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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
Contributors:
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

The Frog Prince

Hilary Robinson, Jane Abbott
Contributors:
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
Contributors:
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
Contributors:
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
Contributors:
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
Contributors:
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
Contributors:
Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo

The beast of Pea Castle was sad and lonely. He needed a kiss from a princess to turn him back into a handsome prince. One day, Beauty arrived at the castle. The beast put a pea under her matress and she could not sleep a wink. Was Beauty the princess that could break the spell? Fairytale Jumbles is a series of four rhyming books for Purple Band 8 of the Start Reading programme.

Wayland

Cinderella and the Beanstalk

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
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Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Wayland

Rapunzel & the Billy Goats

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

Rapunzel is trapped in a high tower by a wicked troll. The three billy goats want to help her but the troll won't let them cross the bridge! A handsome prince rides by on his horse. Will he be able to help the trapped princess? Fairytale Jumbles is a series of four rhyming books for Purple Band 8 of the Start Reading programme.

Wayland

Snow White and The Enormous Turnip

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

Three Pigs and a Gingerbread Man

Hilary Robinson, Simona Sanfilippo
Contributors:
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

There's panic at the palace! The king is looking everywhere for his ring, and he fears it must have been put into the jumble sale by mistake... where one earth could it be now? Leapfrog Rhyme Time features fun, rhyming stories of no more than 180 words for children who are starting to read on their own.

Hodder Children's Books

Mixed Up Fairy Tales

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

This fantastic split page, spiral bound book allows the reader to mix and match different combinations of fairy tales with hilarious results. What would happen if Goldilocks had two horrid stepsisters and fell asleep for a hundred years? Would she be woken by a hungry wolf or Little Red Riding Hood's Granny?

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk

Alex Paterson

Alex was a soldier and a jungle leader before concentrating on his illustration career: following in the footsteps of his sister and cousin who are also both children's illustrators. He has had eleven books published so far. Alex lives in a little village in Warwickshire with his wife Sarah.

Anna Claybourne

Anna Claybourne has written over 150 children's books on all kinds of subjects, from sharks, black holes and splitting the atom to how to draw, Shakespeare's life, and Greek myths and legends. She knows a lot about conservation in the rain forests of Costa Rica as she once volunteered there for three months. She likes space, sewing and music, plays the trombone and loves going camping.

Brian Moses

Brian Moses lives in the village of Etchingham with his wife Anne, a loopy labrador called Honey and a collection of bad-tempered chickens.He first worked as a teacher but has now been a professional children's poet since 1988. To date he has over 200 books published including volumes of his own poetry such as Holding the Hands of Angels (Salt) and Behind the Staffroom Door (Macmillan), anthologies such as The Secret Lives of Teachers and Aliens Stole My Underpants (both Macmillan), picture books such as Beetle in the Bathroom and Trouble at the Dinosaur Cafe (both Puffin) and non-fiction titles such as Titanic: Lost & Saved (Wayland). Over 1 million copies of Brian's poetry books have now been sold by Macmillan and in 2005 he was nominated for both the CLPE Award and the Spoken Word Award. Brian also visits schools to run writing workshops and perform his own poetry and percussion shows. To date he has visited well over 2500 schools and libraries throughout the UK. He has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival, been writer in residence at Castle Cornet on Guernsey, on the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Light Railway and at RAF schools in Cyprus. Recently he has visited several International schools in Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Spain, France and Ireland.He has performed his poetry at Borders on Second Avenue, New York and in September 2006 he was invited to Iceland to take part in 'Kids in the Marsh' - a festival of children's poetry and song. At the request of Prince Charles he spoke at the Prince's Summer School for Teachers in 2007 at Cambridge University. He is one of ten children's poets invited by then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion to feature on the National Poetry Archive.Favourite book: 'Turtle Diary' by Russell Hoban.Favourite Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest Favourite Music: Bob Dylan