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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

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

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

Author: Vivian French Illustrator: Bill Ledger Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/12/2021

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.

The Runaways of Haddington Hall

The Runaways of Haddington Hall

Author: Vivian French, Lia Visirin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/11/2021

A high octane, high drama romp, following the adventures of Victorian laundry maid Minnie O'Sullivan and her unforgettable band of friends. After a series of misfortunes, Minnie O'Sullivan is whisked away to Haddington Hall: a nightmarish home for wayward girls. Bad becomes worse when the hall's ruthless founder, Mrs Haddington, takes an instant dislike to brave, determined Minnie, and she's in danger of losing everything... But Minnie has never backed down from a fight in her life, and she's not about to start now! Irresistible characters and a compulsive plot with twists aplenty; Vivian French conjures up the very spirit of Dickensian England in a wonderful new novel for middle-grade readers. Vivian French is a writer of tremendous charm. Literary Review Delightful ... with its edge-of-your-seat pace, it deserves applause. Sunday Times (Children's Book of the Week) on The Steam Whistle Theatre Company Storytelling at its best ... a classic in the making. The Scotsman on The Steam Whistle Theatre Company

The Runaways of Haddington Hall

The Runaways of Haddington Hall

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 04/11/2021

The Giants' Tea Party

The Giants' Tea Party

Author: Vivian French Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/02/2021

The Giants' Tea Party

The Giants' Tea Party

Author: Vivian French Illustrator: Marta Kissi Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

A rollicking fairy-tale adventure from the makers of The Adventures of Alfie Onion, Tom & Tallulah and the Witches' Feast and The Dragon's Breakfast. French is a skilled storyteller ... she reminds us how fresh a fairy tale can feel in the right hands. - The New York Times Prince Max is on a mission. The royal family are down to their very last penny, so the king and queen have sent him away to the valley of the giants - with only a grumpy old donkey for company. According to legend, the giants are rich beyond all imagining: they live in gold palaces, drink from gold goblets and brush their teeth with gold toothpaste. But are the legends true and, even if they are, will the giants be willing to share their treasure? With the help of his donkey companion and Caromel, the talking cat, Max is about to find out. And he must keep his wits about him ... there are worse dangers than giants, lurking in the shadows! French is a writer of tremendous charm, her world at once comedic and believable. - Literary Review

Lottie Luna and the Giant Gargoyle

Lottie Luna and the Giant Gargoyle

Author: Vivian French Illustrator: Nathan Reed Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

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 Lottie's school holds its yearly talent competition, she finds that she might just have to use them... if she's going to help her friends save the day and win first prize...

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Chocolate

Author: Vivian French, Frederico Bonifacini Illustrator: Paul Howard Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2020

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.

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