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A new edition of this quirky classic for a new generation of readers, perfect for fans of Roald Dahl!

Mrs Bartolotti is quite used to receiving surprises in the post as she's very forgetful! But this one beats the lot - Conrad, a perfect, factory-made child who never does anything wrong. And when the men from the factory realise that the child has been delivered to the wrong address, they come to take him back. Conrad doesn't want to go. So Mrs Bartolotti comes up with a plan, and Conrad is unrecognisable . . .


Funny and wise.

Nicholas Tucker, Independent, Best Books of the Year 2012

A must-read classic . . . As funny and pertinent today as when it was first published

Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading

Immensely readable and satisfying


An excellent book for reading aloud . . . immensely enjoyable

Books for Keeps

A truly quirky, enormously entertaining tale.


This funny and touching story from Hans Christian Andersen Award winner Christine Nostlinger has stood the test of time.


Very funny . . . A surreal, unusual story that's fun to read and thought-provoking

The Bookbag

So funny, it will make you really laugh

First News

A classic story that will keep children enthralled to the very last page

Creative Steps

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 15, 2016


    208 pages

    RRP $18.99

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