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    From inspired picture-book creator Polly Dunbar comes a colourful and charming new series following the escapades of Tilly and her friends.

    Tilly lives in a little yellow house with her best friends. In this first book of the series, meet Tiptoe and Hector, Doodle, Pru and Tumpty as they play the trumpet, bang the drum, eat a feast and dance the Wiggle Wiggle Woo! Whump! Bump! Whoops!

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    They're cute! They're fun! Join the game and find Strawberry Mermaid Moshi in this exciting new sensation from Japan.

    All Moshi love dressing up in different costumes. Follow Strawberry Moshi as she dresses up to transform into Strawberry Mermaid Moshi and attend a wedding under the sea. See if you can find her and all your favourite Moshi in each scene of the great celebration. Endless fun inside - with so many of Strawberry Moshi's friends around there's always someone to find!

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    On the road with Mavis and Marge...

    A zany bunch of pals succumb to wanderlust - and get more than they bargained for. Mavis and Marge are different from other animals. They want to go a-wandering. Over the hills, across the sea, and up to the moon they go, gathering a band of free-range friends on the way. But, suddenly, from across the milky way, home has a distant allure...

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    Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:07

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    A major new book from Lucy Cousins, creator of Maisy. This collection of eight classic nursery stories pulls no punches - it is lively, bold and quite unforgettable! Lucy Cousins retells her favourite nursery stories in spare bold language and brilliant vibrant pictures. She gives their famous characters new life and imbues their great adventures with her own very modern magic. These stories are treasures of the imagination. They were first told long ago and they will be told again and again, far into the future. They never fail to stir and excite. Retold in this book: Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Enormous Turnip, Henny Penny, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs and The Musicians of Bremen.

    And to celebrate we have nursery characters helping you to make porridge, lemonade, gingerbread and chocolate brownies! Just download the recipe sheets below for a whole load of proper yummy goodies.

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  • Kierons top ten kids books

    Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:42

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    Kieron's the MD, so don't argue. He might fire us all if you don't like his top ten...

    "Choosing a top ten of Children's books is an impossible task, I've two children who both have their favourites, plus memories of my own cherished books from my childhood might not be as relevant for everyone else! That said, I've been asked to draw up a list so I will do so, with a little bit of a rationale for the line up, also I'm limiting myself to the under teens due to too many good books.

    Despite now having worked in books for nearly twenty years I was quite a reluctant reader, never really finding 'the book' to grab my interest and kick off a reading habit. Then it came along it in the form of Shirley Hughes It's too Frightening for Me and I haven't stopped since. When I caught chickenpox I worked my way through Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence which has resonance with many adults still, try mentioning it on a cold winters evening!

    Alan and Janet Ahlberg have, in my opinion given us some of the best children's books of all time - spoilt for choice I've selected The Jolly Postman beautifully written, illustrated and constructed (not to mention near misses such as The Pencil, Peepo, Each Peach Pear Plum, Please Mrs Butler...)

    Colin McNaughton brought us Preston Pig whose adventures with wolf have entertained both my kids and me at the same time - lots to be said for bedtime stories that have a decent narrative! In this list I've put in Suddenly! yet again all his collected works are fantastic.

    Jan Pienkowski is in the list to represent all the wonderful pop-up book artists with Haunted House narrowly beating ABC3D and Encyclopedia Prehistorica.

    Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar has to be in the list, I can stand to read this over and over. I especially like it when the caterpillar eats the salami. David McKee is another children's book hero in my eyes, bringing us Elmer and Mr Benn - however I'm putting Not Now Bernard in this list because it's fun and grumpy at the same time.

    Two more picture books in the line-up are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Rosen and Oxenbury's re-writing of the traditional We're Going on a Bear Hunt - children's books should be read aloud (and then enjoyed beneath the covers) and these exemplify the best in illustration and poetic writing.

    Finally (the end already?! No, again!) read at about 4.30am every Christmas morning Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas which gives me an excuse to mention The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman and Ug.

    And after all that I've still missed out: the Family from One end Street, Dick King-Smith, Roald Dahl (how can that have happened?), Meg and Mog and Charlie and Lola. They crept in at the end? Ah, good.

    Sleep tight."

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