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Pugs of the Frozen North Hardcover – 3 Sep 2015
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'The whole book is a race and I can't wait to read the whole book to find out what happens in the end.' (Rachel Zinkin, age 8, for lovereading4kids.co.uk)
'A gloriously wacky story' (The Times)
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'Marries the very different talents of Reeve and McIntyre to fabulous effect' (Bookseller Children's Buyer's Guide)
'Reeve and McIntyre have been responsible for some of the finest young fiction of recent years and this is their irresistibly-titled third collaboration' (Fiona Noble, The Bookseller)
'An action-packed adventure promising snow trolls, sea monsters and a gang of particularly hungry yetis' (Philip Jones, Editor, The Bookseller)
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Our story begins when a deep winter appears overnight and Captain Jeggings and his crew suddenly find themselves trapped in a sea of ice and have to abandon ship. Shen, the cabin boy is left behind all alone, well apart from having 66 pugs for company. Shen sets off to find the rest of the crew and stumbles upon a town Snowdovia and a girl called Sika who persuades him and the pugs to take part in ‘The Great Northern Race’. Sika wants to win the race so she can meet the Snowfather and make her one wish come true to make her Grandpa well again.
The line up of the race participants, resembles the cast of the Wacky Races. We have the dastardly Sir Basil Sprout-Dumpling, the glamourous Mitzi Von Primm, the scientific Professor Shackleton Jones and the nature loving Helga Hammerfest. As the starting pistol is fired it looks like Shen and Sika will be the underdogs as they set off on their arctic mission. As they journey north through they encounter lots of strange and magical beings including the octopus like Kraken, greedy trolls and noodle loving Yetis. Despite the best efforts of the conniving Sir Basil and lots of hazards that get in their way Shen and Sika finally reach their destination the icicle palace of the Snowfather. But will they manage to have a happy ending and have their wishes come true, you will have to read to find out more! This book is a sheer delight and is a truly brilliant collaboration between Philip and Sarah. The illustrations are sublime, expressing perfectly the personalities of all our characters. It is full of humour, charm, heart and tension as we journey along with our fearless and generous duo. It is also packed full of fabulous details such as the fifty different types of snow which are an intrinsic part of a ‘True WInter’, which made it a total joy to read. I found myself so caught up in this exciting adventure that I really didn’t want it to come to an end. I really recommend that you join them on their adventures as I know you will truly have the ride of your life.
This is a great book to read to your child and discuss at home.