A hilarious story about ten silly children who accidently end up with ten silly owies. This big-hearted, positive-minded picture book is an irreverent ode to the most universal of all childhood experiences—the “boo-boo”—and a perfect book to share with anyone recovering from a scraped knee or stubbed toe.
Ouch, that hurt!
From ice-cream induced brain freezes to bee stings to stubbed toes and bruises, ten children get ten owies that can only be cured by the following: a kiss, a hug, lots of love, and as many colorful Band-Aids as possible.
Full of rhythm, repetition, playful language, silliness, and love, Ten Owies introduces young readers to numbers from one to ten, as well as the notion that everyone gets a “boo-boo” every now and then. Tony Johnston’s silly text, combined with Annabel Tempest’s lively illustrations, captures all the drama of childhood while also offering plenty of humor, sympathy, and healing. The perfect book to share with a child needing a little tender love and care!
About the Author
Tony Johnston is the award-winning author of more than one hundred books for young people, including the New York Times bestseller Off to Kindergarten, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, and The Quilt Story, illustrated by Tomie dePaola. She lives in California, where she was born and raised.
Annabel Tempest is an artist, pattern and textile designer, and the illustrator of board books and picture books, including Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket, by Sue Fliess. She lives in Somerset, England.
“Johnston and Tempest bring the fun to this bright, bouncy read-aloud that tells the stories of ten children who sustain minor injuries in the midst of happy, active days. . . . Many viewers will recognize children who look and act like themselves in these pages, and the schadenfreude will make them giggle (and maybe squirm). More than acknowledging that an adventure is worth a bump or scrape, this book presents bruises and abrasions as normal side effects of living and, most of the time, something a caregiver can kiss away.” — Horn Book Magazine