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Stanley Smartpants and the Exploding Bananas - £8.99

The fourth and most explosive case yet for the Cat-Haven Cat-Police!

Stanley Smartpants and the Exploding Bananas
'The Story'

A boatload of bananas is stolen by Freddie Fruitpincher from a Spanish cargo ship in Torcat Harbour. His boss, Dangerous Dylan, sends him out to sell the stolen fruit. He fails miserably, even trying to make a sale to Sugar Free Sharon, owner of the 100% Cat Health shop.

Chief Crime Reporter-cat on the Cat-Haven Chronicle, Your Secret is Safe with me Scarlett, leaks the story of the stolen bananas much to the annoyance of the cat-police.

Meanwhile, Dangerous Dylan consults his twin brother, Menacing Max, who is enjoying life on their humungous yacht moored in Fingerilla Harbour in the South of Spain. They decide to sack Freddie without paying him. Freddie swears revenge and buys a chemical sickness bug online, which he injects into Dylan’s bananas. The infected fruit is stocked by Salt of the Earth Sam’s supermarket and various other outlets. It soon creates a wave of sickness amongst the citizen-cats of Cat-Haven. Sister Dedicated Deborah and her staff in the A & E Department at Torcat Hospital are under enormous strain to contain the epidemic.

The cat-police are urgently trying to find Freddie Fruitpincher, who has been identified by a member of the cat-public. They seek the help of the Cat-Haven Chronicle to track him down.

In an extraordinary development, naughty fun-loving kittens, Snugsy and Bugsy, contrive to create a huge banana explosion, resulting in more chaos in Cat-Haven.

After many twists and turns, the trail eventually leads to the Costa del Cat in the South of Spain …..

'Quotes from children and adults who have read the Stanley Smartpants stories:'
“thanks for making half term special …. We are up to chapter four and can’t wait to read more.” Lula Hammond, age 7
“I enjoyed it so much I have read it 4 times ...” Freddie Lane, age 8
“... the best book I have read by far ... EASY TO PICK UP, IMPOSSIBLE TO PUT DOWN!” Katie McGorry, age 8

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'Contributions from children included in Stanley Smartpants and the Exploding Bananas:'

STANLEY’S OUTFITS

All the outfits that Stanley wears during the course of the story have been created and designed by children.

Front Cover and Chapter 74: created by Isabella Miller-Mears, age 11, of St. Ippolyts Primary School in Hertfordshire.
Chapter 6: Isobel Fisher, age 8
Chapter 14: Samuel Pendleton, age 10
Chapter 18: Mia Sandford, age 9
Chapter 22: Scarlett Noble, age 10
Chapter 30: Beth Noble, age 10
Chapter 41: Charlotte Nelson, age 9
Chapter 43: Kiera Allenby, age 10
Chapter 47: Jonathan Guest, age 11
Chapter 58: Lily Jenkins, age 5
Chapter 60: Kate Fletcher, age 11

JOKES SENT IN FOR JUMPING JACK

Chapter 1: Turning into a dog – Emily Maton
  Batman and Robin – Fariha Islam
  Fish, Lemon and Glue – George Redfearn
Chapter 21: Marshmallow – Matthew Dias
  School Test – Emilia Fishwick
  Favourite Colour – Evie Coe
Chapter 49: Counting Cows – Arabella Haines
  Camel – Teddy Philpott

OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS FROM CHILDREN

Character Name: SARAH SPECKLEBERRY – Kendra Barron
Character Name: CINAMMON SANDY – Erin Stewart

Chapter 3: Mars Bar (simile) – Jack Fearn
Chapter 13: Santa Paws – Sarah Everington
Chapter 14: TK Cats – William Toffa
Chapter 18: Kool 4 Kats Taxis – Lauren Paige
Chapter 22: Fleabay – Sarah Everington
Chapter 28: Catdidlyumtious – Mia Lawrence
Chapter 38: cat-i-am – Chloe Wills
Chapter 43: Cats and Spencer – Euan McGrath
Chapter 60: “swagger jagger snazzy shorts” – Eloise Harris
Chapter 71: “Freeze in the name of the paw!” – Mercedes Khan
Stanley Smartpants and the Poisoned Parrots - £8.99

The third hilarious adventure featuring the Cat-Haven Cat-Police!

Stanley Smartpants and the Poisoned Parrot
'The Story'

An outbreak of stolen parrots plunges Cat-Haven-on-Sea into chaos. Pretty Polly's Pet Shop and the Cat-Haven Parrot Sanctuary have no parrots left. Closed Circuit Cat Television proves they were poisoned, a fate shared by Percy, Babbacat football club's parrot mascot, who is found dead in his cage. What is the connection?

Stanley Smartpants, the cooooolest cat-detective in Cat-Haven-on-Sea, and his boss the not very bright Derek Dimwit, are soon on the case.

They discover that dead parrots are being sold to businesses in Cat-Haven. Sizzling Parrot in black bean sauce is just one item on the special parrot menu served up in Chop Suey Charlie's Chinese restaurant, by the not very sweet smelling waiter-cat, Hing Hong Big Pong. Necklaces made from parrot feathers and claws are available at Precious Gemma's jewellery shop. And Just Call Me Bob is selling parrot candles in the Candle store.

Meanwhile, there is chaos in Cat-Haven County Court, where Klepto Klaws is on trial in front of Judge Joshua the Joker and his four piece band! There are squintillions of suspects. Can Stanley and his team track down the thief? Of course they can!

'Quotes from children who have read this story:'
“I think it is your best so far and I love how the blinking is what decides the arrest …… it was very misleading and it left me wondering …. I did a lot of sneak reading to finish this book and almost never put it down. It is amazing, and having two criminals really throws you down a false trail.” Orlando Morris, age 9 (in Australia)
“Your book has really inspired me to do more writing and you have shown me that not all books are boring.” Helenka Manford, age 10

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Stanley Smartpants and the Harbour Mystery - £8.99

A hilarious detective story with an all cat cast!

Stanley Smartpants and the Harbour Mystery
'The Story'

A yacht owned by the politician-cat Sir Lancelot Smiles-a-Lot is broken into in Brixcat Harbour. Cash and jewels are stolen from the safe. Stanley Smartpants, the cooooolest cat-detective in town, and his boss Derek Dimwit are soon on the scene. Before they can talk to the Harbour Master-cat, who reported the robbery, he is found dead. Was it an accident, or was it murder? Did the same cat commit both crimes? Was it Mackerel Mike, one of the fishercats who pulled the dead cat out of the sea and then disappeared? Or Bouncing Bert, the assistant Harbour Master-cat, who wants the top job? Or could it have been Willy Splish of Splash Splosh Painters and Decorators, who recently decorated Sir Lancelot’s yacht?

“As always, Alexander Martin writes with terrific flair and humour, lovingly creating a cast of unforgettable felines.”
Amy Fox, Waterstones Children’s Specialist

'Quotes from children who have read this story:'

“I love this book”
“Hilariously funny”
“Once you start reading it you never want to put it down”
“Brilliant and funny”
“Stunning ... I couldn’t put the book down”
“ingeniously brilliant”
“kept me laughing throughout”
“the best I’ve read in a long time”
“Having read the first and been waiting for the second ... “ ... it finally arrived on Christmas morning! I was so excited that I danced around the room with it, shouting “Yes, yes, it’s FINALLY here!” Antonio Harris, age 8
A great read for adults too!
“As always, Alexander Martin writes with terrific flair and humour, lovingly creating a cast of unforgettable felines, each with their own distinct personality and style.”
Amy Fox, Waterstones Children’s Specialist

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Stanley Smartpants and the Mackerel Robberies - £8.99

NOW ALSO AVAILABLE ON KINDLE - £3.99

Stanley Smartpants and the Mackerel Robberies
'The Story'

Sergeant Stanley Smartpants is the coolest cat detective in town! In the town of Cat-Haven-on-Sea that is. His boss is Chief Inspector Derek Dimwit, and as you might guess he's not a very bright cat. Together they investigate a series of robberies. At each one of the crime scenes they discover the skeleton of a dead mackerel.

Stanley and his team of cat-detectives, like Jumping Jack (he's very frisky!) and Marmalade Marmaduke (he just loves his toast and marmalade!), meet many crazy cats and get involved in hilarious situations. But they soon have a prime suspect, Beastly Boris, also known as Yuri Katakov, a former Russian ice-skating champion and part time dishwasher-cat. But is he the criminal-cat?

'Quotes from children who have read this story:'

“This fantastic debut by Alexander Martin mixes humour and crime (with the added bonus of an all cat cast) to create a story that is unputdownable! …….. Proving to be immensely popular with 9-12s, Stanley Smartpants is set to become one of the funniest and most endearing characters in children’s literature.”
Amy Fox, Waterstones Children’s Specialist

“I enjoyed it so much I have read it 4 times.” Freddie Lane age 8
“Your book has truly inspired me to do more writing and .... shown me that not all books are boring.” Helenka Manford age 9
“Oh my goodness this book is amazing ..... normally I’m not keen on reading but after this I think I’m going to do a lot more reading.” Megan Betts age 10
“One of the best books I’ve ever read. I could not put it down.” Bailey Holland age 11
“I love your first book so much I’ve read it seven times (currently reading it for the eighth time).” Freya Medniuk age 12
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