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David Melling is the international bestselling author and illustrator who first came to our attention with the critically acclaimed The Kiss That Missed, and whose The Tale of Jack Frost went from page to animated TV feature, voiced by Hugh Laurie. Here he talks to Graham Marks about how he became a children’s book illustrator, his influences, his passions and why he loves Twitter…

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Puss in Boots

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Jack is struggling, so Puss promises to make his fortune in return for a pair of special, shiny red boots. The wily cat pulls off some clever tricks and Jack ends up with a castle of his very own. 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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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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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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Fancy Dress

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
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When the Wicked Queen finds out from her magic mirror that Snow White is the fairest in all the land, she tries her best to get rid of her. But Snow White makes friends with seven dwarfs who take her in and try to keep her safe. Will the Wicked Queen get her way in the end?It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of fairy tales. Classic 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 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: Jack and the Beanstalk, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Little Red Riding Hood, The Ugly Duckling, The Gingerbread Man

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The Gingerbread Man

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Susan Batori
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"Run, run, run as fast as you can - you can't catch me, I'm the gingerbread man!" Follow the gingerbread man with his famous refrain as he runs away from Molly and her Mum who have baked and decorated him for their tea.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. There's even a gingerbread recipe to make your very own gingerbread man! 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, The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Richard Merritt
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Save the Day

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First in a brand-new series of PJ Masks early readers, this book is perfect for young PJ Masks fans who are just setting out on their own super reading adventure.Join Catboy, Owlette and Gekko on two exciting missions to defeat the pesky baddies and save the day. The simple language, endorsed by a literacy consultant, paired with everyone's favourite little heroes makes learning to read exciting.Also available for little learners: PJ Masks: First Writing wipe-clean

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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 searching the page for flaps to open while 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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The Three Little Pigs

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Kasia Nowowiejska
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"I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down!"The Three Little Pigs is a tale of adventure and narrow escapes with lots of exciting twists and favourite repetitive phrases. Both peril and humour leap from every page, from our three little heroes and the big bad wolf.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 Ugly Duckling.

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The Ugly Duckling

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
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The poor Ugly Duckling is chased away from his home because he doesn't fit in. Join him on this epic journey of survival and homecoming. 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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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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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Tim Budgen
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears is a story full of excitement, surprises and satisfying repetition. Children will love to join in with the bears' questioning cries of "Who's been sleeping in my bed?" Along the way they learn to differentiate between big, medium and small, hot and cold, and discuss comparisons.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of fairy tales. Classic 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. In this book, they are invited to choose elements from the story by size, match the bear to the bed and follow the path through the woodland maze. Fairy tales 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: Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach
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When Jack sells the family cow for a handful of magic beans, things take a fantastical turn. This dramatic retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk tingles with adventure, as the reader makes his way to the giant's castle and joins in with his hungry chant.It's never too early to introduce children to the magic and wonder of fairy tales. Classic 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 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. In this story, young readers can navigate a beanstalk maze, choosing the branches that will lead them to the giant's castle. Also available: Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood.

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First Phonics

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Marriage

Ronne Randall
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This book gives a fascinating look at aspects of marriage and raises topical issues surrounding marriage and religion. It includes significant passages from holy texts that are read to mark a marriage and a summary chart lists the different rituals and practices of a variety of religions including Judaism, Islam, Hindu and Christian as well as secular cultures, so they can be easily compared.Part of the Journey of Life series which looks at the rites of birth, coming of age, marriage and death, and how religions and cultures celebrate them.

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Birth

Ronne Randall
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This book looks at how birth is marked in many different ways by different religions and secular cultures. It looks at the naming ceremonies of Sikhs and Hindus, the Christian baptism and the Jewish brit milah. Find out why Muslims make sure that the first words their child hears are those of player, and why Buddhists take their babies to be blessed by a monk.The Journey of Life series looks at the rites of birth, coming of age, marriage and death, and how religions and cultures celebrate them. It raises topical issues surrounding these stages and how they are marked by different religions.

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Birth

Ronne Randall
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Each book explores the ceremonies undertaken by different religions and cultures during birth, coming of age, marriage and death. From the historical background of the rite of passage, through to preparing for the ceremony and the celebrations afterwards, all aspects of these important moments in people's lives are investigated. A chart at the back of the book allows the reader to make simple comparisons between the six main religions.