The Tiny Woman’s Coat

Book Author & Illustrator Joy Cowley & Giselle Clarkson
Rights Available World excl. World English, Italian and Simplified Chinese
Rights Sold Italian, Simplified Chinese

In this vibrant rhyming tale of resourcefulness and friendship by one of the world’s great children’s writers, the tiny woman makes a coat of leaves.

The tiny woman makes a coat of leaves with the help of friends in this vibrant rhyming tale. The trees, geese, porcupine, horse and plants all share something so the tiny woman can snip, snip, snip and stitch, stitch, stitch a coat to keep herself warm. Resourcefulness and friendship are at the heart of this simple rhythmic poem by one of the world’s best children’s writers. Buoyant and satisfying to read aloud, this small book will leave the reader snug as a bug.

• Assured language and satisfying, rhythmic read-aloud
• Warm tale of friendship and sharing
• Fresh, vibrant and funny illustrations
• Joy Cowley is New Zealand’s leading living children’s writer

About the Author
Joy Cowley
is one of New Zealand’s best-loved writers for children and adults, with an international reputation. She has won a multitude of awards and honours for her bestselling books, including the Prime Ministers Award for contribution to literature. She was shortlisted for the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2018.

Giselle Clarkson is a freelance illustrator and comic artist. She illustrated Secret World of Butterflies (2017) and is best known for her illustrations for conservation and environmental projects, and of biscuits— Common Household Biscuits of New Zealand was a viral hit. She lives in Wellington, New Zealand.


Book Trailer Video

Gecko Press


216 x 216mm



Picture Book

Age range
2-5 years

Publication Date
October 2019

Rights Available:
World excl. World English, Italian and Simplified Chinese

Rights Sold
Italian, Simplified Chinese

Rights Agents:


Anja Mundt, Mundt Agency

China & Taiwan
ShuHuai (China)
Sushin (Taiwan)

Ayşenur Müslümanoğlu, AnatoliaLit

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Now I have a new favourite cosy read to add to my collection … Giselle Clarkson’s evocative illustrations tell another story of the powers of collectivism.

The Times

An inventive and delightful tale that evokes Thumbelina, The Borrowers, and other beloved wee characters.

Kirkus Reviews

It’s a simple yet charming poem, easy to read, guaranteed to raise a smile – but perhaps there’s a deeper truth underneath to muse on. Giselle Clarkson’s atmospheric illustrations add humour and whimsy.

Kete Books

This new picture book is very delicate and perfectly formed.

The Spinoff