A very special gift set containing a mini hardback edition of 'Albert Le Blanc' and an irresistible plush toy bear. For a bedtime story and bear hugs that make the perfect Christmas present!
This is the story of Albert Le Blanc. (He’s from France, so that’s ‘Al-bear Le Blonk’.)
When Albert arrives in Mr Jolly’s toy shop, the other toys think he is the saddest-looking bear they have ever seen. But then, Jack-in-a-box has an idea that might just put a smile on Albert’s face…
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Albert Le Blanc is a large, fluffy, white, toy polar bear who appears one day in the window of Mr Jolly's toy shop. He immediately becomes the focus of the other toys' curiosity--because he's the most sad and dejected-looking creature they've ever seen. They decide that Albert has lost his smile and resolve to cheer him up by putting on a show. The toys scramble to work on their party pieces--from Pickle the mouse's disastrous joke-telling to Sally the ballet-loving hippopotamus' funny dance routine (although she thinks it's "beautiful and artistic" and few of the toys would dare to disagree).
Poor Albert is subjected to the show, despite his attempts to protest that he isn't really miserable, it's just the way his face has been made. But it's Sally's dancing finale that has an unexpected outcome for everyone, especially Albert.
Well-loved children's illustrator Nick Butterworth has created a heart-warming story with sparky dialogue and some memorable characters, especially Albert, a study in Gallic nonchalance. Much of the fun lies in spotting the familiar characters that appear as toys in the shop, including Jane Hissey's Old Bear, Martin Handford's Wally and Butterworth's own Percy the Park Keeper. You may or may not also spot the Trumpton fire brigade... depending on your age! Suitable for ages four to seven years. --Alison DruryReview:
Praise for Nick Butterworth:
‘Nick Butterworth is one of the best picture book writers alive…His Albert Le Blanc, about a depressed-looking toy polar bear who the other toys try to cheer up, is a riot. Anyone who has ever taken part in a Christmas panto or play will adore the comedy, the sympathy and the mischievous drawings.’
‘Butterworth’s drawings have a comforting clarity and his stories develop straightforwardly, so the book works for just about everyone.’
One Snowy Night
‘A heartwarming bedtime tale…’ Susan Hill, The Independent
The Rescue Party:
‘…it’s good for reading aloud to under-fives, and later the six-pluses will still want to read it themselves.’ The Independent on Sunday
After the Storm:
‘…look no further for the best present for any child from two to six.’ Susan Hill, The Sunday Times
Percy’s Bumpy Ride:
‘Imaginatively detailed illustrations and just the right amount of suspense.’ Practical Parenting
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Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Good. The book has been read but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact and the cover is intact. Some minor wear to the spine. Bookseller Inventory # GOR003837956
Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR001083383
Book Description Harper Collins, London, 2006. Hardcover. Book Condition: acceptable. Nick Butterworth: Albert Le Blanc. Harper Collins, London 2003. Gebunden, unpaginiert, mit farbigen Illustrationen, ordentlicher Zustand. - In English. Bookseller Inventory # 3807752587
Book Description HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Bookseller Inventory # PL01422787B