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On a Tall, Tall Cliff [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Andrew Murray , Alan Snow
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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4 July 2005

A tale showing the importance of friendship. Alan Snow’s quirky drawings ensure children will be asking for this book again and again.

On a tall, tall cliff there were two little houses. The house nearest the edge was where Puffle lived. From the edge he could look …

… down …
… down …
… to the deep dark rocks far below.

The two friends would do anything for each other. But why does Busy need to borrow the entire contents of Puffle’s house – even the walls and the roof?

It seems a lot to ask, but it will really help!

Product details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (4 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007121563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007121564
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 21.1 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,213,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Insights into the power of friendship and being generous don’t come much better than this.’ Junior

About the Author

Andrew Murray is a new and highly original author, who writes with great compassion and humour.

Alan Snow studied fashion design and illustration at Salisbury. He worked as a wedding dress designer, car designer and tree surgeon before becoming a children’s book illustrator. He has also been involved in a number of computer animation projects, including a Peter Gabriel video.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE 12 Jan 2005
By A Customer
On a tall tall cliff has become a firm favourite with my 3 year old - it is his favourite bedtime story and I have been reading it to him since he received it for his birthday last September. The story is warm and endearing and the illustrations are brilliant. The plot is simple but cleverly aimed at younger readers - all my friends who have bought this book - have nothing but great praise for it - we are Andrew Murray fans already and my son loves all his books - they are funny and warm and just manage to hit the spot with the under 5's.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Busby and Puffle are next door neighbours and good friends. Busby becomes aware that disaster is looming for Puffle, however, and so makes a series of increasingly large, seemingly bizarre and unreasonable requests. Puffle does worry that Busby is making a fool of him, but he trusts his friend completely which ultimately pays off when a portion of the cliff falls down, down, down to the deep dark rocks below. My children love this book although I did wonder why Busby was able to issue instructions but not a helping hand as poor Puffle shifts "his walls and the mice between them, his rafters and the nails in them, his bricks and the mortar between them, his floorboards and the secrets beneath them". The prose is great, descriptive and fast flowing. However, the real magic of this book is undoubtedly in the illustrations. They are colourful, detailed and humorous and the children enjoy the little touches such as the mice cheerfully struggling with removals, the dog in the bath and the birds manouvring the toilet into its new position. We also particularly love the detailed endpapers - double page pictures of the surrounding area - the first a neighbouring village (and the round-nosed shark kissing the submarine) and the second, a lighthouse and pirate ship.
This is a lively and funny picture book, perfect for a summer break on the Cornish coast!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Poppy
I LOVE this book.
I bought it to use with my class last year.........read it to my own parents first and they did smile. Later that evening my mum said to my dad "It's a lot to ask but it would be very helpful if you put some more coal on the fire.............!" and so began lots of fun for us as a family.
Children at school enjoyed it too..!!
I have used the " it's a lot to ask but......" approach with some very challenging individuals and groups - adult and younger......with very positive outcomes!!! Amazing in some cases and it is remarkable how so much can be achieved with carefully used words.
So well done to Andrew Murray. He certainly used his words carefully and I'm very grateful for the fun and for the thoughts.
I put my book away in a 'safe place' but have just discovered it again in the last week.
What a delight to find I had not lent it to someone else. This is a treasure I hope to read and use often in the years ahead!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy Mummy 11 Jan 2010
My 5 year old daughter adored this story when she borrowed it from the local library so, I decided to purchase it as an extra gift from Father Christmas. This is a lovely story with a hidden meaning of true friendship. The character of Busby appears to be rather selfish and greedy at the beginning, asking Puffle for the entire contents of his home. Puffle being a good friend gives Busby all that he owns. We quickly change our perception of Busby when we realise what a devoted friend he is to Puffle. My daughter loved Busby so much she named one of her goldfish after him!
Highly recommended story with a lovely moral 10/10 :-)
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3.0 out of 5 stars A clever story with an interesting twist 27 July 2008
By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
My five year old daughter is particularly enamoured of this story at the moment. It has a great twist at the end and she is very good at keeping it secret. She persuaded a friend of ours to read it to her recently and I could hear the friend sounding off about what an unsuitable book it was because the main character was so selfish. Then she found herself having to eat her words at the end, much to my daughter's delight.

The illustrations are crisp, nicely detailed and yet not so busy that a child would find it difficult to engage with. The story is about the nature of true friendship and is full of endearing jokes and surprises. A lovely book.
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