| The most overlooked threat in the world is the loss of peace and quiet. Can someone find the time and space to stop, think and plant the seeds of change? Sparing words combine with epic images to make the imagination and the heart soar.
Winner of the English Association's 4-11 Book Awards 2008, Key Stage 2 Fiction | Judge’s Top Choice for the Fiction and Poetry Ages 5-7 category in Scholastic Best Books 2008 | Shortlisted for the Children's Trade category of the British Book Design and Production Awards 2008.
Shortlisted for the 2009 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal.
Varmints has also won the Green Earth Book Award, Picture Book Category. The film version of Varmints – nominated for a BAFTA in the Short Animation category – won the Grand Prix for Best Film as well as the Audience Award for Best Film at the Bradford Animation Festival 2008. The film is directed by the book's illustrator, Marc Craste.