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Brilliant time-travelling adventures. Toby is magiced back to Tudor London, into John Bunn’s life, and finds himself mucking about as animal keeper to the King.
Toby Tucker, an orphan who has been fostered by the kind Don and Evie. His sole possession is a chest filled with torn paper, and a strange message: Piece your family tree together and you'll find out who you are and when you come from. 'When, not where?' thinks Toby. 'That can't be right.' Yet when he manages to put together a name, the most incredible magic happens. Toby finds he’s able to use his magic to go back in time and live the life of his ancestors’ and what a fab time he has.
Readers of Horrid Henry and the Horrible Histories will love it and in addition we think that even the most reluctant of readers, particularly boys will really relate to Toby and his historical exploits.
The titles in the series so far and in order are Keeping Sneaky Secrets, Dodging the Donkey Doo, Sludging Through the Sewers, Mucking about with Monkeys, Picking People’s Pockets and Hogging all the Pig Swill.
This time Toby is magicked back to Tudor London, into John Bunn’s life, and finds himself mucking out and mucking about as animal keeper to the king:
‘I hate Scrope, Nellie. I like working with the beasts, but I do not want to work for that man any more. But who would give a job to a dung boy?’
I think I could be a gardener. I asked the merchant’s wife, very respectfully, ‘Madam, do you need a boy to help in your garden?’
She smiled and said that when she does want someone, she will think of me. I said, ‘I can be found at the Tower, my lady, in the king’s menagerie.’
‘I know!’ she said. Everyone laughed. They all know where I come from because I smell of lion and dung. I did not laugh.
|Publication date:||5th March 2007|
|Suitable for:||5+ readers, 7+ readers|
Valerie Wilding was a teacher for twenty years and now manages a school library. She has had over twenty books published, including a Green Banana: Diggers and Dumpers. She lives in Alton, Hampshire.More About Valerie Wilding