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The Toucan Brothers [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Tor Freeman
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6 Jun 2013
What do you do when your sink's on the blink? In Tapton everyone knows who to call – the Toucans that can do, Sammy and Paul! But when new plumber Flash Rover swings into town, the Toucan's telephone stops ringing. Flash Rover may be faster and cheaper, but he's also a rotten cheat and it isn't long before the people of Tapton find themselves in deep, deep water . . . So remember, if there’s a job that you simply can’t do then call those that can – the twosome that can do, the Brothers Toucan! A future classic – you'll laugh until your pipes burst!

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Illustrated edition edition (6 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023071207X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230712072
  • Product Dimensions: 30.4 x 24 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,102,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Toucan Brothers and The Hundred Decker Bus were included in the Independent on Sunday summer round up. The Toucan Brothers was described as "excellent" by the reviewer, Nick Tucker and The Hundred Decker Bus was praised for its "zany humour". (www.independent.co.uk)

This is a great fun read with the style and magic of a comic book. It is written in rhyme, which I love for reading out loud, and this one flows brilliantly. We all found it very funny and my children wanted it read again and again. (Book Babblers)

Beautifully detailed panels full of well built characters and loads, I mean loads of things going on for those who like to stop reading to look at all the details in the pictures... the rhymes are great, very well constructed and the story flows fantastically. (inismagazine.ie) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Tor Freeman was born and educated in London and graduated from Kingston University with a BA in illustration in 1999. Although most of her life has been spent in London, time spent living in California and her mother's home in South Africa have influenced her work today. Memories of beachcombing, evenings outside, and local animals and insects come back to her whenever she picks up a pencil. Tor’s books for Macmillan include AMBROSE GOES FOR GOLD (978-1-4472-1003-0), ONE PIG WENT FOR A DRIVE (978-1-4050-2207-1) and SHOWTIME FOR BILLIE AND COCO (978-0-230-71206-5). Tor lives and works in North London and was recently awarded the prestigious Maurice Sendak Fellowship. To see more of her work, visit www.torfreeman.com.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A sure-fire hit! 18 Jun 2013
By Abbey
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Our family has always been a fan of Tor Freeman's books, but we've really been blown away by this new one - it's brilliant!! The drawings are so witty, and the detail is incredible - I found myself having another look after the kids were finished with it! Unlike so many kids' books, this is great fun for the adult as well as the child, as there's so much to enjoy with the clever rhymes and hilarious drawings. This is surely destined to become a classic...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it love it love it 20 April 2014
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My little boys loves this and I've read it loads of times, lovely illustrations and lots of opportunities for creating your own sound effects to bring the story to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very witty book! 8 Feb 2014
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I like this book immensely. It is funny, and the rhyming is clever. The illustrations are also excellent. My son enjoys the story- and I have a good chuckle too... all in all, a good book! Like another poster, we received this as a gift, and now I am buying copies for friends. Think that says it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ingenious! 19 Aug 2013
By LucyKB
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We were given this book as a gift. I've been busy purchasing it for all our friends! This reminds me so much of the Richard Scarry books we loved as kids. The pictures are works of art, so much to look at and full of humour. The text is so clever, and due to its rhyming nature, I'm sure would appeal to the very young as well as older kids in the same way that Julia Donaldson's work does. It's so nice to find something different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Great Illustrations 8 Jun 2014
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My 3 year old loves this book with all it's amusing story and colourful illustrations. It a lot of fun to read - not too long, not too short and clever with a nice rhyming scheme.
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