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The North Pole Picnic

Playdate Adventures

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



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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

“Every young girl should read this series!” Amanda Holden

“I love this adventure! It’s made me want to save the world, just like Katy, Cassie, and Zia!” Annabel, age 6

Join best friends Katy, Cassie, and Zia on a series of amazing adventures as they work together to save the planet…

Winter has arrived, and the girls decide to cozy up with a picnic in the North Pole. But to their surprise the Arctic Queen gives them a frosty reception.

Before they can enjoy snowflake-shaped sandwiches and mountains of ice cream, they must first understand how important it is to protect the polar animals’ habitat. But can they figure out how to stop the North Pole from melting?

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 (October 13, 2020)
  • Length: 112 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781786078711
  • Ages: 5 - 8

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Raves and Reviews

"Guaranteed free of unicorns and princesses, it's fun, empowering fiction for 5-8 year olds."

– David Nicholls, author of One Day

"Every young girl should read this series!"

– Amanda Holden

"I love this adventure! It’s made me want to save the world, just like Katy, Cassie and Zia!"

– Annabel, age 6

"This book really shows that everyone has a talent even if they don’t know what it is yet. Sometimes to find it, you have to use a little bit of teamwork."

– Dolly, age 8

"I loved it so much! It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read."

– Meg, age 7

"I stayed up late finishing the book as I was so absorbed. It is a really fun and magical story, and the characters really remind me of my best friends. Since reading it, my younger sister and I have been using our imagination to try to create our very own North Pole adventure at home."

– Eloise, age 8

"My two girls aged 5 and 8, really enjoyed The North Pole Picnic. It's so refreshing to read fiction aimed at young girls that really captures their imagination and sense of fun without having fairies, princesses or witches! The book also manages to subtly deliver important messages about climate change and embracing individuals' differences as part of the magical story. We can't wait to read the next book in the Playdate Adventure series!"

– Emma, parent

"An inclusive and epic adventure with an important meaning. The kids in my class love it. It teaches children to think about the consequences of their actions."

– Laura Edwards, Primary school teacher at Radnor House

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