When Simon the squirrel’s mum sends him off to the shop, Simon decides to fly to the moon in Old Uncle Somerset’s hot air balloon in search of cheese. Shopping in outer space is very exciting, but proves to be a bit of a distraction . . .

'One of the best books of the year' - Helen Brown, Daily Telegraph
'Funny and fresh' - Anna Carey, Irish Times


Since graduating from Kingston College of Art in 2004 Mei Matsuoka has been much in demand as an illustrator. Her illustrations for a short story won first prize in a UNESCO sponsored competition, which she travelled to Japan to collect in 2005. Mei was on the final longlist of candidates nominated as Best New Illustrators, and is one of the UK's most exciting newcomers to children's books.

Peter Bently was born in Tidworth and attended Balliol College, Oxford, where he studied for a BA Hons in Modern Languages. He has two young children and now lives in Devon. He has also written several other award-winning picture books, including A Lark in the Ark (Egmont), Shark in the Dark (Macmillan) and Cats Ahoy!, which won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize.


One of the best books of the year

Daily Telegraph

A rollickingly good story

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading Books of the Year 2013

Matsuoka’s illustrations are funny and fresh

Irish Times

An entertaining romp through the galaxy, this offbeat, funny and unexpected picture book will delight young readers

Booktrust, 'Books We Like'

Beautiful and fun illustrations

Nottingham Post

The ideal bedtime read

Dorset Echo

Matsuoka’s high-spirited mixed-media art is in step with the batty humour of Bently’s couplets. Good flighty fun.

Publishers Weekly

Great stuff!

The School Librarian

This wonderful rhyming text is illustrated in vibrantly imaginative pictures

Good Book Guide

Good dose of humour and some beautiful and fun illustrations.

Hull Daily Mail

A pleasure to read, it flows beautifully and is very inventive

Juniper's Jungle Blog

The Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner is hot property with a very busy year.

The Bookseller

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