books by Vivian French
Robe of Skulls

The Tales From The Five Kingdoms

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Ross Collins

SIX books in the series already!!! - 'The Robe of Skulls', 'The Bag of Bones', 'Heart of Glass', 'The Flight of Dragons', 'The Music of Zombies' and 'The Snarling of Wolves'.
An utterly brilliant series and a truly magical adventure.

Check out all the books in this series here!

Stargirl Academy

Stargirl Academy

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Jo Anne Davies

Welcome to Stargirl Academy, the magical school in the clouds!

Princess Charlotte and the Birthday BallMagical World of the Tiara Club

The Tiara Club

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sarah Gibb

Follow the adventures of the Princesses at the Princess Academy. Visit The Tiara Club Website for competitions, fun and games.

The latest Tiara Club book is Magical World of the Tiara Club - Have you got it yet?

Check out the whole collection here

The Most Wonderful Thing in The World

The Most Wonderful Thing in The World

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Angela Barrett

Stunning illustrations enhance a deft retelling of this classic tale of a king, a queen, a princess, legions of suitors, and a treasure hidden in plain sight.

Knight in Training: 1: Dragons Can't Swim

Knight in Training: 1: Dragons Can’t Swim

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: David Melling

First in an enchanting new young fiction series inspired by worldwide hit The Kiss that Missed, by the bestselling partnership of Vivian French and David Melling.

Knight in Training: 3: A Very Bothersome Bear

Knight in Training: 3: A Very Bothersome Bear

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: David Melling

Sam J. Butterbiggins’ only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he’s been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and cousin Prune while his parents are away.

Knight in Training: 2: A Horse Called Dora

Knight in Training: 2: A Horse Called Dora

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: David Melling

Sam J. Butterbiggins’ only ambition is to be a Very Noble Knight, but he has a problem - he’s been packed off to the castle next door to stay with his aunt, uncle and annoying cousin Prune while his parents are away.

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

The Adventures of Alfie Onion

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Marta Kissi

A stand-alone comic adventure for younger readers by sublime storyteller Vivian French, with pictures by a talented new illustrator and animator, Marta Kissi.

Collins Big Cat - The Prince and the Parsnip

Collins Big Cat - The Prince and the Parsnip

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Emma Block

Inspired by the tale of the Princess and the Pea, well-known children’s author Vivian French tells the story of Princess Sue who seeks a prince using a royal parsnip test!

I Am A Woolly Hat

I Am A Woolly Hat

Written by: Vivian French, Salma Koraytem
Illustrated by: Betania Zacarias

Basma has been wondering a lot about love. What is it like?

Ellie and the Sea Monster

Ellie and the Sea Monster

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: James de la Rue

Ellie is no ordinary Princess. She is determined to reach the Hill of Promises in time for the setting of the Second Sun and cast her very own wish.

A Mouse in the House

A Mouse in the House

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Tim Archibold

Gran has got a little problem there’s a mouse in the house and it’s eating all her cheese!

Growl

Growl

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Tim Archbold

Wally is a little wolf. He also is a great big monster and he never stops growling.

Micky's Magic Pencil

Micky’s Magic Pencil

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sarah Jennings

Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.

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Blood and Guts and Rats’ Tail Pizza

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Chris Fisher

Hilarious, horrible, laugh-out-loud text about Hank and the Blood and Guts Cafe from bestselling author Vivian French.

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Oliver’s Vegetables

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett

Oliver won’t eat anything except chips. But, when he goes to stay with his grandparents, Oliver has to strike a bargain. If he can find the potatoes in his grandfather’s vegetable garden, Oliver can have chips. But he must eat all the other vegetables he finds during the hunt.

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Oliver’s Milkshake

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett

First it was his vegetables. Then it was his fruit. Now it’s his milk - will Oliver ever like what’s good for him? Spend a day on the farm with him and find out!

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Oliver’s Fruit Salad

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett

Oliver is off to stay with Grandpa, who grows his own vegetables. But Oliver doesn’t eat vegetables - only chips! How will Grandpa persuade him into a week of healthy eating?

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Yucky Worms (Nature Storybooks)

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Jessica Ahlberg

Worms ... they’re yucky, aren’t they? Not according to this enjoyable new book which reveals just how amazing the wriggly creatures really are!

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Arthur Robbins

This familiar story is retold by Vivian French as a play for four voices, with each part clearly denoted by a different colour band. The play is written so that the parts can be read by a single voice or by several voices, including a wide range of reading abilities to encourage full participation.

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A Creepy Crawly Story

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

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The Three Little Pigs

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Liz Million

“Walker Story Plays” are dramatic versions of popular nursery stories that children will already be familiar with. The plays are written for four voices, with the parts clearly denoted by different colour bands.

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Harry Horse

“Walker Story Plays” are dramatic versions of popular nursery stories that children will already be familiar with. The plays are written for four voices, with the parts clearly denoted by different colour bands.

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The Gingerbread Boy

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: John Prater

A dramatic version of a traditional story in which children join in taking different parts of the reading.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Helen Oxenbury

This collection of dramatic versions of favourite stories, retold by Vivian French - with illustrations from the original books, are written for four voices. Each part, denoted by different colour bands, can be read by a single or several voices and accommodate a wide range of reading abilities.

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This is the Bear

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Helen Craig

“Story Plays” are dramatic versions of favourite stories, retold by Vivian French and suitable for reading aloud. The plays are written for four voices, illustrated with pictures from the original book, with parts clearly denoted by different colour bands. Each part can be read by a single voice or several voices. They aim to accommodate a wide range of reading abilities, so everyone can join in.

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Morris and the Cat Flap

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Olivia Villet

Morris is a lovable, greedy fat ginger kitten. In this story he is afraid of the new cat flat, but how will he get his food which is inside the house, when he is outside! A Roaring Good Read for new readers.

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Down in the Jungle

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

Down in the jungle it’s time for bed, but Monkey isn’t tired, he wants a story, and he sets off to find one.

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Morris the Mouse Hunter

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Morris is ginger and very fat. He’s a cat who loves snoozing and eating… but that won’t catch him a mouse. Another lively story for beginner readers about this lovable puss.

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Morris in the Apple Tree

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Olivia Villet

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A Rainbow Shopping Day

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

Jason and his little sister Daisy B have a very busy day.

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The Big Sticky Bun

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

Jason and his little sister Daisy B have a very helpful day.

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The Buttons Family: Going to the Doctor

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family.

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The Buttons Family: New Shoes

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family.

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The Buttons Family: Staying with Gran

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family.

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The Buttons Family: The Babysitter

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

One of a series of six brilliant new series of first experiences books about the Buttons Family.

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The Buttons Family: First Day at Playschool

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

One in a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons family.

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The Buttons Family: Going to the Dentist

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

One of a series of six brilliant new first experiences books about the Buttons Family.

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Mrs Hippo’s Pizza Parlour

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Clive Scruton

Another great story in the fantastic I AM READING series for younger readers - includes CD audio edition!

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Caterpillar Butterfly

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Charlotte Voake

Watch a caterpillar metamorphose into a butterfly in this fun, informative, award-winning picture book and CD, part of the new Nature Storybooks series.

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T Rex

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett

Explore the facts and fictions surrounding the greatest dinosaur of all in this fun, informative picture book and CD, part of the new Nature Storybooks series.

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Growing Frogs

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett

Learn about the transformation from frogspawn to frog with this fun, informative picture book and CD, part of the new Nature Storybooks series.

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The Perfect Pet Shop

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

After dark at the pet shop, the animals are having lots of fun, in this charming story, perfect for early readers.

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My Own Special Way

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Maya Fidawi

Little Hamda wants wear the veil, like her big sisters, but it’s up to her to find her own special way and prove she’s grown up, just like her sisters.

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The Kitten with No Name

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

A heart-warming story perfect for early readers about a lost kitten searching for somewhere to call home.

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Polly’s Pink Pyjamas

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

A fantastically funny, perfectly pink picture book about a little girl called Polly and her beloved pink pyjamas.

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The Story of Christmas

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Jane Chapman

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Collins Big Cat - The Magic Egg

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Karen Donnelly

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Noah’s Ark and Other Bible Stories

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Jane Chapman

Bible stories brought to life for the very youngest children.

Our City

Our City

Written by: Vivian French, among others

The first in a new series of ‘OneCity’ books

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Singing to the Sun (hardcover) - picture book NEW!

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Jackie Morris

Wealth, power - or love? Which would you choose? Thorfinn’s parents are obsessed with wealth and power. But, when he sets off to choose a bride it is neither the princess who promises wealth, nor the one with power that he chooses, but instead the princess who promises love and happiness.

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Mrs Floss and Mrs Fleece

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Natalie Russell

Two highland sheep - Mrs Fleece is scared of nothing but Mrs Floss is scared of everything!

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Chocolate

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Paul Howard

What’s so special about chocolate? It’s just a tasty treat - isn’t it? As a matter of fact there’s far more to the humble chocolate bar, as this extraordinary book demonstrates.

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Once Upon a Picnic

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: John Prater

Spot all your favourite nursery story characters in this entertaining rhyming tale!

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The Three Legged Mummy

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Dave Sutton

Bebi and Kenefer like to explore where they’re not allowed. But then Kenefer sees something so weird that it makes most mummies look normal.

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The Daddy Goose Collection: Stories From Favorite Nursery Rhymes

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: AnnaLaura Cantone, Ross Collins, Joelle Dreidemy and Andrea Huseinovic

Old Mother Goose may have the rhymes we know well, but it’s Daddy Goose who knows the stories to tell!

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Henny Penny

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sophie Windham

We all know the story of Henny Penny, the silly chicken who thinks the sky is falling in. Well, that is not the true story. No, that is a misrepresentation put about by foxes. This is the true story, and proves what we always knew in our hearts, chickens are heroes!

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Ellie and Elvis

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Michael Terry

Ellie and Elvis were best friends. They both liked bananas. They both loved oranges. And they both adored dancing under the light of the moon.

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The Magic Bedtime Story Book

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Emily Bolam

Fairies, owls, witches, giants and dragons all tell their tales to a little frog and his witchling friend in this gentle story collection set in an enchanted forest.

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The Cat in the Coat

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Alison Bartlett

A cat in a coat meets a goat in a hat. Ages 4+ years.

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Pig in Love

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Tim Archbold

This is one of six new titles in the popular ZigZags series of first reading books made up of real stories with a beginning, a middle and an end, and turn-the-page appeal.

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I Wish I was An Alien

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Lisa Williams

Wish you were an alien? You could visit the planets and the stars. Fun! But what does an alien wish for?

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I Love You, Grandpa

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Dana Kubick

A heart-warming celebration of a special relationship between child and grandparent. Grandpa may not be good at football or skipping or jumping, but Stanley loves him best of all.

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Cave Baby and the Mammoth

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Lisa Williams

Twisters is a great new series of first reading books made up of real stories with a beginning, a middle and an end, and turn-the-page appeal. The stories don’t exceed 50 words, and are ideal for first readers, covering a range of genres to support literacy requirements at foundation stage.

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Buck and his Truck

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Julie Lacome

Buck and Larry are rivals in the removal business. Buck’s truck is old and rusty. Larry’s lorry is noisy and dented. They would both love to buy a smart little van. When they get the message wrong and think Lord and Lady Pringle want to move house (instead of their horses), they realize the error of their ways and decide to become partners in order to achieve their dream and buy a smart little van between them.

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Brian the Giant

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sue Heap

A new title in the extremely popular Starters series for beginner readers. Brian the Giant loves eating muffins - but he hates making them. When his muffins keep disappearing, he sets a trap for the muffin thieves involving black pepper to make them sneeze!

The Story House

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

Mum and Julius, Tia and Tim the twins, Jason, Daisy B, Ross and Grannie Annie all live in the house full of stories. So do their pets: dogs, cats, Roly the rat, goldfish and gerbils abound. Little Ghost and Big Ghost live there too.

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Bert and the Burglar

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Ed Boxall

This new title in a series for beginner readers is written using a variety of media and is helpful for use in compliance with the literacy strategy.

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To Mum with Love

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Dana Kubick

It’s Mum’s birthday. Stanley wants to give her a present, but he can’t think of anything. His older brother Rex is giving her flowers, his older sister, Queenie, is giving Mum a tin of her favourite toffees, and his biggest sister, Flora, is making a cake. Stanley doesn’t have any money and his mud cake goes all wrong - will he ever find the right present to show his love?

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Ladybird Ladybird

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Selina Young

It’s shopping day. Mrs Ladybird says goodbye to her five little ladybirds and rushes off ? but oh dear, she’s forgotten something important!

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Baby Baby

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: No Illustrator

Pinkie and April seem to be from different worlds until they both get pregnant and meet again at a school for teenage mothers. This is a frank account of events leading up to their pregnancies. What happens afterwards blows away their stereotypes and reveals courage and pride beneath the struggle.

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Singing to the Sun

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Chris Fisher

Eight beguiling stories in the fairy-tale tradition by a leading story teller. Discover how a tabby cat and a court jester help a young lord to choose between power, riches and love. Read about the small thistle who, alone among all the beautiful flowers of the garden, has the wisdom and courage to help a childless king and queen…

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One Fat Cat

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Liz Million

Four funny new titles to read aloud - the perfect introduction to playscripts. Walker Story Plays are establishing a tradition of excellence with their dramatic versions of favourite stories, superbly told and perfect for reading aloud.

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Mean Green Machine

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Ana Martin Larranaga

Four funny new titles to read aloud - the perfect introduction to playscripts. Walker Story Plays are establishing a tradition of excellence with their dramatic versions of favourite stories, superbly told and perfect for reading aloud.

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Guinea Pigs Go To Sea

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Clive Scruton

Millie and Tillie and Minnie do not want to look after their little brother when he goes paddling. But when Snuffler goes into the water with his new red beach ball, he has the time of his life and the girls are left behind!

The Snow Dragon

The Snow Dragon

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Chris Fisher

A beautifully illustrated, mystical tale of fire dragons, snow dragons and a small boy who is caught between the two.

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From Zero to Ten

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Ross Collins

Numbers started off as scratches on bits of stone and bone, but they are all we need to solve mathmatical problems. This title traces the history of “Arabic” numerals and the development of mathematics. It also looks at how we present numbers for measuring distance, weight, time and money.

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Falling Awake

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: No Illustrator

Danny is cool. The younger kids think they’re cool too, but they are just kiddie babes to Danny. He can make easy money out of them. He isn’t going to say no to easy money, is he?

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Write around the World

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Ross Collins

In this lively history of writing, six goofy birds—a penguin, two toucans, an owl, and two chickens—team up to tour the world of writing: how it developed, where alphabets came from, and the origins of international languages such as Latin, Esperanto, and Morse Code, and much more.

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Please Princess Primrose

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Chris Fisher

Princess Primrose is not enjoying her birthday. The King, the Queen and the cook have all given her the wrong presents and there’s nothing to do. But the cook’s boy has an idea that just might improve matters - and the Princess’s manners too!

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Aesop’s Funky Fables

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Korky Paul

A re-telling of Aesop’s classic moral tales, some well-known and others less so, with rhythm, rap and humour. Illustrated by the artist who has received the Federation of Children’s Book Groups Award (1988) and was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

I Spy ABC

I Spy ABC

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Sally Holmes

“Reading Together” is a learn-to-read series of picture books for young children and parents to enjoy together.

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The Hedgehogs and the Big Bag

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Chris Fisher

Hector, Hattie, Harry and Hester, the four hedgehogs from “Hedgehogs Don’t Eat Hamburgers”, trick Fox into letting them inside his food bag. Fox thinks he’s getting four hedgehogs to eat; the hedgehogs know he’s not, but they’re getting grasshoppers, snails and worms from fox’s big bag!

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Hedgehogs don’t eat Hamburgers

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Chris Fisher

Hector sets off in search of a nice juicy hamburger. He will not be tempted by the tasty morsels of slugs, beetles and snails offered to him by Hattie, Harry and Hestor, his hedgehog friends. Unfortunately fox and badger are not interested in hamburgers - they want hedgehog for tea.

Sparkle Street

Sparkle Street

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Joanne Partis

Sparkle Street is a dazzling new series from Macmillan Children’s Books. Written by the author of the successful Tiara Club, each book features an enchanting story, gorgeous glittered pages and two die cuts. And with a fantastic pop-up shop free with every book, children will love collecting them all to make their very own Sparkle Street.

Draglins

The Draglins

Written by: Vivian French
Illustrated by: Chris Fisher

These are charming borrowers-style stories about mini-dragons who move from their home in the attic to the great Outdoors.