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Badger likes to keep the forest tidy: but just look what happens when his tidying gets out of control. Badger likes everything to be neat and tidy at all times, but what starts as the collecting of one fallen leaf ends with the complete destruction of the forest . . . until he realises the error of his ways, replants the trees, and order (or rather a happy, refreshing disorder) is restored. This is a story of comedy and pathos with a loveable, if rather misguided, creature at its centre: the ecological message is clear, but lightly handled. While you watch in horror as his mania for tidiness takes over, poor perplexed Badger’s predicament and eventual change of direction will touch your heart. The freshness and vibrancy of the illustrations, the endearing charm of the animal characters, and the many deft comic details throughout make this a very special book. With a breathtaking series of die-cuts from the jacket through to the title page, once you enter this forest, you’ll never want to leave.