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The Blue Balloon

By Mick Inkpen

  • Paperback
  • £6.99

The Blue Balloon is the bestselling picture book which first introduced Kipper, created by the master storyteller, Mick Inkpen.

A celebrated classic which continues to delight millions of children.

Kipper has found a soggy blue balloon in the garden. At first, it seems like an ordinary balloon, but it's not. It's full of fun and magic. This is a book to be treasured, loved, read time and time again, with fantastic fold out pages.

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  • ISBN: 9780340918197
  • Publication date: 20 Jul 2006
  • Page count: 42
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
This Inkpen classic features some of the best examples of fold-outs ever... although thanks to some very enthusiastic young hands our copy's mostly held together with sticky-tape now. — The Guardian (Aidan Moffat)
A delightful story with a surprise on every page — Child Care
The story is charming and the illustrations uncluttered ... an ideal book to base work around, to explore dreams and magic, and the notion that something so ordinary can become something so exciting — Child Education
Beautifully illustrated and full of the kinds of visual surprises kids love. — What's On (July 1993)
The easy-to-read text with its wealth of sparkling vocabulary makes this a classic story to be treasured and read time and time again — EYE Magazine
Inkpen's pale watercolours against a white background give a cool, calm feel, while the use of pull-out pages and sequences of pictures give an animated feel. Beginner readers will be able to tackle the simple text, but it's a great story to share with all ages. — Junior, July 2000
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Mrs Blackhat

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An exciting new story from the bestselling team behind Kipper, I Will Love You Anyway and Fred.Over the gateat number 8,round the back,through the flapand onto the lapof Mrs Blackhat!Meet Mrs Blackhat, a witch who just loves the colour black. From her broom to her hat, all is black... apart from her cat. What can she do to fix this problem? Find out in this hilarious, rhyming story!Praise for I Will Love You Anyway:'Charming, sad and funny. The day it arrived, my three-year old insisted we read it thirteen consecutive times' - Huffington Post

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Hole in the Zoo

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Kipper's Christmas Eve

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Fred

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'Fetch!' and 'Sit!' and 'Stay!' I understand them all. Those are the words I know. But what is 'Fred'?Fred the dog may not know his name yet or how to stay out of trouble but one little boy will love him no matter what.A follow-up to I Will Love You Anyway, this touching rhyming story is full of friendship and tail wagging and will touch a chord with all children who love pets.Praise for Mick Inkpen:'You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper.' Daily Mail'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' GuardianPraise for Zoe and Beans:'These books will become well-loved members of any child's book collection.' CarouselFor activities, competitions and other fun stuff check out www.chloeinkpen.com

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I Will Love You Anyway

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Contributors:
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I don't do 'sit!'I don't do 'stay!'But I will love you anyway.From the celebrated creators of Kipper, Wibbly Pig, and Zoe and Beans comes a picture book to treasure. Dog is very badly behaved - he destroys everything, chases cars and won't stop running away! But when he finds himself lost and alone there is one person he can count on.Praise for Mick Inkpen:'You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper.' Daily Mail'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' GuardianPraise for Zoe and Beans:'These books will become well-loved members of any child's book collection.' CarouselFor activities, competitions and other fun stuff check out www.chloeinkpen.com

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Kipper's New Pet

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Tickly Christmas Wibbly Pig

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Penguin Small

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Penguin Small is a classic story by Mick Inkpen with a surprise giant fold-out page. It tells the story of the last North Pole penguin, who as it turns out was also the smallest penguin! He wants to join his friends in the South Pole, but he's afraid of the water. If only penguins could fly...Penguin Small is a classic story with giant fold out pages, and as ever, vintage Inkpen illustrations for a fabulous story which explains why there are no penguins at the North Pole!'A whale of a book.' - Independent.Mick Inkpen has won the British Book Award, the Children's Book Award and been shortlisted for both the Kate Greenway Medal and the Nestle Prize. He is consistently in the Top Ten most borrowed children's authors from public libraries.

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Kipper's Toybox

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A beautiful reissue of a picture book classic to celebrate 25 years of Kipper!Kipper has made a new year resolution not to throw snowballs at Tiger. He manages to keep to this for a whole month, but in February it snows! Kipper and Tiger have fun every month as the photos that Kipper takes show. And at the end of the year, Kipper finds out that Tiger hasn't forgotten the snowball in February!Mick Inkpen is the libraries' ninth most borrowed author. 'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian'Kipper has touched a chord with children and parents alike.' Practical Parenting

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Mick Inkpen's Kipper has been a star of picture books and animation for 25 years. This new story will captivate a new generation of children. Mick Inkpen is the libraries' ninth most borrowed author.Kipper and Arthur are talking about baby animals. A baby owl must be an owlet, so a baby frog is a froglet and a baby hedgehog can only be a hoglet... But what is a baby dog called? Do you know?A charming tale about animals - and growing up.'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian

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Wibbly Pig and the Tooky

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Kipper

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It's Kipper's 25th anniversary so join in with the celebrations with this wonderful reissue of a classic story with a stunning gold cover. Mick Inkpen is the libraries' ninth most borrowed author.Kipper's basket is old and worn. His blanket is smelly and disgusting. But can Kipper find a better place to sleep? He tries a flowerpot like a bird, a nest like a squirrel and a lily-pad like a frog, but nothing seems quite as good as his old, worn basket and his lovely smelly blanket.'You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper.' Daily Mail 'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian

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If you could have any pet at all, what would you choose?Wibbly Pig and Scruffy Pig are worried that Big Pig's sister's friend will choose a really boring rabbit at the pet shop. Surely an elephant, a bear or a dinosaur would be much more exciting?Mick Inkpen, creator of Kipper and many other prizewinning picture books, has brought to life a character who has won the hearts of millions of readers the world over.'An irresistible character. Wibbly Pig does things every toddler can relate to.' The Daily Telegraph

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Kipper's Monster

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Mick Inkpen

Where's the best place to try out the most powerful torch there is? Kipper and Tiger decide that it must be in the middle of the woods at the bottom of Big Hill. But just what is that big animal with horns that they can see on the other side of the tent? Perhaps it would be safer to camp in Kipper's room?

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The sun is down, the moon is up, and it's past bedtime. But outside the castle there's an awful lot of noise! Will the princess ever get to sleep? With a fold out page on every spread!