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Sep 12 2013

Snugglepot and Cuddlepie's sleepover by May Gibbs and Mark McLeod

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Scholastic, 2013. ISBN 9781742830216.
(Age: 4+) Recommended. Picture book. May Gibbs. A beautiful present, this hardcover picture book with May Gibbs' illustrations adorning every page will entice younger readers to further explore this classic Australian author and illustrator. One of three commissioned by Scholastic with copyright holders, the Northcott Society and Cerebral Palsy Alliance, part of the proceeds gained from the books will assist in their work.
The story centres around the two friends inviting others over for a sleepover. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie invite Obelia, Ragged Blossom and Mrs Koala's children to join them.
But someone has forgotten to invite Mrs Kookaburra, partly because her six very noisy offspring would not be good to have at a sleepover. Cuddlepie is put into a position where he must invite them, and of course, the predicted outcome happens. Ragged Blossom goes to find Snugglepot and Cuddlepie to tell the baby kookaburras a story in the hope that this will help them sleep, but cannot find the two friends anywhere. A delightful story with May Gibbs' beautiful illustrations will take her work to a new generation.
Fran Knight

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