Sharing the joy of children’s books

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes


”My best ideas have always come from my heart, never from my brain.”

Author Mem Fox knows just how to write a story that is heartwarming and can stand the test of time. Her books are the ideal way to create a ritual of bedtime reading.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little ToesHer bestselling picture book, Possum Magic, has sold well over four million (yes, MILLION!) copies since it was published in 1978 and it remains the top selling children’s book in Australia. Possum Magic and the equally successful Time for BedBoo to a Goose and Where is The Green Sheep? have been translated into 19 languages.

So if anyone knows a thing or two about creating a brilliant picture book, it’s Mem Fox.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes is a celebration of babies from every continent on the planet. Born in Australia, raised in Africa and educated in England, Fox is used to living an international lifestyle.

Written on a plane journey, this picture book is a reflection on what separates and joins us as a human race. Everyone knows that there is nothing sweeter than tiny baby fingers and chubby baby toes and this book shows the joy such simple things can bring to our world.

Illustrator extraordinaire Helen Oxenbury of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt fame lends her talent to this book by creating the most realistic and adorable drawings of babies we have ever seen. The detail in the chubby fingers and tiny toes is breathtaking. With every turn of a page, we are met with another adorable baby from across the world, including a very poorly little boy with a snotty nose that will break your heart.

The interactions between the babies are drawn with such skill and knowledge that it is no wonder Oxenbury is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal for Illustration.

For all of you out there who are searching for the perfect gift for expectant parents or a newborn, stop looking.

Babies will grow out of baby-gros and become bored with rattles, but Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes gives parents the perfect excuse to curl up with their baby, cherish the moments and create some memories.

  • Author: Mem Fox
  • Illustrator: Helen Oxenbury
  • ISBN: 9780670072392
  • Publisher: Puffin Books

About the author

Linda Crosbie

Co-founder of Gobblefunked, Linda Crosbie is currently based in Melbourne, Australia and works in educational publishing. An ex-children's bookseller, Linda is a self-proclaimed book nerd and loves Roald Dahl, Oliver Jeffers and Patrick Ness to name but a few.

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