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Books of the Month

Danny McGee Drinks the Sea
Andy Stanton
December 2016 Book of the Month Andy Stanton, that maestro of absurdity, teams up with Neal Layton, an illustrator who also has a direct line to preposterousness, to create a picture book that takes a simple idea and follows it... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Other Featured Books this Month

Goodnight World
Debi Gliori
It's hard to think of a more perfect bedtime book than Goodnight World. The sun is going down and the world is getting ready to go to sleep. ‘Goodnight' says the text to trucks and cars and planes, to shadows... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Gordon's Great Escape
Sue Hendra
November 2016 Book of the Month Hurrah for Gordon the Balloon! Gordon's life story, including time at balloon-school learning just what a balloon does, his first true love whose pets are porcupines and his important role in rescuing his friends... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/10/2016
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Elmer and the Flood
David McKee
Rain or no rain, Elmer is going for a walk. After being cooped up in a cave with his herd, he longs for a bit of fresh air and some peace and quiet. But peace and quiet is going to... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney
A unique shimmering hardback edition of an internationally bestselling classic. Best-selling and glorious Guess How Much I Love You has delighted children – and adults - for a... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/12/2016
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Horrible Bear!
Ame Dyckman
This clever, funny story about anger and apology is anything but horrible! A little girl is furious when a bear breaks her kite – ‘Horrible Bear!' she yells. Readers can see it was unintentional - the kite blew into the... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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An Alphabet
Oliver Jeffers
Buy a book by Oliver Jeffers and you become owner of a complete and perfect work of art. An Alphabet is so much more than an alphabet book. Each page features one object, one letter, one word, yet each is... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 06/10/2016
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Wolves
Emily Gravett
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Wolves! Rabbit borrows a book about wolves from the library. He can't put it down! But soon a sinister figure with sharp claws and a bushy tail... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 03/11/2016
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The Storm Whale
Benji Davies
A beautiful slipcase edition of The Storm Whale and The Storm Whale in Winter from the award-winning author and illustrator Benji Davies. Follow Noi's story in these poignant and moving books, now in a slipcase - the perfect gift for... Featured in: 3+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen
A signed, limited edition of the classic chant-aloud by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. The perfect gift for brave hunters and bear-lovers everywhere! Fantastic, cumulative adventure as a family cheerfully sets out on a brave hunt to find the bear... Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Imaginary Fred
Eoin Colfer
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 There are so many adjectives you could use to describe this book - extraordinary, dazzling, original, funny, irresistible, quirky, imaginative, clever, stunning - but none go... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Owl Bat Bat Owl
Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 Full of wit and warmth, this is a joyful wordless picture book. Owls are owls and bats are bats and they are... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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Elmer's Christmas
David McKee
Elmer is in charge of the young elephants in this special adventure, taking them up out of the jungle to find a Christmas tree. They have great fun decorating it and that night Elmer gathers them together again to hide... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 01/09/2016
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Merry Christmas, Blue Kangaroo!
Emma Chichester Clark
A heart warming festive story featuring Lily and her much-loved toy, Blue Kangaroo, from award-winning and renowned illustrator, Emma Chichester Clark. Lovereading4kids review to follow. Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/10/2006
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Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney
A delightful version of the bestselling picture book which lets you piece together just how much Big and Little Nutbrown Hare love each other with this jigsaw-edition of this much loved classic. Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Dinosaur Roar! Single Sound Board Book
Henrietta Stickland
Dinosaur roar, dinosaur squeak! This fabulous rhyming book of opposites is deservedly recognised as a classic and this new edition comes complete with a fantastic dinosaur sound. A herd of dinosaurs of all shapes, sizes and temperaments race or lounge... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Board book | Released 20/10/2016
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The Zoomers' Handbook
Ana De Moraes
December 2016 Debut of the Month | One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Shortlisted for the Sheffield Children's Book Award and longlisted for the Klaus Flugge Prize. This is not a book for zookeepers, and it's not... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2016
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Dear Zoo Book and Story Blocks
Rod Campbell
What is the perfect pet? The zoo keeps sending all kinds of animals but, lift the flap and readers will see they are too big, too tall, too jumpy, too grumpy or too scary. Sadly, each of them is returned.... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Multiple copy pack | Released 20/10/2016
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Maisy's Christmas Presents
Lucy Cousins
Maisy is the perfect Christmas guest, guaranteed to bring smiles and happiness wherever she goes. Naturally she's bought presents for all her friends and little hands can open them on each page via clever pop-ups or flaps (there's a written... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/11/2016
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Where is Santa's Beard? A Novelty Lift-the-Flap Book
Jean Leroy
Poor old Santa! It's his busiest day of the year but he's left standing in his vest and boxers, minus his beard! Where can it be, and who's got it? Each turn of the page offers hope – is that... Featured in: Baby and Toddler | 3+ readers
Format: Novelty book | Released 17/11/2016
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Last Month's Featured Books

Animals A Stylish Big Picture Book for All Ages
Ingela Arrhenius
This stunning, beautifully produced book is from Walker Studio whose aim is to produce “books for book lovers” and with Ingela Arrhenius' bright illustrations this will surely spark an interest...
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Slug Needs a Hug
Jeanne Willis
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month, April 2016 Best-selling Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have created many fabulous picture books together. Here, the weedy and whiny little slug is...
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Mog Time Treasury Six Stories About Mog the Forgetful Cat
Judith Kerr
Mog is now firmly established as one of the true classic characters of children's picture books, alongside Ardizzone's Little Tim or Quentin Blake's Mrs Armitage. This handsome treasury brings together...
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Halloween ABC
Jannie Ho
Bats, eyeballs, pumpkins and monsters in underpants all feature in this fun first alphabet book for babies and toddlers with a spooky theme. This sturdy board book introduces simple seasonal words,...
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They All Saw a Cat
Brendan Wenzel
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | October 2016 Book of the Month A stylized, colourful picture book that highlights the power of perception and will gently introduce...
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The Christmas Bear
Ian Whybrow
All sorts of Christmas treats are packed into this splendid board book! There's the story – accidentally left behind by Santa, Christmas Bear must make his own way to Tom's...
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My First Things That Go! Four Vehicle-Shaped Board Books in a Carry Case
Marion Billet
A delightful set of four vehicle shaped board books complete in a case shaped like a suitcase that your little ones will love to carry around with them. Each book...
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The Storm Whale in Winter
Benji Davies
In The Storm Whale in Winter Benji Davies creates a story of love and courage that is tender, touching and feels utterly true. As winter draws in Noi misses the...
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How to Save a Superhero
Caryl Hart
Albie is the star of lots of action-packed picture books and in this one he's challenged by his mum to tidy his room - against the clock. Before you can...
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Who's in the Loo?
Jeanne Willis
Special 10th Anniversary Edition Quirky and great fun. We've all experienced the problem of wanting the loo at the same time first thing in the morning. Well here, Jeanne Willis'...
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Four Silly Skeletons
Mark Sperring
Lots of laughs as Fred, Sid, Belle and Bill, the four silly skeletons who love to dance, get themselves in all kinds of predicaments as they cavort about – especially...
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Alone Together
Clayton Junior
There are many books of opposites, none like this. Opposites – big, small; messy, tidy; loud, quiet – are illustrated via vivid, stylish depictions of animals. A giraffe for example...
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Bing's Bedtime Stories
Ted Dewan
Originally from books by Ted Dewan, Bing now has his own TV show on Cbeebies and this gorgeous hardback gift collection with a padded cover features three favourite stories about Bing...
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The Christmas Fairy
Anne Booth
It's hard to imagine a Christmas fairy prettier or more charming that little Clara, the chatterbox star of this story. Clara's dream is to be a proper Christmas fairy on...
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A Dot in the Snow
Corrinne Averiss
Two young creatures meet and play in the snowy wilds of the Arctic in this story of friendship, adventure and love. Miki, a little polar bear, is scampering through the...
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Maisy's Moon Landing A Maisy First Science Book
Lucy Cousins
First experiences and early learning are lots of fun with Maisy, and this lively, interactive pop-up book makes it easy for the youngest children to understand space and space travel....
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My First Gruffalo: The Gruffalo Puppet Book
Julia Donaldson
Young children will love meeting the Gruffalo, Mouse and the other animals in the deep dark wood in a playful new way. The Gruffalo Puppet Book encourages them to explore...
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Nuddy Ned's Christmas
Kes Gray
It's Carry on Father Christmas in this new picture book! Nuddy Ned loves nothing more than running around in the all-together, even when it's minus three and snowing! Tearing off...
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Paddington Little Library
Michael Bond
Four delightful little Paddington Bear tales that are just the ticket to introduce young book lovers to this irresistible little bear. The books include Paddington: The Arrival, Paddington: Goes Shopping,...
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Sing Along with Me! We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Traditional Rhymes
This cute, cheery board book features wonderfully festive illustrations by Yu-Hsuan Huang, an illustrator from Taiwan. Her designs are beautifully sweet and encapsulate the famous Christmas song We Wish You...
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A Treasury of Songs
Julia Donaldson
Julia Donaldson was writing lively, irresistible songs for children even before she was writing her much-loved books, and 23 of those songs are collected in this lovely book. Lots of...
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Ho-Ho-Hopeless Santa
Rebecca Gerlings
Get into the Spirit of Christmas! As pre-Christmas excitement amongst children begins to mount, this funny picture book will add much to the sum of general happiness and merriment! For...
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The Crocodile Who Didn't Like Water
Gemma Merino
Longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2014 Could it be that this little crocodile isn't a crocodile at all? He might just be a DRAGON! A funny, unique and uplifting...
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The Scarecrows' Wedding
Julia Donaldson
Best-selling Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have paired up again for a rollickingly good picture book. Scarecrows Betty O'Barley and Harry O'Hay have stood next to each other in a...
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Wow! Said the Owl
Tim Hopgood
Owl decides to wake up during the day and sleep at night. A very odd thing for an owl to do. But he discovers the world of colour and he's...
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The Gruffalo and Friends Annual
Julia Donaldson
The official Gruffalo and Friends Annual 2017 is bursting with fun stories, perfect puzzles and amazing activities, featuring all your favourite characters by the incomparable pairing of Julia Donaldson and...
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Emily Brown and the Thing
Cressida Cowell
Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit were an instant hit with children and parents everywhere when they burst onto the scene and won the 2006 Nestle prize. The book...
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That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown
Cressida Cowell
By the bestselling author of the How to Train Your Dragon series comes a reissue of the classic tale of Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit called Stanley. Emily...
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Two Monsters
David McKee
Delightfully witty, Two Monsters is a classic picture book with a strong message about understanding other people's point of view. The Two Monsters live on different sides of the mountain...
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More Featured Books

Orange Pear Apple Bear
Emily Gravett
With just 4 words this exceptionally talented author and illustrator has created a deliciously simple, yet wonderfully fun juxtaposition of animal and fruit as well as an all-important introduction to...
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Twit-to-Who?
Smriti Prasadam-Halls
A Piece of Passion from editor, Boxer Books The idea of owls and the dark, dark night has always been a magical one. Owls are known for being wise and...
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Again!
Emily Gravett
Prize-winning Emily Gravett has hit the jackpot again with a brilliant and original picture book that will delight adults as much as children. Everyone knows that the best bedtime stories...
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The Mysterious Apples
Diana C Vickery
One of our Books of the Year 2016 Return to The Magical World of Swankypants as we join Yasmin and Yo-Yo, two naughty squirrels who begin to think about collecting...
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Farmer Duck
Martin Waddell
Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month July 2016 A timeless classic with stunning illustrations Farmer Duck tells the story of a hard-working Duck who is saved from his life of...
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Peck Peck Peck
Lucy Cousins
Brilliant Lucy Cousins has created a fabulous new book which is full of holes! The young woodpecker is taught to peck by its father. The only trouble is…once it has...
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Reader Reviewed Sir Dancealot
Timothy Knapman
September 2016 Book of the Month Little Sir Dancealot would fit right in on Strictly! This nimble-toed young knight has a novel approach to combat – he dances his...
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Reader Reviewed A Child of Books
Oliver Jeffers, Sam Winston
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Award-winning storyteller and artist Oliver Jeffers and typographic fine artist Sam Winston have created an extraordinarily adventurous and original picture book which,...
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Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes
Julia Donaldson
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Young cooks will love first to create and then to feast on delights such as Fox's Sandwiches, Scrambled Snake and the awesome...
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Reader Reviewed The Building Boy
Ross Montgomery
September 2016 Debut of the Month There's an air of fairy tale in this beautiful and touching picture book, but its foundations are firmly in family relationships. A young boy...
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Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Tony Ross
No-one draws naughty children quite as well as Tony Ross, so it's probably no surprise that his very first picture book was the story of Goldilocks. First published over 40...
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Two Can Toucan
David McKee
David McKee's economically told story of how the Toucan might have got his name looks as fresh today as when it was first published over fifty years ago. At the...
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Talulla Bear's Bedtime Book A Sleepytime Tale
Heather Roan Robbins
A delightful, gentle story to share with your little ones which will leave you both feeling restful, warm and cosy. This beautiful picture book has an ethereal quality and harnesses...
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Meet the Twirlywoos Book and Toy Gift Set

Meet the Twirlwoo's - Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick, and Peekaboo too! in this gorgeous, bright board book. The Twirlwoos are having fun playing ball. Perfect for young readers...
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Odd Dog Out
Rob Biddulph
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Odd Dog Out has all the qualities that made Blown Away and Grrrrr! so popular with critics and readers! The pages...
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Twirlywoos Annual 2017

Join the endearing Twirlwoos as they feature in their very own annual. This bright, colourful book is full of Twirlywoo stories, activities and exercises and will encourage children to learn...
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Twirlywoos Wrapping

Get into the Spirit of Christmas! It's the Twirlywoos - Great BigHoo, Toodloo, Chickedy and Chick, and Peekaboo too! Join the Twirlywoos as they learn about wrapping up presents and...
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I Saw Anaconda
Jane Clarke
Jane Clarke and Emma Dodd have enormous fun reinventing the story of the old woman who swallowed a flea, transposing the setting to the Amazon jungle and replacing the old...
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Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown
This classic children's book looks wonderful in its new edition and has lost none of its effectiveness as a book to lull children to sleep. As he snuggles down in...
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Guess How Much I Love You: One More Tickle!
Sam McBratney
Tickle your way through this wonderful new story which is perfect to share with your little ones and includes the softest, most gorgeous hand puppet for lots of tickling fun. ...
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King Baby
Kate Beaton
This is a perfect book for new parents, though it will make any parent laugh, no matter the age of their offspring! King Baby is a tiny tyrant! From his...
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Meltdown!
Jill Murphy
Jill Murphy, creator of the classic Five Minutes Peace here makes the worst (read most public) kind of toddler tantrum into a blissfully funny picture book. A trip to the...
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Good Night Like This
Mary Murphy
As every parent knows, a good ‘night night, snuggle down' book is invaluable, and Good Night Like This is a particularly lovely take on the theme. It's night-time and the...
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How to Hide a Lion
Helen Stephens
Helen Stephens' bestselling story is now available in a chunky board book format, perfect for babies and toddlers. How does a very small girl hide a very large lion? It's...
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The Adventures of King Rollo
David McKee
King Rollo is the adorable, bearded, kingly creation of David McKee. After the publication of his best-selling mini hardback stories, King Rollo went on to star in his own animation...
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What Shall We Do, Blue Kangaroo?
Emma Chichester Clark
Lily and Blue Kangaroo are the best of friends and when Lily doesn't know what to do next she often asks, 'What shall we do, Blue Kangaroo?' But Blue Kangaroo...
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It Was You, Blue Kangaroo!
Emma Chichester Clark
Lily and Blue Kangaroo are inseparable. Wherever Lily goes, Blue Kangaroo goes too. But Lily is not always fair and blames Blue Kangaroo when she is naughty. One day Lily...
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I'll Show You, Blue Kangaroo
Emma Chichester Clark
Lily and Blue Kangaroo are inseparable. Whatever Lily does, Blue Kangaroo is there to see. But sometimes he wishes he wasn't, because Lily has started to show off. I'll show...
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Farmer Duck
Martin Waddell
A timeless classic with stunning illustrations Farmer Duck tells the story of a hard-working Duck who is saved from his life of drudgery when the animals on the farm revolt...
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There's a Bear on My Chair
Ross Collins
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award | Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016 | Shortlisted for the Bookbug Picture...
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