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Amazing Esme: Book 1

Tamara Macfarlane, Michael Fowkes

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For National Curriculum Key Stage 1, For National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Interest age: from c 5 years, Interest age: from c 9 years, Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Adventure stories (Children's / Teenage), Fantasy & magical realism (Children's / Teenage)

A gorgeous new series introducing the dazzling circus acrobat, Esme Miranda-Maclinkey, and her trusty side-kick, Donk - the ugly but loveable donkey!

Follow the wildly imaginative adventures of Esme as she leaves behind her circus home for the first time to spend the summer with her cousins Magnus, Cosmo and Gus at Maclinkey Castle where it's easy to get lost and where you can discover all sorts of weird and wonderful animals in unlikely places - there are porcupines in beds, lizards in drawers and giraffes on the loo. It's all a little wonderful and a lot overwhelming and when her pet donkey, Donk, turns up in a parcel sent from her parents, the fun really begins.

When hundreds of baby penguins hatch in Esme's top floor bedroom, the children have to figure out how to get them outside. Esme and her cousin have the ingenious idea of building a helter skelter around the castle turret, but this is just the start - soon Maclinkey Castle is turned into a full-on Fairground Circus with a big wheel, Bumper Bears, and the show stopping Flying Tigers starring Esme herself!

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Praise for Amazing Esme: Book 1

  • Esme is a delightfully engaging heroine... a charming, happy book. - Bookbag

  • Fantastic. - Metro

  • Plentiful pictures from Michael Fowkes and an exuberant story by Tamara Macfarlane make Amazing Esme perfect for younger readers as a lovely engaging romp. - School Librarian

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Tamara Macfarlane

As a child Tamara Macfarlane practically lived in Blackwell's Children's Bookshop in Oxford. Later in Cambridge she read more children's books whilst studying English and Education and specialising in Children's Literature. After a number of years spent as a literacy co-ordinator trying to persuade children in schools that the world inside books was generally a lot more interesting than the real world, Tamara had her first child and decided she would like to live in a children's bookshop again. As she couldn't find one that she liked she founded the award winning Tales on Moon Lane bookshop in Herne Hill, subsequently opening a second shop in Primrose Hill, filling it with even more of her favourite books.

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