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Shen Roddie was born in Singapore but she now lives in Oxford. She is the author of about 30 picture books including The Gossipy Parrot and Sandbear. She began her career as a graduate journalist and got to interview the crew of Apollo 17 â€” the last men to walk on the moon! Since then she has worked as head of media for a large oil company, spending a dizzy amount of time on the waves to-ing and fro-ing on ferries from the mainland to the refinery on an island. She has also been a copywriter, radio presenter and, for the last ten years, a childrenâ€™s writer.
The bus is late, the queues are long, all the animals are waiting, some more patiently than others. When the bus arrives each animal is told in turn, 'Please don't chat to the Bus Driver'. But no animal can resist just a few words. Soon the bus driver is so busy listening that his bus is later than before, it goes the wrong way, it drives round and round the round-about and even hits a bush. When the battered, late bus eventually collapses, all the animals disembark and wait for the next bus. When it arrives they are told again - 'Please don't chat to the Bus Driver'. Guess what they do?
Poor Pig - all he wants to do is play with his friends, but, being squirrels, hedgehogs, a dormouse and a tortoise, they have all gone to sleep for the winter. So Pig has the grand idea of going to sleep himself.