Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Senior)

Shortlisted 2021

Mr Spicebag

By Freddie Alexander

Illustrated by  - Helen O'Higgins

Be warned, Reader, this book isn’t about a normal spicebag, nor is it about a normal boy. Quite the opposite. This book is about the Spicebag, and our unlikely hero: a 10- year-old boy named George… It also has: A dash of adventure A sprinkle of mystery A greasy villain And a talking mouse And then there’s Mr Spicebag’s chipper, which seems to be at the centre of everything. George is about to have the weirdest week of his life.

About Freddie Alexander...

Freddie Alexander lives in Dublin with his wife, his son and, he suspects, a large family of mice. Freddie rarely eats spice bags these days, although the same assurances cannot be given for the mice who come and go as they please. Mr Spicebag is his first book.

Helen O’Higgins is an artist and illustrator from Dublin. She studied printmaking — with a particular interest in etching — in the National College of Art and Design and is a member of the Black Church Print Studio in Temple Bar. She works in a wide variety of mediums, both analogue and in recent years, digital. Mr Spicebag is the first book she has illustrated.

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