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Dragons Can't Swim

Book 1

By Vivian French
Illustrated by David Melling

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A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.

Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt and uncle while his parents are away. Not only does he have to put up with his annoying cousin Prune, there are also the weird creatures his aunt looks after in her Luxury Accommodation for Dragons, Griffins and other Regal Beasts to contend with!

But when Godfrey the dragon gets stuck down a well, Sam and Prune have to work together to come to the rescue. Inside the well they make an incredible discovery - a scroll giving instructions on the six quests to be completed in order to become the perfect knight! Sam's ambition seems close at hand - if only Prune would stop getting in the way...

Biographical Notes

Vivian French is the author of over 250 children's books, including the wildly popular Tales from the Five Kingdoms and the Tiara Club series. She is consistently one of the top 30 most borrowed authors from UK libraries and has won many awards for her writing. She runs writing workshops, teaches at Edinburgh College of Art and mentors new writers and illustrators. Vivian is married, with four daughters and three grandchildren. Her favourite book is an empty notebook.

David Melling's picture books, including The Kiss that Missed and Hugless Douglas, have taken the world by storm, and the first book in his young fiction series, Goblins, was shortlisted for the Waterstones Book Prize. Before becoming an internationally-acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films, including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs.

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  • ISBN: 9781444922264
  • Publication date: 02 Apr 2015
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  • Imprint: Hodder Children's Books
It's a great start to a new series that will be enjoyed by girls and boys who are ready to move on from picture books; the lively drawings will encourage them to read and they will thoroughly enjoy this fun story — Parents In Touch
A very likeable hero — The Best New Children's Books 2015
Wonderful characters come to life through the words of Vivian French and the illustrations of David Melling — School Librarian
Lively illustrations add to the reader appeal...Very enjoyable — Parents In Touch
Orion Children's Books

Early Reader: Emily Mouse's Christmas

Vivian French, Mark Marshall
Contributors:
Vivian French, Mark Marshall

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Emily Mouse is having her friends over for Christmas dinner, but she's left her shopping until the last minute. When she gets to the shops on Christmas Eve, everything is gone! It will take some Christmas kindness for Emily's dinner to go to plan, but is there any to be found? Join Emily Mouse in some festive fun with this charming blue Early Reader from bestselling author, Vivian French and illustrated by Mark Marshall.

Hodder Children's Books

To the Rescue!

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
Hodder Children's Books

Combat at the Castle

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
Orion Children's Books

The Very Clever Cat

Vivian French, Abeer Al-Taher
Authors:
Vivian French, Abeer Al-Taher

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.

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The Petrified Pirate

Vivian French, Mike Phillips
Contributors:
Vivian French, Mike Phillips
Franklin Watts

Stone Age Adventures: Brother Trouble

Vivian French, Cate James
Contributors:
Vivian French, Cate James
Hodder Children's Books

Spots, Stripes and Zigzags

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
Orion Children's Books

Emily Mouse's Birthday Party

Vivian French, Mark Marshall
Contributors:
Vivian French, Mark Marshall
Franklin Watts

Stone Age Adventures: Beware of Bears!

Vivian French
Authors:
Vivian French
Franklin Watts

Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Big Journey

Vivian French
Authors:
Vivian French
Hodder Children's Books

A Very Bothersome Bear

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
Franklin Watts

Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Lucky Escape

Vivian French, Cate James
Contributors:
Vivian French, Cate James

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut.Pod is not impressed when he and his brother and sister are charged with collecting berries. Pod would much rather join the old ones hunting and seeking out danger! But when he loses sight of Little Nut, trouble lies ahead...how will he outwit a wild boar with its sights on his baby brother? This is the first book in the Stone Age Adventures series.Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading. Pitched perfectly for 6-8 year olds or those reading book band 10 / white.

Hodder Children's Books

A Horse Called Dora

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
Orion Children's Books

Ladybird, Ladybird

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Mrs Ladybird is going shopping. But she's forgotten her purse. Help her five little ladybirds find their mum in time for tea! Follow their trails to see where they go.

Orion Children's Books

Micky's Magic Pencil

Vivian French, Sarah Jennings
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Jennings
Orion Children's Books

I Am A Woolly Hat

Vivian French, Salma Koraytem, Betania Zacarias
Contributors:
Vivian French, Salma Koraytem, Betania Zacarias
Orion Children's Books

Blood and Guts and Rats' Tail Pizza

Vivian French, Chris Fisher
Contributors:
Vivian French, Chris Fisher

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.Hank can't work out where all his customers have gone. They usually queue for miles for a taste of his rats' tail pizza and special guts pie with blood sauce. And when he finds them all at a newly opened cake shop, sitting at tables and sipping tea, he can't believe it! He's got to find a way to win his customers back. But how?

Orion Children's Books

A Rainbow Shopping Day

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young
Orion Children's Books

The Big Sticky Bun

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young
Orion Children's Books

Down in the Jungle

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young