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The Baddies: a wickedly funny picture book from the creators of The Gruffalo

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I liked this book - the rhymes and rhythms were almost consistent - a few areas where the scansion didn't work for me. The drawings as ever are full of characterful mischief and children will find much to see in them - a Gruffalo lurking on a page, for example.

The baddies devise different ways to scare her but are unsuccessful as she shows them kindness and understanding. Her other books include Room on the Broom, Stick Man and Zog, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, The Hospital Dog, illustrated by Sara Ogilvie and the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard adventures, illustrated by Lydia Monks. My only question is why are the endpapers purple with white polka dots, when the handkerchief that was the main element in the story was blue with white polka dots?

With Julia Donaldson’s (author of The Gruffalo) trademark quirky humour and rhyming text and Axel Scheffler’s detailed illustrations, there are lots of fun things to spot as you read and reread the text. One of my television songs, A SQUASH AND A SQUEEZE, was made into a book in 1993, with illustrations by the wonderful Axel Scheffler.

We work separately - he’s in London and I’m in Glasgow - but he sends me letters with lovely funny pictures on the envelopes.

They are always so much fun to read with the little people in my life and the illustrations are always bright, cheerful and fun.

I really enjoy getting the children in the audience to help me act out the stories and sing the songs. Published just in time for Halloween, I had great hopes for this story featuring a ghost and a witch (and a troll).When a little girl moves into a nearby cottage, the Baddies can’t wait to scare her out of her wits.

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