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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 ...

Franklin Watts

Stone Age Adventures: Beware of Bears!

Vivian French
Authors:
Vivian French
Franklin Watts

Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Lucky Escape

Vivian French, Cate James
Contributors:
Vivian French, Cate James

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut.Pod is not impressed when he and his brother and sister are charged with collecting berries. Pod would much rather join the old ones hunting and seeking out danger! But when he loses sight of Little Nut, trouble lies ahead...how will he outwit a wild boar with its sights on his baby brother? This is the first book in the Stone Age Adventures series.Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

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

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.Yippee! Emily Mouse is on her way to buy LOTS of birthday presents. But she has forgotten something very important!A charming new blue Early Reader story from bestselling author, Vivian French.

Hodder Children's Books

A Very Bothersome Bear

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
Franklin Watts

Stone Age Adventures: Brother Trouble

Vivian French, Cate James
Contributors:
Vivian French, Cate James

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut.In Brother Trouble, Pim is being pushed to the limit by her brothers, who are up to mischief! They leave a mess wherever they go and keep stopping Pim from getting to learn how to make pots. When she finally gets started, all her brothers can do is sling mud! Where will the chaos end? This is the second Stone Age Adventures book.Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Hodder Children's Books

Dragons Can't Swim

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 and uncle while his parents are away. Not only does he have to put up with his annoying cousin Prune, there are also the weird creatures his aunt looks after in her Luxury Accommodation for Dragons, Griffins and other Regal Beasts to contend with!But when Godfrey the dragon gets stuck down a well, Sam and Prune have to work together to come to the rescue. Inside the well they make an incredible discovery - a scroll giving instructions on the six quests to be completed in order to become the perfect knight! Sam's ambition seems close at hand - if only Prune would stop getting in the way...

Orion Children's Books

I Am A Woolly Hat

Vivian French, Salma Koraytem, Betania Zacarias
Contributors:
Vivian French, Salma Koraytem, Betania Zacarias

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.Basma has been wondering a lot about love. What is it like? Does it have a shape or a colour or a taste? Is it like a coat or a jumper or a shawl? Or is it like a warm woolly hat? This charming new Early Reader story from the United Arab Emirates will be enjoyed by everyone, parents and children alike - and in particular fans of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

Orion Children's Books

Blood and Guts and Rats' Tail Pizza

Vivian French, Chris Fisher
Contributors:
Vivian French, Chris Fisher

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.Hank can't work out where all his customers have gone. They usually queue for miles for a taste of his rats' tail pizza and special guts pie with blood sauce. And when he finds them all at a newly opened cake shop, sitting at tables and sipping tea, he can't believe it! He's got to find a way to win his customers back. But how?

Orion Children's Books

A Rainbow Shopping Day

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.Jason and his little sister Daisy B go shopping, help wash the car, and splash about in the bath.

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

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.When naughty Wizz Bee and Buzz Bee come home without any honey, Queen Bee is very cross. Can they cheer her up with a story?

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

Princess Promises

Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Gibb

Thirty-six magical promises to share with your family and friends. Now you can cheer up someone you love, be kind and generous to your friends, or use one as a very special gift. Just sign and tear out to spread lots of princess happiness!

Orchard Books

Princess Emily and the Wishing Star

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
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