‘Don’t Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate’ and ‘A Pair of Jacks’

For younger children

Don’t Dip Your Chips in Your Drink, Kate
By Caryl Hart and Leigh Hodgkinson

Kate P Green goes for tea with the queen and her mum hopes she will come back with perfect table manners.

Sadly for mum, Kate and the queen dispose of table manners entirely and decide to have some fun instead.

‘Yes, these are the rules we should stick to, but manners are dull don’t you think?’ says the queen. ‘Then she loads up her spoon with several dried prunes and fires them into my drink’.

The illustrations are gloriously colourful (and sometimes quite messy) while the spreads devoted to ‘rules of the table’ are enough to put anyone, adult or child, off rules for life.

This book won’t teach your child perfect table manners, but it might help them enjoy mealtimes more as they wonder what tea with the queen might really be like…

Published by Orchard Books

For older children

A Pair of Jacks
By Michael Lawrence

This book includes two stories, Jack and the Giant-Killer and Jackwitch, and they turn traditional fairy tales on their head.

Hearing the name Jack the Giant Killer is enough to send a chill down the spine of the most hardened giant – so imagine what it must be like for a giant to be named Jack?

Ashamed of his name, Jack hides himself away in his castle until the day a young giant-killer called Jim comes knocking…. So begins a proud new career for Jack as Jack the Giant-Killer Killer.

In Jackwitch, woodcutter Grimm has a son called Jack. Grimm and Jack are known for being very grim indeed. One night, when Grimm disappears into the woods to catch witches, Jack decides to follow him but he finds out more than he bargained for.

These stories are quirky and aimed perfectly at boys and girls who are looking for something with a bit more ‘bite’ than Horrid Henry. There are wonderful black and white illustrations by Tony Ross.

Published by Orchard Books

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