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4.58  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  13 reviews
A poetic and playful tale about the joys of going outside and having adventures, beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, creator of Plumdog and Bears Don't Read.

In a mansion surrounded by lakes and forests, Frederick is very bored. He leads the most sheltered life imaginable: and when Emily invites him to play outside he has no choice but to refuse - what if he h
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Pan Macmillan
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La Coccinelle
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, children, netgalley
This book is a little too relatable. I was Frederick when I was a kid, always coming up with excuses as to why I couldn't do things. Although, Frederick makes his excuses with much more wonderfully purple prose than I ever would have used.

The premise is simple: Frederick is in his room when he receives a paper airplane with a message on it. It's from his friend Emily, and she wants him to go for ice cream with her. Frederick asks his mother, but after she reminds him what happened the last time
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Daisy May Johnson
There's something to be said for subtle, soft strangeness in the world of picture books and The Misadventures of Frederick bathes in that with utter delight. Frederick is a boy who lives inside a mansion and very rarely goes out. He's bored, sheltered, and protected by the world by furniture and walls that are twice the size of him. One day a paper plane comes through the window - it's an invite from Emily, a girl outside, and she wants him to come and play. Frederick's fear of the outside world ...more
Barbara Band
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frederick is sitting alone in his bedroom when a paper aeroplane flies through his window. It is a note from Emily inviting him for an ice-cream. His mother reminds him what happened last time he went outside so he declines the invite.
Emily is persistent sending him invite after invite but Frederick is fearful of disasterous consequences so he ignores them until finally she manages to convince him to step outside the safety of his bedroom ...

The stunning illustrations in this book alternate betw
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Lily
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Etienne
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully illustrated children book with a strong message about not being afraid of enjoying life, going out there and try stuff, do things, and not just go through life but truly living it. Very good book!
Sarah Gerard
I have just created a cross curricular plan for year 3 on this book and I absolutely love it!! Such a creative way to tell a story (through letters/ paper areoplanes) and this would attract every reader (even those that are reluctant). The illustrations are beautiful and so clever. The longer I looked the more I noticed and after reading the book countless times I still see something different each time I read. I particularly love the fact Emily is making a den in the forest and on the next page ...more
Ella
A great book telling the story of two children who have very different experiences. The young boy is stuck in his house with his mum and is a very formal in his writing style. The young girl on the other hand is always outside and free, she is a much more child-like character. The children write letters to each other which would be lovely to replicate in the classroom when doing letter writing as children are likely to find the activity fun and exciting. The colours are also interesting to explo ...more
Pat Mills
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming, playful book. The illustrations speak eloquently of a life yearned for but just out of reach. Of brave thoughts and quiet reserve. Judgement and risk and reality. Particularly relevant in the isolation of Covid-19 and the shelter in place orders forced by the pandemic. As the restrictions lift many people are anxious about the very real risks of going back out into the world. This is a gentle look at those anxieties.
Helen (pagesandpeaches)
The art in this book is the most beautiful thing ever! Like seriously spectacular. It's vibrant and has very pretty textures. I didn't really understand the story, however that could be the format in which I read it. I did enjoy the premise though. Lovely illustrations! ...more
Ashley
Jan 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This would be such a funny book to read one-on-one with a kid who is old enough to catch some of the fancy words Frederick uses, putting on a silly voice for the highfalutin language. Could be a great start to an activity with kids where they make a story just by writing letters to each other.
Tricia
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Emma Chichester Clark's illustrations complement this sad, funny story - just enjoy! ...more
Georgia
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks1, ks2, picture-books
Great book which shows two different outlooks on childhood, ultimately coming together to do what makes them happy
Hmy
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
2 well rounded characters, wonderful vocabulary, nice joke and resolution. Loved it
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