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Books in the series: Little Gems

The Beach Puppy

The Beach Puppy

Author: Holly Webb Illustrator: Ellie Snowdon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/05/2021

Ruby's dad has arrived home with a wonderful surprise - Coco the sausage-dog puppy! And when the family go on holiday to the seaside, of course Coco will be coming too. The beach is such an exciting place for a dog, and Ruby and Coco can't wait to spend the day splashing in the waves and playing in the sand. But disaster strikes when Coco disappears. Suddenly she's lost and all alone on the huge, busy beach ... Will she ever find her way back to Ruby? Worldwide bestseller Holly Webb makes her Barrington Stoke debut with a truly adorable sausage-dog tale!

Madam Squeaker

Madam Squeaker

Author: Pip Jones Illustrator: Paula Bowles Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2021

Crumbs on the counter, morsels on the floor ... There should be plenty of food for all the creatures in Hollyhock House to eat. But the Ruling Rats are running rampage every night, taking the best of everything for themselves. Minetta the mouse has decided enough is enough - it's time the rats learned to share. But Minetta is so small and her voice is but a squeak ... how will she ever make them listen? A gorgeous Little Gem about finding the courage to make your voice heard from Pip Jones the award-winning author of Izzy Gizzmo.

Nappy the Pirate Baby

Nappy the Pirate Baby

Author: Alan Macdonald Illustrator: Elissa Elwick Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2021

Stinky McFlea, Irish Stew, Long Johns, Nitty Nora and Captain Spratt are pirates aboard the Salty Herring. They love nothing more than lazing about on deck and sailing the high seas - until one day, a strange wailing noise changes everything. There's a stowaway baby on board the ship, and the crew have decided to raise him like a proper pirate. But are they really up to the task of looking after a baby? And where exactly did Nappy come from? A motley crew of pirates take to parenthood in this whimsical Little Gem from the bestselling author of the Dirty Bertie series.

Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel

Albert Johnson and the Buns of Steel

Author: Phil Earle Illustrator: Steve May Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/01/2021

Dad is a Master Baker and Albert is expected to one day follow in his footsteps. There's just one problem ... Albert doesn't care about baking, he only cares about football, tennis, cricket and any other sport you can think of. When his dad invents The 'Doughmaster 5000' to help out around the bakery, it seems all their problems have been solved. But disaster is never far away and soon Dad's miracle solution is a rampaging nightmare! With just a pair of football boots, a tennis racket and a cricket bat to hand, can Albert really come to the resuce and fix this mess?

Captain Whiskers

Captain Whiskers

Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Matt Robertson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/03/2020

Cats in the bath. Cats in the cupboards. A hundred cats everywhere!Everyone in Jack's class has a pet, but all Jack has is his little brother Freddie. And little brothers don'tmake very good pets. But when Jack meets The Man With The Top Hat and his lovely cat Mrs Wilson,he's about to get the pet he's always wanted - and many, many more ... A furry, funny and very cute Little Gem that's full of heart from King of Comedy Jeremy Strong!

The Bakery of Happiness

The Bakery of Happiness

Author: Ian Beck Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Paul du Pain's bakery is a very special place. Each day, Paul bakes the bread while Marie serves customers in the shop. Everyone who walks in the door walks back out feeling happier than before. But when Marie goes away, Paul's days become sad and grey. Without her, the bakery's magic is gone. Will Paul ever be able to win her back?A charming, heartfelt and timeless tale from an award-winning author-illustrator.

Nellie Choc-Ice and the Plastic Island

Nellie Choc-Ice and the Plastic Island

Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Jamie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2019

Nellie Choc-Ice is on her way home to the North Pole at last! But things don't go so smoothly when Captain Beardy-Beard's trusty submarine grinds to a halt in an island of plastic - and they aren't the only ones who are trapped. It's up to Nellie to untangle everyone from the mess ... But what are they going to do about all this plastic in the ocean?A touching and funny Little Gem from an author-illustrator dream team!

Big Trouble for Nellie Choc-Ice

Big Trouble for Nellie Choc-Ice

Author: Jeremy Strong Illustrator: Jamie Smith Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/08/2018

When Captain Beardy-Beard rescues Nellie from the North Pole she's ready to be safe and sound back at home. But mistakes and trouble are never far from Nellie, and when their submarine runs out of fuel in the docks of New York, Captain Beardy-Beard and his crew are a prime target for a hijacking! Looks like Nellie Choc-Ice is in trouble again and this time it's BIG trouble! Hilarious penguin adventure full of laughs and facts.

Little Gems Brown BookBand Pack

Little Gems Brown BookBand Pack

Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 12/03/2018

Build reading confidence for newly independent readers with the fun, colour illustrated stories in this pack. The Little Gems Brown BookBand pack offers varied, high-quality stories that are ideal to help your young readers make the all-important jump between reading scheme books and 'real' reading. All books included in the pack feature all of our dyslexia-friendly features for a more accessible read.

Little Gems Gold BookBand Pack

Little Gems Gold BookBand Pack

Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2017

Build reading confidence for newly independent readers with the fun, colour illustrated stories in this pack. The Little Gems Gold BookBand pack offers varied, high-quality stories that are ideal to help your young readers make the all-important jump between reading scheme books and 'real' reading. All books included in the pack feature all of our dyslexia-friendly features for a more accessible read.

Little Gems Lime BookBand Pack

Little Gems Lime BookBand Pack

Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2017

Build reading confidence for newly independent readers with the fun, colour illustrated stories in this pack. The Little Gems Lime BookBand pack offers varied, high-quality stories that are ideal to help your young readers make the all-important jump between reading scheme books and 'real' reading. All books included in the pack feature all of our dyslexia-friendly features for a more accessible read.

Little Gems White BookBand Pack

Little Gems White BookBand Pack

Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 19/09/2017

Build reading confidence for newly independent readers with the fun, colour illustrated stories in this pack. The Little Gems White BookBand pack offers varied, high-quality stories that are ideal to help your young readers make the all-important jump between reading scheme books and 'real' reading. All books included in the pack feature all of our dyslexia-friendly features for a more accessible read.

Little Gems Library Pack

Little Gems Library Pack

Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/08/2017

Build reading confidence for newly independent readers with our fun, illustrated stories in this bumper 40 book pack. The Little Gems offer varied, high-quality stories that are ideal to help your young readers make the all-important jump between reading scheme books and 'real' reading, and feature all of our dyslexia-friendly features for a more accessible read. Number of books: 40 Reading Age: At level For: Children aged 6+

Dread Cat

Dread Cat

Author: Michael Rosen Illustrator: Nicola O'Byrne Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Once there was a very fierce cat. Not just fierce: totally, terrifyingly, stupendously fierce. Everyone was afraid of this cat. Her name was Dread and everyone dreaded Dread Cat. But then Dread Cat started to run out of luck catching mice. She hadn't caught any for ages. So she announced that she was giving up chasing mice and promised to never again hunt another mouse. The war was over. But was it really? High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The Ghost in Annie's Room

The Ghost in Annie's Room

Author: Philippa Pearce Illustrator: Cate James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/07/2017

At Great Aunt Win's house, Emma is happy to sleep in her cousin Annie's old attic bedroom. But when bedtime comes she suddenly feels nervous. Her brother Joe insists that the room is haunted. Could he be right? Emma must face her fears and uncover the mystery of the ghost in Annie's room. High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

The Moonshine Dragon

The Moonshine Dragon

Author: Cornelia Funke Illustrator: Monica Armino Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/03/2014

When a tiny silver dragon is chased out of Patrick's storybook by an equally tiny knight, all sorts of mayhem breaks loose! Soon moonshine magic has shrunk Patrick too, and he is forced to hole up inside his toy castle as the knight attacks the 'fire worm'. Can Patrick defeat the knight and make it to morning? High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Mary's Hair

Mary's Hair

Author: Eoin Colfer Illustrator: Richard Watson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2013

Mary loathes her big, curly, bushy hair and so she chops it all off...and she looks fantastic! Well, at least she thinks so. But her mammy is not convinced and forbids her from ever cutting her own hair again. But she didn't say anything about anyone else...A brilliant laugh-out-loud Little Gem about a not-so-brilliant hairdresser and one very unfortunate dog! High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

Mr Birdsnest and the House Next Door

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Hannah Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2012

Beautifully packaged book from Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson and illustrated by the wonderful Hannah Shaw. A tiger in the back garden! A bird-eating spider in the cupboard! Elmo and his sister love playing in the jungle house next door, that is, until mean old Mr Birdsnest moves in. But when it appears that Mr Birdsnest has kidnapped the children's grandma they must sneak back in to rescue her! A delightful and cleverly written story by the Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson. Suitable for 5-8s with reading age of 6+.

The Snake Who Came To Stay

The Snake Who Came To Stay

Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Hannah Shaw Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/08/2012

Comical and charming story by Children's Laureate, Julia Donaldson. Beautifully packaged and illustrated by the Hannah Shaw. In a reader friendly chunky format. Polly has set up a pets' holiday home for the summer and with a house full of greedy guinea pigs, pesky parrots and slithering snakes, mum is getting more fed up by the day! Especially when Doris the snake goes missing - Can Polly find Doris before the snake finds the guinea pigs? Particularly suitable for 6-10s with reading age of 6+.

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