The Queen’s Handbag by Steve Antony

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Published by Hodder Children’s Books, 2015.

I’m always bewildered as to why HRH Elizabeth II actually needs a handbag. What exactly does she keep in it? It’s not as if she’ll ever need a purse or her bus pass. Still, the fact is, she’s rarely seen without it. This entertaining picture book by Steve Antony takes a look at what happens when one day, during a tour of Great Britain, the queen’s handbag is stolen by a swan.

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The queen is soon in hot pursuit, along with huge numbers of police officers who have been drafted in to help apprehend the swan. What follows is a high energy chase across the UK, taking in many of the nation’s most well known landmarks.

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Children will love this book because there’s so much going on in the illustrations. The colours are simple – black, white and blue with touches of red – but the crowd scenes are incredibly detailed. It’s great fun looking at what the police officers are up to in each picture. There’s also a Where’s Wally element to the illustrations as the queen’s corgi and her butler are hidden in each picture. Steve Antony has even drawn up a list of other characters and objects to hunt for. Plus, there’s more excitement because every time you turn the page the queen is using a different mode of transport: car, motorbike, train, plane, bike, boat, horse and even parachute!

The Queen’s Handbag is a brilliant picture book that’s lots of fun.

Rating: 💙💙💙💙💙

Suitable for children aged 2+

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One comment

  1. We were looking at this book in a shop yesterday! Great review, think we will have to get a copy now. I think my bigger boy will like spotting all the characters on each page. I’ve always wondered about the Queen’s handbag too!

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