Monday, 20 October 2014

Florentine and Pig and the Spooky Forest Adventure

Florentine and Pig 
and the Spooky Forest Adventure

Written by Eva Katzler and Illustrated by Jess Mikhail
Published by Bloomsbury

With Halloween just around the corner, this spooky adventure with Florentine and Pig, will get your little ghouls in the mood for camping and searching for monsters that go bump in the night. Or if that’s a little too scary, maybe try the recipes and craft projects at the back of the book.

In this, their third adventure, Florentine and Pig are woken by a loud and frightening sound; ’Woooooooooooooo!’ Whatever could it be? Could it be the growling, prowling Bog Mog? Who lives in the deepest, darkest forest lurking in the bog? Well Florentine and Pig don’t want to be frightened again by the Bog Mog and decide to head into the forest to find him! Pig gathers their cosiest sleeping bags, brightest torch and warmest hat. While Florentine prepares their supper of roasty toasty campfire kebobbles, sweet potato woodland wedges and snuggly buggy marshmallow brownies, among other goodies! (well, monster catching is rather hungry work). It’s time for Florentine and Pig to go on a spooky forest adventure! They trudge and tramp, splish and splash, but after all their investigating no Bog Mog is found. After setting up camp and enjoying their delicious supper, its time to sleep... ’Woooooooooooooo!’ Oh dear, is there really a monster out there, or are Florentine and Pig's imaginations playing tricks on them? 

What makes this picture book extra special, is the great little craft ideas and easy tasty recipes. You'll find; Twinkly jam jar lanterns, a magic shape shiner, star gazers’ stacked banana pancakes and 'drink-in-your- sleeping-bag' honey milk malties (I think I’ll be trying this!). Though children will need adult supervision to make these, they are great ideas for keeping children busy and entertained. This book is part of the Florentine and Pig series, which all have recipes in. A great idea for introducing cooking to young children and helping them get excited about food.

And as with all the Florentine and Pig stories, the illustrations are by Jess Mikhail, which work well with this fun and spooky story. A great one to read this Halloween, as your little ones will enjoy this nail biting spooky forest adventure and also enjoy the yummy treats to make too! It's available now to buy in all good bookshops and online.

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