Pudding and Chips

Penny Matthews; Illustrated by Janine Dawson

Out of print

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Pudding the goose and Chips the sheepdog are the noisiest animals on Annie's farm. Then one night, a big fox arrives.

282 x 232 mm
Floris Books
Picture Books
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
40 pages
Publication date:
22 Sep 2005


Pudding is a cranky goose. She is as fierce as a tiger and as prickly as barbed wire. And she's as noisy as a street full of fire engines. Nobody tells Pudding what to do -- not even Chips the sheepdog. Things are never quiet on Annie’s farm!

But one warm, windy night, a big red fox comes creeping through the paddocks, dreaming of a chicken dinner, and things start to change...


'A well-told, gripping picture-story book tale of life on Annie's farm. There is a nice poetic quality about the writing. The illustrations have an appealing warmth which captures both the humour and the suspenseful adventure embedded in the narrative. Early years listeners and readers will be enchanted by this story's delightful blend of art and language.'
-- Trevor Dickinson, School Librarian, Winter 2005

'Pudding and Chips is wonderfully evocative of real-life farming. The illustrations are beautifully drawn and really bring out the character of the animals. This is a great book for early readers to tackle on their own; or for younger children, from about four, to have read to them.'
-- Jo Rogers, Families Online (www.familiesonline.co.uk), Autumn 2005


Penny Matthews is an award-winning author and editor of children's books. Her stories are often centred around farm life and she has a particular affinity with the country, farm animals and rural environment. She lives in Myrtle Bank in South Australia.

Janine Dawson used to work in animation and is now a professional children's illustrator. She lives in New South Wales, Australia.


Do you like farms? We've got lots of books you and your children will love:
Reuben and Barney's Day on the Farm - a lovely through-the-day picture book
A Felt Farm by Rotraud Reinhard
Hannah on the Farm by Marjan van Zeyl (a board book for little hands)
A Calf for Christmas by Astrid Lindgren
Goran's Great Escape by Astrid Lindgren
A Farm: Paintings from a Bygone Age by Carl Larsson (for older children and adults)

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