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Orchard Books

Adventure Duck vs Power Pug

Steve Cole, Aleksei Bitskoff
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Steve Cole, Aleksei Bitskoff
Orion Children's Books

Monstar's Messy School Day

Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
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Steve Cole, Pete Williamson

A brand-new red full colour Early Reader story from ASTROSAURS author and DOCTOR WHO script writer, Steve Cole, about the lovable pet Monstar and her first day at school.Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books, perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.She's green. She's fluffy. She's . . . MONSTAR!Jen and Jon are bringing Monstar to school for the day - and she's so excited! But they had better hope their teacher is ready for her - as there's classroom chaos is in store for everyone.A delightful, heart-warming Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of the ASTROSAURS books, and a talented DOCTOR WHO script writer. With full colour artwork on every page by award-winning illustrator Pete Williamson, who has illustrated for Francesca Simon and Marcus Sedgwick.

Orion Children's Books

Monstar and the Haunted House

Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Pete Williamson

Full colour Early Reader from Astrosaurs author and DOCTOR WHO script writer, Steve Cole, about Monstar, the furry green monster and her Hallowe'en trip to the haunted manor!Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books perfect for building confidence in new readers and reluctant readers. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.She's green. She's fluffy. She's . . . MONSTAR!It's Hallowe'en and Monstar's off to visit Cousin Frankengrot at his haunted manor for some spooky fun!A delightful Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of the Astrosaurs books, and a talented DOCTOR WHO script writer. With full colour artwork on every page by award-winning illustrator Pete Williamson, who has also illustrated for Francesca Simon and Marcus Sedgwick.

Orion Children's Books

Monstar's Perfect Pet

Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Pete Williamson

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.She's green. She's fluffy. She's . . . MONSTAR.Monstar's been given her very own 'hamstar' as a pet, but when it accidentally gets turned into a giant and escapes, can our favourite furry monster save the day? A charming, heart-warming Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of Astrosaurs, and the Young Bond books. With full colour artwork on every page by award-winning illustrator Pete Wiliamson, who has also illustrated for Francesca Simon and Marcus Sedgwick.

Orion Children's Books

Twit Twoo

Steve Cole, Jane Porter
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Steve Cole, Jane Porter
Orion Children's Books

Monstar Makes a Wish

Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Orion Children's Books

Monstar, the Superhero

Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Orion Children's Books

Monstar Finds a Home

Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Orion Children's Books

Twit

Steve Cole, Jane Porter
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Steve Cole, Jane Porter

Becky Down

Becky graduated from Falmouth University with a BA(Hons) Illustration in 2013, and has since been working freelance in her studio in Hampshire. People watching, books, trips to the zoo, and tea on tap all inspire and motivate her to create fun, colourful illustrations using a combination of paint splodges, scribbly pencil and Photoshop. When she is not illustrating, she enjoys baking, films, running and country walks.

Charles Fuge

Charles Fuge's picture book debut won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including the bestselling Little Wombat stories. He lives in Dorset with his partner, Sarah, and their son Ollie.

Claire Llewellyn

Claire Llewellyn was an editor of children's fiction and non-fiction for over ten years before becoming a writer, specializing in books for younger readers. Her 'My First Book of Time' won TES Junior Information Book Award in 1992. Since then, she has written over 50 children's books on a wide range of subjects.

Clive Gifford

Clive Gifford is the author of more than 150 children's books including Eye Benders, winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, Royal Society-nominated Out of This World and Cool Technology which won the School Library Association Information Book Award. He has travelled through 70 countries, run a computer games company and taken part in all manner of sports from parachuting and gliding to Ultimate Frisbee. Clive's official website can be found at www.clivegifford.co.uk

Cressida Cowell

Cressida Cowell is the author and the illustrator of the bestselling How to Train Your Dragon and The Wizards of Once book series, and the author of the Emily Brown picture books, illustrated by Neal Layton. How to Train Your Dragon has sold over 8 million books worldwide in 38 languages. It is also an award-winning DreamWorks film series, and a TV series shown on Netflix and CBBC. The first book in Cressida's new series, The Wizards of Once (also signed by DreamWorks), is a number one bestseller. Cressida is an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and the Reading Agency, a Trustee of World Book Day and a founder patron of the Children's Media Foundation. She has won numerous prizes, including the Gold Award in the Nestle Children's Book Prize,the 2017 Ruth Rendell Award for Championing Literacy, the Hay Festival Medal for Fiction, and Philosophy Now magazine's 2015 Award for Contributions in the Fight Against Stupidity. She grew up in London and on a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland and she now lives in Hammersmith with her husband, three children and a dog called Pigeon.

Daisy Meadows

The Rainbow Magic and Magic Animal Friends books are written by a small collective of authors under the name Daisy Meadows. Rainbow Magic is the no.1 bestselling series for girls aged 5 and up with over 30 million copies sold worldwide!Learn more about the books at www.rainbowmagicbooks.co.uk (where you can download the Rainbow Magic Reading Challenge poster) and www.magicanimalfriends.com (where you'll find fun animal activity sheets)

Damian Harvey

Damian Harvey lives in North Wales with his lovely wife, Vicky. He has three wonderful daughters, one brilliant boy and a cat called Polly. He has written more than 60 books for children and is busy writing more. Although Damian loves sitting at home writing stories, he also loves visiting schools and libraries where he shares stories, talks about writing and generally gets people excited about books and reading. You can find out more about Damian by visiting www.damianharvey.co.uk.

David Melling

David Melling has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Smarties Book Award and the Independent Booksellers Award. His Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies worldwide, and the loveable brown bear has starred in a World Book Day book as well as his own theatre show. Before becoming an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator, David worked as an animation artist for films including the much-loved Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs. One of his most popular picture books The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day.

Dermot O’Leary

Toto the Ninja Cat series was inspired by Dermot O'Leary's real-life cats.Dermot started his career on T4 for Channel 4, and has presented shows for both ITV and the BBC. His best known work includes ten series of The X Factor, Big Brother's Little Brother, BBC3's First Time Voters Question Time, Unicef's Soccer Aid, the RTS Award winning 'Live from Space' season following the International Space Station's orbit of the Earth in 2014 and the Brit Awards which he presented with Emma Willis in 2016.2017 saw Dermot launch his new Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2, 'Saturday Breakfast with Dermot O'Leary'. Previously in the Saturday afternoon slot, 'The Dermot O'Leary Show' won three Sony Radio Awards and was well known for its support of new and emerging bands.2018 saw Dermot host the National Television Awards for the ninth time. He also joined Kirsty Young and Huw Edwards to host the BBC's coverage of the Royal Wedding in front of an audience of 13 million people.Dermot lives in London with his wife Dee and their cats Socks and, of course, Toto.You can find Dermot on Twitter and Instagram - @radioleary

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.