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Seven-year-old Neil’s mother always likes to buy him clothes that he will ‘grow into’. His latest cricket jumper makes him feel like a ‘satsuma in an orange peel’. Then Mum buys a wardrobe Too Big to fit through the front door…
McCaughrean, whose list of honours include both the Guardian and Whitbread Awards as well as the much coveted Carnegie Medal, has written a very funny tale about a boy who is not listened to. The generously sized print is ideal for new readers and the simple but effective line drawings punctuate the story well.