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Baby's First Train Robbery

Written by Jim Whalley

Illustrated by Stephen Collins

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Baby's First Train Robbery Review

Adventure Stories Books for Babies and Toddlers Books of the Month Featured Books for 3+ readers Humorous

Rollicking, rhyming picture book reeling with animal antics and seaside shenanigans

June 2021 Book of the Month

Hot on the hilarious heels of Baby's First Bank Heist and Baby's First Jailbreak comes Baby’s First Train Robbery. Blending a rollicking, rhyming text that tells a funny, fully-developed story with characterful illustrations that ooze retro style, this brilliant blast of a book is sure to become a firm read-aloud favourite. Author Jim Whalley and illustrator Stephen Collins sure make a great team.


And what of that story? Baby Frank’s frazzled mum and dad are in serious need of a holiday - managing a zoo isn’t easy work! So, they and Frank head off to the seaside leaving the zoo in Grandma’s capable hands. Or are they capable? That’s the question on Frank’s lips. He’s not convinced Grandma will be able to handle looking after all those animals - “Grandma was fantastic when it came to walks and knitting. But did she have the skills required for ape-and-tiger-sitting?” As a result, Frank takes it upon himself to take a train home, and so a nail-biting journey begins, leading to an epic rescue operation.

Joanne Owen

Baby's First Train Robbery Synopsis

Frank's long-suffering parents decide it's time for a holiday - looking after a whole zooful of animals is VERY hard work. Leaving Gran in charge, they set off. But the further from home they get, the more anxious Frank gets. What if Gran can't cope? What if his animals need him? He decides to take drastic action - with dire consequences!

A nail-biting follow-up to the bestselling Baby's First Bank Heist and Baby's First Jailbreak.

Baby's First Train Robbery Press Reviews

This rhyming book was fantastic and my daughter absolutely loved it! - NetGalley Reviewer

My children found this hilarious. A great read! - NetGalley Reviewer

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ISBN: 9781526608963
Publication date: 10/06/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526608963
Publication date: 10th June 2021
Author: Jim Whalley
Illustrator: Stephen Collins
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: Baby and Toddler, 3+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Humorous
Recommendations: Books of the Month
Collections: Summer Reading 2021,

About Jim Whalley

Jim Whalley went to UEA with the intention of writing daft stories but got sidetracked into student journalism and academia. He ended up with PhD in Film Studies and got back to writing stories in his spare time. He eventually quit academia because the stories were more fun, a move he justified by also renovating a house. He now lives in that house in Yorkshire with his wife and two children, Fletch and Charlie. Stephen Collins is an illustrator and cartoonist who lives in Hertfordshire with his wife and two children, Frank and George. His work has appeared in many ...

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