The Tiny Tailors

Kat Macleod

The Tiny Tailors
Thames and Hudson (Australia) Pty Ltd
25 April 2023

The Tiny Tailors

Kat Macleod

Join the Tiny Tailors in the garden as they stitch, weave and piece together their costumes for the upcoming Spring Parade. The berries have been threaded into sleeves and the daisies arranged into a fan ... but it looks like something might be missing? Will the Tiny Tailors be able to find what they need in time for the parade?

Following on from the first book in the series, The Tiny Explorers, Kat Macleod's signature mixed-media style captures all the wonders and possibilities of the garden. A new bud can be turned into a cape and an armful of forget-me-nots can make the most beautiful gown. Seemingly ordinary elements - flowers, feathers, leaves and seeds - are turned into stylish suits and floral costumes when seen from the Tiny Tailors' vantage point.

A variety of verbs are used to construct the costumes helping young readers learn the language to build their own creations. Explorers big and small are encouraged to use their imagination and discover new natural artefacts in their own garden.


First, there was the utterly charming The Tiny Explorers: the tale of the tiny ones who collect natural treasures from deep in the flower garden as props for their party, offering a cornucopia of colourful delights. Now, we join the Tiny Tailors as they prepare for the Spring Parade. They are creating enchanting floral fashions with the bounty of the garden and their own flourishes of artistic ingenuity. When the tailors realise that each garment is missing something, they begin to see what the watchful little beetles have been directing them to on their forays: fine accoutrements that give each couture creation the finishing touch.

Everything about The Tiny Tailors expresses creative charm. You are invited into a natural world of magnificent colour and joyful artistic endeavour – and an astute eye might just see what extra accessory each garment needs. A tantalising and utterly lovely picture book for ages 2+.

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