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Badger The Mystical Mutt

Badger The Mystical Mutt“Introducing the delightful Badger,
  a dog with strange and rare mystical
  talents, whose words of wisdom
  and helpful ways bring peace to the
  dog world in the compelling children’s
  book Badger The Mystical Mutt

CLEVER AND SPIRITUAL, Badger The Mystical Mutt is a heart-warming journey into the world of dogs; where a very special canine sorts out local bullies Top Dog and his gang of five: Pogo Paws, Pickle, Dodgy Dave, Sniff and Lennie.

In this first book of a series, Badger is preparing one of his spells when Hamish the floppy-eared spaniel comes running past his garden, hotly pursued by Top Dog and his gang. The bullies are out to sabotage Hamish's chances of winning the Pet Idol competition because they're angry that the spotlight is on The Lane — and the local dog-catcher is out to round up strays before the competition.

Hamish is the favourite to win Pet Idol and Badger is determined to save him and help him to achieve his ambition. Badger is a magical dog and before ending up in the garden in The Lane with the Big Folks, he'd travelled the world for centuries.

Although Badger can fly, his landings are a bit dodgy. His weakness is toast and he can even smell a freshly baked baguette on the Riviera; a smoking Poppadom in the Far East and a buttered bagel in New York.

In this book, his magic spells take him in his travelling machine — the Wim-Wim — to Nippy Nimbus, the grumpiest cloud in the world, where he discovers a crystal cave and makes friends with Baby Unicorn, who can neutralise poisons and heal a broken heart.

With a magic spell, show-koo-ray (very much like the Reiki symbol Cho Ku Ray), Badger can do almost anything — as long as he doesn't get it wrong! But can Badger save Hamish from the bullies and will Hamish win Pet Idol?

Badger The Mystical Mutt is the first in a series of illustrated children's books by McNicol & Jackson, for five to eight year olds, addressing issues such as bullying, disability and prejudice in a very positive way.

The toast-crunching, spell-muffing Badger The Mystical Mutt (with his famous red-spotted handkerchief) is a delightful, madcap, magical character who worms his way into your affections. Badger The Mystical Mutt is a very spiritual book, full of fun, touching on life's lessons and interesting observations. It's what Badgical Magical dreams are made of…

It's Wooftastic! Badger The Mystical Mutt by McNicol & Jackson launches to the world and beyond and is published by the Lunicorn Press in Glasgow at a price of £5.99; ISBN: 978-0-9569640-0-0. Find out more at badgerthemysticalmutt.

"The toast-crunching, spell-muffing Badger The Mystical Mutt is a delightful, madcap, magical character who worms his way into your affections"
Maggie Woods, MotorBar

"Funny, exciting, clever and great fun with a mystical twist" — Lomax Allwood, The School Librarian

"A charming and very funny children's story" — Diana Cooper, author of 20 books and the children's series The Magical Adventures of Tara and The Talking Kitten

"A truly magical story which has all the hallmarks of a future children's classic!" — Ursula James, Author of The Source, A Manual of Everyday Magic.

"A magical 21st Century narrative which will delight and inspire folk of all ages" — Alex Lewczuk, Programme Leader, Contemporary Culture & Communications, University of Lincoln, and Managing Editor of

Badger Badger The Mystical Mutt is based on a real dog called Badger who told McNicol & Jackson of his adventures (as they discovered they could translate dog-speak) before heading off to another lane with other Big Folk to have other adventures. McNicol & Jackson are Lyn McNicol (co-author) and Laura Cameron Jackson (co-author and illustrator).

Originally from Ayrshire, Lyn McNicol is a publicist and spent five years with the BBC working on children's programmes that included Balamory and Live & Kicking. She also helped to launch Cbeebies and CBBC in Scotland. In the nineties she won Cosmopolitan Magazine's Women of Achievement Award for Media. She lives in Glasgow.

Laura Cameron Jackson is an artist from Liverpool who now lives in Glasgow. She was artist-in-residence at the King's Theatre in Glasgow in 1996 and has undertaken numerous commissions including work with BBC Scotland. Most recently as a session artist, she has worked with severely disabled children and adults creatively, with organisations that include Sense Scotland, with visually impaired adults as art tutor with Visibility as well as work with Artlink Central.

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