Morris The Stealing Magpie by Nicola Parkhouse & Joseph Hopkins

Morris is a magpie with a penchant for all things shiny. Whenever he spots something made of silver, brass or gold he can’t resist picking it up and taking it to his nest. The problem is that all these beautiful items belong to other people!

He steals jewels from the Queen’s crown, wind chimes from a garden, a bell from a cow and even a musical instrument from a small child. It doesn’t matter to him that he made the little girl cry, he believes that all the shiny things should belong to him and therefore he should be allowed to just take what he pleases.

However, when Morris steals a silver alarm clock he gets a lot more than he bargained for. Sleep is extremely important to him, so he’s horrified when this shiny new object starts to ring loudly at 4.30 in the morning. Then 5.30. Then 6.30. Then 7.30….

Could this be the wake up call Morris needs to put an end to his wayward behaviour?

This lovely self-published rhyme immediately captured Ivy’s imagination and it has sparked lots of interesting discussion around why it is wrong to take things which don’t belong to you. She’s quite fond of naughty old Morris though, despite his thieving ways. She gets excited in anticipation of the alarm going off, but feels a bit sorry for him when he doesn’t get any sleep!

The story has also spawned a game in which Ivy pretends to be Morris and ‘steals’ things from around the room whilst I close my eyes. I then have to guess what she has taken to put in her ‘nest’ (actually an old shoe box)!

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Disclosure: The author provided us with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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