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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Emmy Laybourne

Emmy Laybourne is, in her own words, ‘a writer, teacher and a recovering character actress’ who lives in upstate New York with her husband ‘and two surprisingly well-mannered children’. Here she talks to Graham Marks, on Skype, about how she became a writer, the highs and lows of starting out on a writing career, and her novel, Monument 14.

Hodder Children's Books

Spooky Fairy Tale Mix-Up

Hilary Robinson, Jim Smith
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Hilary Robinson, Jim Smith

Create your own hilarious spooky fairy tales with this ingenious, split-page, spiral-bound book, illustrated by the creator of the much-loved Barry Loser.Rapunzel has her hair tangled with spiders, while the Three Bears are terrified by Ghostilocks and Beauty dresses up as a Beast! What other funny combinations can you make?A follow-up to the bestselling Mixed up Fairy Tales and Christmas Fairy Tale Mix-Up, illustrated by the creator of the much-loved Barry Loser, winner of the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Award for 6-8 year olds.Praise for Mixed Up Fairy Tales: 'Variations enough for plenty of delightfully silly combinations.' - Guardian

Hodder Children's Books

Christmas Fairy Tale Mix-Up

Hilary Robinson, Jim Smith
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Hilary Robinson, Jim Smith

Create your own hilarious festive fairy tales with this ingenious, split-page, spiral bound book. A follow-up to the bestselling Mixed up Fairy Tales illustrated by the creator of the much-loved Barry Loser.Oh no! Santa has got stuck down the chimney while delivering presents to The Three Little Pigs... Flip the flaps to create hundreds of mixed-up stories, featuring favourite Christmas and fairy tale characters. Includes: Santa Claus, Jack Frost, Cinderella, Snow White, The Christmas Fairy, The Three Bears and more!Praise for Mixed Up Fairy Tales: 'Variations enough for plenty of delightfully silly combinations.' - Guardian

Franklin Watts

Sid's Red Car

Hilary Robinson, Beccy Blake
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Hilary Robinson, Beccy Blake

Sid's Red Car is a fun story for young animal fans who are beginning to read on their own. Perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band red.Every time that Sid drives off in his car, he hears squeaks. Whatever can be causing all the noise? Perhaps Mummy Cat has an idea!The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read. A word list at the beginning of the story allows for a quick check of the reader's ability to read and understand words before reading, and a puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure. Compiled in consultation with Catherine Glavina, PGCE Primary and Early Years Course Leader, The Centre for Professional Education, University of Warwick.

Franklin Watts

The Frog Prince

Hilary Robinson, Jane Abbott
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Hilary Robinson, Jane Abbott

The princess loves her golden ball. When she loses it in a well, she promises a helpful frog that she will be his friend forever, if only he can retrieve it. Then she breaks her promise and runs away. But the frog is not to be dissuaded quite so easily! A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in chapters in under 1000 words.

Hodder Children's Books

Favourite Mixed Up Fairy Tales

Hilary Robinson, Sarah Horne
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Hilary Robinson, Sarah Horne

First came the phenomenal bestselling Mixed up Fairy Tales with sales over 100,000 copies to date, and now comes More Mixed up Fairy Tales! This ingenious split-page, spiral bound book lets you create your own hilarious versions of the most-loved rhymes. What would happen if the Pied Piper grew long hair and flew away with a yellow brick road? The total number of mix ups is 1728 combinations! Includes: The Pied Piper, The Little Mermaid, Pinocchio, Rapunzel, Tom Thumb, Rumpstiltskin, The Gingerbread Mab, Robin Hood, Thumbelina, Hansel and Gretel and The Frog Prince.Praise for Mixed Up Fairy Tales: 'Variations enough for plenty of delightfully silly combinations.' - Guardian

Franklin Watts

Aladdin and the Lamp

Hilary Robinson, Andy Catling
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Hilary Robinson, Andy Catling

Aladdin is very poor and very, very lazy. His mother does not know what to do with him. When a magician comes to town and pretends to be his uncle, Aladdin's adventures really begin!A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 2 stories are told in chapters in under 1000 words.

Franklin Watts

Rapunzel

Hilary Robinson, Martin Impey
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Hilary Robinson, Martin Impey

"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!"In this favourite fairy tale, the beautiful girl is locked in a tower by a jealous witch. She can only be reached by the witch climbing her long hair. Then, one day, a prince comes riding by. Will the pair ever escape the clutches of the witch?Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

Hodder Children's Books

Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes

Hilary Robinson, Liz Pichon
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Hilary Robinson, Liz Pichon

First came the phenomenal bestselling Mixed up Fairy Tales with sales over 100,000 copies to date, and now comes Mixed up Nursery Rhymes! This ingenious split-page, spiral bound book lets you create your own hilarious versions of the most-loved rhymes. The total number of mix ups is 1728 combinations!What would happen if Little Miss Muffett went up the hill to fetch an army of ten thousand men? Includes: Jack and Jill, Little Miss Muffett, The Grand Old Duke of York, Little Jack Horner, Polly Put the Kettle On, Old Mother Hubbard, Mary, Mary, Yankee Doodle, The Crooked Man, Wee Willie Winkie, The Queen of Hearts and Doctor Foster.Praise for Mixed Up Fairy Tales: 'Much more than just a fun read Mixed Up Fairy' (Mumsnet)

Wayland

Beauty & the Pea

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
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Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Wayland

Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo

Cinderella meets Jack and the Beanstalk in this fun rhyming text. Jack and Cinders climb the beanstalk and find a giant fairy godmother. Can she help them get to the prince's ball? Cinderella and the Beanstalk is a series of four rhyming books at Purple Band 8 of the Start Reading programme.

Wayland

Rapunzel & the Billy Goats

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
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Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Wayland

Snow White and The Enormous Turnip

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo

Snow White lives with the seven dwarves, safely in the wood. She likes to spend her time planting seeds and gardening. When a turnip sticks fast in the clay, she and the dwarves need more help to pull it out. So when a kind old lady offers Snow White a piece of tart to give her energy, she accepts. But is the kind old lady all she seems?

Wayland

Three Pigs and a Gingerbread Man

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
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Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Wayland

The Elves and the Emperor

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Franklin Watts

Pocahontas the Peacemaker

Hilary Robinson, Masumi Furukawa
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Masumi Furukawa
Franklin Watts

The Royal Jumble Sale

Hilary Robinson, Barbara Vagnozzi
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Barbara Vagnozzi
Hodder Children's Books

Mixed Up Fairy Tales

Hilary Robinson, Nick Sharratt
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Nick Sharratt

Emma Dodd

Emma was brought up in Guildford, Surrey, in a family of artists. As a child she loved the work of Peter Firmin, John Burningham and Gerald Rose, and from as far back as she can remember she wanted to be an illustrator. Emma studied Graphic Design and Illustration at Central Saint Martin's School of Art and has worked in advertising, editorial and book illustration. The I Love You range has sold over 750,000 copies and I Love My Mummy won the Book Trust Early Years Award. Emma lives in Surrey with her husband and two children and their terrier cross, Buzz, who keeps her fit and provides inspiration. The family likes to spend any spare time in North Cornwall, surfing and walking in all weathers.

Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.

Francesca Simon

Francesca Simon spent her childhood on the beach in California and started writing stories at the age of eight. She wrote her first Horrid Henry book in 1994. Horrid Henry has gone on to conquer the globe; his adventures are published in 27 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Francesca has won the Children's Book of the Year Award and been a judge for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. In 2009, in one of the proudest moments of her career, Francesca was awarded a Gold Blue Peter badge.Francesca is also a passionate ambassador for children's literacy and is a trustee of the World Book Day charity. She lives in North London with her family.Visit Francesca's website at www.francescasimon.com and keep up-to-date with Horrid Henry at www.horridhenry.co.uk. You can also follow her on Twitter @simon_francesca