Gorgeously textured and colored . . . witty and humorous. . . Smith soars in this earnest, meditative work about longing, the joy of interaction, and family. Absolutely radiant.

Kirkus Reviews


A kaleidoscopic look at nature imbued with a playful love of language that young readers can’t fail to embrace.



One of the book’s delights is its shifting moods and colors, which feel like the movements of an orchestral work... organically formed... vivid and clean.

Publishers Weekly


There is much to savor and explore in this cleverly crafted picture book, and readers will glean more with each perusal. A must-have.

School Library Journal


Appealing and kid-friendly--yet artfully stylized and elegantly hip.

Shelf Awareness

This is a profoundly welcoming book... fresh and full of adventure and sweetness... about how each of us has a story of our own to tell.

Washington Post

It’s a story that is, at turns, funny and moving… and always entertaining. It’s not to be missed.


Loneliness, longing and quirky collective nouns combine to endearing effect.

Wall Street Journal

Exudes a Chaplinesque charm, skillfully blending slapstick and melancholy.

The New York Times

A fresh, clever story, at once childlike and intriguing. All readers will enjoy the verbal and visual wordplay presented in a simply gorgeous palette.

Carol Moyer, Quail Ridge Books, Raleigh, NC

Beautifully, remarkably done. I can't wait to see it in our store.

Alison Nolen, Linden Tree Books, Los Altos, CA

I absolutely loved There is a Tribe of Kids. The illustrations are gorgeous and lend themselves for art projects for little ones.

Katherine Pinard, McIntyre’s books, Pittsboro, NC

What a lovely book! Lane Smith creates a whimsical, almost magical suspension of time in beautiful illustrations, following a child through collections of animals.

Shoshana Smith, The Reading Bug, San Carlos, CA

This is a picture book that will grow with a child. There is so much to share within this book and I can’t wait to see what kids will discover for themselves within its pages! For readers of all ages.

Johanna Albrecht, Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC


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