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Its a ZOMBIE KITTEN APOCALYPSE! Should you panic? Should you cry? Should you poop your pants? NO! Just sit back and watch the fur fly as the worlds baddest good guys take on Mad Marmalades meowing monsters!
Say goodbye to Ruby Redfort: every smart kid's smart kid. The mind-blowing conclusion to the thrilling series by award-winning author Lauren Child. Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius - you can count on her when the ice starts to crack. All good things come to an end...Ruby Redfort is running scared, a whole bunch of people want her dead and worst of all one of them is on her team. But just who is this agent of doom? You can run, Ruby, but you can't hide...
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler are at their sparkling best in this fabulously original sequel to the bestselling ZOG. Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty 'air ambulance', Zog the dragon, as they fly around the country, tending to a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn, and even a sneezy lion.
Mary Poppins is perhaps the most beloved nanny of the page and screen, and this charming storybook with ornate, laser-cut pages and delicate illustrations, pays homage to her preferred mode of transport.Based on the novels by Pamela L. Travers, Mary Poppins Up, Up and Away is an enchanting journey over the rooftops of London, under the sea, and everywhere in between. A fresh approach to a children s classic, it is sure to appeal to children of all ages.
Magical machines, wizards, witches, mysterious underworlds, a race against time - and two most magical girls on an unforgettable adventure.
Annabel Grey has been brought up to be a very proper Victorian young lady. But being 'proper' isn't always easy - especially when you can sometimes see marvellous (as well as terrifying) things in puddles. But parlour tricks such as these are nothing compared to the world that Annabel is about to enter...
After the rather sudden departure of her mother, Annabel is sent to live with her aunts. They claim to be Shoreditch witches, and from a very old family line of them too. They're keen to introduce Annabel to their world of transformation, potions and flying broomsticks (which seem to have strong personalities of their own) but are horrified when Annabel announces not only does she not know any magic, young ladies shouldn't believe in such things. But before Annabel has time to decide whether she does or not, she is swept into an urgent quest.
The trees of Highgate have been whispering to Kitty - an extraordinary urchin of a girl, who Annabel's aunts seem very fond of - and so have the fairies. They talk of a terrible, dark magic that wants to devour all of London. And of a most magical girl who might be able to stop it...
This sparkling and enchanting story is sure to bewitch you, so curl up in front of the fire, and prepare to be swept away...
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Just the fact there is a new Bob Graham is enough for his fans, but for those who need a little more persuasion, his new book is about Francie and her Mum driving home after visiting Grandma. There is to be a new baby, and Francie wonders what her name will be. As she and her Mum travel along the highway, stopping for a picnic, and chatting quietly, Francie has a good idea... This is as beautifully sweet and yet unsentimental as all Bob's books are, a lovely piece of observation and a book to share... Lindy Jones
The extraordinary touches a seemingly ordinary moment of family life, in this tender, heart-warming story from the award-winning Bob Graham.
From multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender, touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way. Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma's in the heavy rain. When they're still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out "Daddy" and "Mummy" and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister... A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.
The hilarious sequel to the bestselling Oi Frog! will have children rolling around with laughter. Frog's had enough, he's the changing the status quo! Cat insists that there are rules - only mules sit on stools, no one but hares should sit on chairs and however irritating, dogs MUST sit on frogs. 'Well, I'm changing the rules,' said the frog. 'From now on, dogs sit on logs, not frogs!' And everyone else is going to have to sit somewhere else too. Will Cat want to sit on gnats instead of cushy mats? Will spiders like sitting on gliders? Will whales be happy to sit on nails? And, most importantly, where is FROG going to sit?
Endlessly imaginative, deliciously quirky, and tempered by a strong sense of humour, Hoffmann's story will, like Drosselmeier's magical inventions, delight and enthral adults and children a like.
This beautiful volume, published to celebrate the bicentenary of the tale's first publication in 1816, brings together the complete, unabridged German classic, in a new translation by the eminent translator Anthea Bell, with over seventy wonderful illustrations by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen. The Nutcracker is well-loved by many, and is perhaps best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, performed as a favourite Christmas spectacle the world over. The ballet was based on a French retelling of the story, and Hoffmann's German original is rarely translated in its entirety.
In addition to telling the familiar tale of the gentle young girl and her love for the enchanted Nutcracker - a Christmas gift from her enigmatic Godfather Drosselmeier - who leads the toy soldiers in a dramatic battle against the sinister Mouse King, and whisks her away to the Kingdom of Toys, the original text also includes the story within the story, told to Marie by Drosselmeier when she is ill in bed: The Tale of the Hard Nut, about the cursed Princess Pirlipat, which explains the background of how the poor Nutcracker came to be.
'Fetch!' and 'Sit!' and 'Stay!' I understand them all. Those are the words I know. But what is 'Fred'? Fred the dog may not know his name yet or how to stay out of trouble but one little boy will love him no matter what. A follow-up to I Will Love You Anyway, this touching rhyming story is full of friendship and tail wagging and will touch a chord with all children who love pets. Praise for Mick Inkpen: 'You simply cannot fail to win smiles with a new book about Kipper.' Daily Mail 'The charmingly comical Inkpen, as always, hits the spot.' Guardian Praise for Zoe and Beans: 'These books will become well-loved members of any child's book collection.' Carousel For activities, competitions and other fun stuff check out www.chloeinkpen.com
More info ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Two turtles in the desert find a hat. Just one. Which doesn't go into two at all easily! Both turtles try it on, and persuade themselves how attractive they are (of course, the illustrations tell a different story!) One of the turtles, wiser than his good friend, says they should just leave it and move on; but his companion is not truly persuaded although he pretends to agree... Unlike Klassen's other two 'hat' books, this one has a happier ending; but like the others, it also has a quiet moral and simple but expressive illustrations. Ages 3-6. Lindy Jones
Hold on to your hats! From the Kate Greenaway-winning creator of I Want My Hat Back and This Is Not My Hat comes the much-anticipated conclusion to the celebrated hat trilogy. Two tortoises have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two tortoises. And there is only one hat... Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this perfectly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen's visual comedy, deceptive simplicity and deliciously deadpan humour.
One of the classic works of fantasy by renowned writer of the genre, Ursula K. Le Guin. As a young dragonlord, Ged, whose use-name is Sparrowhawk, is sent to the island of Roke to learn the true way of magic. A natural magician, Ged becomes an Archmage and helps the High Priestess Tenar escape from the labyrinth of darkness. But as the years pass, true magic and ancient ways are forced to submit to the powers of evil and death. Including: A Wizard of Earthsea; The Tombs of Atuan; The Farthest Shore; Tehanu.
Australia. Big. Beautiful. Diverse. From the First People to washing lines and crocodiles, football and sunshine, koalas and akubras, skyscrapers and beaches that squeak, this 96-page picture book is a glorious tribute to this wide brown land and its rich and varied multicultural communities.
Vibrantly illustrated with watercolour, ink and mono-printing, Australia Illustrated not only celebrates the more 'typical' Australian flora, fauna and landmarks, it also showcases the everyday quirks and idiosyncrasies that make Australia unique: the many types of rain, Greek street food, Sydney ferries, cattle breeds, the plants of the Daintree. Even the quokka selfie epidemic is featured!
Divided into Australia-wide entries as well as state and territory specific elements, readers will learn more about the endemic plants, animals, foods, landmarks, sports and oddities that make the regions around Australia special. Whimsical, humorous, high in detail, and guaranteed to delight both children and adults, this is a portrait of Australia like you've never seen it before. Grab your snorkel. Let's dive in!
A mystery no one can solve The Vanishings started without warning. People disappearing into thin air - just piles of clothes left behind. Each day, thousands gone without a trace. A baby no one wanted. Max was abandoned in a bookshop and grows up haunted by memories of his parents. Only he can solve the mystery of the Vanishings. A secret that could save the future. To find the answers, Max must leave this world and enter the Beginning Woods. A realm of magic and terror, life and death. But can he bear the truth - or will it destroy him?..A story that will take you to another world. Greater than your dreams. Darker than your fears. Full of more wonder than you could ever desire. Welcome to the ineffable Beginning Woods...
The third adventure in this incomparably witty and charming series from award-winning author Katrina Nannestad How absolutely splendid! Dust the doorknobs. Polish the silver. Roll out the red carpet. The Queen is coming to Mrs Groves' Boarding School for Naughty Boys, Talking Animals and Circus Performers for tea! Nothing, absolutely nothing, could possibly spoil this right royal moment. Except for the return of scheming villain, Pig McKenzie ...and the arrival of a strange, harsh woman called Thistlebloom ...and the fact that the Inspector of Schools has promised to close the doors of Groves forever if the Queen's visit does not run smoothly ...Oh deary, deary me! Nothing ever runs smoothly at Groves! Someone needs to take control. Someone clever, brave and practical. Someone with big ideas and an even bigger heart. Someone named Olive. But does our beloved heroine have what it takes, or is this the end of Groves, once and for all? Ages 8-12
Friendship is like a train journey. There are happy moments, boring moments and exciting moments. There is anger and loneliness, and there is forgiveness, and the thread of friendship runs through everything, like rail tracks through the countryside. Brilliantly rendered by Danny Parker and Freya Blackwood, Molly and Mae is a portrait of the most delightful and emotionally rich train journey imaginable.
This visually stunning miscellany from the effortlessly stylish print-maker James Brown is a collection of incredible facts and figures. Do you know how many bones there are in the human body or how clouds form? Or about different types of knots or how Morse code works? Each illustration is both beautiful and enlightening, and is accompanied by an engaging fact-filled explanation by celebrated author Richard Platt. Covering more than 30 diverse and fascinating topics, there is a world of information at your fingertips in this book, which is perfect for all the family to enjoy.
Artie and his best friend Bumshoe have stumbled upon a Cave-of-Possibly-Stolen-Stuff, and along with it a gang of shady characters including scary Mary, fang-toothed Funnel-web and the devious Mayor Grime...
Artie and Bumshoe's attempt to solve the mystery sparks a chaotic chain of events that involves kidnapping, puppy-dog cutlets, modern art and pioneering the sport of the bungee- wedgie...
It's a sticky situation and if Artie's going to escape, he might need help from family, friends, a little old lady, a small dog and the Fartex 120Y...
A riotously funny adventure from the multi-talented Richard Roxburgh...
More info ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sure, there are plenty of alphabet books for pre-schoolers - but this one is made entrancing by the scanimation technology which shows the illustrations in motion. An alligator snaps, a camel trots, a lion prowls, a mouse scurries in its wheel - all move in a believable manner! With short rhyming text, letters introduced in both upper and lower case, and the animals' names, this is both entertaining and educational. Lindy Jones
'L' is for lion, prowling across the page! 'G' is for a giraffe, ambling along! 'W' is for whale, jumping in and out of the waves!
Marrying the ABCs with the magic of Scanimation and the excitement of a child's visit to the zoo, ABC ANIMALS! is an alphabet book unlike any other. With four letters and four corresponding animal names and moving images per spread (except for the first spread, with a horizontal snapping alligator, and the last spread, which features one large image with multiple animals moving across the page at once), ABC ANIMALS! presents the alphabet – and Scanimation! – in a whole new way.
Short rhyming text opens and closes the book, and the pages between introduce each upper- and lower-case letter and animal name so children learn their letters but also meet a host of zoo animals and see how each one uniquely moves as they turn the page. ABC ANIMALS! makes learning the alphabet wildly fun and completely interactive.
More info ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Emmaline has been sent to Briar Hill because she is sick. It is the middle of WWII and she misses her family terribly, but one thing gives her strength. A secret thing: Emmaline can see winged horses moving through the reflections within the house. When she receives a message that they are in peril from a wild Black Horse, she sets about finding the pieces of the charm that will save the beautiful creatures from destruction, although it will be at great cost to herself. A beautiful and very moving story of courage and tragedy, enhanced by the detailed and expressive black and white pencil illustrations of Levi Pinfold. Ages 9-13 Lindy Jones
An exceptional and moving novel about the power of stories and the imagination from the publisher of A Monster Calls. December 1941. Britain is at war. Emmaline has been evacuated away from the bombs to Briar Hill Hospital in Shropshire. When she gets there she discovers a secret. It's not to be shared, not to be told to anyone, even her friend Anna. But she'll tell you. This is Emmaline's secret. There are winged horses that live in the mirrors of Briar Hill. Exquisitely illustrated by Levi Pinfold, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, The Secret Horses of Briar Hill has all the makings of a modern classic.
Shaun Tan's Rules of Summer is a deceptively simple story about two boys, one older and one younger, and the kind of 'rules' that might govern any relationship between close friends or siblings. Rules that are often so strange or arbitrary, they seem impossible to understand from the outside. Yet through each exquisite illustration of this nearly wordless narrative, we can enjoy wandering around an emotional landscape that is oddly familiar to us all.
Shaun Tan draws upon his own personal experiences with a surreal snapshot of fishing adventures with his older brother, leaving a sock on the clothes line, and buildings inspired by Brunswick and greater Melbourne. As you venture deep into the story, these poetic images become darker, more mysterious and unsettling, drawing towards a redemptive ending that affirms the depth of true friendship, a bond that is equally wonderful and inexplicable. Moments of humour, surreal fantasy, and the sometimes devastating ways we interact with the people we love the most, are presented in Shaun Tan's typical thought-provoking style.
Do you remember the water buffalo at the end of our street? Or the deep-sea diver we found near the underpass? Do you know why dogs bark in the middle of the night? Shaun Tan reveals the quiet mysteries of everyday life: homemade pets, dangerous weddings, stranded sea mammals, tiny exchange students, the unexpected edge of the world and secret rooms filled with darkness and delight... This very special book and jigsaw puzzle set includes the internationally acclaimed, multi-award winning Tales From Outer Suburbia and a jigsaw of the 'The Tuesday Afternoon Reading Group'. The 700 mm x 500 mm jigsaw comprises 750 pieces...
More info ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This truly charming book follows Isabelle and her dog Pickle, as they experience the four seasons in the course of a single day. Isabelle has an apple tree, which buds, blossoms, fruits and sheds its leaves, to illustrate the passing of time. What lifts this book to new heights is the inclusion of music from Vivaldi's famous concerto. Real music in the form of sound chips (and surprisingly good quality!) so when the page is turned musical extracts are played. A lovely way of introducing youngsters to one of the mainstays of western classical music! Lindy Jones
Discover what it would be like to travel through the four seasons in one day, following a little girl called Isabelle and her dog, Pickle, as they take on the adventure of a lifetime. As a sign of the changing seasons, Isabelle carries a little apple tree with her, and we see it bud, blossom and lose its leaves. Accompanied by pieces from Vivaldi's Four Seasons, this is the first title in a series of sound books that bring classical music to life for young children.
Learn all about animals that live Down Under with this Alphaprints book of Australian Animals. From cute koalas to creepy redback spiders, the fun illustrations and rhyming text introduce unusual Australian animals to babies and toddlers. Unique and appealing Alphaprints illustration style, taking fingerprint pictures and adding photographs of everyday things for children to spot. With tactile, raised embossing on each fingerprint for little hands to explore.
Jack has left his native Ireland and is making a new life as Professor of Neurology at a university in the American South. He has certain skills, honed over his lifetime, that he mostly keeps hidden. Skills in hypnotism and mind control...Thirteen-year-old Pip is plucked out of an orphanage by a farmer, hired as a farm-hand, and as carer for the farmer's wife. But Pip is black. The farmer and his wife are white. And this is 1960s America, where race defines you and overshadows everything. As racial tensions reach boiling point with a danger closer to home and more terrifying than either thought possible, Jack and Pip's lives become inextricably linked. And Jack's hypnotic skills are called on as never before...
A powerful and funny young adult novel that mediates on loss, love and disability for fans of Jennifer Niven, Rainbow Rowell and Louise O'Neill.
Kids of Appetite by David Arnold is a tragicomedy of first love and devastating loss.
In the Hackensack Police Department, Vic Benucci and his friend Mad are explaining how they found themselves wrapped up in a grisly murder. But in order to tell that story, they have to go way back...
It all started when Vic's dad died. Vic's dad was his best friend, and even now, two years later, he can't bring himself to touch the Untouchable Urn of Oblivion that sits in his front hall. But one cold December day, Vic falls in with an alluring band of kids that wander his New Jersey neighbourhood, including Mad, the girl who changes everything. Along with his newfound friendships comes the courage to open his father's urn, the discovery of the message inside, and the epic journey it sparks.
Our unique plants and animals are one of the many reasons people visit our country. Australia has more than 27,700 plant species, 378 mammal species, 828 bird species, 4000 fish species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species, two crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammal. However Australia is also home to some of the most dangerous plants and animals in the world. Our deadliest animals often make the top lists owing to a combination of their venom and defensiveness, as well as their proximity to populated areas. On the face of it, plants may seem innocuous, but about 1000 species of plants in Australia are known to be toxic to animals and humans and plenty more cause skin and eye irritation, rashes or discomfort. Don't wander around Down Under without learning about the 50 most dangerous, deadly and downright dastardly creatures that live here, from our scariest snakes and injury-causing insects to our blood-curdling birds. With animal fact-files, location information and more, Killer Oz is the perfect guide to deadly Australia.
J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan is a thrilling adventure for all ages - the story of the boy who refuses to grow up is a tale that never gets old. It follows the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael, who befriend the magical Peter and are whisked away to Neverland, where the villainous Captain Hook and the brave Lost Boys await. Mabel Lucie Attwell's gentle illustrations and distinctive style have been the nursery staple of generations of children. Her illustrated edition of May Byron's abridged Peter Pan and Wendy was first published in 1921. Macmillan are proud to return Mabel Lucie Attwell's interpretation to print in a beautiful hardback gift edition, featuring original full colour plates and line artwork.
The follow-up to Barroux's stunning and critically acclaimed Where's the Elephant? and Where's the Starfish? When Polar Bear and his friends are swept away from their icy home, they hope to find refuge in a new land. But when they are turned away from one new place after another, they start to doubt that they will ever find somewhere they will be made welcome. In this exceptional book, author-illustrator Barroux has crafted a powerful story with a twist ending about hugely important and current issues. A great opportunity for parents to discuss with children the plight of migrants and refugees, as well as global warming, in a gentle, open-ended way. With a reassuring twist, this exceptional and very current book should be read to young children everywhere. (Picture Books Blogger). Barroux tells his story with a light touch and a sprinkling of humour, which takes nothing away from the message. (The Bookbag).
Look! Look! It's the Gobbledygook! He's reading his favourite mon-story book. He's taking a look at his mon-story friends. And this is where the story really begins ...When a monster jumps right out of the Gobbledygook's library book, it takes a bit of clever handling to stop the Scribbledynoodle from scribbling on things it shouldn't!
When the impish Mouse comes to spend the night, Bear is in for a rude and very funny awakening in this irresistible new story starring the unlikely pair. Bear must have absolute quiet when he goes to bed. He likes to set out his glass of water, adjust his nightcap, fluff his favorite pillow, and then drift peacefully to sleep. But the effervescent Mouse, small and gray and bright-eyed, finds it terribly hard to be as quiet as a... well, you know. With masterfully paced slapstick humor, droll repartee, and comic visual details, the curmudgeonly Bear and his irrepressible friend Mouse return in a third wry adventure that will have readers of all ages laughing in recognition.
Oh, Thelma looked amazing. She was a unicorn! 'I'm special now,' she cried out loud. And so, a star was born...Thelma is an ordinary pony who longs to be more. One day, she spots a carrot on the ground and comes up with a brilliant idea. She ties it to her head, just before a skidding truck spills pink paint and glitter all over her. Presto - Thelma is a unicorn! Thelma quickly rises to fame, but does she really want all the attention? Or would she be happier as her old self again?
Popcorn is, quite simply, the friendliest chicken at Fiddlesticks farm! When she finds a Fabulous Friend Machine in the barn, she sets about making some brand new friends. But behind the screen of the Fabulous Friend Machine, maybe her new friends are not so friendly after all... A cautionary tale from the globally best-selling Nick Bland.
When Mollie and Peter go to buy their mother a birthday present, they discover the most extraordinary thing: a chair that is able to fly and grant wishes! Join the two children as the Wishing-Chair takes them on lots of marvellous adventures.
Mollie and Peter are home for the holidays and can't wait to visit many more incredible places in their magic Wishing-Chair. Together they have wonderful adventures, but what happens when the Wishing-Chair is stoeln and then gets its wings cut off by the naughty Slipperies?
When Christmas term comes around, Clara can't wait to learn everything there is to know about being a Christmas fairy. Except she's SO excited that she can't be still and quiet like a fairy should. But when it comes round to the big Christmas Show, it looks like that's exactly the kind of fairy Santa needs.
We all love stories of adventure, dilemma, mystery and discovery. 'Stories of life at Sydney Cove' has it all.
Following the success of ‘Across Great Divides: Trues Stories of Life at Sydney Cove’ this new edition, ‘Stories of Life at Sydney Cove’, is for readers aged 10+.
When thirteen year old convicts, John Hudson and Elizabeth Hayward, are sent to a mysterious land at the end of the world, they have no idea what life holds for them. At Sydney Cove there are no roads, no fences, no buildings…just wilderness.
Later when Indigenous children Nanberry and Boorong come to live with the white strangers, they see life through different eyes. The mystery of a new world had begun and the lives of all involved would never be the same again.
'Stories of life at Sydney Cove' is a gripping narrative that weaves together the everyday experiences of convicts, soldiers and Aboriginal people with the events of history. These true stories are told through the words of those who really lived at Sydney Cove in 1788, and are so intriguing they read like fiction.
Bruno doesn't like his new house. He had to leave all his friends behind in Berlin, and there are no children to play with here - until Bruno meets Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the wire fence near Bruno's house, and who wears a strange uniform of striped pyjamas. A stunning anniversary edition of John Boyne's powerful classic bestseller, with illustrations from award-winning artist Oliver Jeffers.
Violet Mackerel thinks she would QUITE LIKE to own the blue china bird at the Saturday markets. This is not just a SILLY WISH. It is instead the start of a VERY IMPORTANT idea. But what she needs is a PLOT. A BRILLIANT plot.
Violet is a much loved character for girls 5+, with her thoughtful, determined and positive can-do attitude, and her creative ways to find solutions to everyday problems.
Depicts a positive, warm and supportive family environment.
Violet Mackerel's Brilliant Plot was Honour Book in the 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards, Younger Readers category.
VIOLET MACKEREL has to have her tonsils out. Violet does NOT think this is a good idea. She prefers NOT to have things taken out. But the tonsils have to go. And that s okay, because maybe Violet will make the most REMARKABLE RECOVERY ever.
Violet is a much loved character for girls 5+, with her thoughtful, determined and positive can-do attitude, and her creative ways to find solutions to everyday problems.
"This story is sweet and gentle, as is Violet, who little girls will related to and adore. Davis's drawings bring life and vibrancy to almost every page... A treasured keepsake for early readers." -- The Sun Herald
This gorgeous award-winning illustrated fiction series by Anna Branford and Sarah Davis has a brand-new look and depicts a positive, warm and supportive family environment. Depicts a positive, warm and supportive family environment.
VIOLET MACKEREL quite likes helping. She PARTICULARLY likes to help SMALL THINGS. So when Violet makes friends with a tiny ladybird called SMALL GLORIA, she wants to give her a HELPING HAND. But sometimes it's hard to know the best way to help a SMALL THING - especially when it's not in its NATURAL HABITAT.
Violet is a much loved character for girls 5+, with her thoughtful, determined and positive can-do attitude, and her creative ways to find solutions to everyday problems.
Violet is a much loved character for girls 5+, with her thoughtful, determined and positive can-do attitude, and her creative ways to find solutions to everyday problems.
One full moon, 2 little dogs, 10 red peppers, 100 twinkling stars... Counting to 100 becomes effortless and fun with this gorgeously illustrated, hardback picture book for little children. Each page has a certain number of things to count, from boats and trees to swirling leaves and pretty flowers, with lots of things to spot and talk about too.
From the former Children's Laureate and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal comes a stunning and perceptive story about worry and anxiety, featuring his much loved chimp, Willy. One day Willy goes to the park. It's a sunny day, but a cloud hovers over him and he can't join in the fun. What can Willy do to make this mysterious cloud go away? Exceptional illustrations combined with the insightful story makes this an essential book for young children.
Lewis Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most iconic literary creations of all time. Mabel Lucie Attwell's gentle illustrations and distinctive style have been the nursery staple of generations of children. Her illustrated edition of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland was first published in 1911. As the original Alice publishers, Macmillan are proud to return Mabel Lucie Attwell's Alice in Wonderland to print in a beautiful hardback gift edition, featuring original full colour plates and line artwork.
'Church bells ought to greet the arrival of Causley's Collected Poems for Children ...it is so plum-pudding-rich in delight' Children's Books History Society A beautiful hardback edition of Charles Causley's Collected Poems for Children with a foreword by Roger McGough and illustrated with line art by John Lawrence. This Macmillan Classics edition is truly a special gift to treasure. The poems in this collection were chosen and arranged by the author. They feature as great a variety of subject and tone and place as any reader could wish for. To illustrate this book, John travelled to Cornwall to meet Charles Causley. If you look carefully you will find many references to Cornwall and its history and traditions throughout the book.
Meet Ruby Redfort: every smart kid's smart kid. The fifth book in the nail-biting series, created by award-winning author Lauren Child. Ruby Redfort: undercover agent, code-cracker and thirteen-year-old genius - you can count on her when you're between a rock and a hard place. There's a lot to lose sleep over in Twinford: there's the snakes and the bivalves, but they aren't half as poisonous as the rumours. With so many twists and turns it's hard to know who to trust, particularly when no one trusts you. Will Ruby make it out in one piece? Well, happy endings are for fairy tales, bozo.
Charlie and Lola return in a brilliant picture book to introduce the non-scary nature of counting and sums to very young children. Perfectly funny and perfectly formed, this sees top negotiator Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will. A new and completely original Charlie and Lola picture book from the bestselling, multi award-winning author and artist Lauren Child, One Thing is an immediate and enduring classic to delight fans new and old the world over. 'It's numeracy at its most joyful and positive, and a brilliant way to get young minds excited about maths' Teach Early Years I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes for a treat, Mum says, We are going to the shops and you may choose one thing. One thing to share? says Lola. I say, One thing for you and one thing for me, which means two actual things.
When cricket season is over, there's only one thing to do ...play soccer! Soccer season is here and Ellyse is desperate to pull on her boots and start dribbling and defending. Unlike club cricket where she is the only girl on the team, her best friends Charlie and Jazz also play soccer and it's so much fun! But on the day of their first training session, the girls tell Ellyse they don't want to play soccer this year - there are too many other things to do now they're in Year Seven. Ellyse is disappointed but has an idea to try to get a girls team together at school! However, things don't go to plan at school or at training- Ellyse is targeted by one of her own Hawks teammates and this scares off the girls from joining the school team. Will Ellyse find a way to deal with the bully and convince her schoolmates to join in the soccer action?
Find out where it all began for Ellyse Perry, Australia's most prominent sportswoman! All Ellyse wants to do is play sport. Cricket, soccer, touch footy, athletics - you name it! But now that she's in high school, playing sport and having fun doesn't seem so simple. For starters, there's more homework, and a mix-up with her electives has her stuck with debating! Ugh. Then her friends, Jazz and Charlie, don't invite her when they go rollerskating. To top it off, mean Ms Parkes won't let her on the school cricket team because she thinks Ellyse is too small. Could life be more unfair? Luckily, she still has club cricket. Her team are a sure bet to make the grand final, and Ellyse can't wait to get out onto the pitch with her mate Jamie. Will Ellyse be able to handle the challenges of high school and still find time for all her sports?
Who's New at the Zoo? is a charmingly-illustrated book from illustrator Janik Coat. Children are tasked with spotting the new arrivals at a very busy zoo. Each page introduces a new animal - from a familiar snail to an exotic quetzal bird. Children can engage in spotting the new additions and, as the other animals change position and interact with each other, they are tasked with finding their favourite creatures in an ever-expanding scene.
Poor Mouse! A bear has settled in his favourite chair and that chair just isn't big enough for two. Mouse tries all kinds of tactics to move the pesky Bear but nothing works and poor Mouse gives up. Once Mouse has gone, Bear gets up and walks home. But what's that? Is that a Mouse in Bear's house?!Shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award 2016.
Moonlight Gardens Caravan Park has closed down, and Ella has to spend Christmas at home - it's going to be boring, boring, BORING! So Ella comes up with a plan to make the holidays EXCELLENTLY excellent again. But then Peach Parker announces she's organising her own AMAZING Christmas party...and Ella's NOT INVITED! Will all of Ella's plans be ruined? Or will OPERATION MERRY CHRISTMAS still be a success?
Have fun with Maisy in this interactive book from the multi-award-winning Lucy Cousins. It's so nice to give your friend a present at Christmas time, don't you agree? Maisy thinks so! When she comes back from her shopping trip, she has presents for everybody! Help Eddie, Charley, Talullah and Cyril unwrap their wonderful gifts by lifting the flaps. Then help choose a special present for Maisy by turning the wheel - what surprise will she get? Or what surprise will you get, all for yourself? You didn't think Maisy would forget you, did you? Visit Maisy's amazing website - www.maisyfun.com - for activities, newsletters, games and more.
Take your first science steps all the way to the moon with Maisy in this interactive book from the multi-award-winning Lucy Cousins. Turn the wheel to see the moon and stars appear in the beautiful night sky, then pull the tabs to help Maisy blast off in her amazing space rocket! There's so much to explore and enjoy - see Maisy float about in her space suit, take a bumpy ride in a moon buggy and land safely back to earth in her space parachute! An informative and inspiring book for curious little minds. It's more fun with Maisy! Visit her amazing website - www.maisyfun.com - for activities, newsletters, games and more.
This fun book, part of the popular Cool series, is a fascinating introduction to world mythology, broken up into handy bite-sized chunks. It covers all the main world mythologies, including Sumerian, Incan, African, Native American, African, Egyptian, Persian, Hindu, Norse and, of course, Greek and Roman, including the famous Olympians (Zeus, Hera, Poseidon and others). It begins with a selection of creation myths from different cultures (for example the Dreamtime of Aboriginal Australian mythology) and delves into individual stories from mythology, such as Perseus meeting Medusa and Pandora's box. It covers fantastical mythological creatures from the fearsome Manticore from Persian legend to the modern-day Yeti, plus giants, dragons and the Phoenix. It explores mythological places like Atlantis and various versions of the afterlife, from the idyllic Arthurian Avalon to the rather less pleasant Yomi, the dark and gloomy underworld of Japanese mythology. Ancient myths are still relevant to today's society, explaining traditions and giving lasting moral lessons. But most of all, they're entertaining adventures that connect us to the past - and this book is the perfect introduction to how cool mythology really is. Word count: 20,000
A message in a bottle holds the promise of surprise and wonder, as told in this enthralling picture book by Caldecott Medalist Erin E. Stead The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, who lives alone atop a hill, has a job of the utmost importance. It is his task to open any bottles found at sea and make sure that the messages are delivered. He loves his job, though he has always wished that, someday, one of the letters would be addressed to him. One day he opens a party invitation but there s no name attached. As he devotes himself to the mystery of the intended recipient, he ends up finding something even more special: the possibility of new friends.
SPRUNG: caught out, in trouble, busted big time. Fergus likes to think that he's an expert at lots of things: making funny videos, outsmarting parents, and eating a chocolate bar on a hot day (without having it melt all over you). But things don't always go exactly as planned, and sometimes he ends up getting SPRUNG. Stories that will make you laugh, give you ideas for your own crazy schemes, and maybe gross you out a little bit.
Fergus just can't stay out of trouble (most of the time it's note even his fault, honest!). Whether he's being babysat by his older sister, trying to teach a dog to fly or entering a farting competition, you can be sure that something - or maybe everything - will go horribly wrong. More wicked stories from Andrew Daddo and Terry Denton.
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl in magnificent full colour. James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out...
Roald Dahl's much-loved Matilda, now in a stunning large paperback format with Quentin Blake's original illustrations in full colour. Matilda Wormwood's father thinks she's a little scab. Matilda's mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda's headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she's the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she's an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind - and now she's had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget.
Nicola Davies, the award-winning author of A First Book of Nature, presents a spellbinding treasury of poems about the animal world, illustrated in breathtaking detail by Petr Horacek. Polar bears playing on the ice, tigers hunting in the jungle, fireflies twinkling in the evening sky and nightingales singing in the heart of the woods - there are animals everywhere. From blue whales to bumblebee bats and everything in between, A First Book of Animals takes you all over the planet to visit all kinds of different creatures. This book is a glorious celebration of life in the wild in all its variety and splendour, and belongs on every child's bookshelf.
This charming collection of five French illustrated classics follows the adventures of the world's best-loved elephant, Babar, as he becomes king, builds a city, meets Father Christmas and has many other exciting adventures. One of the most iconic series of animal books in history, Babar has become a household name both as a character in children's books and on TV. Jean de Brunhoff's exquisite stories have charmed readers around the world for 80 years, and fans can now cherish a collection of his tales in this beautiful gift book. This edition includes the original introduction by A. A. Milne
The sandy cat by the Farmer's chair Mews at his knee for dainty fare; Old Rover in his moss-greened house Mumbles a bone, and barks at a mouse. Carolina Rabei's stunning illustrations beautifully illuminate Walter de la Mare's glorious celebration of a balmy summer's evening. This is one of four exceptional Walter de la Mare picture books that form a seasonal set, each with complementing colour palates and illustrations by rising young star Carolina Rabei.
<b>Have a Blast Building New LEGO Toys, </b><b>Animals, Scenes and Working Contraptions</b></p>Turn your pile of LEGO bricks into a day of fun! This unique activity book has step-by-step instructions and tons of photos to teach you how to build all-new and totally awesome robots and a robot lab, race cars to race your friends and jet planes to zoom across the room at lightning speed or fit in your pocket for on-the-go play. You can build wild animals then take your minifigures on a safari to see a lion, tiger, monkey and more! Build your own LEGO town with a playground, skate park and go-cart entertainment arena. Your knight minifigures will have a real adventure when they encounter a green fire-breathing dragon! Help the knights win the battle by building a catapult and a crossbow that really work.</p>Think you re a LEGO pro? Then try the no-instruction projects, where you can put your creativity and LEGO building skills to the test by building something using just a photo as a guide. No matter how you use it, this book will help you and your family or friends have a crazy amount of fun building new toys and scenes with your LEGO bricks!</p>
Wiggly, giggly preschoolers will love the action in this picture book with its catchy sequence of movements and directions - hop up, bend down, spin round, jump over - that are endlessly fun! A young boy and his energetic puppy take a walk in their neighborhood, where they encounter and interact with lots of friends along the way!
A hop is up. A bend is down. A spin is round and round and round. A jump is over, from here to there. A leap repeats when there's a pair.
Dempsey's poetic and playful text is brought to life by Richmond's rich, kid-friendly illustrations. It all comes together for an inspired story that will have everyone on their feet!
Play with art like never before in this exciting new activity book from the bestselling author of the Let's Make Some Great Art series. Marion Deuchars has created a surprising and engaging range of activities and games organised into seven sections of Drawing, Colour, Shapes, Paint, Paper, Printing and Pattern. Each section is not only a great opportunity to play, but also helps to shape and form artistic ability and confidence. Discover the joys of making your own marbled paper. Create your own secret code in pictures. Providing hours of endless fun and exploration, Art Play will bring out the artist in everyone.
A Christmas Carol has become as much a part of Christmas as trees, stockings and mistletoe. Ireland's new Children's Laureate P.J. Lynch breathes new life into Dickens's classic ghostly tale for this magnificent paperback edition. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old skinflint, and our story opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as his heart. In the dead of night, Scrooge is visited by the tormented ghost of his old friend Jacob Marley. Having led a selfish, miserly life, Marley can find no peace in death: his spirit has wandered the earth for seven years. To avoid the same fate, Scrooge sets off on a hair-raising journey through his past, present and future. Will he see the error of his ways before it's too late? First published in 1843, P.J. Lynch's detailed and atmospheric artwork for this lavish, unabridged edition conjures up Dickensian London and its inhabitants with breathtaking immediacy.
The duo that brought you the Some Bugs is back with a vibrant companion book that's packed with your favourite pets. Some pets sit. Some pets stay. Some pets fetch, And some pets play. Come one, come all, to the pet show! With dogs and cats, horses and chickens, hamsters and chinchillas-and many, many more! This book celebrates animal companions of all shapes and sizes. Who will take home the coveted Best in Show ribbon? Join the fun to find out!
Does your child love all things locomotive? Do they get excited by a freight or TGV? Then The Big Noisy Book of Trains is for them. Jam-packed full of facts and brimming with pictures, the world of trains has never been so vibrant. From the very first locomotive to the Japanese bullet train, The Big Noisy Book of Trains covers it all and is the perfect introduction to trains for children 5 to 8 years old. Press the button on the cover to hear a steam train whistling! Big, bold and friendly, this first reference book provides a fantastic experience and entices kids into the world of the biggest, fastest and longest engines ever made. Whether losing themselves in the fascinating detail or heading straight to the go-to nuggets of information, get ready to set your child chug-chug-chugging into their steam-packed, high-speed, locomotive journey with The Big Noisy Book of Trains. All aboard!
Help your child learn all about the body from head to toe with First Human Body Encyclopedia. They'll discover how our eyes work to how the heart pumps, plus interesting facts like what happens to us as we grow up and how many bones make up our skeleton. From moving muscles to the brain and senses, kids will love getting to grips with this exciting encyclopedia. Perfect for homework or just for fun, First Human Body Encyclopedia is the ideal starting place for children aged 6 and up intrigued about how our bodies work.
From the wings of the almighty albatross to the deadly facts of the great white shark, Knowledge Encyclopedia Animal! transports you into the jaw-dropping, heart-thumping, pulse-racing world of the animal kingdom. Exploring everything from habitats and ecosystems to senses and respiration, Knowledge Encyclopedia Animal! is easy to follow and full of fun facts for kids. Bursting with amazing 3D images, the animals are brought to life, from the tiniest of crustaceans to the mightiest of mammals, in a brand new, all-encompassing animal expedition. Knowledge Encyclopedia Animal! allows you to take a closer look at the ever-evolving world of your favourite animals and is perfect for children aged 9 and up. Get ready to bring the animal kingdom to rip-roaring life!
What do they do with all the poo, from all the animals at the zoo? The hippos, the tigers, the kangaroos - what do they do with all that poo? There's so much poo at the zoo...Where does it all go? Do they mix it into chocolate ice-cream? Sprinkle it on pizza? Stir it in the local swimming pool? With the hilarious bonus CD recording, you can sing along in search of the stinky truth.
From double Carnegie Medal-winning author Berlie Doherty comes an enchanting collection of classic fairy tales, with magnificent illustrations by Jane Ray. The twelve stories in this collection - Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Beauty and the Beast, Rumpelstiltskin, Aladdin, the Fire-bird and Snow White - are among the best-loved fairy tales of all. These classic stories have enthralled children all over the world for hundreds of years; but rarely, if ever, have they been presented as perfectly as here. Berlie Doherty's graceful, direct prose combines with Jane Ray's intensely beautiful pictures to create a most memorable read. Here is fairy tale magic for many a lifetime. Now reissued with a sumptuous new jacket.
A world where justice and the fate of those accused of murder is decided by the public, but has moved on from the Roman Gladiator 'thumbs up or thumbs down' public vote, to a public vote by telephone. If you are voted innocent you are set free; if you are voted guilty you are committed to death by electric chair. Those awaiting their sentence reside in ever decreasing cells, getting smaller each day, until Day 7 and Cell 7, where they hear their fate. Sixteen year old Martha has confessed to killing a famous celebrity. But has she done it? And if not, why has she claimed the murder? Perhaps she wants to show up the flawed and brutal system by sacrificing herself in the hope of a better world...Or perhaps she is protecting somebody else...A heart-rending, thought-provoking tale of doomed romance.
The final book in Michael Escoffier and Kris Di Giacomo's surprising, clever, and fun wordplay trilogy that includes Take Away the A and Where's the Baboon? Here you will find ridiculously delightful art, an engaging narrative, and wordplay that will keep even preschoolers deeply engaged. Michael Escoffier discovered his passion for telling stories as a youth. He lives in Lyon with his wife and children. Kris Di Giacomo is an American who has lived in France since childhood. This is her eighth book from Enchanted Lion. The others are My Dad Is Big & Strong, BUT..., Brief Thief, Me First!, The Day I Lost My Super Powers, Take Away the A, Where's the Baboon, and Enormous Smallness: A Life of E. E. Cummings.
The third book in Amy Ewing's New York Times bestselling Lone City trilogy, The Black Key is perfect for fans of The Selection and Red Queen. Violet and the Society of the Black Key are preparing to launch an attack on the royalty, and Violet has a crucial role to play. She must lead the surrogates as they infiltrate the Auction and break down the walls of the Lone City. But with her sister, Hazel, imprisoned in the palace of the Lake, Violet is torn. In order to save her sister, she must abandon her cause and her friends and return to the Jewel.
A charming and nostalgic Christmas story about a much loved Little Dog who finds his way home for Christmas. Little Dog and Jonathan are best friends. They do everything together. But on Christmas Eve Little Dog finds himself lost and alone in a busy city. How will he find his way home? Can Christmas wishes come true?
Some days are Snurtch days. Ruthie is having one of those. Ruthie has a problem at school. It is not the students. It is not the classroom. It is not the reading or the writing or the math. It is something scribbly, scrunchy, grabby, burpy, and rude. It is the Snurtch. From the team behind <i>I Don t Like Koala</i>, this clever picture book takes a discerning look at the challenges of behaving and controlling your emotions especially when your own personal monster keeps getting in the way.
Tashi comes from a place very far away. He escaped from a war lord and flew to this country on the back of a swan. He's too cunning for the dragon and the wicked baron, and far too clever for giants, ghosts, witches and demons. And Tashi tells the best stories ever! When he comes face to face with sneaky strangers, ancient warriors, fearless kidnappers or even a haunted house...Tashi always knows what to do: stay calm, think hard and move fast!
In the beginning there was only darkness...There was fire and ice...There was a single drop of milk. Combining elements of the creation story from different traditions, this narrative weaves together one complete picture of how the world began. It is a celebration of the many and varied peoples of the earth, of their commonalities and their differences. It is a celebration of life.
Once upon a time, in Mexico . . . in Ireland . . . in Zimbabwe . . . there lived a girl who worked all day in the rice fields . . . then spent the night by the hearth, sleeping among the cinders.</p>Her name is Ashpet, Sootface, Cendrillon . . . Cinderella. Her story has been passed down the centuries and across continents. Now Paul Fleischman and Julie Paschkis craft its many versions into one hymn to the rich variety and the enduring constants of our cultures.</p><b>A Junior Library Guild Selection</b></p><i>Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal: A Worldwide Cinderella</i> is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.</p>
As the sun sets on Christmas Eve, the Bush Santa's big night begins. He travels around Australia delivering special presents to all the Aussie animals, from the cockies in Cairns and the crocs of the Top End, to the wallabies in Canberra and the quokkas of Rottnest Island. Follow along with his journey in this lushly illustrated Christmas picture book.
With bold, high-contrast images, these board books from leading textile designer Jane Foster provide a stylish introduction to the early learning concepts of the alphabet, counting, colours, black and white and first words.
Beautifully produced with a cheerful retro look, these books will make the perfect gift for a new baby or first birthday.
Jacob has uncovered the doorway to another world, hidden behind a mirror. It is a place of dark magic and enchanted objects, scheming dwarves and fearsome ogres, fairies born from water and men born from stone. Here, he hunts for treasure and seeks adventure in the company of Fox - a beautiful, shape-shifting girl, who guides and guards him. But now Jacob's younger brother has followed him into the mirrored world, and all that was freedom has turned to fear. Because a deadly curse has been spoken; and Jacob must risk his life to reverse it, before his brother is turned to stone forever...Revised and updated by Cornelia Funke, The Petrified Flesh is the first book in the thrilling Reckless series.
This is the tale of the sisters Saint-Claire, Who lived with their parents Odette and Pierre. Harriet, Violet, Beatrice, Minette, And little Cecile, we must not forget!..A delightful rhyming tale about five fabulous French mice who love food, fashion and family, and a story about how greatness can come in any size.
Every aspect of modern life has been shaped by the ideas of ingenious inventors, many of them tinkering away in small workshops or even their garden sheds. Packed with facts and figures, discover the masterminds behind some of the world's most incredible inventions. In the ancient world, philosopher Archimedes designed new machines for farming. During the Renaissance, artist Leonardo da Vinci sketched his ideas for wondrous flying machines. Scientist James Watt provided ideas that would power the Industrial Revolution, while American inventor Thomas Edison patented more than 1000 inventions that would shape modern life, including the movie camera and the electric light bulb. Today's inventors still explore ideas for new and clever technology, producing miniature machines that we can only see under a microscope. Step inside the world of invention and see where it might take us next...
Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At eighteen she's already lost more than most people lose in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget it. The thick glass of a mason jar cuts deep and the pain washes out the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don't have to think about your father and the bridge. Your best friend who is gone forever. Or your mother who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie's heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen to find your way back from the edge.
Elegant, simple text and luminous art make this an almost hymn-like meditation on the meaning of Christmas and the Nativity story. See this small gray donkey, this long, dusty road, this promising star. See this man, Joseph, this woman, Mary. Feel the frost on this clear Bethlehem night. The Nativity story comes to life for readers of all ages in this luminous celebration of the miracle of Christmas.
Yoshio thinks Tokyo sounds like a symphony hall! He delights in everyday sounds - shoes squishing through puddles, raindrops pattering down, and lots of giggles! But one day he meets a musician who tells Yoshio that her favorite sound is ma, the Japanese word for the sound of silence. Yoshio must hear this! But how can he find it amid the hustle and bustle of the city? In the vein of Wabi Sabi, this book explains a sophisticated Japanese concept in a child-friendly way.
A beautiful collection of artist Peter Gossage's beloved Maori myths, in one stunning volume. Peter Gossage's memorable retellings of Maori oral myths have captivated the children of New Zealand for generations. Their dramatic and distinctive illustrations with minimal yet evocative language form a powerful combination, and each has earned its place among the beloved classics of our literature. These are exciting, magical tales of adventure and intrigue. Several feature the remarkable culture hero Maui - the quick-witted and the trickster - whose exploits include slowing the sun in its course across the sky, fishing up the North Island/Te Ika a Maui, discovering the secret of fire and his attempt to trick the goddess of death and become immortal. Maui and Other Legends contains eight essential legends. In this volume you will find timeless favourites such as How Maui Found his Mother, Battle of the Mountains, Pania of the Reef and many more.
Galileo gained notoriety over his battle with the Vatican, but did you know that this father of modern science was also an accomplished lute player? And Darwin of course discovered the principle by which new species are formed, but his bold curiosity extended to the dinner table as well. (And how many people can say they've eaten an owl!) ln Eureka! John Grant - author of Debunk lt!, Discarded Science, Spooky Science and many others - offers fifty vivid portraits of ground-breaking scientists. From lutes and owls to astronomy and evolution, Eureka! explains how these scientific geniuses have shaped our understanding - and how they spent their free time as well.
Earth' s varied environments have been shaped by gigantic forces. Volcanoes explode with molten lava from deep in the core, while continental plates rub together to produce violent earthquakes and huge tsunamis. Step inside to explore how our environment works and how we live impacts its changing nature. From the icy poles to the evergreen rainforests, life has found a way to flourish in nearly every environment on Earth. This book explores the startling discoveries of new life forms in extreme environments, such as the strange worlds of the ocean depths. Whilst marvelling the world around us, it also confronts the human impact on the environment. The mounting evidence for global warming is explored and challenges us to work towards a more sustainable future. Packed with facts, diagrams, infographics and photos, this is the perfect introduction to the wonder and intrigue of our environment.
A colourful book full of pictures of exciting vehicles to discover, from steam trains, lorries and trucks to sports cars, electric bicycles and aeroplanes. Each page features different types of transport, including aeroplanes, spacecraft, vehicles from long ago, tractors and farm vehicles and diggers and bulldozers.
Young Chris is an astronaut. A very busy astronaut. Saving the planet from aliens is much more important than taking baths or going to bed. Because at bedtime the worst sort of alien appears - darkness. But when Chris watches the first televised moon landing, he discovers that there is a dark out in Space that is much darker than he's used to. It's the darkest dark ever, and he realises that the unknown can be ...exciting! The Darkest Dark is the debut picture book by Commander Chris Hadfield, international bestselling author of An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth, with spectacular illustrations by illustration team, The Fan Brothers. Inspired by Chris's decision to become an astronaut after watching the Apollo 11 moon landing at age nine, The Darkest Dark is an inspiring story about facing your fears and following your dreams. Awarded as a Junior Library Guild Selection in the United States for autumn 2016.
Look into the lives of children all over the world with this book that celebrates one of humanity's greatest achievements: written and verbal language. Including fully illustrated word charts, featuring children depicted in their home country, doing ordinary things, this book features more than 100 languages, from well-known and lesser known indigenous languages that introduce us to some of the world's most remote communities. With foreword by ethnobotanist and explorer, Professor Wade Davis. Comes with a free, downloadable app for iOS and Android that allows you to hear the phrases in the book, each recorded by a native speaker.
Told over two books - the first book, Daughter of Nomads released July 2016. First Moon of Autumn, 1662- After reuniting with the nomads, fourteen-year-old Jahani is finally home. With her red hair dyed black, she can travel through the Qurraqoram Mountains without fear of being captured. But the tyrants and war lords who pursue Jahani will not rest in their battle for power and, before long, the nomads are attacked. Can Jahani discover a pathway to peace in the northern kingdoms and fulfil her true destiny?
Numbers are wonderful things. They provide us with important information we use in our everyday lives. They help us to understand and make sense of the world around us. They can be simple to use and difficult to master. Welcome to the wonderful world of numbers!
ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Hoffman's famous Christmas tale has been interpreted by many illustrators in its 200 year history, but this edition is enlivened by the glorious illustrations of Robert Ingpen. The text is a new translation by the premier translator of German literature, Anthea Bell, and is complete and unabridged (as are all the classics Ingpen has illustrated). With over 70 wonderful illustrations, all in Ingpen's signature soft and glowing palette, expressive and realistic style. Lindy Jones
For nearly two hundred years, E.T.A. Hoffmann's tale of the Nutcracker has enchanted readers, inspired artists and composers, and delighted audiences around the world. Lisbeth Zwerger's stunning, all-new interpretation on The Nutcracker, adapted from the original Hoffmann tale, rounds out the story depicted in the ballet, exploring the background of the feud between the Nutcracker and the seven-headed Mouse King, the true role of the mysterious Drosselmeier, the tragic fate of Princess Pirlipat, the spell cast by Mistress Mousie that is finally broken by loyal Marie, and the satisfying, happily-ever-after conclusion to the great battle and fantastic journey. In pictures filled with wit and whimsy, drama, mystery, and magic, Lisbeth Zwerger transports us to the darkest reaches and brightest beauty of this fairy-tale world.
A brand new picture book from the award-winning and well-loved Charlotte Voake and Deborah Hopkinson about the young Beatrix Potter and her animal friends. Young Beatrix Potter loves to draw animals. She has many pets whom she likes to paint - a frog, a salamander, a canary and even a hedgehog. But she doesn't have a guinea pig so she borrows her neighbour's, promising that no harm will come to the cuddly creature. After all, what could possibly go wrong...? This hilarious and charming new book is based on Beatrix Potter's own diary entries, and is perfect for Potter fans young and old.
Age range 0-3 Bronwyn Houston makes counting from one to ten so much fun! From kookaburras to ants to dragonflies, her rich colourful illustrations are filled with texture and movement. Each single page includes numbers and words on a bright backdrop that will engage and delight both children and adults. Animals in my Garden introduces the diverse animals of Australia to toddlers in an entertaining and joyful way.
A poignant, exquisitely illustrated Christmas story, with words by Delia Huddy and pictures by rising star Emily Sutton. When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.
In this wonderful collection of poems, by best-loved and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner, Shirley Hughes, Katie and her little brother Olly go out and about, romping through the changing seasons. They take pleasure in the different elements and weather conditions - sunshine, wind, rain, mist and even snow. From the joys of the seaside to the miseries of the sickbed, this exuberant volume captures to perfection the world of childhood.
Matt is sent to live with his Grandma when his dad serves time in prison. In a new school in the heart of his Dad's hometown, Matt faces the challenges of being in a class full of strangers and among people who remember his Dad as a young troublemaker. Matt is sent to a camp at Lake Waikaremoana for problem kids. He goes head to head with bullies but also makes some unexpected friends, including Elsa, a 100-year-old giant long-fin eel. Drama unfolds when Elsa's life is threatened when the dam at the lake bursts, and Matt comes to the rescue.
Colourful, quality storybooks to treasure. Vibrant, engaging artwork that will mesmerise children. Specially written retellings and original stories. 5 Minute Ballet Tales is a beautiful gift for little ballerinas, filled with stories about recitals, new ballet shoes and much more.
A picture book series about the extraordinary men and women who have shaped Australia's history, including Reverend John Flynn and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. In the early 20th century, Reverend John Flynn saw the potential for aeroplanes to bring urgent medical care to people in outback Australia. He campaigned for more than ten years to make his big idea a reality. That big idea became the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Today the RFDS is a not-for-profit organisation that provides emergency and primary health care across Australia. From Ned Kelly to Nellie Melba; Captain Cook to Sidney Nolan, the Meet ...series of picture books tells the exciting stories of the men and women who have shaped Australia's history.
This book starts from the jaw-dropping premise that everything you know could be wrong! Part science, part discovery and part fun, this book encourages kids to really think about science and the world around them, rather than just learning facts. Lots of received wisdom is plain wrong. Sometimes, as with the old belief that all dinosaurs were scaly, it’s because new knowledge has come to light (fossil finds suggest many had feathers), turning ‘facts’ into myths. Other ‘wrong’ facts, for example that compasses point North, are half-truths: the full truth is much more interesting!
A mystery to be solved in the past. A love to be uncovered in the future. The thrilling follow-up to The Next Together.
The epic conclusion to Lauren James' debut The Next Together about true love and reincarnation. Sixteen years ago, after a scandal that rocked the world, teenagers Katherine and Matthew vanished without a trace. Now Clove Sutcliffe is determined to find her long lost relatives... But where do you start looking for a couple who seem to have been reincarnated at every key moment in history? Who were Kate and Matt? Why were they born again and again? And who is the mysterious Ella, who keeps appearing at every turn in Clove's investigation? For Clove, there is a mystery to solve in the past and a love to find in the future.
A beautiful, hardback, peep-inside guide to the Moominhouse - the perfect gift for Moomin fans young and old. Welcome to the Moominhouse! Full of secrets and extraordinary creatures, the curious explorer is rewarded by magical discoveries...Little My is looking for her friend Moomintroll - where can he be? Help her as she searches through the Moominhouse from the cellar to the rooftop, and meet the most magical characters along the way. A beautiful and intricate peep-inside book based on the original stories and artwork of Tove Jansson.
A comic visual exploration of opposites, from prize-winning, internationally best-selling picture book maker, Oliver Jeffers. In this 4th title in the series, the Hueys explore the concept of opposites in their characteristically quirky way. Starting out with some easy ones like 'up' and 'down', they move on to ever more wildy imaginative examples, guaranteed to raise a smile! Packed full of visual humour, this book will be enjoyed by children and adults alike.
JUNGLE features exotic animals in vivid colour and vibrant motion: A tree frog blinks his big red eyes. A tiger stalks his prey. A blue leaf monkey scratches his back. A tarantula scurries across the ground. A butterfly drinks from a tropical flower. A whipsnake darts its tongue. A nocturnal tarsier scans for food. A vividly patterned macaw comes in for a landing.
Pssst! Monty the frog has a secret. Promise not to tell? He can't swim! And he's terrified of water! What is he going to do? Luckily, when he's persuaded to tell his parents, they are very understanding. In fact, his dad has a secret of his own... The simple text of Anna Kang and bold illustrations of The New Yorker cartoonist Christopher Weyant tell an original and funny story about sharing your worries and facing your fears.
Fossils are traces of animals and plants that lived long ago. How were fossils made? What do they tell us? When we study fossils we realise they can tell us exciting stories about their ancient lives. Children can learn exactly what is and isnt a fossil and even make one of their own! Simple presentation of key introductory science principles makes this series ideal for emergent readers. Each book includes questions and an activity to encourage learning, engagement and independent thinking.
Sam the Seashell Snail is too young to go surfing around the world with his brother, Tiger. Not wanting Sam to miss out on the adventure, Tiger sends him Snail Mail from Brazil, America, India, Japan and France. Tiger's last Snail Mail has a very special birthday surprise! With pull-out postcards to pore over, this fun and charming picture book will captivate even the most tech-savvy of children. A Jolly Postman for this generation.
From ancient Egypt to medieval jousts, from office jobs to grocery shopping, one boy reimagines the modern world with dinosaurs in hiding. This fun, light read will tickle readers funny bones while subtly introducing themes of conservation and stewardship, inspiring children to question the world around them.
From the star-crossed lovers of Romeo and Juliet to the enchantment of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Hamlet's tragic prince, Charles and Mary Lamb perfectly capture the passion, comedy, tragedy and drama of Shakespeare, retold in an engaging storytelling style that readers will cherish.
Two sisters, the Sun and the Moon, rule the sky, but each is jealous of the other s power. One night, to settle their quarrel, they decide to switch roles and calamity ensues! The Sun and the Moon are sisters, and they rule and sky together peacefully. One day, however, each begins to wonder: who is more important? This friction leads them to make a powerful decision to switch roles, hoping that it will lead to a greater understanding of their powers. Soon, the Sun begins shining all through the night, and the Moon brings night to the day. In the end, the two sisters will learn an important lesson about the importance of harmony and the balance of their relationship.
Noni the Pony is friendly and funny. She loves going down to the beach when it's sunny. With her two very best friends Dave Dog and Coco the Cat, and the cows from next door, it's going to be a wonderful day...Alison Lester's books are favourites with children and adults around the world. Magic Beach, Imagine, My Farm and Are we there yet? are Australian classics... Noni the Pony goes to the Beach was a CBCA Honour Book of the Year in the Early Childhood category in 2015.
This is the first picture book about Nellie Melba and it elegantly portrays a yesteryear of privilege. It was a time when women weren’t encouraged to pursue a career or even become educated, but Nellie’s father, luckily, had different views and so she was sent to a progressive girls’ school. Music was also a big part of her life and, enriched by her mother’s passion for it, she grew up believing in her talent. She had a solid foundation for success and with hard work and taking every opportunity that came her way she became one of Australia’s most famous women. This sumptuously illustrated book is a charming introduction to her. For ages 6 and up.
A search-and-find shape book! The follow-up to Steve Light's Have You Seen My Dragon?, the fair is filled with shapes - and somewhere among them a monster is waiting to be found! Can you spot the friendly furry monster as well as twenty shapes - squares, triangles, trapezoids, ellipses, kites and more - hidden among iconic fair attractions from the fun house to the Ferris wheel? You'll be so mesmerized by Steve Light's masterful pen-and-ink illustrations, decorated with vivid splashes of colour, you won't even realize you've learned how to spot a nonagon while looking for a monster!
Discover a world of adventures! Take a trip to outer space with a miniature astronaut, crawl through a magical igloo to explore a land of ice and snow, and join a action-packed quest to find a fire-breathing dragon! This exciting collection contains eleven super stories.
Dive into the world of adventures! Race along a riverbank with Squirrel and Mouse, meet a cow who loves to dance, and join Little Otter on his ocean adventure! This stunning collection contains eleven delightful animal stories.
Open up a world of adventures! Fly on a magic carpet in your pyjamas, meet a bear who just can't sleep, and join in with a very chaotic crocodile sleepover! This stunning collection contains eleven delightful bedtime stories.
Journey to a magical world of adventures! Discover a secret door that leads to Fairyland, take part in a midsummer boat race, and meet a very spoilt princess as she plans an extra-special birthday party! This stunning collection contains eleven fabulous fairy stories.
Do you know where in the world you can buy drinkable gold? Why an 'elephant's foot' is one of the most dangerous objects in the world? Where you might have to swim to school?
Discover the answers to these questions and loads more mind-blowing facts in The Cities Book, where readers aged 8+ are taken on an incredible world tour through 86 of the world's greatest cities.
Sister title to the bestselling The Travel Book, every page is packed with facts on city living, giving kids a flavour of what it's like to grow up in each of the featured cities. From food and festivals to awesome architecture and amazing history, there's something for everyone.
A mix of wow photography, beautiful illustrations and hand-drawn maps bring each page to life. The perfect gift for curious kids everywhere!
Chart an unforgettable journey in your trusty canoe down the Amazon river with this beautifully illustrated 16-panel concertina pull-out wall frieze. Learn just how unique and important this fascinating place is as you wind past colourful communities, busy jungle cities, and incredible rainforest creatures and wacky wildlife, from high up in the Andes of Peru, to the bustling city of Belem in Brazil. Then turn the frieze over to discover loads of fascinating facts about each point of interest encountered along the journey, from pink river dolphins to a disappearing tribal village. Each title in our Unfolding Journeys series has its own distinct artwork style. Unfolding Journeys - Amazon Adventure's contemporary illustrated icons are etched in black and white against the bright greens, blues and pinks that encapsulate the Amazon's history and landscape.
CRASH! ROAR! THUMP! The construction crew is ready to go! Big machines and busy workers team together to build things up and knock things down. Boisterous sound words and vibrant colours make these rhyming board books the perfect read-alouds for young truck lovers.
A PENGUIN in the JUNGLE? In the jungle there are jaguars, monkeys and parrots aplenty, but there are no penguins. None at all. Because penguins do not live in the jungle, except for ...GWENDOLYN! A story about friendship, adventure and finding your home. Ages 2-5
A book about everything* For everyone From Hong Kong to the Amazon and Ulaanbaatar to Antarctica, come on a guided journey around the world and discover the many things that make each place unique. Sleepy sloths, colourful cows, prolific pastries, staggering skylines, terrible traffic, bustling bodies, burglarising baboons... you'll be surprised by what you find along the way! From award-winning author and illustrator Marc Martin comes a quirky fact-filled adventure for curious globetrotters, young and old. *almost!
Discover the essential skills required on the way to becoming an architect in this innovative activity book. Architect Academy gives kids the know-how to plan and draw all sorts of structures, from bridges and schools, to parks and pyramids. Activities range from designing a residential street, and your perfect play park to learning some of the maths skills used by architects, how to read floor plans, and the basics of interior design. The Architect Toolbag section contains all sorts of goodies, such as Architect Task stickers to use when a challenge is completed, a pull-out poster, and press-out game cards to share with friends. Encourages imaginative play and problem solving Fresh, contemporary artwork helps to make basic design and space-planning concepts accessible. Includes loads of great extras: stickers, a pull-out poster, a game, and cards to play with.
Filled with more than 90 mythical monsters from around the world, The Book of Beasts will take readers on an epic colouring quest through ancient lands and lore. Includes creatures from Aboriginal, African, Mesoamerican, Greek, Roman, Indian, Norse, Chinese and Japanese tales. With text on the back of each page, children can read all about the incredible creatures they are colouring. Featuring a fully foiled cover.
An elegantly illustrated collection of thirteen lesser-known Bible stories. Margaret McAllister imaginatively retells these tales of often-forgotten people, specially chosen for their care and compassion towards the vulnerable, and their (sometimes unexpected) strength of character.
Before there was Winnie-the-Pooh, there was a real bear named Winnie. Here begins the moving true story of the real bear named Winnie adopted by soldiers during World War 1, and the inspiration behind the nation's best-loved bear, Winnie-the-Pooh. In 1914, Harry Colebourn, a vet on his way to tend horses in World War 1, followed his heart and rescued a baby bear. He named her Winnie, and he took her to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter tells the true story of a remarkable friendship and an even more remarkable journey - from the fields of Canada to an army base in England ...and finally to London Zoo, where Winnie made another new friend - a boy named Christopher Robin Milne...Finding Winnie was the winner of the 2016 Caldecott Medal!
Celebrate your year from New Year's Day to Christmas Eve with this treasury of 52 best-loved stories from around the world. This rich resource collects together folk tales from home and legends and myths from distant lands to commemorate the changing seasons, cultural events and international festivals throughout the year.Stories include Father Frost, The Magic Porridge Pot, The Frog Prince, The Runaway Pancake, The Pot of Gold, The Hare in the Moon and One Dark and Stormy Night.
Fun robotics projects that teach kids to make, hack, and learn!
There's no better way for kids to learn about the world around them than to test how things work. Building Your Own Robots presents fun robotics projects that children aged 7 ? 11 can complete with common household items and old toys. The projects introduce core robotics concepts while keeping tasks simple and easy to follow, and the vivid, full-color graphics keep your kid's eyes on the page as they work through the projects.
Brought to you by the trusted For Dummies brand, this kid-focused book offers your child a fun and easy way to start learning big topics! They'll gain confidence as they design and build a self-propelled vehicle, hack an old remote control car to create a motorized robot, and use simple commands to build and program a virtual robot?all while working on their own and enjoying a sense of accomplishment!
* Offers a kid-friendly design that is heavy on eye-popping graphics * Focuses on basic projects that set your child on the road to further exploration * Boasts a small, full-color, accessible package that instills confidence in the reader * Introduces basic robotics concepts to kids in a language they can understand
If your youngster loves to tinker, they'll have a whole lot of fun while developing their creative play with the help of Building Your Own Robots.
Welcome, fellow humans (and others), to the the world of FUN SCIENCE! I'm Charlie, also known across the internet as charlieissocoollike.In my book, I'll be taking you on an awesome journey through the cosmos, beginning with the Big Bang through to the Solar System and the origins of life on Earth, all the way down to the particles that make up everything around us (including you and me!).Expect frequent digressions, tons of illustrations of not-so-sciencey things (NB a microwave flying through space), and pages packed with my all time favorite mind-bending science facts.So, get ready for a faster-than-the-speed of-light (OK, not quite) tour of all of the best and most interesting things that science has to offer us...and most importantly: WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSE!(Written by a Science Fan NOT at scientist!)
Go on a 'look and find' adventure, with the help of some friendly, but naughty local seagulls, and discover 15 iconic Sydney locations from Taronga Zoo to Bondi Beach. Each page features things to spot from native animals to funny quirks of the city as well as fun facts kids and parents will both enjoy. Plus you have to find all six of the naughty seagulls on every spread.
The young elephants want to prove who is the fastest, so Elmer and Wilbur organise a race. Each decorated a different colour, the racers set off around the course and discover things about themselves - Blue may be first and Orange second, but White is kind, Pink and Violet are funny and Yellow is a cheat. Luckily Yellow also learns he is very good at saying sorry, so each young elephant gets a medal from Elmer.
Life is an adventure. Anything in the world is possible - by will and by luck, with a moist carrot, a wet nose and a slice of mad courage! Shylo has always been the runt of the litter, the weakest and quietest of all of his family, his siblings spend their days making fun of him for not being like the rest of them. But when Shylo stumbles across a band of ratzis and overhears their evil plan to take a photo of the Queen in her nightie, it's up to this unlikely hero to travel to London and inform the Royal Rabbits of London about the diabolical plot! The Royal Rabbits of London have a proud history of protecting the royal family and now the secret society need to leap into action to stop the ratzis...But can a rabbit as feeble and shy as Shylo convince them that Queen is in danger? The Hobbit meets Fantastic Mr Fox meets Watership Down in this charming novel from bestselling authors Santa and Sebag Montefiore, which proves even the smallest rabbit can be the biggest hero.
A tense and thrilling ghost story from the internationally acclaimed author of War Horse. It all began with a necklace, made of glistening pink cowrie shells. A long, long necklace that had taken Cherry days - weeks - of careful, painstaking work. It was nearly complete, and Cherry was determined it would be the longest necklace she had ever made; that it would be fit for a giant! But the end of the holidays had arrived. You've only got today, Cherry, said her mother. Just today, that's all. Cherry didn't mind, a day would be enough - she only needed a few more shells. So, amidst the taunts of her older brothers, she set out to search for them. Then the clouds grew dark and the waves grew large, and as the storm blew in, Cherry realized, to her horror, that she was cut off from the shore. From then on, events began to take a decidedly dark turn. One from which there was no turning back...
Everyone has their very own dragon, and this book describes many different varieties of the beast, showing in words and stunning pictures exactly why their owners find them so entrancing. They range from a dragon as big as a village to a tiny dragon with whisper-thin wings, from a snaggle-toothed dragon to a sea-dragon which races dolphins on the waves - ending in a page inhabited by every dragon in the book!
The Rock War TV show is the most-watched reality show on British telly, and it's only halfway through. Jay, Summer, Dylan and their bands have all made it past the tough Boot Camp stage, into Battle Zone. The last six bands will fight it out until the season's finale, live on Christmas Eve.
But it's not all about the music. Summer was hit by a motorbike at the end of Boot Camp. Jay's brother Theo can't keep out of trouble - or out of handcuffs. And Dylan, the outsider, is investigating corruption within the workings of the competition itself.
They've got everything to play for ...
The dramatic third book in the explosive new series from Robert Muchamore, author of Cherub.
MULGA'S MAGICAL MUSICAL CREATURES is a rhyming picture book for children that answers the question where does music come from? It tells the story of a musician who finds musical inspiration in his dreams. While he's sleeping he dreams of banjo-playing owls, jazz-fluting kangaroos, trumpeting elephants and whistling toucans, and when he wakes up he's inspired to write a song. With a style that is entirely and unmistakably Mulga, this fun and colourful story will delight readers of all ages with its fantastically quirky creatures.
With fascinating information presented in an enticing and colourful way, this is a book children will want to pore over - either at home, in the classroom or on a road trip.
This book brings together 55 national parks, selected from all Australian states and territories, and over 120 animals.
It is divided into seven sections according to habitat:
1. woodlands and grasslands 2. forests 3. rainforests 4. arid zones 5. mountains 6. wetlands and waterways 7. coasts, oceans and islands
Each included a number of national parks and a selection of the fish, reptiles, frogs, birds and mammals that inhabit them.
At the end of the book is a section on little critters - beetles, spiders, butterflies, grasshoppers, bugs and so on.
Each habitat section opens with photographs of the featured national parks and a description of the habitat.
Each animal has its own page with a stunning colour photograph of the species, map of its distribution range, its conservation status and scientific information about the species.
The information is divided into the following sections:
- Fast Facts gives you all the vital statistics, such as size, lifespan and number of young; - Where Does it Live? tells you where in Australia you can find the species and provides details about its home; - What's its Life Like? tells you a bit about how the animal moves, behaves, eats and has young; - Interesting Info has quirky and fascinating facts.
Ambrose Bukowski is a twelve-year-old with a talent for mismatching his clothes, for saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and for words. In short, he's a self-described nerd. Making friends is especially hard because he and his overprotective mother, Irene, have had to move so often. And when bullies at his latest school almost kill him by deliberately slipping a peanut into his sandwich to set off his allergy, it's his mother who has the extreme reaction. From now on, Ambrose has to be home-schooled. Then Ambrose strikes up an unlikely friendship with the landlord's son, Cosmo, an ex-con who's been in prison. They have nothing in common except for Scrabble. But a small deception grows out of control when Ambrose convinces a reluctant Cosmo to take him to a Scrabble club. Could this spell disaster for Ambrose?
A spell-binding new tale from one of Britain's best-loved authors of fantasy adventure. Perfect for fans of Eva Ibbotson and the Charlie Bone series. The yellow letter arrived on a Saturday, otherwise Henry would have been at school. The envelope was such a bright, sunny colour, no one would have believed that it contained a bombshell. Less than 10 minutes after the arrival of the mysterious letter, Henry is on the run with his Auntie Pearl, possibly never to return home. Henry has a secret. He is twelve, but he hasn't aged a day since the moment he was thrust a hundred years into the future. Now his secret has put him in danger. His only hope is the protection of the Guardians of the Lost.
Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are - and seeing them right back.
Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed 'America's Fattest Teen'. But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to see who she really is. Since her mum's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.
Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. Yes, he's got swagger, but he's also mastered the art of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a secret: he can't recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He's the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can't understand what's going on with the inner workings of his own brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don't get too close to anyone.
Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling, Libby and Jack are both angry, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world - theirs and yours.
Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are - and seeing them right back.
The world's greatest (and only) Dangerologist is back to make YOU into a Level 3 Dangerologist in his new School of Danger handbook.
The world's greatest (and only) Dangerologist is back to make you into a Level 3 Dangerologist in his new School of Danger handbook.
Following a mishap involving his DANGER MOBILE (shopping trolley) and the local school dinner lady, Docter Noel Zone joins the teaching staff to help out.
Warning! Beware! Caution! Any POD (Pupil of Dangerology) knows that schools are full of Danger - from Vampire teachers to Hauted Books! And when bikes start to go missing from around school, to Docter Noel, it's never been clearer that Danger really is everywhere.
The villagers and the wolves are terrified of each other - and none more so than our two unlikely heroes, a little boy and a little wolf. But when their two worlds collide they're in for a big surprise - perhaps they aren't so very different after all...Find out what happens when the boy who cried wolf finally meets his match!
Mitchell Grady is the new kid at school - a school that's crazy about sport. He quickly learns about the Legend of Sport competition - an all year sporting challenge featuring eight exciting sports. He's in! But so too is Travis Fisk, the mean guy who was last year's Legend, and who will stop at nothing to win again this year. In Against the Spin, the sport is cricket and Mitchell quickly learns who his true friends are - and that good doesn't always prevail over evil. As predicted, Travis will do what it takes to be crowned the Legend of Sport.
Kate Pankhurst, descendent of Emmeline Pankhurst, has created this wildly wonderful and accessible book about women who really changed the world. Discover fascinating facts about some of the most amazing women who changed the world we live in. Fly through the sky with the incredible explorer Amelia Earhart, and read all about the Wonderful Adventures of Mary Seacole with this fantastic full colour book. Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World is the perfect introduction to just a few of the most incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in. List of women featured: Jane Austen, Gertrude Ederle, Coco Chanel, Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Mary Seacole, Amelia Earhart, Agent Fifi, Sacagawa, Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Anne Frank.
Fans of Wimpy Kid and Tom Gates will love the hilarious fifth instalment from Timmy Failure, aka the world's greatest detective. The only thing you need to know about Timmy's latest memoir is that it was never meant for publication. Timmy's detective log was stolen, and if this book gets out, Timmy will be grounded for life. Or maybe even longer. Because while Timmy was meant to be focusing on schoolwork, he was continuing his detective work in a garden shed. You don't need the details. Just know this: there's a Merry, a Larry, a missing tooth and a disappearing friend. But don't tell Timmy's mother!
An orphan reflects on the lessons he was taught by the wise old man who raised him in this lyrical novel that reads like poetry from three-time Newbery Honor winning author Gary Paulsen. Deep in the woods, in a rustic cabin, lives an old man and the boy he s raised as his own. This sage old man has taught the boy the power of nature and how to live in it, and more importantly, to respect it. In <i>Fishbone s Song</i>, this boy reminisces about the magic of the man who raised him and the tales that he used to tell all true, but different each time.
A brilliant boxed set of super-silly stories filled with Toms jokes, scribbles and doodles. One cool collection of the funniest books in the world! This box contains the first nine masterpieces from Toms life story: The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, Tom Gates: Excellent Excuses, Tom Gates: Everythings Amazing (Sort Of), Tom Gates: Genius Ideas (Mostly), Tom Gates is Absolutely Fantastic (At Some Things), Tom Gates: Extra Special Treats, Tom Gates: A Tiny Bit Lucky, Tom Gates: Yes! No. (Maybe...) and Tom Gates: Top of the Class (Nearly).
Agatha is scared of the dark, and George is just making things worse. When Agatha is accidently locked in a dark room at kindergarten, her body trembles like jelly. How will she ever sleep in her own bed tonight? A story about learning to face your fears.
A group of children find a sloth snoring away in a tree in their garden. Not knowing what it is, they set off to find out. While the two older children dream up increasingly outrageous possibilities, from an astronaut to a pirate, to a space creature, the youngest little girl investigates books and a globe and discovers what it really is and where it lives. But how can the children help the sloth to get home if it won't wake up? Age range: 3-6 years
A new series of interactive first concept board books with signature Priddy Books' features: strong early learning content, a simple but effective novelty, and photographs of familiar things that children can relate to and recognize. Each book has four big, double-sided tabs to pull out and push back into place. With simple questions for children to answer - What colour is a strawberry? - which prompt them to pull out the tabs and discover if they are right time and time again. As well as introducing first colours and trucks, help to build vocabulary and develop both hand-eye coordination and word/picture association.
A beautifully illustrated edition of the much-loved Christmas story with a spectacular pop-up finale, from Niroot Puttapipat, illustrator of The Night Before Christmas and Jingle Bells. The Nutcracker story is a much-loved part of Christmas celebrations around the world, and this beautiful edition captures the excitement of Christmas Eve and the magic of Marius Petipa's classic ballet. Exquisitely illustrated, this charming retelling follows Clara's magical journey with the Nutcracker Prince and ends with a stunning pop-up of the Land of Sweets! The perfect Christmas stocking filler.
An all-encompassing introduction to the genres, musicians, instruments and musical events that have shaped the world of music. From the rock and pop of Western youth culture to the haunting sounds of traditional Mongolian throat singers, all humans in all parts of the world make music. Its harmonies affect us in a deep way and its beauty is universal. We have developed hundreds of styles of music played with all kinds of instruments, large and small. The very first instruments were simple flutes made from animal bones, but we soon developed a vast array, making all kinds of sounds. Today we can use the latest computer technology to create any sound imaginable, and musicians continue to explore the endless possibilities of music. Presented chronologically to show how music has developed and changed over time, this book pinpoints the musicians, genres and musical events that everyone should know.
Age range 3 - 6 Bowerbird Bill loves to build. He also loves to find treasures for his bower, especially if they are blue, his favourite colour. Count with Bill and share his journey as he looks for treasure. Will Bill finish decorating his bower and will his friend Belle like it? This beautifully illustrated book makes learning to count fun and celebrates a unique part of Australian wildlife.
Welcome to the world of Smeck - a fantastical, piratical adventure on the high seas. Australian author/illustrator Ben Redlich's original and unforgettable illustrations will captivate, amaze and delight readers of all ages.
Twelve-year-old Scarlett is the star and victim of her mum's popular blog - the butt of school jokes, she's eager to stay firmly out of the spotlight. But one evening, she finds a gorgeous kitchen in the house next door, left empty by an elderly neighbour in hospital. As Scarlett bakes, she starts to transform her life, discovering new friends and forming the Secret Cooking Club. But can she fix her family, seal her friendships and find the mysterious secret ingredient?
Alice in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party brings this classic and beloved story to young children. Alice in Wonderland: The Mad Hatter's Tea Party provides a faithful introduction to the classic and to Carroll's incredible imagination, something so magical that children will recall it when they are older and ready for the original work. With the simply extraordinary art of Eric Puybaret, Alice and her friends come brilliantly to life for the picture book reader. Read along as Alice encounters the Cheshire Cat, attends a tea party with the Mad Hatter and his friends, plays croquet with the Queen and her retinue, defends herself at trial, and ultimately returns home. Though the original Alice text might be too difficult to understand for pre-readers, the one-of-a-kind characters and fantastical situations are silly and fun and perfect for a picture book adaptation.
Ottoline is back in Ottoline and the Purple Fox, a brand new adventure from Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell. Ottoline and Mr Munroe love puzzles, clues and mysteries. One day, they meet an enigmatic purple fox, who offers to take them on a night-time urban safari. The fox shows them all the hidden animals of the city and Ottoline makes notes on them in her field notebook. Mr Munroe is making notes too - on the anonymous poems he finds stuck to lampposts on their journey. Who is the secretive poet, and how can he and Ottoline help them mend their broken heart? Includes a free fold-up-and-keep fortune teller!
The sea is full of life. Some creatures are very small and some are very big. Every sea creature hunts for food and tries to protect itself from enemies. Find out how they do this. Children will love this cute discovery journey through the ocean, meeting different types of animals that live there. Simple presentation of key introductory science principles makes this series ideal for emergent readers. Each book includes questions and an activity to encourage learning, engagement and independent thinking.
Everyone you know has disappeared. What would you do? Nox, Taylor and Lizzy are desperate to uncover the secret of their entrapment. But there is more to the new world than they ever suspected, and the danger is only just beginning. In a city full of shadow, they quickly learn they are not the only survivors. They will need to risk everything to save those they love - and time is running out.
Young Annabel lives in the 1950s and dreams of a future with jetpacks, flying cars and robots. However, little does she know that she is living under an evil spell that could mean she has no future at all...When the curse is fulfilled on her 16th birthday and she falls asleep for 1000 years, her house is overgrown by a magnificent rose tree. A young explorer called Zoe discovers the story of Sleeping Beauty, but can she find Annabel in time to lift the curse and show her what the future actually looks like?
Cinderella moves into the era of flapper girls and the Charleston in a new telling of this famous rags-to-riches tale. Blinded by love, Cinderella's father marries unwisely and brings home a heartless wife, and her bossy and wicked daughters, Elvira and Ermintrude. They will stop at nothing to make life miserable for Cinderella. On the day of a grand ball at the Palace, the wicked stepfamily get dressed in their finery to attend, leaving poor Cinders behind. However, Cinderella is visited by a kind fairy godmother, with exquisite fashion sense. In her beautiful beaded dress and glass slippers, Cinderella catches Prince Roderick's heart, but then on the stroke of midnight has to desert him. Will true love find a way to bring them back together again? Other titles in the series: Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Little Red.
Meet a truly funky, flares-clad fairy-tale heroine and a genuinely frightening villain in this hilarious re-working of a much-loved fairy tale. Poor Rapunzel can only dream about the world outside because her Aunt Edna keeps her locked up in their tower-block home. The lifts don't work and Aunt Edna is too lazy to take the stairs, so she uses Rapunzel's extraordinarily long hair to climb in and out of their tiny flat. Rapunzel's life is confined within orange and brown flower-printed walls, with only her beloved records for solace. But then one day, a handsome stranger climbs up her hair and a new adventure begins. Set in the glamorous seventies, this lively retelling is bursting with colourful period detail. Other books in the series: Sleeping Beauty, Little Red and Cinderella.
A spectacular and fun spoof pet-care guide to dragons, with clear, concise information on everything from choosing an egg to feeding, grooming and training your dragon, plus spreads on taking your dragon to the vet and teaching it to fly! Stunning illustrations from M. P. Robertson, combined with witty and amusing text make this a perfect guide for any child who's ever dreamed of having a dragon in their life.
London, 1940. Bombs are falling and 10-year-old Margaret Rose survives a deadly raid, but her family home is destroyed. In faraway Townsville in Queensland, her aunt is ready to take her in, although her 11-year-old cousin Lizzie is not so sure. But first there is a long and dangerous voyage to a strange country, also at war. Margaret Rose knows it's not going to be easy, and Lizzie is not about to make it any easier.
If you go down to the woods today... Well, every child knows NOT to, don't they? Tamaya is on a scholarship to the prestigious Woodridge Academy and every day she and seventh-grader Marshall walk to school together. They never go through the woods. And when they arrive at school they stop talking to each other - because Marshall can't be seen to be friends with a little kid like Tamaya. Especially not with Chad around. Chad-the-bully, who makes Marshall's life utterly miserable. But today, hoping to avoid Chad, Marshall and Tamaya decide to go through the woods... And what is waiting there for them is strange, sinister and entirely unexpected. The next day, Chad doesn't turn up at school - no one knows where he is, not even his family. And Tamaya's arm is covered in a horribly, burning, itchy wound. As two unlikely heroes set out to rescue their bully, the town is about to be turned upside down by the mysterious Fuzzy Mud... A funny, sinister and thought-provoking comic thriller from the multimillion-copy selling author of Holes and There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom.
Aleksandra has issues with her voice. Stress makes her stutter, and her life is one of stress. She can only speak clearly on stage, freed by the words of the character she plays. Then, when Aleksandra befriends her new neighbour Megan, and through her meets charming, handsome Ruben, it seems she has discovered a doorway into a different world, and a different Alek. But Ruben wants Aleksandra to play a particular role for him, and it is one that will come close to destroying her.
Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower. Enchanting die-cuts illustrate the vital connections between the layers of an ecosystem in this magical book. Wander down the forest path to learn how every tree, flower, plant and animal connect to one another in spiraling circles of life. An acorn is just the beginning.
A New York Times bestseller! The one and only Dr. Seuss dispenses invaluable advice about life in this collection of his most memorable quotes. Featuring over sixty pages of cherished Seuss art and quotes from such classics as The Cat in the Hat, Horton Hatches the Egg, Green Eggs and Ham, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, Oh, the Places You ll Go!, and many more, this humorous and inspiring collection is, indeed, a perfect gift for those just starting out... or those who are already on their way!
Fun and engaging electronics projects just for kids!
Do you have a cunning kid who's curious about what goes on inside computers, phones, TVs, and other electronic devices? You may just have a budding Edison on your hands?and what better way to encourage their fascination with electronics than a book filled with projects they can complete on their own? In Getting Started with Electronics, your child will follow simple steps to safely create cool electronics projects using basic materials that can easily be found at online retailers or hobby shops.
Just imagine your child's delight as they use clips, switches, resistors, capacitors, and more to create circuits that control light and sound! From building a nifty LED flashlight to tuning in to a local radio station using a homemade tuner?and more?your little electronic wiz's world is about to get a whole lot brighter!
* Features vivid designs and a short page count * Focuses on your child experiencing a sense of accomplishment * Projects introduce core concepts while keeping tasks simple * Teaches electronics in a safe environment
Built for the youngest of learners from the makers of the trusted For Dummies brand, you can feel good about giving your child a book that will spark their creativity.
Three years after Grandfather passes away, Henry's family return to the gorge. Henry remembers all the important things Grandfather taught him, like hunting in the streams for silver fish and finding emu eggs in the scrub. One morning Henry leaves camp to visit his ancestors' rock paintings. He becomes trapped in a rock fall. As he struggles to break free, Henry begins to understand that Grandfather's spirit is all around him. This is their country.
How do bees communicate? What does a beekeeper do? Did you know that Napoleon loved bees[unk] Who survived being stung by 2,443 bees? This book answers all these questions and many more, tracking the history of bees from the time of the dinosaurs to their current plight.
A novel about growing up... and blowing up. Mara Carlyle's senior year is going as normally as could be expected, until- wa-bam!-fellow senior Katelyn Ogden explodes during third period pre-calc. Katelyn is the first, but she won't be the last senior to blow up without warning or explanation.With the whole country watching, the FBI soon rolls into Mara's suburban New Jersey hometown and the search is on for answers. Whip-smart and blunt, Mara narrates the end of their world as she knows it while trying to make it to graduation in one piece. It's an explosive year punctuated by romance, quarantine, lifelong friendship, hallucinogenic mushrooms, bloggers, ice-cream trucks, Snooze ButtonTM and the filthiest language you've ever heard from the president of the United States. Aaron Starmer defies every rule in Spontaneous, but beneath the outrageous is a ridiculously funny, super honest, and truly moving exemplar of the absurd and raw truths of being a teenager in the twenty-first century-and the heartache of saying good-bye. Ages: 15+
Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees, or risk another exorcism by the nefarious priest Ramberti. Luca also has dreams - dreams that sometimes predict the future. Night after night Luca sees his father murdered, and vows to stop it coming true. Even if he has to go against his father's wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands. Far away in Cappadocia, Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in an underground convent, she has a vision of a brown-haired boy riding through the desert. A boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. A boy who will take her on an adventure that will lead to places beyond both their understanding. Together, Luca and Suzan will realise their true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.
Lions aren't allowed at school, but Iris's lion doesn't want to be left behind. He even stows away on the school trip to the museum, causing much madness and mayhem as he hides among the exhibits. The third warm and funny adventure in the bestselling HOW TO HIDE A LION series is guaranteed to delight children everywhere.
A beautiful hardback edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. This lovely edition is part of the highly collectible Puffin 'cloth' Classics series - all the titles in the range have attractive 'cloth' textured covers with a stunning repeat pattern design specific to each story. Treasure Island makes a perfect addition to the collection which includes some of the best-loved Puffin titles of all time. Following the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune. For he has discovered a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island. But a host of villains, wild beasts and deadly savages stand between him and the stash of gold. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas ...
The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency was supposed to be a secret constabulary, but after the success of their first case, all of London knows that Lady Ada and Mary are the girls to go to if you have a problem. Their new case is a puzzle indeed. It involves a horrible hospital, a missing will, a hasty engagement and a suspiciously slippery servant. But Mary's stumbled onto a mystery of her own. She spotted a ghostly girl in a grey gown dashing through the park. A girl who is the spitting image of their new client. The two cases must be linked...or else there's a perfectly supernatural explanation.
First love is an epic disaster. Henry Page has never been in love. The slo-mo, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love he's been hoping for just hasn't been on the cards: at least not yet.
He's too busy trying to get into a semi-decent college and become editor of his school newspaper, a dream three years in the making. The rest of his spare time he spends with his best friends, Lola and Murray, playing video games and advising them on their own sordid love lives.
Then he meets Grace Town, the elusive new girl in school, who wears oversized boys' clothing, walks with a cane, rarely seems to shower and is hiding crushing secrets. She's hardly who Henry expected his dream girl to be, but when the two are chosen to edit the paper together, sparks fly.
After all this time, Henry's about to learn firsthand just how disastrous the road to first love can be - and that sometimes it's the detours along the road that end up mattering much more.
A brilliant debut that is equal parts humour and heartbreak, Our Chemical Hearts is a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.
One of my favourite Young Adult novels this year - tender, painfully real and ultimately satisfying! Lindy, Abbey's bookseller
Hoist the wood. Hoist the wood. Chain and hook and strap. Swing it round, then lower it down. Thonk! Clonk! Clap! Build the frame. Build the frame. Hammer all day long. Make the stairs and floors and walls. Bing! Bang! Bong! This fantastically fun book describes all the heaving and hammering involved in building a new library. Full of action-packed illustrations and irresistible sound words - this is a story that will be easily read over and over again!
This latest edition takes a look at the best and most extreme in the world of animals, machines, nature, humankind, sports, music, space, movies and much, much more! A range of features provide useful ways for readers to engage with facts - including charts that explain data clearly and easily, and snapshot lists that break down details into boxouts. With a brilliant, colourful design, packed full of photographs and incredible information across every topic imaginable, there's sure to be something to keep any reader amused!
Relive the most iconic tales of the trains of Sodor in this beautifully illustrated Thomas & Friends Bedtime Stories Treasury. Features ten delightful Thomas stories about Thomas and his friends, including James, Percy, Emily, Toby and Harold. With classic text and bright illustrations, this is the perfect treasury for bedtime!
Because of the potato me and my family left our home and travelled 6,000 miles to find a new life... Slim Hannigan and her family are poor but happy. Theirs is a life filled with love and laughter - and a pet pig called Hamlet. But things change overnight, and suddenly they find themselves facing hunger and danger like they have never known... So they leave their village in Ireland to journey to America where, they hope, family and fortune await them. Slim soon finds herself living a life that feels just like one of those far-fetched stories her Da has always told. Can one brave girl keep her family together no matter what is thrown at them...?
AS SEEN ON BBC'S COUNTRYFILE A remarkable story about love and death from the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Eleven-year-old Mouse is travelling to see his grandparents on Christmas Eve with his mother and two sisters. But it's snowing, and visibility is bad, and the car goes off the road, and crashes. Mouse is thrown from the car. When he wakes, he's not in his world any more. He meets a sheep named Bar, who can only say Baaa, and a sarcastic horse named Nonky, who is a surprising mix of his beloved toy horse and his older sister. So begins a quest to find a castle in a world of wonder - a world of monsters, minstrels, dangerous knights and mysterious wizards; a world of terrifying danger but also more excitement than Mouse has ever known. But why are they looking for a castle? As the cold grows, we realise it might just have something to do with the family he's left behind; and that Mouse's quest is more important than ever. This is a novel about love and death. It's about the power of stories to change the way we view the world - and it's about the power of a child to change their own world. Emotionally arresting but ultimately uplifting, this is a remarkable novel for our times.
It's a simple question, but not so simple an answer to explain especially to young children. Charles Darwin's theory of common descent no longer needs to be a scientific mystery to inquisitive young readers. Meet Grandmother Fish. Told in an engaging call and response text where a child can wiggle like a fish or hoot like an ape and brought to life by vibrant artwork, Grandmother Fish takes children and adults through the history of life on our planet and explains how we are all connected. The book also includes comprehensive backmatter, including: An elaborate illustration of the evolutionary tree of life. Helpful science notes for parents. How to explain natural selection to a child.
Mr. Matisse is a painter with the sun in his tummy. His colors make everyone happy. But one day he becomes ill and has to have a major operation. When he wakes up in a white hospital room, he misses his colors. 'Bring my brushes! Bring my paint!' But the sheets are not smooth and taut like canvas. And the walls and ceiling are too far away. What will he do now?
When his friends insist that it can't be done, Phileas Fogg strikes a wager that he will travel around the world and back again in just 80 days, staking a fortune on his success. But even with the help of the irrepressible Passepartout, the outcome of his race against time is ever far from certain...
A man named Rene floats through the world of his dreams and imagination, fulfilling his desire to become a painter - of apples and hats, apple hats, apple-these and apple-thats. In his paintings, leaves are lips, baguettes are noses, the right side is never up, and the upside is never down. Award-winning author Klaas Verplancke mashes everyday objects and words together in ways that are guaranteed to make kids laugh and think. Rene Magritte (1898-1967), one of the world's most beloved artists, created whimsical, subversive paintings that helped launch the popularity of surrealism. His works combined words and images in novel, thought-provoking ways, and used humour and ordinary subjects to inspire viewers to question the world around them.
Three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, and they can't help but wonder where she is. What is she doing? When will she be back? Martin Waddell's tender text and Patrick Benson's stunning illustrations capture the anxious little owls as they worry - and the joyous flapping, dancing, and bouncing that greet their mother's return. Now little readers will be bouncing themselves when they see the fluffy white baby owl they can play with long after the book is closed! A new edition of this comforting classic comes with a cute owl toy to remind the youngest of children that Mummy always comes back.
Ten illustrators place ten subjects under the microscope to uncover what lies beneath the surface...From famous landmarks to fruit and veg and from the natural world to everyday inventions, In Focus investigates a fresh perspective by looking at 101 wonders of the world from the outside, in.
Sophie and Goose have lots of fun during their trip to the beach. Laura Wall's often laugh-out-loud illustrations bring this cheeky, loveable character to life, making him an instant favourite with readers young and old!
I began as a tiny spark in the dry grass. All I wanted was a friend. I found one in the wind, who helped me grow, who helped me fly! In the end, though, was the wind really my friend at all? Ages 6 - 10
Miranda loves to be different, and on Bring-your-pet-to-school Day she introduces everyone to her very DIFFERENT pet... Penelope the snake. Miss Bloat the headmistress doesn’t think snakes should be allowed in school. But Penelope has other ideas. Introducing a spectacularly slithery new picture book packed with mischief and mayhem from two superstars!
What would you do if you woke up one morning and found a huge and lonely elephant at your door? An elephant with a letter hanging from its ear, saying: My name is Dailan Kifki, and I beg you not to be alarmed at the fact that I'm an elephant...? Well, you would probably adopt him too, wouldn't you? But when Dailan Kifki falls ill and ends up at the top of a tree, only the fire brigade can get him down. Unfortunately, the fireman who arrives seems more interested in flying away with the elephant than bringing him back to earth... And so a charming, surreal and very funny adventure begins, complete with fold-up forests, a grumpy dwarf, an unhelpful brother and a highly suspicious umbrella.
Samuel's an educated boy. Been taught by a priest. He was never supposed to be a slave. He's a good boy too, thought- ful and kind. The type of boy who'd take the blame for something he didn't do, if it meant he could save his brother. So now they don't call him Samuel anymore. And the sound of guns is getting ever closer ...Jon Walter's second novel is a beautiful and moving story about the power of belief and the strength of the human spirit, set against the terrifying backdrop of the American Civil War.
It's 1864... and Poppy, disguised as a boy, has escaped from the aboriginal mission at Bird Creek near Echuca. Her dream is to find her brother Gus, who ran away to pan for gold. But travelling alone through the Australian bush is full of danger and adventure ... Journey with Poppy across all four exciting stories about a girl who dreams of a better life during the Gold Rush. Resourceful, brave and kind, Poppy is an unforgettable Australian Girl.
An engaging, interactive board book, specially designed for very young children, full of vivid colors, stylish illustrations and friendly animals. Simple slider mechanisms allow a picture to be transformed.
An engaging, interactive board book, specially designed for very young children, full of vivid colours, stylish illustrations and friendly zoo animals. Simple slider mechanisms allow the pictures to be transformed, as an orangutan swings in a tyre, a penguin takes a dip and more zoo activities.
Lifelong friends Jake and Alex are torn apart when they make a terrible split-second decision that ends in tragedy. As guilt closes in on Jake, he becomes increasingly determined to confess to the police. But Alex just wants to move on with life. He's got a cool new girlfriend, fancy new house and posh new school, and doesn't want his future to be ruined by a mistake in his past. Told backwards in alternating viewpoints, this gritty novel takes us through the wreckage of a broken friendship, back to the moment when everything changed.
A beautiful hardback edition of Charlotte's Web by E. B. White. This lovely edition is part of the highly collectible Puffin 'cloth' Classics series - all the titles in the range have attractive 'cloth' textured covers with a stunning repeat pattern design specific to each story. Charlotte's Web makes a perfect addition to the collection which includes some of the best-loved Puffin titles of all time. Charlotte's Web is the unforgettable story of a girl called Fern who loves a little pig called Wilbur. It tells how Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful grey spider, saves Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat pigs, by a wonderfully clever plan - a plan so original that no one else could possibly have thought of it! This hardback edition makes a perfect gift and a must for every family bookshelf.
Every morning bogtrotter runs across the bog, up the bog, down the bog and around the bog until it's time to go home. Sometimes he wishes things would change, but he doesn't know how or what or why. Until one afternoon, when he picks a flower for the first time in his life ...
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Gerald tells Piggie the long, crazy story about breaking his trunk. Will Piggie end up with a long, crazy story of her own? Once again, Mo Willems creates a hilarious escapade starring the Geisel Award-winning duo. I Broke My Trunk! will have early readers breaking into laughter from the first page.
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. Gerald and Piggie want to hit the road. But the best-laid plans of pigs and elephants often go awry.Once again, Mo Willems creates a hilarious escapade starring the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award-winning duo. Let's Go for a Drive! will have early readers breaking into laughter from the first page.
Hetty Feather has begun a new chapter in her life story. Escaping from Tangle field's Travelling Circus with her dearest friend Diamond, Hetty is determined to find them positions as glamorous music hall artistes. Hetty and Diamond quickly become the Little Stars of Mrs Ruby's show, alongside many colourful acts - including an old friend from Hetty's past, Flirty Bertie. But the Cavalcade proves a dangerous place, and Hetty must fight to protect her darling Diamond, who longs for a normal childhood. Meanwhile, Hetty struggles to understand her feelings for Bertie - and for Jem, whom she has never forgotten. Hetty dreams of a glittering future for herself and Diamond. The bright lights of the London theatre world beckon - will Hetty become a true star? Starring a cast of wonderful characters, both old favourites and new, this is the fifth fabulous Hetty Feather story.
Kelly Wilson's heartwarming picture book about a stallion rescued from the 2012 Kaimanawa muster, and his real-life journey from wild horse to show horse, illustrated by Jenny Cooper Ranger is a wild horse living in the rolling Kaimanawa Ranges of New Zealand. The lead stallion of a large herd, he protects his mares and foals from danger and takes them to safe places to graze among the tussock. One wintery day, Ranger hears the sound of a helicopter approaching. The Kaimanawa horses don't trust humans and Ranger has always kept his herd well away from them. He rounds up the others to flee, but after hours of being mustered by helicopter, he finds himself locked in a pen with over a hundred frightened horses. This will be his very last day in the wild. But it's also the first day of a completely new life - a life that Ranger at first finds frightening and confusing. But, with the gentle and patient care of the three sisters who have rescued him, it's a life that Ranger will eventually grow to love.
WINNER OF THE CBCA AWARD FOR BOOK OF THE YEAR, OLDER READERS A wonderful, heartwarming coming-of-age story Readings For Van Uoc Phan, fantasies fell into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she'd eaten too much sugar. And there was zero chance of a pay-off, because it was a truth universally acknowledged that he only ever went out with girls like Pippa or Tiff or Ava. At sixteen, Van Uoc Phan, a scholarship student, has always believed in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes. But when she attracts the attention of popular Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight. As she struggles to reconcile fantasy Billy with real Billy, she is also grappling with the growing suspicion that she may have accidentally wished his affection into existence. But that can't possibly have happened, can it? Van Uoc has always tried to live according to the Jane Eyre standard: What would Jane do? If only things were that simple! Real life is no longer on hold, and Van Uoc is quickly discovering who she really is.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Program comes a haunting, romantic, and suspenseful story about one girl's search for healing in a grand and mysterious hotel full of secrets.
Stay tonight. Stay forever.
When Audrey Casella arrives for an unplanned stay at the grand Hotel Ruby, she's grateful for the detour. Just months after their mother's death, Audrey and her brother, Daniel, are on their way to live with their grandmother, dumped on the doorstep of a DNA-matched stranger because their father is drowning in his grief.
Audrey and her family only plan to stay the night, but life in the Ruby can be intoxicating, extending their stay as it provides endless distractions-including handsome guest Elias Lange, who sends Audrey's pulse racing. However, the hotel proves to be as strange as it is beautiful. Nightly fancy affairs in the ballroom are invitation only, and Audrey seems to be the one guest who doesn't have an invite. Instead, she joins the hotel staff on the rooftop, catching whispers about the hotel's dark past.
The more Audrey learns about the new people she's met, the more her curiosity grows. She's torn in different directions-the pull of her past with its overwhelming loss, the promise of a future that holds little joy, and an in-between in a place that is so much more than it seems
And the 13th chapter will only add to the mystery behind the 13th floor of Hotel Ruby...and ultimately, what it means for Audrey.
Leo isn t just a stuffed toy, he is Henry s best friend and brother. He is as real as a tree, a cloud, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the wind. But when the two are accidentally separated, no one in Henry sfamily believes Leo is real enough to find his way home. With beautiful mixed-media paintings, the Caldecott Honor winning artist Pamela Zagarenski explores the transcendent nature of friendship and love.