‘Animal 123’ and ‘Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants’

For younger children

Animal 1 2 3

By Britta Teckentrup

Age: 2+

Animal123There’s a surprise around every corner in these playful books. Penguins dive and swim, dragon flies dance, hippos swim and giraffes stretch.

Each time you turn a page and lift a flap, you find an extra animal tucked away.  Lift the flap and one wriggly snake becomes two, two marching elephants become three, and three tall giraffes become four.

Spot the extra bear as five bears tiptoe away from the beehive, find the seventh snowy swan hidden behind the flap and see if you can spot the eighth very small penguin beside its mum.

Our favourite is the picture of the eight grinning snails but real surprise is waiting when you get to number ten!

Published by Templar – £8.99


For older children

Sir Scallywag and the Golden Underpants

By Giles Andreae and Korky Paul

Age: 4+

SirScallywagThis is a fabulously funny story about a king (and his bottom), a knight, a naughty giant and a rather fancy pair of golden undergarments!

King Colin was a mighty king of England, who wasn’t clever or bold –

“What made King Colin special

Were his Underpants of gold.”

When a giant steals away with these powerful pants, a brave and bold knight called Sir Scallywag is sent to retrieve them – and even though Sir Scallywag is only six years old, he manages to get the better of the giant.

This is a brilliant rhyming story about a king and his ‘power pants’ but what really makes this book a treat are the illustrations. Look out for the king’s hairy butt, see how many ‘y’ fronts you can spot in the castle landscape, check out the cat, dog, birds and dragons wearing assorted crowns, and squirm at the numerous spiders and other creepy crawlies…

Published by Puffin – £6.99


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