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80 pages


Jeanne Willis
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Illustrated By

Tony Ross


Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2011



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Sticky Ends by Jeanne Willis

Sticky Ends

Written by: Jeanne Willis
Illustrated by: Tony Ross

Primary Age range - 7+ readers   Category - Books of the Month   Category - 11+ readers   Secondary Age range - 9+ readers   Category - Poetry    

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Julia Eccleshare's comment:

Age 7+. Twenty six fabulously funny modern cautionary tales are wittily illustrated by Tony Ross in this vivid and entertaining collection. The sticky ends of the title bring delightful surprises to verses about the truly disgusting nature of school dinners, the fate of Felicity Finch, a little girl who likes to pinch, or Icy Clare who delights in going everywhere in her underwear. Perfect for reading aloud, the richly imagined and brilliantly illustrated retribution that befalls such characters will delight all who hear these verses.

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Sticky Ends by Jeanne Willis

Have you heard the tale of Felicity Finch who was prone to pinch? Or the one about Vince the Mince, the vegetarian dog who took his sprouts far too seriously...This hilarious collection offers a grisly mix of gruesome cautionary verses, in which assorted characters meet the stickiest of ends.


‘The best, and the most fun, book of cautionary verse since Dahl - and before that Belloc.’ Wendy Cooling, Children’s Book Expert

‘A dream team of writer and illustrator!’ The Times

'Another perfect collaboration between Willis and Ross, whose ability to make children laugh simply can’t be bettered.' Daily Mail

Of Tony Ross: ‘I haven’t come across a child yet who isn’t enchanted by work.’ - Tony Bradman, Parents Magazine

‘As soon as you see the name Tony Ross on the cover of a book, you know you are in for a treat.’ - Books for Children

About The Author

Jeanne Willis

Jeanne has been writing since she was five and has published over 150 books across all genres from picture books to teen fiction. She has had other strange jobs alongside being an author, including cowboy boot seller and reptile vet's assistant and once conducted the school orchestra in concert despite not being able to read a note of music or identify the instruments. As well as cats, rabbits, hamsters, dogs, fish and rats, she has owned a garter snake called Betty, a 25 years old smooth-clawed toad called Dave, an axolotl, newts, locusts and some giant hissing stick insects. She was once thrown out of her religious studies class at school by the Reverend Brown for writing rude poems. She was the Blue Team Captain at Junior School, sprinted for the county and can still do cartwheels.

She has won numerous awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award, the Smarties Prize and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award. She lives in North London.

Photo credit: Justine Stoddart

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