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About Jason Cockcroft
Jason Cockcroft is an author and illustrator. He was born in Auckland, New Zealand, and lives in Yorkshire, where he spent his childhood. Jason studied illustration at Falmouth School of Art, and has illustrated over fifty books for publishers including Bloomsbury, Hodder, OUP, Orchard Books, Walker Books and Frances Lincoln in the UK, and Henry Holt, Dutton Books, Alfred A Knopf and Margaret McElderry Books in the United States. He won the Blue Peter Book Award for his work on Geraldine McCaughrean's retelling of 'A Pilgrim's Progress'.
You can find his writing at lovelikeatoms.com, and his illustration work at thelittleyellowbird.co.uk
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Mermaids Beattie, Mimi, and Zelda's summer on land with temporary legs is going swimmingly-until they receive a strange message ordering them to return home at once. The beloved queen of the Hidden Lagoon has been fishnapped, and some seriously bad mermaids have taken over instead! Now, the girls are the only ones who can stop them.
If they're going to save the day, they'll need a clam car, some piranha-print nail polish, and possibly a talking seahorse named Steve. Can they do it?
Filled with magical mysteries, fabulous shell fashions, and three fin-tastic protagonists to root for, Bad Mermaids Make Waves is a hysterical new middle-grade adventure that will have readers begging for the sea-quel.
Polly and her new ghostly friends William, Rex and Magnus wake Li-Mei, the Chinese porcelain Fu Dog from the Red Drawing Room. The little Pekinese tells them her adventures with Sarah Penhallow - how they investigated rumours of smugglers and sighted a ghostly Green Lady down at the cove. But when Polly looks at the family portrait she realises that there were actually two dogs. Eventually, Li-Mei reveals that she had a companion, Han, but she thinks that he drowned down by the cove. Together, the friends set off to solve the mystery once and for all, and discover a secret tunnel. Here they come across a broken statue of a dog beneath a rockfall. Then they see a vision of a tiny dog running after a group of smugglers, only for the tunnel to collapse on him. Polly returns to the house with the statue and hides it in a drawer of a lacquer cabinet. When she opens it again the cracks have gone - Li-Mei and Han are reunited at last on the mantelpiece.
A rollicking tale created by two of the UK's rising radio stars.
Arthur, Grace and Kieran are back, and there are BIG dramas at Victory Road!
Something weird is going on - every time a Victory Road sports team competes, they lose - somehow the opposition always knows their strategy.
Grace, Arthur and Kieran can spot a dodgy situation when they see one, and very quickly they decide that there's a mole leaking information to a rival school.
But who is the mole and what are they set to gain from their sneaky behaviour?
With a whole host of new and old characters, the race is on to uncover the culprit.
Will Arthur and Grace figure it out? When they're working together, anything is possible...
- The sequel to Listen Up
- Will appeal to both boys and girls
- Line illustrations throughout add to the humour
- For fans of David Baddiel and David Solomons - full of humour and high jinks crime solving
- Written by two of Britain's rising radio stars - the story is authentic and full of behind-the-scenes realities
- Roman Kemp is not only the son of the 1980s super-couple Martin Kemp (Spandau Ballet) and Shirley Holliman (Wham) but has appeared on I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here and Celebrity Gogglebox
- Vick Hope has hosted shows on MTV, Sky One, Channel 4 and ITN and was a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing in 2018
What would you do if a dinosaur turned up on your doorstep?
Well, that's exactly what happens to the little boy in this brilliantly illustrated, witty picture book. He must learn exactly how to look after his dinosaur: what to feed it for breakfast, where to take it for walks and, most importantly of all, how exactly to deal with its dinosaur-sized poo!
A brilliantly funny story for toddlers from Jason Cockcroft, illustrator of 'Amazing Animal Journeys'.
Meanwhile, on land, their human friend Paris is moving from California to a castle in Scotland complete with a loch rumoured to be haunted by a mermaid.
The gang soon realise there's something o-fish-ally fishy about the Sushi Sisters – but could it lead them all the way to Paris's loch? And what has the loch got to do with things like mercats and hamstars (half hamster, half starfish)?
Things are getting sea-riously weird in the fourth book in Sibéal Pounder's Bad Mermaids series!
From Capital Breakfast hosts Roman Kemp and Vick Hope comes this brilliantly funny book.
At their school, Arthur and Grace rein supreme: after all, they're the cool kids. They're also the radio kids, and between them they run the schools top two radio shows. Which means that as well as being the most popular kids, Grace and Arthur are also the biggest rivals.
So when a storm hits their school during a surprisingly popular chess tournament, and a blackout ensues, they can't wait to be the first to report on the storm. But things get complicated the very next day when their teacher tells them that the real scoop isn't the storm; it's the missing trophy.
Suddenly Arthur and Grace are in well over their heads. But with the whole school relying on them, there's no backing out now.
If anyone can figure out this mess, it's Arthur and Grace. After all, if you rule the airwaves, you rule the school...
Two notoriously bad mermaids have escaped from Viper View prison and stolen Maritza's map that shows the locations of twelve magical objects. When brought together, these objects will create the most powerful water witch the world has ever known. Beattie, Mimi and Zelda set off to travel the underwater kingdoms to stop them. But they haven't counted on meeting a bunch of over-zealous spies, the oldest shark in the world or their faithful companion Steve the seahorse going rogue ...
On Thin Ice is the third book in the hilarious Bad Mermaids series from the superbly witty and creative Sibéal Pounder, author of Witch Wars and a World Book Day author.
At the stately home Penhallow Hall, where magical objects come to life, Polly and Rex find a new dog to wake - a toy dog on the nursery shelf. But to their surprise it seems this dog doesn't want to be woken! Polly learns that Skip was left behind by his owners, two children evacuated to Penhallow during World War II. But it's not just at Penhallow that adventures have a way of finding Polly. Her new friend at school, Lucy, is behaving oddly. When Lucy goes missing after school one day Polly has an idea where she may be hiding - but Polly needs Skip's help to find her.
For Polly, moving to Penhallow Hall is the fresh start she’s been longing for since the death of her father. Her mum has got a job managing the stately home and once the last of the visitors leave for the day the place is all theirs! One night, Polly sleepwalks into the garden and wakes to find her hand on the head of one of the stone dogs that guard the steps down to the lawn. Then she feels him lick her cheek! The dog introduces himself as Rex, an Irish Wolfhound who lived at Penhallow many hundreds of years earlier. And he is not the only resident ghost – Polly has also glimpsed a strange boy around the place. With Rex’s help she finds herself unravelling the story of his beloved master, William Penhallow, who was killed in the First World War aged only 17.