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Author Spotlight with Graham Marks

Guy Parker-Rees

Guy Parker-Rees is the award-winning author of whole shelf of bestselling picture books, including the international hit Giraffes Can’t Dance. He writes his own stories, as well as working with other authors, such as Giles Andreae and Tony Mitton. Here he talks to Graham Marks about his world of colour, line and characters, and his latest Tom & Millie books.

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Puss in Boots

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The Little Mermaid

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The Little Mermaid lives under the sea, but she wants to know what it's like to walk on land. She visits a Sea Witch, who promises to change her tail for legs, but only in exchange for her lovely singing voice. Will the Little Mermaid be able to get her voice back? This story is a perfect introduction to the classic tale, with its gentle, rhythmic text and bright, friendly illustrations.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales and classic stories are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Three Little Pigs.

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Night, Night

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Sparkly, bold, high-contrast novelty board book that stimulates a baby's developing coordination and vision. The perfect introduction to a good bedtime routine.Join Little Bunny after a busy day to get ready for bed. Eye-catching illustrations in black and white with shiny foil will capture your baby's focus and attention and aid their visual development. Night, Night introduces a gentle bedtime routine of bath, book, bed with simple text, noises to copy and striking images.Babies are able to react and respond to simple patterns and contrasting colours just a few weeks after being born. As their eyes develop, high-contrast shapes, patterns and reflective surfaces give newborns something simple to focus on, respond to and interact with. Babies will react with delight as they reach for the shiny textures and the simple text prompts parent interaction. The perfect first book to share with your baby! Also available: Moo Peek-a-Boo, Splish Splash, On the Move, Funny Faces, Animal Train

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Space

Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Beatrice Tinarelli
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Essential wipe-clean activity books to keep children busy and master key early learning skillsA fun and creative way to keep children busy and master key early learning skills.Space is packed with brilliant activities and puzzles that are simply out of this world! Children will have fun getting to grips with pen control and mark-making as they try all of the cosmic challenges over and over again using the wipe-clean pen.The consultant-approved activities are fun to do and are combined with brilliant, engaging art that children will love.Also available: Let's Count!, Super Squiggles

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Show and Tell

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It's time to go to the School of Roars! Join the monsters for a roarsome day at school.It's Show and Tell day at the School of Roars, and all the little monsters have brought in their favourite things from home. Wufflebump accidentally creates chaos when he brings in his monster dog, Growlbert. But when the class get stuck inside the classroom, can Growlbert save the day?Featuring themes of sharing, friendship and problem-solving, this School of Roars story is perfect for little monsters everywhere!Also available: School of Roars: Bestest Friends, School of Roars: Icky Sticky Stickers

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Bestest Friends

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Fancy Dress

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Perfect for celebrating all things fancy dress, and great for World Book Day! Create crazy costume combinations as you flip the flaps/ Mix and match fun fancy dress costumes to make lots of new flip flap friends with this colourful split-page book. Watch as spacesuits, tiger costumes and footballers get all mixed up in this rainbow book of new fancy dress friends. With 72 possible combinations s to mix and match, children will keep coming back for more flip flap fun.

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Save the Day

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The Gingerbread Man

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Susan Batori
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Richard Merritt
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The three billy goats Gruff have their eyes on the delicious-looking grass on the other side of the bridge. The only problem is that there is a big, scary troll who lives under the bridge and threatens to eat any wayward goats trying to cross it. Follow the goats as they bravely strike out for the greener grass!It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of classic tales. Familiar characters are brought to life at each turn of the page with spellbinding artwork and lyrical writing. A visual glossary at the beginning introduces new vocabulary and promotes understanding. A lively activity at the end invites discussion and will make even the very youngest children want to return to these story books again and again. Fairy tales and classic stories are a vital introduction to the basics of storytelling like setting, characters and plot. They boost a child's imagination and also teach valuable life lessons about good overcoming evil, the difference between right and wrong and the importance of rising to a challenge. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Ugly Duckling, The Three Little Pigs, The Gingerbread Man

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
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Row, Row, Row Your Boat combines lively pictures with a classic rhyme that's easy for parents and carers to recognise and recite. Young children will adore singing along. The spotting game at the end is a great incentive to go through the pages once again until each tiny thing is found! Nursery Rhymes are important stepping stones to language development. The rhymes usually tell a story, too, with a beginning, a middle and an end. This teaches children that events happen in sequence, and they begin to follow along. Nursery rhymes are also full of repetition making them easy to remember, and often become some of a child's first sentences.Also available: The Wheels on the Bus, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Hey Diddle Diddle, Incy Wincy Spider

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Incy Wincy Spider

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
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Out and About

Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Sonia Baretti
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This is a great book for all children who love to create amazing pictures. It's crammed with different scenes to decorate, from shops to the park, to a huge fold-out zoo scene - there are so many places to visit! Simple activities like matching and spotting games as well as lots of colouring add to the fun.Frustration-free, big stickers with special arrows that show the easiest way to peel off stickers will be very popular with little ones. Also available: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Things That Go, Farm, Wild Animals

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Feathered Friends

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PJ masks are on their way, into the night to save the day! By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, the PJ Masks. Join them in this super-cool adventure story book based on the episode 'Feathered Friends' - Owlette really wants a pet, but when a bird arrives in the PJ Masks' HQ, Owlette gets more than she bargained for. Luna Girl has been up to something, and the PJ Masks must work together - and with Birdy - to save the day. PJ Masks all shout hooray! Also available: PJ Masks: Mayhem at the Museum and PJ Masks: Into the Night Glow-in-the-Dark sticker book PJ Masks (c) Frog Box / Entertainment One UK Limited / Walt Disney EMEA Productions Limited 2014

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The Three Little Pigs

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Kasia Nowowiejska
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The Ugly Duckling

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
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Christmas

Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Dottie Lottie
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Down on the Farm

Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Kathryn Selbert
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This brilliant book is full of exciting farmyard scenes and activities. The big ready-cut stickers are easy for little fingers to find, peel off and stick, putting an end to the frustration of fiddly stickers that are tricky to remove and easy to tear. From farmyards and fields, to cute animal families and busy farm machines, there is plenty to spot, talk about and do inside. Words and sounds that match the scenes help build vocabulary and a huge, fold-out picture to decorate will keep little ones entertained for hours. Also available: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Things That Go

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Things That Go

Pat-a-Cake, Lauren Holowaty, Alistar
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This brilliant book is full of exciting scenes and activities. The big ready-cut stickers are easy for little fingers to find, peel off and stick, putting an end to the frustration of fiddly stickers that are tricky to remove and easy to tear. It's crammed with different scenes to decorate, from the high street to the airport, from the building site to the motorway. There are cars and trains and trucks and planes to find homes for - but there are plenty of places to park! Simple activities like matching and spotting games as well as well as lots of colouring add to the fun.Words and sounds that match the scenes help build vocabulary and a huge fold-out picture to decorate will keep little ones entertained for hours.Also available: Big Stickers for Tiny Hands: Farm

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First Phonics

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Give your children a head start at primary school with this essential wipe-clean activity book.A fun and engaging First Phonics activity book that will give children a head start as they get to grips with learning to read and write at school. Designed to complement the National Curriculum, it gently introduces children to phonics and equips parents with the tools and information needed to support them. The consultant-approved activities are fun to do and combined with funny pictures and silly jokes that children will love. The first steps to school success!This book includes: Activities that teach the first 15 phonemes (sound units) that children will learn in reception Supportive tips and information for parents Wipe-clean pen Also available: First Numbers, First Writing, First Day, Times Tables Flash Cards, First Phonics Flash Cards