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Oct 21 2016

Party at Cuddleton Castle by Danny Parker

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Ill. by Guy Shield. Lola's Toy Box series. Hardie Grant, 2016. ISBN 9781760126858
(Age: 5-6) Young Lola's best friend is Buddy a learn-to-dress clown toy with zippers, poppers, buttons and buckles, and together they go on amazing adventures to The Kingdom where toys are living things and magical events happen. When her older brother Nick stops playing hide and seek Lola decides to create her own fun. She chooses to take her friend Buddy and vanish inside her magical Toy Box. Where will this new adventure take them - to The Button Mines or The Story Sea? Of course, Buddy comes to life in the magical kingdom and he is there to help Lola in all sorts of situations. He loves to use alliterative and exclamatory statements - polish my poppers or bless my buttons!
The two friends land in Cuddleton Castle, the land of the Great High Bear and the home of the cuddly toys. In the midst of the festivities for the bear's birthday, a large cake arrives with a hidden dilemma inside. Lola and Buddy use their ingenuity to foil the wicked Plastic Prince's plans so order can return to the castle.
Lola's Toy Box is a series just right for the very young reader as an introduction to chapter books. With large easy to read text and Guy Shield's full page simple line drawings, these books are perfect for 5-6 year olds.
Rhyllis Bignell

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