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cover - The Great Sea Dragon DiscoveryThe Great Sea Dragon Discovery

isbn  9781910611081

Set in the village of Grantchester, near Cambridge, in 1860, this is the story of Bill’s struggle to save his family. Set in a time of coprolite mining, Bill is finding fossils that are of interest to Cambridge academics in this year when Darwin’s theories were being discussed. And Bill makes an astounding discovery … This story could work well as an introduction to the topic of evolution for KS2 children. It includes a historical Afterword that explains where real history meets fiction.

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cover - Ginny's EggGinny's Egg

Illustrated by Adria Meserve
isbn  9781909991378

A re-issue of this novel, newly illustrated. Ginny finds an egg that is different from the other ones, and she hatches out a baby dragon that grows fast. What should she do with her dragon? In the background of Ginny’s story, her parents come to terms with the birth of her baby brother with Down’s syndrome.

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cover - A Dog Called FlowA Dog Called Flow

Illustrated by Anthony Lewis
isbn  9781909991163

A re-issue of the book originally entitled simply 'Flow', this story has proved particularly popular as a class reader in Junior schools. Oliver struggles at school and longs for a dog to be a friend. He secretly gets a puppy, Flow, who also has problems, but, in an exciting adventure on the fells, both boy and dog prove themselves. Click Activities to find more information and teaching materials for this book.

Shortlisted for the Kathleen Fidler Award

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cover - Finding FortuneFinding Fortune

isbn 978-1846471599

In 1897 tens of thousands of people travelled to remote north-western Canada after fortunes in gold were found in the Klondike area.  This is the story of Ida and her father as they join that gold rush, running away from unhappiness at home, but in hopes of new beginning.  An adventure story which twists and turns, but also very much the story of the relationship between daughter and father, and with domineering Grandmama back home.

To read of the family history, and ring, which led to the writing of this story, go to the blog on The History Girls

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cover - Raven BoyRaven Boy

isbn 978-1846470257

Set in 1666, during plague and the Great Fire in London, this is an exciting adventure story about a boy who wants revenge on the King.  The boy character is taken from Pepys’ Diary where he describes a boy blagging his way into the household of the Lord Lieutenant of the Tower of London.  I gave that boy a friend and mentor in the shape of a cunning raven, and the story ‘explains’ the myth about ravens at the Tower.

Shortlisted for the Stockport Children’s Book of the Year.

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Picture Books

cover - Chapatti MoonChapatti Moon

Illustrated by Lizzie Finlay
isbn: 9781848531284

Mrs Kapoor cooks herself a delicious dinner … but a honking goose makes her drop a chapatti that rolls away, leading to a chase all over the place by a growing band of animals and people. But Mrs Kapoor gets her chapatti in the end, and it tastes ‘wonderfully moony’!

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cover - You Choose in SpaceYou Choose in Space

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
isbn: 9780141379296

Spreads rich in pictures of space crafts, planets, aliens, jobs and foods and places and animals and more. Food for fun discussion and choices and story-making, in the same format a perennially popular You Choose.

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cover - My Very Own SpaceMy Very Own Space

Illustrated by Rebecca Crane
isbn: 9781911171126

Little text, but with lots being shown in Rebecca’s lovely expressive pictures, this picture book shows the story of Jack rabbit’s attempt to find some peace and quiet in which to read his Space Bunny book … but then begins to miss his friends and family after all.

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cover - A bottle of HappinessA Bottle of Happiness

Illustrated by Ehsan Abdollahi
isbn: 9781910328200

Very beautifully illustrated by Iranian artist Ehsan Abdollahi, this is a modern fable about what is of real value in life. We follow Pim and dog Tiddle as Pim tries to take happiness over the mountain in a bottle. Can it possibly work?

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Little Monsters Day Out With DadLittle Monster’s Day Out With Dad

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
isbn: 9781405276443

More lift-the-flap fun as Little Monster and Dad set out for a day filled with cars and a truck and a bus … and even a ghost train!

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cover - Little Monster and the Spooky PartyLittle Monster And The Spooky Party

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
isbn 9781405277426

A fun lift-the-flap book.  Little Monster gets an invitation to a party.  Lift the flaps to see that invitation, open the doors, show what foods there are (‘yum’ or ‘yuck’?!), and join-in with a game of Hide-and-Shriek.

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cover - What will Danny do Today?What Will Danny Do Today

Illustrated by Sam Usher
isbn 9781405275101

In which we share Danny’s day, getting up and dressed, choosing breakfast, off to school, and more.

Each spread is rich with potential choices; some sensible, some a bit surprising! Should Danny choose jelly for breakfast and go to school via a zip-wire? Should he make gigantic cereal box monster in art, and go down a helter-skelter after school? You can decide.

Good for getting young children to talk about their own day at school.

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cover - Just ImagineJust Imagine

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
hardback isbn 9780857530110
paperback isbn 9780552563567

Gloriously illustrated by Nick Sharratt, this is a companion book to You Choose. Would you like to be as Big as a house, or as small as a mouse? To be magical or mechanical, or made of cheese or jelly? Imagine yourself to be anything you want in this catalogue of lively ideas.

Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award

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Just imagine, colouring bookJust Imagine Colouring Book

illustrated by Nick Sharratt

The whole book, ready for you to colour, plus sixty stickers.

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You ChooseYou Choose

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
hardback isbn 9780552560351
paperback isbn 0552547085 - New tenth anniversary edition with added stickers.

A big catalogue full of pictures to browse through and choose the things we'd all like to be able to choose in real life, if only we could - where to live, who to live with, what pets to have, what to wear, what to eat, where to sleep, and more. Hundreds of different choices, some sensible, some daft. This book was chosen as a picture book to be given to all three year olds by Bookstart charity, but the book works well with a wide age range (including adults), as something to be looked at alone or as a focus for discussion or even as a starting point for story ideas.

It has also been given away to Year 7 children through the Booked Up scheme.

Winner of the 2011 Mumsnet Children’s Book of the Year for 3-4 Year Olds.
Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Awards.
Winner of York Library’s Favourite Children’s Picture Book Ever.

NB  The latest edition of the book has the added extra of shiny card pages with part stories and letters to be completed by choosing stickers and sticking them in to make your own story.

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cover - You Choose colouring bookYou Choose Colouring Book  

Illustrated by Nick Sharratt
isbn: 978 0552564717

The whole award-winning You Choose picture book for you to colour; quite a challenge!  Plus sixty stickers to have fun with.

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cover - Little Nellie's Big BookLittle Nellie's Big Book 

Illustrated by Andy Rowland
isbn: 9781408818459

Little Nelly looks in a book and finds out that she is a mouse ….except that she’s actually an elephant!  Find out what happens to sort-out this mix-up.  A lesson in why ALL books should have pictures!

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Winnie the Witch

Under the author name ‘Laura Owen’, but written by me, these are books with four short stories in each about Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur, famous from the picture books. Wonderfully, madly, energetically, funnily illustrated in black and white by the inimitable Korky Paul. As you can imagine, they’ve been great fun to write, and there are more books on the way.

Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa SurpriseWinnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn: 9780192767455

The very first chapter book about Winnie the Witch and Wilbur! Winnie thinks that its not fair that Santa who gives so many presents doesn’t himself get a visit from Santa, so she and Wilbur set out to put that right. Full of magical disasters and wonders and fun, this books is fully illustrated with coloured pictures.

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The Misadventures of Winnie the WitchThe Misadventures of Winnie The Witch

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn: 9780192734617

A gift edition of eight of the story book stories about Winnie the Witch and Wilbur, with the original black and white illustrations enlarged and colour tinted. The collection includes favourite stories, Winnie’s Knickers and Car Boot Winnie.

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Winnie Adds MagicWinnie Spells Trouble

illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748461

Winnie finds herself in all sorts of trouble; trouble in running the afterschool club, trouble when Auntie Aggie comes to stay, trouble in Ancient Egypt, and even trouble with her own double!

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Winnie Adds Magic

illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748478

What will Wilbur think when Winnie decides to get a new kitten?  And what will happen with Winnie and Wilbur decide to go camping, bring magic into school, and even find themselves in full armour, competing in a medieval joust?!

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Winnie The BoldWinnie The Bold

illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748485

What will Wilbur think when Winnie decides to get a new kitten?  And what will happen with Winnie and Wilbur decide to go camping, bring magic into school, and even find themselves in full armour, competing in a medieval joust?!


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Winnie's Alien SleepoverWinnie's Alien Sleepover

illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748492

Wilbur gets the chance to star in a TV advert, but it’s studying the real stars in the sky that brings Winnie into contact with an interesting alien.  Magic gets zapping when Winnie loses her beloved teddy bear, and it produces very strange results when she tries riding a bike instead of a broom!


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cover - Spookie WinnieSpookie Winnie

isbn 9780192748454

This time Winnie is helping out with the school’s Halloween party, turning back time, struggling with wayward wands!


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cover - Winnie Goes WildWinnie Goes Wild

isbn 9780192748447

Winnie turns detective, has a day of doing things differently, finds herself and Wilbur in the jungle, and resorts to magical measures in order to keep warm.


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cover - Nitty WinnieNitty Winnie

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn: 9780192748430

In which Winnie Abracadabras a time machine to whisk Wilbur and herself back to dinosaur times, organises a witchily Winnie-style wedding, finds herself stranded in a sandcastle as the tide comes in ... and mixes nits and maypole dancing with hair-raising results.

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cover - Winnie goes for GoldWinnie Goes For Gold

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748423

There’s a wackily Winnie-style Olympic feel to the school Sports Day when Winnie decides to help out, and ends-up as a winner herself! In the other stories in this book, Winnie tries her hand at babysitting, throws a house party that gets out of hand, and tries to save some birds from extinction.

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cover - Winnie Shapes UpWinnie shapes Up

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748416

What happens when you attach a sat nav to a broom?  Aliens happen!  In the four stories in this book, Winnie and Wilbur don’t only sort out their alien problem.  They also try to get fit, enter a pancake race, and try to help the children with their sponsored silence.  Magic makes mayhem of them all!


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cover - Winnie Takes the PlungeWinnie Takes the Plunge

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748409

When Winnie gets flushed down the toilet and out to sea, who do you think will save her?  Wilbur the cat and Jerry the giant, of course!  Only Winnie could make music from squeaky mice, and make a street party that even a shy giant can enjoy.  But how will she react to an encounter with a not very friendly abominable snowman?  Read and find out!

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cover - Winnie Goes BattyWinnie Goes Batty

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748386

In which Winnie joins the circus as a high wire act that turns her into a clown, she floats off in a bubble to get away from her troubles … and finds some new ones, she digs such a deep hole in a search for treasure that she creates a cooling swimming pool and discovers new bugs, and she goes in search of bats to cook but decides that she likes them better as friends.

Chosen for the Richard And Judy Children’s Book Club. 
Chosen for the libraries’ Summer Reading Challenge

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cover - Winnie on PatrolWinnie On Patrol 

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748393

Winnie takes over crossing patrol duties at school with results that please the children more than the adults.  She tries out ordinary life, and decides that being a witch is best after all.  Winnie tries to get her house into order, but the furniture starts to take over.  And she wants the perfect costume to win her the fun run … but the costume she ends up in wins her something quite different. 

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cover - Winnie's Big CatchWinnie’s Big Catch

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748379

Winnie goes into production with a new line in knickers, she tries to tidy her life, she takes to the football field during a vital match, and she gives Wilbur the birthday treat of his dreams when she takes him out in Stinky Stan’s fishing boat.

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cover - Whizz-Bang WinnieWhizz-Bang Winnie

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748324

In which Winnie loses Wilbur one hot day, Winnie hatches some eggs with interesting results, Winnie tries to help out on the school’s Book Day, and Winnie joins in a race and gives the men a run for their money!

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cover - Giddy-Up WinnieGiddy-Up, Winnie!

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748362

In which Winnie decides to go horse racing, invites her awkward relatives to tea, makes the garden rather special for a visit by the children from school, and takes a different kind of holiday. All helped, of course, by good old Wilbur.

Shortlisted for the Coventry Inspirational Books Award,
Raring 2 Read book of the year.

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cover - Winnie Says CheeseWinnie Says Cheese

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748331

In which Winnie meets her match with a grumpy tooth fairy, where she creates a one-witch band, where she tries, not very successfully, to make herself more beautiful, and where Wilbur’s chances at the cat show are put in jeopardy by fleas!

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cover - Winnie the TwitWinnie The Twit

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748355

Winnie takes on the job of School Cook, she tries to turn Wilbur into a better kind of pet, she turns nature lover in search of a rare owl, and she has trouble building an extension to her house, all with fairly disastrous results!

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cover - Mini WinnieMini Winnie 

Illustrated by Korky Paul
isbn 9780192748348

In which Winnie and Wilbur have to cope with a visit from an awful Auntie, Winnie tries her hand as a cleaner at the school, Winnie uses a ghost writer to help her enter a poetry competition ((note the ghost writer’s initials!), and when Winnie gets shrunk to the size of a teaspoon.

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Read on

Short, colour-illustrated, fast-paced books for teenagers.  Easy to read.

cover - This BoyThis Boy

Illustrated by Iva Sasheva
isbn 9780007464708

A romantic ghost story in which young Kerry meets the ghost of a young man killed in the First World War; a young man who gives her something rather special…

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Short, early reading books with colour illustrations..

cover - The Funny DucklingThe Funny Duckling

Illustrated by Gabriele Antonini
hb: 9781445102818    pb: 9781445102870

Mother duck has three eggs.  Crack!  Crack!  The first two hatch, and out come two fluffy yellow ducklings.  Then, Crock!  The third egg hatches, and something rather different comes out!

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cover - Happy ButterflyHappy Butterfly

Illustrated by Lauren Tobia
hb: 9780749685133   pb: 9780749685195

Happy can hear the band, but she can’t see it because the crowd are too tall around her wheelchair.  But Grandma Gloria has a clever idea ….  Absolutely beautifully illustrated. 

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cover - Ashoks's DogAshok’s Dog

Illustrated by Mike Phillips
isbn 978-0749679736

Ashok and his father have gone to choose a dog, but what kind of dog should Ashok choose?  Fast or slow, big or small?  In the end, Ashok lets the dog choose him.

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Only fifty words long, fun very first reader books.

cover - Join The BandJoin The Band

llustrated by Andy Rowland
isbn 9781445132709

The Band don’t want Dog joining-in with their music by howling, but when the rhythm of the music gets expressed by Dog’s tail happily wagging a beat on the drum, he finds a place in the group after all.

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cover - Big CatBig Cat

llustrated by Sandra Aguilar
isbn 9780749693886

The mice are being caught and played with by Big Cat, and that’s making them cross, so they work out a way to scare Big Cat back …and then they can all be friends!

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Walker Stories

Beautifully illustrated early reading books, with three related stories in each.

cover - Toffee And PieToffee And Pie

Illustrated by Paul Howard
isbn 9781406311365

John doesn’t want to have to start as the new boy at yet another new school.  He’d rather spend time with his pony, Pie.  But at the new school John meets another boy who likes ponies.

A story about a boy from a gypsy family, endorsed by the Dept of Children, Schools and Families.

With very beautiful pencil illustrations.

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cover - GlogGlog

Illustrated by Nick Marland
isbn 978-1406304053

Stone age boy Glog’s family tribe are on the move, but Glog gets left behind. He has to find shelter and food and fight off a wolf all by himself, but he finds friends of a kind to help him. Thoe friends are Echo, Shadow and Water Boy. And Glog’s real tribe will all be back together again by the end of the book.

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Banana Books

With lots of colour illustration, these are reading books, starting at the easiest Green level with three little stories in each book, on to Blue single stories, and to Red and to Yellow where the stories are long enough to be split into chapters. The Go Bananas are stories based on a national curriculum topics and they include activity pages at the back.

cover - GlogOne Windy Day

Illustrated by Amber Cassidy
isbn 9781405270700

A Green Banana book containing three easy to read stories that work together as a single story.  When the old oak tree blows down, the animals and birds come to Miss Chutney’s house for shelter.  And it isn’t long before they are able to return the favour to her. 

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cover - Dragon MagicDragon Magic 

Illustrated by Lesley Danson

A story about how getting to know people can be the best form of ‘defence’.  The King is in a flap about strangers coming, so he orders Big John the Blacksmith to make a strong gate to keep them out.  But Big John’s dragon, Huff, is too old to breath much fire, so Jess finds a new dragon, Puff, who enables her father to make a gate that is strong, but not in the way that the King had expected.

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cover - Hoppy Birthday Jo-JoHoppy Birthday, Jo-Jo

Illustrated by Georgie Birkett
isbn 1405208740

Jo-Jo the small kangaroo is rather jealous of the new little sister in her Mum's pocket - until a special hide-and-seek party puts things right. Why not try a hide-and-seek party yourself?!

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cover Dragon BoyDragon Boy

Illustrated by Martin Ursell
isbn 1405205938

Grandpa tells Lily a strange tale of a boy who was brought up by dragons. 'And was that boy you, Grandpa?' asks Lily.

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Barrington Stoke Books

Lively stories written for children who find reading hard, particularly those with dyslexia. Edited by a team of child readers as well as by professionals.

cover - The House With No NameThe House With No Name

Illustrated by Peter Kavanagh
isbn 9781842998786

A ghost story. Jamie finds himself alone in a tumbledown old house in the middle of a wood. He's joined by a boy called Colin who says that there are rumours of a ghost in the house, but who, or what, is the ghost? Also available in a 4U2read edition.

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Oxford Reading Books

The Reading Web books are the very simplest of little reading books, but Oxford Reading Tree's Treetops readers provide proper short novels with chapters and lots of illustrations for extending reading at different levels.

cover - Puss in BootsPuss in Boots

Illustrated by Thomas Radcliff
isbn 9780198305897

Youngest brother of three, Jack, inherits just a cat whilst his brothers get the mill and the donkey. But that cat soon proves to be an exceptionally clever one that wins Jack both love and a big enough fortune to make his brothers cross!

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cover - Sleeping BeautyThe Frog PrinceSleeping Beauty

Illustrated by Bee Willey
isbn 9780198305927

Princess Aurora is having a lovely christening party until the fairy who hadn’t been invited arrives … She will have to sleep for a hundred years, but will find happiness at the end of that, as will somebody surprising in this new twist to the tale.

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cover - The Frog PrinceThe Frog Prince

Illustrated by Yannick Robert
isbn 9780198339564

The traditional tale told with a child princess who doesn’t want to be friends with a cold wet frog.  But a promise is a promise…

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cover - The Jungle BookThe Jungle Book

Illustrated by Mike Spoor
isbn 9780198448624

t was fascinating to read the entire original Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling, and then select and rework them to produce a single episodic story following Mowgli’s life from being adopted by wolves when he was a baby, through adventures with friends Baloo, Bagheera and Kaa, fighting the tiger Shere Khan, and finally having to decide whether to live as an animal or a man.

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cover - The House that Jack BuiltThe House That Jack Built

Illustrated by Andy Parker
isbn 0198455461

'Here is the plan that first began the house that Jack built'. An easy to read, rhythmical rhyming text charts the process of building a house - and has a surprise in store at the end. Part of the Snapdragon series.

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cover - Tom Thumb and the Football TeamTom Thumb And The Football Team

Illustrated by Philippe Dupasquier
isbn 9780199151868

A retelling of the traditional story of Tom Thumb, but in this version Tom Thumb is the inventor of table football - and King Arthur becomes a fan!

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cover - Dick WhittingtonDick Whittington

Illustrated by Nick Schon
isbn 0199196133

The traditional pantomime and English national story about pig boy Dick Whittington going to London to find his fortune. It's only when he has the help of a cat that he achieves his ambitions.

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cover - Sister EllaSister Ella

Illustrated by Jane Bottomley
isbn 9780199184514

What if Cinderella didn't tell the truth and actually it was the step sisters she labelled as 'ugly' who were actually nicer and Ella who was the spoilt one? This is the journal written by one of those sisters. Pages at the back tell about what life was like in the eighteenth century.

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cover - Snooty PruneSnooty Prune

Illustrated by Peter Kavanagh
isbn 9780198447702

Prunella doesn't like her name or the way she looks, so when she tries to get a friend by writing to a pen pal club she makes herself sound more interesting than she really is. But she mightn't be the only one playing that game!

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cover - Hamper's Great EscapeHamper's Great Escape

Illustrated by Caroline Holden
isbn 9780198447603

Clare and Sam's hamster escapes. They need to find it quickly because Gran (or is it Grandad?) is scared stiff of mice.

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Adult Novels

cover - SpectaclesSpectacles

isbn 9781905637867

My first book for adults, written in the voice of Iris.  To quote from the cover blurb: ‘When Iris acquires a pair of spectacles, she gains a renewed focus on life.  She gives us her vision of the world around her, a clear, sometimes almost painfully comic view of people, places and the meaning of life.  This complicated old woman shares some episodes from her life that move effortlessly from gentle humour and pure farce to moments of tragedy and deep despair.  Iris is always full of surprises, and she leaves the biggest surprise till the end of the novel, when she shocks the reader with the most poignant, eye-opening revelation of all.’

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