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Aubrey and the Terrible Ladybirds

Horatio Clare

Illustrated by Jane Matthews


Publishing 15 May 2017

Available to pre-order

It’s the Easter holidays, you’ve just become as small as an earwig, the swallows are back (and offering you rides), and a spider wakes you up in the middle of the night and asks you to save the world. Then, as if that weren’t enough, the Ladybirdz turn up from Bohemia to find Rushing Wood does not want them...

The world of Aubrey, the boy who can talk to animals (and understand the answers), grows larger and faster in this moving and hilarious story from award-winning children’s author Horatio Clare.

Praise for the the first Aubrey adventure Aubrey and the Terrible Yoot, which won the Branford Boase Award for the best first children's book 2016:

Michael Morpurgo: 'Here is writing and storytelling at its best. Here is a wondrous tale ... a sheer joy!'

Frank Cottrell Boyce: 'A treasure ... rambunctious spirit, massive heart, and a poet's eye. It's also really funny.'

Branford Boase judges: 'Horatio Clare writes about animals as well as T.H. White' 

'Something very special - a book that is both pensive and sparkling with originality and life. It is a testament to the healing power of the imagination.'

Lovereading4kids: 'This is a special and unusual book ... It’s a story full of tenderness and understanding.'

We Love This Book: 'an imaginative and thoughtful adventure ... Beautifully illustrated by Jane Matthews, both young and old will enjoy this book.'

Sunday Times 2015 children's book of the year: 'A jewel not to be missed'

New Statesman's best children's books of 2015: 'A poetic and profound story ... Highly recommended for children aged eight-plus.'

Independent: ‘a heartening reminder that while the world may be puzzling and fraught is also full of beauty and magic.’

Books for Keeps Book of the Week: 'This is an enjoyable book that deals with important issues not often covered in writing for this age range.'