Something Else

On a windy hill, alone,

with nothing to be friends with

lived Something Else.  


He knew that was what he was

because everyone said so . .  .

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Illustrated by Chris Riddell

A simple story, brought to life by Chris Riddell's magical illustrations, about a small creature who does his best to join in with others. But he's different. No matter how he tries, he just doesn't belong.


This book was shortlisted for the Smarties and the Kate Greenaway awards and won the first UNESCO

award for children's literature in 1997.

"A gentle, eloquently told story about the meaning of tolerance."

Guardian, 8 April 2000


" ... an outstanding picturebook"



Winner of the first UNESCO Prize for Children's Literature in the Service of Tolerance (under 8s).

By Kathryn Cave

I write for children of all ages.

I  live in Hampstead, London.

About the author

This book wrote itself in my head as I was listening to my

7-year-old daughter on our

walk to school. Grown-ups

can easily dismiss what goes on in the playground as unimportant, but of course it isn't. It helps shape the way we grow up and relate to others. Not belonging is a painful experience at any age. But there's a hopeful ending.

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Something Else on stage!

Tall Stories took their inspired children's show based on Something Else on tour in autumn 2009 and spring 2010. In 2013 the theatre studies team at University of Wales, Carmarthen, created a puppet show based on the book.