Review Blog

Mar 30 2011

Mr. Badger and the Difficult Duchess by Leigh Hobbs

cover image

Allen and Unwin, 2011. ISBN 9781742374192.
Mr. Badger and the Difficult Duchess is a quirky story where the main character is a badger and he is the Manager of Special Events at the Boubles Grand Hotel. Mr. Badger is in charge of organising events and looking after special guests. He is the most patient creature you will ever meet. It is the day of the Philatelic Society's Annual Dinner and Mr. Badger's patience (and the rest of the hotel staff) is put to the test when an unusual royal guest arrives unannounced. The difficult duchess ends up being the most demanding guest ever!
I love how the author has used an animal as the main character and how the human characters treat him as an equal (plus he talks!). I would recommend the book for readers aged 8-10 years. It isn't a long story but there are black and white illustrations on each page to match the text and add visuals for the reader. There is also a lesson or two to be learned concerning the importance of patience and keeping calm because amazing things can happen no matter what goes wrong!
Kylie Kempster

BUY IT NOW ON booktopia
Archived Blog Entries
Latest News
Indie Book Awards 2017
CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017 shortlist
CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2017 shortlist
School Library Association Information Book Award 2017
2017 UKLA Book Awards shortlists
International Children's Book Day 2nd April, 2017
Branford Boase Award 2017 longlist
Children's Book Award 2017 shortlist
Infographic: Teen reading habits
Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
National Simultaneous Storytime 2017

ReadPlus Features
Print similar authors bookmark
Read similar authors
How to find lesson plans
Sample theme animation

Promote Reading
Staff holiday reading list 2016
South Australian Christian Schools Conference 2016 - Library Displays
Display calendars
Science fiction and fantasy lists SAETA conference 2015
Value of School Libraries
Library, Reading development and the Internet
Free Rights of the Reader Poster
Reviews: Author index
Books for boys
Bookmark and poster templates