The Scallywags

The Scallywags

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The Scallywags are a bunch of messy, noisy wolves who find it rather hard to behave properly. But as they soon discover, if it means losing your friends, then just maybe it's time to practise those manners...

By the bestselling creator of the Hugless Douglas series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. Find out more about David Melling at

Check out the sequel - The Scallywags Blow Their Top - in which the rambunctious wolves learn to control their tempers.

'David Melling's touch is light but this is a thought-provoking and refreshing storyline.' - Guardian
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Product details

  • 0-5
  • Paperback | 32 pages
  • 245 x 268 x 5mm | 188g
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • full colour throughout
  • 0340884061
  • 9780340884065
  • 201,377

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A fun story about acceptance with really amusing pictures * Northern Echo * David Melling's touch is light but this is at thought-provoking and refreshing storyline. * The Guardian * This is a lovely book and David Melling's illustrations are excellent. * * ...exuberant pictures... impressive * Publishers Weekly * ...David Melling's touch is light but this is a thought-provoking and refreshing storyline. * The Guardian * A deliciously written, illustrated and presented book. The Scallywags are a pack of wolves, always late, clumsy and smelly, causing the other animals to decide life is better without them. However, when they tidy themselves up, they become so clean, tidy and polite their detractors no longer recognise them! The text humorously celebrates difference and tolerance and the wonderfully energetic, funny illustrations deserve careful attention. * * Full of unexpected twists and turns The Kiss That Missed is a wonderful literary example of how to temper fearsome episdoes with humour. ... this story is one which will demand endless rereading. * * An ideal bedtime book ... This delightful tale is a true charmer ... Melling's witty illustrations are packed with imaginative detail, including the masterly touch of a delicate golden line tracing the swerling path of the kiss. * The Scotsman * On David's previous books:

'It's funny and original and an absolute delight to read aloud - a perfect bedtime read.' * THE PARENT'S GUIDE * Pure delight. * Carousel * Warm, funny and full of energy * The Children's Bookseller * David Melling's touch is light but this is a thought-provoking and refreshing storyline * The Guardian * Pure delight * Carousel * Brilliant * Write Away *
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About David Melling

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.
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Rating details

140 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 19% (27)
4 36% (51)
3 36% (50)
2 8% (11)
1 1% (1)
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