Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Train Trouble


Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam revised their careers long ago. Thereafter, they are no longer crack sharp thieves, but a pair of highly respected pátissiers. In fact, they’ve been hired to treat the sparkly passengers aboard the Pawrient Express to the Venice Carnival! What do Shifty and Sam have in mind?

Unfortunately, the pair are recognised by a porter in disguise. It seems she’s up to no good and has designs upon the passengers jewels and wealth. Thereafter, when the lights go out as Sam’s and Shifty’s delicacies are served, jewellery, watches and Teddy’s tiara are taken! It’s Kitty McClaw and she’s disappearing over the train’s roof!

However, Shifty and Sam are quick to chase this errant kitty. They race across the train, gondolas, through St Mark’s Square to… the heart of the Carnival. Can they stop Kitty McClaw and return her haul to the passengers?

Alongside a pulsing, rhyming story from Tracey Corderoy, we’ve bright, busy, animated illustrations from Steven Lenton. Bookwagon is delighted to welcome Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam aboard!

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Train Trouble

Tracey Corderoy and Steven Lenton

(Nosy Crow)

It seems that Shifty’s and Sam’s decision to ‘give up stealing quick smart,/ to catch thieves instead‘ bears results! What if these born again bakers were aboard a ‘super-posh train- to the‘ Venice Carnival when they’re recognised? Although all the twinkling passengers are excited by the journey and curious at the delights these pup pâtissiers might create, there’s a porter in disguise with burglary in mind!
In fact, when Shifty’s and Sam’s ‘towers of pizzas, cookies and cakes‘ arrive with the passengers, the lights go out! Thereafter, it seems all the twinkle disappears, as watches and necklaces, and Teddy’s tiara are stolen. Could it be… Kitty McClaw?
Bookwagon has enjoyed a decade of Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam and is so happy to welcome Train Trouble aboard. Tracey Corderoy’s rhyming story is whip smart and exciting. We watch a race across the train roofs, through the gondolas across St Mark’s Square. Then again, might the Carnival itself be a way of deterring this stealing Siamese? Steven Lenton’s pictures are crisp and active, full of drama and interest, as we know from Octopus Shocktopus!, for example. Bookwagon recommends this picture book for reading aloud, reciting and then for including in further explorations of this series.


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