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Ladybird Books were a brand of children's books. They featured one to three stories from the first two seasons in each book and were illustrated using photographs from the television series. Some books also came with cassette audiobooks narrated by Ringo Starr.


  1. Percy Runs Away/Thomas and the Breakdown Train
  2. Thomas Goes Fishing/James and the Troublesome Trucks
  3. Thomas and Terence/James and the Tar Wagons
  4. Thomas and Bertie/Thomas Down the Mine
  5. Toby and the Stout Gentleman/Thomas in Trouble
  6. Edward, Gordon and Henry/Gordon Off the Rails
  7. Thomas's Christmas Party
  8. Thomas, Percy and the Coal/Saved from Scrap
  9. Thomas and Trevor/Duck Takes Charge
  10. Percy and Harold/Percy Takes the Plunge
  11. Pop Goes the Diesel/Dirty Work/A Close Shave
  12. Thomas Comes to Breakfast/BoCo the Diseasel
  13. Daisy/Percy's Predicament/Woolly Bear
  14. Thomas and the Missing Christmas Tree
  15. The Sad Story of Henry/Thomas's Train/Thomas and the Guard

Other Releases

Ladybird Cassettes

Recorded 1985-1987 by Pickwick Tell-a-Tale and produced in association with Ladybird Books, all of the Ladybird books were accompanied by a series of cassettes narrated by Ringo Starr.

Some of the tapes came with the books, some were sold alone, and each tape would feature a whistling noise that tells the reader to turn the page if following along with the book.


  • If the cassette contained three stories, the second story would be cut in half with the first half on side one and the other half on side two.
  • Book fifteen was the only Ladybird book not to have a cassette.


  • The text of most of the Ladybird Books was later reused for the Buzz Books.
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