'I won't be full up until I've eaten at least three juicy children'. The Enormous Crocodile is the greediest creature in the whole jungle and he loves eating children! He's a terrible boaster and thinks he's really smart with his secret plans and clever tricks. But he's not as clever as the other animals and they plan to ruin... read more
Billy's biggest wish is to turn a weird old wooden house into a wonderful sweet shop. But then he finds a giraffe, a pelly and a monkey living inside - they're the Ladderless Window Cleaners! Who need ladders when you've got a giraffe? They become best friends and when they meet the richest man in all England, there's a chanc... read more
This is a wonderful colour edition of one of Roald Dahl best-loved stories, now a major film. Boggis, Bunce and Bean are nasty, mean farmers who hate Mr Fox. They are determined to get him, so they lie in wait outside his hole, each one crouching behind a tree with his gun loaded, ready to shoot, starve or dig him out. But cl... read more
Most grandmas are kind and helpful ladies. Not George's grandma. She's a grumpy and grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson. So when it's time for her medicine, George concocts a bubbling, frothing, marvellous mixture, which is guaranteed to send her through the roof...
When Bartlett and Jacques le Grand are held captive in the City of Flames, it looks as though their adventuring days are over ...unless they can fetch the one impossible thing people long for in this mysterious underground kingdom. Can they survive the sunbaked fields of stone, outwit the Pasha and his guards and rescue Gozo ... read more
Charles Dickens is not only the author of some of the best-loved stories in the English language, but also the creator of some of its most memorable characters. Meet them all between the pages of this splendid book, which retells, in lively comicstrip style, five of Dickens' most popular stories: "Oliver Twist", "Great Expect... read more
The Bell family is in danger of losing their honourable name. Can Darius step up to the challenge and uphold it? A warm, wise story from one of Australia's master storytellers about a boy, his friends, his family, and the way a bit of luck and a lot of determination can turn the worst day of your life into the best.
In Once, Felix escapes from an orphanage, only to learn that Poland is a dangerous place for a Jewish boy on his own. He manages to look after himself and another young orphan, Zelda, until they are taken under the protection of a kind Polish dentist. But when the Nazis uncover their hiding place, Felix and Zelda must once ag... read more
|Awards:||Shortlisted for Guardian Children's Fiction Award 2010.|
Set in the current day, this is the final book in the series that began with Once, continued with Then and is...Now. Felix is a grandfather. He has achieved much in his life and is widely admired. He has mostly buried the painful memories of his childhood, but they resurface when his granddaughter Zelda comes to stay with him... read more
An enormous escaped rhinoceros from London Zoo has eaten James's parents. And it gets worse! James is packed off to live with his two really horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker. Poor James is miserable, until something peculiar happens and James finds himself on the most wonderful and extraordinary journey he could ever imagine ...
The bees on the Bell estate are dying. There'll be no more delicious honey, and without the bees to pollinate flowers, no more fruit and vegetables. No more of Mrs Simpson's glorious pies and cakes! Worse still, Mr Fisher the gardener will have to leave the estate, along with his family. Darius Bell is determined that somethi... read more
Every night, when the world is sleeping, big gruesome giants guzzle up whoppsy-whiffling human beans. And there's only one giant who can stop them - the BFG. He's the kindest giant there is and, with his friend Sophie in his top pocket, he sets out to rid the world of the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and all their rotso... read more
The first part of the internationally award-winning Dragonkeeper series. Ancient China, Han Dynasty. A slave girl saves the life of an ageing dragon and escapes her brutal master. Pursued by a ruthless dragon hunter, the girl and the dragon begin an epic journey across China. They carry with them a mysterious stone that must ... read more
Ancient China. Han Dynasty. Ping and Kai have travelled far, but their journey is not yet over. Danger stalks them. Ping must find Kai a safe place. But how? When a hidden message from Danzi makes the way clear, Ping knows that once again the journey of a thousand lives begins with a single step.
Hazel Green is a free spirit - independent, mischievous and charming. She lives on the 12th floor of the grand old Moodey Building. Once a year, on Frogg Day, the whole city celebrates with a fabulous parade and Hazel is determined that the children of the building will join in.
|Awards:||Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 1998.|
A young queen who rules seven kingdoms is far too busy and important to leave her palace, so her loyal subjects send gifts from far and wide: monkeys, flamingoes, giraffes, exotic fruits...But the thing she longs for most of all has never survived the journey. Who can bring the Queen her heart's desire? Only Bartlett has the ... read more
Stay close, Bartlett whispered. Gozo rolled his eyes. What did Bartlett think he was going to do? The bird calls and rustling continued all around them. Branches swayed, shadows wavered. Was that a person flitting past them over there? Or there? Or there? When Bartlett, Gozo and Jacques le Grand arrive on an island far off... read more
Frankel Mouse is a resourceful, independent character who lives in the London Underground. He imagines that Baker Street Station will provide crumbs aplenty, and so he journeys there to set up home in a danger 100,000 volts cupboard. He is joined by his cousin Berrel, a timid mouse called Michael, and Cousin Ruthie. This work... read more
If you were a mouse looking for colour and adventure, where would you look? 'In the Bestish Lair, of course,' says Cousin Ruthie. 'The Bestish has the most enormous imagination in the world. Every night when he goes to sleep, he dreams. And every day, he makes exactly the colours and shapes he dreams about, and anyone can ta... read more
Early in the morning, while the Moodey Building sleeps, a man is shouting at the caretaker. He thinks no else will hear him - but he hasn't reckoned with Hazel Green! She can hardly believe the awful things she hears - or who is saying them. 'Yakov,' announced Hazel to the Yak, 'we have to teach him a lesson. I've got the per... read more