The Badger's Bath; The Hedgehog's Balloon
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This issue’s cover is from J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third book in what is already a classic new series. The first two titles were Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Thanks to Bloomsbury Children’s Books for their help. Cover image based on original artwork by Cliff Wright
The Badger's Bath
The Hedgehog's Balloon
Butterworth’s gentle and humorous tales about Percy the Park Keeper are established and well-loved. His storytelling skills involve the reader from the start, and the problem presented in The Hedgehog’s Balloon (balloons and prickles do not go together) is ingeniously resolved.
In The Badger’s Bath Badger has had a wonderful day digging, but is disappointed when Percy says he is too dirty to come to tea. A bath seems in order, and Percy collects all the necessary paraphernalia, each item beautifully illustrated, matching the text. However, badger, not at all keen on baths, meanwhile disappears. Loathe to waste the tub of soapy water, Percy decides to hop in himself, and is eventually joined by badger in the most surprising circumstances.