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Discover a whole wealth of extraordinary stories and letters in this new collection of animal tales from Toon Tellegen. Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg's delicate illustrations, these charming stories will captivate readers of all ages. A Piece of Passion from David Bennett, Publisher, Boxer Books When I read the first story in a French edition of the original Dutch volumes of these tales written by Toon Tellegen, I hunted down the English rights and bagged them. When it comes to Toon's writing, it is not an overstatement to say unique, extraordinary, singular, touching, remarkable, exceptional, unforgettable...(one could go on) Combined with Jessica Ahlbergs stunning miniature watercolours - magnificent! What a claim! And so true.
We’re used to the Little Princess behaving badly, but this new story shows a different side to her, and is surprisingly tender. She’s proud of her dad, the king, but still wishes he could do things the other dads in the palace can, and, for example, teach her to ride and cook, and swim. Her maid takes it upon herself to instruct her little mistress in these things, but things don’t go well. Feeling fed up and a failure, there’s only one person the Little Princess wants, only one person who can make her smile again … The illustrations have the boundless energy that is the hallmark of Tony Ross, but are also full of warmth and affection.
This is a wonderfully silly, wonderfully funny picture book from the absolute master of the genre, Tony Ross. Mr Wolf is a tricky character, more than a match for his neighbours, a flock of sheep who – ulp! – provide most of his meals. They are shockingly easy to trick though: apparently you can fool some of the people all of the time. Even so, Mr Wolf comes to the sort of end he deserves, and it’s entirely his own fault. Giggles guaranteed on every page, and as always Ross tells his tale with visual and verbal flourish.
In a nutshell: funny, exciting story with a bee’s eye view of the world Tony de Saulles takes readers inside a bee hive in this funny, fascinating story. Melvin keeps bees on the roof of his tower block and his nickname at school is Bee Boy, not always meant kindly. After a particularly hard day at school something magical happens and he finds himself in the hive, a real bee boy. In this form he’s able to help his bees against a wasp attack, and even a death’s head hawkmoth. Can he convince their human adversaries though of just how wonderful and important bees are? The bee’s eye view of the world is fascinating and this slips in hundreds of facts about bees while also being a hugely entertaining story. De Saulles is best known as the Horrible Science illustrator and the book is full of his lively illustrations too. Bee-rilliant! ~ Andrea Reece
Dilly, the world famous dinosaur with a 150 mile-per-hour scream, decides to give his father something special for his birthday. Can he really be good for a whole day? Dilly does his very best with delightful results in this easy-to-read story for developing readers.
September 2013 Book of the Month Launching a zany, pun-filled new series, the exploits of this vampire spy will spook and tickle readers in equal measure. Special Agent Fangs Enigma works with his side kick Puppy Brown, a smart talking werewolf. Together, the two see off the criminal monsters in their unusual world. Fang jokes abound in this harum-scarum adventure. In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Operation: Golden Bum a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'I really enjoyed this book and I thought that Fangs and Puppy Brown made a great team. I can't wait to read about their other cases!' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Join Special Agent Fangs Enigma - the world's greatest vampire spy - and his werewolf sidekick Puppy Brown as they battle society's worst criminal monsterminds. This is the second in a new series of comedy horror adventures from the bestselling author of Scream Street. The short filmic chapters, action-packed plots and caper-style comedy help to build reader-confidence, especially among reluctant boy readers. It also includes puzzles and code-breakers to encourage learning and rereading. Click here to download an extract of the first Fangs Vampire adventure, Operation Golden Bum!
Agent Fangs is back on a new mission with his super sleuth Puppy Brown in tow. This time, Fangs and Puppy Brown are trying to track down the spooky spectre Joe Nobody who will otherwise cause some very serious problems. Can Fangs do it or will the ghostly enemy remain at large?
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month August 2019 | Temper tantrums are brilliantly visualised in this witty story about how Ravi deals with his. Poor Ravi! The youngest and smallest in the family he is always the slowest and the shortest and the last one to get what he wants. It makes him feel terrible! And when Ravi feels terrible he ROARS. His face goes red, he grows two furry ears, sharp teeth and a stripey tail. Now he can get what he wants but there is a price to pay: will anyone want to play with him? Tom Percival’s illustrations keep the message light hearted without trivialising it.
From the Psammead to the Cat in the Hat, there’s a long tradition in children’s books of young protagonists befriending a magical creature whose lack of knowledge of, or lack of respect for how things work leads to all sorts of adventures. Here Eric finds himself looking after Pan, a Mini-Dragon, and though it’s fun, it’s not always easy. Pan insists on going to school in Eric’s backpack, but won’t stay hidden, then Eric’s nasty neighbour Toby dragon-naps him to take in for his school’s show-and-tell. The second in a new series this is action packed and lots of fun with some great comic touches – the description of Toby’s posh school uniform for example. Sarah Horne’s illustrations are the perfect accompaniment to the lively text. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: unforgettable Christmas with mini-dragons It’s Christmas and Eric is going to have an exciting day: he’s woken up early by Pan, the mini-dragon who lives in his sock-drawer, and they discover that Pan’s parents have arrived unexpectedly to spend Christmas with their son, so that makes three mini-dragons in the house… Then, thanks to trouble at the airport (which might just have something to do with the dragons), Eric’s friends and neighbours arrive for Christmas too, including the thoroughly awful Toby. Anything could happen, and probably will. The action is fast, funny but firmly rooted in family life and friendship, while Sarah Horne’s illustrations of dragons and humans alike catch the tone perfectly. This series will keep the ho-ho-ho going long after Christmas. ~ Andrea Reece One to recommend to fans of Guy Bass and Josh Lacey’s Dragonsitter series.
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