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8 treasured tales for up to 8-year-olds

From Dennis the Menace to Tracy Beaker, these treasured tales full of well-loved characters have been captivating readers for years. They’re exciting, enchanting, and downright classics.


George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Full of Roald Dahl’s special brand of wit – George gets his revenge on his grumpy Granny when he replaces her usual medicine with a crazy concoction of his own. George’s Marvellous Medicine is outrageously funny and delectably disgusting – just the tonic for readers looking for some chuckles to keep boredom at bay.

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Doctor Who: Dr Twelfth by Roger Hargreaves & Adam Hargreaves

This book takes two favourites – Doctor Who and Mr Men – and mashes them together into one nonsense-filled adventure. Adam Hargreaves (son of the original creator of Mr Men) captures the Twelfth Doctor in all his grumpy glory as he spins off across time and space in chase of mischievous Missy. An instant classic and an out of this world read for Doctor Who fans.

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The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy

Long before Harry Potter went to Hogwarts, Mildred Hubble was a student at Miss Cackle’s Academy. Unlucky, clumsy-but-kind Mildred is always at the bottom of any heap of trouble, and things get worse when she makes an enemy of spiteful swot Ethel. Luckily, by saving the school from an outside enemy, Mildred saves face and becomes a hero. First published in the 1970s, The Worst Witch has been a firm favourite ever since and now Mildred has even hit the small screen on CBBC.

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Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories by Joyce Lankester Brisley

This sweet and retro classic follows the doings of country girl Milly-Molly-Mandy as she goes about her everyday adventures. She helps in the village shop, goes fishing and sledging, has picnics and makes presents for friends. The village, countryside and great outdoors is brought to life in this soothing set of adventure-filled, classic stories.

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Dennis the Menace and Gnasher: The Golden Catapult by Steven Butler

Dennis and his faithful mutt Gnasher set off on an adventure to find the legendary golden catapult. He’s up against some tough competition though as other Beano characters join the quest. Readers can get involved by completing puzzles to find out who will be the greatest menace of all. The Golden Catapult is the perfect introduction to the world of Beano for new readers and a great treat for the already converted.

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Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here by Michael Rosen & Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Michael Rosen captures everyday life in all its frustrating hilarity with these fresh and frank poems. With illustrations by the fabulous Quentin Blake, these snapshots pick up and play with the way people talk as they go about their daily business. First published in 1983 and now a firm favourite with families, this is a brilliant feat of accessible poetry that shows children how words can work to make you laugh and help you understand your own feelings.

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The Story of Tracy Beaker by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt (Illustrator)

The first in the beloved Tracy Beaker series by bestselling writer Jacqueline Wilson introduces us to troublesome and touching ten-year-old Tracy. Unhappily housed in a children’s home, nicknamed the Dumping Ground, Tracy gets through by misbehaving and making up stories of a better life. Her big dreams, bad manners and bombast make for an enchanting read.

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The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith

Max is a clever little hedgehog who is determined to work out how he can cross the road to the park without getting squashed. His research nearly leaves him flat, and the bang on his head leaves his words scrambled for a while. But he keeps going and finally finds a lollipop lady who is happy to escort hedgehogs – as well as kids – over the road. Dick King Smith is the master of animal stories and this captivating tale of the indomitable Max has delighted young readers for thirty years.

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