Gone are the tales of surviving adversity (am I being a tad stereotypical here?). Instead, there are short chapter-stories such as And Pigs Might Fly!, where Pintsize the piglet decides he wants to fly like a bird. When the other animals get sick of having to save him from his near-lethal attempts to get airborne, they decide to take matters into their own hands - um, paws - um, hooves - um, trotters. Talons. Wings? Whatever. How can they stop Pintsize from getting himself killed - or getting themselves squashed by him? Or there's Albertine Goose Queen, (which we got free from McDonald's, in a growing trend of theirs of giving away books in Happy Meals; which makes it harder to dislike them!) which features a fox loose on the farm. But when he needs help hiding from a hunt, should Albertine the goose trust him, or is this another cunning fox trick?
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The stories are warm, humorous, very child friendly, and occasionally quirky in a rather British way, and all of this is aided by Shoo Rayner's funny, slightly manic illustrations. There's a good few to choose from, so if your kids have tried the younger Dick King Smith books, or you want a break from Animal Ark and the like, then these are well worth checking out!