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Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon
Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Nick Maland

A 2018 Times Book of the Year.

An enchanting fairytale about Mr Tiger, and his troupe of acrobats, Betsy K Glory, the daughter of a mermaid and an ice-cream maker, from bestselling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by Nick Maland. 'Tigers have their secrets and their whiskers, their tails and their tales.'

Sally Gardner's enchanting new series, illustrated by Nick Maland, is a fairytale full of traditional ingredients. When Betsy K Glory, the daughter of a mermaid and an ice-cream maker, meets the mysterious Mr Tiger they have a giant challenge: a moon to turn blue, berries to collect and wishable-delicious ice cream to create. The sort that makes wishes come true.

With Mr Tiger and his troupe of Gongalong circus acrobats, a toad under a spell, a lonely giant, and Mum and Dad, Betsy sets off on her quest.
The hardback edition of this book is printed in blue ink in Dyslexie, a font specially designed to make reading easier – and more fun.

Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon made the 2018 Books of the Year round-ups in The Times, the Telegraph, Evening Standard, the Scotsman and Big Issue.

Head of Zeus, a Zephyr book * Children’s Fiction
04 Oct 2018 * 192pp * £4.49 * 9781786697165
Sally Gardner, the enormously creative author of I, Coriander, chucks magic, a quest and scoopfuls of jeopardy into the first bok in her new series. It's also got dyslexia-friendly type, and Nick Maland's illustrations add to the fun'
Alex O'Connell, The Times, Children's Book of the Week
'Sally Gardner's tale unfolds with all the beautiful illogicality of a dream, whimsical but staying the right side of twee, and buoyed along by Nick Maland's jaunty, intricately cross-hatched illustrations'
Financial Times
'An enchanting story, in which elements of traditional fairy tale verge on the surreal. But Gardner's skill is to contain even her wildest ideas within a meticulous plot'
Emily Bearn, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year 2018
This enchanting new series is an absolute delight ... Striking just the right note of whimsy and magic'
Fiona Noble, The Bookseller, Editor's Choice
'Sally Gardner can always surprise. In this beautiful little package of a book she delivers a light-hearted adventure ... The element of the ridiculous is perfectly controlled ... The assured voice of the narrator instantly and effortlessly transports to this world where imagination reigns'
Books for Keeps
'[Sally Gardner] chucks magic, a quest and scoopfuls of jeopardy into one of the most original divorce stories I've read'
The Times, Books of the Year
'An enchanting fairytale weaving a story of mermaids, ice-creams and a troupe of acrobats. Totally bonkers and a great read. Who knew what happiness could be found in a red balloon?'
Angels & Urchins
I loved this story and the amazing pictures' Poppy Symonds (11).

'This was my first time reading a book in blue print. The colour, font and illustrations made it enjoyable to read' Rebekah Humphreys (8).

'The story was full of adventure and excitement with lots of surprises along the way'
Phoebe Nicholls (9), Army & You
'Readers will enjoy the fast-moving plot and the cast of intriguing characters. Nick Maland's attractive illustrations help bring the story to life ... Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon is the first in what is likely to be a popular series'
The School Librarian
'Sally Gardner usually writes for older children, but Mr Tiger, Betsy and the Blue Moon is for smaller readers, about an intrepid little girl who gets the moon to turn blue and give everyone wishes, courtesy of a gentleman tiger. Dyslexia friendly'
Evening Standard, Books of the Year
'This dyslexia-friendly title, full of enchanting illustrations from Nick Maland, is a very playful read'
Scotsman, Books of the Year
'The mission Betsy and Mr Tiger take on includes many delicious elements - a blue moon, a blushing berry collection, a wish-granting ice-cream. But even more alluring is Gardner's unique prose, full of unusual metaphors and strange ideas, such as an over-worked alphabet and a pyjama-clad sun'
Big Issue, Books of the Year
'Sally's story of Betsy's adventures with the mysterious Mr Tiger is a mixture of modern and classic – a fairy tale for the present day'
Computer Arts
'A story surreal as any dream ... The book delights in its whimsicality, and readers should too'
Financial Times
Sally Gardner
Sally Gardner
Sally Gardner gained a first class degree at a leading London art college and became a successful theatre costume designer before illustrating and writing books. Her debut novel, I, Coriander won the Nestle Gold Award and she is also a Costa and Carnegie prize-winner. Her books have been translated all over the world and have sold over two million copies. Find Sally online at, or on Twitter @TheSallyGardner.

Nick Maland

Nick Maland
Nick Maland is an award-winning illustrator. His book Oliver Who Travelled Far and Wide won the Booktrust Early Years Award.