Hattie B, Magical Vet

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9780141344621 Discover a secret world of fairy-tale creatures. On her tenth birthday, Hattie B is swept into the magical Kingdom of Bellua where she meets a little pink dragon who needs her help.

Evil King Ivar of the Imps has stolen the dragon’s magical voice and Hattie is the only one who can help her get it back.  Buy this book…

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Time Traveller’s Journal: Design + Win!

WTime Travellere’ve teamed up with the official Doctor Who Tumblr to offer you the chance to win copies of the Time Traveller’s Journal, a very cool Doctor Who fill-in book.

To enter just unleash your creativity and fill in the spread below posting your entry on Tumblr  with a tag #TimeTravellersJournalUK

Five winners will win two copies of the Time Traveller’s Journal (1 for you and 1 for a friend!). Find out more at http://doctorwho.tumblr.com

Closing date: 30 September 2015

Full UK T+Cs here: http://po.st/timetravellerTCs 









How to make a MENACE costume!

This Thursday is our favourite day of the year. Yes, you guessed it – it’s World Book Day!

If you’re yet to decide who to dress up as , never fear! This year Dennis the Menace is using all his best tricks and pranks to turn World Book Day into World MENACE Day, and he’s recruiting a team of top menaces to help him out. Here they are to show you how to dress the part.


Click here to download the Book Aid International template and discover Dennis’ most cunning pranks and plots by exchanging your Work Book Day token for his extra-special diary!

Fancy winning the ultimate Dennis the Menace pranking pack? Head over to the World Book Day website for the chance to win.

If you dress up for World Book Day, tweet tweet @puffinbooks 

For more Menacing, make-and-dos, competitions and general word juggling sign up for the monthly Puffin Newsletter, BeakSpeak!

Hattie B’s Golden Apple Slice Pancakes

‘The spicy smell grew stronger as Hattie walked. It made her think of the apple pancakes Dad sometimes made on Sunday mornings’

Hattie B Pony's Hoof cover

Hattie B loves pancakes and she also loves saving her magical friends from the Evil King Ivar. This time all she needs is one apple and some special spice to help save the little pony’s hoof, but it’s going to be harder than she thinks to get them …

To tie in with the release of Hattie B, Magical Vet: The Pony’s Hoof we’ve put together this rather tasty recipe inspired by the book for you to try at home!

(Remember to ask for an adult’s help when cooking!)


Hattie B’s Golden Apple Slice Pancakes 


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… the perfect snack to eat while reading The Pony’s Hoof

And if you can’t contain your excitement any longer check out http://www.worldofhattieb.com – where you’ll find loads of information about all the books and some activity sheets to try out.


EsioTrot with James Corden

esio trot book and toy setToday’s the day that ESIO TROT makes his television debut – alongside Hollywood stars Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman, as well as James Corden who has the mammoth responsibility of narrating. We hope the talented line-line up of tortoises have learnt all their lines because that super famous screenwriter Richard Curtis has adapted Roald Dahl’s original story for the telly-box. You can read an interview with the man himself over on that dapper Penguin’s blog.

Now that ESIO TROT is getting big (he really is thanks to these magic words –  WORG PU, FFUP PU, TOOHS PU!) and famous, Puffin is wondering if he might start making extravagant divaesque demands, like only extra curly-curly kale and a personal shell buffer on call 24/7.  We think we’ve found a solution for this last request at least. Check out this rather fetching range of Shell Suits by crochet-extraordinaire  Katie Bradley.

If you want to know more about where Roald Dahl got the idea from for his love story between Mr Hoppy and  Mrs Silver visit the Roald Dahl blog which has lots of very interesting pieces from the archive, including the first ever pencil sketches of his reptilian romantic lead.