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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

Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale

Robin Hood is a wanted outlaw and it is up to the Sheriff of Nottingham to catch him. The Sheriff cunningly plans an archery competition knowing Robin Hood will not be able to resist entering ... but Robin Hood is also a master of disguises - so who will have the last laugh? This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE).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.

Franklin Watts

The Legend of the Flying Dutchman

Elizabeth Dale, Gus Art
Contributors:
Elizabeth Dale, Gus Art

Join the crew of the 'Flying Dutchman' and find out what life was llike on board, and what led the ship to her legendary fate of roaming the seas for eternity.This first colour chapter book is a perfectly levelled, accessible text for Key stage 2 readers aged 9-10. 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 activities to provoke deeper response and encourage writing. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Franklin Watts

Tom the Naughty Tooth Fairy

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale
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The Dinosaur Bone

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale
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The Very Worst Wizard

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale
Franklin Watts

Magic Marcus

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale
Franklin Watts

I Don't Want Danny Here

Elizabeth Dale, John & Gus Art
Contributors:
Elizabeth Dale, John & Gus Art
Franklin Watts

A New Friend For Hannah

Elizabeth Dale, Sarah Lawrence
Contributors:
Elizabeth Dale, Sarah Lawrence

Hannah doesn't like her new home - she misses her friends. Then she finds a rabbit in the garden, and things begin to look a little brighter.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.

Franklin Watts

Goodbye Tessa

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale
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Jack's Junk

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale

Jack likes collecting junk so he can make things. Sometimes they need making a few times before they work, but luckily he's good at mending things too!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 Turquoise 7 stories are perfect for children aged 5+ who are reading at book band 7 (Turquoise) in classroom reading lessons.

Franklin Watts

Robot Gets It Wrong

Elizabeth Dale, Maxine Lee
Contributors:
Elizabeth Dale, Maxine Lee

In this fun family story, Robbie the Robot is getting things very wrong. The Browns end up being soaked and having ice cream EVERYWHERE! Can Robbie be fixed?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

Where Are We Going?

Elizabeth Dale, Amanda Gulliver
Contributors:
Elizabeth Dale, Amanda Gulliver

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 Yellow stories are perfect for children aged 4+ who are reading at book band 3 (Yellow) in classroom reading lessons.In this story, the family is on a train ride and the children are disappointed not to be able to get off and do all the things they can see from the window. But when they arrive at the seaside, they will be able to do everything!

Franklin Watts

Look out!

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale

Reading Champion is a book banded reading programme for independent reading offering fantastic, original stories accompanied by engaging artwork. Each book has been carefully levelled making it easy to match to a child's reading ability and fully supports reading for pleasure.In this story, Ted is up his ladder cleaning windows when a mouse scampers past, followed by a cat, followed by a dog, followed by a boy - uh oh, look out Ted!

Franklin Watts

Little Red Hen's Great Escape

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale

Little Red Hen knows something is wrong when she sees the bulldozers arrive on the farm! How can she find out what the farmer is up to when the other animals are all to lazy to help! Hopscotch Twisty Tales combine carefully controlled text levels and word counts with highly entertaining and original stories, perfect for children starting to read independently. Ideal for children aged 5-7 or reading book band 8.

Franklin Watts

Rory's Robot

Elizabeth Dale
Authors:
Elizabeth Dale

Rory decides to make a robot, but he also makes a lot of mess. Mum is not happy when she finds out!The Tiddlers series features fun stories with a word count of fewer than 50 words for children who are just starting to read.A word list at the start of the book allows you to check the child's ability to decode and understand each word before reading, providing a fully supported first reading experience. And a puzzle at the end of the story encourages rereading for pleasure.

Adam Blade

Adam Blade is the name for a small collective of authors who have been writing the bestselling series Beast Quest and Sea Quest for ten years! Beast Quest has now sold over 10 million copies. The newest series from the Adam Blade team is called Team Hero. You can find out more about all these amazing adventures at the series websites: beastquest.co.uk and teamherobooks.co.uk

Ana Bermejo

Ana Bermejo hails from Spain. More specifically, a small town in the North. Sounds nice doesn't it? But actually it's a bit boring. Which is why she moved to Valencia, home of paella, partying and a rather good Art School. It was here that Ana really learnt to draw. She liked drawing goats, unicorns and deer. And she still does (well, goats are pretty cool). Anyway, not content with 5 years at Art School, she came to London to study some more. This time at St Martins. And that was that. She became an illustrator/designer. Nowadays Ana resides in Manchester. There aren't any goats or deer and certainly no unicorns but there are plenty of squirrels. And they're nice to draw too. So she's happy.

Beatrice Tinarelli

Beatrice was born in Bologna, where she still lives and works as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer. Beatrice has drawn and painted ever since she can remember, but also loves music and has been a DJ for more than 20 years. When she grows up, Beatrice would like to be an astronaut.

Becky Down

Becky graduated from Falmouth University with a BA(Hons) Illustration in 2013, and has since been working freelance in her studio in Hampshire. People watching, books, trips to the zoo, and tea on tap all inspire and motivate her to create fun, colourful illustrations using a combination of paint splodges, scribbly pencil and Photoshop. When she is not illustrating, she enjoys baking, films, running and country walks.

Charles Fuge

Charles Fuge's picture book debut won both the Macmillan Prize and the Mother Goose Award. Since then he has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including the bestselling Little Wombat stories. He lives in Dorset with his partner, Sarah, and their son Ollie.