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High in the Clouds [Paperback]

Sir Paul McCartney , Philip Ardagh
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5 Oct 2006

Imagine a land where all the animals are free . . .

To the creatures of the woodland, the land of Animalia sounds like a dream - a tropical island where all the animals live in harmony. They are over-shadowed by a much more evil community; the polluted Megatropolis, whose dirty skyscrapers block the horizon.

And then one day, Wirral the Squirrel's woodland is destroyed by developers and he is thrown into the nightmare world of Megatropolis. But Wirral believes in Animalia and he joins with Froggo, a world-class amphibian balloonist, and Wilhamina, a girl squirrel, to lead the enslaved animals of the city to a new life. So begins an exciting adventure through the mean streets of Megatropolis, over the sea and through the sky.

Developed out of an exceptional fusion of creative talents, this story explodes onto every page. The plot is fast, furious and funny; the illustrations are full of rich depth and colour; and the characters live on long after you have turned the final page. It will delight children of all ages and is sure to become an enduring classic.


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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; New Ed edition (5 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571225020
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571225026
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifull Book and Gorgeous Illustrations 30 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
What a beautifull book this is' its a must-have book be it on a childs bed locker or int the school liberary' this is story telling as it should be' all i can add is what will macca do next..
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Spite of All the Danger... 5 Dec 2005
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
These three highly talented peole, the Messrs. McCartney, Dunbar and Ardagh have created a delightful tale about good emerging triumphant. Paul McCartney, an avid fan of Disney, worked with Dunbar on a movie. This book is the fruit of artistic labor.
Wirral, a squirrel who shares his name with a place in England, is a happy little creature whose mother, Sugartail regales him with stories. Sugartail reels in other listeners, such as the redoubtable Froggo, who stops and drops in from his helium balloon. Wirral equates the forest to Eden and pities those who live in Megatropolis, a large, bustling city.
Gretch (also the brand name of a guitar) decides to expand the city by demolishing parts of the forest. The woodland creatures run for cover. Sugartail, like Bambi Deer's mother before her, is a casualty of human greed and exploitation. She dies in the forest, pinned under a bulldozer. Her final words were to implore Wirral to find Animalia, the safe place for all animals.
Devastated at becoming orphaned, Wirral heads for the big city. He meets Wilhamina, a high spirited red squirrel, a delightful little spit fire and Ratsy, a street savvy rodent who is quite oppidian in his tastes. The animals finally meet Gretch, the one responsible for the destruction of their forest.
Wirral feels he has the ultimate plan to save the animals and get them to Animalia. As the Beatles said in "She Loves You," their 1963 classic, "you know it's up to you/I think it's only fair..." It is up to Wirral to see this plan through.
A truly delightful story that is sure to bring smiles to faces of all ages. A fun little allegory that is good for families and classes. The song "All Together Now" seems to underscore this story.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A TOUCHING, ADVENTURE FILLED TALE 11 Nov 2005
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Who doesn't root for the good guys and love to see them win? Such a scenario becomes irresistible when presented by the talented trio of Paul McCartney, Geoff Dunbar, and Philip Ardagh. We understand that seeds for this book were planted when McCartney and Dunbar worked together on a film. Whatever the genesis, "High In The Clouds" is a sure winner.
Our hero is Wirral, a happy squirrel who lives in Woodland and delights in listening to his mother's stories. Mom is Sugartail, an enchanting storyteller who captivates creatures with her words. Even Froggo listens, popping in from time to time in his hot-air balloon. Yes, life couldn't get much better for Wirral decides as he glances at nearby Megatropolis, a big ugly city. Woodland is Eden to him.

Unfortunately there's trouble in Eden when Gretsch annexes Woodland and dispatches bulldozers "a nightmare of noise and destruction." The animals run in all directions, trying to escape the holocaust. Sadly, Sugartail is pinned beneath a huge tree. Her last words to Wirral are that he must find Animalia, a sanctuary where all the animals can live in freedom and safety.
A disconsolate Wirral doesn't know what to do, so he heads for Megatropolis. It is there that he meets and befriends Wilhamina, a feisty red squirrel and Ratsy, a rodent (of course) who knows his way around city streets. He even meets the evil Gretsch who destroyed his beloved Woodlands.
Out of his despair comes a plan - Wirral determines to save all animals. But, how can this be done? Therein lies this touching, adventure filled tale.

- Gail Cooke
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5.0 out of 5 stars In Spite of all the Danger... 29 Nov 2005
By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
These three highly talented peole, the Messrs. McCartney, Dunbar and Ardagh have created a delightful tale about good emerging triumphant. Paul McCartney, an avid fan of Disney, worked with Dunbar on a movie. This book is the fruit of artistic labor.

Wirral, a squirrel who shares his name with a place in England, is a happy little creature whose mother, Sugartail regales him with stories. Sugartail reels in other listeners, such as the redoubtable Froggo, who stops and drops in from his helium balloon. Wirral equates the forest to Eden and pities those who live in Megatropolis, a large, bustling city.

Gretch (which is the name of a guitar) decides to expand the city by demolishing parts of the forest. The woodland creatures run for cover. Sugartail, like Bambi Deer's mother before her, is a casualty of human greed and exploitation. She dies in the forest, pinned under a bulldozer. Her final words were to implore Wirral to find Animalia, the safe place for all animals.

Devastated at becoming orphaned, Wirral heads for the big city. He meets Wilhamina, a high spirited red squirrel, a delightful little spit fire and Ratsy, a street savvy rodent who is quite oppidian in his tastes. The animals finally meet Gretch, the one responsible for the destruction of their forest.

Wirral feels he has the ultimate plan to save the animals and get them to Animalia. As the Beatles said in "She Loves You," their 1963 classic, "you know it's up to you/I think it's only fair..." It is up to Wirral to see this plan through.

A truly delightful story that is sure to bring smiles to faces of all ages. A fun little allegory that is good for families and classes. The song "All Together Now" seems to underscore this story.
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