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Badger likes to keep the forest tidy: but just look what happens when his tidying gets out of control.Badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf ends with the complete destruction of the forest . . . until he realises the error of his ways, replants the trees, and order (or rather a happy, refreshing disorder) is restored.This is a story of comedy and pathos with a loveable, if rather misguided, creature at its centre: the ecological message is clear, but lightly handled. While you watch in horror as his mania for tidiness takes over, poor perplexed Badger's predicament and eventual change of direction will touch your heart.The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book. With a breathtaking series of die-cuts from the jacket through to the title page, once you enter this forest, you'll never want to leave.
Publisher: London :, Two Hoots,, 2016
ISBN: 9781447273981
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,colour illustrations


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DBRL_KatieL Nov 13, 2017

Such a cute story!
Pete likes thing clean and tidy. The story starts out with him brushing the beaks of birds and picking up trash. Then things get a big out of hand-Pete pulls up the trees so they will stop dropping messy leaves. The dirt makes mud so he has it all paved over. Luckily for everyone else, Pete realizes he has gone too far and brings everything back. He accepts that life is a little messy.
I laughed out loud when I first saw this book-you don't expect the drastic measure's Pete will go to clean up until you see the illustrations. Plus Pete and all the other forest critters are just adorable! The illustrations are bright, cheery and each character has a wonderful expression-both in their face and in body language.
I would have no problem reading this to a group of children, just so long as everyone would be able to see the pictures.

AL_ALYX Apr 03, 2017

I love Emily Gravett and her pencils and watercolor drawings. This isn't my favorite of her books, but I enjoyed the rhyming text and the story.

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