Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin

£6.99

Picklewitch is overjoyed to receive a letter announcing the arrival from Africa, of her cousin, Archie Cuckoo. She is keen to show him her ‘most beautifulest home’. However, Archie delights Jack more than Picklewitch. He is well-mannered, smartly turned out and astute. Jack plans to get a briefcase with gold latches like Archie’s. Furthermore, Archie begins to pop doubts about Picklewitch’s loyalty into Jack’s head. Suddenly, Jack is disappointed in his best friend.

Could Archie be genuine, or is there something more to him than his golden bright eyes and smart tailcoat? What if his bamboozling is unconfined, so that he steps beyond the boundaries into St Immaculate’s School for the Gifted, and even, Jack’s mother! Do Picklewitch and Jack have the resources to oust this cuckoo cousin from their nests?

Claire Barker has created a really endearing, funny, warm pair in Picklewitch and Jack. This sequel to the introductory title is a triumph. Welcome ‘Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin’! 

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Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin

Claire Barker, illustrated by Teemu Juhani

(Faber)

‘Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin’ are an awkward trio. Picklewitch is delighted to receive a letter from her cousin, Archie Cuckoo, announcing his intended visit. However, Jack is less certain. Not only do witches not receive letters, but Jack is concerned that he will feel left out. He likes Picklewitch ‘more than anyone he’d ever met.’ 
Yet it is not Jack who is left out, for immediately, Archie latches onto Jack. He is keen to sleepover in Jack’s bedroom, declining Picklewitch’s offer of a clean ‘mossy branch’. Thereafter, he ingratiates his way into Jack’s pyjamas, bed and role, so that Jack’s left sleeping on the floor, while Archie soaks up his home comforts.
There are further odd occurrences when Archie attends St Immaculate’s School for the Gifted with the friends.  Archie outshines Picklewitch at nature club, before Professor Bunsen’s caterpillar collection disappears. Then Archie begins to make Jack wonder about the nature of his friendship with Picklewitch.
Who is Archie Cuckoo? Why does he seem to grow so quickly? What do his grey tail coat and bright golden eyes resemble?
Picklewitch and Jack is one of Bookwagon’s most popular titles. We anticipate ‘Picklewitch & Jack and the Cuckoo Cousin’ being seized from our nest faster than Picklewitch can guzzle down one of Jack’s mother’s jam tarts!

 

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