Blog Tour - Policeman Pete and The Cheeky Magpie by Barbara Ann

I'm delighted to be the first stop on this exciting blog tour! Coming up is the very first road safety tip from Policeman Pete himself and, of course, I'll be sharing our thoughts on the book.

All the happenings in the Policeman Pete books are based on true occurrences from the villages of Saddleworth, a civil parish made up of 7 villages that nestle within the foothills of the Pennines. These stories have been collected and re-told by the author, Barbara Ann.

Policeman Pete and the Cheeky Magpie

"This story occurred down at the stables when my daughter and her friends had laid out their sandwiches in foil wrapping on the bales of hay. A short time later there was a sudden commotion as a magpie swooped down taking the foil wrapping, sandwich as well."


We see a lot of magpies around our house and while we're out and about so this was an obvious book choice for us. 

E was super keen to find out what the magpie had been up to and once we had read it (about a thousand times) she decided that ALL magpies were cheeky - whenever we see one now she points at it and says "cheeky magpie might have pinched stuff mum"!

Policeman Pete and the Cheeky Magpie

As you'd expect from a children's book, the characters were warm and easy to connect to and the colourful illustrations really brought the story to life. E particularly liked the map of the villages of Saddleworth at the back of the book.

Policeman Pete and the Cheeky Magpie

This was a lovely book that gave us lots to discuss and sent our imaginations off in all sorts of directions - just the kind of book I like to read with my children.



Policeman Pete was the hero of this story and throughout the blog tour he will be sharing some of his top road safety tips. Here's the first tip...

1. Policeman Pete says that, even though you are very young, roads and traffic are very dangerous things and you could easily get hurt. So you must listen very carefully to Mummy and Daddy when crossing the road.  Stop!   Look!   Listen!    Think!

For Policeman Pete’s Next Road Safety tip please visit Whispering Stories tomorrow - .


Barbara Ann
Brought up and schooled in Oldham, Greater Manchester, at the age of 17, Barbara decided on a nursing career. Later, she set up her own day nursery which she ran for a few years before supporting her husband in his busy profession. Fast forward to 2013, Barbara started writing and illustrating the Policeman Pete series. She currently lives at Brimmycroft Farm, in the small Saddleworth village of Denshaw, Oldham with her husband, horses, geese, ducks and cats. She is an active participant in charities involving law enforcement including the Blue Lamp Foundation. She has previously appeared on BBC Radio Manchester and been featured in the Oldham Advertiser and the Manchester Evening News.


Don't forget to check out the other blogs on this tour...

The Policeman Pete Series Blog Tour

Thank you to the PR for sending us this book in exchange for our honest opinion.


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