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Orion Children's Books

Early Reader: Emily Mouse's Christmas

Vivian French, Mark Marshall
Contributors:
Vivian French, Mark Marshall
Hodder Children's Books

To the Rescue!

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.Sam J. Butterbiggins has one wish: to become a Very Noble Knight. But he's been packed off to his aunt and uncle's castle where knightly activities are not allowed. Sam's final quest is the hardest yet. With his cousin Prune by his side, he's going to have to use all his knightly skills as he heads into the Fearsome Forest. The wolves live there - and, high in the trees, even more terryifying creatures ...Beautifully illustrated throughout by David Melling.

Hodder Children's Books

Combat at the Castle

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.Sam J. Butterbiggins has one wish: to become a Very Noble Knight. But he's been packed off to his aunt and uncle's castle where knightly activities are not allowed.With the help of his cousin Prune, Sam has discovered a magical scroll that tells him the six quests he must complete to become a knight, and he's already finished four! For his fifth quest, Sam must defeat a fearsome foe. But it's a snowy day, and he and Prune are stuck inside. There are no enemies to be found - until Uncle Archibald sends them to the cellar ...

Hodder Children's Books

Spots, Stripes and Zigzags

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his uncle, aunt and cousin Prune. But Sam's about to discover a magical scroll listing the six quests he must complete to become a knight ... and with Prune's help, he's already managed three of them! Now he has to earn his very own knightly shield. Prune knows where to go for armour: Puddlewink Castle! But before they can cross the drawbridge they're stopped by a terrifying creature. Will Sam's knightly dreams end here?

Orion Children's Books

Emily Mouse's Birthday Party

Vivian French, Mark Marshall
Contributors:
Vivian French, Mark Marshall
Hodder Children's Books

A Very Bothersome Bear

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling.Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and cousin Prune while his parents are away. But Sam's discovered a magical scroll listing the six quests to be completed to become a knight, and with his True Companion Prune's help, he's already managed two! Now Sam must find a goodly sword, but he keeps getting distracted by noble deeds that need doing. Helping a grumpy dwarf, a dunderheaded bear and an island of tiny elves might mean he'll never find his sword, but isn't that what a Very Noble Knight would do ...?

Hodder Children's Books

A Horse Called Dora

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
Orion Children's Books

Ladybird, Ladybird

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young

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.Mrs Ladybird is going shopping. But she's forgotten her purse. Help her five little ladybirds find their mum in time for tea! Follow their trails to see where they go.

Orion Children's Books

Micky's Magic Pencil

Vivian French, Sarah Jennings
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Jennings

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.Mickey's gran has sent him a magical pencil. It's red and yellow and blue and green, and Mickey can't wait to use it. But there always seems to be someone who needs the help of its magic powers more than Mickey does...A lovely story about friendship and togetherness, told in Vivian French's heartwarming style. With full colour illustrations on every page from Sarah Jennings, MICKY'S MAGIC PENCIL is guaranteed to delight.

Orion Children's Books

I Am A Woolly Hat

Vivian French, Salma Koraytem, Betania Zacarias
Contributors:
Vivian French, Salma Koraytem, Betania Zacarias
Orion Children's Books

Blood and Guts and Rats' Tail Pizza

Vivian French, Chris Fisher
Contributors:
Vivian French, Chris Fisher
Orion Children's Books

A Rainbow Shopping Day

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young
Orion Children's Books

The Big Sticky Bun

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young
Orion Children's Books

A Creepy Crawly Story

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young
Orion Children's Books

The Perfect Pet Shop

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young
Orion Children's Books

Down in the Jungle

Vivian French, Selina Young
Contributors:
Vivian French, Selina Young

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.Down in the Jungle it's time for bed, but Monkey wants a story, and he sets off to find one in this charming, funny story, perfect for early readers.

Orchard Books

Charlotte and Katie at the Princess Academy

Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Hodder Children's Books

Oliver's Milkshake

Vivian French, Alison Bartlett
Contributors:
Vivian French, Alison Bartlett

First it was his vegetables. Then it was his fruit. Now it's his milk - will Oliver ever like what's good for him? Spend a day on the farm with him and find out!

Hodder Children's Books

Oliver's Fruit Salad

Vivian French, Alison Bartlett
Contributors:
Vivian French, Alison Bartlett

Oliver, star of Oliver's Vegetables, is back from his healthy week eating vegetables at his grandpa's house. Suddenly, the fruit at home doesn't seem quite good enough for Oliver. What is his mum to do?Other titles in this series:Oliver's Fruit SaladOliver's Milkshake

Hodder Children's Books

Oliver's Vegetables

Vivian French, Alison Bartlett
Contributors:
Vivian French, Alison Bartlett