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Orchard Books

Adventure Duck vs Power Pug

Steve Cole, Aleksei Bitskoff
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Aleksei Bitskoff

There's no ducking out - it's time for this ordinary, wise-quacking duck to become . . . A Hero!Adventure Duck didn't ask for greatness. All he wanted was his nest on the duckpond and plenty of soggy bread to eat. But when a meteor gives him superpowers, he knows he must fly into battle and defeat the forces of evil.Every superhero needs a nemesis, and Adventure Duck finds a pint-sized one in Power Pug. This tiny arch-villain is plotting to take over the world with his hypnotic stare and an army of hench-animals. Luckily, Adventure Duck has helpers, too. There's Yoki - a mystical, moustachioed egg - and Neon Zebra, Adventure Duck's karate-kicking sidekick.Can Adventure Duck and his friends stop Power Pug in this egg-ceptionally funny, action-packed adventure?

Orion Children's Books

Monstar's Messy School Day

Steve Cole, Pete Williamson
Contributors:
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
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
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Jane Porter

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.Twit, the owl who wasn't wise, is in trouble again. Not only are his brothers always playing tricks on him but now a lion called Chomp and a crocodile called Snippy are after him too!This is the second charming, heart-warming Early Reader story in the series from Steve Cole, author of the ASTROSAURS books, the YOUNG BOND series and the MONSTAR Early Readers.

Orion Children's Books

Monstar Makes a Wish

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.When Monstar digs a tunnel to a Top Secret workshop, she finds a magic lamp! Now all of her wishes can come true...A charming, 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 Wiliamson, who has also illustrated for Francesca Simon and Marcus Sedgwick.

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

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 loves porridge. She's... MONSTAR. Jon and Jen are so excited to meet Monstar. They have wanted a pet for ages. But Monstar is MUCH more trouble than they could ever have imagined!A charming, heart-warming Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of Astrosaurs, the Young Bond books, and a talented DOCTOR WHO scriptwriter. With full colour artwork on every page by award-winning illustrator Pete Wiliamson, who has also illustrated books by Francesca Simon and Marcus Sedgwick.

Orion Children's Books

Twit

Steve Cole, Jane Porter
Contributors:
Steve Cole, Jane Porter

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.Twit is a raggedy little owl whose brothers love to play tricks on him. It gets him into all sorts of trouble! But that all changes when Twit meets Norma, a clever little vole. All of a sudden, Twit's brothers had better watch out - Norma and Twit might just have a trick of their own to play...A charming, heart-warming Early Reader story from Steve Cole, author of the Astrosaurs books, and a talented DOCTOR WHO script writer.

David Mitchell

David Mitchell is a black belt in judo and karate, has trained in Japan and, through a previous job in a martial arts governing body, met all the top martial artisits in the world. He's a well-known author of martial art books and writes for Britain's largest martial art magazine.

Edward Eaves

Ed Eaves graduated from Kingston University with a first class degree in illustration and since then has worked on a wide range of children's books. He is best known for the Albie series with Caryl Hart, including Supermarket Zoo, How to Grow a Dinosaur and Welcome to Alien School. He lives in Kent with his wife, the illustrator Rebecca Finn.

Emma Trithart

Emma Trithart is an illustrator, hand letterer and graphic designer living in Los Angeles. She graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has worked with a wide variety of amazing clients since then. When not drawing she enjoys karaoke, video games, petting other people's dogs and talking about herself in the third person.

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

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw

Georgia Amson-Bradshaw is a children's writer and editor who lives in Brighton, East Sussex. She has worked on a number of high-profile and award-winning science books for kids, including the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize winner Eye Benders, and the London Science Museum activity book This Book Thinks You're a Scientist. She remembers the eye-opening and inspiring effect her favourite books had on her as a child, and so takes her responsibility to pass that interest and excitement on very seriously!

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean has written over 140 books and plays for both adults and children, including Peter Pan in Scarlet, the official sequel to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, which was one of the most talked about and successful children's titles of 2006. Geraldine McCaughrean has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times), the Blue Peter Book of the Year award and the Blue Peter Special Book to Keep Forever award. Geraldine is the first author to have been short listed, by librarians, for the Carnegie Medal six times, on at least one occasion in each of the past four decades, thus once again recognising the quality of her writing over the years.Geraldine McCaughrean's novels and retellings for children have won her the CARNEGIE MEDAL, GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION AWARD, WHITBREAD AWARD and THE BEEFEATER AWARD. A prolific author who writes for all ages, she lives in Berkshire with her family.Visit her website at www.geraldinemccaughrean.co.uk

Giles Andreae

Giles Andreae is the author of many top-selling, award-winning picture books. These include Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean and I Love My Mummy. However, it is for the international bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance that he is best known. Giles is also the creator of Purple Ronnie, Britain's favourite stickman, and of the artist/philosopher, Edward Monkton. These two ranges of greetings cards, books and merchandise have made Giles the country's top-selling living poet. Giles lives with his wife, Victoria, a children's clothes designer, and their four young children by the river in Oxfordshire.

Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees exuberant and energetic illustrations have made him a household name and one of today's bestselling children's illustrators. Notable successes include Giraffes Can't Dance - written by Giles Andreae, a worldwide besteller, and Richard & Judy children's book choice, Spookyrumpus, winner of the Sheffield, Dundee and Portsmouth book awards, and the highly acclaimed All Afloat on Noah's Boat. Guy lives in Brighton with his wife and three sons.

Hilary Mckay

Born in Boston, Lincolnshire, Hilary McKay grew up in a household of readers and read voraciously from an early age. After studying Botany and Zoology at St Andrews University, she went on to work as a biochemist, but always wanted to write. Hilary's novels have won numerous awards including the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Award and the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She lives in a small village in Derbyshire with her family.

Honor Head

After a few false starts with a model agency and an accountant's, Honor Head's career as a children's writer and editor began when she joined a small publisher producing comics featuring children's television characters. The light bulb clicked on - Honor discovered she loved editing and writing for children - and has been burning brightly ever since. She has now published over 100 books for children on subjects as diverse as kitten care, famous outlaws, ghastly ghosts and totally awesome trucks as well as creating pop-ups, pull-outs and sticker books, and has edited many, many more. Honor now lives beside the seaside in Devon where she has fun helping out at the local museums organising family and school activities - a great way to meet her readers! On sunny days she heads for her favourite seaside café to eat cheese toasties and watch the dogs playing on the beach