A4 paperback coffee table-style richly illustrated book published by London Street Books in association with Mango Books.

Sadly, due to Covid-19 our lovely printers are currently closed and we are presently out of stock. We will be reprinting as soon as possible. If you're like to be kept informed as to when stock is available please send an email to contact@mangobooks.co.uk and we'll add you to the mailing list.

Alternatively, you can pre-order a copy now at the usual price of £20.00 and receive a copy signed by Mike as soon as we are able to reprint.



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STEPHEN FRY:“Divinely silly and enchanting.”

ERIC IDLE:“I really love this book. It’s very smart and very funny. Suitable for all ages from eight to midnight.”

MATT LUCAS:“A hilarious, original and beautiful story that made me cry with laughter.”


Can a slug learn to play the piano, even though he has no hands? Can a slug defeat an army of nasty, evil Christmas-hating slug-squashing Pigfrogs? Can he trick a beautiful fairy into fancying him for long enough to marry him and live happily ever after?

Probably not, but if you don’t try…

Step with us into the crazy world of Don’t Be So Ridiculous Valley (which is actually a hill) and to Woodland Land, home of two married fairy helicopter pilots, Nigel and Dotty Farnsbarnes.

Yep, there’s a ton of fairies and slugs in this book, no question.


MIKE BATT, LVO is a best-selling English singer-songwriter, musician, arranger, record producer, director, conductor and author. Having achieved substantial international success as a solo artist he is particularly known in the UK for creating The Wombles pop group, writing many hits including the chart-topping “Bright Eyes”, and discovering multi-million selling singer Katie Melua. He has also conducted many of the world’s great orchestras, including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony and Stuttgart Philharmonic in both classical and pop recordings and performances. “The Chronicles Of Don’t Be So Ridiculous Valley” is his first, erm, novel. He has ginger hair and is medium-sized.