Stories Aloud
Publication date: 02 May 2013
ISBN: 9780857631466
Size: 233 x 292 mm
Length: 32 pages

Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam are two hapless robber dogs who decide on career change after one bungled burglary too many – proving that crime doesn’t pay, but cupcakes certainly do!

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“This is such a fun and pacey book … A brilliant little story with fab art.”

“Corderoy’s rich, rhyming text is a pleasure to read aloud and the ending got a big laugh in my house.”

“The illustrations work in unison with yet another great bouncy rhythmic text from Tracey Corderoy which calls for an energetic read-aloud. Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam ticks all the right boxes to become a bedtime favourite.”

“Corderoy’s unobtrusive, let-me-tell-you-a-story rhymes allow Lenton, a British animator making his debut, to take center stage with cheerily frenetic images that look like freeze frames from a cartoon … Lenton works on a single plane but sidesteps staginess by playing with the possibilities of horizontal and vertical space; he’s as adept at depicting an angry mob of zoo animals chasing Shifty and Sam after a botched caper as he is crafting a precarious tower of delicately decorated cupcakes.”

“There are lots of wonderful comic touches in the illustrations and my daughter enjoys looking for the spider hidden on each page. The rhyming text is easy to read, some pages have a lot more text than others which adds to the story’s suspense and changes the pace according to the action. A deliciously funny story full of wonderfully illustrated doggy characters and tasty cakes.”

“From the pen of Tracey Corderoy and the brush of the talented Steven Lenton comes what might just be my latest, favourite duo: hilarious robber dogs, Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam … Now I think a good rhyming text is hard to come by but this chucklesome read scans perfectly, and on top of that, Tracey’s fabulous text is brought charmingly to life by talented new illustrator Steven Lenton who presents us with the perfect, comical, canine duo.”

“A new book from Tracey Corderoy is always a treat! … The flowing rhyming text is beautifully complemented by Steven Lenton’s gorgeous illustrations (spot the spider on every page!), with a lovely range of friendly dogs. A very funny story with a moral, which is a delight to read aloud.”

“The rhyming couplets demand enthusiastic participation, and the illustrations are as light and fluffy as a good sponge … slips down a treat.”

Children’s Book of the Week

– The Times

“The illustrations are delicious”

– Kirkus

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