This week’s bedtime story: The Queen’s Handbag by Steve Antony
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- Published on Friday, 22 January 2016 11:05
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London Mums bedtime story this week is The Queen’s Handbag by writer & illustrator Steve Antony published by Hodder Children’s books (1st Oct 2015).
Queen Elisabeth II is not just the longest serving monarch ever, the most colourful dressed sovereign in history, the most dedicated public servant in Britain but she is also funny, quirky at times and this has put her in the spotlight more than any monarchs in modern history.
I am sure you will agree with me that she showed her great sense of humour during the London 2012 Olympic Games official presentation show when she ‘jumped’ with secret agent 007 (actor Daniel Craig) from a helicopter onto the stadium with a parachute. Of course it wasn’t her jumping down, but she still agreed to play that part and to the whole idea of the joke. If you appreciate this side of the British Queen, then you will love both Steve Antony’s stories The Queen’s Hat and The Queen’s handbag.
In the latest book a sneaky swan snatches her beloved and world famous black handbag and she does not instruct anybody to chase it, but instead she goes after the swan herself.
She drives a car, a motorbike, she flies a Red Arrow plane, she rides a horse among other adventurous things.
In the process the reader follows the ‘hands-on’ Queen throughout Britain exploring some of the most iconic British landmarks: Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, the White Cliffs of Dover, Oxford, Snowdonia, the Giant’s Causeway, the Angel of the north, Edinburgh castle and back to London among runners at the famous London Marathon where she finally manages to catch the Swan at the finish line.
Needless to say that the illustrations are beautiful and clearly very effective to convey the humour that underlines the entire story.
If this book doesn’t make you smile and adore the Queen even more, nothing else will.
Steve Antony’s own website has lots of interesting facts about his books and characters. Here are some of my favourite ones.
The Queen’s Hat was Steve’s first picture book and was inspired a newspaper article.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums