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Dragons Can't Swim

Book 1

By Vivian French
Illustrated by David Melling

  • Paperback
  • £5.99

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.

  • Other details

  • ISBN: 9781444922271
  • Publication date: 02 Apr 2015
  • Page count: 128
  • 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
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To the Rescue!

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Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Big Journey

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Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. Join this quirky Stone Age family on a big journey. Winter is coming and Pod, Pim and Little Nut need to move home. They must find a cave quickly, the journey is dangerous!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.

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Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Lucky Escape

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Stone Age Adventures: Brother Trouble

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Spots, Stripes and Zigzags

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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 uncle, aunt and cousin Prune. But Sam's about to discover a magical scroll listing the six quests he must complete to become a knight ... and with Prune's help, he's already managed three of them! Now he has to earn his very own knightly shield. Prune knows where to go for armour: Puddlewink Castle! But before they can cross the drawbridge they're stopped by a terrifying creature. Will Sam's knightly dreams end here?

Orion Children's Books

Emily Mouse's Birthday Party

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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.Yippee! Emily Mouse is on her way to buy LOTS of birthday presents. But she has forgotten something very important!A charming new blue Early Reader story from bestselling author, Vivian French.

Hodder Children's Books

A Very Bothersome Bear

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A Horse Called Dora

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Ladybird, Ladybird

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Micky's Magic Pencil

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I Am A Woolly Hat

Vivian French, Salma Koraytem, Betania Zacarias
Contributors:
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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.Basma has been wondering a lot about love. What is it like? Does it have a shape or a colour or a taste? Is it like a coat or a jumper or a shawl? Or is it like a warm woolly hat? This charming new Early Reader story from the United Arab Emirates will be enjoyed by everyone, parents and children alike - and in particular fans of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

Orion Children's Books

Early Reader: Blood and Guts and Rats' Tail Pizza

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Contributors:
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Hodder Children's Books

Oliver: Oliver's Vegetables

Vivian French, Alison Bartlett
Contributors:
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This is an excellent book for parents with children who are fussy eaters. It also introduces the days of the week. Do you like chips? Oliver does, in fact, he won't eat anything else - until he plays a game with his grandpa. Whatever vegetable Oliver finds in the garden, he must eat. On Monday, he pulls up carrots, on Tuesday, it is spinach . . .Part of a bestselling series that has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK and export alone. Other titles in this series include Oliver's Fruit Salad and Oliver's Milkshake.

Hodder Children's Books

Oliver: Oliver's Milkshake

Vivian French, Alison Bartlett
Contributors:
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First it was his vegetables. Then it was his fruit. Now it's his milk - will Oliver ever like what's good for him? Spend a day on the farm with him and find out!Busy-body Auntie Jen is determined that Oliver shall drink his milk. But just how can she persuade him?Part of a bestselling series that has sold over 200,000 copies in the UK and export alone. Other titles in this series include Oliver's Fruit Salad and Oliver's Vegetables.

Orion Children's Books

A Creepy Crawly Story

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

Oliver's Fruit Salad

Vivian French, Alison Bartlett
Contributors:
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Oliver, star of Oliver's Vegetables, is back from his healthy week eating vegetables at his grandpa's house. Suddenly, the fruit at home doesn't seem quite good enough for Oliver. What is his mum to do?Other titles in this series:Oliver's Fruit SaladOliver's Milkshake