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The Misadventures of Frederick

Written by Ben Manley

Illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark

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The Misadventures of Frederick Synopsis

The Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year. Children's Book of the Week in both the Times and Guardian. The Misadventures of Frederick is a funny, joyful story about friendship and the delights of outdoor adventures (even for the accident-prone) - wonderfully written by the talented Ben Manley and beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Plumdog and Blue Kangaroo. In a mansion surrounded by lakes and forests, Frederick is bored. He leads a very sheltered life: and when Emily invites him to play outside he has no choice but to refuse - what if he hurts himself? Much better to stay safely indoors. But Emily is not one to take no for an answer . . . A series of brilliantly funny and evocative letters between Frederick and Emily tell this unique story which weaves together the colourful, adventurous world of Emily with Frederick's drab life of boredom and safety.

The Misadventures of Frederick Press Reviews

Manley's words are perfectly pitched, spare and funny; Chichester Clark, one of our finest writers and illustrators for very young children, pumps colour into Frederick's life in her exquisite illustrations. * The Times * Outdoor scenes full of birds and squirrels, lit by autumnal sunshine, and indoor scenes of dim splendour, into which nature progressively intrudes, make this picture book a gorgeous object that deserves sustained attention. * Sunday Times * The Edward Goreyesque tone of Frederick's correspondence and the vibrancy of Chichester Clark's images weave together in a tale of sly wit and sunlit joy. * Guardian * There's a lot to be said for a book that starts out with instructions on how to make a paper plane. It's even better, in Ben Manley's The Misadventures of Frederick, when most of the story revolves around paper planes sent from a little girl called Emily having adventures in the dangerous outdoors to a little boy called Frederick, stuck indoors in a mansion for health and safety reasons. Emma Chichester Clark's pictures are irresistible. * Evening Standard * The witty language from Ben Manley combines warmth with exquisite illustrations from Emma Chichester-Clark. -- Amanda Craig * The New Statesman * this evocative story highlights the importance of making friends and enjoying open space -- Emma Lee-Potter * The Express * A tale of sly wit and sunlit joy * The Guardian *

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509851546
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Ben Manley
Illustrator: Emma Chichester Clark
Publisher: Two Hoots an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 32 pages

About Ben Manley

Emma Chichester Clark is one of Britain's best loved children's authors and illustrators. She is the author of the immensely popular Blue Kangaroo and Plumdog series and many other books, and has illustrated books by Roald Dahl, Kevin Crossley-Holland, Peter Dickinson, Michael Morpurgo and Quentin Blake. Ben Manley is a writer and designer. His writing is full of humour and heart with a touch of the gothic - as weird and wonderful as an atticful of vampire hamsters. He also works as a digital copywriter and web designer. Ben lives in Norwich with his wife and two children.

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