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  • Winnie-the-Pooh in Colour Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781405284332 - AA Milne
    WTPC 7 years +
    7 years +
    (3)
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    One of the iconic characters from children's literature, A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh was first published in 1926 and continues to remain a favourite with children and families today.

    This slipcased collection includes four of the friendly bear's classic stories and all of the high-quality books feature E.H. Shepard's original illustrations in full colour.

    As well as Pooh bear, the heart-warming stories feature other iconic characters including Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore and Christopher Robin. Each book is funny, imaginative and celebrates the joy of friendship.
  • Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library Box Set - 30 Books - Collection - 9781510102293 - Francesca Simon & Tony Ross
    HHLB 5 years +
    Francesca Simon & Tony Ross
    5 years +
    (4)
    • £22.99
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    • Just 77.00p per book
    Horrid Henry's Loathsome Library is a box set featuring every single one of Francesca Simon's stories starring the naughtiest boy in children's books - and so much more!

    Displayed in a keepsake slipcase and with a mammoth 30 books included, this is a brilliant collection to add to any child's bookshelf. Very funny stories that are tremendously re-readable, they follow the lovably naughty Henry as he gets into all kinds of trouble and faces of against his nemesis, Perfect Peter.

    With extra appeal added by the black-and-white artwork from Little Princess author Tony Ross, the collection also includes joke books and a special Christmas story to accompany the laugh-out-loud novels.
  • Dr. Seuss: Classic Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9780007967421 - Dr Seuss
    DSCC 5 years +
    5 years +
    (5)
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    From Horton Hears a Who to The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax, Dr. Seuss's stories are timeless, zany and will be enjoyed on countless occasions.

    This slipcased collection contains 20 of his classic stories. Told in rhyme and with eye-catching artwork throughout, you'll be enjoying these crazy and funny tales just as much as the kids.

    Who will be your children's favourite characters?
    Format: paperback
  • WPZ2 5 years +
    AA Milne
    5 years +
    (1)
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    Journey to Hundred Acre Wood with this quality reprint of A.A. Milne's classic stories that have been pored over for generations. Featuring the wonderful original colour illustrations from E.H. Shepard, this enjoyable collection of Winnie-the-Pooh stories is a must-have for every child's - and grown-up's - bookshelf.

    Beautifully presented, this charming book includes the timeless adventures of Pooh Bear and his much-loved friends, and this collectable edition of tales sees the Bear for All Ages get into a tight place, nearly catch a Woozle, and discover the wrong sort of honey - amongst many other things!

    A gift that is sure to be cherished by any young reader.
  • Greatest Stories Adventures in the World Collection - 10 books - Collection - 9781408329405 - Tony Bradman & Tony Ross
    GTAD 5 years +
    5 years +
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    This 10-book collection is packed with famous and action-packed tales. From Robinson Crusoe to Robin Hood, they're among the very best adventures of all time.

    Brilliantly rewritten by Tony Bradman to appeal to younger readers, each of these stories also features awesome artwork by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross.

    Dynamic retellings of Beowulf, Ali Baba and King Arthur are also included in this awe-inspiring introduction to adventure stories.

    Format: paperback
  • APOAW 6 years +
    Lesley Sims
    6 years +
    • £4.89
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    The quirky sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. After returning from Wonderland, Alice's adventures continue when she steps through a looking glass and into the topsy-turvy world beyond. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
  • SXD2 3 years +
    Inga Moore
    3 years +
    (3)
    • £3.99
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    Six Dinner Sid is a clever cat who has craftily acquired six owners and six comfy beds. Purr-fect! Or it is until one day he catches a bad cat cough and has to go to the vet...

    Witty illustrations and a clever story with lots of alliteration make this a great book to read aloud. Fans of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy will love Inga Moore's Sid!
  • WZW2 5 years +
    Jill Murphy
    5 years +
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick...

    Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
  • IAH2 3 years +
    Lauren Child
    3 years +
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    Bestselling author Lauren Child offers a fresh and funny look at starting school with her Charlie and Lola classic, I Am Too Absolutely Small For School. Big brother Charlie steps in to persuade Lola that her fears about school and the dreaded 'schooliform' are unfounded and that her nervous invisible friend needs help. This is a helpful, sensitive book and an ideal read for wary pre-schoolers nervous about making the transition to 'big school'.
  • CPD2 4 years +
    Michael Bond
    4 years +
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    In Michael Bond's A Bear Called Paddington, Mr and Mrs Brown stumble across a small, polite bear in Paddington Station with a label around his neck which reads, "Please look after this bear. Thank you." It's the start of lots of hilarious stories in which Paddington Bear encounters all kinds of adventures, leaving his inimitable sticky imprint wherever he goes. The ultimate in funny and endearing classic chapter books to read with children aged five and older!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • EIM2 5 years +
    Michaela DePrince (Author)
    5 years +
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    Beautifully illustrated and adapted for a younger audience, this edition of professional ballerina Michaela DePrince's memoir, Hope in a Ballet Shoe, is sure to capture your heart. It tells her almost unbelievable life story with wit and candour.
  • Dirty Bertie Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9781847159373 - Alan Macdonald
    DTYB 5 years +
    Alan Macdonald
    5 years +
    (2)
    • £19.99
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    Dirty Bertie surely ranks alongside Horrid Henry as one of the naughtiest boys in children's books and here are 20 books focusing on his hilariously naughty antics.

    Trouble is never far away when Bertie's around and this, combined with his disgusting habits, makes for delightfully gross reads that will appeal to children who wouldn't normally pick up a book. There are books about aliens, monsters and fleas and they're all very, very entertaining.

    Written by Alan Macdonald and illustrated by David Roberts, these are laugh-out-loud first readers about a grubby little boy.

    Format: Paperback
  • AXDIA 7 years +
    Elena Favilli
    7 years +
    (2)
    • £16.00
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    What if the princess didn't marry Prince Charming but instead went on to be an astronaut? What if the jealous step sisters were supportive and kind? And what if the queen was the one really in charge of the kingdom? Illustrated by sixty female artists from every corner of the globe, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls introduces us to one hundred remarkable women and their extraordinary lives, from Ada Lovelace to Malala, Elizabeth I to Serena Williams. Empowering, moving and inspirational, these are true fairy tales for heroines who definitely don't need rescuing.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year.
  • AGW2 6 years +
    Benjamin Harper
    6 years +
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    You've never read a Hansel and Gretel story this sweet!

    The Undead family have run out of brains to eat as the tourists have stopped visiting their graveyard home. They're pretty hungry so they disguise themselves as tourists and try to lure tourists back to their house...
  • AOCUU 6 years +
    David Roberts
    6 years +
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    A Dirty Bertie collection to delight his legions of fans who revel in his revolting ways! Enjoy the comic capers of Dirty Bertie - the boy with nosepickingly disgusting habits - in this bumper book of nine revolting stories from Crackers!, Pong! and Pirate! Join Bertie as he performs in the school nativity play, gives Miss Boot the fright of her life and tries his luck as a swashbuckling pirate! Dirty Bertie is a hugely popular series created by David Roberts. With each hilarious story approximately thirty pages long and split into chapters, Dirty Bertie is ideal for reluctant readers or readers in search of hilarity but with a short attention span.
  • Animal Rescue Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781847159458 - Tina Nolan
    ANMR 7 years +
    Tina Nolan
    7 years +
    (1)
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    Featuring lost ducklings, homeless hamsters and problem ponies, this 10-book collection will warm the heart of any young animal lover.

    Eva and Karl Harrison live at the Animal Magic Rescue Centre with their parents and have to help a new arrival recover every single day. They have to deal with a ginger kitten who's been locked out of their football star owner's house; find a new home for a loveable puppy; and nurse an injured fox cub back to health.

    A bestselling series, the simple and easy-to-follow books find all kinds of animals overcoming trouble. They are written by an author with a real love and knowledge of animals and are already bestsellers. The refreshed artwork here makes them even more appealing.

    Format: paperback
  • EFD2 6 years +
    Holly Webb
    6 years +
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    Ava's new kitten Tiger is small in size but big on personality. Sometimes, however, he gets a bit too excited and Ava has no choice but to save him from the scrapes he gets into.

    Written by Holly Webb and illustrated by Sophy Williams, this is a purr-fect book for newly independent readers who love animals.
  • EFE2 6 years +
    Holly Webb
    6 years +
    • £3.99
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    Written by Holly Webb and illustrated by Sophy Williams, Monty the Sad Puppy will delight animal-loving girls who are moving on from early readers to chapter books.

    Amelie always loved dogs but never imagined she'd end up looking after two of them herself. Her Grandad moves into a care home so Amelie has to look after his dog. Daisy is clearly scared of her new surroundings while Monty cannot understand why he's now living with another dog...
  • DKC2 5 years +
    Anne Fine
    5 years +
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    Simply told, beautifully illustrated and with a gripping plot, Carnegie Medal winner Anne Fine's story of a ferocious feline is a satisfying read to stretch a beginner reader.

    Ellie is horrified when her cat Tuffy drags in a dead bird, and even more so when he follows that with a dead mouse. Tuffy's just doing what comes naturally, but he'll need to change his ways or he'll end up in even more trouble.

    Written from Tuffy's point of view, The Diary of a Killer Cat is funny, gripping and purr-fect.
  • EFF2 6 years +
    David Roberts
    6 years +
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    The 30th Dirty Bertie adventure might be his most disgusting yet. He's picked to be the mascot for Pudsley Rovers, attempts to get expelled from summer camp and makes a robot called Bootosaurus to replace Miss Boot!

    These short and sharp stories are very funny and perfect for reluctant readers.
  • AHAVO 5 years +
    Angela Wilkes
    5 years +
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    Two popular titles in "Usborne Young Reading Series Two" are re-issued in luxurious hardback editions with ribbon markers. These are desirable and collectable editions to foster pride in book ownership as well as reading enjoyment. "Young Reading Series Two" is aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, and helps build confidence and ability. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.
  • APQ2 6 years +
    Matthew K. Manning
    6 years +
    • £2.99
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    Bruce Wayne is attending a charity ball when he notices something very strange: all the waiters are twins. Shortly after this discovery, Two-Face gatecrashes the party - and he has plans to rob every bank in Gotham City.

    This book features an action-packed plot and famous characters from the DC Comics back-catalogue. It's a fun and engaging read for younger superhero fans.
  • APNZZ 6 years +
    LF Baum
    6 years +
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    The classic story by L. Frank Baum, retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability, sumptuously illustrated by Mauro Evangelista. When Dorothy is whizzed to Oz in a tornado, she lands in a place where nothing is quite as it seems. Can she find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and be granted her wish to return to Kansas? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.
  • EFT2 6 years +
    Alan MacDonald
    6 years +
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    In Dirty Bertie: Fame, the naughty boy with nose-pickingly disgusting habits becomes a film star, gets into bother on a fishing trip and becomes a modern-day Robin Hood in this laugh-out-loud book.