My Stinky New School by Rebecca Elliott

My Stinky New School

Written by Rebecca Elliott

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Toby’s little brother Benjamin goes to nursery and loves it. His big sister Clemmie goes to special school, and she loves it too. But Toby is starting at a new school, and he hates it. He hasn’t any friends, doesn’t know his way around and feels like a lonely lost spaceman. Fortunately that feeling doesn’t last long, soon an alien called Jake comes to help, there’s a pirate called Lily in the playground ready to play, and Bernard, a dinosaur expert, to take Toby on a dinosaur hunt. By the time Mum comes to collect him Toby loves his school too! A wonderful book for children nervous about starting a new school. Instead of cloakrooms and playgrounds, Rebecca Elliott illustrates scenes from Toby’s imagination – pirate ships and prehistoric forests – properly catching the joy of school. Delightful. ~ Andrea Reece


My Stinky New School by Rebecca Elliott

Toby's sister and baby brother love their schools - they smell of paint and rainbows. Toby doesn't think he likes his new school at all - it smells of ogres and he's lonely. He looks and looks for friends but he can't find any anywhere. He finds an alien, a mermaid, a dinosaur expert and a pirate, but no friends! When his mum comes to pick him up he tells her the sad news - but if he didn't make any friends then who is in the playground waving at him?

Rebecca Elliott's charming first experiences books, featuring her son Toby encountering new situations, help children deal with new and unfamiliar circumstances.

In Mr Super Poopy Pants, Toby got used to the idea of having a new baby brother; in Missing Jack he had to come to terms with the death of his pet cat. Now Rebecca is showing that going to school isn't quite as scary as you might think, using her unique sense of humour and style to create a warm and comforting picture book, which is quirky and funny at the same time.

About the Author

Rebecca Elliott

Always the eternal daydreamer and doodler Rebecca’s school project from the age of six has in it the line “When I grow up I want to be a writer and an artist”. After a brief trip into a more serious life involving gaining a degree in Philosophy followed by an insanely dull office job Rebecca returned to her childhood career plans.

Since 2002 she has written and illustrated dozens of children’s picture books including, Cub’s First Winter, Naked Trevor , The Last Tiger, Milo’s Pet Egg and Zoo Girl which was nominated for the 2012 Kate Greenaway Medal. She has also written about her own children, one of whom has severe special needs, in her books Just Because and Sometimes which have been met with accolades from former children’s laureates Jacqueline Wilson and Michael Rosen, five star reviews and much media coverage from, amongst others, The Independent and Radio 2.

Rebecca also teaches adult courses on writing and illustrating children’s books, regularly visits schools and runs workshops for children at events including the Edinburgh Literary Festival.

She lives in Suffolk with her ‘inspirations’ - her husband Matthew, a history teacher, and three children, Clementine, Toby and Benjamin and continues to spend her days doodling and daydreaming.

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 4


Rebecca Elliott
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Lion Books an imprint of Lion Hudson Plc

Publication date

19th February 2016




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