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‘Oh no!’ yelled Zac. ‘Don’t fret,’ said Lisa thinking quick, ‘I’ll hit that ball down with a stick.’ Join Zac and all his friends in this wonderfully lyrical and humorous tale of misadventure with the mischievous gobbling tree.

Mark Carthew & Susy Boyer

‘That tree won’t give my new ball back!’

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ISBN 978 1 92104 2973

Illustrated by

Susy B oyer

WINNER BOOK OF THE YEAR

2009


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For my parents, Shirley and Chas – MC ... and anyone who has ever had something stuck in a tree. For Scott, Ash and Tom ... my greatest works of art – SB With special thanks to Peter and Sophia Whitfield

First published in Australia in 2008, this edition printed in 2013, by New Frontier Publishing Pty Ltd ABN 67 126 171 757 Suite 3, Level 2, 18 Aquatic Drive Frenchs Forest NSW 2086 www.newfrontier.com.au Text copyright © 2008 Mark Carthew llustrations copyright © 2008 Susy Boyer This book is copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purposes of private study, research, criticism or review, as permitted under the Copyright Act, no part may be reproduced by any process without written permission. Enquiries should be addressed to the publishers.

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All rights reserved National Library of Austalia Cataloguing-in-Publication data: Carthew, Mark 1956–. The Gobbling Tree. For primary school children. ISBN 9781921042393 (pbk.). 1. Juvenile Fiction. I. Title. A823.4 Designed by Ronald Proft

Written by Mark Carthew

Illustrated by Susy Boyer


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‘Oh no!’ cried Zac. ‘That tree won’t give my new ball back.’

‘Don’t fret,’ said Lisa thinking quick. ‘I’ll get your ball down with a stick.’


The Gobbling Tree by Mark Carthew and Susy Boyer