The Bad Trousers by Ros Asquith

The Bad Trousers

Written by Ros Asquith
Illustrated by Mairi Hedderwick

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Interest Age 5-8 A charming birthday story about one boy and his Granny's awful knitting, with artwork by Katie Morag creator Mairi Hedderwick. Robbie is excited about his upcoming birthday and what he might get as presents...a tractor perhaps or one of Granny's kittens? But when he is given some absolutely frightful knitted trousers instead, he cannot believe it. Join Robbie to find out how he gets over this acutely embarrassing situation.

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities. Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page. They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.


The Bad Trousers by Ros Asquith

When your birthday is just around the corner, it can be tempting to second-guess the presents you might be getting. Robbie's pretty sure he's getting his dream present - a kitten! Granny has been dropping hints about cats, and her cat has just had kittens...But when he is given the gift of some truly terrible cat-print knitted trousers instead, what's he to do but try and get rid of them any way he can!

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Author

Ros Asquith

Ros Asquith contributes a regular cartoon feature to The Guardian and achieved fame world wide for her Teenage Worrier books (realistic and funny explorations of teen problems and how to solve them) and the Trixie Tempest books aimed at the "tween" market of readers between the ages of nine and twelve. Her book Letters from an Alien Schoolboy was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize and The Great Big Book of Families, with Mary Hoffman, won the School Libraries Association Prize.

An honours graduate of Camberwell Art School, Asquith worked in graphic design and mural painting before moving into cartooning in the 1980s. She has also served as a theatre critic for several English periodicals. Since 1990 she has been well established as a cartoonist, author, and illustrator.

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96 pages


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Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

15th September 2014




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