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David Melling

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…

Hodder Children's Books

Love Matters Most

Mij Kelly, Gerry Turley
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Gerry Turley

A stunning and uplifting picture book celebrating the special bond between a parent and child.There are many amazing things - faraway stars that glitter and gleam and snowflakes that melt to a tear - but nothing is as wonderful as a mother's love for her child.Yes, the world's full of treasures and fabulous sights,but when bear finds her cub, who was lost in the night,she cuddles him warm and cuddles him close, and knows, above all, that love matters most.A story of love, family, the power of hope, and our longing to be close to those people who matter to us, stunningly illustrated. Find Mij Kelly at mijkelly.com or on Twitter @mijinyork and Gerry Turley at gerryturley.com.

Hodder Children's Books

Who Puts the Animals to Bed?

Mij Kelly, Holly Clifton Brown
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Holly Clifton Brown
Hodder Children's Books

Friendly Day

Mij Kelly, Charles Fuge
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Charles Fuge

Hooray - it's Friendly Day! A day for sharing, a day for caring, when everyone is nice, when Cow reads Snail a fairy tale and cats do NOT eat mice.Illustrated by the one and only Charles Fuge whose Little Wombat series has sold over 1 million copies, Friendly Day is a wonderful rhyming story full of friendship, love and hugs!When a little mouse is cornered by a hungry cat, he manages to persuade her that today is Friendly Day - a day when everyone shares and is kind. So, Cat lets Mouse go and finds Dog to give him a hug! But when the trio come across a big bear, he is not so easily persuaded...Children will laugh out loud at this amusing story of a clever mouse who tricks a hungry cat into sparing his life by telling the cat that it's Friendly day... the one day in the year when all animals must share, care, and be nice to one another.www.mijkelly.com

Hodder Children's Books

Nursery Time

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Authors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan

When Suzy Sue goes to nursery, the farm animals miss her so much that they come up with a plan to take her home! But they soon change their minds when they see how much fun Suzy Sue is having!The perfect nursery companion for young children, this wonderfully funny rhyming story is the fourth book in the popular Suzy Sue series.

Hodder Children's Books

William and the Night-Train

Mij Kelly, Alison Jay
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Mij Kelly, Alison Jay
Hodder Children's Books

A Bed of Your Own

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan

This is the story of Suzy Sue, ready for bed just like you! But then she finds a cow, a horse, a sheep and a goat all fighting for space in her bed! Will she ever get to sleep?The perfect bedtime companion for young children, A Bed of Your Own has been read on CBeebies and is the third book in the Suzy Sue series.'A funny rhyming story perfect to send little ones to sleep.' Baby & Me Read about the author at www.mijkelly.com

Hodder Children's Books

The Bump

Mij Kelly, Nicholas Allan
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Nicholas Allan

Tender and witty, this is a wonderful celebration of a baby's arrival into the world. A funny and poignant book exploring a mother's joy at being pregnant that will help children understand how much they are loved.

Hodder Children's Books

ATCHOO: The Complete Guide to Good Manners

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan

This is the story of Suzy Sue and the fateful day when she went 'ATCHOO!'. Suzy Sue sneezes but forgets to cover her mouth. The animals are astounded and decide it's time to teach her some manners.This wonderfully witty rhyming story is the second book in the popular Suzy Sue series. 'It'll become a firm favourite for any child of pre-school age. Highly recommended.' - The BookbagRead about the author at www.mijkelly.com

Hodder Children's Books

That Pesky Dragon

Julie Sykes, Melanie Williamson
Contributors:
Julie Sykes, Melanie Williamson

Izzy's Dad had a farm. And on that farm there was a goat, a herd of cows, a flock of sheep, a brood of hens, three cats, two dogs... and a dragon! The pesky dragon's fiery breath turns the eggs to hardboiled, the wheat fields to toast and the cows milk to yoghurt! But Izzy soon discovers that every farm needs a dragon around!'... enriched by Melanie Williamson's dynamic illustrations, with their strong, textured colours and comic caricatures.'THE SUNDAY TIMES"Melanie Williamson's illustrations are eye-catchingly quirky and superbly original."THE OBSERVER

Hodder Children's Books

Just Like Jasper

Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen
Contributors:
Nick Butterworth, Mick Inkpen

A bright, colourful picture book for very young children in which the reader helps Jasper choose how to spend his birthday money. Jasper plays with just about everything in the toyshop. But what will he eventually buy? Simple text with appealing illustrations.

Hodder Children's Books

Have You Seen My Potty?

Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan
Authors:
Mij Kelly, Mary Mcquillan

Suzy Sue has something very important to do... the truth is she needs to do a poo, but someone has borrowed her potty! Join her as she searches the farmyard for her bright red potty. Will she find it in time?'Youngsters, already tickled with the bathroom humour, will be in hysterics as Suzy Sue asks each animal in turn if they have seen her potty.' - Kirkus ReviewsAn hilarious rhyming story and 'A perfect book for potty training.' Bournemouth Echo Read about the author at www.mijkelly.com

Hodder Children's Books

Two By Two and a Half

David Melling
Authors:
David Melling
Franklin Watts

Toby and The Great Fire Of London

Margaret Nash, Jane Cope
Contributors:
Margaret Nash, Jane Cope
Franklin Watts

Pocahontas the Peacemaker

Hilary Robinson, Masumi Furukawa
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Masumi Furukawa

Pocahontas leads a quiet life until a ship full of strangers arrives in her village. Pocahontas wants to make friends but the chief does not trust them...Hopscotch Histories are brand new stories in historical settings, told in under 400 words, perfect for children who are building up their reading confidence

Hodder Children's Books

The Scallywags

David Melling
Authors:
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

Hodder Children's Books

Twoo Twit

Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
Contributors:
Kes Gray, Mary Mcquillan
Hodder Children's Books

Father and Son

Geraldine McCaughrean, Fabian Negrin
Contributors:
Geraldine McCaughrean, Fabian Negrin
Orchard Books

Princess Grace and the Golden Nightingale

Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Gibb

Fairy G is taking the princesses to the Museum of Royal Life! Princess Grace can't wait to hear the golden nightingale sing, but the horrible twins are determined to get her into trouble...

Orchard Books

Princess Ellie and the Enchanted Fawn

Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Gibb

A little fawn has lost its way in Hollyberry Wood. Can the Pearl Palace Princesses help Witch Windlespin find his mother? Princess Ellie has an idea, but nasty Princess Diamonde has one too...

Hodder Children's Books

Giants!

Mij Kelly, Nick Maland
Contributors:
Mij Kelly, Nick Maland

Sweet Pea and Boogaloo are walking and talking through the forest one day. When Swea Pea stops and suddenly asks: 'Giants! Do they look like you and me? Except bigger?' And so begins a discussion about what giants are... until Boogaloo discovers that giants are not at all how he has imagined them!An original and timely story about the nature of stereoptyes and jumping to conclusions.