A cow that eats bananas and lives in the trees! Bees that pilot submarines through uncharted puddles! An elevator that descends to the centre of the Earth! Cowardly dinosaurs! Alien Dogs! Vertiginous squirrels! Time-traveling slugs! Disco-dancing horses!
They’re all here in this collection of weird and wonderful bedtime stories, a month’s worth of fantastic tales to guarantee any child thirty-one dream-filled nights.
Read an excerpt:
From “The Submarine Full of Bees”
You went up to the hole and you put in your hand, feeling around for the honey.
“I say!” said a voice. “You there. The human child with the funny nose. What are you up to?”
You looked up and there, hovering right in front of your funny nose, was the Queen Bee, complete with a crown and sceptre.
“Are you trying to steal my honey, what?” she asked in a posh voice.
“Oh no, not at all,” you spluttered, quickly taking your hand out of the hole.
“I’m the Queen, don’t cha know, so please address me as ‘Your Highness’.”
“Sorry, Your Highness. I wasn’t trying to steal your honey at all.”
“So, what were you doing with your hand up my hive hole?” asked the Queen suspiciously.
“Oh. That … I was, erm, I was just, erm …” But you didn’t know what to say.
“Never mind,” said the Queen. “I’ve got a job for you, don’t cha know. Can you steer a submarine?”
Read rave reviews!
"Written with a great love of vocabulary, with a musical style [...] this book is not a month of bedtime stories, but a lifetime of them." - Carole P. Roman, Kirkus Best of 2012 Award-winning Author
"Neil Roy McFarlane likely has as fine a sense of humor as anyone writing today… Looney, wacky, imaginative and borderline crazy tales that McFarlane pens with absolute abandon." - Grady Harp, Hall of Fame Amazon Top 100 Reviewer / Vine Voice
"I keep trying to get Mama to read more than one at night time - there are enough for a whole month but I don't want to take that long to read them all!" - Raif (Age 5) San Francisco Book Review
Neil Roy McFarlane lives and works in Devon, UK. He knew he wanted to be a writer at the age of eight and after being many other things in the intervening years (an EFL teacher, a care assistant, an assistant editor, a film subtitler, a garbage collector, a postman…) he has now returned to his original dream. He writes in a variety of genres, including radio drama, screenplays, children's and adult fiction. He recently returned to university as a mature student to gain an MA in English.