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David Melling

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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Goodnight, Aliens!

Pat-a-Cake, Kat Uno
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Blast Off!

Pat-a-Cake, Kat Uno
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Here Come the Tractors

Pat-a-Cake, Kat Uno
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Things That Go

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Vehicles I Like

Pat-a-Cake, Tiago Americo
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Over 190 pages packed with words and pictures of amazing vehicles, perfect for getting toddlers talking. These little books have LOTS of pages featuring more than 200 words, sounds and bright pictures all about things that go. They are great for supporting curious toddlers who are learning to speak and to recognise pictures. There's even a little flip character waving from the bottom of every page! Also available: Animals I Love

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Zoo

Pat-a-Cake, Zoe Waring
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Pat-a-Cake, Zoe Waring

Peek-a-Boo, the game that every baby loves to play, is brought to life in this fun, bright, lift-the-flap board book.Young children learn best through interactive play and Peek-a-Boo Baby: Zoo helps parents and carers with this as they share this book with their baby sitting on their lap. Simple questions and adorable pictures of cute animals hiding under the flaps will have babies squealing with delight as they play, point, laugh, say hello and play peek-a-boo!Also available: Peek-a-Boo Baby: Moo

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Stephen, the Sprout of Kindness

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Dungworth, Samantha Meredith
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Pat-a-Cake, Richard Dungworth, Samantha Meredith
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Night, Night

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Amazing Animals

Pat-a-Cake, Gwé
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Babies will love this special fold-out roundabout book with lots of animal friends that's perfect for tummy time and getting them talking.Talking to a baby is the easiest and most enjoyable way that parents and carers can help them learn and develop. Chatterbox Baby has been specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech and understanding.Babies will squeal with happiness when they see and touch all the friendly creatures in Amazing Animals. This special fold-out roundabout book is perfect to set up on the floor for tummy time. There are lots of animals to see, and the pages have large textured areas to touch and explore. Amazing Animals also introduces animal sounds for carers and babies to roar, squeak and splash along with. The charming art and lots to talk about on every page mean that this book is sure to become a firm favourite. Also available: Farmyard Friends, Go, Car, Go!

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Out of this World

Pat-a-Cake, Kat Uno
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Bath Time

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Farmyard Friends

Pat-a-Cake, Gwé
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Babies will love this brilliant interactive touch and feel book that's perfect for getting them talking.Talking to a baby is the easiest and most enjoyable way that parents and carers can help them learn and develop. Chatterbox Baby has been specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech and understanding.Babies will squeal with happiness when they see the funny animals in Farmyard Friends. From adorable ducklings to bouncy sheep, there are lots of friendly animal characters and the pages have large textured areas to touch and explore. Farmyard Friends also introduces some environmental sounds like mooing, baaing and neighing. The charming art and lots to talk about on every page mean that this book is sure to become a firm favourite. Also available: Go, Car, Go

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
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Incy Wincy Spider

Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt
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Pat-a-Cake, Richard Merritt

Incy Wincy Spider 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, Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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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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Pat-a-Cake, Ronne Randall, Sophie Rohrbach

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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Moo Peek-a-Boo

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Babies will love this bright and bold high-contrast book, perfect for sharing from birth.High-contrast colours are easy for very little babies to focus on, and with its big flaps to lift, Moo Peek-a-Boo will engage and entertain babies as their eyesight and senses develop. The friendly animal characters will guide you through the book, and there are lots of extra sounds to make and fun things to spot.Moo Peek-a-Boo aids the development of early coordination by encouraging babies to reach for the giant fold-out flaps to find out who is hiding underneath - peek-a-boo! It also aids the development of their understanding of object permanence, which is when they realise that just because they can no longer see something does not mean it has disappeared. Babies will react with delight as the pictures of favourite farmyard friends are revealed, while the simple text prompts parent interaction. Also available: Splish Splash, On the Move, Funny Faces, Bath Time, Animal Train

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Splish Splash

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Funny Faces

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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On the Move

Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar
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Pat-a-Cake, Mojca Dolinar

Babies will love this bright and bold high-contrast book, perfect for sharing from birth!High-contrast colours are easy for very little babies to focus on, and along with the fun double tabs to pull, On the Move will engage and entertain babies as their eyesight and senses develop. The friendly animal characters will guide you through the book, and there are lots of extra sounds to make (beep, beep!) and fun things to spot.On the Move aids the development of babies' eyesight by using high-contrast colours and patterns, striking illustrations and pages that pull out in different directions. Babies will react with delight as they track and scan the pictures and patterns that are revealed as you pull the tabs, while the simple text prompts parent interaction.Also available: Funny Faces, Moo Peek-a-Boo, Bath Time, Animal Train, Splish, Splash