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The Great Safari Rescue

Playdate Adventures

Illustrated by Anna Woodbine
Published by Rock the Boat
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

‘Guaranteed free of unicorns and princesses, it's fun, empowering fiction for 5-8 year olds.’ David Nicholls, author of One Day

Join Katy, Cassie, Zia and their new friend Luca on a series of amazing adventures as they work together to save the planet…

When Cassie's cousin Luca joins the girls' school, they have the perfect idea to make him feel included: invite him to a magical playdate adventure. Together with Thunder the cat, they decide to go on a wild journey to the African savannah in their very own flying safari jeep.

But when they arrive, the animals are in a frenzy. The watering holes are drying up and soon there won’t be anything left for them to drink! Luca has an idea that might just save the day – but will the friends be able to pull it off?

About The Author

Emma Beswetherick is the mother of young children and wanted to write exciting, inspirational and enabling adventure stories to share with them. Emma works in publishing and lives in London with her family and two ragdoll cats, one of whom was the inspiration for Thunder!

Emma is available for events and can be found @EBeswetherick and

About The Illustrator

Anna Woodbine is an independent book designer and illustrator based in the hills near Bath. She works on all sorts of book covers from children's to adult's, classics to crime, memoirs to meditation. She takes her tea with a dash of milk (Earl Grey, always), loves the wind in her face, comfortable shoes and that lovely damp smell after it's rained.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Rock the Boat (March 3, 2022)
  • Length: 112 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780861542376
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

‘A great read for 5 to 8 year olds, book 5 in the series but read perfectly well in isolation… [there is] a touch of magic and a great nod to environmental matters to spark a discussion about the difference an individuals actions can make. Very happy to recommend this to families and schools.’

– Independent Book Reviews

Praise for the Playdate Adventures:

‘Every young girl should read this series!’ Amanda Holden

‘An empowering, magical read that I would recommend to many children.’ Herald

‘Guaranteed free of unicorns and princesses, it's fun, empowering fiction for 5-8 year olds.’ David Nicholls, author of One Day

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