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The Stanley Bagshaw series


Mother Goose Award -Short-listed

Stands in a class of it's own -British Book News


Preposterous comic-strip stuff for the reluctant reader -The Observer 


Satisfies both the child's aesthetic sense and taste for words as well as giving pleasure and delight - The School Librarian

Hamish Hamilton 1981 (ISBN-0241106346) Puffin 1982


Republished by BARN OWL BOOKS 2004 (ISBN 1-903015-40-5)


It's a joyous lark The Times

Bang on target for the six to eight year olds. 
British Book News

The pictures are wonderfully varied and have in

the quality of the painting, a touch of Tin Tin
Signal Review

It's difficult not to laugh out loud. Mother Magazine

Good Book Guide 1981 - selected 

Hamish Hamilton 1983 (ISBN-0241108128) Puffin 1983


Republished by BARN OWL BOOKS 2006(ISBN 1-903015-50-2)


Good, nostalgic, Northern fun....Genuine wit is the magic ingredient. 
Times Ed Supplement 

The text demands to be read aloud....should delight readers and listeners of seven to ten years. 
British Book News

A winner for the over nines
Signal Selection

FCBG Pick of the year - selected

Hamish Hamilton 1985 (ISBN-0241112303) Puffin 1987 (ISBN-0140505814)  Republished by BARN OWL BOOKS 2003(ISBN 1-903015-31-6)


Stunning illustrations - Observer Education

Quite brilliant! Books For Keeps 

I can't imagine boys being able to resist it -
The School Librarian 

It will bring the house down when read aloud - Children's Book News

We love this book. It's one of the true classic children's picture books Amazon Customer Review

Child Education - Book of the Month 
Kurt Maschler Award - Short listed 
Kate Greenaway medal - nominated

Hamish Hamilton 1986 (ISBN-0241117836) Puffin 1988


Republished by BARN OWL BOOKS 2003(ISBN 1-903015-26-x)


Ideal for struggling new readers. 
Woman's Realm

Written in wonderful rolling verse which reads aloud beautifully. This book shows what a good vehicle strip cartoon can be.

Children's Books of the Year

The illustrations have their usual charm, from the opening panorama of Huddersgate to the lovingly drawn old fashioned wooden radio at the end. Eccentric characters abound, the daft surgeon a real treat.

Slings & Arrows

Hamish Hamilton.1988 (ISBN-0241124190) Penguin 1989 (ISBN-0140508686) 


Another splendid Stanley Bagshaw story. In the final frames a radio broadcasts a critic's review of the book.:- "The use of idiomatic language, the pleasingly pedantic quatrains, full of lambent alliteration, coupled with deceptively naive illustrations..." I couldn't have put it better myself. Incredibly it's all true. 
Raymond Briggs - Times Ed Supplement

Surpasses previous titles for inventiveness and wit.
The Sunday Times

Kurt Maschler Award - Short listed

Hamish Hamilton 1990 (ISBN-0241127475) Penguin 1992 (ISBN-0140542477)Kurt Maschler Award - Short listed


Full of wonderful ribald humour - we all roared with laughter! An irresistible book with humour crammed into every page. Strongly recommended.
Children's Book Review

You'll be glued to every page so as not to miss a detail in the illustration or a snippet of wit in the text
Books For Keeps

Kurt Maschler award - Short listed. 
FCBG Selected 'Pick of the Year'
CBF - Children's Book of the Year
Junior Education - Best Books of the Year

Hamish Hamilton 1992 (ISBN-0241127602) Penguin 1995 (ISBN-0140507574)


Another hilarious adventure featuring the world's most unassuming hero. 
Burnley Express

For if comic-strip form is your fancy, Here's one you'll be glad that you bought. 
Books For Keeps

Hamish Hamilton 1996 
(ISBN-0241132312) Penguin 1997  (ISBN-0140380248)


Young readers will just love the illustrations. 
Ulster Newsletter

It's full of action packed fun. 
Yorkshire Post

Adults should get hold of this one before the kids do. It's very funny. 
Herald Express

Penguin. Nov 1998 (ISBN-014038023x)

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