David Melling - Author

About the Author

One of the World Book Day 2014 Authors David Melling was born in Oxford. His father was a sculptor and David inherited his artistic leanings. David has received much recognition for his artistic talent. His first book 'Brilliant the Dinosaur' (Pavilion) was shortlisted for the 1994 Smarties Book Award and 'What's that Noise?' was longlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. More recently, The Kiss That Missed was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award. His recent picture book, The Tale of Jack Frost was animated and shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day with a voice over by Hugh Laurie. It was shortlisted for the Pulcinella Award 2005 for 'Best TV Movie' category. To date he has illustrated over 60 books, writing and illustrating around 15 of them, including the popular Hugless Douglas series...www.huglessdouglas.co.uk

David Melling is married and lives with his wife and two children in Oxfordshire.

Featured books by David Melling

The Ghost Library

The Ghost Library

7+ readers

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2013

This spooky picture book from bestselling author-illustrator David Melling has sold over 300,000 copies and continues to enchant children.

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas

Baby and Toddler

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 05/01/2012

A full-length board book edition of the bestselling picture book.

Other books by David Melling

Smile with Splosh Board Book

Smile with Splosh Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

Is Splosh happy or sad? Find out in this fun adventure from the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Splosh and his fluffy duck friends are exploring the countryside. On the way they get lost - and a bit scared. Will Splosh be brave enough to ask for help? This adorable story will help introduce the idea of emotions to the youngest of readers.

A Day with Splosh Board Book

A Day with Splosh Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 07/03/2019

Join Splosh on his busy day in this fun story from the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Splosh has a busy day at Little School planned - there's all his fluffy duck friends to see, kites to fly and painting to be done. Will he be able to do everything? This adorable story will introduce the daily routine to the youngest of readers.

Hugless Douglas and the Baby Birds

Hugless Douglas and the Baby Birds

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/01/2019

Join Douglas for springtime magic in a new adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.6 million copies to date in 26 languages! When a nest full of eggs comes crashing down Hugless Douglas offers to look after them until Swoopy Bird has built a new home. But Douglas soon discovers a hug is not enough to keep a little egg safe. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his ninth book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 24/09/2018

The board book edition of a heart-warming Hugless Douglas adventure in this bestselling series with over 1.4 million copies sold to date in 26 languages. When Douglas goes on a best friend hunt with Flossie the sheep, everyone seems to have a best friend except him! Perhaps what Douglas is looking for is right under his nose... 'Hugless Douglas has found his way into children's hearts' Parents in Touch

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 24/09/2018

A board book edition of this bestselling picture book. Hugless Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He goes to try and find one but none of them seem quite right. Join Douglas on his search for the perfect bear hug! This is the first adventure in the popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School Board book

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School Board book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 26/07/2018

A board book edition of this bestselling story. Hugless Douglas is very excited to be going to Little School. There is so much to do - and lots of hugs to be given out! This is the sixth adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.6 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail 'Winningly executed' The Sunday Times

Once Upon a Bedtime

Once Upon a Bedtime

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

The perfect bedtime story by the bestselling author and illustrator of the Hugless Douglas series, David Melling. The sun was setting on Sleepy Street as Rabbit and the others began to yawn . . . Rabbit helps his friends get ready for bed in this adorable bedtime story. But when a strange noise turns out to be a sad monster they can't go to bed. Will they be able to cheer their new friend up before bedtime?

Funny Bunnies: Up and Down

Funny Bunnies: Up and Down

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2018

This bright, bold rhyming story from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to opposites for the very young and great to read aloud. Follow these hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through their crazy day. These bunnies go up and these bunnies go down. Sometimes they're funny and sometimes they frown! Don't miss Funny Bunnies: Rain or Shine - a brilliant introduction to weather. Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Funny Bunnies: Rain or Shine

Funny Bunnies: Rain or Shine

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2018

This bright, bold, rhyming story from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to weather for the very young and great to read aloud. Follow the hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through rain, wind, ice and snow. Whatever the weather, the funny bunnies always play together! Don't miss Funny Bunnies: Up and Down - a brilliant introduction to opposites. Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration. Daily Mail

Nadolig Cwtshlyd Douglas

Nadolig Cwtshlyd Douglas

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/10/2017

Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Join Douglas for Christmas magic in the eighth Hugless Douglas adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.6 million copies to date in 24 languages! Hugless Douglas knows what Christmas is all about - snowing sheep, finding a tree, sledging and and making new friends like Rudi the Reindeer! And one more thing of course... Christmas hugs! David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his seventh book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail

Knight Tales

Knight Tales

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/10/2017

From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this classic collection features three stories in one and is filled with quests, magic, humour and bedtime kisses. The king is in a hurry and blows his son a bedtime kiss... but it misses. The kiss flies out of the window and a brave knight and his horse are sent on a quest to bring it back. This loveable duo find themselves heading on more quests in their other adventures. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations and unforgettable characters. Includes: The Kiss That Missed Good Knight Sleep Tight The Three Wishes 'Melling's illustrations are as snazzy and snappy as his prose.' Guardian

Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

Merry Christmas, Hugless Douglas

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Join Douglas for festive fun in the eighth Hugless Douglas adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages! Hugless Douglas knows what Christmas is all about - it's excitement, snowing sheep, finding a tree, sledging and and being with friends. And one more thing of course... Christmas hugs! David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his seventh book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail

Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake Board Book

Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 30/05/2017

The seventh adventure in the bestselling Hugless Douglas series, by one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators, now available as a board book - let's get baking! The sheep are baking honey cakes and Hugless Douglas can't wait to try them. He's sure that food without honey just isn't yummy. Can he ever be tempted to try something new? The perfect story for fussy eaters everywhere. The Hugless Douglas series has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages! David Melling's stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Just Like My Daddy

Just Like My Daddy

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/05/2017

From the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of dads everywhere - even if they are moody, lazy and good at pretending to be busy! A striking new edition of this bestselling picture book. One little lion cub can't wait to grow up and do everything just like his dad. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

Splosh!: Colour with Splosh!

Splosh!: Colour with Splosh!

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2017

This bright, bold, rhyming story from the creator of Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to colours for the very young and great to read aloud. Small children will fall in love with Splosh as he searches for his fluffy duck friends and discovers colours along the way! Don't miss Splosh! - the first book in the series and a brilliant introduction to counting. Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration. Daily Mail

D is for Duck!

D is for Duck!

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Come on an alphabet adventure with Duck in this brilliantly funny story from the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Duck is a magician. Abracadabra! He can conjure up a bunny, a chicken and even the king of the jungle. But can he make a dragon disappear? David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations and unforgettable characters. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Splosh!

Splosh!

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/03/2017

This bright, bold rhyming story from the creator of Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to numbers and counting for the very young and great to read aloud. Count from one to ten with the adorable Splosh and his hilarious fluffy duck friends as they waddle, quack and flap along the diving board. Will they be brave enough to dive into the paddling pool? Don't miss Colour with Splosh! - the second book in this popular series and a brilliant introduction to colours. Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Just Like My Mummy

Just Like My Mummy

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

From the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of mums everywhere and the perfect companion to Just Like My Dad. One mischievous little lion cub is keen to show how he can act just like his mum. But when it comes to bedtime, there's no one as good as her! David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

D is for Duck!

D is for Duck!

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Come on an alphabet adventure with Duck in this brilliantly funny story from the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas. Duck is a magician. Abracadabra! He can conjure up a bunny, a chicken and even the king of the jungle. But can he make a dragon disappear? David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations and unforgettable characters. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Hugless Douglas Numbers Board Book

Hugless Douglas Numbers Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 12/07/2016

Six presents, five balloons, four pieces of cake ... all lead to one birthday hug! A delightful celebration of numbers with everyone's favourite bear, Hugless Douglas. A sturdy board book that is perfect for little paws. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and Douglas the brown bear is a timeless character. The Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'Hugless Douglas fits right in with the well-loved classics like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear and will be remembered for many years to come.' Guardian

Hugless Douglas Animals Board Book

Hugless Douglas Animals Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 12/07/2016

Sheep, bunnies, owl, bear . . . come for a woodland walk with Douglas and discover his animal friends. A delightful celebration of animals with everyone's favourite bear, Hugless Douglas. A sturdy board book that is perfect for little paws. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and Douglas the brown bear is a timeless character. The Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'Hugless Douglas fits right in with the well-loved classics like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear and will be remembered for many years to come.' Guardian

The Star-faced Crocodile A dazzling book about being yourself

The Star-faced Crocodile A dazzling book about being yourself

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Starring two fabulously fun characters - a bear with a banjo and a star-faced crocodile - this is a tale of friendship and music. Told with warmth and wit and accompanied by vibrant watercolour artwork, it teaches us how to respect the world we live in and the delicate balance of nature. A starry celebration of friendship from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. 'A warm tale of friendship.' Junior

Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake

Hugless Douglas and the Great Cake Bake

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/04/2016

Join Douglas on a honey hunt in the seventh Hugless Douglas adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages! The sheep are baking honey cakes and Douglas can't wait to try them. He's sure that food without honey just isn't yummy. Can he ever be tempted to try something new? David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his seventh book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail

Hugless Douglas Colours Board Book

Hugless Douglas Colours Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 10/03/2016

Red scarf, green bush, blue hat . . . all lead to a rainbow hug with a brown bear! A delightful celebration of colours with everyone's favourite bear, Hugless Douglas. A sturdy board book that is perfect for little paws. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and Douglas the brown bear is a timeless character. The Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'Hugless Douglas fits right in with the well-loved classics like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear and will be remembered for many years to come.' Guardian

Hugless Douglas First Words Board Book

Hugless Douglas First Words Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 10/03/2016

It's bedtime for Hugless Douglas and he's exploring some first words. Pyjamas, teddy, book . . . and finally a hug from Mum! A delightful celebration of everyday words with everyone's favourite bear, Hugless Douglas. A sturdy board book that is perfect for little paws. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and Douglas the brown bear is a timeless character. The Hugless Douglas books have sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'Hugless Douglas fits right in with the well-loved classics like Winnie the Pooh and Paddington Bear and will be remembered for many years to come.' Guardian

How to Hug with Hugless Douglas Touch-and-Feel Cover

How to Hug with Hugless Douglas Touch-and-Feel Cover

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2015

Stretch. smile and squeeeeeeze, and join Hugless Douglas and his friends for a fun-filled hugging competition. What prize will Douglas win? With a soft and strokeable touch-and-feel cover, this gorgeous gift book is bound to endear Douglas to yet more young fans. Now everyone can give the best and biggest bear hugs! Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and this bestselling series has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School

Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2015

A new edition of this bestselling story with a striking new cover. Hugless Douglas is very excited to be going to Little School. There is so much to do - and lots of hugs to be given out! This is the sixth adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail 'Winningly executed' The Sunday Times

Splois

Splois

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 30/03/2015

Diwrnod Cyntaf Douglas yn yr Ysgol/Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School

Diwrnod Cyntaf Douglas yn yr Ysgol/Hugless Douglas Goes to Little School

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2015

Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas! Board Book

Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas! Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 28/01/2015

The board book of the fifth Hugless Douglas story in this bestselling series with over 1.4 million copies sold to date in 26 languages. Douglas is very excited about his birthday surprise. But when the surprise turns out to be his over-excited twin cousins, Douglas is sure this will be the worst birthday ever! David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his fifth book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2015

The board book edition of a heart-warming Hugless Douglas adventure in this bestselling series with over 1.4 million copies sold to date in 26 languages. When Douglas goes on a best friend hunt with Flossie the sheep, everyone seems to have a best friend except him! Perhaps what Douglas is looking for is right under his nose... 'Hugless Douglas has found his way into children's hearts' Parents in Touch

Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas! Board Book

Happy Birthday, Hugless Douglas! Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

A new edition of this bestselling story with a striking new cover. Hugless Douglas is very excited about his birthday surprise. But when the surprise turns out to be his over-excited twin cousins, Douglas is sure this will be the worst birthday ever! This is the fifth adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Funny Bunnies: Up and Down Board Book

Funny Bunnies: Up and Down Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 03/07/2014

This bright, bold rhyming story from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to opposites for the very young and great to read aloud. Follow these hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through their crazy day. These bunnies go up and these bunnies go down. Sometimes they're funny and sometimes they frown! Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014.

Funny Bunnies: Rain or Shine Board Book

Funny Bunnies: Rain or Shine Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 03/07/2014

This bright, bold, rhyming story from the creator of the bestselling Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to weather for the very young and great to read aloud. Follow the hilarious pogo-stick loving bunnies through rain, wind, ice and snow. Whatever the weather, the funny bunnies always play together! Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration. The Daily Mail Hugless Douglas has been selected as a World Book Day picture book in 2014.

Hugless Douglas and Friends activity book

Hugless Douglas and Friends activity book

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

With puzzles to solve, games to play and pictures to colour, plus over 100 stickers! Featuring Hugless Douglas and all the characters from the successful series, this great value activity book is packed with things to do. Children will love colouring in, matching opposites, spotting differences and playing the Hugless Douglas board game! Since he was created, Hugless Douglas has sold over 700,000 books worldwide. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' The Daily Mail

My First Hugless Douglas activity book

My First Hugless Douglas activity book

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/03/2014

With puzzles to solve, games to play and pictures to colour, plus over 100 stickers! Featuring Hugless Douglas and all the characters from the successful series, this great value activity book is packed with things to do. Children will love drawing Douglas, playing snap, hunting for hugs and adding to Douglas's world with the colourful stickers. Since he was created, Hugless Douglas has sold over 1.4 million books worldwide. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes

Humpty Dumpty and Other Rhymes

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2014

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 12/11/2013

Join Douglas on a sleepover in this board book edition of the third Hugless Douglas adventure. This bestselling series has sold over 1.4 million copies to date in 26 languages! Hugless Douglas is very excited about Rabbit's sleepover, but he collects so many friends along the way that soon it's a big squash in Rabbit's small burrow! How will they ever get to sleep? David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his third book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Perfect for bedtime and hugtime! Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' - Daily Mail

Splosh!: Colour with Splosh!

Splosh!: Colour with Splosh!

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 27/09/2013

This bright, bold, rhyming story from the creator of Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to colours for the very young and great to read aloud. Small children will fall in love with Splosh as he searches for his fluffy duck friends and discovers colours along the way! This is the second title in the successful Splosh the duck series. Praise for Hugless Douglas: 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration. The Daily Mail

The Ghost Library

The Ghost Library

7+ readers

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/09/2013

This spooky picture book from bestselling author-illustrator David Melling has sold over 300,000 copies and continues to enchant children.

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/07/2013

Hugless Douglas is looking for a best friend in this fourth adventure in the hugely popular series. When Hugless Douglas goes on a best friend hunt with Flossie the sheep, everyone seems to have a best friend except him! Perhaps what Douglas is looking for is right under his nose... This is the fourth adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Hugless Douglas Book and CD

Hugless Douglas Book and CD

Author: David Melling Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/06/2013

A delightful CD and paperback edition of the bestselling picture book narrated by Alan Davies. Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He goes to try and find one but none of them seem quite right. Join Douglas on his search for the perfect bear hug! Douglas is an irresistible and hugely popular character created by David Melling - one of today's leading author-illustrators. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Splosh!

Splosh!

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 07/02/2013

This bright, bold rhyming story from the creator of Hugless Douglas is a wonderfully funny introduction to numbers and counting for the very young and great to read aloud. Count from one to ten with the adorable Splosh and his hilarious fluffy duck friends as they waddle, quack and flap along the diving board. Will they be brave enough to dive into the paddling pool? Don't miss Colour with Splosh - the second book in this popular series.

Cudail Chan Fhaigh Mi

Cudail Chan Fhaigh Mi

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/01/2013

Don't Worry, Hugless Douglas

Don't Worry, Hugless Douglas

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 11/12/2012

A sturdy board book edition of Don't Worry, Hugless Douglas, part of the bestselling series that has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 countries worldwide. Where do you go with a BIG worry? Douglas knows he can count on Dad. Douglas' dad gives him a wonderful new woolly hat. He races outside to show it off and doesn't realise that it's unravelling! Douglas' friends have lots of ideas about how to put things right but it is left to the little bear to work out for himself the best thing to do... Hugless Douglas is an irrresistible and hugely popular pre-school character created by David Melling - one of today's leading author-illustrators. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' The Daily Mail

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

We Love You, Hugless Douglas!

Author: David Melling Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2012

The fourth Hugless Douglas adventure in this bestselling series with 1.4 million copies sold to date in 26 languages. When Douglas goes on a best friend hunt with Flossie the sheep, everyone seems to have a best friend except him! Perhaps what Douglas is looking for is right under his nose... David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his fourth book about Douglas the brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' The Daily Mail

Cwtsh!

Cwtsh!

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2012

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/07/2012

Hugless Douglas is going to a sleepover in this third adventure in the hugely popular series - a perfect book for bedtime and hugtime. Hugless Douglas is very excited about Rabbit's sleepover, but he collects so many friends along the way that soon it's a big squash in Rabbit's small burrow! How will they ever get to sleep? This is the third adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

The Kiss That Missed Board Book

The Kiss That Missed Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 07/06/2012

A sturdy board book edition of The Kiss That Missed. The king is in a hurry and blows his son a bedtime kiss... but it misses. The kiss flies out of the window and a brave knight is sent on a fairytale quest to bring it back. Since this classic picturebook was published over 10 years ago, it has sold over 300,000 copies and become a favourite bedtime story for boys and girls everywhere. By the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this delightful tale is filled with humour, charm and bedtime kisses, and is great to read aloud. It is also a fantastic resource for teachers in lessons about fairytales.

Over the Moon

Over the Moon

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2012

David Melling's lively, fun illustrations bring a host of favourite nursery rhymes to life in two beautiful collections. Over the Moon offers a medley of classic nursery rhymes including Hey Diddle, Diddle; Hickory, Dickory Dock, and Little Miss Muffet.

Five Little Ducks

Five Little Ducks

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 01/01/2012

David Melling's lively, fun illustrations bring a host of favourite nursery rhymes to life in two beautiful collections. Five Little Ducks brings together popular activity rhymes including Row Your Boat and Ring of Roses.

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas

Baby and Toddler

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 05/01/2012

A full-length board book edition of the bestselling picture book.

Don't Worry, Hugless Douglas

Don't Worry, Hugless Douglas

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2011

A new edition of this bestselling story with a striking new cover. Where do you go with a BIG worry? Hugless Douglas knows he can count on Dad. Douglas' dad gives him a wonderful new woolly hat. He races outside to show it off and doesn't realise that it's unravelling! Douglas' friends have lots of ideas about how to put things right but it is left to the little bear to work out for himself the best thing to do... This is the second adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

The Scallywags Blow Their Top!

The Scallywags Blow Their Top!

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2011

The Scallywags are a band of unruly wolves who find it hard to behave properly. But after they storm out of the Forest Show, they meet their match in the shape of a little sheep. It's not long before they are begging to be accepted again by the other animals. A brilliant follow-up to The Scallywags that shows, in the funniest possible way, that it doesn't pay to lose your temper. From the bestselling creator of the Hugless Douglas series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. 'A useful story to show children that it's no fun being at the receiving end of a bad temper.' - Junior

The Kiss That Missed Board Book

The Kiss That Missed Board Book

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/01/2011

The king is in a hurry and blows his son a bedtime kiss... but it misses. The kiss flies out of the window and a brave knight is sent on a fairytale quest to bring it back. Since this classic picturebook was published over 10 years ago, it has sold over 300,000 copies and become a favourite bedtime story for boys and girls everywhere. By the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this delightful tale is filled with humour, charm and bedtime kisses, and is great to read aloud. It is also a fantastic resource for teachers in lessons about fairytales.

The Tale of Jack Frost

The Tale of Jack Frost

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2010

There was once a group of trees who were fed up with living in a deep, dark and crowded valley - so they moved to the enchanted forest. But as everybody knows, trees cannot walk without magic. This is the story of how Jack, the small boy with the frozen touch, wanders in to the forest and ends up saving the magic from the greedy goblins outside. An exquisitely illustrated and beautifully told story. 'An enchanting story, perfect for frosty nights.' - Junior David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators. The Hugless Douglas series has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014.

Hugless Douglas

Hugless Douglas

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/10/2010

A new edition of this bestselling story with a striking new cover. Hugless Douglas is a huggable, lovable young brown bear who wakes up one morning in need of a hug. He goes to try and find one but none of them seem quite right. Join Douglas on his search for the perfect bear hug! This is the first adventure in the hugely popular series, which has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages to date. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Hello, Hugless Douglas! was a World Book Day picture book in 2014 and a number one bestseller, selling over 450,000 copies. 'A new Hugless Douglas book is always a cause for celebration.' Daily Mail

Just Like My Dad

Just Like My Dad

Author: David Melling Format: Board book Release Date: 06/05/2010

A board book edition of this bestselling story. One little lion cub can't wait to grow up and do everything just like his dad. From the creator of Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of dads everywhere - even if they are moody, lazy and good at pretending to be busy! David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

First Arabic Words

First Arabic Words

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/06/2009

Whether your child is learning English or Arabic, Oxford First Arabic Words gives your child a head start in learning another language by taking a picture-book journey through a day, with familiar settings, everyday things, and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird's eye view of getting ready for school in the morning, the journey to school, inside the classroom, a birthday party, and even a trip to the seaside. As a first picture word book, this is perfect for children and their language teacher, or native speaker, to share together picking out the familiar items, playing the matching game, recognizing numbers, shapes and time words. It is ideal for supporting the language skills children are learning in school, language clubs, and for those learning English as a 2nd language. Over 400 Arabic words and their English translations are given next to their illustrations, on every page. There is also an expertly-levelled supplementary section at the back - a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes, opposites, weather, time, and a comprehensive index. The David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly) illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.

First Italian Words

First Italian Words

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2009

Whether your child is learning English or Italian, Oxford First Italian Words gives your child a head start in learning another language by taking a picture-book journey through a day, with familiar settings, everyday things, and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird's eye view of getting ready for school in the morning, the journey to school, inside the classroom, a birthday party, and even a trip to the seaside. As a first picture word book, this is perfect for children and their language teacher, or native speaker, to share together picking out the familiar items, playing the matching game, recognizing numbers, shapes and time words. It is ideal for supporting the language skills children are learning in school, language clubs, and for those learning English as a 2nd language. Over 400 Italian words and their English translations are given next to their illustrations, on every page. There is also an expertly-levelled supplementary section at the back - a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes, opposites, weather, time, and a comprehensive index. The David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly) illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.

First Polish Words

First Polish Words

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2009

Whether your child is learning English or Polish, Oxford First Polish Words gives your child a head start in learning another language by taking a picture-book journey through a day, with familiar settings, everyday things, and cute little dinosaurs. There is a bird's eye view of getting ready for school in the morning, the journey to school, inside the classroom, a birthday party, and even a trip to the seaside. As a first picture word book, this is perfect for children and their language teacher, or native speaker, to share together picking out the familiar items, playing the matching game, recognizing numbers, shapes and time words. It is ideal for supporting the language skills children are learning in school, language clubs, and for those learning English as a 2nd language. Over 400 Polish words and their English translations are given next to their illustrations, on every page. There is also an expertly-levelled supplementary section at the back - a picture/word matching game, counting the ladybirds up to twenty, shapes, opposites, weather, time, and a comprehensive index. The David Melling (The Kiss that Missed, Fidget and Quilly) illustrations make this an adorable first bilingual word book.

Two By Two and a Half

Two By Two and a Half

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/04/2008

The nursery class is lined up in twos and ready to go out with Miss Moo Hoo. Little Bat Jack is on his own at the back, but he doesn't mind. As they walk through the woods, they hear, feel and see something rather unusual... what on earth could it possibly be? 'With playful text and a catchy refrain, Little Bat Jack proves that all the best things come in small packages.' - Junior David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators. The Hugless Douglas series has sold over 1.4 million copies in 26 languages.

Goblins: Tree Goblins Book 2

Goblins: Tree Goblins Book 2

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2008

Beware - there are goblins living among us! Within these pages lies a glimpse into their secret world. But read quickly, and speak softly, in case the goblins spot you... When tree goblins Butterfingers and Mildew lose their egglets, they must enlist the help of Two-Conks the tree and fellow goblin Drip, the inventor of Sock-Sucking. Can the gang find the baby egglets before a snootle-pig does? A riotous, laugh-out-loud funny series for younger readers from the bestselling author of Hugless Douglas, David Melling.

Just Like My Mum

Just Like My Mum

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/02/2008

One mischievous little lion cub is keen to show how he can act just like his mum. But when it comes to bedtime, there's no one as good as her! From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this humorous, touching tale is a celebration of mums everywhere. David Melling is one of the UK's best-loved author-illustrators and his stories combine brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world.

The Three Wishes

The Three Wishes

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2007

The loveable duo from The Kiss That Missed are back in a third adventure! The hapless knight and his faithful horse are left to babysit the prince and princess. But babysitting is a lot harder than they think. Add to the mix - a bag of spells, a little magic and three wishes - and it's going to be a long night. From the bestselling creator of Hugless Douglas, this delightful story is full of humour, charm and magic.

Fidget And Quilly: The Dinosaur Game

Fidget And Quilly: The Dinosaur Game

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2006

How many animals can Fidget and Quilly be in a day? There are tigers and polar bears. crocodiles and dinosaurs in this wonderful lift the flap book. This lovely story captures the magic of play and the small rivalries between friends that loom large one moment and disappear the next. The flaps animate the story and provide a real interactive experience, with funny, appealing illustrations, and lots of young pre-school appeal.

Good Knight Sleep Tight

Good Knight Sleep Tight

Author: David Melling Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2006

A stunning sequel to the award-winning title The Kiss That Missed. The lovable and haphazard knight is back on another quest to find the finest feathers in the kingdom to fill the royal pillow and stop the little princess making that terrible noise!

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