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Babette Cole

  • 4 stars across 38 books
    Babette Cole was born in Jersey in the Channel Islands. She graduated from Canterbury College of Art in 1973 and was the illustrator and author of more than 150 witty, imaginative, irreverent and thought-provoking picture books for children including the bestselling, stereotype-defying Princess Smartypants. She produced animated storyboards for the BBC and illustrated numerous greetings cards and books by other authors as well as her own. Babette adored the countryside and was a keen horse rider and breeder. She spent much of her life in Lincolnshire, before moving to Kent and then westward through Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.
    8th September 2016

    Princess Smartypants and the Missing Princes

    Princess Smartypants rules her kingdom of Totaloonia on her own - she certainly doesn't need the help of a silly Princ... More

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    30th May 1996

    Princess Smartypants

    Babette Cole's riotously funny picture book, Princess Smartypants. Princess Smartypants does not want to get ma... More

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    1st February 1996

    Dr Dog

    Meet Doctor Dog, he's the Gumboyle family's favourite pet and their very own trusty physician. When Doctor Dog jets off ... More

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    25th September 1997

    Prince Cinders

    Prince Cinders leads a very hard life. Bullied by his three hairy brothers about his less-than-perfect looks, he spends ... More

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    1st June 1995

    Mummy Laid An Egg!

    Just how are babies made? Erm Well...they're delivered by dinosaurs squidged out of tubes and found under stones! In thi... More

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    1st April 1994

    Dr. Dog

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    2nd October 2008

    A Dose of Dr Dog, A

    Doctor Dog, the Gumboyle family's favourite pet and their very own trusty physician, is having a well-deserved rest on a... More

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    4th August 2005

    Long Live Princess Smartypants

    A modern fairy tale for the twenty-first century and a second adventure for the irrepressible and highly popular Princes... More

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    1st July 2009

    If I Were You

    When Dad puts Daisy to bed, he suggests, 'If I were you ...I'd go to sleep.' So cheeky Daisy starts thinking about what ... More

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    4th March 2004

    Mummy Never Told Me

    What are tummy buttons for, and how do they get there? What does the tooth fairy really look like? Why do grown-ups have... More

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