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Sir Charlie Stinky Socks and the Tale of the Terrible Secret [Paperback]

Kristina Stephenson
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7 Nov 2011 Sir Charlie Stinky Socks (Book 4)

The best-selling children’s picture book about one brave knight and a whole lot of adventure.

In the dead of night - when the wind is right - there comes a pitiful sobbing; out of the rumbling, grumbling castle and down the side of the hill . . . Who could it possibly be? And what is this terrible secret all about? It seems something dreadful has happened in castle that teeters and totters on top of the hill and the only person who can put things right is – you guessed it – our very own honourable, feisty and courageous young hero, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks! Read on and discover a tale of pluckiness and bravery, where, with a little help from his friends, our gallant knight dares to put things right once more . . .

A swashbuckling, funny and charming adventure from best-selling picture book author/illustrator Kristina Stephenson – an ideal read aloud story to share with your little adventurer.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont (7 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405253975
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405253970
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 26.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kristina Stephenson was born in the desert and by the age of two she was very good at building sand castles.  As a child she loved making up stories and making a mess with paper, paints and glue. She still does, although now she clears up the chaos herself.

She was a day dreamer at school and her teachers despaired. She loved film and television and later developed a passion for theatre.  She wanted to be an actress – singing and dancing in musicals – but she was painfully shy so she didn’t even try.

After school she trained as a set and costume designer and had a successful career in theatre and Children’s Television until she had her children. Wanting to stay at home with them she turned her hand to illustration, working at night in an attic in a house in London (it was a very nice attic) where she illustrated many non- fiction books. Inspired to write her first picture book by her son Charlie (who does not have Stinky Socks), she showed it to a friend in the book trade. Thankfully for us he recommended that she send it to Egmont. With a change in artwork style, the bold, brave Sir Charlie Stinky Socks embarked on the first of his many really big adventures.

Kristina now lives in Wiltshire with her husband, who is a musician, her daughter, her son, a dog, two cats and a tortoise.  She juggles work with family life in a busy, bustling house without an attic – now she writes in an old turquoise VW camper van called BRU. She loves her work but she still loves the theatre and she’s not as shy as she used to be, so … who knows.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Story - Great Message 4 Dec 2011
By L.Moore
I took my grandchildren to a reading of this book at a literary festival recently. Actually it turned out to be more of a "performance" with a set, an enormous book, music, sound effects and songs. It was wonderful and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. We're still singing one of the songs. They sold out of books at the event so I ordered several copies on Amazon to give as Christmas presents.
It's a charming story about a brave little knight who embarks on a mission to rescue a prisoner from a rumbling, grumbling castle that everyone else is too terrified to go near.
It is a little scary in parts but that's no bad thing as it makes the message at the end even more poignant for small children: If something is troubling you, don't keep it as a "terrible secret" - tell someone your problem and you really will feel much better.
Of course, by the end of the book, not only has Sir Charlie Stinky Socks rescued the prisoner, he has found an unusual way to transform the crumbling castle into "somewhere fit for a king" Lovely!
The pictures are bright and very amusing and there are flaps to open which add an extra something to the book.
It's a great modern take on the sort of fairy story I used to read as a child, with an important message for little ones.
My only criticism - there is no CD to accompany the book, but perhaps this will follow.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to a really good series. 26 Nov 2011
Being both a mother and a teacher I get to read lots of children's story books and am always rather pleased when i get to read one of the Sir Charlie books and this newest addition is great fun. My young daughter was kept entertained by the flaps, while her older cousins were gripped with the story. Really enjoyed reading it to them and glad to have it in my collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and fun! 17 April 2012
Alison: [...]
This book was recommended to us by preschool. They have been using it in a display recently and commented on how much my son loved it. They weren't wrong.

Sir Charlie Stinky Socks, his cat Envelope and his good grey mare go in search of adventure and in this book they find it in a crumbling castle at the top of a very large hill. In the past couple of weeks the sound of sobbing has made it down to the bottom of the hill, but the people in the village there have been too scared to investigate. That is until Sir Charlie Stinky Socks comes along! What follows is an adventure in which Sir Charlie is a fearless knight and one that discusses the importance of always telling the truth.

I can see why my son loves this book so much. It appeals to his love of knights and his silly sense of humour. This humour is emphasised by the language used. Some parts rhyme but others don't which really adds to the atmosphere of the book. It's the kind of book that invites you to use silly voices when reading aloud. There are also 4 giant flaps in the book that have to be lifted to read the story which is always going to be popular with preschoolers. I'm so glad that we did buy this book and I don't think it will be long before the other books in the series will be added to our shelves.

Verdict - Exciting, fun and perfect for little (and not so little) ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another bedtime favourite! 27 Nov 2011
Another lovely sir Charlie stinky socks book. My boys aged 5&6 love these books!
We have the whole collection now and they sit pride of place on our bookshelf, they have been taken into school and introduced to teachers and read to the whole class. It's so nice to read story's about a superhero who's super powers ate being brave and kind rather than using violence.
Lovely books for boys and girls with plenty of imagination, pages fold out all over the place, words stretch across a an entire page. There's some lovely descriptive language too. All in all an excellent series of books!

(our only dissapointment was that the Charlie stinky socks app advertised in the book is nowhere to be found on the apple app store!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 8 July 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series 26 Mar 2014
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These books are great. They are very appealing to children and nice for adults to read. Have used these before for Y2 SATs character descriptions and children were able to use lots of interesting adjectives.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful 28 Feb 2014
By JimRose
It's hard to know where to start with what's wrong with this book, so I'll begin with the layout. It has flaps which open out and there's no logic to where the next bit of the story is written. You find yourself stopping and finding you've missed a bit, you then fold the flap away and the part you missed is there.

The style of writing is awful, it has some random rhymes but no rhythm to it so it's difficult to read out loud.

I found the whole thing a highly frustrating to try read to my daughter at bedtime. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice artwork, pretty awful writing 4 April 2013
After being introduced to the series with CSS and the tale of two treasures - my son liked the illustrations and the story was reasonably well written - I bought the other three books in the series including this one. I have to say although the artwork is charming the writing is appalling in this one. Several times I checked for missing pages as the story jarred horribly from one direction to another with seemingly no connection inbetween. It may be that we've gotten used to such a high standard with the Julia Donaldson books but the difference in writing is so noticeable that even the little one seemed confused that the story was not making sense, and he's just under 3 years old. It's a shame as there is potential there but in the future I'll be checking out the books first in a bookstore before I buy 'blind' again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Illustrations lovely, story quirky and there's something in there for both child and reader.
Published 14 days ago by G K M Blanchard-Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This book was for my soon to be six year old son and it has to be the worst book we have ever read to him. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Garry Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Holds the child captivated on every page. The story flaps add another element of surprise and suspense. Always an ending with a little fun twist.
Published 19 months ago by mandymac9
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sir Charlie
These books are fab! Stories that are funny, keep the children wanting to know what's going to happen next, great pictures, fun flaps, good for boys and girls!
Published 21 months ago by Mrs. C. M. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good olde Sir charlie
Agh what do I need to say about Sir charlie?! these books are great,I read them to my daughter, her friends and her class and not a single child dislikes them not a single child... Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by NicolaA
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma
My son loves these books especially the pull out pages. They are great buy/present for someone so I would recommend them
Published on 1 May 2012 by Emma
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The Author came to my daughter's school (she is in reception)and I bought it for her to sign. I was surprised as I thought that this was a book aimed at boys but pleased with the... Read more
Published on 15 April 2012 by Naomi's Mum
4.0 out of 5 stars The terrible secret
I was delighted to see another Sir Charlie Stinky Socks book published and it is full of all the usual exciting and unusual twists and turns. Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2011 by h.c.perks
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