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Cleversticks

Written by Bernard Ashley

Illustrated by Derek Brazell

Cleversticks Synopsis

Ling Sung doesn't like school. The other children can do things that he can't. But Ling Sung soon finds out that there is something very special that only he can do... Terry can tie up his shoes - Ling Sung can't. Manjit can write her name but Ling Sung's letters go all wrong and Sharon can button up her coat perfectly. Ling Sung doesn't want to go back to school every again. But the next day at biscuit time Ling Sung does something amazing... He uses two paintbrushes as chopsticks to pick up the biscuits. This is something that no-one else can do, not even the teachers, and Ling Sung feels very special indeed!

Cleversticks Press Reviews

Ashley's point, that all children are good at something, is well made and should be reassuring to young listeners. Brazell's colorful mixed-media illustrations reflect an urban environment with a fully international cast of characters. A good choice for children just starting school--appropriate for classroom story hours or for parent/child sharing. -- Booklist.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780006638551
Publication date: 12th August 1993
Author: Bernard Ashley
Illustrator: Derek Brazell
Publisher: HarperCollins an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Bernard Ashley

Bernard Ashley was born and educated in London. For many years he was the head teacher of a South London Primary School. He is the writer of many children's books including A Kind of Wild Justice and The Little Soldier which was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

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