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Grrrrrr! Look out! Here comes the Dirty Great Dinosaur! It's huge! It's hungry! It's the DIRTY GREAT DINOSAUR! He's going to eat anything in his way! Only Hal (and his little dog Billy) can stop the hungry beastie, because they know just how to calm that Dirty Great Dinosaur down ...Let Hal and Billy show you how to calmly deal with temper tantrums of monstrous proportions! World renowned storyteller Martin Waddell has created a dynamic and action-packed text which perfectly matches this exciting picture book debut from fabulous new illustrator, Leonie Lord.

Not last night but the night before, everyone knocked at the little boy's door, they knocked him down when he let them in, but was there a big surprise for him? Since the publication of his first title in 1976, Colin has produced over 70 books, many of which he has both written and illustrated. Colin is also renowned as a humorous poet as well as for his storybooks and is recognized as one of Britain's leading author/illustrators. His "Walker" titles include three books about Captain Abdul and his motley pirate crew; "Nighty-Night!"; "Potty Poo-Poo Wee-Wee"; "We're Off to Look for the Aliens"; and, "When I Grow Up".

If you lived in a house in the woods and all your friends were hibernating you'd probably hate winter, just like this little boy. But one day a strange spiky figure appears and transforms the boy's world into a winter wonderland! How long will the magic spell last? Kazuno Kohara's distinctive lino-cut illustrations and limited palette provide the perfect counterpart to her spare, witty storytelling in this stylish new picture book with great child appeal.

A father and child discover the joys of his crazy hair in this brilliant picture book. Bonnie tries to tame her father's hair, but to no avail, as birds and beasts of every type jostle for space amongst the curls and tresses of this hirsute book.  The warm and funny conversational text combines beautifully with Dave McKean's edgy and dramatic illustrations to make this another perfect picture book by Gaiman and McKean.

This delightful book offers parents a unique opportunity to enter the fascinating world of a child and express their love for their child through a series of magical adventures, powerful verse & imaginative illustrations.

This is an exciting picture book, featuring brand new characters from highly-regarded, best-selling, multi-award-winning talent, Oliver Jeffers. When life in the forest begins to change; when trees mysteriously lose their branches, when whole tree trunks start to disappear, when homes are lost, the only course of action for the forest dwellers is to begin a full scale investigation. Alibis must be proved, clues must be sought but even so, blame is never far from anyone's thoughts. Who is the perpetrator of this heinous crime? Will justice be done?