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The Queen's Handbag

Steve Antony

8 Reviews

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The Queen Collection, For National Curriculum Early Years, For children c 0-2 years, Fiction, Picture books, Picture storybooks, People & places (Children's / Teenage)

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From the creator of THE QUEEN'S HAT comes another hilarious tale that this time takes you all around the United Kingdom on a wild swan chase after the Queen's handbag!

A hilarious picture book story, featuring the royal family, plus favourite British landmarks.

What does the Queen do when a sneaky swan snatches her handbag? Gives chase, of course. By car, motorbike, plane and more! Hold on to your hats (and handbags) for a whirlwind trip around the British Isles.

Featuring favourite British landmarks, including Windsor Castle, the Angel of the North and the Giant's Causeway.

"This is a book brimming with Britishness and it puts on a jolly good show." The Bookbag
"If this book doesn't make you smile and adore the Queen even more, nothing else will." London Mums Magazine

Steve Antony is a Waterstones Prize shortlisted author, a Kate Greenaway Medal nominee and the creator of the much-loved Mr Panda books.

Collect all four books in The Queen Collection series: (each with a shiny foil cover!)

The Queen's Hat - Winner of the Evening Standard Oscar's Book Prize
The Queen's Handbag
The Queen's Present
The Queen's Lift-Off

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Praise for The Queen's Handbag

  • Praise for The Queen's Hat:

  • 'The witty and super stylish illustrations are a celebration of London and one of the Queen's very important relatives. A certain future classic, and without a doubt my absolute new favourite picture book! - LiteraryLoves

  • This is a wonderful romp of a read that's a great introduction to London, royalty and all that makes Britain great. - The Sun

  • ... this picture book is hard to beat for its sweet simplicity and charming monochromatic drawings. - The Times

  • A truly wonderful, sometimes cheeky but absolutely essential children's book, a joyous thing indeed. - Read it Daddy

  • The carefully detailed illustrations tell a witty tale far beyond that expressed in the text... so hats off to Steve Antony for creating a crazy royal caper wich even manages to include an appearance by the infant Prince George. - Evening Echo Ireland

  • The joy of this books is in the detail... each stylish spread contains lots to look and laugh at. Beautifully depicts our traditions and our relationship with the Royal Family... brilliant. - Rhino Reads

  • A timely picture-book treasure... a rare joy for 3+ among a pile of opportunistic royal rot. It's the best guide since Madeline in London. - The Oldie Magazine

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Steve Antony

Since his 2014 debut, multi award-winning author-illustrator Steve Antony has so far written and illustrated 18 picture books and sold over one million copies worldwide, and 7 of his titles have been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

His Mr Panda series has sold over 700,000 copies worldwide and was recently optioned for TV by Magic Light Pictures. His highly acclaimed The Queen's Hat (the first instalment of the Queen Collection) was adapted into a musical concert by the London Symphony Orchestra and won the Evening Standard's Oscars Book Prize. His Queen's Hat inspired Shaun the Sheep statue raised 15,000 for the Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity.

He plays an active role in his local community as Patron to Swindon Libraries Children's Services and recently designed their library card. He is an Ambassador for The National Literacy Trust , an active supporter of Beanstalk and a vocal advocate for more incidental inclusiveness in children's literature, having written several articles on the subject. Through his art, Steve has helped raise thousands for various UK charities including My AFK, BookTrust, Willow Foundation and Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity.

Steve's studied at Anglia Ruskin University after taking voluntary redundancy from a Swindon call centre. Steve was part-raised in New Mexico and now lives in Swindon UK with his husband and cat.

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