
As some who struggles with sensory overload daily I really related to this book and found it an incredible tool to help my Wildlings understand that sometimes we all need some alone time.
This is a simply lovely book with the cutest illustrations too. I cannot recommend this enough - I’m quite sure this will remain one of my top 10 of 2023". -- Posie's Book Club
"Meet Marjorie the snail. While Marjorie loves her friends and family, there are times when she just feels like being alone. As she ventures off to find a quiet spot to be on her own, her trail leads her friends and family straight to her—ultimately distributing her peace and alone time. When she wanders around, she wonders about ways she can get the alone time she craves, but she soon discovers she has lost her way.
Athens-based illustrator Christos Kourtoglou (For a Free Life and What is Democracy?) brings Marjorie’s world to life with soft and colourful artwork in a watercolour style (swipe for a peek inside 👀). Written by author Ziggy Hanaor (Pocket Chaotic), this book draws upon the feelings of being both an introvert and an extrovert, illustrating how at times we all may need some time alone. Full of endearing characters and a charming storyline, this is a heartwarming tale of friendship, solitude and embracing our identity". -- Small Wonder Books
"From award-nominated author Ziggy Hanaor comes this new release from Cicada. Marjorie is a snail. Now, much as she loves her family, she just can’t seem to get some time on her own. People worry that there’s something the matter. There isn’t but she just wants some peace and quiet.
A gorgeous story celebrating those moments where one might wish to be alone with the message that being alone - through choice - isn’t at all the same as being lonely. Hanaor’s thoughtful words with Kourtoglou’s gentle yet quirky illustrations (do snails even have eye-lashes?!) make this an evocative and timeless new picture book. I shall be gifting a copy to my step-son, to remind him that it’s okay to need space and solitude". -- The Literacy Tree