Related to: 'The Lovely Duckling'

September 2012

An interview with Mick Inkpen

Mick Inkpen, the award-winning author/illustrator - known to his millions of readers world-wide as the creator of Kipper, Lullabyhullaballoo, The Blue Balloon, Penguin Small and of course Wibbly Pig – has two brand new Wibbly Pig books publishing in September: Wibbly Pig has 10 Balloons and Oh no Wibbly Pig, not a rabbit!. Here he talks to Graham Marks about this, that and quite a lot more...

Franklin Watts

Little Spook

Penny Dolan, Joshua Heinsz
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Joshua Heinsz

In this story, Little Spook is afraid of something - but none of the Spook family can work out what is frightening him. Then a little firefly comes to the rescue ...Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills.Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Independent Reading: Orange stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 6 (Orange) in classroom reading lessons.

Franklin Watts

Pirate Hank's Plank

Penny Dolan, Nacho Gomez
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Nacho Gomez

Franklin Watts

Flip the Flamingo

Penny Dolan
Authors:
Penny Dolan
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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Penny Dolan, Martin Impey
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Martin Impey
Franklin Watts

Clever Little Monkey

Penny Dolan, Nicola Anderson
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Nicola Anderson

Clever Little Monkey really wants the bananas on the other side of the river - but the river is full of hungry crocodiles! Can he trick his way across?The Tadpoles series contains fun, original stories told in under 80 words and accompanied by bright illustrations, perfect for beginner readers.

Franklin Watts

The Egyptian Cat Mystery

Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Andy Elkerton

There is something very strange about the Egyptian cat that Jed and Ruby spot in the museum, hidden among the Ancient Egypitan artefacts. Later on they come across a real cat, who follows them home. But this is no ordinary cat, as they are about to find out ...Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on from the Race Ahead with Reading series.

Franklin Watts

Hansel and Gretel

Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Graham Philpot
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The Little Red Hen

Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake

Little Red Hen found some grains of wheat. Who will help her to grow them?A beautifully illustrated retelling of this favourite traditional story. Join Little Red Hen in her efforts to get some help around the farm yard!Must Know Stories includes favourite tales, celebrating the diversity of our literary heritage. Level 1 stories are told in under 500 words, for children to read independently.

Franklin Watts

Leapfrog: That Noise!

Penny Dolan, Gerald Kelley
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Gerald Kelley

All was quiet in the classroom... but then the children start making lots of noise. Mr Edwards asks to see them all later. Are they in trouble? Or has Mr Edwards got an idea? He has lots of djembe drums in his room...The Leapfrog series is perfect for children who are reading on their own, with fun stories of no more than 180 words.

Wayland

The Winter Cave

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

The weather is turning and winter is fast approaching. Grandpa must get the winter cave ready for the tribe.This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

Wayland

A Wolf in the Woods

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

Erg and Luli head into the woods to find some more pine cones for the fire, but as they collect them they are sure they can see a shadow in the trees. What could it be?This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

Franklin Watts

Mrs Bootle's Boots

Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Maddy Mcclellan
Wayland

Danger in the Forest

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

The children head off into the forest to find some berries for dinner. But as they wander into a clearing a large boar rushes out from the trees. How will the children get away?This story is perfect for learning about life during the Stone Age.

Wayland

Rushing River

Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Kirsten Richards

Erg and Luli head off to fetch some water from the river but it soon leads them to grave danger...This story is perfect for learning about life in the Stone Age.

Franklin Watts

Miss Polly's Seaside Brolly

Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Jan Lewis
Franklin Watts

The Little Red Hen

Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake
Contributors:
Penny Dolan, Beccy Blake

The Little Red Hen needs some help - she has some seeds, but who will help her plant them? All her friends are too busy! Will she let them eat the bread she makes if they do not help her?

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.

Daniel Postgate

Daniel is the son of animator Oliver Postgate. He worked as a freelance cartoonist before becoming a children's book writer and illustrator. He has since been involved in more than fifty books. His book 'Smelly Bill' won the Nottingham and Norfolk children's book awards and was one of the top ten children's books of the year in Time magazine. He lives in Whitstable.Daniel Postgate is the cartoonist for the Daily Express. He has illustrated a number of children¿s books, including The Philosophy Files and The Outer Limits.