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The Countess's Calamity
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Author Sally Gardner
Illustrator Sally Gardner
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Children's
Publisher Bloomsbury
Publication date
7 April 2003
Pages 96 pp
ISBN 978-0-7475-5940-5
OCLC 59364102

The Countess's Calamity is a children's book written and illustrated by Sally Gardner, published in 2003. It won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize Bronze Award. It is the first of the Tales from the Box series about sentient toys.

Plot summary

After a box of toys is abandoned at a park, the intervention of some friendly mice helps the toys go on with their lives. One of the dolls, the Countess, has trouble adapting.

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