Baggy Brown by Mick Inkpen

Baggy Brown

Written by Mick Inkpen
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Well illustrated with a touching plot comes Mick Inkpen’s book on the bear that is promised to a princess but ends up in the arms of someone else. Whilst perhaps not everlasting as the Kipper stories, Baggy Brown still retains that Inkpen magic through the drawings, especially the front cover, which makes you want to hold onto and hug the book forever. The message for children is about sharing with sense of fun. What more could you want?


Baggy Brown by Mick Inkpen

Baggy Brown was born at Better Bears Limited. And as a special limited edition bear, he was due to be presented to Princess Sophie, daughter of King and Queen of Thingland. But this isn't quite what happened. This is the story of how Alfie found and named Baggy Brown and the beginnings of a very special friendship.


Warmth and wit in huge dollops Books For Keeps Loveable modern fairy tale with soft , endearing illustrations Bournemouth Daily Echo A warm-hearted fairy tale The Scotsman An endearing tale with the usual Mick Inkpen appeal. The Children's Bookseller Echoing the theme of the children's classic The Velveteen Rabbit, Baggy Brown reminds children that the best-loved toys are usually the oldest and shabbiest, and that being scruffy and worn is a sign of having been loved. It's a simple, heartwarming story about an old bear and a little princess who becomes friends with the son of a factory worker and my son has asked for it every night since I brought it home (and twice fallen asleep clutching it). The Observer Utterly charming! As is Mick Inkpens BAGGY BROWN (Hodder, 10.99), the story of a teddy that goes astray and is found by a boy with a destiny! Daily Express charming new picture book Suffolk Free Press A warm-hearted fairy tale with, of course, a happy-ever-after ending. The Scotsman Well illustrated with touching plot...still retains that Inkpen magic, especially the front cover, which makes you want to hold onto and hug the book forever. My Child Loveable modern fairy tale with soft, endearing illustrations Bournemouth Daily Echo There is warmth and wit in huge dollops in this story to enhance and feed the imaginations of many an Inkpen /Kipper fan. Books for Keeps affectionate story Cork Evening Echo Smiles all round at the end and indeed well before in this consistently good-humoured tale, colourfully illustrated by a master of his craft. Nicholas Tucker, Carousel It has the charm of entertaining language and the richness of Mick Inkpen's crisp cartoons... and will stand repetition and the test of time, outliving any headlines that might seem to be pertinent. The Sunday Times A wonderful tale, beautifully told. School Librarian

About the Author

Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen was born in Romford in 1952 and still lives in Essex with his wife Debbie and their two children. Mick is one of the most popular author/illustrators in the world, his stories have been translated into over twenty different languages and his books have sold over 4 million copies. Kipper, perhaps his most popular character of all, is now the star of his very own TV series while Wibbly Pig, Penguin Small and Threadbear continue to delight young readers - and their parents!

He began his career as a graphic designer, declining a place to study English at Cambridge University. During this period he worked with Nick Butterworth, a fellow children's author, from whom he learned design and typography. Together they developed a cartoon strip for the Sunday Express magazine, later to become a first series of children's picture books. They also worked in children's television.

In 1989 The Blue Balloon established him as a truly original voice in children's picture books, by which time Mick and his wife Debbie had two children of their own. "Without the experience of having children of my own I doubt that I would have been capable of writing effectively for children. And yet it's true that good work really springs from trying to please yourself"

Mick has won numerous awards world-wide including The British Book Award for Penguin Small, The British Book Award for the best illustrated book, for Lullabyhullabaloo, The Children's Book Award for Threadbear, The Parents and Munch Bunch Play and Learn Award and The Right Start Petit Filous Best Toy Award for Where, Oh Where is Kipper's Bear? Kipper won a BAFTA for best animated children's film in 1998, and Kipper's A to Z won the silver medal in the 2001 Smarties Prize.

Fo most of Mick Inkpen's published work he is both author and illustrator. However, there is one title - WONDERFUL EARTH - that we rate highly, which he illustrated whilst Nick Butterworth provided the words.

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32 pages


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Publication date

1st September 2007




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