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Once Upon a Bedtime

By David Melling

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The perfect bedtime story by the bestselling author and illustrator of the number one bestselling Hugless Douglas series, David Melling.

The perfect bedtime story by the author and illustrator of the number one bestselling Hugless Douglas series, David Melling.

The sun was setting on Sleepy Street as Rabbit and the others began to yawn ...

Rabbit helps his friends get ready for bed in this adorable bedtime story. But when they hear a strange noise it turns out to be a sad monster. Will they be able to cheer their new friend up before bedtime?

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.

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  • ISBN: 9780340989715
  • Publication date: 04 Apr 2019
  • Page count: 32
  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
Ideal for encouraging little ones to try something new — Baby London
Hugless Douglas has built up a huge army of fans - and no wonder. He is wonderfully appealing and his adventures are irresistible. It's a lovely story and a great one to share with a fussy eater. — Parents In Touch
A very realistic portrayal of the baking process with a three year old. Hugless Douglas fans will enjoy all the action. — The Bookbag
Adorable illustration and hilarious characterful sheep with wickedly naughty expressions. Clever and entertaining with a little nod to healthy eating — South Wales Evening Post
The masterful David Melling brings all of his storytelling and illustrating skills to this book — School Librarian
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