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Babette Cole

  • 4 stars across 38 books
    Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author.

    She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy.

    Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers.

    Babette Cole was one of the world's best loved writers and illustrators of children's picture books. She created more than 150 picture books and her bestselling Doctor Dog has been adapted as a successful children's cartoon TV series. Famous for her wacky sense of humour, most of her work is comedy like The Smelly Book, The Hairy Book, The Slimy Book and The Silly Book. Babette Cole was born on Jersey in the British Channel Islands. She attended the Canterbury College of Art (now the University for the Creative Arts) and received a BA Honours first class with distinction in animation.
    She worked with Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate creating children's BBC TV programs such as Bagpuss. Her work has been widely televised on BBC's Jackanory, CBeebies and Channel 4.
    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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    6th September 2018

    Trouble with Trolls

    Warm and exciting adventure about a brave boy and a dangerous quest. Perfect for children learning to read. When troubl... 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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    • Princess Smartypants

      Princess Smartypants

      Totally brilliant feminist picture book. It is funny, the illustrations are great and it is fun to read aloud.
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