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The Extincts

Written by Veronica Cossanteli
Illustrated by Steve Wells

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May 2013 Debut of the Month

A riotous debut novel in which all kinds of very unlikely things happen to likeable George when he takes on a job at Wormestall Farm. It’s a job with a difference - and it comes with a warning. ‘No Squamaphobes’. If George had known what it meant, he might have taken more notice! George finds that Wormstall Farm has some very unusual creatures in it such as dinosaurs in the duck pond and Mortifer, a giant basilisk. Can George really look after this unlikely menagerie? It’s a ludicrous challenge – and a fun one!

A Piece of Passion from Publisher Barry Cunningham

“We all know the truth, don’t we? If you go down to the woods – the animals are not going to make you tea and toast!

Especially if the beasts are rather unexpected, a tiny bit dangerous, and you have to look after them/save the species/deal with horrible rogues. Veronica Cossanteli’s world is outstandingly bonkers and really wild fun. (By the way, you should know she keeps pet snakes and writes with a lizard on her head. It’s true!)”

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The Extincts by Veronica Cossanteli

George loves to help out at hidden Wormestall Farm, even though it's full of extinctly scary creatures, like the dodo in the dog bed and the dinosaurs in the duck pond. When Mortifer the giant basilisk goes missing, it's up to George to find him before wicked taxidermist Diamond Pye can add to her stuffed animal collection.

Veronica Cossanteli’s funny, exciting and anarchic debut will take its place on the shelves alongside younger fiction classics such as Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach and Eva Ibbotson’s Monster Mission. Perfect for children aged 7-11, The Extincts is brought to life with quirky illustrations by Muncle Trogg illustrator Steve Wells.


Harvey Willett aged 8 I really enjoyed this book because the story was very good and the characters unusual, interesting and funny. Click here to read the full review..

Alex Crisp, age 8 This book is full of drama and mystery, with lots of laughs too. I would definitely recommend this book to my friends, and I hope there will be some more stories about George and Wormstall Farm. Click here to read the full review..

Sam Harper, age 9 This is such a brilliantly funny book with fantastic characters. I had so much fun reading it that as soon as I had finished I turned right back to the first page and read it again. One of the funniest books ever! Click here to read the full review...

Maria Murray, age 12 The Extincts is such a good book as it has humour, it’s exciting and it’s just absolutely full of adventures. Click here to read the full review...

Annie Mc Cullagh, age 13 I really enjoyed the book. Click here to read the full review...

extincts picture1Alexander Bisland, age 7 - I really enjoyed this book and I loved the glossary which gave me information on all the animals. I would recommend this book to people aged over 7, including Mums and Dads because it is funny, interesting and entertaining! I would give this book 5/5! Click here to read the full review...(and some more pictures drawn by Alexander..

Grace Parker age 10 The Extincts is a PHENOMENAL book and anyone should read it. I found this book hard to put down because it was so interesting. Click here to read the full review...

Charlie Upchurch, age 9 The Extincts is exciting, packed full of adventure and naturally the best book I have read for ages. Click here to read the full review...

About the Author

Veronica Cossanteli

Veronica grew up in Hampshire and Hong Kong with an assortment of animals, including an imaginary pet dinosaur who slept on her bed.

She works in a primary school in Southampton, where she lives with three cats, two snakes, one guinea pig and a large number of lizards.

Her debut novel The Extincts is a wonderfully funny and charming adventure with more than a hint of Dahl...

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224 pages


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Chicken House Ltd

Publication date

6th May 2013




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