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Laugh your head off with the funniest new series of the year, from award-winning Nadia Shireen

Perfect for fans of Mr Gum and The Animals of Farthing Wood, this hilarious, irreverent series from picture book superstar Nadia Shireen follows two urban foxes who escape to the wonderfully weird forest of Grimwood!

After a run-in with the scariest street cat in the Big City, fox cub siblings Ted and Nancy flee for Grimwood, expecting to find refuge in the peaceful countryside.

Instead, they are met with thieving eagles, dramatic ducks, riotous rabbits and an absurd game called Treebonk! While Ted quickly falls in love with his wacky new neighbours, Nancy thinks they’re all bonkers. But she soon discovers that, as kooky they are, the animals of Grimwood always look out for each other.

Now Nancy must ask herself an important question: yes, Grimwood may be weird, but could it also be . . . home?

Grimwood marks Nadia Shireen’s first foray into young fiction. She is the award-winning author-illustrator of Good Little Wolf (Jonathan Cape), and the illustrator of the hotly anticipated Slug in Love (Simon & Schuster).

'Shireen’s latest book confirms her as one of the brightest and best picture book creators working in Britain today... Sensational.' - The Observer

Nadia Shireen has been described as one of the “best and brightest picture book creators working in Britain today” (The Observer, London). Her debut picture book Good Little Wolf received a mention in the BolognaRagazzi Opera Prima Award and won the UKLA Book Award. Other books include The Bumblebear, which was distributed to over 700,000 children as part of BookTrust’s Time to Read campaign, as well as Billy and the Beast and Billy and the Dragon. Nadia has been shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, and has been Writer-Illustrator in Residence for BookTrust. She lives in London.

Gloriously anarchic, properly funny and highly illustrated with dynamic black-and-white art, this is a quirky delight for children – and their parents, too.  

– The Bookseller

Funny, anarchic, original and gloriously silly.

– Richard Osman

This book made my face hurt! Relentlessly funny.

– Rob Biddulph

Like Watership Down, but funny. You’ll laugh hysterically on every page.

– Caitlin Moran


– Lauren Laverne

Fizzes with mad energy. Brilliantly addictive.

– Phil Earl, author of When the Sky Falls

Pure genius!

– Louie Stowell

Made us laugh out loud

– Jim Smith, author of Barry Loser

You’re in for a treat!

– Selom Sunu, illustrator of Look Both Ways


– Sophy Henn, author-illustrator of Pizazz

I want to be friends with Ted and Willow!

– Eliza, age 7

The funniest book ever! I loved it!

– Georgie, age 9

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