A Most Peculiar Toy Factory
Alex Bell, illustrated by Nan Lawson
Tess, and Niles and Stacey, and Oliver, are reluctant to take on a job at Hoggle’s Happy Toys. They’ve heard the rumours of the haunted toys and angry teddies. Tess remembers their elder brother’s terror when his teddy attacked him! However the children have been coopted into earning money for the family since the village has spurned their farm’s chocolate milk for healthier options.
Why does Hoggle’s Happy Toys insist that their workers must be children? What could be the reason for most adults denying the sounds and rumours about which everyone is aware? What has happened at the toy factory?
Once Tess and her brothers and sister step over the threshold in the company of the new Mr Hoggle, things prove peculiar. There’s something about the teddies on the wallpaper. Then there’s the weeping rocking horses and the desolate mermaids. Can Tess steel herself and her siblings and get to the bottom of the fear that lurks throughout the toy factory?
Alex Bell, writer of the sensational The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club, grips our attention immediately! The edge of horror, tinged with dark humour, is enticing! Would you step into ‘A Most Peculiar Toy Factory’?
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