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Hardback | 48 pages | 200 x 200mm
Publication March 2022 | ISBN 9781802580808
When Fred’s green-fingered grandfather shows her a map to the mysterious island of Papa Nupi, he leads her on a summer holiday adventure that just might save the planet. From Zeb Soanes, author of the bestselling Gaspard the Fox books.
Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub is also an exciting orchestral concert work by James Marangone.
Listen to Zeb Soanes and James Marangone talk all things Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub on our 'Meet the Author' podcast:
Zeb Soanes is a children’s author and broadcaster. He presents weekday evenings on Classic FM. For over 20 years, he was a newsreader and reassuring voice of the Shipping Forecast on BBC Radio 4. He has written for The Observer, Country Life, and The Literary Review and his best-selling first book for children, Gaspard the Fox began a series of stories based on the real urban fox that visits him at home in London. He has earned a reputation as ‘the go-to person for music narration’ with the UK’s leading orchestras, performing favourite works for children including Paddington’s First Concert and Peter and the Wolf. In recognition of his efforts to culturally rehabilitate the urban fox, he was made the first patron of the Mammal Society.
Anja Uhren is a storyteller - working with images as well as words to deliver narratives. She was chosen to illustrate one of the books in Nicola Davies’s Shadows and Light series, Mother Cary’s Butter Knife, which published in 2016.
'Beautifully topical, Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub is a thrilling and wondrous adventure, where the power of music and nature inspire us all to make the world a better place.’ Dame Judi Dench
‘An exciting journey into a world of enchanted flowers.’ Alan Titchmarsh, MBE
‘Fred and the Fantastic Tub-Tub is a children’s story with an ambitious vision. At its heart is a crucial environmental message, but along the way it shares the wonders of botany, flying machines and - of course - the universal language of music’ BBC Music Magazine
'A fabulous hardback that's well worth the money as there's a brilliant story plus there is so much for children to do.' Book Read 2 Day
'A magical adventure that embraces the threat plastic pollution poses to wildlife as well as showing the transformative possibilities of music and the difference one small hand held device can make.' Jill Bennett, Red Reading Hub
'I highly recommend this as a read aloud bedtime story.' It's All About Stories
'An exciting, imaginative journey across the globe that involves the reader in some extremely timely environmental issues with ease and joy, this books is just glorious! Exquisite, vibrant, detailed illustrations pull the reader through greenhouses, across the skies and into a land long forgotten.' Mary Esther Judy, FallenStar Stories
'If you are looking for an inspiring book for a seven-year-old, then this is a perfect choice – as well as being fun, it has plenty of didactic messages regarding recycling and the environment, the power of music, and even the virality of social media.' Hattie Fisk, Music Teacher Magazine
'A great story and one with a much deeper environmental message which is woven in very well with the tale of the plant. I think it’s interesting and amazing that this was written for the orchestral piece too and now I’m keen to listen to it' The Strawberry Post
'The illustrations are out of this world, they are so beautifully drawn and help make the book truly memorable.' Helen Byles, Book Bound