Project Description

Something Special

by Nicola Moon
illustrated by Alex Ayliffe

Friday is “special” day in Mrs. Brown’s class, but Charlie can’t think of anything special enough to bring.

His mom is too busy with his baby sister to be of much help. But Charlie makes an important discovery about just how special baby sisters and big brothers can be.

Children with a new little sibling will empathize with Charlie in author Nicola Moon’s sweet story that is perfectly complemented by illustrator Alex Ayliffe’s bright and colorful torn-paper illustrations.

This book is out of print.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-137-1
Publication Date: 3/1/1997
Page Count: 32
Size: 10-3/4 ̎ x 9-1/4 ̎
Age Range: 2 – 6
Language: English

AR Level: 3.1
F&P: L, Gr 2, Genre RF
Themes: New Sibling, School, Show and Tell


“Brightly colored artwork done in torn-paper collage adds to the mood and provides enough visual interest to supplement the fairly lengthy text. A warm, loving story for uncertain older siblings or for children who are new to the school environment.” —School Library Journal

“This should suit primary-grade children, who’ll recognize the situation. Ayliffe’s cut-and torn-paper collages brighten this upbeat picture book…. the lines are clean, the colors are sunny, and the forms are more fluid in line and more natural in depicting characters than is the case in most collage illustrations.” —Booklist

Meet the Author

Nicola Moon is the author of many children’s books.

Meet the Illustrator

Alex Ayliffe has illustrated many children’s books. She lives in England.