Mr Skip

Morpurgo perfection. A donkey as fast as a racehorse? Only a magical garden gnome can make this wish come true… In Dublin, where horses run wild in the fields near the tower blocks, Jackie dreams of owning her own horse – the fastest in the world. But all she has is Gran’s old donkey, Barnaby. He’s not only slow, he’s as stubborn as a mule. Yet Jackie wishes Barnaby could run like a racehorse. And then a magical garden gnome, Mr Skip, grants her wish. Could Barnaby – ‘the Superdonk’ – really win the Irish Derby?

  • Magical younger fiction by a master storyteller
  • An uplifting tale of hope and dreams coming true
  • Accessible illustrated text that builds confidence
  • Written by the celebrated author of War Horse

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  • Mr Skip

    “I’ll put you together again. And Mum and me, we’ll look after you, alright?”

    In Dublin, where horses run wild in the fields near the tower blocks, Jackie dreams of owning her own horse – the fastest in the world. But all she has is Gran’s old donkey Barnaby, who is a stubborn as a mule. Until, rummaging in a skip, Jackie finds a broken garden gnome who turns out to be magical! When she lovingly restores him back to his former glory, Mr Skip promises to make her dreams come true. Jackie’s great wish is for her donkey to run like a racehorse. And when Barnaby starts winning races, fame and fortune come their way. There are TV appearances, a film deal and a promised million ‘smackaroos’. But will Barnaby, the Superdonk, win the Irish Derby? Can Mr Skip work his magic till the very end? New Parent’s info RRP £4.99 Club price £1.99 Saving £3.00 Buy this book Bookmarking I want to read this I am reading this I have read this Tell us what you think

    8 August 2012

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    Michael Morpurgo

    Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo has written over 100 books for children, and has won a multitude of awards as well as serving as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005.

    Awards

    Michael was the Children’s Laureate 2003-2005, and has won many awards including The Whitbread Prize For The Wreck of the Zanzibar, the Smarties prize for The Butterfly Lion the Blue Peter Award for Private Peaceful and the Red House award for Shadow.

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