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Seamus’s Short Story

Written by Heather Hartt-Sussman

Illustrated by Milan Pavlović

  • 32 Pages
  • 9781554987931
  • 10.75" x 7.875"
  • from 4 to 7
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Emotions & Feelings
  • JUVENILE FICTION / Social Situations / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance



Publication Date August 01, 2017

Seamus would give anything to be taller! One day, while playing dress-up in his mother’s closet, he finds a way to reach new heights.

With his mother’s high-heeled shoes on, Seamus can suddenly reach everything that was once too high: the top-floor elevator button, the chocolate milk in the fridge, the TV remote and that horrid picture of him as a baby. But when Seamus encounters problems that can’t be solved from a great height, he has to admit that sometimes being small just isn’t so bad.

Acclaimed picture book author Heather Hart-Sussman brings a light touch to this nuanced story about acceptance, resourcefulness and love, complemented by the humor and beauty in Milan Pavlovic’s colorful paintings of Seamus’s world — where there are times to be tall and times to be small.


Heather Hartt-Sussman

Heather Hartt-Sussman graduated from Brandeis University and attended the Sorbonne. She has been a copywriter for BCP in Montreal, a reporter for the Hollywood Reporter, editor-in-chief for international news for TV Guide in French Canada, where she was columnist of the popular “Heather Hartt in Hollywood,” and host of E! Entertainment Television’s The Gossip Show. She is the author of the acclaimed Nana’s Getting Married trilogy and the Noni series. Noni Is Nervous was an Editors’ Choice book in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. Her books have been nominated for Blue Spruce and Shining Willow Awards. She lives in Toronto.

Milan Pavlović

Milan Pavlović is an illustrator and graphic artist whose drawings, illustrations, paintings and comics have been published and exhibited internationally. He also illustrated Seamus’s Short Story by Heather Hartt-Sussman. He teaches at OCAD University and Seneca College, and lives with his family in Toronto.


About Noni Speaks Up by Heather Hartt-Sussman:

This book could generate good discussion about standing up for one's self and handling difficult relationships, including ways to establish and maintain friendships when everyone involved has a chance to react honestly and without fear." —School Library Journal

About Noni Is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman:

A charming, seemingly simple book that gets right to the heart of the matter.” —Kirkus Reviews

About Danny, Who Fell in a Hole by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic:

"Pavlovic’s cartoon spot illustrations are a good fit for this funny and sweet tale." —Publishers Weekly


Star Review

"A clever and very funny picture book about living life on one’s own terms." School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

"This familiar-seeming tale about being small in a world built for the tall takes an unexpected and rewarding turn." Publishers Weekly

"Readers will enjoy Seamus' solution to his conundrum as much as they will illustrator Pavlović's cartoonlike pictures … The resulting combination of text and image conspires to offer a story that is short, but big in satisfaction." Booklist