A charming series of adventures for younger readers, featuring a family of all sorts of animals that live in the farmyard behind the tumble-down barn on Mudpuddle Farm! Two fantastic stories in one volume! Mossop's Last Chance: "There's mice in my barley sacks, there's rats in my roof and now there's mice in the corn bin. This time I've had enough. If you aren't up to the job, you will have to go." Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep -- and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance! Albertine, Goose Queen: "Good morning, Madam, I've come to eat you. Your friends have all gone. There's no one to help you now. They're all very stupid, aren't they?" A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond -- at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her! Key title / Michael Morpurgo is a hugely successful author for readers of all ages -- and this series will strengthen his brand in the younger market / Charming, funny, beautifully illustrated and entertaining, this is a magical series
Michael Morpurgo is one of the most well-known and best-loved children's authors. He has written over a hundred books, as well as short stories, musicals and screenplays, and has won many prizes, including the Blue Peter Book Award and the Red House Children's Book Award for Private Peaceful, the Whitbread Award for The Wreck of the Zanzibar, and the Writer's Guild Award and the Smarties Prize for The Butterfly Lion.
Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
"Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching." Guardian
"Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects." Daily Telegraph
"There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo." Daily Express
"Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skilful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative"
Elizabeth Reilly, British Council
"The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers." Guardian