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Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves

Written by Sophie Thompson

Illustrated by Rebecca Ashdown

Part of the Zoo Boy Series

Key Stage 1 Animal Stories Family / Home Stories Humorous

LoveReading View on Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves

In a nutshell: charming story of boy who can talk and joke with the animals | Lucky Vince – not only is his dad a zoo keeper but Vince has inherited the family trait and can talk to the animals. They can talk to him too of course, and sing, and what an eccentric but lovable bunch they are. In this adventure Vince recruits their help to track down stolen jewellery – the reward is a massive Swiss Roll, so wouldn’t you? Sophie Thompson’s narrative style is charming – she frequently breaks off to address the reader direct, and as though we are just the kind of people she really likes. She has a lovely turn of phrase – ‘There was a rittle-rittle-rootle and a frithy-frith-fatootle in the hedge’ - while the animals’ songs, interspersed throughout the story, are enormous fun. Illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown make this as good to look at as it’s fun to read aloud.

Readers will also enjoy Harriet Whitehorn’s Violet stories, and The Bolds by Julian Clary and David Roberts. ~ Andrea Reece

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Zoo Boy and the Jewel Thieves Synopsis

Eight year old Vince (otherwise known somewhat affectionately as Zoo Boy) can talk to animals. Which is handy, as his dad works at the zoo! The only problem is, the animals are rather demanding...But for once the animals are going to have to put their selfish ways aside, as there's a jewel thief on the loose. Can Vince and the animals catch the crook?

Book Information

ISBN: 9780571325207
Publication date: 5th January 2017
Author: Sophie Thompson
Illustrator: Rebecca Ashdown
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 192 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1
Topics: Animal Stories, Family / Home Stories, Humorous

About Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson was the winner of Celebrity Masterchef 2014. She is an Olivier Award-winning actress who was born in London and trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Her films include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Gosford Park, Emma, Persuasion and Four Weddings and a Funeral. On stage Sophie has appeared in many plays and musicals at the National Theatre, RSC & London's West End. Television roles have included The Detectorists and Eastenders, for which she won Inside Soap's Best Bitch Award. She's been married to Richard Lumsden since 1995, they have two teenage boys and live in North London. Sophie ...

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