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Lydia Monks

  • 5 stars across 106 books
    Lydia Monks Biography
    Lydia Monks is a bestselling illustrator and author of children’s books, best known for her collaborations with author Julia Donaldson. Many of their books have become household favourites, including What the Ladybird Heard, which has sold over a million copies and been translated into many languages. 
     
    Lydia’s own books with her colourful and quirky illustrations including, Aaarrggh Spider! and I Wish I Were a Dog have won many awards and accolades including the CLIP Greenaway Award. Mouse's Big Day was published in 2017.
     
    Lydia Monks lives with her husband and two daughters in Sheffield.

    Lydia Monks Facts
    What The Ladybird Heard has been adapted into a theatre production which has toured worldwide.
     
    Our favourite Lydia Monks Book Characters
    Mungo Mouse – from the Mungo Mouse series
    Ladybird – from What the Ladybird Heard series

     
    5th March 2010

    What the Ladybird Heard

    "Oink!" said the cats . . . With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of ... More

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    27th June 2017

    What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday

    Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't c... More

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    25th February 2016

    What the Ladybird Heard Next

    Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard Those crafty ro... More

    (26 reviews)
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    28th March 2013

    The Singing Mermaid

    The singing mermaid is tempted away from her home at Silversands to join the circus. The audiences love her but the po... More

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    31st December 2015

    Sugarlump and the Unicorn

    Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the... More

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    6th May 2005

    Sharing a Shell

    The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it -- not with a blobby purple anenome and a tickly... More

    (19 reviews)
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    24th May 2012

    The Rhyming Rabbit

    The Rhyming Rabbit is a delightful story from bestselling duo Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of the hug... More

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    26th April 2016

    The Princess and the Wizard

    "The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape." But each ... More

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    11th September 2014

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox

    Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror, but Mirror-Belle is a double with a differe... More

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    6th February 2006

    Aaaarrgghh, Spider

    All Spider wants is to be a family pet. But the family whose house he lives in are terrified of him. Whenever he tries t... More

    (8 reviews)
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    23rd February 2017

    Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White

    From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, comes Princess Mirror-Belle and Snow White. Full of black-... More

    (5 reviews)
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    1st March 2012

    The Bear and the Bees: ITV Daybreak winner

    On Gruzzle the bear's first day at Bee School, the other pupils are none too friendly. They look the same as each other,... More

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    2nd February 2012

    The What the Ladybird Heard Song

    Especially created for World Book Day 2012, this fun farmyard song is based on the hugely popular WHAT THE LADYBIRD HEAR... More

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    1st June 2015

    Princess Mirror-Belle

    From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo , comes Princess Mirror-Belle , the exciting advent... More

    (3 reviews)
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    5th May 2006

    Sharing a Shell Book and CD Pack

    The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it -- not with a blobby purple anenone and a tickly... More

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    31st March 2005

    I Wish I Were a Dog

    A delightful picture book about cats and dogs from Lydia Monks, the internationally acclaimed illustrator of Julia Donal... More

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    2nd July 2015

    Where's Your Eee-Orrh?

    A zany, funny and heart-warming read-aloud picture book about a donkey who's lost his eee-orrh, from the internationally... More

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    1st August 2013

    Let's Read! What the Ladybird Heard

    The complete story and original illustrations of the bestselling What the Ladybird Heard by Julia Donaldson and Ly... More

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    6th September 2018

    The Girl, the Bear and the Magic Shoes

    A glittering magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of W... More

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    3rd January 2007

    No More Eee-orrh!

    Dicky Donkey drives everyone crazy! Each morning, they wake up to: "EEE-ORRH! EEE-ORRH!" All the neighbours want to send... More

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    31st July 2014

    Mungo Monkey goes to School

    Join Mungo Monkey and his friends in Miss Raffy's class at school: the second adventure in this brilliant pre-school ser... More

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    28th June 2016

    The Princess and the Wizard Sticker Book

    The Princess and the Wizard Sticker Book is a must-have for fans of the bestselling picture book The Princess an... More

    (1 review)
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    16th June 2016

    The Skipping-Rope Snake

    What can a little girl do in the jungle? Play snap with a crocodile? Join-the-dots on a leopard's spots? Pin-the-tail ... More

    (1 review)
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    1st May 2009

    Indie Kidd Special 2:My (Most Excellent)

    This is a guide to making and keeping friends, from the irrepressible "Indie Kidd". Featuring all-new stories and inform... More

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    30th August 2012

    My Super Sister

    Emma knows that having superpowers isn't always easy, especially when you have to keep them secret. But it's even hard... More

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    1st June 2013

    The Princess and the Wizard Sound Book

    The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape. But each ti... More

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    7th June 2012

    The Rhyming Rabbit Book and CD Pack

    Poor old Rhyming Rabbit is feeling lonely and left out. None of his fellow rabbits appreciate his carefully thought-ou... More

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    31st July 2014

    What the Ladybird Heard Read and Play Farm

    Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len have a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But the tiniest, quietest creature ... More

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    4th June 2015

    Go Go Gorilla

    A zany, funny and heart-warming read-aloud picture book about a gorilla who comes to stay, from the internationally accl... More

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    17th July 2014

    Glitter Kitty

    A fabulously funny, glamorous tale from the bestselling illustrator of The Princess and the Wizard. It's the day of ... More

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    5th May 2008

    Indie Kidd: My (Most Excellent) Pet Project

    Animal advice, short stories and furry facts abound in this fun compendium of pets, starring the lovable Indie Kidd. In... More

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    31st December 2015

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse

    From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo , comes Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse... More

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    31st December 2015

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster's Cave

    From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo , comes Princess Mirror-Belle and the Sea Monster'... More

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    1st July 2011

    What the Ladybird Heard Sound Book

    Two crafty robbers hatch a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow. But the quietest, tiniest creature in th... More

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    7th May 2015

    The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book

    The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book is a must-have for fans of the bestselling picture book The Singing Mermaid . ... More

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    26th February 2015

    What the Ladybird Heard: Animal Noises Jigsaw Book

    '... the cow said "MOO!" and the hen said, "CLUCK!" "HISS!" said the goose and "QUACK!" went the duck.' ... More

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    26th March 2010

    What the Ladybird Heard Book and CD Pack

    "Oink!" said the cats . . . With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of ... More

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    28th February 2013

    Let's Read! The Princess and the Wizard

    The complete story and original illustrations of The Princess and the Wizard by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks ha... More

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    13th August 2015

    William the Fourth

    William is up to his old tricks and ready for trouble! Richmal Compton's William the Fourth is the fourth c... More

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    1st April 2013

    My Super Sister and the Birthday Party

    Emma and Saffie are going to stay with their grandparents for the summer to learn how to use their superpowers. Grandma ... More

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    12th June 2009

    Croeso I'n Cragen

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    6th December 2004

    Bits, Boobs and Blobs

    Sassy, informative and funny, this is one in a set of three books that are ideal for girls going through puberty. Dealin... More

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    7th September 2007

    The Princess and the Wizard Book and CD Pack

    "The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape." But each ... More

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    23rd July 2010

    Sharing a Shell Big Book

    The tiny hermit crab loves his new shell. He doesn't want to share it -- not with a blobby purple anenome and a tickly... More

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    6th May 2011

    The Princess and the Wizard Activity Book

    A must for fans of the bestselling book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, the great-value The Princess and the Wizar... More

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    28th February 2013

    What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Activity Book

    What the Ladybird Heard Sticker Activity Book is a must-have sticker activity book for fans of the bestselling, bl... More

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    4th September 1997

    Bad, Bad Cats

    A brilliant new collection of poems. The poetry contains the clever word-play, rich ideas and humour associated with Rog... More

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    1st July 2009

    Eeeek, Mouse!

    A rip-roaring read-aloud picture book about a small girl saving a large family of mice from her father's amazing mouse t... More

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    27th August 2004

    Shout, Show and Tell!: Green Banana

    Three lovely classroom stories by Kate Agnew and Lydia Monks for Egmont's green banana series. Sean is always sho... More

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    1st June 2015

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hoppers

    From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo , comes Princess Mirror-Belle and the Party Hopp... More

    (0 reviews)
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    4th January 2010

    Indie Kidd's (Most Excellent) Guide to Fun for Free

    An inventive and indispensible book jam-packed with hilarious ways to have fun - for free! Stuck indoors? Run out of po... More

    (0 reviews)
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    1st March 2010

    Zits, Glitz and Body Bits

    The ultimate growing-up guide for girls, from bodies and beauty to boys. Do you know how to handle a zit emergency? Wha... More

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    27th February 2014

    Mungo Monkey has a Birthday Party

    Mungo Monkey has woken up very early . . . because today is his BIRTHDAY! There are so many things to do before Mungo'... More

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    5th December 2013

    Little Big Mouth

    Mix and match the monsters! It's Blue Monster's first day at Monster Academy and Little Green Monster thinks it's reall... More

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    1st July 2004

    All the Best: The Selected Poems of Roger McGough

    A wonderful selection of over 100 of Roger's own best-loved poems from his vast Puffin catalogue of poetry collections. ... More

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    8th October 2015

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes

    From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo , comes Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes ,... More

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    26th February 2015

    Mungo Monkey goes on a Train

    Jump onboard with Mungo Monkey as he embarks on a thrilling train trip with his grandparents and little sister, ... More

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    7th April 2016

    Shout Show and Tell!

    Three lovely classroom stories by Kate Agnew and Lydia Monks, perfect for children learning to read. Sean is always sh... More

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    3rd May 2012

    Bwni'r Bardd

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    13th March 2013

    Alaw'r Forforwyn

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    28th June 2016

    Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book

    Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book is a must-have for fans of the bestselling picture book Sugarlump and the... More

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    7th July 2008

    Indie Kidd: Being Grown Up is Cool (not!)

    This is the third audiobook in the funny series about pet-mad ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends! Indie Kidd is fed up ... More

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    20th October 2016

    Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

    From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo , comes Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle , th... More

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    11th August 2016

    The What the Ladybird Heard Play

    What the Ladybird Heard , bestselling picture book from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, has been adapted by author... More

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    13th July 2017

    What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories CD

    Read by Julian Clary, this is a fantastic CD collection of much-loved stories from Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. Mak... More

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    27th July 2017

    The What the Ladybird Heard Next Play

    The little ladybird is back, and now What the Ladybird Heard Next , bestselling picture book from Julia Donaldson a... More

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    6th April 2007

    Sharing a Shell

    The tiny hermit crab loves his brand new shell. But sharing with a blobby purple anenome and a tickly bristleworm is get... More

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    7th September 2009

    Indie Kidd: I Spy A (Not So) White Lie

    Learn how a small lie can get you into hot water as Indie Kidd finds out that it's always better to tell the truth. At ... More

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    1st February 2008

    Little Big Mouth

    It's Blue Monster's first day at Monster Academy and Little Green Monster thinks it's really funny to call him rude name... More

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    1st April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 5: Wow, I'm a Gazillionaire

    Indie's seen a wooden cat that she just has to have, even if her friends think it's weird. The only problem is, it's rea... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 3: Being Grown-Up Is Cool

    Indie tries to help lodger Caitlin sort out her career by arranging some work experience at a vet's, but it all ends in ... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 1: How To Be Good (Ish)

    When Indie's teacher asks the class to write a CV, Indie decides she has no specific 'talents' and decides to try and fi... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 4: Are We Having Fun Yet?

    This is the fourth in the series about the hugely likeable ten-year-old Indie Kidd. When Indie's friend Fee's cat gets r... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Bk 2: Oops, I Lost My Best(Es

    Indie knows she has the best(est) friends when it comes to Soph and Fee, so she feels really sorry for her stepbrother D... More

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    7th July 2008

    Indie Kidd Bk 7: Me And The School (Un)F

    This title is seventh in the pet-tastic series about ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends!It's all hands on deck when Mis... More

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    1st July 2008

    Indie Kidd Book 1 Cd

    This is the first audiobook in the funny series about pet-mad ten-year-old Indie Kidd and friends! Meet Indie Kidd, ten ... More

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    2nd April 2007

    Indie Kidd Book 6 Cd

    Indie decides to try to get her separated parents to be friends, and comes up with some endearingly dopey, hairbrained s... More

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    2nd May 2008

    Sharing a Shell Jigsaw Book

    When the little hermit crab finds a shiny new shell he doesn't want to share it - not with a blobby purple anemone and a... More

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    1st August 2003

    Princess Mirror-Belle

    Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. Only Mirror-Belle is a double with a differen... More

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    4th April 2008

    The Princess Mirror-Belle Collection

    Ellen's life is turned upside down by the hilarious Mirror-Belle, a mischievous princess who claims to be from somewhere... More

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    4th June 2004

    The Skipping-Rope Snake

    What can a little girl do in the jungle? Play snap with a crocodile? Join-the-dots on a leopard's spots? Pin-the-tail on... More

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    4th February 2005

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes

    Ellen still can't believe that mysterious Mirror-Belle is her friend. After all, how can you really believe in a girl wh... More

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    7th April 2006

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Flying Horse

    Princess Mirror-Belle is back! Once again, magically mischievous Mirror-Belle comes popping out of mirrors to sweep Elle... More

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    7th June 2012

    The Princess Mirror-Belle Collection

    Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. Only Mirror-Belle is a double with a differ... More

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    1st September 2000

    Sun, Snow, and Rainbow!

    -- Real kids love to look at pictures of real kids. -- These board books are filled with photographs of children and br... More

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    29th December 2003

    Falling for Rapunzel

    'Once upon a bad hair day, A prince rode up Rapunzel's way'. As the prince rides past Rapunzel's tower he hears the soun... More

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    3rd January 2013

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Magic Shoes

    Ellen still can't believe that the mysterious Mirror-Belle is her friend. After all, how can you really believe in... More

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    3rd January 2013

    Princess Mirror-Belle

    Ellen gets a big shock when her double appears out of the bathroom mirror. Only Mirror-Belle is a double with a differ... More

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    10th July 2018

    Sharing a Shell: Book and CD Pack

    When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn't want to share it with anyone - especially not a blobby purple anemone and a ti... More

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    10th July 2018

    The Singing Mermaid: Book and CD Pack

    Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus. The crowds love her, but the poor merm... More

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    10th July 2018

    The Princess and the Wizard: Book and CD Pack

    "The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape." But each time... More

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    10th July 2018

    What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday: Book and CD Pack

    One fine day, in the middle of May, The ladybird went on holiday. Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty H... More

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    10th July 2018

    Sugarlump and the Unicorn: Book and CD Pack

    Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the... More

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    10th July 2018

    What the Ladybird Heard Next: Book and CD Pack

    Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard... Those crafty... More

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    10th July 2018

    What the Ladybird Heard: Book and CD Pack

    The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard . . . Hefty Hugh and Lan... More

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    10th July 2018

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox: Book and CD Pack

    Princess Mirror-Belle and the Dragon Pox is a magical story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Don... More

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    22nd September 2016

    The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit board book gift slipcase

    This glittery boxset contains board book editions of The Singing Mermaid and The Rhyming Rabbit, two bestselli... More

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    6th October 2016

    What the Ladybird Heard and Other Stories Bedtime Bookcase

    Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks have been creating beautiful bestselling stories for over a decade. Their clever, funn... More

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    3rd May 2018

    What the Ladybird Heard Next Sticker Book

    Join the tiny crime-busting ladybird and all your favourite farmyard characters in this fun sticker book based on the ... More

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    6th September 2018

    Sugarlump and the Unicorn Book and Toy Gift Set

    Sugarlump and the Unicorn Book and Toy Gift Set is the perfect Christmas present for unicorn lovers everywhere! ... More

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    25th July 2019

    Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book

    This magical sticker book is packed full of activities, games and over 400 stickers. Join a beautiful unicorn with ... More

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