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David Roberts - Illustrator

David Roberts is an award-winning illustrator with an international following. Born in Liverpool, he has a degree in fashion design, and has worked as a milliner and fashion illustrator. But he always felt his true calling was in children's book illustration and now pursues that dream from his flat in London. David illustrates fiction, poetry, and picture books, including The Troll also written by Julia Donaldson and the Dirty Bertie series. He has also previously won the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Gold Award for his line drawings in Mouse Noses on Toast.

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Featured Books, with extracts, illustrated by David Roberts

His Royal Tinyness A Terrible True Story
Sally Lloyd-Jones - illustrated by David Roberts
Once upon a time there was a happy family: A mum, a dad, a gerbil, and the most beautifulest, cleverest, ever so kindest Princess Marianna. Until one horrible no good day when a new ruler was born...Hilariously told from the...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2017
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Tyrannosaurus Drip 10th Anniversary Edition
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
A special 10th Anniversary Edition of this modern classic. A mix up with eggs has a placid duckbill dinosaur being brought up by T-Rex's – clearly this causes hilarious problems. With Julia Donaldson's irresistible, rollicking rhyming text and David Roberts'...
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Format: Paperback | Released 27/07/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary - illustrated by David Roberts
There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on holiday. The extended Bold family – that's Mr and Mrs, the twins Bobby and Betty, Uncle Tony whom they rescued from a safari park...
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Format: Paperback | Released 13/07/2017
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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers
Andrea Beaty - illustrated by David Roberts
A spin-off from Andrea Beaty's and David Roberts's inspiring and ground-breaking Rosie Revere, Engineer this eye-catching activity book will get children themselves thinking and creating like real engineers. While it tells them exactly how to create contraptions such as a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2017
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A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting
Michelle Robinson - illustrated by David Roberts
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, February 2016 Feel brave enough to go on a huge adventure? If so, this is the book to guide you! Bearspotting can be a scary business and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 09/02/2017
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Reader ReviewedThe Bolds on Holiday
Julian Clary - illustrated by David Roberts
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month | February 2017 Book of the Month There are wonderful new laughs as the Bolds, the hairiest family in Teddington, set off on holiday. The extended Bold family – that's Mr and Mrs,...
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Format: Hardback | Released 02/02/2017
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Sleeping Beauty A Mid-Century Fairy Tale
Lynn Roberts - illustrated by David Roberts
David and Lynne Roberts transfer the story of Sleeping Beauty to the 1950s in this stylish book, and put a unique spin on the story. Their Sleeping Beauty is a girl called Annabel, who lives with her two aunts. A...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/08/2016
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Cinderella
Lynn Roberts - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic tale of romance and true love has been reimagined in the roaring twenties, the era of flapper girls and the Charleston with David Robert's beautiful Art Deco illustrations throughout. Lynn Roberts spirited retelling of the classic story of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/08/2016
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Rapunzel
Lynn Roberts - illustrated by David Roberts
Set in the glamorous seventies, this lively retelling is bursting with colourful period detail as Rapunzel goes from being a tower-block prisoner to a free and groovy girl. Lynn Roberts had added some funky seventies attitude to the traditional tale...
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Format: Paperback | Released 11/08/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Matchbox Mysteries The Detective Agency's Fourth Case
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
Jam-packed tales full of hilarity, excitement and fun but this latest in the Wings and Co. series from Sally Gardner, winner of the Costa Book Award 2013, and acclaimed artist, David Roberts is even more mashed up than usual. It...
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Format: Paperback | Released 14/07/2016
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My Doodle Book!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
A delightfully, disgusting doodle book that will keep Dirty Bertie fans entertained for hours. Dirty Bertie is back but this time he'll be enticing you to join in with his madcap schemes and crazy capers - well in the form...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2016
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Reader ReviewedOperation Bunny The Detective Agency's First Case
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
A brand new quirky detective series called WINGS & Co. brimming with humour, mystery and magic by million-copy selling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts. Operation Bunny is the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency and with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Three Pickled Herrings The Detective Agency's Second Case
Sally Gardner, David Roberts - illustrated by David Roberts
Award-winning Sally Gardner has written a deliciously topsy-turvy story as Wings & Co, a rather special fairy detective agency, gets on the case. When Sir Walter Cross, a man of remarkably regular habits, does something totally remarkable and unusual, Wings...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2016
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Reader ReviewedThe Bolds to the Rescue
Julian Clary - illustrated by David Roberts
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month The Bolds are back, cause for celebration! Written by Julian Clary and illustrated with élan by the incomparable David Roberts, this is a book that...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/03/2016
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The Bolds to the Rescue
Julian Clary - illustrated by David Roberts
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | March 2016 Book of the Month The Bolds are back, cause for celebration! Written by Julian Clary and illustrated with élan by the incomparable David Roberts, this is a book that...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/03/2016
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A Beginner's Guide to Bearspotting
Michelle Robinson - illustrated by David Roberts
Longlisted for the UKLA 2017 Book Award and Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Month, February 2016 Feel brave enough to go on a huge adventure? If so, this is the book to guide you! Bearspotting can be a scary business and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 11/02/2016
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Tinder
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen's The...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2015
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The Prince and the Porker
Peter Bently - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic story of the prince and the pauper is given a crafty twist here when young Pignatious sneaks into the palace on the trail of buns and accidently finds himself in the prince's bedchamber. He thinks it's splendid and...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/09/2015
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The Wind in the Willows Small Gift Edition
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic story of Ratty, Toad and Badger – three friends who live on the riverbank – is full of adventure, excitement and wonderful characters. David Roberts' illustrations bring a touch of sophistication to the familiar story and capture perfectly...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/09/2015
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Reader ReviewedThe Bolds
Julian Clary - illustrated by David Roberts
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - A Reader Review Panel Pick of the Year 2015 Comedian, entertainer and ‘national trinket' Julian Clary now turns out to be a talented children's writer too. The Bolds, his first book...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2015
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The Flying Bath
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
Fly across the world in the amazing Flying Bath!
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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The Adventures of Mr Toad
Tom Moorhouse - illustrated by David Roberts
Everyone loves the ebullient and outrageous Mr Toad, one of the heroes of Kenneth Grahame's classic The Wind in the Willows. Tom Moorhouse brings him to life in this modern retelling which captures all the drama of Mr Toad's famous...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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Those Magnificent Sheep in Their Flying Machine
Peter Bently - illustrated by David Roberts
A delightfully dotty flock of sheep have fun flying, by the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Lambert, Eunice, Marty, Mabs and the rest are happily skipping about on their luscious green hillside when something ZOOMs overhead. Being bold,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/04/2015
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The Adventures of Mr Toad
Tom Moorhouse - illustrated by David Roberts
Everyone loves the ebullient and outrageous Mr Toad, one of the heroes of Kenneth Grahame's classic The Wind in the Willows. Tom Moorhouse brings him to life in this modern retelling which captures all the drama of Mr Toad's famous...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/11/2014
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Reader ReviewedThe Matchbox Mysteries
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
One of our Books of the Year 2014 - November 2014 Book of the Month Jam-packed tales full of hilarity, excitement and fun but this latest in the Wings and Co. series from Sally Gardner, winner of the Costa Book...
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Format: Paperback | Released 23/10/2014
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Horror!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
In Horror! join Bertie as he sneaks into a scary film, meets a bad-tempered guard dog on his paper round and ruins a priceless work of art on a school trip! Bertie continues to delight children with his crazy plans,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/10/2014
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Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau
Andrea Beaty - illustrated by David Roberts
From the creators of Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect, a charming new rollick of a picture book about the world's finest hat maker.
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2014
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Superstar!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Angela's on a mission! Whether she's learning a new skill for the school talent contest, getting lost on a nature walk, or squaring up to the boys on the football pitch, she's determined to stand out from the crowd!
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/08/2014
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Rats!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Three great ‘Dirty Bertie' short stories in this one attractive book. In the title story Dirty Bertie, a delightfully disgusting boy who loves everything dirty and nasty, finds a clever way to get himself a new pet – and to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/07/2014
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Those Magnificent Sheep in Their Flying Machine
Peter Bently - illustrated by David Roberts
April 2014 Book of the Month A delightfully dotty flock of sheep have fun flying, by the winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize! Lambert, Eunice, Marty, Mabs and the rest are happily skipping about on their luscious green hillside...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/04/2014
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Queen Bee
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Three wickedly funny stories about Angela who always thinks she knows best! Whether she's matchmaking her teachers, flogging homemade lemonade, or dealing with the Ugly Sisters, she always has an answer for everything... With fantastic artwork by award-winning illustrator, David...
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Format: Paperback | Released 06/01/2014
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The Vanishing of Billy Buckle The Detective Agency's Third Case
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
The third book in this fairy detective series brimming with mystery and magic by million-copy-selling author Sally Gardner, and illustrated by bestselling artist, David Roberts.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/12/2013
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Reader ReviewedTinder
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen's The Tinder...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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Tinder
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal - Shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Award-winning Sally Gardner tells a gripping, bloody and bold story drawing on the traditions of fairy stories of all kinds and especially Hans Christian Andersen's The...
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Format: Hardback | Released 07/11/2013
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Young Werewolf
Cornelia Funke - illustrated by David Roberts
Interest Age 8-12 Reading Age 8 Matt was your average boy until a dangerous encounter awakens a wolf inside of him! This is a fun supernatural story from the internationally bestselling author of Inkheart. It will grip you from the...
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Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2013
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Wind in the Willows with Game Cards
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic adventure of Mole, Ratty, Mr Badger and, of course, Mr Toad is beautifully presented in this gorgeous edition with illustrations by David Roberts. In addition to illustrating the story, David Roberts has also created 32 beautiful playing cards...
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Format: Mixed media product | Released 03/10/2013
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Rosie Revere, Engineer
Andrea Beaty - illustrated by David Roberts
Shortlisted for The Little Rebels Children's Book Award 2014 From the powerhouse author/illustrator team of Iggy Peck, Architect comes Rosie Revere, Engineer, another charming, witty picture book about pursuing your passion.
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2013
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Angela Nicely Is the Best
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Three entertaining stories about Angela Nicely, a little girl who is not at all what you'd expect from her name! First she gets into all kinds of trouble trying to prove that the head teacher is wearing a wig, then...
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Format: Paperback | Released 03/06/2013
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Toothy!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Dirty Bertie, the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits, returns for another helping of comic chaos in the 19th book of this successful series.
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2013
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Reader ReviewedOperation Bunny
Sally Gardner - illustrated by David Roberts
A brand new quirky detective series called WINGS & Co. brimming with humour, mystery and magic by million-copy selling author Sally Gardner and illustrated by David Roberts. Operation Bunny is the first case for the Fairy Detective Agency and with...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/10/2012
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Scream!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping of comic chaos! Join Bertie as he builds his very own haunted house, bites off more than he can chew during a class outing to...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/10/2012
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The Wind in the Willows
Kenneth Grahame - illustrated by David Roberts
The classic story of Ratty, Toad and Badger – three friends who live on the riverbank – is full of adventure, excitement and wonderful characters. David Roberts' illustrations bring a touch of sophistication to the familiar story and capture perfectly...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/09/2012
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Jack and the Flumflum Tree
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson leads readers on a delightful adventure as Jack and his two person crew of ‘red-cheeked Rose and Stubble-cheeked Stu' set off to the Isle of Blowyernose in search of the fruit of the flumflum tree. Without...
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Format: Paperback | Released 05/07/2012
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One Cool Cat
Susannah Corbett - illustrated by David Roberts
Meet One Cool Cat. He's got it all: the swagger, the looks, the coolness, so what else could he possibly need? Certainly not luck - One Cool Cat puts this theory to the test as he walks under ladders and confidently breaks a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2012
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Dirty Bertie : Pong!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping of comic chaos! Join Bertie as he comes a cropper on his Chopper, tests his patience - and everyone else's - on a bird-watching trip,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2012
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Dirty Bertie : Snow!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
5+. Delightfully disgusting, these three stories about Bertie, a boy whose habits are far from clean, will delight emerging readers. As ever, Dirty Bertie is bursting with mad plans and crazy schemes all of which spell trouble for him and...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2011
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Jack and the Flumflum Tree
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
Newly-appointed Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson's boisterous shipboard adventure is deliciously suffused with magic and nonsense. Granny's purple spots are diagnosed as a bad case of the moozles so Jack sets off to find the only cure - the fruit of...
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Format: Hardback | Released 01/07/2011
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Dirty Bertie : Ouch!
Alan McDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping in A&E after an accident with a door, forgetting his swimming trunks on a visit to Splash City, and proving that Know-All Nick doesn't actually...
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Format: Paperback | Released 30/06/2011
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My Brother Bernadette
Jacqueline Wilson - illustrated by David Roberts
Fabulous reissue of an absolute gem of a book by on of the bestselling authors of all time but this is one of the very few titles by Jacqueline Wilson suitable for newly fluent readers. Still with colour illustrations on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2011
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Dirty Bertie : Kiss!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Dirty Bertie - the boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits - is back for another helping of comic chaos! Join Bertie as he struggles to escape from the clutches of Angela Nicely, attempts to prove that anything Know-All Nick can do,...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/02/2011
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Dirty Bertie: Fangs!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
7 +. Disgusting Dirty Bertie is back for a new set of mucky adventures. As ever he has some crazy plans up his sleeve most of which involve him being disgusting in more ways than can easily be imagined. This...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/09/2010
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The Troll
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
A picture book for kids that love Adventure. An original and witty version of a traditional tale which shows what happens when two stories get blended into one. The Troll lives under the bridge – which is where...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2010
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Dirty Bertie: Fetch!
Alan Macdonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Bertie is a delightful as he is dirty – if you like that kind of thing! He has a habit of picking his nose which is truly disgusting. This time he has a robot dog in tow and ends up...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2010
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The Dunderheads
Paul Fleischman - illustrated by David Roberts
Shortlisted for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2010. Miss Breakbone is a fearsome teacher: she shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. Until the Dunderheads – an unlikely band of kids, with extraordinary hidden talents, decide to teach Miss Breakbone...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/06/2010
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The Troll
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
A picture book for kids that love Adventure. An original and witty version of a traditional tale which shows what happens when two stories get blended into one. The Troll lives under the bridge – which is where...
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Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2009
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Tyrannosaurus Drip
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
A mix up with eggs has a placid duckbill dinosaur being brought up by T-Rex's – clearly this causes hilarious problems. With Julia Donaldson's irresistible, rollicking rhyming text and David Roberts' glorious illustration, this bold and brilliant picture book crackles...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/07/2008
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Tyrannosaurus Drip
Julia Donaldson - illustrated by David Roberts
A mix up with eggs has a placid duckbill dinosaur being brought up by T-Rex's – clearly this causes hilarious problems. With Julia Donaldson's irresistible, rollicking rhyming text and David Roberts' glorious illustration, this bold and brilliant picture book crackles...
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Format: Hardback | Released 06/07/2007
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Worms!
Alan MacDonald - illustrated by David Roberts
Join Bertie as he tries to get out of a pink party, fails to be polite for a whole day and a makes really rubbish entry into the summer fair's flower arranging competition...
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Format: Paperback | Released 04/09/2006
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My Brother Bernadette
Jacqueline Wilson - illustrated by David Roberts
Fabulous reissue of an absolute gem of a book by on of the bestselling authors of all time but this is one of the very few titles by Jacqueline Wilson suitable for newly fluent readers. Still with colour illustrations on...
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Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2001
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