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Out for the Count

Written by Anne Fine

Illustrated by Vicki Gausden

Part of the Little Gems Series

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Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers General Fiction

Interest Age 5-8 Anne Fine is a very clever writer and this brilliant little story is an exploration of the resources of the human imagination and the iniquities of keeping animals in cages. Hugo is trying to persuade his dad to let him have a gerbil. When Hugo argues that the gerbil would be happy in its cage, his dad challenges him to spend seven hours alone in his newly painted bedroom with just a plate of food and three toys to occupy him. Hugo accepts, entering his room at 12.00pm. By 12.31pm he’s bored of the toys. By 12.44pm he’s eaten the biscuits. By 1.03pm he’s dreaming of escape and by 1.29pm feeling the full weight of captivity he’s arguing with himself. At 2.47pm he makes a break for the garden and freedom. Sharp and very funny, this will get readers thinking.  ~ Andrea Reece

About the Little Gems series: Little Gems are in a gorgeous new chunky format, with high-spec production including coloured endpapers and jacketed flaps with activities.  Additional features include high quality cream paper, Barrington Stoke font and illustrations on every page.  They are perfect for 5-8's. These quality stories promote good reading practice for all newly independent readers.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

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Out for the Count Synopsis

A funny and thought-provoking Little Gem from national treasure Anne Fine, with sensitive and charming artwork by up-and-coming illustration star Vicki Gausden.

Hugo wants a gerbil, but his dad says it's cruel to keep an animal in a cage. Hugo doesn't agree, and so Dad challenges him to spend a day cooped up in his room. The countdown has barely begun when Hugo starts to go stir-crazy. Warm, witty and wise to the impatience of childhood, this is Anne Fine on great form, encouraging young readers to develop imagination and empathy.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

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ISBN: 9781781125076
Publication date: 15/03/2016
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781125076
Publication date: 15th March 2016
Author: Anne Fine
Illustrator: Vicki Gausden
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 104 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: General Fiction

About Anne Fine

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011 Anne Fine is a distinguished writer for both adults and children.  Her novel Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize as well as Britain’s most coveted award for children’s literature, the Carnegie Medal. She won the Carnegie Medal again for Flour Babies, which also won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. Among her many other prizes are the Smarties Prize for Bill’s New Frock, a second Whitbread Award for The Tulip Touch, a silver Nestle prize for Ivan the ...

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