Once, the only sounds to be heard were the buzzing of bees in the grass, the murmuring of moles in the earth, and the song of birds in the sky. These warmed the hearts of those who cared to listen – until the others came to fill the sky with a cacophony of noise. With dramatically lit artwork and a spare, intriguing text, Varmints tells of a pastoral world in need of protection and of the souls who love it enough to ensure its regeneration.
Helen Ward has created over 25 picture books and has been praised for her lucid prose and meticulous illustrations. The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (Templar, 2011) was named by the Times as Picture Book of the Year.