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Vivian French - Author

About the Author

Vivian French is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written more than 250 books during the course of  her career, including Caterpillar, Butterfly, The Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and Yucky Worms. Her recent work includes the critically acclaimed picture  book The Most Wonderful Thing in the World. Vivian teaches on the  illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art, and helped to found the  mentoring scheme Picture Hooks for aspiring young illustrators. She  lives in Edinburgh. Read further information about Vivian French here.

 

Featured books by Vivian French

Ava's Sparkling Spell

Ava's Sparkling Spell

7+ readers

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2013

From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls magic school featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.

ebook of the month
Madison's Starry Spell

Madison's Starry Spell

7+ readers

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2013

From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in a magic school for girls. Featuring popular themes of friendship and magic within in a school setting accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.

ebook of the month
Sophie's Shining Spell

Sophie's Shining Spell

7+ readers

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2013

From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls magic school featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.

ebook of the month
Emma's Glittering Spell

Emma's Glittering Spell

7+ readers

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2013

From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls' magic school, featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.

ebook of the month
Olivia's Twinkling Spell

Olivia's Twinkling Spell

7+ readers

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/06/2013

From the author of the hugely successful Tiara Club comes a new series set in girls' magic school, featuring popular themes of friendship and magic accompanied by fresh, lively and funny line drawings by Joanne Davies.

ebook of the month

Other books by Vivian French

Lottie Luna and the Twilight Party

Lottie Luna and the Twilight Party

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

A brand new young fiction series by much-loved children's author, Vivian French and illustrated by Nathan Reed. Meet werewolf extraordinaire... Lottie Luna. Lottie Luna is a werewolf. She's super-fast, super-strong and has X-ray vision. Lottie doesn't really like to use her skills, though - she just wants to be like everyone else. But when it's her friend Marjory's birthday, Lottie sees a way she can use her special powers to get her the biggest surprise ever...

How Billy Hippo Learned His Colours

How Billy Hippo Learned His Colours

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Oxford Level 5: Ants

Oxford Reading Tree inFact: Oxford Level 5: Ants

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/01/2020

Children will love this beautifully illustrated tale of two brothers who find out about the hidden world of ants. They learn about their life cycles, homes, food and much more. Ants is perfect for getting children interested in insects and the world around them. Oxford Reading Tree inFact is a compelling non-fiction series that aims to engage children in reading for pleasure as powerfully as fiction does. The series includes 36 titles which are all phonically decodable, with some high-interest topic words to develop vocabulary and impart knowledge. The imaginative approach and variety of intriguing topics mean there are books to interest every child. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every reader to the right book.

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Beware of Bears!

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Beware of Bears!

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/01/2020

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. Join this quirky Stone Age family on a night fishing adventure. Tall Cousin and Pod have gone off to fish. Little Nut follows, so Pod joins in too. There's trouble when a hungry bear appears! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden

Lottie Luna and the Bloom Garden

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A brand new young fiction series by much-loved children's author, Vivian French and illustrated by Nathan Reed. Meet werewolf extraordinaire... Lottie Luna. Beautiful black and white illustrations throughout. Lottie Luna is a werewolf. She's super-fast, super-strong and has X-ray vision. Lottie doesn't really like to use her skills, though - she just wants to be like everyone else. But when someone keeps destroying the school bloom garden it's only Lottie who can come to the rescue...

The Dragon's Breakfast

The Dragon's Breakfast

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2019

A rollicking fairy-tale adventure from the makers of The Adventures of Alfie Onion, The Cherry Pie Princess andTom & Tallulah and the Witches' Feast. Princess Persephone Stephanie Tiffany Jane ( Pom for short) HATES being a princess. Her parents have no time for her - especially her dad, the King of Struggen, who's busy plotting against the neighbouring kingdom of Thrum. So when a friendly young orphan named Billy appears at the palace, Pom decides to run off with him. She's after adventure, and knows exactly where she'll find it: Bullion Island, a tiny patch of land that stands exactly between Struggen and Thrum. Legend has it that there's pirate treasure hiding in Bullion's sea-caves, guarded by a fearsome dragon - but nobody knows for sure, because no sailor has managed a return trip. But Pom isn't afraid of dragons ... or anything else! Vivian French is a sublime storyteller - Sunday Telegraph

We're Getting a Cat!

We're Getting a Cat!

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2019

A delightfully cheerful non-fiction picture book about how to care for your cat, from much-loved author Vivian French and award-winning illustrator Salvatore Rubbino. A non-fiction picture book about a rescue cat, with a charmingly funny story by Vivian French and lively illustrations by Salvatore Rubbino. The story follows a family who have just moved into a mouse-infested flat. Dad is terrified of mice and, after several sleepless nights, decides they should get a cat. They meet Kevin the cat in a rescue home - he's big and strong, and they're sure he'll catch all of the mice. But Kevin has other ideas... Join this lovable tomcat as he settles into his new home, gradually learning how to use a litter tray, when he'll be fed and that it's probably better to use a scratching post than to shred the back of Dad's chair. The caption text provides information on feeding, grooming and caring for your cat - and at the end of the book, there's a handy index and bibliography.

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate

Author: Vivian French, Frederico Bonifacini Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2019

Find out all there is to know about chocolate in this mouth-watering book full of fascinating facts - and some shocking truths! Everyone loves chocolate! But there's far more to it than we thought... Did you know that English pirates originally thought the Spanish imported sheep's droppings? Or that a chocolate drink was a perfect way to poison your enemy? Describing the historical progress of the miraculous bean - from the Aztecs to Nestle - with a mixture of facts, speculation, personal recollections and recipes, Vivian French and illustrator Paul Howard take us on a wide-ranging journey that gives us chocolate in all its glory.

Hello, Horse

Hello, Horse

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2019

A beautifully produced Nature Storybook about horses, by Vivian French with pictures by Kate Greenaway medallist Catherine Rayner. From much-loved author Vivian French and award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner comes a charming new Nature Storybook about horses. Hello, Horse! gently introduces young children to Shannon, a friendly chestnut mare, and offers encouragement to children unfamiliar with or a little nervous of these large, beautiful creatures. The subtext is packed with practical tips, such as the right way to offer an apple, and also covers their behaviour - horses' need for company, for example - and life cycle. Tender words and art combine to create a warm and witty introduction to horses ... from the safety of the page!

The Spectacular Revenge of Suzi Sims

The Spectacular Revenge of Suzi Sims

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/06/2019

Sports Day is coming up soon and Suzi's in a great mood - until her class get saddled with mean old Miss Grit as their supply teacher. Miss Grit has it in for Suzi from day one, and worst of all, Suzi's rival Barbie Meek is Miss Grit's class favourite! The terrible duo are about to turn Suzi's life into a nightmare ... will she even make it to Sports Day for her chance to win the race? A comical and quirky revenge tale of school bullies and sports day from award-winning author Vivian French. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+

The Steam Whistle Theatre Company

The Steam Whistle Theatre Company

Author: Vivian French, Hannah Peck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

Delightful ... with its edge-of-your-seat pace, it deserves applause. Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week Storytelling at its best ... a classic in the making. The Scotsman To avoid financial ruin, the Pringle family's theatre-troupe has left London behind, travelling to the north of England by train. With new audiences to play to, and less competition, they hope to make enough money to pay off their debts back home. But will their plans be foiled by the odious Olio Sleevery? It's time for young actors Rosie and Charlie to save the day - and, with the help of their new friend Edie Boiler, ensure the thunderous success of the company's first performance. A wonderful gallery of eccentric characters and an exuberant plot with a twist at the end ... this is storytelling at its theatrical best! French is a writer of tremendous charm... Children of nine and upwards will want to jump aboard. The Literary Review Vivian French is a sublime storyteller. Sunday Telegraph

Knight in Training: A Very Bothersome Bear Book 3

Knight in Training: A Very Bothersome Bear Book 3

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/09/2018

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling. Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and cousin Prune while his parents are away. But Sam's discovered a magical scroll listing the six quests to be completed to become a knight, and with his True Companion Prune's help, he's already managed two! Now Sam must find a goodly sword, but he keeps getting distracted by noble deeds that need doing. Helping a grumpy dwarf, a dunderheaded bear and an island of tiny elves might mean he'll never find his sword, but isn't that what a Very Noble Knight would do ...?

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 6, Orange Book Band: Professor Bounce

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 6, Orange Book Band: Professor Bounce

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Professor Bounce is in Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 5. In this story, Professor Bounce's new copying gadget causes havoc when the button on the controller gets stuck! Soon, the room is filled with multiple Slinks, the school cat. How will the heroes make things go back to normal? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 6, Orange Book Band: The Nosy Cook

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 6, Orange Book Band: The Nosy Cook

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. The Nosy Cook is in Orange Book Band, Oxford Level 6, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 5. In this story, Mrs Butterworth, the cook, is off sick, so there's another cook in the kitchen. But Cam thinks there's something strange about her. Who is she, and what does she want? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 5, Green Book Band: Monster Sprouts

Hero Academy: Oxford Level 5, Green Book Band: Monster Sprouts

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/09/2018

Project X Hero Academy is a fully decodable and finely levelled reading series set in a school for superheroes, designed to captivate and motivate all young readers and turn them into reading superheroes. Monster Sprouts is in Green Book Band, Oxford Level 5, and supports Letters and Sounds Phase 5. In this story, Mrs Butterworth, the cook, accidentally squirts too much vitamin mix on the sprouts, causing them to turn into monsters! How will the heroes defeat the monster sprouts? Each book can be used for independent reading, but also contains inside cover notes that include help on developing vocabulary and prompt questions that can be used for guided reading and one-to-one sessions. Full guided reading notes are provided in the corresponding handbook. There are also a range of follow-up activities to support reading for pleasure.

Tom & Tallulah and the Witches' Feast

Tom & Tallulah and the Witches' Feast

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2018

A rollicking fairytale adventure full of magical mayhem, from the makers of The Adventures of Alfie Onion and The Cherry Pie Princess. From much-loved author Vivian French and rising star Marta Kissi comes a spellbinding new adventure. After turning up late to each and every meeting, Tallulah Tickle has one last chance to keep her place in the witches' circle. To prove herself she must prepare a mouth-watering midnight feast for the other witches in just three days - and there's a catch. They've ordered Tallulah to make their favourite meals ... but they won't tell her what they are! Tallulah has always been a terrible cook and, to make matters even worse, wicked witch Gertrude Higgins has it in for her. With help from her little brother Tom, her trusty cat Sparks and a very chatty crow, can Tallulah cook up something special before time runs out? Vivian French's funny and uplifting story is brought to life by Marta Kissi's warm illustrations - the result is a charming book that's not to be missed!

The Fiendish Revenge of Leroy Jones

The Fiendish Revenge of Leroy Jones

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

Leroy Jones is a very ordinary boy blessed with a truly ridiculous name - one that he is determined to keep hidden from everyone. But when he is paired with the bossy Amy Strundle for a project, she's set to be a thorn in his side and wants everyone to know his secret. Can Leroy find a way to get his revenge and is it really a dish best served cold? Hilarious school-based drama from a top-notch pairing. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant or dyslexic readers aged 8+.

Hello, Horse

Hello, Horse

Author: Vivian French Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2018

A beautifully produced Nature Storybook about horses, with words by Vivian French and pictures from Catherine Rayner. From much-loved author Vivian French and award-winning illustrator Catherine Rayner comes a charming new Nature Storybook about horses. Hello, Horse gently introduces young children to Shannon, a friendly bay mare, and offers encouragement to those unfamiliar with or a little nervous of these large, beautiful creatures. The subtext is packed with practical tips, such as the right way to offer a carrot, and also covers their behaviour - horses' need for company, for example. Tender words and art combine to create a warm and witty introduction to horses ... from the safety of the page!

We're Getting a Cat!

We're Getting a Cat!

Author: Vivian French Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2018

A delightfully cheerful non-fiction picture book about how to care for your cat, from much-loved author Vivian French and award-winning illustrator Salvatore Rubbino. A non-fiction picture book about a rescue cat, with a charmingly funny story by Vivian French and lively illustrations by Salvatore Rubbino. The story follows a family who have just moved into a mouse-infested flat. Dad is terrified of mice and, after several sleepless nights, decides they should get a cat. They meet Kevin the cat in a rescue home - he's big and strong, and they're sure he'll catch all of the mice. But Kevin has other ideas... Join this lovable tomcat as he settles into his new home, gradually learning how to use a litter tray, when he'll be fed and that it's probably better to use a scratching post than to shred the back of Dad's chair. The caption text provides information on feeding, grooming and caring for your cat - and at the end of the book, there's a handy index and bibliography.

Cambridge Reading Adventures Green Band Pack

Cambridge Reading Adventures Green Band Pack

Author: Vivian French, Gabby Pritchard Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/04/2018

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. An ideal way to add to your reading collection, our Band Packs include every title within your chosen level. Explore the range of exciting fiction and non-fiction at Green Band including Big Bugs, The Lion and The Mouse, Turtle is a Hero and All About Honey. Green Band books include longer more complex words, sentence structures focus on the use of punctuation. Topic-specific vocabulary is used, with moderate support from illustration.

How Billy Hippo Learned To Swim

How Billy Hippo Learned To Swim

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2018

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Brother Trouble

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Brother Trouble

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/12/2017

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventrues of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. In Brother Trouble, Pim is being pushed to the limit by her brothers, who are up to mischief! They leave a mess wherever they go and keep stopping Pim from getting to learn how to make pots. When she finally gets started, all her brothers can do is sling mud! Where will the chaos end? Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Early Reader: Emily Mouse's Christmas

Early Reader: Emily Mouse's Christmas

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2017

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Emily Mouse is having her friends over for Christmas dinner, but she's left her shopping until the last minute. When she gets to the shops on Christmas Eve, everything is gone! It will take some Christmas kindness for Emily's dinner to go to plan, but is there any to be found? Join Emily Mouse in some festive fun with this charming blue Early Reader from bestselling author, Vivian French and illustrated by Mark Marshall.

The Cherry Pie Princess

The Cherry Pie Princess

Author: Vivian French Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/05/2017

The Cherry Pie Princess

The Cherry Pie Princess

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/05/2017

Knight in Training: To the Rescue! Book 6

Knight in Training: To the Rescue! Book 6

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling. Sam J. Butterbiggins has one wish: to become a Very Noble Knight. But he's been packed off to his aunt and uncle's castle where knightly activities are not allowed. Sam's final quest is the hardest yet. With his cousin Prune by his side, he's going to have to use all his knightly skills as he heads into the Fearsome Forest. The wolves live there - and, high in the trees, even more terryifying creatures ... Beautifully illustrated throughout by David Melling.

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 28/04/2017

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

Author: Vivian French Format: Audio disc Release Date: 28/04/2017

Race Further with Reading: The Petrified Pirate

Race Further with Reading: The Petrified Pirate

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2017

Horrible Histories meets Wimpy Kid in these terribly funny tales. When Joe runs off for a life of adventure on a pirate ship he thinks he's sure to get rich. But he doesn't realise he's boarded the ship of the fearsome and terrifying Captain Blackbeard! Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on a level from the Race Ahead with Reading series with stories of 2,000 words. The books are perfect for children aged 6-8 or who read book band 11.

The Covers Of My Book Are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles)

The Covers Of My Book Are Too Far Apart (And Other Grumbles)

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2017

Vivian French MBE explores some of the fibs we tell children and children tell us about reading and books in a fun picture book illustrated by Nigel Baines. From excuses like 'I haven't got time to read' to misconceptions about those who struggle with reading, The Covers of My Book Are Too Far Apart (and other grumbles) turns negatives on their head and celebrates the right we all have to access story, and the wonders of the printed page.

The Cherry Pie Princess

The Cherry Pie Princess

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/03/2017

A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by Marta Kissi, a talented new illustrator and animator. From Vivian French, the bestselling author of the Tiara Club series and The Adventures of Alfie Onion, comes a charming new comic fairy tale for junior readers. It's not much fun being a princess: you have to be prim, proper and obedient. Princess Peony lives in a world full of magical creatures - hags, trolls, giants and fairy godmothers - but her father's strict rules leave her feeling bored and lonely. She wants to learn how to DO things, and cooking's at the top of her list. But when Peony borrows a recipe book from the public library, the king has the old librarian who tried to help her arrested for speaking out of turn . Can Peony stand up to her father and make things right? A funny and uplifting story, brought to life by Marta Kissi's warm and funny illustrations.

Cherry Pie Princess

Cherry Pie Princess

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 02/03/2017

A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by Marta Kissi, a talented new illustrator and animator.From Vivian French, the bestselling author of the Tiara Club series and The Adventures of Alfie Onion, comes a charming new comic fairy tale for junior readers. It's not much fun being a princess: you have to be prim, proper and obedient. Princess Peony lives in a world full of magical creatures - hags, trolls, giants and fairy godmothers - but her father's strict rules leave her feeling bored and lonely. She wants to learn how to DO things, and cooking's at the top of her list. But when Peony borrows a recipe book from the public library, the king has the old librarian who tried to help her arrested for "e;speaking out of turn"e;. Can Peony stand up to her father and make things right? A funny and uplifting story, brought to life by Marta Kissi's warm and expressive illustrations.

Knight in Training: Combat at the Castle Book 5

Knight in Training: Combat at the Castle Book 5

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/01/2017

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling. Sam J. Butterbiggins has one wish: to become a Very Noble Knight. But he's been packed off to his aunt and uncle's castle where knightly activities are not allowed. With the help of his cousin Prune, Sam has discovered a magical scroll that tells him the six quests he must complete to become a knight, and he's already finished four! For his fifth quest, Sam must defeat a fearsome foe. But it's a snowy day, and he and Prune are stuck inside. There are no enemies to be found - until Uncle Archibald sends them to the cellar ...

Captain Crankie and Seadog Steve

Captain Crankie and Seadog Steve

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/07/2016

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2016

A funny and heart-warming fairy tale about our values by Vivian French, exquisitely illustrated by Angela Barrett. From the author of the Tiara Club series comes a gently satirical fairy story for our times, illustrated by one of today's finest artists, Angela Barrett. When a king and a queen promise to marry their daughter Lucia to the man who can show them the most wonderful thing in the world, suitors descend on the palace bearing gifts. Roses, jewels and exotic birds; dancing girls, wind machines and mythical beasts - but nothing feels quite right. As the last suitor leaves, his weapons of mass destruction rejected, the king and queen are exhausted. But when a shy, young man, who isn't a suitor at all, steps forward, they finally understand what the most wonderful thing in the world really is. Vivian French's masterful retelling of a forgotten story is both funny and heart-warming, and Angela Barrett's breathtaking illustrations give life to an enchanting and romantic fairytale city.

Caterpillar Butterfly

Caterpillar Butterfly

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2016

Watch a caterpillar metamorphose into a butterfly in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. Watch a caterpillar metamorphose into a butterfly in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. Curious young minds will love discovering each stage in the journey, from wriggly green caterpillar to the beautiful butterfly, in this picture book which combines story with information.

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Lucky Escape

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Lucky Escape

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2016

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. Pod is not impressed when he and his brother and sister are charged with collecting berries. Pod would much rather join the old ones hunting and seeking out danger! But when he loses sight of Little Nut, trouble lies ahead...how will he outwit a wild boar with its sights on his baby brother? This is the first book in the Stone Age Adventures series. Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Big Journey

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Little Nut's Big Journey

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2016

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. Join this quirky Stone Age family on a big journey. Winter is coming and Pod, Pim and Little Nut need to move home. They must find a cave quickly, the journey is dangerous! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2016

A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by Marta Kissi, a talented new illustrator and animator. A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by a talented new illustrator and animator, Marta Kissi. Alfie Onion has just set off on a great adventure ... but only to carry his brother's luggage. It's his elder brother, Magnifico Onion, who's destined to win their family a Happily Ever After. But when it turns out Magnifico isn't half the hero he's cracked up to be, it falls to Alfie to save the day - with a little help from his loyal dog, a talking horse and a couple of meddling magpies.

Adventures of Alfie Onion

Adventures of Alfie Onion

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2016

A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by Marta Kissi, a talented new illustrator and animator.A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by a talented new illustrator and animator, Marta Kissi. Alfie Onion has just set off on a great adventure ... but only to carry his brother's luggage. It's his elder brother, Magnifico Onion, who's destined to win their family a Happily Ever After. But when it turns out Magnifico isn't half the hero he's cracked up to be, it falls to Alfie to save the day - with a little help from his loyal dog, a talking horse and a couple of meddling magpies.

Knight in Training: Spots, Stripes and Zigzags Book 4

Knight in Training: Spots, Stripes and Zigzags Book 4

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2016

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling. Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his uncle, aunt and cousin Prune. But Sam's about to discover a magical scroll listing the six quests he must complete to become a knight ... and with Prune's help, he's already managed three of them! Now he has to earn his very own knightly shield. Prune knows where to go for armour: Puddlewink Castle! But before they can cross the drawbridge they're stopped by a terrifying creature. Will Sam's knightly dreams end here?

The Egg and I Level 7

The Egg and I Level 7

Author: Vivian French, Karen Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2016

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 7 books include story lines with more episodes in time sequence, and may include imaginary happenings in the context of familiar experiences. There is still repetition but more variation in pattern and more new words are introduced than in lower levels. Non-fiction titles bring in simple non-fiction tools, such as diagrams, labels and captions. Additional vowel marks that encourage the flow of pronunciation are introduced at this level. Verbal sentences of up to 8-10 words with repeating and accessible actions appear at this level. Double spacing is used between words to ensure children see where each new word in a sentence begins and ends. When a hungry boy wishes for an egg he gets a surprise - a magic egg that makes everything he wishes for come true with hilarious consequences. But in the end does he ever really get what he wants? This traditional tale is beautifully illustrated by Karen Donnelly to set the scene and encourage discussion. A circular story map on pages 14-15 shows the boys journey and the consequence of each of his wishes, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities.

The Lion and the Mouse Green Band

The Lion and the Mouse Green Band

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/01/2016

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. How can a little mouse help Billy Lion? Green Band books include longer, more complex words and sentence structures focus on the use of punctuation. Topic-specific vocabulary is used, with moderate support from illustrations. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Early Reader: Emily Mouse's Birthday Party

Early Reader: Emily Mouse's Birthday Party

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2016

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Yippee! Emily Mouse is on her way to buy LOTS of birthday presents. But she has forgotten something very important! A charming new blue Early Reader story from bestselling author, Vivian French.

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Beware of Bears!

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Beware of Bears!

Author: Vivian French Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/01/2016

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. Join this quirky Stone Age family on a night fishing adventure. Tall Cousin and Pod have gone off to fish. Little Nut follows, so Pod joins in too. There's trouble when a hungry bear appears! Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

Aladdin and the Genies Band 14/Ruby

Aladdin and the Genies Band 14/Ruby

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

Vivian French tells this well-known, much loved traditional tale of Aladdin, the magical genies and Aladdin's wishes. Will he find happiness with his riches and beautiful wife, or will evil magician Kadar Ghazi steal everything from him? Ruby/Band 14 books give increasing opportunities for children to develop their skills of inference and deduction. Text type: A traditional tale Curriculum links: English: fairy stories, myths and legends This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Brother Trouble

Race Ahead With Reading: Stone Age Adventures: Brother Trouble

Author: Vivian French Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/09/2015

Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. In Brother Trouble, Pim is being pushed to the limit by her brothers, who are up to mischief! They leave a mess wherever they go and keep stopping Pim from getting to learn how to make pots. When she finally gets started, all her brothers can do is sling mud! Where will the chaos end? This is the second Stone Age Adventures book. Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.

I Wish I Were and Alien

I Wish I Were and Alien

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The Mountain Goat Level 13

The Mountain Goat Level 13

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learning progression of Arabic at nursery and primary schools researched especially for Collins. This carefully graded approach allows children to build up their reading knowledge of Arabic step by step. Level 13 books feature longer and more complex sentence structures. Sentences make use of a wide range of stylistic features which reflect progression in the teaching of Arabic grammar. Stories may also contain more literary, metaphorical language, including similes and other figurative language to help the reader create mental images, plus exaggeration for dramatic or humorous effect. Non-fiction titles contain longer, more formal sentences and a broader range of unfamiliar terms. Nawal the goat's brother is good at jumping. Nawal's sister is good at leaping. Nawal is good at growing sunflowers. But when she meets a big, fierce lion, Nawal finds out she's good at something else too! A humorous fantasy story by renowned children's author Vivian French.

Yucky Worms

Yucky Worms

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Worms ... they're yucky, aren't they? Not according to this enjoyable new book which reveals just how amazing the wriggly creatures really are! Worms - fun, fascinating and wriggly worms! The humble earthworm plays a significant role in the environment, as all farmers and gardeners know: it aerates the soil, composts dead matter into rich humus in which seeds can germinate and plants can grow. Children love them too - especially for their wriggliness!

Growing Frogs

Growing Frogs

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2015

Learn about the transformation from frogspawn to frog with this fun, informative picture book, part of the Nature Storybooks series. What happens when you take an empty fish tank, add some pond water, scoop in some frogspawn ... and wait? Curious young minds will love learning about how frogs grow in this picture book which combines story with information.

Knight in Training: A Horse Called Dora Book 2

Knight in Training: A Horse Called Dora Book 2

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/07/2015

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling. Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and annoying cousin Prune while his parents are away. But Sam's discovered an ancient scroll listing the six quests to be completed in order to become a knight, and he's already completed the first one! Now he's found his True Companion (Prune), next on the list is to track down a Snow White Steed. But when Aunt Egg orders Sam and Prune to journey to Weasel's Hill to deliver Horace the warthog back to his owner, it looks like the young knight-in-training looks will have to put his quest on hold. Or will he ...?

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

Author: Vivian French Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2015

A funny and heart-warming fairy tale about our values by Vivian French, exquisitely illustrated by Angela Barrett. From the author of the Tiara Club series comes a gently satirical fairy story for our times, illustrated by one of today's finest artists, Angela Barrett. When a king and a queen promise to marry their daughter Lucia to the man who can show them the most wonderful thing in the world, suitors descend on the palace bearing gifts. Roses, jewels and exotic birds; dancing girls, wind machines and mythical beasts - but nothing feels quite right. As the last suitor leaves, his weapons of mass destruction rejected, the king and queen are exhausted. But when a shy, young man, who isn't a suitor at all, steps forward, they finally understand what the most wonderful thing in the world really is. Vivian French's masterful retelling of a forgotten story is both funny and heart-warming, and Angela Barrett's breathtaking illustrations give life to an enchanting and romantic fairytale city.

Knight in Training: Dragons Can't Swim Book 1

Knight in Training: Dragons Can't Swim Book 1

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2015

A funny, exciting series for younger readers, by the bestselling Vivian French and David Melling. Sam J. Butterbiggins' only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he's been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt and uncle while his parents are away. Not only does he have to put up with his annoying cousin Prune, there are also the weird creatures his aunt looks after in her Luxury Accommodation for Dragons, Griffins and other Regal Beasts to contend with! But when Godfrey the dragon gets stuck down a well, Sam and Prune have to work together to come to the rescue. Inside the well they make an incredible discovery - a scroll giving instructions on the six quests to be completed in order to become the perfect knight! Sam's ambition seems close at hand - if only Prune would stop getting in the way...

Snarling of Wolves

Snarling of Wolves

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2015

The sixth book in the comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms - in which the borders are broken and the Five Kingdoms changed for ever.The Web of Power which keeps the Five Kingdoms safe from evil is under threat. Foyce is determined to destroy it so she can take a terrible revenge on her step-sister, Gracie Gillypot. Meanwhile the five Royal Families are in turmoil. Queen Bluebell is fed up with her tedious grandson, Vincent; Prince Tertius is suffering from the endless nagging of his new wife, Princess Fedora - and on top of everything else there's a big tournament coming up. Things come to a head when Gubble the troll crashes into King Frank's study, and he and Gracie are thrown into a dungeon. A band of fearsome werewolves are gathering in the forests, and Foyce is among them. Will Gracie, Marcus and a handful of bats be able to save the kingdoms from total disaster?

Early Reader: Ladybird, Ladybird

Early Reader: Ladybird, Ladybird

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/02/2015

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Mrs Ladybird is going shopping. But she's forgotten her purse. Help her five little ladybirds find their mum in time for tea! Follow their trails to see where they go.

The Flight of Dragons

The Flight of Dragons

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2014

The Music of Zombies

The Music of Zombies

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2014

The Snarling of Wolves

The Snarling of Wolves

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2014

The Heart of Glass

The Heart of Glass

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2014

The Bag of Bones

The Bag of Bones

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/10/2014

The Robe of Skulls

The Robe of Skulls

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/08/2014

Pig in Love

Pig in Love

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2014

Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2014

The good witches of Wadingburn are worried - there's a new witch in town with a bag of magic bones, and she's so evil she makes their toes ache... Another fun-filled fantasty in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms stories that started with The Robe of Skulls.Truda Hangnail is a very wicked witch, banned from the Five Kingdoms because of her use of deep magic. Then she comes up with a fiendish plan to restore evil to the Five Kingdoms, transforming the good witches of Waddingburn into shrivelled, wicked old witches who will help her take over King Frank's kingdom on his fiftieth birthday. Luckily, a sweet-natured half-human, half-elf named Loobly is witness to Truda's evil spell and sets off to fetch help. As the birthday party looms and Truda's evil gathers strength, Loobly enlists the help of Prince Marcus of Gorebreath and Gracie Gillypot, as well as old friends Gubble the troll and Marlon and Alf the bats, to stop Truda and send her packing to the house of the Ancient Crones to face her just deserts.

Robe of Skulls

Robe of Skulls

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2014

An exuberant, hilarious and wildly entertaining fairy tale with a cast of characters who are good, bad and very, very ugly.All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. A very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she reckons without the heroic Gracie Gillypot, not to mention a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge - and some very Ancient crones.

Flight of Dragons

Flight of Dragons

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2014

Hilarious fourth book in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series which began with the popular The Robe of Skulls and features many of the same much-loved characters.Marcus, Prince of Gorebreath, has a plan - he wants to take Gracie Gillypot on an adventure for her birthday, preferably to see a dragon or two. But then he discovers that there may be a dragon's egg somewhere within the Five Kingdoms and, what's more, it could be due to hatch at any minute! A newly-hatched dragon would be highly dangerous in the wrong hands and the race begins to find the egg before the zombies, werewolves, deep witches and sorcerers get to hear about it. The tiny dragon hatches under the watchful eye of its parents, and all three fly off into the sunset ... just as Gracie remembers that this is the day of her birthday.

Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2014

Hilarious third book in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series which began with the popular The Robe of Skulls and features many of the same much-loved characters.It is a fine day for dwarf watching - at least that is what Gracie Gillypott and Prince Marcus think when they set out, quite unaware that Princess Marigold of Dreghorn has set her sights on Marcus, and decided to "e;follow him to the ends of the earth"e; - fan, frilly petticoats and all. All is not well; the dwarves are overworked and underpaid, having been expected to produce extra gold for wedding crowns for the wedding of Fedora and Prince Tertius; to deal with the problem, the Chief of Works sends for a couple of trolls who have an agenda of their own - to find a princess for their leader, who believes True Love will melt his heart of glass. Gracie is mistaken for a princess, Marigold gets in everyone's way, Gubble is forced to make a terrible choice ... but fortunately Marlon and Alf are there to save the day.

Music of Zombies

Music of Zombies

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 19/06/2014

The fifth book in Vivian French's comic fantasy series Tales from the Five Kingdoms. In this hilarious new story, Gracie and Marcus, our much loved hero and heroine are faced with a zombie who is not only horribly evil but an excruciatingly bad musician.It's nearly Cockenzie Rood Day and Prince Albion wants a grand celebration. But his plans are ruined when he is kidnapped by the terrifying zombie Fiddleduster Squint, who wants to get into the Five Kingdoms. When Squint is refused entry across the magical border he and his creepy shadow go in search of giants with the intention of tricking them into causing all sorts of mayhem. It's a race against time but Gracie Gillypot, Prince Marcus and Gubble the troll manage to get there first and avert disaster. Albion can have his party after all, the giants are left in peace and our heroes return just in time to celebrate Queen Bluebell's birthday. What's more, as the series nears the end, it's clear that Gracie and Marcus are headed for a royal romance...

ReadZone Readers: Level 2 Pig In Love

ReadZone Readers: Level 2 Pig In Love

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2014

ReadZone Readers: Level 2 A Mouse in the House

ReadZone Readers: Level 2 A Mouse in the House

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2014

ReadZone Readers: Level 2 The Cat in the Coat

ReadZone Readers: Level 2 The Cat in the Coat

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/05/2014

Melody & Jackson's Christmas Spell

Melody & Jackson's Christmas Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2013

A Stargirl Academy Christmas Special with a longer extent and extra sparkle!Following on from the first six Stargirl Academy stories which publish July 2013, this glittery Christmas special is narrated by the Academy's two unruly girls, Melody and Jackson. The girls take it in turns to tell their story, with many interruptions and disagreements along the way! Determined to get their final star and become fully qualified Stargirls, they set about mastering the growing/shrinking spell. But during their Stargirl mission - to help save Christmas for a family without much money - they realise they've made a mistake and that the person who really needs cheering up is a young girl who seems to have everything. With the help of their friends in Team Starlight, they succeed in making her happier, along with everyone else at the Cuckoo Clock Grotto in their local shopping centre.

Early Reader: I Am A Woolly Hat

Early Reader: I Am A Woolly Hat

Author: Vivian French, Salma Koraytem Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2013

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Basma has been wondering a lot about love. What is it like? Does it have a shape or a colour or a taste? Is it like a coat or a jumper or a shawl? Or is it like a warm woolly hat? This charming new Early Reader story from the United Arab Emirates will be enjoyed by everyone, parents and children alike - and in particular fans of GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU.

The Prince and the Parsnip Band 04/Blue

The Prince and the Parsnip Band 04/Blue

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/09/2013

Inspired by the tale of the Princess and the Pea, well-known children's author Vivian French tells the story of Princess Sue who seeks a prince using a royal parsnip test! * Inspired by the tale of the Princess and the Pea, well-known children's author Vivian French tells the story of Princess Sue who seeks a prince using a royal parsnip test! * Blue/Band 4 books offer longer, repeated patterns with sequential events and integrated literary and natural language. * Children can recap the stages that Sue had to go through to find her prince using the story map on pages 14-15. * Text type: A retelling of a traditional tale * Curriculum links: Literacy

Stargirl Academy 2: Madison's Starry Spell

Stargirl Academy 2: Madison's Starry Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series! Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! Madison leads the second mission and chooses to help her sister Izzy's friend Di who says her mother is very ill. Izzy has been behaving really weirdly since she started her new school and it turns out it's because Di is bullying her. With some magical intervention in the form of a starry spell, the girls discover the truth about Di - and once everything comes out the two girls become firm friends!

Stargirl Academy 3: Sophie's Shining Spell

Stargirl Academy 3: Sophie's Shining Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series! Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! It's Jackson's turn to lead a mission and she chooses to help her mum who is having a hard time from her boss. The other girls are desperate to do something for Sophie's little brother who has nowhere to play since the local park has been shut down. Jackson isn't having any of it, but by chance her mum's boss is at the heart of the problem. Everyone is happy when he gets his comeuppance thanks to Sophie's shining spell. The girls have earned their third star!

Stargirl Academy 1: Lily's Shimmering Spell

Stargirl Academy 1: Lily's Shimmering Spell

Author: Vivian French, Jo Anne Davies Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series! Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! Ava leads the first mission and decides they should teach Lily's horrible great aunt a lesson. With a new spell the girls convince Great Aunt Acidity that supernatural forces are angry with her: floating crockery and a message written by a teapot make her change her ways. It's a triumph - they've earned their first star!

Stargirl Academy 4: Ava's Sparkling Spell

Stargirl Academy 4: Ava's Sparkling Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series! Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! It's Lily's turn to lead a mission but she hands over to Ava who is worried about her lovely local cafe. Cafe Blush is losing customers to a new place down the road and faces closure. The Stargirls investigate the new cafe and find it's a sham - what's more, the kitchen is disgusting! With a nifty sparkling spell, the girls expose the owners' sloppy standards and everyone returns to Cafe Blush! Another successful mission - and another star!

Stargirl Academy 5: Emma's Glittering Spell

Stargirl Academy 5: Emma's Glittering Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series! Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! Emma leads the fifth mission: she wants to help a family who have moved in two doors down - the baby cries all night and the older children can't play in the garden because it's overgrown. Mr Appleby would be the perfect person to help as his immaculate garden is right next door, but he's been complaining about the noise. Melody and Jackson perform some very risky magic and, against his will, Mr Appleby finds himself mowing the noisy neighbours' lawn! Thanks to Emma's skilful glittering spell and Mr Appleby's good nature, all is well, but Fairy Mary is furious with Melody and Jackson and they don't receive a star. The other girls however, are rewarded - only one more to go!

Stargirl Academy 6: Olivia's Twinkling Spell

Stargirl Academy 6: Olivia's Twinkling Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series! Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls!

Stargirl Academy 1: Lily's Shimmering Spell

Stargirl Academy 1: Lily's Shimmering Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series!Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! Ava leads the first mission and decides they should teach Lily's horrible great aunt a lesson. With a new spell the girls convince Great Aunt Acidity that supernatural forces are angry with her: floating crockery and a message written by a teapot make her change her ways. It's a triumph - they've earned their first star!

Stargirl Academy 2: Madison's Starry Spell

Stargirl Academy 2: Madison's Starry Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series!Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! Madison leads the second mission and chooses to help her sister Izzy's friend Di who says her mother is very ill. Izzy has been behaving really weirdly since she started her new school and it turns out it's because Di is bullying her. With some magical intervention in the form of a starry spell, the girls discover the truth about Di - and once everything comes out the two girls become firm friends!

Stargirl Academy 3: Sophie's Shining Spell

Stargirl Academy 3: Sophie's Shining Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series!Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! It's Jackson's turn to lead a mission and she chooses to help her mum who is having a hard time from her boss. The other girls are desperate to do something for Sophie's little brother who has nowhere to play since the local park has been shut down. Jackson isn't having any of it, but by chance her mum's boss is at the heart of the problem. Everyone is happy when he gets his comeuppance thanks to Sophie's shining spell. The girls have earned their third star!

Stargirl Academy 4: Ava's Sparkling Spell

Stargirl Academy 4: Ava's Sparkling Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series!Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! It's Lily's turn to lead a mission but she hands over to Ava who is worried about her lovely local cafe. Cafe Blush is losing customers to a new place down the road and faces closure. The Stargirls investigate the new cafe and find it's a sham - what's more, the kitchen is disgusting! With a nifty sparkling spell, the girls expose the owners' sloppy standards and everyone returns to Cafe Blush! Another successful mission - and another star!

Stargirl Academy 5: Emma's Glittering Spell

Stargirl Academy 5: Emma's Glittering Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series!Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls! Emma leads the fifth mission: she wants to help a family who have moved in two doors down - the baby cries all night and the older children can't play in the garden because it's overgrown. Mr Appleby would be the perfect person to help as his immaculate garden is right next door, but he's been complaining about the noise. Melody and Jackson perform some very risky magic and, against his will, Mr Appleby finds himself mowing the noisy neighbours' lawn! Thanks to Emma's skilful glittering spell and Mr Appleby's good nature, all is well, but Fairy Mary is furious with Melody and Jackson and they don't receive a star. The other girls however, are rewarded - only one more to go!

Stargirl Academy 6: Olivia's Twinkling Spell

Stargirl Academy 6: Olivia's Twinkling Spell

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 20/06/2013

The girls in Team Starlight learn spells and earn their stars in this magical new young fiction series!Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds! Previously a rather old-fashioned establishment, it has been reopened by its head teacher to train children to be modern day fairy godmothers. Fairy Mary McBee selects a group of girls: Lily, Ava, Madison, Sophie, Emma, Olivia - and Melody and Jackson who think they're better than everyone else. The girls learn lots of spells - shimmering, starry, shining, sparkling, glittering and twinkling ones - which they use to fix problems and help people in trouble. For every successful mission they gain a star, and once they have six stars they will be fully qualified stargirls!

Julia Donaldson Plays Green/1B Larry's Lorry 6-pack

Julia Donaldson Plays Green/1B Larry's Lorry 6-pack

Author: Vivian French, Rachael Sutherland Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 14/01/2013

Developed with Julia Donaldson, this title is part of the Plays to Read series for KS1. Perfect for both guided and independent reading Beautiful illustrations and unforgettable characters to keep wandering minds engaged Available as an interactive eBook - kids pick the part they want to play and the others are read back to them

Julia Donaldson Plays Turq/1B Where or Where is Mrs Brown? 6-pack

Julia Donaldson Plays Turq/1B Where or Where is Mrs Brown? 6-pack

Author: Vivian French, Rachael Sutherland Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 14/01/2013

Developed with Julia Donaldson, this title is part of the Plays to Read series for KS1. Perfect for both guided and independent reading Beautiful illustrations and unforgettable characters to keep wandering minds engaged Available as an interactive eBook - kids pick the part they want to play and the others are read back to them

Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS1)/1B Animal Talent Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS1)/1B Animal Talent 6-pack Blue (KS1)/1b

Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS1)/1B Animal Talent Julia Donaldson Plays Blue (KS1)/1B Animal Talent 6-pack Blue (KS1)/1b

Author: Vivian French, Rachael Sutherland Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 14/01/2013

Developed with Julia Donaldson, this title is part of the Plays to Read series for KS1. Perfect for both guided and independent reading Beautiful illustrations and unforgettable characters to keep wandering minds engaged Available as an interactive eBook - kids pick the part they want to play and the others are read back to them

BC JD Plays Turquoise/1B Where Oh Where is Mrs Brown?

BC JD Plays Turquoise/1B Where Oh Where is Mrs Brown?

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Julia Donaldson Plays Trip to Doctor Woof BC JD Plays Blue (KS1)/1B A Trip to Doctor Woof Blue (KS1)/1b

Julia Donaldson Plays Trip to Doctor Woof BC JD Plays Blue (KS1)/1B A Trip to Doctor Woof Blue (KS1)/1b

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

BC JD Plays Green/1B Larry's Lorry

BC JD Plays Green/1B Larry's Lorry

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

BC JD Plays Blue (KS1)/1B Animal Talent

BC JD Plays Blue (KS1)/1B Animal Talent

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2013

Perfect for enjoying in school or at home, Bug Club is proud to present a new series of plays to get kids reading, sharing and interacting at KS1. Presented by celebrated children's author Julia Donaldson, each play features engaging stories, beautiful artwork and memorable characters that help kids really catch the reading bug by truly involving them in the story!

Early Reader: The Big Sticky Bun

Early Reader: The Big Sticky Bun

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Jason and his little sister Daisy B help Mum and Dad with the shopping, the gardening and eating cakes in this fun and accessible story, perfect for early readers.

The Buttons Family: The Babysitter

The Buttons Family: The Babysitter

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

One of a series of six brilliant new series of first experiences books about the Buttons Family. Mum and Dad are going out for the evening and a new babysitter is coming round to look after Cherry, Charlie and Baby Lou. She reads them two stories, and stays with them until they fall asleep. They want her to come back the next night too! Charming, funny picture books with gentle, non-didactic messages, the Buttons family will give children the reassurance they need to take their first steps in the world - whether it's going to the doctor, buying new shoes, visiting the dentist, starting school, staying the night at Gran's, or having a new babysitter for the first time.

The Buttons Family: Going to the Dentist

The Buttons Family: Going to the Dentist

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2012

One of a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons Family. Dad's got toothache and Mum says it's time all the Buttons went to the dentist for a check-up. The dentist shows Charlie, Cherry and baby Lou how to look after their teeth. Charming, funny picture books with gentle, non-didactic messages, the Buttons family will give children the reassurance they need to take their first steps in the world - whether it's going to the doctor, buying new shoes, visiting the dentist, starting school, staying the night at Gran's, or having a new babysitter for the first time.

Jodie the Juggler Band 05/Green

Jodie the Juggler Band 05/Green

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Jodie loves to juggle - plates, oranges, anything! But his mum isn't so keen as Jodie has lots of 'accidents' when practising his skills. She'd rather Jodie played something less destructive, like football. Will she persuade Jodie to swap his juggling for football? And will Jodie the footballer be less accident-prone than Jodie the juggler? * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * The table on page 22 and 23 prompts children to recap and discuss the story. * Curriculum links - PE: Games and activities.

The Magic Egg Band 2a/Red

The Magic Egg Band 2a/Red

Author: Vivian French, Karen Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

When a hungry boy wishes for an egg he gets a surprise - a magic egg that makes everything he wishes for come true with hilarious consequences. But in the end does he ever really get what he wants? This traditional tale is beautifully illustrated by Karen Donnelly to set the scene and encourage discussion. * Red A/Band 2A books offer predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development. * Text type: A story with predictable structure and patterned language. * A circular story map on pages 14-15 shows the boys journey and the consequence of each of his wishes, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development

Mountain Mona Band 09/Gold

Mountain Mona Band 09/Gold

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2012

Mona the goat's brother is good at jumping. Mona's sister is good at leaping. Mona is good at growing sunflowers. But when she meets a big, fierce lion, Mona finds out she's good at something else too! A humorous fantasy story by renowned childrens' author Vivian French. Mona the goat's brother is good at jumping. Mona's sister is good at leaping. Mona is good at growing sunflowers. But when she meets a big, fierce lion, Mona finds out she's good at something else too! A humorous fantasy story by renowned childrens' author Vivian French. Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities.

The Buttons Family: Staying with Gran

The Buttons Family: Staying with Gran

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family. Cherry, Charlie and Baby Lou have never stayed with Gran on their own before, but she makes sure they have a lovely time. They make cupcakes and have Gran's famous surprise breakfast. Baby Lou even has Mum's old teddy to help her sleep.

The Buttons Family: New Shoes

The Buttons Family: New Shoes

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family. Charlie's shoes are too tight but he doesn't want new ones. The lady at the shoe shop tells Charlie to listen to his toes, they are saying ouch! . So Charlie gets brand new shoes.

The Buttons Family: Going to the Doctor

The Buttons Family: Going to the Doctor

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2012

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family. Cherry has a cold but she doesn't want to go to the doctor. Her mum gently persuades her and when she gets there she finds it's not scary at all. In fact she has fun listening to her heartbeat on the stethoscope while Mum gets her medicine!

Flight of Dragons

Flight of Dragons

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2011

When rumors spread that dragons have been spotted on the kingdoms border and that there may be an unhatched dragons egg at Nivens Knowe, Prince Marcus jumps at the chance to bring his sweetheart, Gracie Gillypot, to the scene. But lurking across the border is the bloated, sluglike Granpappy Canker, who is scheming to infiltrate the Five Kingdoms. Fans of the series will be reunited with familiar royalty, generations of bats, and Gubble, the loyal troll, as they all gather to witness the suspenseful standoff between True-heart and the forces of evil.

Heart of Glass

Heart of Glass

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

Always looking for an adventure, Prince Marcus asks Gracie Gillypot to join him in some dwarf spotting, but their journey into the Unreliable Forest goes horribly wrong when Gracie disappears. Underground, the dwarves have struck a dangerous bargain with the King of the Trolls, and Dreghorns balance of power, held in a mysterious heart of glass, could change forever. Can the heroic Prince Marcus save both Princess Marigold and Gracie from the grips of a lonely troll and a scheming goblin?A Junior Library Guild Selection

Bag of Bones

Bag of Bones

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2011

When the quill writes GO GO GO frantically on the wall, and the House of the Ancient Crones heaves Gracie Gillypot outside onto the path, it can mean only one thing: theres Trouble in the Five Kingdoms. This time its in the form of a beady-eyed, green-tongued witch named Truda Hangnail, who with her banished Deep Magic has vowed to succeed Queen Bluebell on the throne. Now that her horrible spell has shrunk the good witches of Wadington to the size of, well, rats, can anything stop her? Will the strengths, smarts, and charms of a spunky trueheart, a sweet-natured orphan, a scruffy prince, a substantial troll, and two squabbling bats be enough to foil her insidious plot?Readers wont be disappointed by this fractured fairy-tale follow-up. BooklistFanswill be much amused by the dashing about, the quick brushes with danger, and the undercurrents of budding romance. Kirkus Reviews

Early Reader: The Kitten with No Name

Early Reader: The Kitten with No Name

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2011

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey. Poor lost Kitten. He doesn't have a name or a home to call his own. All he wants is to find a warm and cosy place where someone will love him. Will anyone help this little kitten?

Robe of Skulls

Robe of Skulls

Author: Vivian French Format: eBook Release Date: 01/12/2010

Trouble is brewing in the first book of the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series. The sorceress Lady Lamorna wants a skull-studded gown of deep black velvet but finds her treasure chest empty of gold. That doesn't stop her from kidnapping, blackmailing, and using more than a little magic to get what she needs. Will all her best-laid plans be foiled by the heroic Gracie Gillypot, two chatty bats, a gallant (if rather scruffy) prince, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge, and some very Ancient Crones?

The Flight of Dragons The Fourth Tale from the Five Kingdoms

The Flight of Dragons The Fourth Tale from the Five Kingdoms

Author: Vivian French, Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/10/2010

Hilarious fourth book in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms series which began with the popular The Robe of Skulls and features many of the same much-loved characters. Marcus, Prince of Gorebreath, has a plan - he wants to take Gracie Gillypot on an adventure for her birthday, preferably to see a dragon or two. But then he discovers that there may be a dragon's egg somewhere within the Five Kingdoms and, what's more, it could be due to hatch at any minute! A newly-hatched dragon would be highly dangerous in the wrong hands and the race begins to find the egg before the zombies, werewolves, deep witches and sorcerers get to hear about it. The tiny dragon hatches under the watchful eye of its parents, and all three fly off into the sunset ... just as Gracie remembers that this is the day of her birthday.

The Magic Egg Band 02a/Red a

The Magic Egg Band 02a/Red a

Author: Vivian French, Karen Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2010

When a hungry boy wishes for an egg he gets a surprise - a magic egg that makes everything he wishes for come true with hilarious consequences. But in the end does he ever really get what he wants? This traditional tale is beautifully illustrated by Karen Donnelly to set the scene and encourage discussion. This is a Red A/Band 2A book in the Collins Big Cat reading programme which offers predictable text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development for early readers. This story has a predictable structure and patterned language. A circular story map on pages 14-15 shows the boys journey and the consequence of each of his wishes, providing a wealth of speaking and listening opportunities. This book would link well with personal, social and emotional development curriculum topics. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. The Magic Egg is one of the top 10 books found to be `easiest' to read - most accessible and appropriate for the reading level - in the 2019 What Kids are Reading report from Renaissance Learning. Other top 10 `easiest' books to read from the report include Bad Bat (9780007412891), No, Sid, No! (9780007421923), Sam and the Nut (9780007334995), Best Bird (9780007412853), Cat and Dog in a Mess (9780007235827), Get Fit (9780007421961) and Got It! (9780007421930).

Yucky Worms

Yucky Worms

Author: Vivian French Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/11/2009

Worms ... they're yucky aren't they? Not according to this enjoyable new book which reveals just how amazing the wriggly creatures really are! Worms - fun, fascinating and wriggly worms! The humble earthworm plays a significant role in the environment, as all farmers and gardeners know: it aerates the soil, composts dead matter into rich humus in which seeds can germinate and plants can grow. Children love them too - especially for their wriggliness!

The Bag of Bones The Second Tale from the Five Kingdoms

The Bag of Bones The Second Tale from the Five Kingdoms

Author: Vivian French, Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2008

The good witches of Wadingburn are worried - there's a new witch in town with a bag of magic bones, and she's so evil she makes their toes ache... Another fun-filled fantasty in the Tales from the Five Kingdoms stories that started with The Robe of Skulls. Truda Hangnail is a very wicked witch, banned from the Five Kingdoms because of her use of deep magic. Then she comes up with a fiendish plan to restore evil to the Five Kingdoms, transforming the good witches of Waddingburn into shrivelled, wicked old witches who will help her take over King Frank's kingdom on his fiftieth birthday. Luckily, a sweet-natured half-human, half-elf named Loobly is witness to Truda's evil spell and sets off to fetch help. As the birthday party looms and Truda's evil gathers strength, Loobly enlists the help of Prince Marcus of Gorebreath and Gracie Gillypot, as well as old friends Gubble the troll and Marlon and Alf the bats, to stop Truda and send her packing to the house of the Ancient Crones to face her just deserts.

The Tiara Club: Princess Promises

The Tiara Club: Princess Promises

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Thirty-six magical promises to share with your family and friends. Now you can cheer up someone you love, be kind and generous to your friends, or use one as a very special gift. Just sign and tear out to spread lots of princess happiness!

The Tiara Club: Be a Perfect Princess

The Tiara Club: Be a Perfect Princess

Author: Vivian French Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/10/2008

Do you want to be a PERFECT PRINCESS? Do you want to discover how to be the BESTEST friend, what to wear and how to be kind? Would you like to know how to do the most PERFECT curtsey and how to make great gifts and delicious treats? The Tiara Club princesses will show you how - and guarantee that you have a FABULOUS time!

Selim-Hassan the Seventh and the Wall Band 17/Diamond

Selim-Hassan the Seventh and the Wall Band 17/Diamond

Author: Vivian French Format: Undefined Release Date: 01/09/2008

In Selim-Hassan the Seventh, a teenager is determined not to follow in his father's footsteps (but his great-great-great-great grandfather has other ideas). In The Wall, a young nomadic girl is determined to return her grandmother to the land of her birth, across the Great Wall of China. * Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. * Two alternative career paths for Selim-Hasan on pages 54 and 55 help children to discuss the options that Selim-hassan had and the decisions he made. * Text type: Two stories from other cultures * Curriculum links: Geography: Passport to the world; Citizenship: Living in a diverse world. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Draglins to the Rescue

Draglins to the Rescue

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/05/2008

Charming Borrowers-style stories about mini-dragons who move from their home in the attic to the great Outdoors. Daffodil, Dora, Dennis and Danny have moved Outdoors, but their things are trapped Under Roof! Dennis has a PLAN to rescue them ... But will the gigantic Human Beanies get in the way?

Mrs Floss and Mrs Fleece

Mrs Floss and Mrs Fleece

Author: Vivian French, Natalie Russell Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2008

Caterpillar Butterfly

Caterpillar Butterfly

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2008

Watch a caterpillar metamorphose into a butterfly in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book, part of the new Nature Storybooks series. Curious young minds will love discovering each stage in the journey, from wriggly green caterpillar to the beautiful butterfly, in this picture book which combines story with information. Previously part of the acclaimed Read and Wonder series, Caterpillar Butterfly has been re-launched in the new Nature Storybooks series with a brand new look.

Once Upon A Picnic

Once Upon A Picnic

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2008

Little Red Riding Hood, three bears, a troll, a giant, a witch - all pay a visit to the little boy's picnic. Maybe a picnic can be fun after all.

Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/12/2007

Spot all your favourite nursery story characters in this lively rhyming tale! Nothing much happened round here says the little boy to his dad at the end of the day. But the pictures tell a different story! Goldilocks, three little pigs, a wolf, a witch, Humpty Dumpty - all have paraded outside the little boy's window! So maybe it wasn't such a dull day after all...

The Robe of Skulls The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms

The Robe of Skulls The First Tale from the Five Kingdoms

Author: Vivian French, Ross Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

An exuberant, hilarious and wildly entertaining fairy tale with a cast of characters who are good, bad and very, very ugly. All is not well in the crumbling castle high above the mountain village of Fracture. The sorceress Lady Lamorna has her heart set on a new robe. A very expensive new robe. To get the cash she will stop at nothing, including kidnapping, blackmail and more than a little black magic. But she reckons without the heroic Gracie Gillypot, not to mention a gallant if rather scruffy prince, two chatty bats, the wickedest stepsister ever, a troll with a grudge - and some very Ancient crones.

The Three-legged Mummy

The Three-legged Mummy

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/09/2006

First-class, award-winning authors interweave a gripping narrative with stacks of fun facts. This work caters particularly for the tastes of reluctant readers who would rather read about topics they're interested in than fiction - especially suitable for boys. It features fun, top-quality illustrations on almost every page. It is tested by consultants at every stage of production. Bebi and Kenefer like to explore where they're not allowed. But then Kenefer sees something so weird that it makes most mummies look normal...

Sharp Sheep

Sharp Sheep

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/08/2006

Josh collects horror comics and he loves to terrify his brother, Paul, and his stepsister, Mandy, with scary stories - the more gruesome, the better! So when the three are sent to Wales to stay with their grandparents, Josh starts to spin a spooky yarn about the strange Balwen Black Mountain sheep that live around Grampy's farmhouse. He says that Rhys the Fleece - a legendary, devilish shepherd - guards them, and will grant a magic wish to anyone brave enough to stay out in the valley all night long . . . and survive. So when a ruthless local developer threatens to build on Grampy's land, Paul decides to put the magic wish to the test!

Falling Awake

Falling Awake

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/05/2006

Danny is cool. The younger kids think they're cool too, but they are just kiddie babes to Danny. He can make easy money out of them. He isn't going to say no to easy money, is he? Barrington Stoke specialise in books for reluctant, struggling and dyslexic readers.

Mountain Mona Band 09/Gold

Mountain Mona Band 09/Gold

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/01/2006

Mona the goat's brother is good at jumping. Mona's sister is good at leaping. Mona is good at growing sunflowers. But when she meets a big, fierce lion, Mona finds out she's good at something else too! A humorous fantasy story by renowned childrens' author Vivian French. Mona the goat's brother is good at jumping. Mona's sister is good at leaping. Mona is good at growing sunflowers. But when she meets a big, fierce lion, Mona finds out she's good at something else too! A humorous fantasy story by renowned childrens' author Vivian French. Gold/Band 9 fiction offers developing readers literary language and stories with distinctive characters. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

The Tiara Club: Princess Katie and the Silver Pony

The Tiara Club: Princess Katie and the Silver Pony

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/10/2005

Where do Princesses go to school? The Princess Academy! There they learn all they need to know about becoming a proper Princess. With dramas and tiaras, this series is full of things for young readers to identify with and enjoy. Each story revolves around the six members of the Tiara Club, Princesses Emily, Katie, Daisy, Charlotte, Sophia and Alice, and follows their adventures as they pass through each level of schooling, from Grade 1 (How to behave at a Grand Ball) to Grade 6 (How to deal with a Wicked Fairy).

Brian the Giant

Brian the Giant

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2005

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers, from bestselling author Vivian French and much-loved illustrator Sue Heap, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Brian the Giant is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Brian the Giant loves eating muffins - but he hates making them. When someone starts stealing his muffins, he finds a VERY special way of finding out who it is! This is a charming and uplifting story told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech bubbles and recipes. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Buck and His Truck

Buck and His Truck

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2005

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers from bestselling author Vivian French, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Buck and His Truck is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Buck's truck is the BEST! Larry's lorry is the GREATEST! Buck the truck-driver and Larry the lorry-driver are rivals. One day they are both asked to do the same job. Could they have more in common than they'd thought? This is a charming and uplifting story told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech bubbles, postcards and posters. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Morris Plays Hide and Seek Band 06/Orange

Morris Plays Hide and Seek Band 06/Orange

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Morris wants to eat his kitty biscuits, but his mother sends him off to play hide and seek instead. When it's Morris's turn to hide, he finds the perfect place: the food cupboard, where the kitty biscuits are kept! * Orange/ Band 6 books offer varied text and characters, with action sustained over several pages. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * A storyboard on pages 22 and 23 offers and opportunity for children to retell the story in their own words. * Curriculum links - Citizenship: Taking part. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Jodie the Juggler Band 05/Green

Jodie the Juggler Band 05/Green

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2005

Jodie loves to juggle - plates, oranges, anything! But his mum isn't so keen as Jodie has lots of 'accidents' when practising his skills. She'd rather Jodie played something less destructive, like football. Will she persuade Jodie to swap his juggling for football? And will Jodie the footballer be less accident-prone than Jodie the juggler? * Green/ Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters. * Text type - A story with a familiar setting. * The table on page 22 and 23 prompts children to recap and discuss the story. * Curriculum links - PE: Games and activities. * This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.

Bill Bird's New Boots Green Banana

Bill Bird's New Boots Green Banana

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/09/2004

A story perfect for kids just learning to tie their own laces from Vivian French for Egmont's green banana series. Bill Bird has got some really cool new boots. The problem is, he can't untie his laces! So when he goes Molly Mouse's party, he treads on everyone's toes. Finally, Molly helps him undo them. But then there's another problem. He can't tie them again! Three delightful stories about the trials of a young bird and his new boots. Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.

Year 3: Detective Dan

Year 3: Detective Dan

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/08/2004

Dan and his best friend, Billy, turn detective when Dan's lunchbox gets thrown on the ground every day. Dan's teacher says he's becoming untidy, and Dan gets upset and goes hungry. He knows someone is to blame - but how can he and Billy catch the culprit?

Bert and the Burglar

Bert and the Burglar

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2004

A lively and engaging Starters title for beginner readers from bestselling author Vivian French, with a friendly text and stylish two-colour illustrations. Bert and the Burglar is part of Walker Starters, the wonderfully fun and friendly series for beginner readers. Police Constable Bert likes skipping, fluffy kittens and writing poems. He also likes Police Constable Marigold. Police Constable Marigold likes acting tough, fierce dogs and catching burglars. She does NOT like Police Constable Bert... This is a charming and uplifting story told through a range of writing styles, including hand-lettered speech bubbles, postcards and posters. The illustrations, which appear on every page, are lively and stylish, and play an active part in helping children understand the text.

Morris the Mouse Hunter

Morris the Mouse Hunter

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/02/2003

Morris is ginger and very fat. He's a cat who loves snoozing and eating... but that won't catch him a mouse. Another lively story for beginner readers about this lovable puss. Morris is good at licking and purring. His mother wants him to be good at running and jumping, and bouncing and pouncing. For Morris is fat... too fat. Mum says no more food until you have caught a mouse But how will Morris ever catch a mouse when all he dreams about is food. But there's a mouse in the house whose mother thinks he's too fat as well. And until he's been chased by a cat, he knows he won't get thin. So Morris and the mouse come to an agreement whereby they get their food without even flexing a muscle! Wonderfully inventive text and perfect for beginner readers from this well-known author.

Lullaby Lion Board Book

Lullaby Lion Board Book

Author: Vivian French Format: Board book Release Date: 03/02/2003

Singing To The Sun

Singing To The Sun

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2001

Eight beguiling stories in the fairy-tale tradition by a leading story teller. Discover how a tabby cat and a court jester help a young lord to choose between power, riches and love. Read about the small thistle who, alone among all the beautiful flowers of the garden, has the wisdom and courage to help a childless king and queen. Follow the contrasting fortunes of the Little Beekeeper and her rude and foolish older brothers. Take a fantastical quest to the other side of Nowhere...Thoughtful and beguiling, these eight original stories in the fairy tale tradition have the resonance of much-loved classics, confirming Vivian French as one of the most imaginative and gifted storytellers of our times.

The Snow Dragon

The Snow Dragon

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/11/2000

When the power-crazy Most Royal of Fire Dragons decides he wants to rule not only his own hot southern kingdom but also the icy wastes of the Snow Dragons' northern territory, catastrophe occurs. The Fire Dragon ignores the warning from the powerful Book that Twolegs will eventually destroy his kind, and sets out crisping and frazzling the world. Little Tuft, a Twoleg, can't ignore the warning and enlists the help of the last remaining Snow Dragon in a thrilling and magical quest to save the world from burning up... An entrancing story, lyrically told and gorgeously illustrated, which will be appreciated on a variety of levels by children from pre-school to 8-year-olds and older.

A House for Snail Yellow Band

A House for Snail Yellow Band

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2000

Endorsed for reading by Cambridge Assessment International Education, Cambridge Reading Adventures is our international primary reading scheme. Snail is looking for a house. Where can he live? Yellow Band books include longer story plots to support the development of inferential skills. There is more emphasis on learners' understanding through reading and less use of illustrations to show meaning. Longer sentences include a wider range of vocabulary while repetition is used for dramatic effect rather than to build high-frequency vocabulary. Contains full teaching support including learning outcomes, curriculum links and follow-up activities.

Oliver's Fruit Salad

Oliver's Fruit Salad

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/04/1998

Oliver, star of Oliver's Vegetables, is back from his healthy week eating vegetables at his grandpa's house. Suddenly, the fruit at home doesn't seem quite good enough for Oliver. What is his mum to do? Other titles in this series: Oliver's Fruit Salad Oliver's Milkshake

Oliver's Vegetables

Oliver's Vegetables

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/08/1995

Do you like chips? Oliver does. In fact, he won't eat anything else - until he plays a game with his grandpa. Whatever vegetable Oliver finds in the garden, he must eat. On Monday, he pulls up carrots, on Tuesday, it is spinach . . . An excellent book for parents with slightly fussy children, which also introduces the days of the week. Other titles in this series: Oliver's Fruit Salad Oliver's Milkshake

Hedgehogs Don't Eat Hamburgers

Hedgehogs Don't Eat Hamburgers

Author: Vivian French Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/1993

Hector and Hattie and Harry and Hester set off to find a nice juicy hamburger. But Fox doesn't want a hamburger, and neither does Badger. What they want are four nice fat juicy hedgehogs for their tea! Two funny stories about four friendly hedgehogs, perfect for beginner readers.

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