A Possum’s Tail by Gabby Dawnay and Alex Barrow

Accompanied by bouncy and rhythmic rhyming prose, readers tag alongside Samuel Drew and his pull-along toy dog as they take a long walk — the boy on foot and the dog on wheels! — through the busy streets of London.

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Eventually, we learn that the intrepid pair are headed to visit the possums at the London Zoo — passing busy markets and Buckingham Palace along the way — and there, the story takes a whimsical and more humorous turn, as the baby possums decide to tail (pun fully intended) them back home.

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The illustrator’s almost-utopian vision of a 1940s cosmopolitan London is perfectly charming and full of detail, and the street-level viewpoint of most of the scenes helps to create a vicarious reading experience.

p.s. Don’t miss the mischievous twist at the end!

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