Roobarb and Custard: When Custard was Grounded by Grange Calveley

Roobarb and Custard: When Custard was Grounded

Written by Grange Calveley
Illustrated by Grange Calveley

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Young children will love the chaos that ensues not just between the forever joking Roobarb, the green dog and the wacky pink cat, Custard but with the rest of their gang too. Whether or not your kids have met the irrepressible duo on TV or not, they'll find the big and bold illustrations draw them into what is always a somewhat off-the-wall storyline but it's guaranteed to be laugh-out-loud funny. Great for parents to read aloud with their children too. In When Custard was Grounded Custard thinks he's got the better of the gang and created a brilliant flying machine that will win the show but when the gang realise is really a bird in disguise Custard gets grounded.

Lovereading4kids comment:

It’s 35 years since the iconic duo first brightened our teatimes. Now at last, today’s kids can also follow the adventures of Roobarb, the ever-optimistic green dog whose inventions often go spectacularly wrong – much to the delight of Custard, the sarcastic pink cat. The gentle wit and charm of these new Roobarb stories will delight toddlers and parents.

When Roobarb decides to hold an air show, all his friends enter their model planes. It’s a jolly good show, but will Custard cheat his way to the deliciously tasty prize? Other Roobarb and Custard titles include When Roobarb found the Hieroglyphics and When there was a Pottery Party.


Roobarb and Custard: When Custard was Grounded by Grange Calveley

When Roobarb decides to hold an air show, all his friends enter their model planes. It's a jolly good show - but will Custard cheat his way to the delicious prize?

About the Author

Roobarb was created and drawn by Grange Calveley in 1973.

Grange was inspired to create Roobarb by the antics of his own Welsh Border Collie dog. “When our four legged Welsh friend moved in, the first thing that he did was water the rhubarb and from that moment on, we called him Roobarb”.

The BBC commissioned an animated series in 1973, which at the time was the first production of its kind in the UK. Created and written by Grange Calveley, animated by Bob Godfrey and voiced by Richard Briers, it was an immediate success, drawing over 7 million viewers in its first three weeks.

BBC Merchandising issued a number of licenses, most notably to Cadbury for a chocolate bar, and a Roobarb song, which reached number 3 in the charts, was also produced.

Publishers Mogzilla have adapted Grange’s original scripts into a series of colourful books. For the very first time, readers can follow the iconic duo through 32 pages of full colour adventures.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 4-7


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Publication date

1st March 2010




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