Snappy Birthday by Mark Sperring and Laura Ellen Anderson

When a special birthday invite arrives from a next-door neighbour whom they’ve never met, declaring that he’d love to have them all for tea, the kids at no. 24 are all abuzz with excitement. Of course, what the four siblings only belatedly realise is that their neighbour means it quite literally…

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It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee

The Wimbledons are sleeping when Wilma hears a spooky sound. As Walter discovers, it’s just Stanley, their dog, howling at the moon — no biggie, right? Well, that’s what you’d think until, one by one, their kids (Wendy, Willie, Wanda and Wylie — don’t you just love the alliterative names?) too get woken up by Stanley’s increasingly odd endeavours — fixing the oil tank and making catfish stew, among other things.

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