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The designer of worldwide hit children's television show Bob the Builder, and the author/illustrator of numerous children's books, Curtis Jobling lives with his family in Cheshire, England. Early work on Aardman's Wallace & Gromit and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks led to him picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA winning Bob. The animated series of Frankenstein's Cat, based upon Curtis's book of the same name, picked up the Pulcinella award for Best Children's Show at the 2008 International Cartoons On The Bay festival in Salerno, Italy. His noisy new preschool show, Raa Raa, can be seen on CBeebies, while his original paintings and prints sell in galleries the world over. Although perhaps best known for his work in TV and picture books, Curtis's other love has always been horror and fantasy for an older audience. Wereworld is his first novel. www.curtisjobling.com

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When Lady Gretchen is abducted by the Werelion Prince Lucas, Drew and his friends embark on a perilous chase to stop the prince fleeing to his homeland of Bast.

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The designer of worldwide hit children's television show Bob the Builder, and the author/illustrator of numerous children's books, Curtis Jobling lives with his family in Cheshire, England. Early work on Aardman's Wallace & Gromit and Tim Burton's Mars Attacks led to him picking up his crayons in 1997 to design the BAFTA winning Bob. The animated series of Frankenstein's Cat, based upon Curtis's book of the same name, picked up the Pulcinella award for Best Children's Show at the 2008 International Cartoons On The Bay festival in Salerno, Italy. His noisy new preschool show, Raa Raa, can be seen on CBeebies, while his original paintings and prints sell in galleries the world over. Although perhaps best known for his work in TV and picture books, Curtis's other love has always been horror and fantasy for an older audience. Wereworld is his first novel.

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as a fantasy world it is superior to Eragon, and pure fun -- Amanda Craig * The Times *
Really, really good . . . gripping. Never read anything like it before * Forest Hill Boys School reviewer *

Gr 6 Up-In the first book in this series, Drew learned that he is a Werewolf and heir to the throne of Lyssia. Now he and his Werelord allies have overthrown the evil Werelions and are trying to consolidate power around him. But when his lady love, the improbably matured Werefox Gretchen, is kidnapped by his half brother (and enemy Werelion), Drew derails everyone's plans by going after her, accompanied only by Whitley, a Werebear with a romantic agenda of her own. Throughout his adventures, Drew predictably waffles about whether he can really be king or if he would rather stay a "free man." Various secondary characters are developed, and the plot sometimes gets bogged down in the complicated power struggles. "Wereworld" seems to be aiming to be a "Game of Thrones" for the tween set, but lacks the strong narrative thrust of that series. Purchase where the first book is popular.-Eliza Langhans, Hatfield Public Library, MA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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