When Lily throws Bobbo onto the top of the school bus, she has no idea what an adventure he has in store. This drama-packed book is a race to reunite Lily and lost Bobbo, as well as learning all about school...
Mum is ill and Dad has to go to work, so Lily will have to go to Melanie's house for the day. Dad says she'll have lots of fun, but there’s a problem: Lily doesn't want to go!
Join Lily as she braves Melanie's house, and realises that doing new things needn't be scary after all...
When Dave loses his favourite toy, Dogger, he is desolate. But then Dogger turns up at the school summer fair, and everything seems all right - until someone else buys him before Dave can get the money!
This timeless picture book has lost none of its appeal and is still a tale to which all children and their parents can relate. In 2007, Dogger was voted the public's favourite CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal Winner of all time.
Also available as a Book & CD, read by Kevin Whately with original music and sound effects.
Jonadab is a very special toy donkey – he can fly! But Minnie has so many other toys that often Jonadab and his friend Rita the mouse find themselves sad and lonely and left behind in the toy box. Tired of being ignored, Jonadab flies away and joins a magical fairy feast. But then he can't get back in to Minnie's room, and he discovers his new fairy friends are not as kind as he thought. Will courageous Rita be able to save Jonadab, and will Minnie realise the value of the toy she has lost? A truly magical, beautifully-illustrated story about the friendship between two very special toys.
Mr Cinders is a dressmaker and after his wife dies, he is left to bring up their daughter, Ella, on his own. They live happily until Mr Cinders marries again. Poor Ella is treated horribly by her stepmother and two bullying stepsisters, but finds solace in her friend, Buttons. Then one day, everyone except Ella is invited to a grand ball given by the Duchess of Arc for her handsome son. But on this very special evening there is more than a little magic in the air . . . This outstanding re-telling of Cinderella is set in the 1920s and the paintings feature Shirley's own costume designs, inspired by the great French couturiers of the period. Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal, 2003.
Sally loves building houses in all sorts of places, and one day she discovers a special place for a special secret house, which she just has to share with her friend. A perfect little story for young children who, like Sally, enjoy making houses for themselves.
When Mum has gone out for the day George, "who is nearly grown up", comes to look after Mick, Jenny and Baby Sue. Everyone lends a hand when it comes to tidying up and sorting out, especially at the end of the day when George realises the washing up has not yet been done and Sue still needs a bath. A charming and gentle look at the day in the life of small children.
The trouble with having a brother like Jack, is not only that he's messy and spoils Nancy's toys, but he is also extremely good at causing chaos at other people's birthday parties. . .
Charlie gets into all sorts of sticky situations when his seaside summer holiday turns into a missing jewellery mystery - and detective Charlie finds himself in the middle of a muddle once again when a gang of bungling burglars threatens to spoil the Big Library Bonanza . . . It's double trouble time! Here come two hilarious helpings of Charlie Moon!
Abel Grable's work takes him into remote jungles with only the moon to guide the way. His children love to hear about his moonlit adventures and when he's back home, he decides to write them down. After he's gone away again, the children use his writing table and transform it into a moon machine to create their own imaginary exploits. A richly-textured tale about family and storytelling.
The magic of winter is captured perfectly in this collection of prose, lyrical poetry and dramatic pictures. The wild weather of the winter season and the festive spirit of Christmas glows through the narrative which includes a wordless Midwinter Night's Dream and the story of a Christmas tree ritual which brings a boy and his grandpa closer.
A unique collection that brings together some of Shirley Hughes's very best work and celebrates her amazing achievements over the years. There's a wealth of treasure for children of all ages to enjoy, beginning with a selection of simple rhymes and stories, and moving on to some of Shirley's classic picture books featuring well-loved characters, as well as a selection of stories for older readers. Warmth and versatility shine from every page, captivating for all ages and sure to take pride of place on the family bookshelf.
When Lenny's father goes off to fight in the Second World War he gives his son a brass badge of a lion and a unicorn fighting each other and tells him to be brave. Soon Lenny is evacuated from the war-torn streets of London to a big house in the country, but the only place he feels safe is the secret walled garden. There he meets Mick, an injured soldier, who helps him understand the true nature of courage.
A lonely little girl whispers into the ear of a marble statue and breathes life into his soul. . . And so a magical friendship begins. A wonderful story for older children to enjoy.
An intimate collection of stories told from the author's own personal experience. Covering the most innovative period in history, the first half of the twentieth century, this gift book features everything from the invention of the bra to the splitting of the atom. Rich paintings and line illustrations are interwoven with fascinating details, capturing the atmosphere of the era, as well as offering poignant snapshots of life – from an elegant Edwardian picnic to afternoon tea in the trenches during the First World War. Each spread is followed by a “scrapbook” of the times, featuring details about the life that shaped the modern world.
A wonderful gift book detailing Shirley Hughes's remarkable life beginning with a small girl in West Kirby who is obsessed with comics: The Daily Sketch, the Daily Express and the Mirror – each of these newspapers helped to shape one of our finest illustrators. Shirley's story moves through the Second World War, and to a career which began with Art School in a blitzed Liverpool, led to Oxford, and then to London. Lavishly illustrated throughout with sketches from her Italian sketchbooks, doodles from boring meetings, roughs from what would later become classic picture books, this is a treasured gift for those who love art and those who have grown up with Shirley's characters.
Bye Bye Birdie is Shirley Hughes' s first graphic book for adults. A young man, in his best bow-tie and boater, meets a fashionably dressed - and rather bird-like - young lady. But when he takes her home she undergoes a transformation and our hero's dreams suddenly turn into the stuff of nightmares. Totally wordless, Bye Bye Birdie showcases Shirley Hughes's brilliant drawing and her extraordinarily vivid imagination.