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Danny McGee Drinks the Sea

Written by Andy Stanton

Illustrated by Neal Layton

Books for Babies and Toddlers Featured Books for 3+ readers

LoveReading View on Danny McGee Drinks the Sea

Andy Stanton, that maestro of absurdity, teams up with Neal Layton, an illustrator who also has a direct line to preposterousness, to create a picture book that takes a simple idea and follows it to a superbly irrational logical conclusion. Brother and sister Danny and Frannie are enjoying a day by the sea when, inspired by its sparkly blue vastness, Danny decides he’ll drink it. Challenged by Frannie he does, and then he goes on to swallow more and more things – trees, mountains, the author of the book (you can see him writing away inside Danny’s stomach), America - until there’s no more to see. But then he makes his mistake. If you need a moral, it’s probably never underestimate your siblings, but best enjoy it as a glorious, liberating exploration of the ludicrous! ~ Andrea Reece

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Danny McGee Drinks the Sea Synopsis

A hilariously anarchic tale from the inimitable Andy Stanton, author of Mr Gum, and much loved illustrator Neal Layton. Can a boy drink the sea? Surely it's impossible! But Danny McGee does just that - and now he has his sights on other things. Soon he's swallowing trees, flies, fleas, peas, mountains ...where will it end?!

Andy Stanton has won a string of awards for his Mr Gum books, including the Red House Children's Book Award, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Book With Pictures. Neal Layton is the multi-award-winning illustrator of the Emily Brown books.

Andy said: ‘I’m over the moon to be making picture books with Hachette. They totally get what I’m up to and seem completely willing to help me in my quest to amuse, amaze and irreparably scramble the brains of very tiny children indeed.’

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea Press Reviews

Prepare yourself for fits of giggles from adults and children as you read this hilarious picture book. [...] Wonderfully funny and superbly illustrated Parents In Touch

We loved this rhyming slice of brilliant silliness and surreality. Andy (Mr Gum) Stanton and Neal Layton have teamed up to fabulous effect, creating a future read-aloud classic. -- Phil May Read it Daddy

This is a picture book to delight readers young - and old, and deserves to become a staple of storytime, whether in the classroom or at bedtime. Books for Keeps

Unstoppable anarchic fun in Danny McGee Drinks the Sea (Hodder), from Andy Mr Gum Stanton, and boasting Neal Layton's splendid wild-haired illustrations...Full of playful, boomeranging, sometimes unnerving rhymes and a brilliantly disconcerting twist Theguardian.com

...combining comic cartoon and photo-collage, is an unforgettable nonsense tale that will be requested over and over. Red Reading Hub

Andy Stanton, with brilliant illustrator Neal Layton, has created a humorous rhyming tale that's ... great fun ... full of Stanton's surreal silliness Ham & High This is a classic pairing of author and illustrator and one of the funniest picture book ever written and drawn Book Trust

This is a great story for shared reading as the rhythm of the dialogue carries the reader through each fantastic meal to the conclusion of the dare School Librarian


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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781444928785
Publication date: 13/07/2017
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781444928761
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444928785
Publication date: 13th July 2017
Author: Andy Stanton
Illustrator: Neal Layton
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Other Categories: Books for Boys

About Andy Stanton

Andy Stanton studied English at Oxford University but they kicked him out. He has since worked as a stand-up comedian, a film script reader, a cartoonist and an NHS lackey. His Mr Gum Books for Egmont have won widespread acclaim and numerous awards including the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2009, the Blue Peter Award and the Red House Award. He lives in North London. Click here to read a Q&A with the author from top children's publisher Egmont.

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