Well it’s just the strangest thing. I was heading into the kids’ room for the morning tidy up. I had to tiptoe through the usual obstacle course of rumpled pyjamas and Lego pieces just daring my unslippered foot to make contact. But my heart skipped a beat as I spied. . . footprints. Actually, they looked more like. . . hoofprints.
On closer inspection the whole bookshelf was in disarray, as though someone had frantically rummaged through it. But as far as I could tell, the only books missing had bears in them. I peered closer, and what should I discover, but a tuft of ginger fringe.
In that moment I knew exactly what had happened. WE’D BEEN ALFONSOED.
You might have heard about this phenomenon. An exuberant alpaca called Alfonso has been censoring bookshelves, removing all trace of BEAR, and replacing with the most extraordinary autobiography. . .
THIS BOOK HAS ALPACAS (AND BEARS).
Of course, we all know alpacas can’t hold a pen, so it seems this most insistent alpaca has roped author Emma Perry and illustrator Rikin Parekh into making the book for him.
They’ve been incredibly good sports and done a pretty good job, because the book is
The Alpaca is bonkers and appears to have now also convinced a deadpan bear to do his bidding. It’s a real Odd Couple arrangement – impossible not to love.
So, in short, we won’t be pressing charges for the break-in, and I really must recommend that every bookcase gets ALFONSOED too.