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Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise

Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise

It’s tough being Albert.

Even the walk to school can feel daunting when you’re little.

But life is an adventure for Rusti Buffels, Fearless Mountaineer! Show and tell? Easy when you’re Octavius Pickleswick, Mechanical Engineer.

Whatever it takes to make it through to bedtime.

A fun and playful story celebrating the joys of make-believe play and the freedom to be whoever you want, from the author of The Misadventures of Frederick, Ben Manley, and Daddy Long Legs illustrator Aurélie Guillerey.

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  • original and brilliantly full of outlandish names and imaginings... you’ll adore this book about imagination and adventure.
    BookTrust, BookTrust

  • “Another new favourite and one to perfectly entertain readers!”
    Erin Hamilton, My Shelves Are Full Blog

  • “I am in complete awe of the ingenious personas Ben has created for Albert. Aurélie’s illustrations bring each persona and wacky scene to life... a book that children will surely adore”
    Rachael Davis, Picture Book Perfect

  • The story is told with kindness and with a great deal of humour. The names of Albert’s alter egos are a delight.
    Anne Thompson, A Library Lady

  • a funny, reflective story full of the inspirational joys of being whoever you want to be… and the comfort of sometimes just being you!
    Pam Norfolk, Lancashire Post

  • This lovely picture book celebrates imagination and creativity, while also showing that sometimes, it's best to be exactly who you really are.
    Heather James, Makebelieve & Manuscripts

  • Just the book if you like silly names... Lively pictures offer funny ideas and interesting detail.
    Nicolette Jones, The Sunday Times

  • Each splendidly grandiose secret identity is brought to life by entrancing colourful illustrations.
    Imogen Russell Williams, The Guardian