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King Plumpapuff suggests that you read this charming tale surrounded by plumped-up cushions whilst consuming creampuffs

'Two Surface-dwellers. Two! Hes a Fattypuff and youre a Thinifer. Theres no doubt about it!

This is the tale of two brothers. Edmund is a little on the plump side and Terry is a bit of a rake. When they discover the countries under the Earth they are divided and sent to the warring kingdoms of the Fattypuffs and the Thinifers. The Fattypuffs eat hourly with light snacks in between. The Thinifers like nothing more than discipline and work six days a week. Whether you are a jolly Fattypuff or a driven Thinifer you’ll be rooting for the brothers to bring peace to the countries under the Earth.

Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can take the quiz to find out if you’re a Fattypuff or a Thinifer!

Vintage Children’s Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.


An ingenious moral tale

Glasgow Herald

This classic story, first published in 1930, immediately seduces the reader with its hilarious world existing just under the surface of our own… Full of good jokes – mainly at the expense of the Fattypuffs – and good drawings by Fritz Wegner


One of our favourite books as children

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Daily Mail

Wegner’s drawings of the lands of the Thinifer and Fattypuff people are heartwarming, imaginative and kind, but, more importantly, they are very funny

Rob Ryan, The Times

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    October 1, 2013

    Vintage Children's Classics

    144 pages

    RRP $14.99

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    January 31, 2014

    Vintage Digital

    144 pages

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