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The Tudors: Kings, Queens, Scribes and Ferrets!

Join Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite scribe, Arthur Inkbott, and his pet ferret Smudge on a journey through Tudor times. Meet Henry VIII and his six wives, fight the Spanish Armada, see Shakespeare’s plays performed for the very first time and sail around the world with Christopher Columbus!

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

Dormeo the dormouse guides you to Ancient Rome where you will meet the gods, find out who Romulus and Remus were and discover what happened to Julius Caesar. Experience life as an ancient Roman in this fascinating and humorous retelling of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire!

Ancient Egypt: Gods, Pharaohs and Cats!

Get sucked into the world of Ancient Egypt with the great teller of tales, Rami the cat. Explore the myths and wonders of this ancient civilization, meet Ra the creator, the cursed boy-king Tutankhamen and Cleopatra, the last pharaoh in these stories of mystery and adventure. Packed with jokes, comic illustrations and fascinating facts, see the Ancient Egyptians in a whole new light!

The Stone Age: Hunters, Gatherers and Woolly Mammoths

Join the great storyteller Sparrow to meet the people of Clan Woolly as they learn how to make fire, invent stone tools and turn wild wolves into tame dogs. Filled with jokes, comic illustrations and fascinating facts, dive into the Stone Age!

The Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Adventurers!

In this perfect guide to the Viking world, meet legendary warriors, daring explorers and clever kings in a colourful comic-strip style. Discover the incredible stories of Viking raids, voyages of discovery and conquered kingdoms.

Cloud Boy

Harry Christmas and Angie Moon are best friends and almost-twins. But Harry needs Angie more than ever when he is taken to hospital for headaches that won’t go away. Told through Angie’s lively diary, this is a bittersweet story about friendship and growing up.

Children Who Changed the World: Incredible True Stories About Children’s Rights!

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Rights of the Child being signed by the United Nations General Assembly by learning about incredible child activists from around the world. From heroes who are familiar to everyone to the amazing activists you might not have heard of, this inspirational and moving book is the perfect introduction to an important subject!

Four mini Greek Myths!

The ancient Greek myths as you’ve never read them before! The classic stories of Daedalus and Icarus and Orpheus and Eurydice, Theseus and the Minotaur and Arachne versus Athene, Pandora’s Box and Perseus and the Gorgon’s Head, and The Twelve Tasks of Heracles and Arion and the Dolphins.

Three Cheers for Women!

Think of the most famous, important, fabulous women that have ever lived! Queen Victoria, Marie Curie, Florence Nightingale and many more!

The Stone Age

Meet the people of Clan Woolly as they hunt mammoths and reindeer, learn how to make fire, invent stone tools and turn wild wolves into tame dogs! Full of facts, jokes and colourful comic strips, this is the perfect introduction to the Stone Age – a time before history was even invented!

The Sunday Times
‘The playfulness with history, the comic caricatures with speech bubbles, the talking animals, the cute mammoths, the silly jokes (Neanderthal speech is written backwards for instance), the gore and the grunge all help impart information in the most entertaining way..’

The Tudors

A witty, accessible introduction to the Tudors. Arthur Inkblott, Queen Elizabeth I’s favourite scribe, retells the most famous moments in Tudor history, from the Wars of the Roses and the Spanish Armada to Christopher Columbus’s discovery of America and Henry VIII’s many marriages!

The Bookseller
‘From the Wars of the Roses to the infamous monarchs, Tudor history comes to life via Williams’ trademark comic strip style.’

Four mini Shakespeares!

Accessible, illustrated retellings of four of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth and of course… Romeo and Juliet. The perfect introduction to Shakespeare for children, written and illustrated by master storyteller Marcia and featuring Shakespeare’s own dialogue.

Encore, Mr William Shakespeare! Hooray for Mr William Shakespeare!

Two brilliantly original and creative sticker activity books, celebrating Mr William Shakespeare and ten of his best-loved plays.

The Bookseller
‘Brilliantly original and creative sticker activity book celebrating Shakespeare and his five best-loved plays.’

Les Misérables

A wonderful introduction to Victor Hugo’s epic tale of injustice, love and heroism in 19th century France. The story follows Jean Valjean, an ex-convict, as he tries to put his criminal past behind him.

Bookseller Children’s Guide
‘A beautifully illustrated retelling of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece’

Lancashire Evening Post
‘With its easy-to-understand narrative and complemented by illustrations that give life and vigour into an unforgettable story, there could be no better way to instil a love of the classics into young children.’

A Christmas Carol, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Marcia has introduced a generation of children to the works of Charles Dickens through her retellings of Oliver Twist and Other Great Dickens Stories. Now, she brings Dickens’ beloved characters to a fresh audience with a new series of short novels. Meet all your favourite characters in these splendidly accessible adaptations.

Tales from Shakespeare

Take your seats in the Globe Theatre as Marcia Williams presents fourteen of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. From the heartbreaking tragedy of Romeo and Juliet to Puck’s hilarious escapades in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Marcia brings Shakespeare’s stories vividly to life.

Parents in Touch
‘Marcia Williams has to be one of the best, if not the best, retellers of classics. . . Marcia brings Shakespeare’s stories vividly to life. The lively and accessible retellings are superbly set off by plenty of Marcia Williams’ detailed and engaging pictures.’

Lizzy Bennet’s Diary

Take a peak into Lizzy Bennet’s diary this Christmas in Marcia’s delightful retelling of the much-loved classic by Jane Austen…The Bennett sisters are growing-up and it’s time for them to find husbands and take their place in posh society. But will everything end up as they hope?

Library Mice
‘An interactive and entertaining brand new take on the classic tale… offers a perfect opportunity to introduce young readers to Jane Austen’s work and world.’

The School Librarian
‘An easy and enjoyable pastiche of Austen’s… its special delight lies in the illustrations, Elizabeth’s whimsical marginalia and wry visual commentary on her world’

The Romans: Gods, Emperors and Dormice

Meet Dormeo, gladiator dormouse and berry nibbler. He will be your guide to ancient Rome in this fascinating and humorous retelling of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. From Romulus and Remus to Julius Caesar, the history of Rome and its people will vividly come to life.

The Bookseller
‘Roman history is brought vividly to life in the latest of Williams’ graphic cartoon strip retellings.’

The Elephant’s Friend and Other Tales from Ancient India

These eight individual stories form a magical collection of India’s best-loved animal folk tales. Taken from the three main books of Indian folktale – Hitopadesha Tales, Jataka Tales and Panchatantra Tales – the stories are beautifully illustrated and packed with humour and warmth.

Books for Keeps
‘A delight. She has a gift for making stories accessible and lively.’

Publishers Weekly
‘Funny, wise, and entertaining from first page to last.’

Ancient Egypt — Tales of Gods and Pharaohs

Full of mystery and adventure, the stories of the pharaohs and their ancient gods are steeped in thousands of years of history. From the creation myth to the curse of Tutankhamen and the fall of Cleopatra, these classic retellings bring new life to the myths and wonders of this ancient civilisation.

Publishers Weekly
‘The book has funny facts and great pictures. I read it all in one go with my brother, Thomas. I’d recommend it to everyone, it’s so great they really should buy it. In fact, it’s barkingly brilliant!’

School Library Journal
‘Expressive postures, smiling faces, and playful interactions… keep readers scouring the pages for every little joke.’

My Great Lost Dog Adventure! by Me, Iggy Wilder

Seven-year-old Iggy Wilder loves dogs. In fact, he loves them so much he’d quite like to be one. So when Iggy’s grandpa dies and his dog, Fred, is sent away, Iggy is desperate to get his four-pawed pal back…

First News
‘The book has funny facts and great pictures. I read it all in one go with my brother, Thomas. I’d recommend it to everyone, it’s so great they really should buy it. In fact, it’s barkingly brilliant!’

The Sunday Telegraph
Children will love Williams’ hyperactive style, which blends a frenzy of comic strip illustrations with reams of text… a great learn-to-read incentive for five to eight-year-olds.

My Secret War Diary by Me, Flossie Albright

Flossie’s dad, Archie, could never have imagined that his daughter would wave him off to fight in WWII. Unfortunately, this was exactly what happened; soon, rationing, gas masks, bombs, chilblains, gum-chewing Yanks and the threat of an enemy invasion became part of Flossie’s daily life.

Sunday Times
Each page is a decorative compilation of tempting snippets…adding up to a memorable and moving tale.

Nursery Education Plus
A must for every primary school library!

Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

Travel back to Medieval England and join Chaucer and his merry band of pilgrims on their way to Canterbury. You’ll meet the Wife of Bath, the Knight, the Franklin and many more colourful characters, all brought to life in a funny comic-strip style.

Kirkus Review
“Of Williams’s string or recast classics, this is the best so far.” * A starred review for a book of special merit…

    …and selected as one of the Best Books of 2007 by US School Library Journal.

Archie’s War

… My Scrapbook of the First World War, by Me Archie Albright, Aged 10 years.

The Guardian
‘…a vivid and personal story that makes a perfect introduction to the subject.’

‘Sometimes – not very often – you come across a real gem of a book, something so perfect it takes your breath away. Marcia Williams has achieved just that with Archie’s War.’

Noah’s Ark & Other Bible Stories

Behold! In the beginning there was only God…then he started creating! The last and most troublesome of his creations were men and women. God was forever having to give them a helping hand, as these brilliant stories reveal.

Scottish Sunday Herald
‘This is a terrific collection of stories and the combination of direct quotations with speech-bubble asides is immensely appealing for newly independent and older readers.’

Bravo, Mr William Shakespeare!

The Globe Theatre is delighted to announce a new season of Mr. William Shakespeare’s plays! Prithee take your places once more for a performance of seven of the Bard’s finest tales. See – As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, Richard 111, Twelfth Night, King Lear, The Merchant of Venice and Much Ado About Nothing.

Reading Time, Australia
‘The concept is brilliant, the execution spectacular and the artwork (akin to Raymond Briggs’s masterpieces) great fun.’

Three Cheers for Inventors!

Read about Johannes Gutenberg, James Watt, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers and many more. Follow the inventors through their successes and difficulties. Be amazed by the variety of their inventions, from worm-destroying lozenges to the mobile phone.

Books for Keeps
‘**** Williams’s introduction to the world of inventors is a treat.’

Charles Dickens and Friends

What the Dickens! Charles Dickens, Esq. (1812-1870) created some of the best loved characters in literature. In this book you will find five of his greatest stories retold in irrepressible comic-strip style! Meet and make friends with Tiny Tim, Mr Fagin, Uriah Heep, Scrooge, The Artful Dodger… plus many others.

Independent on Sunday
‘A must-have. This woman has become a national treasure… a particularly good present.’

Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays

Take your place at the Globe Theatre of Shakespeare’s day to see seven of his best-loved plays in performance. Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, The Winter’s Tale and The Tempest are all brought vividly to life!

The School Librarian US
‘Only too proud and privileged to be among those leading the encore of applause for the critically acclaimed Mr William Shakespeare’s Plays!’

Fabulous Monsters

The poisonous Basilisk, the bellowing Bunyip, the three-headed Chimera, swamp-dwelling Grendel, quick-tempered Isikukumanderu… fabulous monsters to keep you on your toes! They’re truly horrible!

‘**** Five of the most terrifying mythological monster stories from around the world are retold here in this hilarious and terrifying collection…’

King Arthur and The Knights of The Round Table

Aided by the magician Merlin, Arthur draws the sword from the stone to become King of Britain, and Lord of the Knights of the Round Table. Read of their valiant deeds as King Arthur, Sir Lancelot, Sir Galahad and other heroic knights rescue maidens, fight dragons, defend Excalibur and search for the Grail. Tales rich in adventure, romance and enchantment.

School Library Journal
‘Comedy is the most delicate, underrated and difficult art. Williams’s treatment is a breath of fresh air.’

The Iliad and The Odyssey

The Iliad tells the story of the war between the Greeks and the Trojans: the love between Helen and Paris, Achilles and Hecotor’s deadly combat, the Trojan Horse… The Odyssey depicts the perilous voyage home of the Greek warrior, Odysseus: his struggles against the one-eyed Cyclops, the deadly Sirens, and the dreadful six-headed Scylla…

The Guardian
‘A big, beautifully produced book, telling the stories in irresistibly detailed comic-strip form… Elegant, intelligent, funny, dramatic and totally absorbing; the perfect start to an early familiarity with Homer.’

Sinbad The Sailor

The seven voyages of Sinbad are among the most colourful and thrilling tales from The Arabian Nights, they are full of amazing creatures and spectacular feats. Follow one of the oldest action heros from one of the first adventure books ever written!

The Funday Times
‘Exotic locations and exciting comic-strip illustrations. Put it on your birthday list.’

The Adventures of Robin Hood

There is no greater hero in all literature than Robin Hood, the brave and just outlaw of Sherwood Forest. This book relates eleven colourful, action-packed tales about Robin and his merry band of men including Little John, Fryer Tuck and of course… the lovely Maid Marion!

The Financial Times
‘A marvellous strip-cartoon rivalling anything produced by Disney.’

When I Was Little

When Granny was little, she says, there were fairies at the bottom of her garden, babies under gooseberry bushes and children were seen but not heard!

Practical Parenting
‘Delightful… Bright detailed illustrations provide 2-7 year olds with lots to look at and smile about, and the words are both simple and charming.’

Greek Myths

Greek Myths are among the greatest, most exciting stories ever told and star some of the best-loved heroes and heroines. In this book you will find eight favourite myths and meet Theseus, conqueror of the Minotaur, the mighty Heracles, the tragic lovers Orpheus and Eurydice, Perseus, the Gorgon-slayer and many more!

Wendy Cope, Daily Telegraph
‘Terrific… irresistibly entertaining.’

No Worries!

Is there a burglar under the bed? Or a monster down the toilet? There are lots of things to worry about, but every single one of them can be chased away – if you know the secret!

Tony Bradman, Parents
‘A brilliant book… Marcia Williams illustrates in a very funny cartoon-strip style which children from three upwards will love poring over.’

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