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Harry the Poisonous Centipede Goes To Sea


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Key title Harry the Poisonous Centipede is now quite brave, but nothing can prepare him for this next adventure! He and best friend George are lost in a new and even scarier no-top world. Far from home, across the no-end puddle, they must negotiate a strange treeless cold desert, a Nest of Hoo-Mins, lots of noise-hurt and terrifying hairy-yowlers! Master storyteller Lynne Reid Banks's long-awaited follow-up to her bestselling Harry the Poisonous Centipede and Harry the Poisonous Centipede's Big Adventure Harry the Poisonous Centipede won the Silver Medal in the Smarties Awards and has sold over 230,000 copies. These adventures about Harry are hugely funny and are perfectly suited to all animal-loving young readers in the 7-10 age group.

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Since Lynne's first novel for adults, The L-Shaped Room, she has been published here and in the US. Her strong narrative style and ability to create worlds where small people and animals live, is second to none. Her book, The Indian in the Cupboard, shortly to be a Collins Modern Classic, was made into a major feature film -- her books in the series sell and sell. Lynne says writing for children comes more easily than writing for adults. "It's not that it is less demanding -- I just find it more fun."


Gr 3-5-Harry is back in his third adventure. He and George are teenage giant centipedes who enjoy hunting and exploring. When they stray too far from home, they become trapped in a crate of bananas with another centipede, Josie. They make a close escape from boot-clad "Hoo-Mins" who try to squish them. They run through sewer pipes, meet some rats, and find refuge in a greenhouse, only to be caught. Luckily for the 'pedes, these humans are bug lovers and take them to the zoo. The zoo folks are keen on the discovery and are bent on returning these rare creatures to their tropical home (location undisclosed). Josie moves in and has hundreds of poisonous babies (father unknown). Despite the rash of stories in which the author cleverly addresses readers, the device falls short here; translations of centipede-speak are distracting, and author comments are often intrusive. Black-and-white line drawings are scattered throughout. Fans of the previous books are the likely audience for this one.-Alison Grant, West Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Praise for Harry the Poisonous Centipede "A real ground level story that rockets along on hundreds of legs!Bug fans will love this." Kidstuff School Books RTE Guide

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