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Aussie Bites : Haggis McGregor and the Night of the Skull Moon  - Jen Storer

Aussie Bites : Haggis McGregor and the Night of the Skull Moon

By: Jen Storer, Gordon Gus (Illustrator)

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Published: 7th July 2010
For Ages: 8+ years old
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Skeletal Haggis McGregor has been dead for hundreds of years, but that doesn't stop him wanting a wife. And while he's looking for her, he and his equally bony ghostly horse have fun rampaging around the little Scottish village of Dunroamin, scaring the inhabitants out of their wits. Lonely, middle-aged Miss McDoogle is certain that Haggis intends her to be his bride, and that prospect doesn't appeal to her at all – even though her supposed great-nephew, wispy little Gordon Cobb, wants her to marry Haggis very much indeed.

Will Haggis take Miss McDoogle through the portal into his life beyond the grave? Who really owns the antique handbag Haggis snatches from Miss McDoogle? Will Gordon find a home and a family? All the questions are finally answered in this wonderfully funny and macabre story of a self-obsessed, bony, kilt-wearing Scotsman with a longing for romance.

About the Author

Jen Storer has written many books for kids but most of them have been about serious topics such as rainforests and bones and the history of ice-cream. She has written six books for Penguin: Aussie Bites Sing, Pepi, Sing and Haggis McGregor and the Night of the Full Moon; I Hate Sport (an Aussie Chomp written under her old nickname, Prue Storer); Tan Callahan's Secret Spy Files, illustrated by Caroline Magerl; and Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children, a wicked gothic adventure story for 10+ readers about an orphan, a horrible orphanage, fallen angels and lost souls which has been shortlisted for the 2010 Aurealis Award, the 2010 APA Design Awards in two categories, the 2010 CBCA Younger Readers Award, the 2010 WAYRBA children's choice awards and the 2010 inaugural Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

About the Illustrator

Gus Gordon is an illustrator/author based on the northern beaches of Sydney. He grew up in northern NSW and, after leaving school, worked on cattle stations all over Australia before deciding to draw. Gus moved to Sydney and studied at the Julian Ashton School of Art while drawing cartoons for a variety of magazines and newspapers.

Gus has illustrated over 60 children's books, the latest of which are The Undys series by Michael Wagner, The Baked Bean Bandit by Simon Mitchell (Aussie Bites), The Adventures of Danny by Pat Flynn, and A Home for Gnomes by Margaret Clark.

Gus is also author and illustrator of A Day with Noodles (Puffin Baby) and Wendy, the book about the adventure seeking chook we all love and admire.

Chapter One

Haggis McGregor was a fierce skeleton who lived in a crypt in the Dunroamin graveyard.

Haggis looked like most skeletons. He was thin. He was bony. He had alarming teeth and a generous supply of ribs. But Haggis was different from other skeletons in several ways. Firstly, he was centuries old. In fact, he was the oldest skeleton in the graveyard, and the only one to be buried with his horse. Secondly, he longed for a wife (even though he had little to offer). And thirdly, he was vain. That is why, whenever Haggis went out to haunt, he wore a wig and a tartan kilt. His wig was the colour of a blood orange and his kilt was as green as the hills of Dunroamin. In his wig and his kilt, Haggis knew he cut a dashing figure (which is to say that he thought himself particularly handsome), and he looked forward to his trips around the village.

On the other hand, the people of Dunroamin did not look forward to Haggis McGregor's visits. They dreaded them more than an under-eights bagpipe concert; even more than Miss McDoogle's poetry recitals.

It was only because Dunroamin was so ancient and charming, with its own restless beauty and its beaches with wild grey seas, that anyone stayed there at all.

Yes, the people of Dunroamin loved their weather-beaten village, and their lives were peaceful. That is, so long as they avoided the full moon.

ISBN: 9780143305248
ISBN-10: 0143305247
Series: Aussie Bites
Audience: Children
For Ages: 8+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 7th July 2010
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1  x 0.5
Weight (kg): 19.8
Edition Number: 1