Lola is a very fussy eater, she won't eat mushrooms, or peas or fishfingers and she will never ever eat a tomato! Charlie helps her to discover that peas are really green drops from Green Land and mashed potato is cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji. But will she eat that tiny weeny tomato? Never! But she might just eat a moonsquirter.
Lola is sure that she is a good dancer, but some dancing is a bit too swirly, some is too jumpy, and ballet is too floaty. Mini Reader tries to teach Lola to tap dance but that proves to be too shuffly and not tappy enough.
Marv's Mum says Sizzles really is a very naughty dog but Lola knows this isn't true. Sizzle just needs some practice! Charlie and Lola take Sizzles back to their flat and set about 'training' him. Things aren't going well and then they discover that Sizzles will do anything for a sausage. Which is fine until Morten, Marv's little brother, eats Sizzles Sausage by accident!
It's the school play and Lola is determined to be The Sun. She knows the part will be hers because yellow is her favourite colour. She was born to play the sun! Imagine her disappointment when she finds out that she's a leaf. And not only that, she's a boring brown autumn leaf. But, with Charlie's help, Lola discovers how leaves are far from boring. And when the big day arrives, Lola is the best leaf in the whole wide forest.
Charlie and Lola are on a recycling mission. They involve the whole school, determined to enter a competition that could win them all a real tree to plant! But time is running out and they don't have enough recyclable items.
Once they understand what a fossil actually is, Lola and Lotta are determined to find one. Charlie isn't so sure they will. "That's not a fossil, Lola, it's a lolly stick." Undeterred, Lola searches in her lunchbox, in the sandpit, then mum says they can look in the rockery. They find all sorts of things, but no actual fossils. Then they go to the beach. Will they ever find an actual fossil that is very special and extremely ancient?
Marv and Charlie are off to the insect house and Marv's little brother Morton is coming round to play with Lola. Lola is very excited and is sure that Morton will be her new friend who lives down the stairs.
Mum and Dad let Charlie and Lola go 'camping' in the garden. Charlie is kitted up like a real explorer, and is all excited by the prospect of wild animals, survival and living off the land. But Lola isn't so sure. Home seems a long way away, and what's more, it's started raining. Suddenly the idea of camping doesn't seem fun anymore and Lola wants to go back inside. Then Charlie has a really good idea.
Lola is packing to go to Lotta's for the night. And she is packing everything because her and Lotta are going to play Cinderella! This means that Charlie and Marv can have the whole bedroom to themselves to set up an enormous race track of their own. Disaster strikes when Lola realises she has left her suitcase at home, and Charlie and Marv find they are missing a really important piece of track. Imagination comes to the rescue in the form of a teaspoon and an intergalactic space race. But where exactly did that missing bit of track go?
You can't have a picnic without swirly tennis and sunshine. Lola, Lotta, Charlie and Marv are really excited because they have all of those things. But just as the fun is about to begin, the storm clouds gather.
Lola and Lotta have got a pretend shop that sells completely everything. They're having great fun until they accidentally sell Charlie's swimming goggles to Morten, their only customer. "Well get them back," insists Charlie. "We can't," bemoans Lola, "He did proper paying, with banana chips!" Charlie is not amused and wants his goggles back immediately. Morten, on the other hand, doesn't want to swap the goggles for anything.
Having begged Granny and Grandpa for a scooter, Lola suddenly decides that she now wants a pair of real, actual ice-skates. Everyone is dubious. Charlie reminds her she felt the same about her old yo-yo and Dad warns her that he doesn't want to find the ice-skates in the bottom of her cupboard. But Lola is adamant she needs actual ice-skates because they are sparkly and white, and when she gets them, she will be the best ice-skaterer in the whole school. But it's not quite that simple.
Will Lola ever be sleepy enough to go to bed, Charlie wonders? She drinks pink milk with tigers, cleans her teeth with a lion, shoos whales down the plughole and has a pyjama party with some dancing dogs. When at last, Charlie manages to get his little sister to feel sleepy, there's a surprise waiting for him in his bed.
Granny and Grandpa's house is by the sea where there are pony rides and lovely things to eat, a big dressing-up box and Caspar the Cat. But Lola is worried that Soren Lorenson, her imaginary friend, might miss her while she is away. Charlie solves that problem. Then she says she cannot go away because Mum and Dad might miss her. Charlie comes up with another solution. But Lola still doesn't want to go to Granny and Grandpa's. Why? Ohhh, it is because she might miss Mum and Dad. Can Charlie put her little troubled mind to rest?
Life is just not fair when you are always the smaller one. You can't go to bed late, you can't get your own pink milk and you can't go on the Super Dooper Loop the Looper ride at the fair. Lola does everything she can to make herself taller: imagining she's a sunflower, a skyscraper and even the tallest mountain in the world. Charlie tries to point out all the advantages of being small, and they even swap places. But Lola remains unconvinced. Only the sight and noise of the really scary Loop the Looper makes her change her mind.
Lola and Lotta are best best friends. They do everything together. Then a new girl arrives at school and Lotta seems rather taken with her. Lola starts to feel left out. Inconsolable that Lotta may not like her anymore Charlie and Marv come to the rescue, and Lola realises that of course Lotta is still definitely her best friend. Phew! For one brief moment it looked like life may never be the same again!
Lola and her friend Lotta know everything there is to know about dogs. So they are really pleased when Marv lets them look after Sizzles in the park. They stroke him, they pat him, they groom him. It is all going well - until Sizzles disappears. And when they find him, there isn't just one Sizzles, but two! How will they tell them apart?
Lola is convinced she's the luckiest person in the whole wide world, especially when Granny and Grandpa send her and Charlie the money to go and see the new 'Bat Cat' film. 'Bat Cat' is her favourite! Then things start to go wrong and Lola's luck runs out. Or has it?
Charlie and Lola's well-rehearsed circus act for Granny and Grandpa is put in jeopardy when poor Charlie breaks his arm playing football with Marv. Lola and Soren Lorensen try to nurse him back to health and cheer him up. But will Lola find anything for poor "broken" Charlie to do in the circus?
Charlie and Lola love Charlie's pet mouse, Nibbles. They even take him to school where he shows off his clever tricks. But mice don't live for very long and when Nibbles dies, Lola doesn't think she could have another.
Lola promises to play beads on Friday with her friend from school, but then Marv invites her to his special space party on the very same day! She loves beads and she did promise, but there is going to be games and cake and everything at Marv's house! What is Lola going to do?!
Charlie has promised Marv that he'll play football with him but poor Lola has a very nasty cold and is stuck in bed. She begs Charlie to stay with her. Charlie tries all sorts of ways of making her feel better but a butterfly chase Flutterby Mountain finally does the trick. Will Charlie ever make it to his football match?
Lola is in a superstitious mood. There are so many unlucky things you can do. Charlie plays along with this but Lola's imagination gets carried away. If you step on the cracks, do bears really jump out at you?
Lola finds a toy rabbit near school and is very worried about it. Charlie puts it on the school wall in case its owner comes back to look for it. But when the rabbit is still there after school, Lola insists that they take it home. Charlie is determined they should find the rabbit's owner and sets about doing just that. But Lola gets more and more attached to it, and the rabbit makes friends with her favourite toy, Foxy. How will she ever be able to hand the rabbit over if its owner turns up?
Charlie and Marv go swimming, Lola decides to play 'Spies' with her imaginary friend Soren Lorenson. The two intrepid detectives spy a removal van outside the flats and they become convinced that a big Ogre is moving in next door! Then they change their minds, it's not an Ogre, it's a Wolf! Or perhaps a whole family of hungry wolves!! When Charlie comes home, he says that's impossible, wolves can't possibly be moving in next door! He decides to sort things out once and for all. But who will answer the door?
Lola likes all sorts of creepy crawlies - she is just not keen on spiders. Charlie tries to show Lola that spiders are not bad at all, in fact they are really quite clever. He shows her that spiders can walk upside down, and build fantastic webs that are bouncy like trampolines. Soon Lola gets very attached to a little spider they have found in the house and, before we know it, she has given him a name, made him his own house, found him a friend and is throwing a spider tea party.
Long car journeys and rainy days can be pretty boring, but a dentist's waiting room, where there is absolutely nothing to do, is definitely the most boring place of all. The lady at the desk seems determined to ruin any fun that Charlie and Lola start to have. But even she can't stop Charlie and Lola from turning a dull old water-cooler, fish tank and tooth poster into an epic pirate adventure on the high seas!
It's Save An Animal week at school, and Lola and Lotta are horrified to learn that all sorts of lovely animals are in danger! Which one should they save? Finally, they all agree on the panda and decide to raise money by getting sponsored to do difficult things. Charlie is going to balance an apple on his head for as long as he can, Marv is going to stand on one leg, Lotta is going to skip and Lola hop. Everything is going to plan and then Lola wakes up with spots all over her face and Mum says she has to stay in bed. How will she save a panda now?
Charlie wants Lola to hurry or they will be late for school. But there are so many exciting things to do on the way that Lola keeps getting distracted. There's colouring, and dancing with clouds, playing hopscotch on musical pavements and giggling with hysterical hedgehogs. Charlie has to come up with a cunning ruse to get his little sister to hurry up. You wouldn't want to miss Dragon Day at school, would you?
Lola has to keep Charlie's birthday surprise a big secret. And it's really, really hard to keep secrets. To stop Lola from telling him, Charlie decides to try to guess the surprise by coming up with the most extraordinary suggestions. Through this he discovers it is old and big and scary. But nothing could ever have prepared Charlie for the best birthday surprise ever.
Lola isn't scared of the dark. She just wants the bedroom door open, the window blind up and the light on - that's all! Well perhaps she is a little scared of the dark. Charlie tries to rid his sister of her fear of the dark.
You cannot have a picnic without swirly tennis and boildy eggs and, of course, sunshine. Lola, Lotta, Charlie and Marv are really excited because they have all of those things. But just as the fun is about to begin, the storm clouds gather. Luckily, Charlie knows how the desert people have picnics indoors and a potential disaster turns into the most wonderfullest picnic ever.
Sharing the My Little Town play set that Granny and Grandpa gave them proves a bit of a challenge for Charlie and Lola. Lola wants big flowers and a zoo house. Charlie wants an airport with a control tower and a runway.
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