Anne Fine has won the Smarties Book Prize, the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Carnegie Medal (twice) and has twice been voted Children's Author of the Year. She lives in County Durham. Penny Dale is an author and illustrator whose titles include the bestselling Ten in the Bed (9781406300352) and the 1980 Kate Greenaway Medal-winning Rosie's Babies (9780744523355), written by Martin Waddell. She lives in Newport, Wales.
PreS-Gr 2-This sequel to The Jamie and Angus Stories (Candlewick, 2002) is divided into six amusing vignettes. In one, Jamie tries to hide his toy Highland bull from an overzealous playmate, with hilarious results. Another features the preschooler as an aspiring artist who finds that he prefers to draw "angry eggs with beetling eyebrows and fine mustaches" to anything else. Other tales show the boy playing make-believe with Angus, having the bull guard his candy while he goes for a walk with his family, and organizing his books. In the final story, Jamie questions his friendship with his sidekick since the toy bull cannot do the same things he can. Dale's beautifully rendered black-and-white illustrations enhance each story. The tales themselves are charming and heartwarming, depicting this realistic yet fanciful friendship between a small boy and his favorite plaything. This title will work well both as a read-aloud and for those who are just beginning to tackle chapter books.-Donna Atmur, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"* "...delightfully illustrated, gentle and reassuring." The Glasgow Herald * "It's wonderful stuff... bringing to life the real excitements and worries of small children." The Good Book Guide on The Jamie and Angus Stories"