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  • 5 stars across 38 books
    Sam has written more than thirty books including the UNDEAD PETS series published by Stripes, the STELLA & THE NIGHT SPRITES series published by Scholastic Branches, the SCREAMING SANDS trilogy published by Catnip, picture book DO NOT WASH THIS BEAR published by Egmont, and BUMBLE THE BRAVE KITTEN published by Macmillan. Sam was longlisted for the UKLA award for her 2009 novel BILLY ANGEL, published by A&C Black/Bloomsbury. Sam's picture book STAR IN THE JAR, illustrated by Sarah Massini, published in January 2018.

    Sam is a passionate advocate of improving literacy in schools. She runs several book groups for primary school children, challenging, inspiring and supporting creative writing and a love of reading.

    Loretta won the Waterstone's 'Picture This' competition in 2012 and has since illustrated numerous picture books including Beauty and the Beast by Michael Morpurgo, A Monster's Moved In by Timothy Knapman and the Sky Private Eye series of picture books by Jane Clarke. Loretta has also illustrated several young fiction titles including the Dougal Daley series written by Jackie Marchant. She lives in London with her husband and pet hamster, Torben Redbeard.
    1st November 2018

    A Very Corgi Christmas

    Wrap up warm and join little corgis Belle and Pip on a Christmas adventure in London! Belle LOVES the bustl... More

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    28th July 2016

    Beauty and the Beast

    A beautiful Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, exciting activities and colouring pages and a gorgeous eight-card 3D colour... More

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    2nd June 2016

    Do Not Wash This Bear

    Toy Story meets Gremlins in this hilarious, rhythmic family caper where Daddy ignores a washing label and Bear comes ali... More

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    11th January 2018

    Star in the Jar

    An enchanting bedtime story for toddlers, perfect for fans of Oliver Jeffers' How To Catch a Star. Up high, in the dark... More

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    1st February 2015

    The Wizard of Oz

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    6th June 2013

    Noah's Ark

    The simple language and vibrant colours of this new edition of Lucy Cousins's beloved Noah's Ark breathe fresh life into... More

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    1st December 2016

    The Wizard of Oz Collection

    "Anyone in a fairy country like the Land of Oz can do anything" Believing that the modern fairy tale no longer required ... More

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    16th November 2015

    The Nutcracker

    A beautiful telling of the Nutcracker fairy tale, with exciting activities, colouring pages and a gorgeous eight-card 3D... More

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    10th January 2019

    Hugs and Kisses

    There are two sides to every story . . . Flip the book to read each side of the story in this enchanting tale of a whal... More

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    6th May 2008

    Purr-fect Pete

    The "Flying Fur Balls" are star acro-cats, drawing huge feline audiences. The latest recruit to the Fur Balls, Pete, is ... More

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