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  • Published: 2 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187942
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machine

Roald Dahl Funny Prize Winner, Peter Bently, teams up with Smarties Gold Award Winner David Roberts, in this rip-roaring wooly adventure.

The sheep on the hillside were munching away, Much as they always did, day after day, When suddenly something went ZOOM! overhead. “Let’s go and see what it is!” they all said. And so begins a ripping, round-the-world adventure as the sheep take to skies in a magnificent yellow flying machine…

  • Published: 2 April 2015
  • ISBN: 9781448187942
  • Imprint: Andersen Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 32

About the authors

Peter Bently

Peter Bently grew up in an army family and went to ten different schools. He studied languages at Oxford and worked as a journalist and non-fiction book editor before becoming a children's author when his own two children were very small. He is the author of more than sixty books, including Cats Ahoy!, illustrated by Jim Field, which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, and King Jack and the Dragon, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, which was an American Library Association Notable Book of the year.

David Roberts

Nick Ronald and David Roberts are now firmly established names in the decorating world. They opened their first Grand Illusions shop in St Margaret's, Twickenham, in 1987. An inspirational home furnishings and accessories store, Grand Illusions brings innovative home ideas to an appreciative audience. As well as the shops in St Margarets, there are now two sister shops in Richmond and Bath plus two thriving mail-order catalogues, Maison and Maison Bis. Nick and David also run highly successful paint techniques courses and their ideas are featured regularly in magazines and on television, including BBC's Home Front. Their first book, Grand Illusions, was published in 1996 with Grand Illusions New Decorating following in 1998. Nick and David have recently moved to the country where they are renovating an eighteenth-century house.

Praise for Those Magnificent Sheep In Their Flying Machine

A total pleasure

Independent on Sunday

Bently's award-winning chaotic humour is perfectly matched by David Roberts' eccentric and beautifully detailed illustrations

Daily Mail

Illustrator David Roberts blends caricature and an elegant style to suit both the silliness and the 1920s setting

Sunday Times

I love this author/illustrator pairing . . . Stylish and funny with a fantastic read-aloud text

Children's Previews, The Bookseller

David Roberts' illustrations are sublime

Amanda Craig, New Statesman

Delightfully dotty

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading, Book of the Month

This book is just splendid, not to be missed!…It has gone straight into my box of favourite books for sharing with children

Books for Keeps

Laugh out loud funny rhyme which begs to be read aloud & Roberts’ illustrations are the perfect complement. A delight from promising new pairing.

Peters, Books of the Week

A book to be treasured.

Armadillo Magazine

Great illustrations, rhyme, onomatopoeia and adventure


The rhymes flow well, and the text swoops and swerves.

School Library Journal

Rollicking rhyming text. Wonderful... a joy to read aloud. Clever and catchy, this is what picture books are all about.

Parents in Touch

In every action-filled double-page spread, the text itself whirls in loop-the- loops and nosedives as the woolly passengers cry, “Yippee!... Children will enjoy this delightful global romp.


Quirkily illustrated story with extremely engaging characters

The Good Book Guide

Promises to have you in stitches of laughter and genuine disbelief that anyone could dream up such nonsensical fun!


Full of gorgeous illustrations. Great for newly developing readers and fun to share.

Primary Times

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