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Slip recommends: Classic Creature Features

Slip recommends: Classic Creature Features

Slip likes to read books that remind him of classic stories – with a bit of a twist.

These are his favourite books that bring classic tales up to date, or feature characters that feel like old friends.


How the Rhino Got His Skin by Rosie Dickens and John Joven

Once upon a time, the rhinoceros had beautifully smooth skin. So how did it end up so saggy and baggy and wrinkly? Find out in this delightful book adapted from one of Rudyard Kipling’s famous Just So Stories.

General Muscles Paperclip said: I liked the book because it was a good story, good pictures and the rhino made people laugh, and it had good puzzles to do.

The Three Little Superpigs by Claire Evans

After defeating the Big Bad Wolf the recently named ‘Three Little Superpigs’ spend their time fighting crime and enjoying their new found fame. But one day chaos descends… The Big Bad Wolf has escaped from prison plunging Fairyland into fear! Can the Three Little Superpigs find him and foil his plans before it’s too late?

Judge Wanda Mouse said: I really like reading about superheroes, and this is a great version of The Three Little Pigs.


The Story of the Dancing Frog by Quentin Blake

Poor Gertrude thinks she’ll never have any love or laughter again when she finds out that her husband’s ship has sunk. But then she finds George – a dancing frog. When his talent for fancy footwork is out in the open, George soon becomes a world-famous superstar.

Director Bubbles Moonlight said: I like the dancing frog because you don’t normally see a frog in a book that’s a pet and you also don’t normally see them dance in a book either. I also liked the illustrations in the book.

The Catsup High Detective Agency by Margaret Ryan and Vicky Barker

When cats in the little town of Catsup go missing, cat detective, Malarkey, hires an assistant to help him find them. But the new kitten cop has a mind of his own.
Can the pair of them work together to catch the catnappers?

Dona Pinky Vegas said: It’s a real adventure, if you like detective spy secret stuff it’s the right book for you


The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective by Elizabeth Eulberg and Matt Robertson

Shelby Holmes is not your average nine-year-old. For one, she happens to be the best detective her neighbourhood has ever seen, using her uncanny analytical mind and sassy attitude to solve crimes which stump even the police department. But when eleven-year-old John Watson moves in to her block of flats, Shelby finds a solution to the one puzzle that’s eluded her up until now: friendship.
This dynamic duo find themselves swept up in a dog-napping case that’ll take both their talents to crack.

Senorita Pinky Armchair said: I really enjoyed this amazing book because it is really quite funny and I love to read mystery books like this one and it has enhanced my mind and opened my eyes. Shelby is my favourite character because she is a bit of a geek just like me. I would surely recommend this book for readers and 8+. Hope you enjoy this great book!

Kidnap in the Caribbean by Lauren St John

From Cornwall to the Caribbean, 11-year-old ace detective Laura Marlin comes face to face with pirates, sharks, criminal masterminds and an erupting volcano in her second mystery adventure.

Dame Iggy Ketchup said: This book was wonderful! A beautifully told story full of mystery and bravery.


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