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Kaye Umansky

  • 4 stars across 112 books
    Kaye Umanksy Biography
    Kaye Umansky began life as a teacher turning to writing after the birth of her daughter. She is now the author of many well-loved books including Pass the Jam, Jim and Pongwiffy, which will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2018. She is a marvellous performer of her own work and a jazz singer in her own time. 
    5th October 2017

    Witch for a Week

    'A Bewitching tale, charmingly told and is certain to delight any witch in the making' M.G, Leonard, award-winning aut... More

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    9th January 2018

    Just Plain Weird

    A silly and riotous tale of the craziest family you know from the master of laughs and fun, Kaye Umansky! The Primms may... More

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    6th September 2018

    Wish for a Witch

    Everyone is already the spell of this charming new series from Kaye Umansky... 'Umansky is one of our most delightf... More

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    1st April 2005

    Stomp, Chomp, Big Roars! Here Come the Dinosaurs!

    This is the way we stomp our feet, Stomp! Stomp! Stomp! This is the way we like to eat, Chomp! Chomp! Chomp! Stomp! Chom... More

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    30th June 2016

    Naughty Naughty Monster

    I'M A NAUGHTY NAUGHTY MONSTER! ARE YOU READY? HERE I COME! I AM HUNGRY FOR MY DINNER AND I WANT YOU IN MY TUM! The Na... More

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    2nd May 2013

    Early Reader: Algy's Amazing Adventures in the Jungle

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    4th February 2014

    The 13th Fairy

    Grimbleshanks just wanted to be invited to the Royal Christening. All the other fairies had been invited. But not her -... More

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    10th March 2011

    Dodo Doo Doo

    'Dodos are extinct, you see. I know that same as you do.' 'If Dodos are extinct,' said Fred, 'Then what's that Dodo... More

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    18th November 1993

    Pass The Jam, Jim

    A rhyming picture book in which a group of children prepare for a party. The bright, action-packed illustrations feature... More

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    24th August 2017

    The Pongwiffy Stories 1: A Witch of Dirty Habits and The Goblins' Revenge

    A brand new bind-up edition of the much-loved classic children's series Pongwiffy including A Witch of Dirty Hab... More

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    1st October 1997

    Stacks Of Stories

    Commissioned by the Library Association, this work features eleven stories taking libraries as a starting point. They ra... More

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    1st October 2006

    Dressed-up Giant

    When Waldo and his girl friend Heavy Hetty get invited to the wedding of Beefy Betty and her trained Ed, Waldo is very e... More

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    1st August 2006

    I am a Tree

    Tim is an ace actor and keen member of the school drama club. So of course he expects to be the star of the end of year ... More

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    7th August 2008

    Yo Ho Ho! A-Pirating We'll Go

    I want to be a pirate.It's a pirate's life for me!I'll wear a skull-and-crossbones hatAnd sail the salty sea!Sail away w... More

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    12th March 2015

    Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears and the Porridge Project

    Belinda lives in Honeybear Lane with her mum and dad. The house next door is empty ... until, one day, The Three Bears... More

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    6th August 2015

    Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears and the New Chair

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    18th February 2016

    I Want a Companion

    Collins Arabic Big Cat is a guided reading series for ages 3 to 11. The series is structured with reference to the learn... More

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    15th August 2013

    Kaye Umansky's Robin Hood: A Bow-Slinging, Arrow-Twanging, Bulls-Eye of a Musical

    Kaye Umansky's witty tale of Lincoln Green tights, girl power and boy-band hero, Robin, is sure to delight and enterta... More

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    3rd June 2004

    My Very First Joke Book

    My Very First Joke Book is full of the very funniest and best jokes! An excellent introduction to jokes and joke-tellin... More

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    8th April 2016

    Bigger and Better

    Vi the Giantess loves little things - her thimble collection is almost out of control. So when a little chap called Jack... More

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    28th November 2007

    Pongwiffy

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    5th May 2016

    Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears Go Shopping

    A brand new red Early Reader about family and friendship, from bestselling author, Kaye Umanksy, and illustrator, Chri... More

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    1st May 2014

    Buster's Big Surprise

    Get ready to read! LITTLE RED ROBINS are ideal for sharing and reading together. Buster Gutt is the biggest, baddest pir... More

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    1st July 2008

    I Don't Like Gloria!

    A humorous picture book taking a sideways look at the chaos caused by new arrivals! Colin the dog is not happy. A newco... More

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    31st October 2001

    Big Iggy

    Black Cats is a brand new, on-going series of top stories. Children will come to trust the Black Cat logo as a sign of g... More

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    29th September 1988

    Phantasmagoria: 33 Songs, Story-Lines and Sound Adventures

    Phantasmagoria is a collection of new songs and sound exploration ideas based around three adventures - a journey... More

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    7th April 2008

    Clover Twig and the Incredible Flying Cottage

    Clover Twig is clever, neat and responsible. She also needs to find a job to help out her lovable and chaotic family. So... More

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    1st May 2014

    Early Reader: Algy's Amazing Adventures at Sea

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    5th June 2014

    Early Reader: Algy's Amazing Adventures in Space

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    12th April 2009

    Weird Happenings

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    6th June 2013

    Early Reader: Algy's Amazing Adventures in the Arctic

    Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and ... More

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    13th September 2012

    The Dreadful Dragon

    Ronald the Magnificent is the youngest wizard in the Wizards' Club. The trouble is, he is not a very good wizard and all... More

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    1st August 2013

    Billy Goats Gruff: A Noisy Picture Book

    Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Um... More

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    1st August 2013

    Little Red Hen: A Noisy Picture Book

    Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Um... More

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    1st August 2013

    Three Little Pigs: A Noisy Picture Book

    Take a great story and lots of silly sounds, mix with a happy helping of children, and you have a recipe for a Kaye Um... More

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    2nd April 2015

    Prince Frog Face

    Prince Valentine of Romantica is absolutely outraged - some raggedy old witch has had the audacity to turn him into a fr... More

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    1st October 2012

    Wildly Weird

    Pinchton meets the newest member of the Weird family - the house plant. When they enter it into a local flower show, c... More

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    1st October 2012

    Meet the Weirds

    The Weird family move in next door and Pinchton Primm is fascinated by their very unconventional way of life! Re-jacke... More

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    11th August 2016

    Early Reader: Belinda and the Bears go to School

    A brand new red Early Reader about Belinda and the Bears' day at school, from bestselling author, Kaye Umansky, and il... More

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    20th May 2010

    Class Assemblies 1

    Everything you need for class assemblies in one ready-to-use pack. Four assemblies specially tailored for Year 1, wit... More

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    20th May 2010

    Class Assemblies 2

    Everything you need for class assemblies in one ready-to-use pack. Four assemblies specially tailored for Year 2, wit... More

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    20th May 2010

    Class Assemblies 3

    Everything you need for class assemblies in one ready-to-use pack. Four assemblies specially tailored for Year 3, wit... More

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    1st February 2007

    Let's Go to London

    A playscript set in Tudor times. A disparate group of people from all levels of Tudor society are on their way to London... More

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    1st November 2004

    Three Singing Pigs: Making Music with Traditional Stories

    Three Singing Pigs has a bright new cover! This baker's dozen of traditional tales retold by the wonderful Kaye Umansk... More

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    31st October 2000

    Sleeping Beauty

    There are roles for everybody in this humorous stage version of Sleeping Beauty. Complete with Dame, Principle Boy and s... More

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    17th October 2005

    Three Tapping Teddies: Musical Stories and Chants for the Very Young

    A music and literacy resource for Early Years. This work contains 15 lively chants and stories retold by Kaye Umansky.... More

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    9th November 2009

    Three Little Celebrations

    Three brand-new mini-musicals for Spring, Summer and Autumn - perfect for year-round impromptu performances in early ... More

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    5th January 2005

    I Want a Pet!: Band 05/Green

    `I want a pet! I want a pet! I hope I like the pet I get!' When a boy goes to the Strange Pet Shop to find a pet, the... More

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    5th January 2005

    Horses' Holiday: Band 07/Turquoise

    Hooray! Hooray! It's the horses' holiday! They come by coach, they come by car, they come from far away. This humorou... More

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    1st October 2004

    Three Rapping Rats: Making Music with Traditional Stories

    Three Rapping Rats, winner of a TES best primary resource award for music, is one of those books which teachers love -... More

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    30th August 2006

    Three Rocking Crocs

    Three Rocking Crocs is a glorious and instantly accessible collection of traditional stories, retold with musical dev... More

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    29th May 1998

    Threes

    Including the Pied Piper" and "Sleeping Beauty", an adventure with Anansi, and stories from Greek, Viking and Tudor time... More

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    30th August 2006

    Three Little Nativities

    Three retellings of the nativity story carefully planned, to lead children in Foundation Stage and reception classes ... More

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    26th May 1994

    Threes

    A collection of popular children's stories with ideas for making music in the classroom. Musical concepts are inherent i... More

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    30th April 1999

    Bingo Lingo: Supporting Language Development with Songs and Rhymes

    Young children need to recognise the sounds that make up words, whilst having fun with language. The aim of this book,... More

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    31st May 2000

    Threes

    Musical stories and chants for young children. Lively enchanting stories, raps, rhymes and chants for use by nursery and... More

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    1st August 2013

    The Queen's Tale

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    1st February 2017

    The Knights Of The Drop-Leaf Table

    The six knights clanking round the castle corridors are driving King Artie up the wall. He can't even visit the privy wi... More

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    21st January 2011

    I Want a Pet!: Green/Band 05

    Talking Books are read-along versions of the Collins Big Cat titles. Lively readings, sound effects and music all help t... More

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    19th April 2018

    More Pongwiffy Stories: The Spell of the Year and The Holiday of Doom

    A bind-up edition of two books from the much-loved classic children's series Pongwiffy featuring The Spell of the Ye... More

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    27th July 2007

    I Live in a Mad House

    Following his star turn in I am a Tree Tim is back for more comic fun. This time he's spending half term cleaning cars, ... More

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    1st February 2010

    Clover Twig and the Perilous Path

    Clover Twig - clever, neat, responsible - is still in the employ of Mrs Eckles - chaotic, cantankerous, and a witch. One... More

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    1st September 2009

    Pongwiffy and the Spellovision Song Contest

    Spellovision - magical television - has reached Witchway Wood. Nobody wants to do anything any more - Ghouls, Skeletons,... More

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    1st July 2009

    Pongwiffy and the Holiday of Doom

    Pongwiffy is very, very bored. It is raining and she has nothing to do. Pongwiffy is a Witch of Action, who hates being ... More

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    1st December 2009

    I Am Reading: Alien Alby

    Alien Alby and his pet, Squee, are always getting into trouble, especially when they play in the muddy swamp at the bott... More

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    15th January 2004

    Humble Tom's Big Trip: A Tudor Play

    This hilarious play explores the world of King Henry Vlll prior to his meeting with the King of France at the Field of C... More

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    9th October 2003

    Cruel Times: A Victorian Play

    Sissy is in her first job as a kitchen maid in a large Victorian London household. Her mother desperately needs the mone... More

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    1st April 2002

    Heroes and Villains

    In this, our latest anthology in association with the Federation of Children's Book Groups, we have five exciting and br... More

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    1st February 2006

    Wildly Weird

    Pinchton finally meets the weirdest member of the Weird family ...the House Plant. When they enter it into the local flo... More

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    1st September 2007

    The Stepsisters' Story

    Lardine and Angula will make sure their stepsister doesn't go to the ball, marry the prince, or get her foot in that stu... More

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    1st January 2004

    The Night I was Chased by a Vampire and other stories

    Let Dr Doom take you on a journey into a very spooky world of stories. A boy takes refuge in a sinister, crumbling castl... More

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    1st March 2003

    Meet the Weirds

    The Weird family move in next door to the Primms and Pinchton Primm is intrigued by their unconventional way of life, es... More

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    3rd February 2000

    You Can Swim, Jim

    Jim doesn't want to plunge into the pool - he quivers and shivers on the edge until Splash! He falls in! And suddenly Ji... More

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    1st July 2004

    The Silver Spoon of Solomon Snow

    A comic story set in mock-Victorian times. Solomon Snow discovers, to his amazement, that he is a foundling. A silver sp... More

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    10th January 2019

    Even More Pongwiffy Stories: The Pantomime and The Spellovision Song Contest and Back on Track

    A brand new bind-up edition of three classic Pongwiffy stories including Pongwiffy and the Pantomime and The... More

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    5th February 1998

    The Jealous Giant

    Waldo the giant is jealous! Heavy Hetty has a handsome new wrestling trainer and she doesn't have time to cook Waldo del... More

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    7th October 2004

    A Chair for Baby Bear

    Goldilocks ate up all of Baby Bear's porridge and broke his chair...but what happened after Goldilocks left? Some time h... More

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    1st March 2004

    Streetwise The Time the Play Went Wrong

    Streetwise for ages 7-11: *Guarantees children have thrilling, entertaining and absorbing texts written by exceptional a... More

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    1st January 2000

    Strange Street Again Story Street Beginner stage step 3 Storybook 24

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    1st January 2000

    Magic Button, The Story Street Beginner stage step 3 Storybook 23

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    1st January 2000

    Aha! Story Street Beginner stage step 3 Storybook 27

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    1st September 2000

    The Missing Shoes Part 2 Story Street Emergent stage step 4 Storybook 32

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    1st January 2000

    What a mess! Genre Beginner stage Plays Book 3

    Genre Range for ages 5-11: * Provides exciting and engaging texts from all the fiction genres children need to experienc... More

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    1st February 2003

    Story Street Beginner Stage Step 3: Jojo in the Jungle (Pack of Six)

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    1st February 2003

    Story Street Beginner Stage Step 3: Jojo in the Jungle (Pack of Six)

    Story Street for ages 4-7: * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through ca... More

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    1st October 2000

    Story Street Emergent Stage Step 6: The Rubbish Monster Large Book Format

    Story Street for ages 4-7: *Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through car... More

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    1st October 2000

    Story Street Emergent Stage Step 6: The Rubbish Monster Large Book Format

    Story Street for ages 4-7: *Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual porgression through car... More

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    1st September 2000

    Sunita and the Wishing Well Genre Emergent Stage Plays Book 5

    Genre Range for ages 5-11: *Provides exciting and engaging texts from all the fiction genres children need to experience... More

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    1st May 2001

    Soup with Obby Story Street Competent Step 8 Book 6

    * Ensures children progress at the right pace with supportive, gradual progression through carefully graded steps. * Pro... More

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    7th September 2006

    Nonsense Rhymes Collection

    Packed with catchy rhymes and silly nonsense that children will love, here are three volumes in one edition with origina... More

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    15th May 2018

    The Knights and the Best Quest

    What's the point of a daring quest without a little competition? The Knights of the Drop- Leaf Table don't think there i... More

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    18th April 2019

    Witches (Un)Welcome

    Everyone is already the spell of this funny series from Kaye Umansky... 'Umansky is one of our most delightful comi... More

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    7th March 2019

    Fairy Tales: The Villain's Version

    A curse involving a spindle goes terribly wrong for poor old Grimbleshanks. The Queen decides it's time for silly, soppy... More

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