The Queen's Handbag by Steve Antony

The Queen's Handbag

Written by Steve Antony
Part of the The Queen Collection Series

3+ readers   Baby and Toddler   
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How long until Steve Antony is awarded a Royal Warrant and becomes Illustrator By Appointment? The Queen is centre stage in this companion piece to The Queen’s Hat and leads us all on a non-stop tour of Great Britain chasing a cheeky swan who’s stolen her handbag. Her Majesty uses a variety of vehicles in pursuit, including an Aston Martin, one of the Red Arrows and a speedboat, and we see her speeding past Edinburgh Castle, the Giant’s Causeway, The Angel of the North and Snowdonia before she catches the thief at the finishing line of the London Marathon. There is lots to catch the eye and entertain in every spread – can you spot the corgi? Where are the policemen taking a selfie? – while the palette - limited to red, white and blue - is perfect! ~ Andrea Reece


The Queen's Handbag by Steve Antony

With a Jon Klassen appeal, Steve Antony is the one to watch. A naughty swan steals the Queen's handbag, so naturally, the Queen races after it. She follows it all around the United Kingdom in various modes of transport, including an Aston Martin car, a motorbike, a Red Arrow plane, a speedboat, a train and a horse. Taking in sights such as Stonehenge, Snowdonia, Giants Causeway, Edinburgh Castle, Oxford and then arriving back in London, this chase includes the Queen's butler and an awful lot of policemen. A witty and stylish celebration of the United Kingdom and the Queen. Praise for The Queen's Hat: 'This is a wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great.' - Sun '...this picture book is hard to beat for its sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings.' - The Times


Superbly illustrated, with a muted palette that suits the story perfectly...Even the endpapers are full of humour

! Storytime Magazine The joy of this books is in the detail... each stylish spread contains lots to look and laugh at. Beautifully depicts our traditions and our relationship with the Royal Family... brilliant. Rhino Reads I loved the first book, and this follow up is just as good...One for the permanent collection, this is a book brimming with Britishness and it puts on a jolly good show. The Bookbag I absolutely adored this book... perfectly executed with style and grace... captures London perfectly. This is a story for all generations and a brilliant, British book to boot. It's almost beyond words... every British household needs a copy, whether or not you're George's, William's or Charles's generation. * * * * * Bookbag Funny tale, which takes you all around the UK on a wild swan chase after the Queen's handbag. Why has there not been a picture book about the Queen's handbag before? Angels & Urchins An awesome adventure. A wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great. The Sun Needless to say that the illustrations are beautiful and clearly effective ... if this book doesn't make you smile and adore the Queen even more, nothing else will. London Mums Magazine Hilarious... chuckles aplenty with every turn of the page... wonderful illustrations... if this debut is anything to go by, Steve Antony's creative talent is one to follow with interest. * * * * Books for Keeps A majestic read Evening Echo (Cork) A sneaky swan has stolen the Queen's handbag? Follow her on an hilarious journey in various modes of transport around the UK ... A great conversation starter! South Wales Evening Post Steve Antony's evocative illustrations are full of humour... This is a confident and accomplished follow-up to The Queen's Hat The Scotsman Celebrating her Majesty's 90th birthday, Steve Antony's playful story follows the drama that unfolds when a swan pinches the royal bag Smallish Magazine Humorous sequel Surrey Advertiser

About the Author

Steve Antony is a highly talented and versatile author-illustrator. He has had a passion for storytelling from an early age, but it was the MA in Children's Book Illustration at Cambridge that really enabled him to channel this passion. Since embarking on the MA course, he has enjoyed creating picture books on a range of subjects from the Queen's hat to a war between rectangles and lizards! He aims to create picture books that are slightly 'off the wall', books that children will laugh at and adults will tweet about, but most of all, books that he enjoys.

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32 pages
Interest Age: To 5


Steve Antony
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Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

5th May 2016




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