Authors: Kate Forsyth
Kate Forsyth lives with a black cat called Shadow, a rambunctious puppy called Jessie, her husband Greg, and her three beautiful children in a seaside suburb of Sydney.
is the third of Ben and Tim's magical misadventures.
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Mitch Vane has had a long career working as an illustrator and artist. She uses a variety of mediums, but is happiest drawing funny wonky pictures with an old-fashioned dip pen and messy Indian ink. Mitch works from her home studio in Melbourne and often does projects with her husband, who is a writer. They have two children who have been a constant source of inspiration for them both.
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ALSO BY KATE FORSYTH
AND ILLUSTRATED BY MITCH VANE
Wishing for Trouble
ALSO BY KATE FORSYTH
The Starthorn Tree
The Chain of Charms series:
The Gypsy Crown
The Silver Horse
The Herb of Grace
The Cat's Eye Shell
The Lightning Bolt
The Butterfly in Amber
ALSO BY MITCH VANE
Just Like Me
The Magic Wand
Kev & Borax
Big Bad Bunnies
BEN AND TIM'S MAGICAL MISADVENTURES
ILLUSTRATED BY MITCH VANE
First published 2008 in Pan by Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Limited
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Text copyright Â© Kate Forsyth 2008
Illustrations copyright Â© Mitch Vane 2008
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Forsyth, Kate, 1966â .
For children aged 6â11 years.
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I. Vane, Mitch. II. Title.
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For Ben and Tim, as always, and for their
darling Humphrey cousins â may your lives be full
of happy endings
For Jordie and all his mates
âJust wait till you see Mermaid Rocks,' Meg said, pulling on her green sparkly mermaid tail. âIt's my favouritest place in the whole world!'
âI want mermaid too!' Ella said.
âLucky we gave you a mermaid outfit for Chrissy,' Meg said, helping Ella take off her shorts and put on a blue sparkly tail. âWe can both be mermaids!'
âDarling, you can't wear your new mermaid tail to the beach, it'll get wrecked!' Mum said, putting her head in the door. She was looking rather harassed, her arms piled high with towels, beach bags and a huge umbrella. Jessie the puppy had seized hold of one end of a towel and was playing tug of war.
âWant mermaid tail,' Ella said. â
âYou don't need it, darling. You need swimmers and a hat.'
âBut we want to play mermaids at Mermaid Rocks,' Meg argued.
âYou can play mermaids in your swimmers,' Aunty Vic said. âCome on, Meg. If we don't get a move along, the tide'll be in and the rock pools will be covered.'
Meg sighed dramatically. âOh, all right.' She went back into her room and started putting together her third outfit for the day â a Hawaiian print swimsuit with matching floppy hat, a pink plastic hula skirt and some flowery leis.
âCan't we go?' Ben cried, hopping from foot to foot impatiently. He and Tim had been dressed and ready for hours.
Ella sat down, her arms crossed, her bottom lip thrust out. âWear mermaid tail.'
Thomas said impatiently, âYou're not wearing your mermaid tail, Ella. Come on, let's go!'
âMermaid .Â .Â . tail .Â .Â .' Ella wailed.
Ben squatted down beside her. âCome on, Ella. Let's put on your new pink swimmers and then we can go and see if we can find a real mermaid.'
Ella's tears dried up at once. âSee mermaid?'
âOnly if you get into your swimmers now.' Ben helped Ella, who was only two and a half, get changed, found her bucket and spade, and then, at last, they all set out.
âSo are there really mermaids at Mermaid Rocks?' Tim said.
âIt was probably named for the dugongs that sun themselves there,' Aunty Vic said. âSailors in the olden days used to think they were mermaids, because they bob around upright in the water just like people do.'
âThey mustn't have got up very close to them, though!' Mum said. âDugongs don't look much like mermaids.'