A donkey dreams about a trip to the beach and invites his friends to have an adventure with him. But how will the animals cross the terrifying cattle grid that lays ahead?
Happy Hooves, Ta Dah! is the first book in a series of tales about the exciting and funny adventures of five hoofed friends who use the power of teamwork and friendship to overcome challenges. The rhyming text is perfectly delivered by A. Bogie and Rebecca Elliott’s illustrations are deliciously rich and textured in deep bold colours. Published in September 2014.
The Mail on Sunday, 20 December 2014.
"William and Kate read to Prince George at bedtime and one of their favourite stories is said to be the first in this series, called Happy Hooves, Ta Dah!”
Tom Aikens, Chef.
“Great kiddies book, Violette love it, she’s just talking about donkeys all the time.”
North Somerset Teachers Book Awards.
This is a charming tale of how friends can help each other and work together to solve problems. Each animal is inspired by Donkey to find their own style to cross the cattle grid, except the cow. The others then work together to make sure that Cow can join them. There are many occasions when such a tale might be relevant to a class and encourage them to find ways of doing difficult things.
The story is perfect to be shared as a read aloud as children will enjoy joining in with the ‘Ta Dah!’ line as each animal succeeds. It lends itself beautifully to lots of drama activities which could lead to writing in a range of styles.
The illustrations are a real delight! There is a collage style to them with patterned papers and a layered look; the trees and flowers are simple stylised shapes; the animals have large bright eyes and are very appealing. There is also a satisfying thickness to the paper used for the book which makes reading it a joy!
Brilliant Bedtime story...
"Rhyming text and retro illustrations make for a book bursting with colour and life." The Sun. 20 September 2014
Kate Middleton doesn't only have great taste in clothes...
...She has fabulous taste in children's books too! This book is a must have in your child's library. It is extremely well written and entertaining and a great introduction to rhyme. The colourful illustrations makes it appealing to children of all ages. My son loved this book so much we couldn't wait for the next one Oh! Oh! Oh! to come out!. When it did I bought both books for my young niece for Christmas and she also loved them. Fabulous bedtime reading and great gifts too. No wonder it's one of Prince George's favourite books!! Amazon customer, 5 star review.
"Toddlers and preschoolers will be enchanted...
...by the rhyming and will be quick to shout out the words once you’ve read it a couple of times. It is a lovely book with colourful and bold illustrations and a simple yet strong message about the value of friendship.” www.mumontherock.com