Troubador The Adventures of Plonk

Released: 28/01/2017

ISBN: 9781785898921

eISBN: 9781785898136

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Adventures of Plonk


Plonk is an adorable little creature who lives on a magical island, far away from our world. He’s completely unique, and as far as he knows, he is the only one of his kind. 

His island has lots to keep him occupied: beautiful beaches to play on, the warm sea to swim in and ponds to go ice skating on in the winter. However, life on the island can be lonely. Lots of ships pass by his island, but none ever stop to pay him a visit, which makes Plonk very sad. Life takes a turn for the worse when he is captured by a wicked witch and becomes her servant. Managing to escape, he is then promptly captured by a pony-man, who makes him give rides to children on the beach. As he runs away again, Plonk meets a friendly gnome, who tells him how to find the Good Fairy, who will help him home. Before he knows it, he is on the Good Fairy’s magical boat, sailing back to his island. Finally safe again, he resumes his quiet life, but cannot help but feel lonely still. But Plonk’s life changes when the Good Fairy pays him a final visit, bringing him a very special gift... 

The Adventures of Plonk is a charming, beautifully illustrated children’s book that will appeal to young children aged 0-5 years old. The esteemed fashion designer, Hussein Chalayan, MBE, imprinted some illustrations of Plonk for his Parisian fashion show, ‘Pasatiempo (Cuba Calling)’ in 2016.

An article in "Cyprus Today" and 20 books dispatched to Best Sellers bookshop in Nicosia. Waterstones Aberdeen, Bournemouth and Brighton stocked up before Christmas and Brighton Waterstones wanting a sign in when appropriate. Daunts Hampstead and Holland Park - stocked up before Christmas.
Seahaven Radio FM - Mark Evans giving me a 15 mins chat on the radio next Wednesday and invited me to sit on his two hour show in the studios when virus sorted next year.
Sussex and Surrey BBC radio interviewing me next Friday for another 15 mins.
Denise Phillips of Bayrak Radio Cyprus/Turkey interviewing me January 14 2021 for her show and a choice of six songs where I talk about the book in between the tunes.
One of 5 favourite books mentioned in Soul and Spirit - glossy UK magazine.
400 words editorial in Dean Magazine (East Sussex)
An editorial of 400 words in Conduit - a glossy magazine in Somerset.
An editorial of 400 words in the Glossy magazine The Brightonian coming out in April or May

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Well, well, well! I took one look at this book and thought 'what a plonker! I had this as a kid!' - I just hadn't realised this was the very book I knew and loved as a youngster whatsoever. I remember being a little bit unsettled, both by the tribulations of Plonk, and by the look of him - sort of a four-legged black ant with spots, and with bright red boots and a bright red hat he's always losing, and dreadlock-styled things on his head. But boy, I used to read and read it, and this file was the very embodiment of a blast from the past. This is a great little read for great little people, and I can testify to its use, as I of course grew up a perfect specimen. I'm not fussed about some fashion show who borrowed from it, or indeed what inspired its revival, but I'm very glad I stumbled upon it over the decades. Recommended.

by John Lloyd (NetGalley reviewer)

My soon to be 5-year-old enjoyed this book a lot. The pictures are very concise, with good color scheme. Gnomes add magic to story. The semblance of Plonk to different animals makes t fun for the little readers to keep guessing what the animal might be. There is a surprise in the story that does provide relief.

by Prasanna Surakanti (NetGalley reviewer)

I enjoyed the illustrations and overall pattern of the book.

by Jill

Plonk surely is unusual and on a positive note, I love the artwork and of course, the cute Plonk in particular. The animal is cheerful to look at and quite unique. The brightly coloured red boots and the red hat, which the animal wears, stand out, too. My preschoolers were also very excited and had a lot of fun when it was time for them to draw their own Plonk. Would I recommend Plonk? Actually, yes! I found Plonk just very unusual indeed. The animal is so different, the imagination of my group went wild. The kids loved to invent their own Plonk stories and adventures.

by Master Reader

I was amazed to find "Plonk" on your booklist! It took me back to my childhood and I still have my copy of the book, a 5th. birthday present in 1945! I loved the imaginary animal and his adventures at the time which seem rather out-dated now. It is interesting that my old copy was published in Leicester (Ward and Wheeler Ltd.)

by Margaret Inkpen

Elizabeth Gordon

Elizabeth Gordon

I was a boring Legal Secretary and after a broken relationship in Barristers Chambers I went for a holiday to Morocco where I saw a beautiful belly dancer and experienced the strange feeling of deja vu, that I would be in her shoes one day!

How that happened, including some of the dramas and highlights along the way is described to the best of my ability in this book.

We never know the impression we give to others along our journey but I was swept off my feet when something happened to me well after my dancing career was over.

I hope you enjoy my story. Elizabeth

My Journey as a Belly Dancer (front cover)
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