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The Diddle That Dummed

Written by Kes Gray

Illustrated by Fred Blunt

Early Years Funny

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Outrageously funny story that will have everyone laughing out loud

The Diddle that Dummed is like your favourite pantomime distilled into 32 pages. Fiddler Flinty Bo Diddle is writing a tune for his fiddle – diddle diddle diddle diddle … all is going well until – dum! Which diddle went dum? The culprit steps forward, shrugging: ‘I’m not like the other diddles.  Sometimes I like to go dum.’ Flinty is beside himself, he wants all his diddles to diddle.  They try again, and again – they try with the defiant diddle at the beginning and at the end, but every time the diddle goes dum. They swap things round, and try a dum dum dum sequence for Flinty’s drum – you can probably guess what happens. By this point, everyone will be laughing out loud at the sheer silliness of it all, at the diddle’s cheekiness, at Flinty’s furious indignation – and then it gets sillier and more comic still. What seems a simple idea is full of surprises and cleverness and every one of us knows a diddle that dums. Sheer picture book brilliance.

Andrea Reece

The Diddle That Dummed Synopsis

A laugh-out-loud musical story full of hilarious word play and silliness from the author of Oi Frog!, brilliantly illustrated by Fred Blunt.

Flinty Bo Diddle is writing a tune for his fiddle. All his diddles have lined up nicely - except for one who keeps going DUM, right in the middle! No matter what he tries he just can't get this diddle to diddle like it's supposed to! A story about standing out from the crowd that will have you in fits of giggles! 

Book Information

ISBN: 9781444953688
Publication date: 25th June 2020
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Fred Blunt
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Year Groups: Early Years
Topics: Funny

About Kes Gray

  Kes Gray is a bestselling, award-winning author of more than 50 books for children of all ages, including critically acclaimed picture book, Oi Frog! (Hodder) and the Daisy series (Random House). As well as winning the Red House Children's Book Award for Eat Your Peas, Billy's Bucket and Daisy and the Trouble With Zoos(Random House), Kes was noted by The Independent as one of the top ten children's authors in the UK only a year after publishing his first book. Kes lives with his wife and family in Essex.     

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