Isabelle and the Crooks

By Michelle Robinson
Illustrated by Chris Mould

They are sneaky. They are stealthy. They are cunning… They’re the CROOKS!

Isabelle Crook is a very good little girl, who would never dream of breaking the law. Her family, on the other hand, are the stealthiest, most cunning burglars around! Can Isabelle ever feel like one of the gang – a true Crook – while staying true to herself? Irreverent and adventurous, this picture book comedy sees everyone tip-toeing about at night, and is brought to life by Chris Mould’s expressive, gloriously detailed illustrations.

  • This picture book is witty and adventurous, but above all shows a big-hearted, multigenerational family putting their love and affection for each other above anything else.
  • The illustrations depict a brilliant, Victorian London which is rich with details and humour, and feels almost Dickensian.
  • Pays homage to other classic ‘crook’ stories such as The Three Robbers and Burglar Bill.

About the author

Michelle Robinson previously wrote copy for some of the world's biggest brands. Now she is either busy writing or busy being a mum of two. Her picture books include How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth, illustrated by Kate Hindley, There’s a Lion in My Cornflakes, illustrated by Jim Field, A Beginner's Guide to Bear Spotting, illustrated by David Roberts, The Pawed Piper, illustrated by Chinlun Lee, and Tooth Fairy in Training, illustrated by Briony May Smith. Michelle lives in Canada. Find Michelle online at, and on Twitter and Instagram as @MicheRobinson.

About the illustrator

Chris Mould is an award-winning children book author and illustrator from Yorkshire. He studied Interior Design at Batley & Dewsbury Art College, then Graphic Design & Illustration at Leeds Polytechnic. A sublime draftsman with a penchant for the gothic, he has illustrated the gamut from picture books and young fiction, to theatre posters and satirical cartoons for national newspapers. His stunning reimagining of Ted Hughes’ The Iron Man was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, was a Waterstones’ selection of best books of 2019 and shortlisted by Foyles’ for Book of the Year 2019. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @chrismouldink.

ISBN: 9781406395945
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Hardback
Release Date: January 5, 2022
Dimensions: 248 x 288mm, 40pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $27.99
New Zealand RRP: $29.99
Stock Level: Not Yet Published

Last updated on 03/09/21 at 01:55:12
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