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After three exciting adventures recounted in previous books, Holly, Anna and their friend Prince Pepino are embarked on the Holy Moly Holiday they’ve been saving up for. At first the cruise ship offers everything they could wish for (apart from the preponderance of snooty young royals on the passenger list) with non-stop fun. But Holly and Anna notice there’s something not quite right, just before the ship sails off the Southern Edge of the Earth into Space! More exciting adventures follow before the day is saved, when there’s a special and very wonderful surprise waiting for Anna and Holly. Underneath the madcap adventures and slapstick these stories are rooted in friendship and the kind of fun all children will understand, and are written and illustrated with style. ~ Andrea Reece
Holly, Anna and Pepino are delighted when King Steve invites them to be his kitchen assistants in an international Royal Bake Off, organised by his older brother, King Sam of Americanada. The prize money could finally make their dream come true: the intergalactic holiday of a lifetime. But the tournament is round after terrifying round of death-defying baking, and King Steve is determined to beat his brother at all costs. With one of the contestants also plotting to take over Americanada, can Anna, Holly and Pepino stay out of danger and win the competition?
There’s a Parisian setting and decided air of chic to this singular adventure story. Anna and Holly Burnbright and their friend Prince Pepino urgently need a holiday job so when the elegant Mademoiselle Malypense asks them to help with arrangements for the wedding of Princess Violette of Francia they jump at the chance and travel to Parii at once. Skirting the revolting locals protesting in the streets, they undertake errands which take them through the sewers, into the Catacombs, and up the bell tower of Notre Dame. It’s very entertaining, and there’s lots of clever wordplay. Becka Moor rises happily to the challenge of illustrating the bizarrest of scenes – policemen on rhinoceros, an apologetic tarantula. The fairytale ending sees Mademoiselle Malypense herself marrying the princess. ~ Andrea Reece Find out Clementine Beauvais's top 10 French children's books that have been translated into English - click here!
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