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David Melling is the international bestselling author and illustrator who first came to our attention with the critically acclaimed The Kiss That Missed, and whose The Tale of Jack Frost went from page to animated TV feature, voiced by Hugh Laurie. Here he talks to Graham Marks about how he became a children’s book illustrator, his influences, his passions and why he loves Twitter…
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The Kiss That Missed

By David Melling

The king is in a hurry and blows his son a bedtime kiss... but it misses. The kiss flies out of the window and a brave knight is sent on a fairytale quest to bring it back.

Since this classic picturebook was published over 10 years ago, it has sold over 300,000 copies and become a favourite bedtime story for boys and girls everywhere.

By the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this delightful tale is filled with humour, charm and bedtime kisses, and is great to read aloud. It is also a fantastic resource for teachers in lessons about fairytales.

Utterly endearingBrightly attractive drawing and colouring that are an irresistible invitation to enjoy The Kiss that MissedA lovely book and sure to become a favouriteFull of humour and lovingly illustrated -- altogether delightfulTruly sumptuous drawings ... Even older children will enjoy thisAn absolute delight to read aloud -- a perfect bedtime storyPerfect for building new readers' confidence -- and wonderful to shareAn enchanting bookAn original and charismatic tale ... The illustrations couldn't be betterThe perfect end-of-school or bedtime story that sparkles with humourBeautifully illustrated pictures along with humour and charm make this book a bedtime favouriteA 'wonderfully comic little charmer... Melling's illustrations are as snazzy and as snappy as his prose.'Punchy and exciting, with plenty of amusing touches that will have adults and children giggling along ... there's a gentle heart, a witty plot, intriguing visual style and funny writing ... warmly recommendedIt's funny and original and an absolute delight to read aloud - a perfect bedtime read.The text is lively but it is the comic book style illustrations that steal the show.An ideal bedtime book. This delightful tale is a true charmer. Warm, funny and not the least bit soppy, it will be enjoyed by both boys and girls.A touching tale about the power of love.A picture book classic filled with humour, charm and a dragon!David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.A perfect cautionary bedtime story for parents in a hurry.An original take on the fairytale quest, complemented by beautifully detailed and amusing illustrations.Perfect for Key Stage 1 & 2 English classes, whether they are focusing on fairytale convention, noun phrases or patterns in language.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal. He is a critically acclaimed artist with a strong home and international record.Sales of the Hugless Douglas books stand at over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date.

The king was in a hurry and blew his son a bedtime kiss...but it missed! A knight is sent to the depths of the forest to locate the precious kiss.
The kiss flies out of the window, the prince is distraught and the hapless knight is sent into the deep dark forest to fetch the kiss back.What will he encounter there?

Thus begins this captivating fairy tale quest from the exceptionally talented author and illustrator, David Melling.



Unexpected twists and surprises delight the reader on every spread as the story gallops along with humour and charm.



A bedtime story that`s bound to become a favourite!
David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author / illustrator, David worked as a photographer and as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. He was born in Oxford and still lives near the city with his wife and two children. His most popular picture book The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie and it was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for `Best TV Movie` category.

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Good Knight Sleep Tight

By David Melling
A stunning sequel to the award-winning title The Kiss That Missed. The lovable and haphazard knight is back on another quest to find the finest feathers in the kingdom to fill the royal pillow and stop the little princess making that terrible noise!This is a wonderful read that is bound to win first place in the bedtime-reading stakesA wonderful story infused with love and humour about a new sibling, the problem of a crying baby and just what to do about itAside form the perfect pace and humour of this book, it is the illustrations which set it apart from the average children's bedtime picture story book. Melling, author and illustrator, deserves even more awards to be heaped on him for his latest offeringA truly charming taleA delight ... [Melling's] witty illustrations and gently sardonic text combine with typographical showmanship resulting in a richly enjoyable story which has all the hallmarks of the classic children's picture bookAside from the perfect pace and humour of this book, it is the illustrations which set it apart from the average children's bedtime picture story book. Melling, author and illustrator, deserves even more awards to be heaped on him for his latest offering.With lively drawings...this humorous story will entertain both boy and girl readers.Off trots the brave knight (he is the real star) following a humorous narrative that simply races along. This is a wonderful read that is bound to win first place in the bed-time reading stakes.David Melling's comic tale is a delight in every way. His witty illustrations and gently sardonic text combine with typographical showmanship resulting in a richly enjoyable story which has all the hallmarks of the classic children's picture book.... one reading won't exhaust this book's pleasures'As usual, David Melling's illustrations keep readers smiling all the way through, adding colour to a fast-paced narrative which keeps young minds concentrating on this terrific tale until the last page.'A wonderful story infused with love and humour about a new sibling, the problem of a crying baby and just what to do about it.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.David Melling is a critically acclaimed author and illustrator.A warming bedtime tale about coping with a new baby in the family, and the importance of the elder sibling's role.The Kiss That Missed was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. This is the knight's second adventure.Perfect for Key Stage 1 & 2 English classes, whether they are focusing on such diverse topics as fairytale convention, noun phrases or patterns in languageDavid Melling's previous book The Tale of Jack Frost is now a TV film with a voice over by Hugh Laurie. It was shown on Christmas Day 2004.
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The Three Wishes

By David Melling

The loveable duo from The Kiss That Missed are back in a third adventure!

The hapless knight and his faithful horse are left to babysit the prince and princess. But babysitting is a lot harder than they think. Add to the mix - a bag of spells, a little magic and three wishes - and it's going to be a long night.

From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this delightful story is full of humour, charm and magic.

A fast and exciting story, full of fun and humourFans of The Kiss that Missed and Good Knight, Sleep Tight will be delighted with this new adventure ... Melling has created another delightful read-aloudQuirky and wittyDavid Melling's illustrations are delightful, detailed and distinctive in style ... A humorous bedtime story with text and pictures in complete harmnoy and lots of detail to enjoy, which will stand up well to repeated readingsA lively read and a brilliant illustration of the moral about being careful what you wish forA lively read and a brilliant illustration of the moral about being careful what you wish for.Quirky and witty illustrations accompany this wacky tale.This is a fast and exciting story, full of fun and humour. The illustrations cleverly depict the hapless nature of the pair and complement the crazy adventure told through the story. The book ends with an inspiring and funny moral, which sums up the story wonderfully.Melling has crated another delightful read-aloud with all the ingredients for a good shared read. Humorous details abound in text and illustrations to amuse both child and adult, and there's a satisfying conclusion to make us all chuckle.Entertaining tale with amusing illustrations.The knight and his horse from the bestselling The Kiss That Missed are back in a third fantastic adventure.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.David Melling is a critically acclaimed author and illustrator.The Kiss That Missed was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and followed by the critically acclaimed Good Knight, Sleep Tight. This is the knight's third adventure.A wonderful story accompanied by delightfully detailed and amusing illustrations.Perfect for Key Stage 1 & 2 English classes, whether they are focusing on such diverse topics as fairytale convention, noun phrases or patterns in languageSales of the Hugless Douglas books stand at over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date.
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The Tale of Jack Frost

By David Melling
Perfect for bedtime or first readers.Brilliant!

PRAISE FOR DAVID MELLING'S PREVIOUS BOOKS:
1. A 'wonderfully comic little charmer ... Melling's illustrations are as snazzy and as snappy as his prose.' - THE GUARDIAN
2 'It's funny and original and an absolute delight to read aloud - a perfect bedtime read.' - THE PARENTS GUIDE
3 'The text is lively but it is the comic book-style illustrations that steal the show.' - JUNIOR
4 'A touching tale about the power of love.' - WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY

'An enchanting story, perfect for frosty nights.'Step into Jack's wintry world for secrets to make you shiver.The classic story about how Jack Frost came to be called Jack Frost, written and illustrated by David Melling, bestselling creator of the Hugless Douglas series.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.The Jack Frost TV animation has become a firm favourite every Christmas day.The Tale of Jack Frost has sold over 120,000 copies to date.David Melling is a critically acclaimed author and illustrator with a strong home and international record. Sales of the Hugless Douglas books stand at over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date.Beautifully told and exquisitely illustrated, this tale contains classic characters.Jack Frost is an original tale based on the mythical character. It is a magical winter classic.

A reissue of this classic story about how Jack Frost came to be called Jack Frost. There was once a group of trees who were fed up with living in a deep, dark and crowded valley - so they moved to the enchanted forest. But as everybody knows, trees cannot walk without magic. This is the story of how Jack, the small boy with the frozen touch, wanders in to the forest and ends up saving the magic from the greedy goblins outside. An exquisitely illustrated and beautifully told story.
David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author / illustrator, David worked as a photographer and as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. He was born in Oxford and still lives near the city with his wife and two children. His most popular picture book The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie and it was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for `Best TV Movie` category.

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Just Like My Dad

By David Melling

One little lion cub can't wait to grow up and do everything just like his dad.

From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is for anyone who loves their dad - even if they are moody, lazy and good at pretending to be busy!

David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

Affectionate and comicEnormous fun and a big hitDelightfulMy toddler ... squealed with delightA humorous and touching tale from David MellingA lovely picture book ... the father/child relationship is explored with warmthA humorous tale withy funny illustrations...A celebration of the father/child relationship. David Melling's approach is affectionate and comic...This charming book ... had the whole family in stitches again and again. Enormous fun and a big hit.Children adore his wacky illustrations and zany sense of humour

Praise for David Melling:
'lively illustrations of animals doing joyously batty things - making even our quietest toddler shriek with laughter.'

Boldly and beautifully drawnA humorous and touching tale from David Melling.A humorous tale about a lion cub who thinks his father is the greatest. Your toddler will love the funny illustrations.A celebration of dads - perfect for all fathers and their children.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.The perfect Father's Day gift!Humorous, quirky illustrations, with telling details by leading picture book artist - David Melling.A wonderfully funny book for fathers and children to share.Sales of the Hugless Douglas books stand at over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date.

Have you ever wanted to be just like your dad? Well here is a story just for you!
A celebration of the father/child relationship - perfect for all fathers and their children.
A book which speaks for what so many father / child relationships are about. A humourous, touching tale for anyone who has ever idolised their father - even if they are moody, lazy and good at pretending to be busy!
David Melling was born in Oxford. His father was a sculptor and David inherited his artistic leanings. David has received much recognition for his artistic talent. His first book `Brilliant the Dinosaur` `Pavilion` was shortlisted for the 1994 Smarties Book Award and `What`s that Noise?` was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. More recently, The Kiss That Missed was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. His recent picture book, The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie.
It was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for `Best TV Movie` category. David Melling is married and lives with his wife and two children in Oxfordshire.

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Just Like My Mum

By David Melling

One mischievous little lion cub is keen to show how he can act just like his mum. But when it comes to bedtime, there's no one as good as her!

From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of mums everywhere.

David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

Perfect bedtime readingThe excellent illustrations cleverly avoid over-sentimentalityAffectionate funA warm, feel-good bedtime story with which all young children will identifyFun and engaging ... will guarantee plenty of gigglesThis humorous tale has a simple, short text with funny illustrations. It is a warm, feel-good bedtime story with which all young children will identify.A celebration of the mother/child relationship ... A funny tale with adorable illustrations showing the importance of mother love. Forget the flowers ... the perfect Mother's Day gift!A charming small-format picture book... The colourful cartoon-style illustrations sit perfectly with the simple, carefully written text.It's David Melling's delicious illustrations that are the real strength of this book... Mum's love for her little one shines out of this book, and it will leave everyone with a warm glow.A celebration of the mums - and the perfect companion to Just Like My Dad.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.The perfect Mother's Day gift.Humorous, quirky illustrations with telling details by leading picture book artist - David Melling.A wonderfully funny book for mums and children to share.Sales of the Hugless Douglas books stand at over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date.

Have you ever wanted to be just like your mum? Well here is a story just for you! A celebration of the mother / child relationship - a perfect companion title to Just Like My Dad.
This little lion cub wants to be like his mother! A funny tale with adorable illustrations showing the importance of mother love.
David Melling was born in Oxford. His father was a sculptor and David inherited his artistic leanings. David has received much recognition for his artistic talent. His first book `Brilliant the Dinosaur` was shortlisted for the Smarties Book Award and `What`s that Noise?` was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. Later on, The Kiss That Missed was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award and The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie. It was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for `Best TV Movie` category. David Melling is married and lives with his wife and two children in Oxfordshire.

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The Scallywags

By David Melling

The Scallywags are a bunch of messy, noisy wolves who find it rather hard to behave properly. But as they soon discover, if it means losing your friends, then just maybe it's time to practise those manners...

By the bestselling creator of the Hugless Douglas series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. Find out more about David Melling at http://www.davidmelling.co.uk/

Check out the sequel - The Scallywags Blow Their Top - in which the rambunctious wolves learn to control their tempers.

'David Melling's touch is light but this is a thought-provoking and refreshing storyline.' - Guardian

BrilliantPure delightDavid Melling's touch is light but this is a thought-provoking and refreshing storylineWarm, funny and full of energyPure delight.

On David's previous books:

'It's funny and original and an absolute delight to read aloud - a perfect bedtime read.'

An ideal bedtime book ... This delightful tale is a true charmer ... Melling's witty illustrations are packed with imaginative detail, including the masterly touch of a delicate golden line tracing the swerling path of the kiss.Full of unexpected twists and turns The Kiss That Missed is a wonderful literary example of how to temper fearsome episdoes with humour. ... this story is one which will demand endless rereading.A deliciously written, illustrated and presented book. The Scallywags are a pack of wolves, always late, clumsy and smelly, causing the other animals to decide life is better without them. However, when they tidy themselves up, they become so clean, tidy and polite their detractors no longer recognise them! The text humorously celebrates difference and tolerance and the wonderfully energetic, funny illustrations deserve careful attention....David Melling's touch is light but this is a thought-provoking and refreshing storyline....exuberant pictures... impressiveThis is a lovely book and David Melling's illustrations are excellent.David Melling's touch is light but this is at thought-provoking and refreshing storyline.A fun story about acceptance with really amusing picturesWolves tend to get quite a bad press in storybooks, but The Scallywags are determined to learn some manners! By the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.The Scallywags series has sold over 115,000 copies, and has been translated into 10 languages.

David Melling's Hugless Douglas series has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. He is a critically
acclaimed artist with a strong home and international record.

A picture book about manners, made fun!Check out the sequel - Scallywags Blow their Top - in which the rambunctious wolves learn to control their temper.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award.
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The Scallywags Blow Their Top!

By David Melling

The Scallywags are a band of unruly wolves who find it hard to behave properly. But after they storm out of the Forest Show, they meet their match in the shape of a little sheep. It's not long before they are begging to be accepted again by the other animals. A brilliant follow-up to The Scallywags that shows, in the funniest possible way, that it doesn't pay to lose your temper.

From the bestselling creator of the Hugless Douglas series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages.

'A useful story to show children that it's no fun being at the receiving end of a bad temper.' - Junior

Hilarious picture book with very expressive illustrations that add a lot to the storyA fun story ... fabulous, action-packed illustrationsEngagin and funny... so much to see on each page.A wonderful story.Korky Paul's colourful illustrations bring the whole thing to life.The story is fun and the illustrations increase the sense of fun.A useful story to show children that it's no fun being at the receiving end of a bad temper.Hilarious picture book with very expressive illustrations.A sequel to the bestselling The Scallywags from the creator of Hugless Douglas.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.The Scallywags series has sold over 115,000 copies, and has been translated into 10 languages.David Melling's Hugless Douglas series has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. He is a critically acclaimed artist with a strong home and international record.A picture book about temper tantrums, and discovering how it feels to be treated as you treat others...Check out the first book - The Scallywags - in which the rambunctious wolves learn about manners.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award.

David Melling has done it again! A new story to follow the successful Scallywags. The band of wolves are always looking for trouble - but this time they meet their match in the shape of a little sheep.
The Scallywags are a band of unruly wolves who find it hard to behave properly. But after they storm out of the Forest Show, they meet their match in the shape of a little sheep. It`s not long before they are begging to be accepted again by the other animals.
A book that shows, in the funniest possible way, that it doesn`t pay to lose your temper.
David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author / illustrator, David worked as a photographer and as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. He was born in Oxford and still lives near the city with his wife and two children. His picture book The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie and it was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award for `Best TV Movie` category.

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Two By Two and a Half

By David Melling

The nursery class is lined up in twos and ready to go out with Miss Moo Hoo. Little Bat Jack is on his own at the back, but he doesn't mind. As they walk through the woods, they hear, feel and see something rather unusual... what on earth could it possibly be?

'With playful text and a catchy refrain, Little Bat Jack proves that all the best things come in small packages.' - Junior

David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators. The Hugless Douglas series has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages.

A highly amusing and very original picture book ... a fabulous story with a lovely messageYou can always rely on David Melling for an exciting story and some wonderful illustrations -- this book is no exceptionA delightful picture book, created by the bestselling author of Hugless Douglas, about a nursery class' unusual day out.David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.David Melling is a critically acclaimed author and illustrator with a strong home and international record.Sales of the Hugless Douglas books stand at over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date.Two By Two and a Half has sold 30,000 copies to date.A great tool to help children reach their Early Learning Goals for literacy.Great text for exploring the senses - sight, smell, sound and touch.
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The Totally Terrifying Three

By Hiawyn Oram, David Melling

The Totally Terrifying Three consist of a big fat cumbersome fire breathing dragon, a stumpy grumpy little wicked witch and a stubbly GIANT in a sharp suit. All three think they are ever so terrifying and scare themselves to bits assuming they will have the same effect on the everyday folk! An entertaining read for pre-schoolers everywhere. If this text was a witches cauldron, it would have a pinch of rhyme, a sprinkle of interaction, a smattering of repetition and a big spoonful of humour!

Written by the author of Mona the Vampire and illustrated by the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas.

'A fun story to share with toddlers that bears repeated reading!' The Bookbag

Praise for Hugless Douglas: Everybody needs a hug... a charming and endearing tale about searching for the right one.A romping and useful book to banish any thoughts your child might have of beasties at bedtime.Fun-filled illustrations by David Melling complement the story marvellously.Should easily become another success... great to read aloud and share.Melling has a great, fun style. A fun story to share with toddlers that bears repeated reading!A wonderfully imaginative story, packed with vibrant and colourful illustrations.Children will enjoy the vibrant illustrations and reassuring storyline... the use of capitals just begs for little ones to join in shouting "Totally terrifying!"A brilliant story for all children who love dragons, giants and witches, illustrated by the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas.

Hiawyn has had over 50 children's books published and also writes for television. She won the Japanese Picture Book Award and the Prix du Livre Culturel as well as being shortlisted for the Smarties Prize.

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books, The Tale of Jack Frost, was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

A brilliant story for all children who love dragons, giants and witches!What happens when you join together an award-winning author with the most talented illustrator working today - you get a sure-fire winning picture book!David Melling is the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas that has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages worldwide.David's masterful character illustrations never fail to impress and his subtly spooky autumnal pallet bring this story to life. He is a true craftsman.Brilliantly funny writing from a highly acclaimed and popular author.

A brilliant book for all children who love dragons, giants and witches!
The Totally Terrifying Three consist of a big fat cumbersome fire breathing dragon, a stumpy grumpy little wicked witch and a stubbly GIANT in a sharp suit. All three think they are ever so ever so terrifying and scare themselves to bits assuming they will have the same effect on the everyday folk!
Hiawyn has had over 50 children`s books published and also writes for television. She won the Japanese Picture Book Award and the Prix du Livre Culturel as well as being shortlisted for the Smarties Prize. She has published numerous successful books, including the Mona the Vampire series, and has created our exciting picture book and fiction series: Rumblewick, which is translated into over ten languages and is under option with DreamWorks for a movie in 2012.

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed and best-selling author/illustrator, David worked as a photographer and as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. He was born in Oxford and still lives near the city with his wife and two children. His popular picture book The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie and it was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for `Best TV Movie` category.

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All Change!

By Ian Whybrow, David Melling

Tiger is upset. No one has remembered his birthday - or so he thinks. His friend, Miss Lollipop, takes him on a wonderful birthday adventure: with the refrain 'All change!', they leap from one different form of transport to another, which get increasingly unlikely as they go - picking up animals and birthday presents on the way! Tiger ends up having the best birthday ever.

'This joyfully infectious book is an enjoyable romp that also throws up some nice surprises with its join-in refrain.' - The Guardian

Illustrated by the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Find out more about David Melling here http://www.davidmelling.co.uk/

Written by the author of the popular Harry and the Dinosaurs series. Read more about Ian Whybrow at http://www.ianwhybrow.com/

Wonderfully rhythmic ... vividly illustrated ... joyfully infectiousA delightful, romping riot of a bookComical full-length illustrations grace every page. An excellent and most useful complement for a them on transportationA great book to read aloud and the gentle ending where all the friends jump into their bed, after first brushing their teeth of course, makes a great bedtime read.An extremely enjoyable book with many opportunities for audience participation.

Praise for Jump In!
Miss Lollipop is a great new character who has the potential for lots more adventures . . . Both children and adults will enjoy the humour in the illustrations as well as the text.

Illustrated by the creator of Hugless Douglas, a wacky adventure about Tiger, Miss Lollipop and a hoard of animals who cram into cars, boats and trains and go on an epic journey!

Ian Whybrow is a well-loved writer with a wonderful talent for capturing children's humour and imagination, with over 100 books to his name. He has written several successful novelty picture books, including the best-selling The Bedtime Bear, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Ian is also well-known for his Harry and the Dinosaurs series, and he does superb events at schools and literary festivals.

David Melling is the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas series and has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Smarties Book Award. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

All Change! has sold over 100,000 copies since publication.Lots of humour and energetic illustrations of animals and different kinds of transport.David Melling's Hugless Douglas series has sold over 1.4 million copies. He is a critically acclaimed artist with a strong home and international record.Ian Whybrow is an award winning and well-loved writer with a wonderful talent for capturing children's humour and imagination, with over 100 books to his name.
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The Flying Diggers

By Ian Whybrow, David Melling

Transforming diggers, a rescue adventure and the power of imagination - a surefire hit with boys, created by the bestselling Ian Whybrow and David Melling.

When Teddy's grandpa makes Teddy and his best friend Ruby some toy diggers they don't realise how special they are . . . until they start to play with them and the diggers transform into magic flying diggers and swoop the children off for a fantastic jungle adventure.

The author of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs and the ilustrator of The Kiss That Missed join forces once again to bring you a dynamic and engaging book for boys.

Young children will love this book.An imaginative and lively adventure.A brilliant book for boys combining transforming diggers, a rescue adventure and the power of the imagination!A perfect book for boys - diggers, magic vehicles and an adventure all in one!Ian Whybrow is the author of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs. The series has sold over 850,000 in the UK alone. David Melling is an international star and this is their first collaboration since Jump In! and All Change!The power of the imagination is explored in a story that fathers, grandfathers and sons will enjoy sharing together.