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Not your typical books for boys

Not your typical books for boys

An alternative list of recommended books for boys. Perfect for boys who are looking to read about something other than football or jokes about bottoms!

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Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Book of the Month: Willow Wildthing and the Swamp Monster

Win this brand new book, perfect for children age 7+ interested in the natural world and the environment. When Willow crosses the boundary to the patch of woodland behind her house, something amazing happens: she enters The Wilderness, where magic and nature collide…

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World Book Day 2021

World Book Day 2021

Join in this World Book Day with video sessions from some of your children’s favourite authors and our library of free downloadable activity sheets!

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Reading for pleasure

Reading for pleasure

Not only does reading for pleasure improve children’s well-being, but it can be directly linked to children’s success at school and beyond. Get tips and book recommendations to encourage your child to read more.

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Ballet Bunnies

Ballet Bunnies

Learning a new skill can be hard but when you’ve got friends like the ballet bunnies every day is a new adventure!

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Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Spooky reads for 9+ year olds

Embrace Halloween with our recommended spooky reads for 9–11 year olds, including Flood and Fang, The Dark is Rising and Uncle Montague’s Tales of Terror.

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Isadora Moon

Isadora Moon

Half fairy, half vampire, totally unique. Isadora Moon is special because she’s different. Follow her adventures with pink rabbit and find fun activities.

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Isadora Moon Meets the Tooth Fairy

Isadora Moon Meets the Tooth Fairy

Isadora has a wobbly tooth. Should she give her fang to her dad so he can frame it like all vampires do, or should she leave it for the tooth fairy, as her mum would like?

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Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

Winnie and Wilbur Meet Santa

It’s Christmas Eve and Winnie and Wilbur are super excited. They’ve posted their letters to the North Pole and made everything festive. But then disaster strikes…

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Isadora Moon Goes to a Wedding

Isadora Moon Goes to a Wedding

Isadora is going to be a bridesmaid at her aunt’s wedding, and she’s SO excited! The dress. The flowers. The cake! But, oh no, where has Baby Honeyblossom gone?

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Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday

Isadora Moon Goes on Holiday

When Isadora wins an amazing holiday for her whole family she’s ready for sun, sea, and sand! But there’s work to be done when she and her mermaid friend Marina discover a baby turtle in trouble. Can Isadora help the turtle find a way home?

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Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition

Pippi Longstocking Gift Edition

This beautiful edition of the children’s classic is illustrated throughout with wonderful collage pictures from the award-winning Lauren Child. Includes contemporary design, imaginative layout of the text, and stunning illustrations.

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Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard

Pippi Longstocking Goes Aboard

Pippi Longstocking is back and as crazy and as funny as ever! But for Tommy and Annika, the fun might stop all too soon if Pippi agrees to go back to sea with her father.

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Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas

Pippi Longstocking in the South Seas

Pippi, Tommy, and Annika are of on a great adventure – a trip to Koratuttutt Island where Pippi’s father is king. They explore secret caves, play marbles with pearls, and luckily the pirates and sharks they meet are no match for Pippi!

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Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic

Isadora Moon Makes Winter Magic

Isadora loves playing in the snow, especially when her creations come to life! But snow magic can’t last forever. Will she be able to save her new friends before they melt away?

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The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

The Demon Headmaster: Mortal Danger

There’s a new head teacher at Lizzie’s school, and she’s great! She encourages the pupils to follow their passions, and there’s even a competition to win an adventure trip to an exciting remote island! But someone is waiting for them there. And once he lays his eyes on them, there will be no escape . . .

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Winnie and Wilbur Around the World

Winnie and Wilbur Around the World

Winnie and Wilbur are visiting the wild animals from their library book in real life. It’s exciting to journey by magic all around the world, but there’s trouble ahead!

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Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering

Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering

Twins, Victoria Stitch and Celestine, are denied their royal birth-right. Celestine accepts the decision with good grace, but Victoria Stitch is consumed with her obsession for power.

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Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair

Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair

Emily loves living on Funfair Moon – especially when she gets to help Jinks & O’Hare, the extraordinary repair team. But when chaos strikes during a crucial funfair inspection, Emily has to act fast. Can she deal with a violent fudgesplosion, a gravity inversion, and a marauding candyfloss creature? Or does this spell doom for Funfair Moon?

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Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Silent Songbirds

Magical Kingdom of Birds: The Silent Songbirds

In a spectacular tropical glade, Maya can’t believe her ears: she’s attending a songbird concert in the Magical Kingdom of Birds! But all is not as it seems – Lord Astor is stealing the birds’ beautiful voices to keep for himself. Will Maya and her friends be able to return the music to the kingdom. . . ?

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Meet Pippi Longstocking

Meet Pippi Longstocking

When Pippi moves in next door to Tommy and Annika they are amazed by their new playmate. Pippi is cheeky, courageous, and completely unpredictable. She lives with a monkey, a horse, and no rules whatsoever!

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Winnie and Wilbur: The Santa Surprise

Winnie and Wilbur have just opened the latest door on their advent calendar when they wonder ‘who gives Santa a present’? This thought leads to an epic quest involving flying trains, broomstick sledges, and, of course, Father Christmas himself!

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari

Winnie and Wilbur: The Bug Safari

Winnie and Wilbur are fascinated by the creepy-crawlies in the garden and decide it could be fun to shrink right down to their size. But when you’re knee-high to a caterpillar, there can be some very hairy moments.

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Isadora Moon Goes to School

Isadora Moon Goes to School

Half vampire, half fairy, totally unique! Isadora Moon is special because she is different. When it’s time for Isadora to start school she’s not sure where she belongs – vampire school or fairy school?

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Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair

Isadora Moon Goes to the Fair

Isadora is excited for her first ever trip to the fun fair, but when she arrives it’s not quite as magical as she expected. Luckily, her cousin Mirabelle has a plan to make the fairground rides extra special. What could possibly go wrong?

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Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet

Isadora Moon Goes to the Ballet

When her mum and dad come along on a school trip to the ballet, Isadora worries that they might not be like normal mums and dads. But she has even bigger problems when Pink Rabbit goes missing. Will she be able to find him before the curtain rises?

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Isadora Moon Goes Camping

Isadora Moon Goes Camping

When Isadora and her family go camping at the seaside, some things happen that are not quite normal… From roasting marshmallows on a campfire to making friends with a mermaid – special things happen when Isadora’s around!

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Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble

Isadora Moon Gets in Trouble

When Isadora’s cousin, Mirabelle, comes to stay, Isadora is really excited. Mirabelle, who is a witch, is older than Isadora and always has the best ideas for things to do. When Mirabelle suggests Isadora should take a dragon to ‘Bring Your Pet to School Day’, Isadora goes along with the plan…

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Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day

Winnie and Wilbur: The Dinosaur Day

Winnie and Wilbur love their local museum, especially the dinosaur gallery. When an exciting competition is announced to draw or make a model of a dinosaur Winnie and Wilbur can’t wait to take part. But what did dinosaurs look like?

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Kitty and the Twilight Trouble

Kitty and the Twilight Trouble

When near disaster strikes at the fun fair, Kitty has to step in to show her cat crew what being a true superhero means, before someone gets hurt.

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Mirabelle Breaks the Rules

Mirabelle Breaks the Rules

When Mirabelle goes off to witch school she promises not to cause any mischief . . . The only trouble is, causing mischief is one of her favourite things to do.

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The Accidental Father Christmas

The Accidental Father Christmas

Ben’s starting to get a bit sceptical about Father Christmas’s existence, he needs proof. So, on Christmas Eve, he sets up an elaborate booby trap to capture the jolly bearded fella …

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Mirabelle Gets up to Mischief

Mirabelle Gets up to Mischief

Meet Mirabelle, Isadora Moon’s cousin. Her mum is a witch and her dad is a fairy, and Mirabelle is a bit of both. She likes casting spells with her fairy wand and flying around on her witchy broomstick, but most of all, the thing she really, really likes to do, is cause mischief.

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All Aboard the Shapes Train

All Aboard the Shapes Train

Hop on board our amazing train for a fun-filled learning journey! We’re off to explore shapes, playtime and so much more. All aboard everyone!

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Pugs of the Frozen North

Pugs of the Frozen North

And they’re off! Who will win the Race to the Top of the World? Helga Hammerfest and her polar bears; bounder and cheat Sir Basil Sprout-Dumpling or Shackleton Jones with his robot-powered sled? But wait, what’s this? Two kids riding a sled pulled by 66 pugs wearing jumpers?! The underdogs are coming.

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Black Light Express

Black Light Express

There was nothing, and then there was a train. A train with two passengers: a petty thief from a dead-end town, and an android girl who could be more human than the rest of us. Join Zen and Nova as they find out what really lies beyond the end of the universe . . .

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Pippi Longstocking

Pippi Longstocking

Pippi lives in a house with a horse, a monkey, a suitcase full of gold and no grown-ups to tell her what to do. She’s wild and funny and her crazy ideas have a way of making anything exciting!

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Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover

Isadora Moon Has a Sleepover

When Isadora is invited to stay at her friend Zoe’s house she’s so excited – she hasn’t been to a sleepover before! There will be midnight feasts, and staying up all night, it’s going to be so much fun!

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Isadora Moon Has a Birthday

Isadora Moon Has a Birthday

Isadora loves going to human birthday parties, and now she’s going to have one of her own! But with her mum and dad organising things, it’s not going to be like the parties she’s been to before…

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Winnie and Wilbur in Space

Winnie and Wilbur in Space

Winnie and Wilbur are going into space! Winnie conjures a rocket and they blast into orbit. It’s quite tricky dealing with all the rocket’s controls but it’s even trickier knowing what to do with hungry space rabbits . . . will Winnie have enough magic up her sleeve to save the day?

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Isadora Moon Puts on a Show

Isadora Moon Puts on a Show

It’s almost time for the vampire ball, and Isadora can’t wait! There’s just one problem: she’s got to compete in a talent show with the other vampire children. Isadora’s talents aren’t very vampire-y. Will she be brave enough to perform . . . ?

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Oliver and the Seawigs

Oliver and the Seawigs

Along with his friends, a grumpy old albatross, a short-sighted mermaid, and a friendly island called Cliff, Oliver sets out to rescue his missing parents. On their perilous journey the friends meet evil islands, a boy called Stacey, and more sea monkeys than you can wave some seaweed at.

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Cakes in Space

Cakes in Space

Astra’s ship is in trouble. There’s something very sinister lurking in the canteen. A cakey monstrosity on the war path. And then there’s the Poglites – a space salvage crew who have invaded the ship in their quest for spoonage! Astra and her robot friend Pilbeam are the only things standing in the way of the ship’s destruction.

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The Island That Didn’t Exist

The Island That Didn’t Exist

When twelve-year-old Rixon’s great-uncle leaves him a mysterious island in his will, he sets off to see it for himself. And what Rixon finds there might hold the key to the future of the planet …

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Kitty and the Treetop Chase

Kitty and the Treetop Chase

Up on the rooftops, Kitty soon discovers that being a superhero is about more than using her special abilities – she must learn to be courageous too.Can Kitty follow a trail of destruction and find Ludo the missing dog?

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The Breadwinner Graphic Novel

The Breadwinner Graphic Novel

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Deborah Ellis’s original novel, The Breadwinner, has been an international bestseller for more than 15 years.

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The Accidental Prime Minister

The Accidental Prime Minister

Grown-ups have had their turn at running things, and let’s face it, they’ve been rubbish! It’s time that a kid was in charge. Where there is grumpiness, may we bring giggles, where there is jelly, may we bring ice-cream, where there are chairs, may we bring whoopee cushions!

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Lula and the Sea Monster

Lula and the Sea Monster

Lula lives in a house next to the beach with her family. When they must leave their home to make way for a highway, Lula is desperate to protect the beach and its wildlife, but how will a small girl like her be able to do it? A beautiful picture book about the relationship between humans and nature, celebrating the power that children have and how they can make a difference.

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Kitty and the Tiger Treasure

Kitty and the Tiger Treasure

Join Kitty – and her cat crew – as she learns how to use her special abilities to outwit cunning villains. Who has stolen the precious Golden Tiger Statue? Can Kitty return it to the museum before sunrise?

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The Accidental President

The Accidental President

On a visit to the US things take a strange turn for 12-year-old Ajay when, completely at random and totally by accident, he is sworn in as the new president.

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The Demon Headmaster

The Demon Headmaster

Something weird is happening at school. The children are too well behaved – almost like robots. What strange power does the eerie headmaster hold over them, and can anyone resist? Or are Dinah, Lloyd, and Harvey doomed to become part of the Demon Headmaster’s dark plan?

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Station Zero

Station Zero

The Great Network is changing. New worlds, new alliances, new enmities. For Threnody the changes have brought great power. For Zen and Nova they have brought separation. For the trains that run from world to world, they have brought questions. Now all of them must find out what really matters to them and who they really are . . .

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The Accidental Rock Star

The Accidental Rock Star

All Ollie ever wanted was to become famous, and now he’s a ROCK STAR! This is the crazy story of how it all happened . . .

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The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles

The Eagle of the Ninth Chronicles

The Eagle of the Ninth, The Silver Branch and The Lantern Bearers are recognized as being three of the best novels about Roman Britain written for children. Written by Rosemary Sutcliff, one the most acclaimed children’s writers of the twentieth century, and loved around the world, these outstanding books are now available in one volume.

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Railhead

Railhead

Zen Starling is a petty thief. A nobody. Destined to ride the rails to nowhere special. That is until Raven, a strange and mysterious figure, enlists him for one small job. One small job that might just bring everything in this galaxy, and the next, to the end of the line.

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Trickster

Trickster

First a rat must earn his name. Then he must live up to it. This is the story of Gabble, a young rat with a wild, beloved, but unpredictable brother, Ash.

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Winnie the Witch

Winnie the Witch

Whoops! Winnie the Witch has just sat on Wilbur . . . again! But that’s what happens if you share your black house with a black cat. Can Winnie find a magical way to put a stop to the accidents?

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Night Walker

Night Walker

Something weird is going on at the hospital – children are going in, and not coming out again. Elena, Matt, and Tima are investigating, but even they are struggling to uncover the truth. But Spin is preparing to come out of the shadows, and when he does, nothing will be the same. . .

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The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

The Girl with the Shark’s Teeth

Minnow feels an irresistible pull to water, and beneath the waves she feels free. When Minnow’s mother is taken from her, she answers a call from the Wild Deep she has been waiting for her whole young life. In her brave and fearless mission, Minnow is transformed forever.

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The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

The Legend of Kevin: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin the flying pony blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF! – crashes into the balcony outside Max’s flat. As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged with creatures, Max and Kevin set about putting things right. With Max’s quick thinking and a constant supply of biscuits for Kevin, there’s nothing this heroic duo can’t achieve!

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What’s That in Dog Years?

What’s That in Dog Years?

When George realises that his beloved pet dog Gizmo has been around for a long time – it’s an even longer time in dog years! – he writes him a bucket list, and they set out on a series of laughter-filled adventures, in search of ice cream, pampering and Gizmo’s fifteen minutes of fame.

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Me and Mister P: Maya’s Storm

Me and Mister P: Maya’s Storm

Gran has always been there for Maya. They have lots of fun together but recently Gran has become a bit forgetful and Maya feels like the tables have turned and she needs to look after Gran . . . oh, and the enormous polar bear who has just sailed into their lives!

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Kevin’s Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Kevin’s Great Escape: A Roly-Poly Flying Pony Adventure

Famous pop star Misty Twiglet has moved to Bumbleford and she wants to meet roly-poly flying pony, Kevin. And she promised him biscuits! But when Kevin is captured in Misty’s back garden, things become serious and there isn’t a biscuit in sight. Kevin’s best friend Max must come to the rescue.

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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Join in the delights and disasters on the riverbank with Mole and friends. If you like great adventures, then The Wind in the Willows is for you! Not only does this edition include the unabridged text, it is also full of extra material to help you get the most from the story and gives lots of recommendations for other things you might enjoy.

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Sky Hawk

Sky Hawk

Something lives deep within the forest . . . something that has not been seen on Callum’s farm for over a hundred years. Callum and Iona make a promise to keep their amazing discovery secret, but can they keep it safe from harm? The pact they make will change lives forever.

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Sky Dancer

Sky Dancer

Joe has always loved the moorlands above his home. But everything has changed since his father died, and the moors are no longer a place of refuge. Now the whole community is divided over the fate of the hen harriers that nest up in the heather – and Joe is stuck right in the middle, with a choice to make, and a huge secret to keep.

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Little Women

Little Women

Open your heart to the unforgettable March sisters . . . If you enjoy heart-warming books, then Little Women is for you! Not only does this edition have the complete, unabridged text, but it is also full of extra material to help you get the most out of the story.

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Football Mad

Football Mad

Four illustrated stories in one bumper book! From dynamo strikers and fantastic goalies to a desperate school team and a side about to enter the record books for being the worst team in the world – there’s a story in here for every football-mad fan!

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Jazz Dog

Jazz Dog

In a divided world of cats and dogs – where dogs only play dog music and cats only play cat music – one little dog chooses to follow the music in his heart, and that means jamming with the cats!

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The Christmas Unicorn

The Christmas Unicorn

Christmas is only days away when Milly meets a unicorn. He patters softly into Grandpa’s house on a snowy night and suddenly Milly’s world is filled with magic, friendship, and the happiness she has been hoping for.

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Beautiful Bananas

Beautiful Bananas

Beatrice is taking a bunch of beautiful bananas to her grandad, but on the way a giraffe flicks them into the stream – Splash! How will Beatrice get the bananas back? Find out and, on the way, meet hungry bees, playful monkeys, and even a sneezing elephant!

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Me and Mister P

Me and Mister P

When Mister P stumbles through Arthur’s front door an interesting and fun new friendship is born. Arthur could do with someone to talk to and Mister P is a good listener – as well as being amazing at football, scared of spiders, extremely messy at eating, and the best at hugs when you need them! There are times when only a polar bear will do . .

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Electrigirl

Electrigirl

Being struck by lightning and getting an amazing superpower wasn’t how Holly thought that her day would go. But now it’s happened, she might as well make the most of it . . . if only she could work out how to stop blowing everything up!

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