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By Quentin Blake, published by Red Fox, RRP £5.99
What’s the story: The quintessentially British Mister Magnolia is a man of no logic. He dresses in a striped waistcoat, blue jacket and a pair of yellow trousers. His zany look is flourished off by him wearing only one boot. He rides around on a scooter, juggles fruit and has a pet dinosaur. The text is a poem, where in each verse Mr Magnolia has a marvellous possession – ‘two lovely sisters who play on the flute’ but he always only has one boot. The boot reference repeats, so the chldren can shout along with each page until a very happy, but odd ending occurs.
Why we love it: You’ll soon join in the fun and rejoice when a mysterious package containing another boot (but nothing like the one he already has) allowing him to splash in the puddles like everyone else.
First published: 1980
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