Cover image for In-between things / Priscilla Tey
In-between things / Priscilla Tey
First edition.
Publication Information:
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, [2018]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : colour illustrations ; 27 cm
Between inside and outside, between upstairs and down, a world of in-between things can be found!


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Dive in between the covers of a whimsical, wonderful debut and discover that everything in the world is relative -- including you.

Dive in between the covers of a whimsical, wonderful debut and discover that everything in the world is relative -- including you.

Look over there -- the cat is between a table and a chair with a tear. But now look again: the cat is on top of the dog, who's between the floor and the cat (and not too happy about that!). As you wander through the delightfully detailed illustrations, the more you look, the more you'll see -- including colors made from a mix of two others, hybrid implements such as a spork, warm nooks that are neither too cold nor too hot, even a cross of a zebra and cow that makes a . . . zebrow ? In an engaging and utterly stylish debut, rising star Priscilla Tey leads readers on an addictive exploration of the in-between, a surprisingly far-reaching and everywhere concept.

Author Notes

Priscilla Tey is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. A native of Singapore, she returned home after completing her degree and splits her time between illustrating and teaching. She loves "being the architect of wonderful worlds for characters to wander in" and observes that "the world is full of strange adventures and stories waiting to be excavated." In-Between Things is Priscilla Tey's first book for children.

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

"An in-between thing is a thing in the middle," debut author Tey explains on the opening page, and with dog and cat frenemies as readers' guides, she gives a lowly preposition the star treatment, exploring all the things that in-between can be: a geographic location ("What will you find between the floor and the carpet?/ Yuck!"), a separator (a door; the glass of a fishbowl), a mashup (spork; the color green), or something that's neither one thing or another (like twilight). Her aesthetic is quirky, ingenious, and highly disciplined: she works in strong shapes and fittingly translucent colors, and imbues even inanimate objects with humor and character. In one standout vignette, she promises that a fort (made from a sheet and chairs in a child's bedroom) "will separate you from the monsters at night." The dog, snugly inside, basks in the glow of a flashlight, the cat peers in from the threshold, and in the darkest corner of the room, some googly-eyed goblins lurk (more goofy than scary), looking thwarted and a little sad. Without venturing beyond the cat and dog's home and neighborhood, Tey shows readers there's a world of in-between wonder right in front of them. Ages 4-8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

A pet cat and dog introduce the titular concept from their house--e.g., "The cat is between / the table that's green / and the chair with the tear, / sitting right over there." Through eye-catching mixed-media illustrations, Tey brings readers into a well-appointed, shabby-chic country home. The rhyming text is sprightly but overlong, especially since the book's concept is easily graspable. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.