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PreS-Gr. 1. Having already published provocative works such as The Queen's Knickers (1993) and Cinderella's Bum (2002) in England, Allan delivers some facts of life (and a lot of smirking silliness) in this picture book about an anthropomorphic sperm cell. Rosy-cheeked Willy is determined to be the first to reach the "lovely and soft" interior of an egg, located in the murkily mapped recesses of Mrs. Browne's abdomen. Where Willy went is clear; how he got there is less so, as Mr and Mrs. Browne's physical union occurs discretely beneath the bedclothes. Children not long from the womb themselves won't glean many biological truths from the whimsical cartoon artwork (Allan's swimmers wear goggles and numbers), and Willy's permanent disappearance is disturbing in the context of a story that presents spermatazoa as characters, not gametes. Worldly older siblings and adults are likely to be Allan's most responsive audience, but many under-five readers may still enjoy the sojourn to a world of endearing, exotic tadpole creatures. Jennifer Mattson
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Another hilarious treat from Nicholas Allan, here explaining the facts of life for the very young
Nicholas Allan studied Fine Art at the Slade and has completed an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His highly original picture books have won him several awards including the Sheffield Children's Book Award for The Queen's Knickers and the Federation of Children's Books Best Picture Book Award for Demon Teddy. He is also the author of Hilltop Hospital, a book that has been adapted into a BAFTA-winning television series. Nicholas Allan is the author/illustrator of over thirty children's books.
"Frank and funny . . . Takes young children, skipping and whooping, out from under the gooseberry bush" * Independent * "Likeably frank . . . Truthful and informative . . . Use it as a springboard for your own elaboration and discussion" * Daily Telegraph * "A wonderful way to introduce the facts of life to young children in a non-threatening, accessible way" * Right Start * "The facts of life are presented to young readers in an accessible format, helped by Nicholas Allan's humorous illustrations" * Waterstones Books Quarterly * "Hilariously funny, warm, endearing and totally non-threatening - this small masterpiece presents the facts of life to young children in a unique but totally accessible way. A godsend for any parent faced with awkward questions" * Parents News *