Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Review

Pippin is flabbergasted when her old Granny tells her they are both "Shiny", meaning they possess magical powers that enable them to communicate with animals. Together with her best friend Tony the mouse, Pippin uses her newfound skills to investigate the mysterious water shortage in Funsprings.

Their search leads them to the sinister Old Laboratory in the heart of the forest, but while they are snooping around, Tony is captured by Count Visbeck, a stinky, menacing emperor penguin. The little mouse is forced to help evil Dr Blowfart, whose ghastly plan threatens the welfare of all the woodland creatures. Distraught that her special companion is in the clutches of the villainous scientist, Pippin desperately tries to rescue him, but how can one little girl outwit a dastardly doctor and his sinister sidekick?

Friendship, love and magic are at the heart of this hilarious fantasy adventure, which is the first in a marvellously funny series. A cast of wacky characters includes Oddplop, a brave and resourceful little frog, Turbo Alan the bouncy badger, and Mungo, a lovable, lanky geologist.

The zany plot, quirky little poems, eccentric writing style and witty illustrations will have readers rolling around with laughter.

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