Whose Button Is It? – A Toy mystery

Someone’s lost a button, will Tinny Tim find it’s owner? This provides a beautifully illustrated mystery to solve for young children. The large text size and repetition makes it a very nice book for early readers.

This book is another great Creative Commons (CC-BY-4.0) release by Book Dash.

Illustrated by James Woolley Written by Paul Kennedy Designed by Louise Gale

Text From Whose Button is it? – story about toys for young children

Whose button is this?

Tinny Tim was sitting on the road when a button bounced his way.

“I wonder where this comes from,” he said. He w

It was busy on the side of the road.
He nearly got squashed.

He made a lucky escape.
“It’s scary out here,” he said.

“Hey there, is this yours?”

The green man said nothing. He just turned red.
“What a rude person.”

Tinny Tim carried on looking.
“Whose button is this?”

…at least he’s friendly.”

“I’ve got to get to the other side. I’m sure that’s where this comes from.”

“That was close.”
He waited for the
cars to pass before he carried on.

Maybe this was who he was looking for.
“Hello, who are you?”

“I’m Ruby Rags.”
“I think this is yours,” he said.

“Thank you, little robot. Can we be friends?”

<End of Book>

This book is available in an audio version where you can read along here:


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Comments 1

  • A Happy Dad writes:
    This book is OUTSTANDING! The story is engaging for the kids and the artwork is wonderful! This book is requested often! Well done!

    A Happy Dad writes:
    This book is OUTSTANDING! The story is engaging for the kids and the artwork is wonderful! This book is requested often! Well done!

    chris oakley writes:
    I like this book a lot. A good start and ending. Very satisfying with v.good illustrations.

    laura writes:
    very good

    Kevin writes:
    I’m seven. I loved it. Tinny Tim and Ruby Rags will be good friends.

    Will writes:
    I recommend this book for kids who lost something before.

    Marilyn writes:
    An inventive way to look at safety, being helpful and making a new friend.

    belle writes:
    a nice story and loved it!

    Lachie writes:
    A funny book in parts. The bit about the red light was great.

    theo writes:
    i think this book was funny

    Aaesha omar writes:
    This book is wonderfull


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