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A Middle Garden Matter

Hobble and Trip

by Philip Ridler


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This matter is of the utmost importance to the pets and birds who live in the middle garden, the two gardens on either side and the park nearby. So the animals involved have asked me to share it with you, dear reader, in the form of a story for you to judge the rights and wrongs therein. If you are aged from eight to twelve, you are particularly well placed to tune into their adventures and give advice on how they should behave, or not behave, as the case may be. Why did Chirpy the sparrow change his name to Trip? Were Kitta and Motto the cats really cruel? Did Gordonzola the bulldog want to eat a double cat burger? If you were a princess in a sycamore tree, would you act like Prunella the magpie or react like Crowden the crow? Finally, clever reader, I'm sure you like solving puzzles. Well, then, while you're putting your thinking cap on, how about deciding why the subtitle, 'Hobble and Trip', actually perfectly represents the true meaning of this story? Read, solve and enjoy!

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Austin Macauley Publishers
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