The Misadventures of Frederick
Ben Manley, Emma Chichester Clark
Mr B's review
A melancholic bedroom is illuminated by the arrival of a paper plane. Emily wants Frederick to come for an ice cream. But memories of the last time, when he threw up in his music box, means Frederick must stay inside. Undaunted, Emily flings missives from her joyous outdoor days, and Frederick replies eloquently (“with bitter regret”) explaining the threats preventing him joining in. A beautiful book about giving things a go, that is such fun to read and has a hilarious ending.
Children’s Book of the Week – The Times, The Sunday Times
Best New Children’s Books – Guardian
The Misadventures of Frederick is a funny, joyful story about friendship and the delights of outdoor adventures (even for the accident-prone) – wonderfully written by debut author Ben Manley and beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Plumdog and Blue Kangaroo.
In a mansion surrounded by lakes and forests, Frederick is bored. He leads a very sheltered life: and when Emily invites him to play outside he has no choice but to refuse – what if he hurts himself? Much better to stay safely indoors. But Emily is not one to take no for an answer . . .
A series of brilliantly funny and evocative letters between Frederick and Emily tell this unique story which weaves together the colourful, adventurous world of Emily with Frederick’s drab life of boredom and safety.
The Edward Goreyesque tone of Frederick’s correspondence and the vibrancy of Chichester Clark’s images weave together in a tale of sly wit and sunlit joy. * Guardian * Outdoor scenes full of birds and squirrels, lit by autumnal sunshine, and indoor scenes of dim splendour, into which nature progressively intrudes, make this picture book a gorgeous object that deserves sustained attention. * Sunday Times * Manley’s words are perfectly pitched, spare and funny; Chichester Clark, one of our finest writers and illustrators for very young children, pumps colour into Frederick’s life in her exquisite illustrations. * The Times *
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