Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam: The Missing Masterpiece – Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

It was with great excitement that I got my hands on an early copy of the latest ‘Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam’, book from duo extraordinaire Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton. After a hugely successful visit to our school filled with merriment and mayhem the children were incredibly excited last month to get a sneak peek of this glorious new book, ‘The Missing Masterpiece.’ They were entranced by Tracey’s lilting, humorous rhymes whilst being completely spellbound by Steven’s sumptuous spreads. In fact they thought it was very ooh la la! This story has a Parisian flavour as our delightful doggy duo have been summoned to create a truly magnifique gingerbread Eiffel Tower for a very important art exhibition in ‘Gallery Bonbon.’ But trouble seems to follow them wherever they go and they soon find themselves caught up in a calamity when the famous Bone-a-Lisa painting is swiped by a dastardly fox. Will Shifty and Sam track down this cunning thief and be back in time to serve up their spectacular showstopper?

Tracey and Steven have done it again, ‘The Missing Masterpiece,’ is a truly wonderful collaboration that will delight and entertain younger readers. Tracey’s delightful rhymes are a total joy to read aloud creating just the right level of tension and excitement to have children eagerly turning the pages to find out if Shifty and Sam will solve the mystery once again. There is so much humour to be found in this book for adults as well as children who could resist the canine influenced art,  ‘Pug with a Pearl Earring,’ and ‘Frida Collie,’ to name just a few. Steven’s sumptuous spreads are stunning with intricate and funny illustrations, giving the reader a true flavour of Paris. Beautifully produced, this book is bound to become a firm favourite it just demands to be read over and over again.


The lovely people at Nosy Crow have given me two copies of ‘The Missing Masterpiece,’ to giveaway. To enter leave a comment on the blog and/or hop over to Twitter and retweet my pinned tweet. UK only ends 11th July.

Thank you to Rebecca and Nosy Crow for sending me a copy of this gorgeous book and inviting me to host this giveaway. ‘The Missing Masterpiece,’ is available to buy online now or from any good bookshop.

8 thoughts on “Shifty McGifty & Slippery Sam: The Missing Masterpiece – Tracey Corderoy & Steven Lenton

  1. Tanya

    Do Tracey Corderoy or Steven Lenton ever fall short of our expectations? They are a wonderful team and each create such hits within our school library. Would love to win this for school!
    Great review, as ever, Jo!


  2. Tara Potter

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Having had a very successful visit from Tracey to our school, the children always say ” we know Tracey Corderoy”! I can’t keep her books on the shelf in my library and have to have lists of who wants which book next. The children would be thrilled with a copy of her new book. 🤞🤞🤞



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