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Stoat on Stage

Written by Jennifer Gray

Illustrated by Elisa Paganelli

Part of the The Travels of Ermine (who is very determined) Series

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Stoat on Stage Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

In a nutshell: ermazing heroine conquers Sydney

Ermine is a stoat-ally adorable heroine – smart, independent but child-like, she enjoys nothing more than exploring new cities and making new friends. Fresh from a sojourn in New York, she arrives in Sydney to stay with the city’s star opera singer, though she’s mostly in the company of the diva’s granddaughter Butterfly. The two have great fun together – though only Ermine’s quick thinking and quicker fingers save them from falling from the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! A run in with a ruthless rival in the finals of Australia’s Most Awesome Animal Show allows for more excitement and comedy too. Jennifer Gray’s sprightly storytelling packs a huge amount into the short extent, and there’s lots readers will relish. Elisa Paganelli’s illustrations give Ermine the look of Audrey Hepburn, and this is a thoroughly stylish, well turned-out series.

Andrea Reece

Stoat on Stage Synopsis

Ermine the Determined is off to explore AUSTRALIA! She can't wait to have fun in the sun, climb Sydney Harbour Bridge, and star in Australia's Most Awesome Animal competition. But things hot up when someone gets a sniff of Ermine's act... Will it be curtains before Ermine gets to the stage?

Stoat on Stage Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to read and review the first in this series, Trouble in New York. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Huxley Glen, age 7 - 'A very funny book about Ermine and what she gets up to on her travels. Great characters throughout the story. The illustrations really add to the fun of the book. Can't wait to read more.'
  • Prisha Yadav, age 8 - 'Brilliant book full of adventures.'
  • Erica Motoc, age 11 - 'This book was a pleasure to read and I'm sure that anybody who will read it will think the same. This book really was one of the best!'
  • Amatullah Khatun, age 7  - 'Trouble in New York: The Travels of Ermine is such a delightful little book. Jennifer Gray has written a funny and exciting tale about an endearing, talking stoat called Ermine. The gorgeous illustrations by Elisa Pagnelli made us want to dive into this book straight away.' 
  • Sarah Gormanley, Y8, Thorp Academy - 'This book was funny and easy to get into. I really enjoyed it. I think readers who like funny, quirky books will love this.'
  • Lina Hibberd, age 9 - 'Ermine is a stoat and she is on a big adventure around the world.When her suitcase is switched, she finds some robbers are right behind her wherever she goes. A good book for anyone with a good sense of humour.'
  • Martha Cox, age 9 - 'The Travels of Ermine stands out from all the books I have read, like a red bauble in a pile of white baubles. It's by far the best book I have read in a long, long time!!! It was HILARIOUS!!!!'
  • Ellen, age 8 - 'I love this book! I recommend it to anyone who likes animals and comedy. Ermine is a stoat who travels the world. She is in New York with a boy called Mike Junior and gets up into trouble!'
  • Austin Owen, age 7 - 'I enjoyed reading The Travels of Ermine by Jennifer Gray because it is really funny and exciting. It made me feel like I was actually in the story because I wanted to do all the things that the characters were doing.'
  • Annabelle Cassidy, age 9 - 'This book is funny, cute, and full of adventures. I really enjoyed this wonderful book because it is really funny. I like the way that Ermine is so adventurous and cute and makes friends with very nice people. Ermine is a stoat from Balaclavia.'
  • Rob, age 8 - 'A funny book about a small stoat called Ermine and her travels to New York. I liked seeing all the famous bits about New York, especially Central Park Zoo.'
  • Rebecca, age 8 - 'The book was very funny and I liked the storyline of it. My favourite character was either Ermine or the spudd brothers because they are both very funny.'
  • Aggie Daniels, age 7 - 'The book was exiting in all ways as well as being funny in other ways. I like Barry Spud because he likes pink, and he’s not a very clever burgler.'
  • Gianna Smith, age 8 - 'I always want to find out what will happen next in the book because Ermine has such unusual adventures.'
  • Lilly Holmes, age 10 – Red Maids High School - 'It made me want to read it again!'
  • Florence Bridgeman, age 7 - 'It's a good book for 7 or 8 year olds who like exploring same as Ermine. It made me remember about my exploring! I want to make my own scrapbook like Ermine!'

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ISBN: 9781474927260
Publication date: 09/08/2018
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474927260
Publication date: 9th August 2018
Author: Jennifer Gray
Illustrator: Elisa Paganelli
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 160 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children

About Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is a lawyer and writer. Jennifer's other work includes the Guinea Pigs Online series for younger readers, and a new series for 7+, Chicken Mission. Her Atticus Claw books have been shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and received numerous great reviews - especially from children! She lives in London and Scotland with her husband and four children, and of course Henry, a friendly but enigmatic cat.  

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