A gloriously illustrated picture book celebration of being scared and doing it anyway.
Manley’s words are perfectly pitched, spare and funny; Chichester Clark, one of our finest writers and illustrators for very young children, pumps colour into Frederick’s life in her exquisite illustrations.
"Alex O’Connell hails a thrilling debut set deep underground..."
— The Times
Paul McCartney, Kathryn Durst
"Hey Grandude! might be endearing in its mizzly Englishness, but there is an all-round risk-averseness here that’s puzzling..."
— The Observer
Lesley Barnes, Gabby Dawnay
"Gabby Dawnay and illustrator Lesley Barnes have produced a scintillating thing..."
— Financial Times
Juan Carlos Solon
"[Adults] will doubtless have great nostalgic fun reading this book with their children...."
Dora and the Lost City of Gold
"the book is far smarter and funnier than a tie-in to a major corporate IP has any right to be..."
Mr Grumpy's Rhino
"The modern master of the children’s picturebook..."
Jack from Earth
"[Wooding] shows a keen understanding of the young person’s mind and gets the balance of silliness and pathos just right..."
The Time of Green Magic
— The Sunday Times
A Pocketful of Stars
"poignant and atmospheric..."
— The Guardian
"funny, sad and compelling..."
The Wonders of Nature
"funny, informative and zinging with infectious enthusiasm..."
Don't Worry, Little Crab
"gorgeous, wry and heart-warming..."
"an intense, original and profoundly moving verse novel..."
No Big Deal
"[h]ilarious and thought-provoking..."
Kit de Waal
"a gripping, heart-wrenching coming-of-age story..."
The Black Flamingo
"Celebratory and passionate, Atta’s bold verse novel calls to its readers to find their own blazing, performative inner truth..."
Lori and Max
"This thrilling, funny, perceptive detective story is in a class of its own..."
Show and Tell
"a thoroughly pleasing package..."
Small in the City
"[a] warm, sweet tale..."
The Fate of Fausto
"In an age of exquisite picture books, this is possibly the most beautiful of the year..."
"a nonfiction book that feels more like a walk in the woods..."
Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street
"I was left longing for more meat on the story, but the book is a wonderful celebration of multiculturalism..."
The Truth Pixie Goes to School
Matt Haig, Chris Mould
"Haig once again turns his attention to anxious children..."
Top Marks for Murder
"This is fun escapism, with fresh descriptions, period detail, sympathy for outsiders and underlying wisdom..."
"one for the existing fan base..."
4.67 out of 5
The Misadventures of Frederick
Ben Manley, Emma Chichester Clark (2)
"This glorious new picture book by Ben Manley..."
The Curse of the School Rabbit
— The Spectator
4.14 out of 5
"unusual and thought-provoking..."
Shell Life on the Seashore
"the book comes with a beautiful wraparound cover illustrating 42 common shells..."
— Daily Mail
Where the River Runs Gold
"lavishly written and full of love of the natural world..."
The Pigeon Has to Go to School
"a bird’s eye view of starting school..."