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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...
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!)” In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for The Extincts a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'The Extincts is exciting, packed full of adventure and naturally the best book I have read for ages. '. Scroll down to read more reviews...
A brand new, funny and quirky story based on E.A. Wyke-Smith's classic, the inspiration for J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit. At the Sunny Bay Home for Superfluous and Accidentally Parentless Children, Pip and Flora are in trouble. Running away with their dog they discover the Marvellous Land of Snergs, a magical world of cinnamon bears and scrumptious feasts - but also one of vegan ogres, disgraced jesters and dastardly Kelps, with a villain dressed entirely in purple ... Soon their only friend is forgetful but lovable snerg, Gorbo. He will lead them home - if they can decide where home really is and if Gorbo can remember how to get there.
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 him to her stuffed animal collection ...
Dan promised he'd look after his siblings, but he hadn't bargained on his scientist parents dying on a jungle research trip. The children decamp to crumbling Daundelyon Hall. Horrible Aunt Grusilla reigns supreme, tending her mysterious graveyard garden. But why are Aunt Grusilla and her servants each missing a finger? What are the hungry 'Cabbages' in the greenhouse? As Dan struggles to solve the mystery he encounters one final question: what's the price of everlasting life?
Ein Job muss her und zwar schnell! George braucht ein neues Rad und er wird sich auf gar keinen Fall auf das peinlich pinke Gefahrt seiner groen Schwester setzen. Seine Freunde wurden sich ja totlachen. Hunde ausfuhren ist irgendwie auch nicht das Richtige. George will was Aufregendes, Abenteuerliches und mit einem fetten Mops durch die Gegend zu spazieren ist nicht das, was ihm vorschwebt. Da klingt der Aushilfsjob auf der Wormestall Farm eindeutig spannender. Dort gibt es ein Schwein mit zwei Kpfen, einen Baby-Kraken und jede Menge andere Wesen, von denen niemand wissen darf. Denn sie sind gefhrlich. Deshalb ist es auch eher ungnstig, dass Mortifer, der Riesenwurm, entlaufen ist
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