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The Grunts in Trouble

  • Author: Philip Ardagh
  • Illustrator: Axel Scheffler
  • Publication: 6 Sep 2012
  • Age: 7+
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Meet Mr and Mrs Grunt and their son, Sunny, who isn’t really their son because they stole him off a washing line when he was a baby. Follow their adventures in their homemade (badly-made) caravan, drawn by Clip and Clop (whom the Grunts took to be one donkey until they realised that they could see them both at once) then add a household of disgruntled servants from nearby Bigg House (owned by the wildly unpopular Lord Bigg); a swarm of angry bees; and some serious misunderstandings and mischief and you begin to get an inkling of the trouble they find themselves in. That kind of trouble that begins with a capital ‘T’.

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Product details

  • Publication: 6 Sep 2012
  • Price: £7.99
  • Format and size: Hardback 185 x 129mm
  • Pages: 272pp
  • ISBN: 978 0 85763 069 8
  • Territory: World
  • Rights sold: German, Turkish, French, Chinese (mainland), Italian

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Kate says: “Philip makes me laugh – as a person and as an author. Always has done, always will. His combination of professionalism and irreverence make him the perfect Nosy Crow author, and we are pleased and flattered that he’s chosen to publish with us. Pairing him with Axel Scheffler is going to make this an utterly irresistible series for children of 8 and up.”

Philip says:: “I’m delighted that THE GRUNTS, my latest series of (very silly) novels, is to be published by Nosy Crow with the crow so fresh from the egg, and still slightly yolky. For Axel Scheffler to have agreed to illustrate it — without my having to resort to threats of any kind — is the real icing on the metaphorical cake. I very much look forward to working with him, Kate Wilson, and the rest of the Nosy Crow team on what I hope will be some of my most outrageous books to date. These are exciting times! FUN just doesn’t express it.”

Axel says: “It’s been several years since I’ve illustrated fiction, but there was an anarchy and humour in the outrageous Grunt characters that really appealed to me, and I look forward to working with Philip on his series with Nosy Crow.”



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