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If you missed the first book about Walker, here’s a quick catch up: Walker is dog mad, but can’t have one as Mum is allergic. When he sets up as a dog walker, he realises something amazing: he can talk to dogs and they can talk to him. In this episode he and his growing band of dog best friends find themselves up against a ruthless, if not very bright, band of crooks, after money hidden away by corrupt landowner Arlington Wherewithal. Together Walker and the dogs should be able to outwit the baddies but it’s touch and go, and they’ll still have to work out where Arlington hid his ill-gotten gains. The story is action packed, enormously satisfying, and absolute heaven if you love dogs. The book features Rayner’s illustrations throughout and the final pages show you how to draw Walker and Stella the spaniel, an added treat.
Any child who loves dogs will enjoy Shoo Rayner’s adventure story. Walker can’t have a dog because of his mum’s allergies, so he sets up as a dog walker. It’s the perfect solution, and while he’s out walking his new best friend, spaniel Stella, he realises that he can talk to dogs, and they can talk to him. This proves very useful especially when Walker discovers local bully, landowner Arlington Wherewithal is up to something quite nasty. With nods to 101 Dalmatians – there’s a jolly recreation of the starlight barking – this is a very satisfying story, a nicely rounded adventure with some great characters, human and canine. Let’s hope there’s more to come from Walker and his dog friends.
In a nutshell: boy’s own adventures with his pet dragon | Set in modern day Wales this exciting and highly enjoyable dragon series stars young Harri, and his pet dragon Tân. In this episode, the conclusion to the trilogy, Tân is being kept in a castle with Draca, the white dragon. Ryan’s super competitive dad proves a danger to them however, and it all culminates in a thrilling dragon showdown on the snowy slopes of Snowdonia. A page-turning mix of magic, mystery and family relations too, this is a thoroughly satisfying and enjoyable adventure for younger readers. The author’s own black and white illustrations add to the appeal. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from Janet Thomas, Editor, Firefly Press : Dragon Red is a thrilling adventure for everyone who loves dragons. I don’t know how Shoo manages to make it so exciting. Harri has his own dragon, Tân, that he made thanks to the local witch, Imelda, to win a school competition. A real flying, fire-breathing, chocolate loving dragon! His friend Ryan has a father who is very competitive, so much so that he made Imelda make him a dragon too. Now Ryan’s dad and Draca are terrorising the countryside and the police and press are looking for them, but only Harri and Tân can stop them. Is this the old legend of Merlin and the red and the white dragon coming true? It builds to a great battle where Harri and Tân will have to make sacrifices to bring peace. I love this story and I hope all Shoo’s readers will too.
What would you do if there was a school competition to make a dragon that can fly? Ryan always wins everything, thanks to his incredibly competitive dad. Ryan will have the state-of-the-art gadget like always. Harri would love to know what it feels like to win, just once, but there's no chance. And then someone new walks into Harri's mum's shop. Someone almost invisible. What you would do if there was a competition to make a dragon - and you had a dragon?
Let your imagination run riot and laughter fill your belly as you explore traditional poems, rhymes with a twist, and subversive playground favourites in this playful treasure chest of verse.
Tiny Tim is only a very small frog, but he has a VERY BIG jump. So will he win the Jumping Jubilee?
The enjoyable interactions of the animals that live at Mudpuddle Farm are brilliantly brought to life by former Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Different animals are highlighted in the six separate adventures. There’s the cunning of Mossop the lazy cat who is given one last chance to see off the mice in the barley sacks; the dramatic adventures of Albertine the Goose when she outwits the fox; how Jigger the sheep dog enjoys his day off; what happens when Pintsize the piglet tries to fly; some unusual behaviour from Egbert the goat and a threat to them all when it seems as if the aliens have landed.
Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Martians at Mudpuddle Farm: Have Martians landed on Mudpuddle Farm? Farmer Rafferty seems to think so. Now it's up to Albertine, Goose Queen, to work it out. Luckily she's the cleverest goose in the whole world, so if anyone knows what to do, she will... Mum's the Word: Something strange is going on at Mudpuddle Farm. Egbert the goat is not himself at all. Instead of grumbling, he's singing and dancing! And he's even greedier than usual...
Is the Camel the laziest creature on earth? The other Animals want to get him out of the Howling Desert to do his fair share of work. Can the Jinn help?
When the Whale has eaten up every fish he can find. Can the little fish escape the big Whale? And what happens when the Whale finds out that Man tastes nice too?
Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Mossop's Last Chance: There's mice in my barley sacks, there's rats in my roof and now there's mice in the corn bin. This time I've had enough. If you aren't up to the job, you will have to go. Mossop the old farm cat likes to sleep - and not much else! So when Farmer Rafferty tells him to catch twenty-six mice by sunset, all the animals have to pull together to give Mossop one last chance... Albertine, Goose Queen: Good morning, Madam, I've come to eat you. Your friends have all gone. There's no one to help you now. They're all very stupid, aren't they? A fox is on the loose, and all the animals except Albertine the goose have hidden themselves inside. Albertine is safe on her island in the pond - at least so she thinks, until the fox starts swimming towards her...
Join the fun on the farm! A charming story from award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, hilariously illustrated throughout by Shoo Rayner, and perfect for readers of 5 and up. Two funny farmyard stories for younger readers. Jigger's Day Off Time has come for harvest, Jigger. So I shan't be needing you all day. It's your day off, my dear. Jigger the sheepdog has just one day off a year. Just one day to chase all those little animals hiding in the corn. But even the best plans go wrong... And Pigs Might Fly! Flying was not nearly as easy as it looked. Pintsize stood up on his back trotters and flapped his front ones - trotters, he thought, would do just as well as wings. It's a long hot summer, and Pintsize the piglet wonders if it might be cooler in the sky. But when he tries to fly, he annoys just about everyone. It's time he learned his lesson...
Hear the tale of Bluebeard's cat - and her master's nasty, spooky secret...
Hear the tale of Dr Catula, the vet who adores cats so much they'll never escape his clutches!
Yeeerk! Sam and Kim are scared of their own shadows after playing the spooky Shadow Man game. The creature wasn't for real, was it? Or could the freaky footsteps behind them belong to a real shadowy spectre? More frighteningly funny stories!
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