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Barry Falls

Pavilion Children's


ISBN: 9781843654674

Price: £ 6.99

Publication date: 4 March 2021

ISBN: 9781843655107

ASIN: 9781843655107

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Publication date: 4 March 2021

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There once was a boy called Billy McGill
who lived by himself at the top of a hill.
He spent every day in his house all alone
for Billy McGill liked to be on his own. 

But life doesn’t always turn out how you plan it…

One day Billy hears the squeak of a mouse – destroying his perfectly peaceful existence. So he gets a cat to catch the mouse. But the cat and the mouse make friends. So he gets a dog to chase the cat. But they all play together too. So then he gets a bear… then a tiger… and on it goes, until Billy’s house is so filled with characters that he has to move out. Will he find that he still craves peace and quiet, or is it actually quite lovely to have company and friends?

The brilliant second book from Barry Falls is a laugh-out-loud tale of growing chaos, with a lovely message about how it’s good to have friends.


Barry Falls is an illustrator, living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He graduated from Ulster University in 2005 and works for a range of clients in publishing, design and advertising. His clients include The New York Times, Orange, Unicef, NSPCC and The Guardian. He has won multiple awards and lectures in illustration at Ulster University.



'Wonderful play between image and text! Rhythm, rhyme, humour, an invitation to explore and look closely and a lovely message to boot. All very carefully and lovingly put together'


'What a truly lovely story, fully of delightful characters with lessons for us all to learn.  The story is beautifully told in rhyme that makes the story flow along with pace and humour ... The illustrations are delightful and really bring out the character of each of the animals and people.'