Lydia Monks - Illustrator

About the Illustrator

Lydia Monks is one of the most original picture book artists working today. Lydia illustrates several bestselling series including the What the Ladybird Heard adventures and Princess Mirror-Belle, written by Julia Donaldson. Her distinctive use of colour and collage has won her critical acclaim and several awards, including the Royal Mail Scottish Children’s Book Award, the Stockport Children’s Book Award and multiple nominations for the Kate Greenaway Medal. She is also the author and illustrator of the preschool picture book series Twit Twoo School. Lydia lives in Sheffield.

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Featured books by Lydia Monks

Princess Mirror-Belle

Princess Mirror-Belle

7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

A collection of funny and exciting Princess Mirror-Belle adventures from the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson - perfect for newly independent readers.

Other books by Lydia Monks

The Rhyming Rabbit

The Rhyming Rabbit

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don't appreciate his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own - will he ever find someone to share his poems with? The Rhyming Rabbit is a clever rhyming adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is a delight to read aloud. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

The Princess and the Wizard

The Princess and the Wizard

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape. But each time Princess Eliza changes - into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat - the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? The Princess and the Wizard is a magical adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is perfect for reading together. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

Join the clever little crime-busting ladybird on holiday in the city and help her stop two thieves from stealing the Queen's crown in this fun sticker book, packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers. Filled with monkeys and other zoo animals, lots of dogs, the Queen in her palace - and of course, the quiet, clever little ladybird. Based on the bestselling picture book, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday by unstoppable picture book pairing Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, the What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child.

What the Ladybird Heard Next

What the Ladybird Heard Next

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard... Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, What the Ladybird Heard Next is a story you'll be reading over and over again. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . . Sugarlump and the Unicorn is the perfect story for reading together, with brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

A glittering magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of What the Ladybird Heard and Sugarlump and the Unicorn. When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears an unusual sound - Click-click! Click-click! A bear with a backpack is following her! Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary - these are magic shoes. But can they help her escape the bear when there's a mountain, a bog and even a lake in her way? The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes is an exciting adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. Full of action and imagination, and with a delightfully unexpected ending, this gorgeously glittery book is one to enjoy over and over again. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

Imagine Ellen's surprise when Princess Mirror-Belle climbs out of the bathroom mirror! She comes from a world where bubble fish swim in the bath, elves sleep in slippers, and brave knights fight fire-breathing dragons. And while Ellen has chicken pox, Mirror-Belle has dragon pox - but she knows just the cure. Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox is a magical story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. A fun story about an unexpected friendship, paired with bright and distinctive illustrations and gorgeously glittery cover, this story is perfect for reading together. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

One fine day, in the middle of May, The ladybird went on holiday. Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't changed their thieving ways. In fact, they're even more ambitious. They're planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen's crown. It's a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city . . . and she's got a good idea that will ensure the dastardly pair won't get away with it! With a whole host of noisy zoo-animal characters to meet and even a cameo from the Queen, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, from stellar picture book partnership Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, is a sure-fire hit. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

The Singing Mermaid

The Singing Mermaid

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home. The Singing Mermaid is a delightful tale from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is loved by children and parents alike. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

Sharing a Shell

Sharing a Shell

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn't want to share it with anyone - especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. Sharing a Shell is a charming underwater tale of friendship and fun from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhythmic verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this is a firm favourite with children and parents alike. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

What the Ladybird Heard

What the Ladybird Heard

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 04/04/2019

The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday and The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Book and Toy Gift Set

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Book and Toy Gift Set

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 06/09/2018

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Book and Toy Gift Set is the perfect Christmas present for unicorn lovers everywhere! When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . . Enjoy this delightful rhyming adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard, with this magical book and toy gift set. Included is a mini gift hardback edition of the bestselling picture book, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, with a gorgeously glittery cover and a soft toy based on the unicorn from the book - great to cuddle whilst reading!

What the Ladybird Heard Next Book and CD Pack

What the Ladybird Heard Next Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 10/07/2018

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard... Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, What the Ladybird Heard Next is a story you'll be reading over and over again. This paperback and CD edition comes with a lively reading of the story by Alexander Armstrong. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The Rhyming Rabbit

The Rhyming Rabbit

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 10/07/2018

The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don't appreciate his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own - will he ever find someone to share his poems with? The Rhyming Rabbit is a clever rhyming adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is a delight to read aloud. This paperback and CD edition features an exciting reading of the story by David Tennant. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The Singing Mermaid Book and CD Pack

The Singing Mermaid Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 10/07/2018

Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home. The Singing Mermaid is a delightful tale from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is loved by children and parents alike. This paperback and CD edition features a fantastic reading of the story by Lauren Laverne. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Sharing a Shell Book and CD Pack

Sharing a Shell Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 10/07/2018

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn't want to share it with anyone - especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. Sharing a Shell is a charming underwater tale of friendship and fun from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhythmic verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this is a firm favourite with children and parents alike. This paperback and CD edition features a charming reading of the story by Julian Clary. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

What the Ladybird Heard Book and CD Pack

What the Ladybird Heard Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 10/07/2018

The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own . . . What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud. This paperback and CD edition features an exciting reading of the story by Alexander Armstrong. Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox Book and CD Pack

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 10/07/2018

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox is a magical story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. A fun story about an unexpected friendship, paired with bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is perfect for reading together. Imagine Ellen's surprise when Princess Mirror-Belle climbs out of the bathroom mirror! She comes from a world where bubble fish swim in the bath, elves sleep in slippers, and brave knights fight fire-breathing dragons. And while Ellen has chicken pox, Mirror-Belle has dragon pox - but she knows just the cure. This paperback and CD edition features a lively reading of the story by Sophie Thompson. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Book and CD Pack

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Book Release Date: 10/07/2018

Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . . With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, Sugarlump and the Unicorn is a perfect story for reading together. This paperback and CD edition features a fabulous reading of the story by Joanna Page. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

What the Ladybird Heard Next Sticker Book

What the Ladybird Heard Next Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Join the tiny crime-busting ladybird and all your favourite farmyard characters in this fun sticker book based on the bestselling picture book, What the Ladybird Heard Next. Packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers, the What the Ladybird Heard Next Sticker Book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. From Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, an unstoppable picture book pairing, and creators of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard series.

The Rhyming Rabbit

The Rhyming Rabbit

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don't appreciate his talent for rhyme. Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own - will he ever find someone to share his poems with? The Rhyming Rabbit is a clever rhyming adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is a delight to read aloud. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox is a magical story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. A fun story about an unexpected friendship, paired with bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is perfect for reading together. Imagine Ellen's surprise when Princess Mirror-Belle climbs out of the bathroom mirror! She comes from a world where bubble fish swim in the bath, elves sleep in slippers, and brave knights fight fire-breathing dragons. And while Ellen has chicken pox, Mirror-Belle has dragon pox - but she knows just the cure. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The Princess and the Wizard

The Princess and the Wizard

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape. But each time Princess Eliza changes - into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat - the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? The Princess and the Wizard is a magical adventure from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is perfect for reading together. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Sugarlump and the Unicorn

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant . . . With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, Sugarlump and the Unicorn is a perfect story for reading together. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Sharing a Shell

Sharing a Shell

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn't want to share it with anyone - especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. Sharing a Shell is a charming underwater tale of friendship and fun from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhythmic verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this is a firm favourite with children and parents alike. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The Singing Mermaid

The Singing Mermaid

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home. The Singing Mermaid is a delightful tale from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is loved by children and parents alike. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play

The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/07/2017

The little ladybird is back, and now What the Ladybird Heard Next, bestselling picture book from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, has been adapted by author Julia Donaldson into a fun and accessible play script that children will love performing at school or at home. The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play has been designed with rehearsals and performance in mind, with a clear layout and colour-coding for each character, perfect for helping children to follow their lines and join the cast! The book also contains a hints and tips section, which includes helpful advice on staging the play and ideas for props. There are also ideas for themed What the Ladybird Heard Next activities, like making ladybird biscuits for your audience, and making a swarm of finger-puppet bees. With Lydia Monks' bright and distinctive illustrations and Julia Donaldson's hilarious and witty rhyming play script, this wonderful, dramatic way to share the classic story is sure to delight teachers, parents and children everywhere.

What the Ladybird Heard Next

What the Ladybird Heard Next

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Board book Release Date: 28/02/2017

Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard... Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper - a much anticipated sequel to the hugely successful What the Ladybird Heard, which has sold over a million copies worldwide. This board book edition is perfect for little hands - children will love the gorgeously glittery eye-catching cover, and spotting the sparkly ladybird on every page. With slapstick action, animal noises, and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, What the Ladybird Heard Next is destined to become yet another classic in the Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks collection.

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/10/2016

From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, comes Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle, the exciting adventures of a princess with a difference. This special hardback edition contains two stories illustrated by Lydia Monks and some festive things to make and do. Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle is perfect for fans of this bestselling picture book team and who are beginning to read on their own. Ellen gets a big shock when her reflection climbs out of a mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join Mirror-Belle as she sweeps Ellen into hilarious Christmassy escapades - from joining in with the Christmas ballet show to attending Ellen's friend's fancy dress party and trying to catch Father Christmas! You can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow.

The Singing Mermaid and the Rhyming Rabbit Board Book Gift Slipcase

The Singing Mermaid and the Rhyming Rabbit Board Book Gift Slipcase

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 22/09/2016

This glittery boxset contains board book editions of The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit, two bestselling stories by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, the creators of What the Ladybird Heard. The Singing Mermaid and the Rhyming Rabbit Board Book Gift Slipcase brings these two modern classics together in one beautifully designed box; the perfect picture book gift.

Fuwch Goch Gota a'i Geiriau Nesa, Y / What the Ladybird Heard Next

Fuwch Goch Gota a'i Geiriau Nesa, Y / What the Ladybird Heard Next

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/09/2016

The What the Ladybird Heard Play

The What the Ladybird Heard Play

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/08/2016

What the Ladybird Heard, bestselling picture book from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, has been adapted by author Julia Donaldson into a fun and accessible play script that children will love performing at school or at home. The What the Ladybird Heard Play has been designed with rehearsals and performance in mind, with a clear layout and colour-coding for each character, perfect for helping children to follow their lines and join the cast! The book also contains a hints and tips section, which includes helpful advice on staging the play and ideas for props. There are also ideas for themed What the Ladybird Heard activities, as well as mask templates for the key characters! With Lydia Monks' bright and distinctive illustrations and Julia Donaldson's hilarious and witty rhyming text, this wonderful, dramatic way to share the classic story is sure to delight teachers, parents and children everywhere.

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book

Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2016

Packed with sticker scenes, puzzles, games and over 400 stickers, Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book is ideal for unicorn lovers and perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Based on the bestselling picture book by the unstoppable team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, who also created the What the Ladybird Heard series.

The Princess and the Wizard Sticker Book

The Princess and the Wizard Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/06/2016

The Princess and the Wizard Sticker Book is a must-have for fans of the bestselling picture book The Princess and the Wizard. Packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers! Perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. From Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, an unstoppable picture book pairing, and creators of the modern classics What the Ladybird Heard and What the Ladybird Heard Next. Also available and full of stickers: Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book.

The Skipping-Rope Snake

The Skipping-Rope Snake

Author: Carol Ann Duffy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/06/2016

What can a little girl do in the jungle? Play snap with a crocodile? Join-the-dots on a leopard's spots? Pin-the-tail on an elephant? Or just pick up a snake and skip all the way home! With its irresistible rhyme and jungly illustrations, this is a joyful, anarchic picture book from Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and illustrator-extraordinaire Lydia Monks, illustrator of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard. With a fresh new cover look, The Skipping-Rope Snake is livelier than ever.

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2015

From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, comes Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse, the exciting adventures of a princess with a difference. Full of black-and-white illustrations by Lydia Monks, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse is perfect for fans of this bestselling picture book team who are beginning to read on their own. Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join magically mischievous Mirror-Belle as she comes popping out of Ellen's mirror to sweep her into a variety of hilarious escapades - from exploring a hospital after Ellen falls off her bike to chasing after Mirror-Belle's Magic Ball. You can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow.

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2015

From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, comes Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave, the exciting adventures of a princess with a difference. Full of black-and-white illustrations by Lydia Monks, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave is perfect for fans of this bestselling picture-book team who are beginning to read on their own. Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join magically mischievous Mirror-Belle as she comes popping out of Ellen's mirror to sweep her into a variety of hilarious escapades - from Mirror-Belle muscling in on Ellen's seaside holiday to the return of Prince Precious Paws. You can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow.

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox Book and CD Pack

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox Book and CD Pack

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 30/07/2015

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox is a magical story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. A fun story about an unexpected friendship, paired with bright and distinctive illustrations and glitter on every page, this story is perfect for reading together. Imagine Ellen's surprise when Princess Mirror-Belle climbs out of the bathroom mirror! She comes from a world where bubble fish swim in the bath, elves sleep in slippers, and brave knights fight fire-breathing dragons. And while Ellen has chicken pox, Mirror-Belle has dragon pox - but she knows just the cure. This paperback and CD edition features a lively reading of the story by Sophie Thompson. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: Sharing a Shell, The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers

Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers

7+ readers

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Magically mischievous Mirror-Belle is back and ready to sweep Ellen off on more exciting and hilarious escapades. From the much-loved author of The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson - perfect for newly independent readers.

The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book

The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2015

The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book is a must-have for fans of the bestselling picture book The Singing Mermaid. Packed with games, activities and over 400 stickers! Perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. From Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, an unstoppable picture book pairing, and creators of the modern classic What the Ladybird Heard.

Glitter Kitty

Glitter Kitty

Author: Mara Bergman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2014

A fabulously funny, glamorous tale from the bestselling illustrator of The Princess and the Wizard. It's the day of the Meowtown Dance Competition, and Cuddles has spent the morning in the salon and at the shops. After all, she likes to look her best! What's more, she has been busy running errands and practising her favourite dance routines... so perhaps it's not surprising that her afternoon catnap lasts longer than it should. Will Cuddles get to the competition in time, and will all her efforts allow her to shine on the dance floor?

The Princess and the Wizard Sound Book

The Princess and the Wizard Sound Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/06/2013

The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape. But each time Princess Eliza changes - into a blue fish, a yellow chick, an orange fox or a black cat - the wicked Wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? Press the 10 interactive sound buttons and bring the story to life! The Princess and the Wizard Sound Book is the perfect gift for all fans of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of the bestselling picture book What the Ladybird Heard.

Sharing a Shell Big Book

Sharing a Shell Big Book

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/07/2010

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn't want to share it with anyone - especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. Ideal for use in the classroom, Sharing a Shell Big Book is a charming underwater tale of friendship and fun from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With brilliant rhythmic verse, bright and distinctive illustrations this is a firm favourite and perfect for reading aloud. Enjoy all the stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks: The Princess and the Wizard, The Rhyming Rabbit, The Singing Mermaid, Sugarlump and the Unicorn, Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox, What the Ladybird Heard, What the Ladybird Heard Next and What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday.

Indie Kidd: My (Most Excellent) Pet Project

Indie Kidd: My (Most Excellent) Pet Project

Author: Karen Mccombie Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/05/2008

Animal advice, short stories and furry facts abound in this fun compendium of pets, starring the lovable Indie Kidd. Indie Kidd is potty about pets - her school project is crawling with them! Pore over these crazy pages for Indie's animal advice, stories of her pets, plus freaky facts about creatures great and small. Did you know that alligators have a food radar in their cheeks? That a group of hippos is known as a bloat ? Then get your paws on this amazing digest for the animal-mad!

Bits, Boobs and Blobs

Bits, Boobs and Blobs

Author: Jeanne Willis Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/12/2004

Sassy, informative and funny, this is one in a set of three books that are ideal for girls going through puberty. Dealing with issues like periods, breasts, body image, eating disorders, snogging, sex, contraception, STDs, make-up, clothes advice, friends and shyness, they're packed with fun facts, tips, witty illustrations and useful, comprehensive advice. Everything your big sister never told you and you were too embarrassed to ask your mum!

All the Best The Selected Poems of Roger McGough

All the Best The Selected Poems of Roger McGough

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2004

A wonderful selection of over 100 of Roger's own best-loved poems from his vast Puffin catalogue of poetry collections. Lots of favourites and some lesser known surprises, too. Packed with fabulous Lydia Monks illustrations throughout.

Sun, Snow, and Rainbow!

Sun, Snow, and Rainbow!

Author: Daniel Pangbourne Format: Board book Release Date: 01/09/2000

-- Real kids love to look at pictures of real kids. -- These board books are filled with photographs of children and bright, bold images of animals and objects. -- The beginning vocabulary makes it easy for tots to read along and name the things they recognize in the pictures. -- Large size is ideal for toddler-parent reading time. -- Crisp photographs portray a multicultural view of the world.

Bad, Bad Cats

Bad, Bad Cats

Author: Roger Mcgough Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/1997

A brilliant new collection of poems. The poetry contains the clever word-play, rich ideas and humour associated with Roger McGough. It includes a series of poems about the exploits of some gangster cats and verse based on CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS by Saint Saens.

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