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Written by Nadia Shireen

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Grimwood Review

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny Stories about Animals

If you go down to the Grimwoods today, you’ll have a fabulous adventure!

A prize-winning picture book author and illustrator, Nadia Shireen is just as skilful at writing junior fiction, as this inventive, hilarious story shows. Fox siblings Nancy (the tough one) and Ted (the sensitive one) are forced to flee the big city for the countryside after Ted accidentally bites off pussycat boss Princess Buttons’ tail. Grimwood, where they find themselves, is a kind of paradise it seems, full of friendly if eccentric animal residents who love nothing better than a good game of treebonk. Ted feels right at home, Nancy needs convincing, but when Princess Buttons arrives, bent on revenge and armed with a Brain Zapper 3000, and their new friends step up to help, she changes her mind. It’s gloriously silly but still totally credible and a proper page turner, while Nancy and Ted are real characters. Watch out for the wonderful asides from woodlouse Eric Dynamite, and Princess Buttons’ comeuppance is an absolute treat!

Andrea Reece

Grimwood Synopsis

Fox cub siblings Ted and Nancy are on the run from Princess Buttons, the scariest street cat in the Big City. They flee for Grimwood, expecting to find refuge in the peaceful countryside. Instead, they are met with thieving eagles, dramatic ducks, riotous rabbits and a whole host of unusual characters. Grimwood is . . . weird.

But when Princess Buttons tracks them down, Nancy and Ted and the animals of Grimwood must unite in a mind-bending race against time . . 

Grimwood Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This book has been able to entertain me for hours non-stop while making me laugh out loud and I am hoping for more. Full review

Alex Urban (Age 9)

Read it in one go because I couldn’t stop myself from cutting off all the laughter that it brings. Full review

Thomas Nelson (Age 7)

So funny and exciting, lots of shocks and laughs. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. Ted is lovable, Nancy loves coffee and Princess Buttons is fluffy and terrifying! Full review

Lachlann Summers (Age 7)

A tale of two young foxes from the Big City who have to go on the run after an "incident" with the local cat gang, and hide out in Grimwood, where life is weird in a wonderful way. I loved the illustrations too. I recommended it for anyone who likes humour with a twist or stories about friendship. Full review

Jonathan Owen (Age 7)

A funny book from start to finish a must for anyone who likes a funny fiction book. Full review

Isaac Anson (Age 7)

A really entertaining book that any KS2 child will enjoy - especially those who love funny books and like to laugh! Full review

Tariq Ali (Age 10)

If you sat down and started reading this book, you would be there for hours without even noticing! Full review

Abigail Morrow (Age 7)

Grimwood Press Reviews

Gloriously anarchic, properly funny and highly illustrated with dynamic black-and-white art, this is a quirky delight for children - and their parents, too. - The Bookseller

Funny, anarchic, original and gloriously silly. -- Richard Osman

This book made my face hurt! Relentlessly funny. -- Rob Biddulph

Like Watership Down, but funny. You'll laugh hysterically on every page. -- Caitlin Moran

Fantastic -- Lauren Laverne

Fizzes with mad energy. Brilliantly addictive. -- Phil Earle, author of When the Sky Falls

Pure genius! -- Louie Stowell

Made us laugh out loud -- Jim Smith, author of Barry Loser

You're in for a treat! -- Selom Sunu, illustrator of Look Both Ways

Utterly HILARIOUS -- Sophy Henn, author-illustrator of Pizazz

I want to be friends with Ted and Willow! -- Eliza, age 7

The funniest book ever! I loved it! -- Georgie, age 9 

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ISBN: 9781471199301
Publication date: 02/09/2021
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781471199301
Publication date: 2nd September 2021
Author: Nadia Shireen
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books an imprint of Simon & Schuster Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 240 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Funny, Animals
Recommendations: Reviewed by Children
Collections: Scary Reads for Halloween!,

About Nadia Shireen

Nadia Shireen enjoyed making homemade magazines and comics as a child, and during her time studying law at university and her subsequent career in journalism, she started to sketch again. Her debut book Good Little Wolf received a mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Opera Prima Award, and went on to win the UKLA Book Award. Nadia’s subsequent books have since been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, The Sainsbury’s Book Award and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. Nadia now writes and draws full time, and dedicates her spare moments to tweeting about pop music and ...

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