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From the creator of Meerkat Mail and Dogs, comes a very funny rhyming woodland story about the perils of being too tidy. Pete the badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf escalates quickly and ends with the complete destruction of the forest! Will Pete realise the error of his ways and set things right? Lush foliage and delightfully funny characters abound in this dramatic tale of overzealous neatness that delivers its message of environmental preservation with subtlety and humour. The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book.
Publisher: London :, Two Hoots,, 2016
ISBN: 9781447273981
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations


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Rebecca_Kohn Jan 21, 2018

Extremely charming, a good story with upbeat and detailed illustrations.

DBRL_KatieL Nov 13, 2017

Such a cute story!
Pete likes thing clean and tidy. The story starts out with him brushing the beaks of birds and picking up trash. Then things get a big out of hand-Pete pulls up the trees so they will stop dropping messy leaves. The dirt makes mud so he has it all paved over. Luckily for everyone else, Pete realizes he has gone too far and brings everything back. He accepts that life is a little messy.
I laughed out loud when I first saw this book-you don't expect the drastic measure's Pete will go to clean up until you see the illustrations. Plus Pete and all the other forest critters are just adorable! The illustrations are bright, cheery and each character has a wonderful expression-both in their face and in body language.
I would have no problem reading this to a group of children, just so long as everyone would be able to see the pictures.

ArapahoeStaff2 Apr 03, 2017

I love Emily Gravett and her pencils and watercolor drawings. This isn't my favorite of her books, but I enjoyed the rhyming text and the story.

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