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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

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?

Hodder Children's Books

A Horse Called Dora

Vivian French, David Melling
Contributors:
Vivian French, David Melling
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's 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

A Creepy Crawly Story

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

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 help Mum and Dad with the shopping, the gardening and eating cakes in this fun and accessible story, perfect for early readers.

Orion Children's Books

The Perfect Pet Shop

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.It's all quiet at the pet shop at the end of the day, but the animals want to have some fun - who wants a story?

Orchard Books

Charlotte and Katie at Silver Towers

Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Orchard Books

Daisy and Alice at Silver Towers

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

Welcome to the Tiara Club! Join Daisy, Alice, and the other princesses from Silver Rose Room as they learn all they need to know to become a Perfect Princess. Friendship, magic and a boarding school setting make for lots of wonderful adventures! Princess Daisy is nervous about her first ride on a merry-go-round - but this is no ordinary ride, and Daisy might just surprise herself!When Princess Alice and her friends go on a trip to the fabulous Museum of Life, Alice dreams of wearing the famous crystal slipper...

Orchard Books

Princess Mia and the Magical Koala

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

It's a new term and the princesses are at Diamond Turrets. There they will learn how to look after animals, and Princess Mia can't wait!

Orchard Books

Princess Amelia and the Silver Seal

Vivian French
Authors:
Vivian French

Princess Amelia is so excited to be starting a new term at the Princess Academy with her best friends in Daffodil Room. And what a wonderful surprise - the Princess Academy at Emerald Castle is by the seaside! Princess Amelia saves a baby seal caught up in some netting while the princesses are out swimming one day, but the nasty twins Diamonde and Gruella take all the credit! Will they be found out?

Orchard Books

Princess Millie and the Magical Mermaid

Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Contributors:
Vivian French, Sarah Gibb
Orchard Books

Princess Zoe and the Wishing Shell

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

There is a special end of term tradition at Emerald Castle - the princesses get to make wishes using a special wishing shell given to the Princess Academy by a generous sea fairy. If the wish is kind and thoughtful, it will come true!Will Princess Zoe's wish be granted?

Orchard Books

Princess Parade

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

A winning combination of princessy glamour, school stories, friendship and magic. The evil twins Diamonde and Gruella make life difficult for the princesses from Lily Room, but Fairy G and Fairy Angora are there to see through their tricks and grant tiara points to our friends in Lily Room.

Orchard Books

Princess Lucy and the Precious Puppy

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

Princess Lucy has a secret. She doesn't like games - and it's nearly Sports Day! But when Queen Molly asks her for a special favour, Lucy is in for a real surprise...

Orchard Books

Princess Grace and the Golden Nightingale

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

Fairy G is taking the princesses to the Museum of Royal Life! Princess Grace can't wait to hear the golden nightingale sing, but the horrible twins are determined to get her into trouble...

Orchard Books

Princess Ellie and the Enchanted Fawn

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

A little fawn has lost its way in Hollyberry Wood. Can the Pearl Palace Princesses help Witch Windlespin find his mother? Princess Ellie has an idea, but nasty Princess Diamonde has one too...

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