Thursday, 4 March 2021

Albert the Tortoise

New books aren't always celebrated on World Book Day. It's more often a day to revisit old pages, dress up as much-loved, long-established characters and venerate established authors. 

So I'm not going to do any of those things myself and instead draw your attention to a charming new picture book by award-winning TV duo Brown & Clark. That's Albert Upside Down (the book) and Ian Brown (the author) and Eoin Clarke (illustrator). 

Albert the pet tortoise has a problem: trying to reach a tasty treat, he has ended up on his shell, upside down and stuck! Can the other garden creatures overcome their rivalry, team up and help him get back on his feet?

Inspired by the adventures of real-life Greek tortoise Albert, who was rescued more than 50 years ago and has lived happily with Ian's family ever since, this is a timeless tale that uses humour to show children the power of working together and thinking creatively, and how even the smallest amount of help can make a very big difference. Vibrantly illustrated by animation director Eoin Clarke, part of the animation team behind CBBC's Operation Ouch and ITV's You’ve Been Framed, Albert and his garden friends are set to capture the hearts of children everywhere. 

Albert Upside Down also includes fascinating facts about these modern-day mini-dinosaurs living life on the veg. Did you know that tortoises… are among the most ancient creatures on Earth? The largest can weigh 250kgs? They live on every continent except Antarctica? Or that these ancient creatures were among the first living things to visit the Moon...?!

No, neither did I! But that's just a few of things you'll take away from this charming, original and informative book. But don't just take my word for it. Look what others think: 

"Beautiful, heart-warming and wonderfully illustrated. I am in love with Albert!"
Julian Clary, Comedian, Writer & Author of The Bolds children’s series

"What a treat for our youngest book-lovers – and for grown-ups who will guide them through it. Stunning illustrations and well-chosen words tell the story of Albert the tortoise getting back on his feet after a fall, helped by a somewhat disorganised band of garden creatures." 
John Craven OBE, Countryfile, Newsround

"A great little story of coming together to help those in need & fantastically illustrated."
Joe Sugg, Star of YouTube, Strictly Come Dancing & creator of the Username graphic novel YA series

"Ian Brown tells us Albert's heart-warming story, and makes us laugh along the way. Eoin Clarke's illustrations are stunning. What a lovely book. What will Albert get up to next? I can't wait." Michael Aspel, TV Presenter Legend.

Albert Upside Down
Written by Ian Brown
Illustrated by Eoin Clarke
Graffeg | 27 April 2021 | 3+
Paperback | £7.99 | 9781913634162
Interactive ebook also available

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