The Lost Thing
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
While walking on the beach collecting bottle tops, a boy finds a strange, sad-looking, but friendly, 'thing'. The lost thing (a huge abstract and red object with six legs and many windows and doors) and the boy spend a pleasant time together. Since no one seems to claim ownership of the thing, the boy decides to take it home, but eventually hands it over to a special place where many unclaimed items are left.
This is a highly original picture book for older readers with stunning illustrations, evocative of well-known surrealist and abstract paintings.