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Book of the Month

Book of the Month

Welcome T o Alien School By Carly Hart & Ed Eaves / The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales By Jon Scienszka & Lane Smith

Albie is at it again! He’s gone and landed himself another cracking adventure. This time his morning is turned upside down as he jets off to Alien School! Join Albie as he makes intergalactic friends, enjoys space-ghetti it the school canteen and learns to ride a space scooter. School has never been so much fun!

If geese had graves, Mother Goose would be rolling in hers. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales retells–and wreaks havoc on–the allegories we all thought we knew by heart. In these irreverent variations on well-known themes, the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime. The Stinky Cheese Man deconstructs not only the tradition of the fairy tale but also the entire notion of a book. Our naughty narrator, Jack, makes a mockery of the title page, the table of contents and even the endpaper by shuffling, scoffing and generally paying no heed to structure. Characters slide in and out of tales, Cinderella rebuffs Rumpelstiltskin and the Giant at the top of the beanstalk snacks on the Little Red Hen. There are no lessons to be learned or morals to take to heart–just good, sarcastic fun that smart-alecks of all ages will love.

About the Author

Caryl Hart is a full time children’s writer, who also runs creative workshops with local schools. She lives on the top of a windy hill in the Peak District with her guitar-playing husband, two cheeky daughters, one extremely fluffy black cat, a goldfish, four hens and an invisible dog called Paddy. She spends her spare time digging her allotment and organizing community projects, and going for long walks, especially if they end up at a cafe. Her favourite place is the local library because it’s warm and full of books. Edward Eaves is an up-and-coming young illustrator with a growing reputation and several successful children’s books under his belt. Ed lives with his wife in Kent.

Jon Scieszka began to train as a doctor but left to take a course in fiction writing at Columbia University and to become a teacher. He lives in Brooklyn and spends his time writing and talking about books.Lane Smith, an acclaimed author/illustrator, has achieved major success in his collaborations with Jon Scieszka. He also provided the original concept and illustrations for the hit film James and the Giant Peach. He lives in New York.

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