Lost in the City

Lost in the City

By Author / Illustrator

Alice Courtley


Personal Growth

Age range(s)



Hachette Children's Group




Paperback / softback




A charming and heartfelt tale of adventure about finding your self-confidence with a brilliant spot-and-find theme. From the exciting debut author-illustrator, Alice Courtley.

Maya loves her small perfect family - it's just her, Granny and their little kitten Sammy in their perfect peaceful house. So when Granny announces they are going on a big adventure to the city, Maya is scared. She's too small for the city, surely? And what about Sammy?  When they arrive amongst the towering grey buildings, Maya discovers that Sammy has followed them! And when he escapes, Maya must face her fears and look after him.

A fun and adventurous story about getting out of your comfort zone and how the love and support of family can help you achieve almost anything.



Maya loves her small, perfect family. Gran, their little kitten Sammy and Maya made the perfect peaceful household. She had always known that Gran was an adventurer, she had told them epic tales of life in the city and Maya had always thought that Gran was very brave. So, when Gran tells Maya that they are going on a big adventure to the city, Maya is scared.

They leave so fast that Maya doesn't have time to say goodbye to Sammy. Gran has said that the city is too big for a little kitten, but Sammy has other ideas. Follow this fast-paced hide and seek story as Maya tries to find Sammy and keep him safe.

Alice Courtley's debut picture book is a celebration of the life and diversity that can be found within cities while also acknowledging how overwhelming they can be. Maya's relationship with her Gran is beautifully depicted within the pages. The illustrations are bold and clear with some beautiful humour in the detail. Each illustration could be used as a conversation starter about different characters, who they are, where they are going and what they are doing.

In school, this carefully written story could be used when focusing on Geographical topics comparing cities, towns and villages. It could be used when discussing family relationships and diversity as this is a clear theme throughout. This fabulous story is perfect for story time at any time of the day and is sure to be a firm favourite. I hope that this will be the first of many wonderful stories from this exciting new author.

Picture book / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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