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Books in the series: Banana Books

Mr Crookodile Blue Banana

Mr Crookodile Blue Banana

Author: Korky Paul, John Bush Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2006

A comic caper that will have you laughing all the way to the bank from John Bush and Korky Paul for Egmont's Blue Banana series. Mr Crocodile needs a job apparently. So says Mrs Crocodile. But what to do? Luckily, Mr. Crocodile is a croc with imagination. He could be a soccer star - Mr Soccerdile has a nice ring to it. Or perhaps a cook - Mr Cookodile sounds splendid. But what would be even easier for a lazy croc would be to turn into Mr Crookodile and rob a bank! However, despite a cunning disguise, Mr. Crocodile's plans start to unravel in a very funny way... Blue bananas are chapter books for children learning to read, suitable for NC Level 2 readers. They are carefully designed educational books for children, supporting their understanding of how to read and develop vocabulary. Blue bananas uses speech bubbles to aid understanding of dialogue and the text encourages children to explore the feelings of characters.

Flat Stanley Goes Camping Blue Banana

Flat Stanley Goes Camping Blue Banana

Author: Jeff Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/04/2016

A brilliant campfire tale for fans of Flat Stanley, perfect for children learning to read. Stanley has promised not to get into trouble on the Lambchop family camping trip, but when you're flat, everything is an adventure. Stanley has to parachute off a mountain, ride the river rapids and escape a smelly skunk! The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features well-loved authors, classic characters and favourite topics, so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 2 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for readers who are growing in confidence and are beginning to enjoy longer stories. Clear type Up to 8 lines per page Bright, appealing pictures for added interest A variety of sentence structures A wider range of vocabulary Strong themes and characters to discuss All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band: Turquoise

Flat Stanley Adventures The Haunted House and The Fire Station

Flat Stanley Adventures The Haunted House and The Fire Station

Author: Jeff Brown, Lori Haskins Houran Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/08/2013

Two terrific tales about Flat Stanley, the one-and -only 2D hero. Flat Stanley: The Fire Station Stanley and the whole of the Lambchop family whizz off in a fire engine when an emergency call comes in during their trip to the local fire station. A thrilling lights-flashing, siren-whirring adventure! Flat Stanley: The Haunted House Stanley and Arthur's school Halloween party isn't scary at all. But when they see a bully upsetting their friend Martin, they decide to teach him a lesson. A two-headed monster should do the trick . . .!

The Magnificent Mummies

The Magnificent Mummies

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2002

Sinclair the Wonder Bear Blue Banana

Sinclair the Wonder Bear Blue Banana

Author: Malorie Blackman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2003

The exciting tale of a stuffed superhero's good deeds from Malorie Blackman for Egmont's Blue Banana series. Sinclair is no ordinary teddy bear. At night, when his owner Emily is fast asleep, he becomes a Wonder Bear, flying all over the world, and magically changing himself into new materials to save people in danger. One night he's a very busy bear indeed. First in India, he changes into steel to mend a broken track before a train full of people arrives. Then in France, he transforms himself into a powerful magnet to help the Madame free her pet dog Lucile. In Australia, Sinclair turns into a window in a glass-bottomed boat to help his friend Captain Baz. Then he becomes stretchy rubber to save a little boy from the water. But after all that hard work even Wonder Bears get sleepy, and as the sun rises, he flies home to Emily before she wakes up. Blue bananas are chapter books for children learning to read, suitable for NC Level 2 readers. They are carefully designed educational books for children, supporting their understanding of how to read and develop vocabulary. Blue bananas uses speech bubbles to aid understanding of dialogue and the text encourages children to explore the feelings of characters.

The Football Ghosts Red Banana

The Football Ghosts Red Banana

Author: Garry Parsons, Malachy Doyle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2007

A boy-friendly, funny football story by Malachy Doyle and Garry Parsons for Egmont's Red Banana series. Seamus loves two things - United and ghosts! So when he hears that the spooky old castle on the hill has ghosts playing football in it, he's up there in a flash! Well, as quickly as he can go with his scaredy-ba Granda in tow. Once they get into the castle, Seamus discovers that there are two teams kicking a ball around there - the 1948 United and Rovers cup final teams, doomed to play on until they hear the final whistle. And guess what Seamus has in his pocket? But first, there's the chance to beat the Rovers, with Seamus the star striker in place! Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts. It's the best of both worlds with football books for kids like The Football Ghosts.

Jungle School Green Banana

Jungle School Green Banana

Author: Roz Davison, Elizabeth Laird Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2006

Three monkey stories with a real sense of fun by Elizabeth Laird and Roz Davison for Egmont's green banana series. It's Jani's first day at school and she's nervous. Will the other monkeys be friendly? Will they all stare at her? Jani is in a wheelchair, and this makes her different. But, thanks to her sense of cheekiness, she makes friends and has a very nice first day at school indeed. Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.

My Brother Bernadette Red Banana

My Brother Bernadette Red Banana

Author: Jacqueline Wilson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2011

A heart-warming tale of a little boy with big ideas by international best-seller Jacqueline Wilson for Egmont's red banana series. Sara always gets lumbered with looking after her little brother Bernard. And summer project at the local school is no different. There's so much to do - football, judo, trampolining, model car making, computer games and drama. But all Bernard wants to do is clothes design. Soon all the kids, led by Big Dan, are calling Bernard 'Bernadette' and shoving him around. Sara wants to help but she doesn't want to make it worse. But 'Bernadette' is a little boy with big ideas. And he has a plan up his very nicely designed sleeve . . . Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Dragon Boy Red Banana

Dragon Boy Red Banana

Author: Pippa Goodhart Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2003

An enchanting tale by Pippa Goodhart for Egmont's red banana series. Granda is different from other folk - he talks to the hills. One day, he tells his granddaughter, Lily, an old story about Dragon Boy - a human child who was raised by a dragon mother. The young lad lived happily with his family in the Dragon Hills. He looked like a dragon in his costume of leaves, and he learnt to sing dragon songs. But he couldn't make fire like his dragon friends and somehow, he still felt as if he was the odd one out. Then one day, Dragon Boy is reunited with his real mother and goes to live with his human family, but he still misses his dragon past and he still talks to them when he can. Just like Granda in fact, thinks Lily! Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

The Wrong Kind of Bark Red Banana

The Wrong Kind of Bark Red Banana

Author: Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/03/2004

A lovely, funny chapter book about a little boy and his puppy by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, for Egmont's Red Banana series. Finlay is a real dreamer, and he's always getting things wrong. But when he brings his puppy into class it looks like he might have done the right thing after all. Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

The Mummy Family Find Fame Red Banana

The Mummy Family Find Fame Red Banana

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2005

A fun and wacky chapter book by Tony Bradman for Egmont's Red Banana series. Help! The Mummies are broke! There isn't even any pocket money for candy. What are they going to do? Starring in a family TV show could be the answer. After all, how difficult can it be to win the star prize? Well, if it depends on Tut and Sis behaving themselves, it could be very difficult indeed! Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Flora the Fairy's Magic Spells Green Banana

Flora the Fairy's Magic Spells Green Banana

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/2009

A magical fairy story about believing in yourself from Tony Bradman for Egmont's green banana series. Flora the Fairy enjoys school. But one day, her teacher tells them they will be tested on their magic skills the next day. They have to change the class dragon, Smoky, into something else, and back again. All the children start practising but, try as she might, Flora can't remember the words of the spell. She keeps getting it wrong! Even her friend Harry can do it right - what will Flora's mummy and daddy say when she doesn't pass the test? Luckily, Flora's parents, with the help of Nana and Grandpop, show Flora that all she needs to do is relax. They have great fun changing things into other things at home. And the following day, Flora passes the test with flying colours! Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.

Flat Stanley and the Fire Station Blue Banana

Flat Stanley and the Fire Station Blue Banana

Author: Jeff Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2012

A thrilling, lights-flashing, siren-whirring illustrated book about everyone's favourite flat boy, Flat Stanley, for Egmont's Blue Banana series. Stanley and his brother Arthur have won a trip to visit the local fire station! But it's not quite as exciting as they'd hoped. Where is the sliding down the pole? Where are the sirens and flashing lights? Then, all of a sudden, there's a Code Nine call, and the whole Lambchop family are whizzing off to the rescue in a fire engine. Based on the original character created by Jeff Brown, Blue bananas are illustrated books for NC Level 2 readers learning to tackle longer prose for the first time with the support of extensive illustrations and speech bubbles. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of vocabulary and punctuation. Blue Bananas explores the feelings and emotions of characters in a clear fashion.

A Dog Called Whatnot Red Banana

A Dog Called Whatnot Red Banana

Author: Linda Newberry Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2005

A heart-warming tale about a boy and his new best friend by Linda Newbery for Egmont's red banana series. Tim really wants a dog. There's only one problem - his sister. She's allergic to animals. When Tim meets silly, scruffy old Whatnot in the park one day, he knows that this is the dog for him. How are he and Grandad going to find a way to keep him? Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Matty Mouse Blue Banana

Matty Mouse Blue Banana

Author: Jenny Nimmo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2003

This is a story about one very brave mouse by Jenny Nimmo, creator of Charlie Bone, for Egmont's Blue Banana series. Matty Mouse is in trouble. He's flooded the kitchen floor, and left the front door wide open - again! Time to put on your thinking cap, his dad tells him. But where can he find it? Mice stories don't get more entertaining than this. Blue bananas are illustrated books for NC Level 2 readers learning to tackle longer prose for the first time with the support of extensive illustrations and speech bubbles. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of vocabulary and punctuation. Blue Bananas explore the feelings and emotions of characters in a clear fashion.

The Quick Brown Fox Cub Red Banana

The Quick Brown Fox Cub Red Banana

Author: Lucy Richards, Julia Donaldson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/09/2005

A sweet chapter book about an adventurous fox cub by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, for Egmont's Red Banana series. Frisk the fox cub loves exploring! When he and his family move house, he finds lots of exciting things to discover in town. Then he follows Jenny to school one day, and what he learns there comes in very useful. Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Dilly and the Goody-Goody Blue Banana

Dilly and the Goody-Goody Blue Banana

Author: Tony Bradman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2002

Introducing Dilly, the world's naughtiest dinosaur by internationally acclaimed author, Tony Bradman. In his first four stories, Dilly the Dinosaur gets up to all sorts of mischief. First, he decides to hate water and vows never to wash again, until his friend Dixie objects to the very smelly dinosaur he becomes. Then, Dilly lets loose his ear-splitting super-scream which makes his father have a disaster with his sister's birthday cake, but things get even messier when Dilly tries to make a replacement. Dilly gets very confused one day, waiting for it to rain cats and dogs, and finally makes his own very characteristic contribution to the family's house-painting day! Tony Bradman's dinosaur stories are the most fun and reader-friendly books for children you're likely to come across.

Storm Red Banana

Storm Red Banana

Author: Kevin Crossley-Holland Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2010

A gripping story from Kevin Crossley-Holland for Egmont's red banana series. Every day Annie walks by the lonely marsh from her remote cottage to school. Only in winter, when the wind howls in the trees, is Annie ever afraid. Her sister Willa is pregnant and Annie is overjoyed when she comes home to have her baby. Annie tells Willa the names of local plants and Willa tells Annie about the ghost, murdered by highwaymen, who is said to haunt the old forge nearby. Then, on a terrible night, with the phone lines down, Willa goes into labour. Annie is terrified of the ghost, but knows she must brave the storm to fetch help. As she ventures into the night, a horseman swings into view. He offers to take Annie to town. But who is this horseman? Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Space Saver Blue Banana

Space Saver Blue Banana

Author: Kate Agnew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2012

A great space-age adventure on the far side of the moon from from Kate Agnew for Egmont's Blue Banana series. Things are going badly at Mission Control. On the far side of the moon, a wheel has fallen off the spy-camera's Moon Buggy and the astronauts can't fix it. It's up to Ben to blast into space and save the day! Blue bananas are chapter books for children learning to read, suitable for NC Level 2 readers. They are carefully designed educational books for children, supporting their understanding of how to read and develop vocabulary. Blue bananas uses speech bubbles to aid understanding of dialogue and the text encourages children to explore the feelings of characters.

Bill Bird's New Boots Green Banana

Bill Bird's New Boots Green Banana

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

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

Flat Stanley and the Haunted House Green Banana

Flat Stanley and the Haunted House Green Banana

Author: Jeff Brown Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/07/2011

A spooky but funny story about Jeff Brown's Flat Stanley - everyone's favourite flat boy - for Egmont's green banana series. Stanley and his brother Arthur are going to their school's Halloween party. They dress up in costumes and Stanley is particularly looking forward to the limbo competition. They're rather disappointed by the haunted house, though - it's really not very scary. But when they see a bully upsetting their friend Martin, they decide to teach him a lesson - by being very scary indeed! Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.

Friday Surprise Red Banana

Friday Surprise Red Banana

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/02/2010

A surprising and entertaining story from former children's laureate and multi-award winner Anne Fine for Egmont's red banana series. Bryce is fed up with tests. So far this week he's had a spelling test, a swimming test, and even a test on his bike. So, on Friday, Bryce decides to surprise the adults with his own test. What happens when Bryce turns the tables on all the adults? Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Conker Red Banana

Conker Red Banana

Author: Michael Morpurgo Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2011

A beautifully crafted chapter book by Michael Morpurgo for Egmont's red banana series. When Stevie Rooster is mean about Nick's old dog dying, Nick throws Stevie's best conker into the pond. But Grandma says there's a better way to get back at Stevie - become Conker King of Jubilee Park. Nick must use some conkers from the tree in the old scrapyard. And in that scrapyard is a skinny, starving dog who looks just like Nick's old pet. Can Nick rescue the animal and become conker champion? A moving story about grief, redemption and the love of a family pet. Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

I Win! Green Banana

I Win! Green Banana

Author: Lynne Rickards Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2007

A tale of competitive twins from Lynne Rickards for Egmont's green banana series. Ella and Sam are twins who want to win! They are determined to beat each other, whether it's a race to get ready for school, or a race in the swimming pool. But who will get Nana to do what they want when she comes to stay? Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.

Shout, Show and Tell! Green Banana

Shout, Show and Tell! Green Banana

Author: Kate Agnew Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2004

Three lovely classroom stories by Kate Agnew and Lydia Monks for Egmont's green banana series. Sean is always shouting and rushing about. But when he gets stuck in a cupboard with Miss Green, his noisiness comes in handy! No one's taking any notice of Daisy today. But when her wobbly tooth comes out, she's got plenty to show and tell! Lily is feeling sad. Her mum and dad don't live together any more and everything's different. But when she draws a brilliant book she feels much better! Green bananas are divided into short, simple stories to develop reading techniques over a number of sessions. They are suitable for NC Level 1 readers. Green Bananas are carefully designed with education in mind, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Green bananas only use one clause in each sentence and rely on dialogue and speech bubbles to encourage reading aloud.

Press Play Red Banana

Press Play Red Banana

Author: Anne Fine Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/09/2006

An entertaining story from former children's laureate Anne Fine for Egmont's red banana series. Nicky, Tasha and Joe's mum leaves for work early one day and she leaves instructions for them on a cassette-player - all they have to do is press play! Nicky and Tasha must get themselves ready for school and get baby Joe ready for playgroup without waking Dad! They have to get dressed, make porridge for breakfast and find Joe's toy rabbit. Then they have to creep into Dad's bedroom and set the alarm clock for him. But it is very hard to get ready quietly, especially when your baby brother is crying for his toy rabbit! Red bananas are chapter books for newly fluent readers, suitable for NC Level 3 readers. They are carefully designed illustrated books for both entertainment and education, supporting children's understanding of how to read longer books. Red bananas introduce similes and wordplay to encourage an understanding of more literary concepts.

Spinderella Blue Banana

Spinderella Blue Banana

Author: Julia Donaldson, Liz Pichon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2002

A fantastic illustrated book written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo, for Egmont's Blue Banana series. Spinderella the spider has a passion for football! She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn't know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can't count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan ...Blue bananas are chapter books for children learning to read, suitable for NC Level 2 readers. They are carefully designed educational books for children, supporting their understanding of how to read and develop vocabulary. Blue bananas uses speech bubbles to aid understanding of dialogue and the text encourages children to explore the feelings of characters.

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