ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This sequel to my favourite children’s book in 2015, The Doldrums, does not disappoint! Archer returns from his boarding school in the hope of finally meeting his famous grandparents. However rumours fly that their disappearance was faked, and Archer is determined to prove their innocence. Along with his friends, he braves poisonous plants, blizzards and menacing strangers. Not to mention chocolate geniuses, cross mothers and fried grasshoppers! Absolutely charming adventure, with stunning illustrations. Lindy Jones
Archer B Hemsley and friends are back and yearning for adventure in this second beautifully told, stunningly-illustrated story from author-illustrator Nicholas Gannon.
After two years, Archer B. Helmsley's famous explorer grandparents are finally coming home. They had been missing - abandoned on an iceberg - and Archer and his best friends, Adelaide L Belmont and Oliver Grub, led an adventurous mission to rescue them.
Archer is overjoyed by his grandparents return. However, he seems to be the only one. Rumours begin to surface that Archer's grandparents weren't abandoned after all. People are claiming that they made it all up. Well, Archer knows those rumours are false, and with the help of his best friends and new neighbour, Kana, he is going to prove it. Off the foursome set, into a snowstorm and beyond, to restore his grandparent's reputation.
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----- Tilly is a baby Green Turtle who hatches on a far north beach and makes her way into the Great Barrier Reef. There she comes into contact with a range of other creatures and threats, none more dangerous than a plastic bag she mistakes for her natural prey, jellyfish. Fortunately for her, she is rescued by a group of children who are cleaning up their local beach. With vivid colours and vivacious illustrations, this is a beautiful book with an important environmental message gently delivered. Perfect for ages 4-7. Lindy Jones
Tilly's Reef Adventure is a delightful lift-the-flap book about a baby Green Turtle who, against the odds, makes it into the ocean and begins her journey in the seas of the Great Barrier Reef, meeting friends and foe along the way. After surviving some adventures on the reef, she finds herself caught in a plastic bag that she has mistaken for a jellyfish. She is washed up on a beach where she is saved just in time by children who are cleaning up rubbish along the shore.
At the back of the book, there is extra information about the reef, including threats to the reef and how you can help keep it, as well as other parts of our environment, healthy and free of rubbish. Age range: 4-7
This relates colonial Australian history in an audacious and sophisticated picture book format. Whose history is it – the European settlers or the Indigenous people who had been here for 60 000 years? Why and how did the British insist on their cultural superiority? Explaining these questions and many more in a sequence of alphabetical entries, this is a fine way of enticing young readers into exploring some of our more interesting stories. Energetic and finely detailed illustrations. Ages 7+
In the late 18th century, ragtag groups of Europeans started to arrive in Australia. Most were convicts, some were soldiers, a few had just run out of choices. They blundered onto an ancient land that had been peopled for 60,000 years. They wanted to make it just like home. They cleared the land, they fenced it, they paved it and they put buildings on it. All the while, the country's first peoples watched on, bewildered by these clumsy immigrants and their mysterious ways...M is for Mutiny!
is a taste of the intriguing history of Australia and the many entry points for children to explore further. Why did Sir Joseph Banks hate bananas? Did anyone like William Bligh? Where is Yemmerrawanne?
"M is for Mutiny!
is a breath of historical fresh air that informs and entertains. This book is a perfectly child-friendly exploration and explanation of Australian settlement, often funny yet factual and accessible. It is beautifully illustrated, and written with an historian's sense of balance and a writer's sense of bravery. It presents an alphabetical over-view that favours neither black nor white in any sense of those words, and leaves much to the imagination of the reader inspired by word and picture." - Dave Metzenthen
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— If you have a budding paleontologist in your life, then this is the perfect gift to foster and inspire their enthusiasm for dinosaurs! Maps unfold to reveal a wealth of information about various dinosaurs which have been discovered around the world, flaps lift up to show photographs of fossils, life-sized reproductions allow the reader to get an idea of scale. There are stories about famous fossil hunters, current theories and discoveries, and wonderfully expressive illustrations. An engaging and eye-catching book for ages 6-10! Lindy Jones
It's time to explore lost prehistoric lands and the huge variety of dinosaurs that roamed them with Lonely Planet Kids' Dinosaur Atlas.
Kids can unfold maps and lift the flaps to reveal amazing illustrations and facts about how dinosaurs lived and where they were discovered. They'll also learn about famous paleontologists and measure themselves against life-size bones, teeth and claws.
From from giant sauropods and horned dinosaurs, to duckbills and ferocious theropods, kids will discover how the dinosaurs evolved, what they looked like and how they hunted. Plus, we've included the latest finds and theories. Created in consultation with Dr David Button, a dinosaur expert at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and featuring iconic illustrations by James Gilleard.
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— Animals are the most amazing architects, and this colourful and interesting book shows the young reader some of the fabulous constructions of the natural world! With lots of flaps to encourage children to interact with the book, it reveals the secrets of animal homes. Whether bee hives or pufferfish beds, spider webs or ant colonies, beaver lodges or rabbit warrens, bird nests or mouse holes, this combines fun with education. Lindy Jones
This beautifully illustrated hardback explores the incredible world of animal architects. Kids can lift the flaps and open gatefolds to discover amazing animal homes up high, underground, on land and under the sea.
From spider webs and rabbit warrens, to bird nests and ant colonies, we reveal the secrets to these extraordinary structures and how they're built. Do bees need cement mixers to build hives? Do beavers use cranes to construct dams? No, of course not! Like many animals, they're building geniuses who don't need building site tools to create incredible work. Welcome to nature's very own, super-clever world of construction.
Themed topics include: Apartment Block with Branches Dig, Diggers, Dig! Number 1 Bunny Street A Winning Design It's Buzzing in Here! Nest Neighborhoods This Way to Waterworld Extreme Builders Mouse House Here Created in consultation with Michael Leach: wildlife expert, speaker, photographer, filmographer and author of over 20 books on subjects ranging from big cats and owls to great apes and bears.
ABBEY’S BOOKSELLER PICK —— This is colourful and informative compendium presents a variety of the special creatures on our planet. Not just the usual mammals - birds, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates and insects also feature. With striking illustrations by Dawn Cooper, crisp photographs, interesting text and key facts, it also includes information about our relationship with and impact upon the animals. An engaging book that manages to educate and entertain at the same time! Lindy Jones
Get ready for a walk on the wild side through every continent on Earth! Kids can discover the animal kingdom like never before in this beautiful encyclopedia, featuring over 100 incredible creatures, from the grey wolf and green anaconda, to the bald eagle and emperor penguin.
Packed with facts and illustrations, it also explores our relationship with these animals and how we're affecting their lives and habitats, like elephants hunted for their tusks in Africa and reindeer helping Arctic communities deliver food and supplies. Animals are all around us, but sometimes we forget just how remarkable they are.
In The Animal Book, we take a look at some of the world's most diverse and fascinating mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects and invertebrates, from those you can spot in your back garden, to more endangered species in jungles, deserts and freezing oceans. Dawn Cooper's wonderful illustrations are combined with fantastic photographs and expert authorship by Ruth Martin.
About Lonely Planet Kids: Come explore! Let's start an adventure. Lonely Planet Kids excites and educates children about the amazing world around them. Combining astonishing facts, quirky humour and eye-catching imagery, we ignite their curiosity and encourage them to discover more about our planet. Every book draws on our huge team of global experts to help share our continual fascination with what makes the world such a diverse and magnificent place - inspiring children at home and in school.
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----- Molly lived a long way from the sea, but every day she wished she was a pirate. So starts this joyful and humorous tale of a little girl with a big imagination. With a tiny bit of make-believe, her dusty backyard is transformed into the blue and rolling sea, her pets into loyal companions, the chooks into buccaneers, and an ordinary morning into an energetic adventure. Illustrations by Paul Seden are bright and exuberant. A jaunty tale for ages 3-6. Lindy Jones
Molly the Pirate is a swashbuckling tale that will delight anyone who ever wanted to be a pirate. Young Molly's imagination knows no bounds when she transforms her Australian backyard into an adventure playground on the high seas.
Molly conjures up a pirate ship on her inland horizon and takes her loyal cat and dog along for the ride as she rows across the choppy ocean to the unsuspecting pirates. On board, she meets a feisty crew of salty buccaneers who look suspiciously like her own farmyard chickens. They are no match for Molly's daring exploits as she walks the plank, dances jolly jigs, scrambles up the rigging (or is that a clothesline?) and steers the ship like a true seafaring adventurer.
Paul Seden's witty illustrations pop off the page. His visual storytelling is a standout and children will love searching for objects from Molly's real world that take on a hilarious new purpose in this jaunty pirate story. Age range 3 to 6
Twelve collectors create their perfect cabinet of curiosities: a toymaker, sailor, naturalist, monster hunter, doctor, miniaturist, archaeologist, treasure seeker, costume maker, musician, scientist and make-believer. Each is illustrated by a different artist, and features various unusual and astonishing objects. Peek behind lift out flaps to see what's revealed, and read the story attached to the artifact. A book guaranteed to provide hours of wonder and entertainment!
What objects will they find? And what stories will they tell? The 12 themed collections are: Toy Maker's Cabinet Sailor's Cabinet Monster Hunter's Cabinet Naturalist's Cabinet Miniaturist's Cabinet Doctor's Cabinet Treasure Hunter's Cabinet Archaeologist's Cabinet Costume Maker's Cabinet Musician's Cabinet Scientist's Cabinet Make Believer's Cabinet Each cabinet is illustrated by a different artist and features photos of every astonishing and unusual artefact.
Earth, fire, air, water – these four elements created the world and everything in it! A combination of geography, science and history, this energetically illustrated book explains everything from plate tectonics to tsunami, how human society developed to how animals learnt to fly, fireworks to music, global warming to civil engineering – a cornucopia of knowledge for the enquiring mind. Aimed at ages 7-10
Written by Mark Brake, a science writer and broadcaster who's worked for NASA, the BBC and the National Science Museum of Thailand, and created in consultation with Dr Mike Goldsmith, a research scientist and writer with a PhD in astrophysics from Keele University in the UK.
Highlights include: Earth: How the Earth was formed The structure of the Earth Plate tectonics and rocks Earthquakes and volcanoes Humans in the stone age Hunter-gatherers and farming Fossils and digging for treasure DNA: the code of life Fire: Ingredients for fire Fire and humans The history of fire The dangers of wildfire The Great Fire of London Gunpowder and fireworks The combustion engine Carbon and global warming Air: What's air made of? The Northern Lights How animals learned to fly Dinosaurs in the air Birds and bats The history of flight Speech and language Music and instruments Weather and climate Water: The origins of water Rivers and oceans The water cycle The Hanging Gardens of Babylon Canals, bridges and dams Exploring the seas The age of exploration Tsunamis and waterfalls.
'An ideal book for kids to learn about the importance of good manners.' Sun 'There's a new pre-school politeness tsar in town.' The Times Mr Panda and his friends are getting ready for bed. But some won't brush their teeth, others won't have a bath, and one won't even wear pyjamas! It's down to Mr Panda to show them how to do bedtime properly. Steve Antony's Mr Panda has taken the children's book world by storm, selling over 600,000 copies since it was first published.
The next action-packed adventure from Asterix and Obelix!
The roads across Italy are in disrepair. Defending his name, and to prove Rome's greatness, Senator Lactus Bifidus announces a special one-off chariot race. Julius Caesar insists a Roman must win, or Bifidus will pay. Open to anyone from the known world, competitors arrive from far and wide, including Asterix and Obelix. With Bifidus secretly scheming, who will win this almighty chariot race?
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He’s back! And, once again, this cheeky blue, non-froggy character does not want you to open this book or turn its pages. What reason does he have this time? Andy Lee and Heath McKenzie have had great fun here and kids will giggle themselves silly.
Don’t open that cover… Don’t turn that page… DON’T!!!…
Greg Heffley and his family are getting out of town. With the cold weather and the stress of the approaching holiday season, the Heffleys decide to escape to a tropical island resort for some much needed rest and relaxation. A few days in paradise should do wonders for Greg and his frazzled family. But the Heffleys soon discover that paradise isn't everything it's cracked up to be. Sunburn, stomach troubles, and venomous critters all threaten to ruin the family's vacation. Can their trip be saved, or will this island getaway end in disaster?
The new heart-warming and hilariously brilliant story from number one bestselling author David Walliams. Beautifully illustrated by artistic genius, Tony Ross.
Dads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.
There are fat ones and thin ones, tall ones and short ones.
There are young ones and old ones, clever ones and stupid ones.
There are silly ones and serious ones, loud ones and quiet ones.
Of course, there are good dads, and bad dads...
A high-speed cops and robbers adventure with heart and soul about a father and son taking on the villainous Mr Big – and winning!
This riches-to-rags story will have you on the edge of your seat and howling with laughter!
Bad Dad is a fast and furious, heart-warming story of a father and son on an adventure – and a thrilling mission to break an innocent man into prison!
'Anne Spudvilas is one of Australia's most talented visual artists. Her illustrations are full of emotion and beauty. Anne's Swan Lake is simply enchanting and sublime!' Li Cunxin, author of Mao's Last Dancer and Artistic Director, Queensland Ballet The iconic ballet Swan Lake, the tragic love story of a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, has been revered for more than a century. In this atmospheric adaptation, Anne Spudvilas reimagines the classic tale of passion, betrayal and heartbreak in the dramatic riverscape of the Murray-Darling.
I was ten years old when my parents were killed by pirates. This did not bother me as much as you might think - I hardly knew my parents.
Bronte Mettlestone's parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby, leaving her to be raised by her Aunt Isabelle and the Butler. She's had a perfectly pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons - and no adventures, thank you very much.
But Bronte's parents have left extremely detailed (and bossy) instructions for Bronte in their will. The instructions must be followed to the letter, or disaster will befall Bronte's home. She is to travel the kingdoms and empires, perfectly alone, delivering special gifts to her ten other aunts. There is a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard and a veterinarian aunt who specialises in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship together and a former rockstar aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom.
Now, armed with only her parents' instructions, a chest full of strange gifts and her own strong will, Bronte must journey forth to face dragons, Chief Detectives and pirates - and the gathering suspicion that there might be something more to her extremely inconvenient quest than meets the eye...
From the award-winning Jaclyn Moriarty comes a fantastic tale of high intrigue, grand adventure and an abundance of aunts.
The next instalment of the hilarious and best-selling Tom Gates series.
The story of The Sleeping Beauty spills over with fairies and princes, passion and despair, magnificence and splendour, and the ballet version of this classic tale is the most romantic and spectacular of all. Australian Ballet Creative Director David McAllister's impressive 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty, ornamented by internationally celebrated designer Gabriela Tylesova's lavish costumes and sets, cast a spell of delight on its audiences, and was a sellout success. Now David McAllister and Gabriela Tylesova weave their magic again, transporting the enchantment of their 2015 production of The Sleeping Beauty to the pages of this book. David's text and Gabriela's illustrations recreate the world of this favourite ballet for readers to enjoy again and again. Based on the spectacular Australian Ballet production of The Sleeping Beauty.
From the multi-award winning Bob Graham comes a romantic, hopeful and exquisitely-illustrated story, perfect for giving as a gift to the one that you love. It's 1830 in County Kerry, Ireland, and a gold ring is thrown into the wind by a young woman on a black horse... And as the seasons pass, and then the years, the little treasure finds itself on the most astonishing journey, finally settling at the bottom of a deep sea. Will the ring, inscribed with love never dies , ever fulfil its destiny, and find the finger of a woman truly loved?
Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the Forest, Xan, is in fact a good witch who shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon. Xan rescues the children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. As Luna's thirteenth birthday approaches, her magic begins to emerge - with dangerous consequences. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Deadly birds with uncertain intentions flock nearby. A volcano, quiet for centuries, rumbles just beneath the earth's surface. And the woman with the Tiger's heart is on the prowl...
He's the world's vaguest novelist. She's a shy and unusual child. Together, they're travelling the world, one book a time. For the first ten years of Freja's life, she and her mother Clementine have roamed the Arctic in search of zoological wonders. Happy, content, together. Freja and Clem. Clem and Freja. But now, everything is changing, and Clementine must send Freja away to live with her old friend Tobias, a bestselling crime writer and, quite possibly, the most absent-minded man on earth. Tobias isn't used to life with a child, and Freja isn't used to people at all, but together they'll stumble into an Italian adventure so big that it will change things forever ... Award-winning Australian author Katrina Nannestad returns with a delicious new series about family, friendship and finding yourself. Ages: 8+
It is an ordinary Tuesday morning in April when bored, lonely Charlie Fisher witnesses something incredible. Right before his eyes, in a busy square in Marseille, a group of pickpockets pulls off an amazing robbery. As the young bandits appear to melt into the crowd, Charlie realizes with a start that he himself was one of their marks.
Yet Charlie is less alarmed than intrigued. This is the most thrilling thing that's happened to him since he came to France with his father, an American diplomat. So instead of reporting the thieves, Charlie defends one of their cannons, Amir, to the police, under one condition- he teach Charlie the tricks of the trade.
What starts off as a lesson on pinches, kicks, and chumps soon turns into an invitation for Charlie to join the secret world of the whiz mob, an international band of child thieves who trained at the mysterious School of Seven Bells. The whiz mob are independent and incredibly skilled and make their own way in the world-they are everything Charlie yearns to be. But what at first seemed like a (relatively) harmless new pastime draws him into a dangerous adventure with global stakes greater than he could have ever imagined.
Lizzies joining the circus! Her sister Emma is a high-flying trapeze star, but Lizzies TERRIFIED of heights! Shes going to be a clownthe funniest around! Hotdog and Kev cant wait to see the show. Hopefully everything goes to plan!
Can a clever girl inventor uncover a ruthless pirate's heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees.
Here is the story of a very noisy baby. She could bellow like a buffalo. And roar like a lion. And howl like a wolf for a very long time. The baby loves to make all kinds of sounds. She's really very loud.
But when some animals in the town go missing, can the very noisy baby help? Find out in this wonderfully boisterous story, full of action, fun (and noise!) from Australia's most-loved picture book creator.
Early one morning a mouse met a wolf and was quickly gobbled up...
When a woeful mouse is swallowed up by a wolf, he quickly learns he is not alone: a duck has already set up digs and, boy, has that duck got it figured out! Turns out it's pretty nice inside the belly of the beast - there's delicious food, elegant table settings and, best of all, dancing. And there's something more: no more fear of being eaten by a wolf! Life's not so bad, considering the alternatives. That is, until a hunter shows up... With a nod to traditional fables and a wink to the reader, the award-winning Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn and Triangle offer a tale of cooperation and creative cuisine that is sure to go down easy.
On a perfect day, the hours stretch endlessly ahead. Scribbling with chalk, running with kites, digging for shells... paddling, climbing, dreaming. Hour unfolds upon hour, with reassuring comfort
and sleep beckoning at the end.
CBCA shortlisted author, Danny Parker captures the simplicity, spontaneity and freedom of an idyllic childhood. Kate Greenaway and multiple CBCA winner Freya Blackwood’s paintings of three
children roaming a rolling beachside idyll capture the light—and even the smell and feel—of a perfect summer day.
Perfect is balm for the soul.
National Book Award winner M. T. Anderson returns to future Earth in a sharply wrought satire of art and truth in the midst of colonization. When the vuvv first landed, it came as a surprise to aspiring artist Adam and the rest of planet Earth - but not necessarily an unwelcome one. Can it really be called an invasion when the vuvv generously offered free advanced technology and cures for every illness imaginable? As it turns out, yes. With his parents' jobs replaced by alien tech and no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv's miraculous medicine, Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, have to get creative to survive. And since the vuvv crave anything they deem classic Earth culture (doo-wop music, still life paintings of fruit, true love), recording 1950s-style dates for the vuvv to watch in a pay-per-minute format seems like a brilliant idea. But it's hard for Adam and Chloe to sell true love when they hate each other more with every passing episode. Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he's willing to go - and what he's willing to sacrifice - to give the vuvv what they want.
to make you laugh your head off again and again!
A scary shower + three twisty little pigs + a choose your own adventure + a Halloween chicken + a demonic clown + an unexpected gift + terrible twins + a famous dancing dog + a running race like no other = one hilarious book.
The gods of the Vikings come to life as never before in this extraordinary illustrated anthology by Carnegie Medal-winning author Kevin Crossley-Holland and artist Jeffrey Alan Love. Fast-moving and ice-bright, these dramatic, enthralling and atmospheric tales are based on the Scandinavian myth cycle - one of the greatest and most culturally significant stories in the world. The stories of dazzling magic and thrilling journeys tell of the creation of the nine worlds and follow Odin with his one eye, Thor with his mighty hammer and Loki the shape-shifting trickster on their adventures until the final great battle of Ragnarok. In this stunning collection of myths, the strange world of ancient magic, gods, giants and dwarfs is unforgettably imagined.
Whether they're young or old, household names or behind the scenes players, so many women have incredible stories to tell. And now is their chance. Edited by bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz, Because I Was a Girl is a collection of anecdotes from girls and women, ages 10 to 80, about the barriers they've faced - and the dreams they've made come true. Featuring a who's who of successful women in the arts, finance, politics, and more, this book is a must have gift for girls and young women everywhere. It's perfect for fans of Rad American Women A-Z and includes more than thirty stories by Victoria Aveyard, Libba Bray, Margaret Stohl, Stacey Snider (co-chairman of 20th Century Fox), Quvenzhane Wallis, and many more.
Florence Nightingale. Sally Ride. Ada Lovelace. These names and others are etched in history and included here as part of an awe-inspiring collection of profiles of thirty-three of the most influential women in science - women whose vision, creativity, passion, and dedication have changed the world.
Aspiring scientists, young history enthusiasts, and children who enjoy learning about the world will be fascinated by these riveting snapshots - and parents who enjoyed the film Hidden Figures will find this to be the perfect extension.
Covering important advancements made by women in fields such as biology, medicine, astronomy, and technology, author Rachel Swaby explains that people aren’t born brilliant scientists. They observe and experiment as kids and as adults, testing ideas again and again, each time learning something new.
Kids are sure to come away with a renewed curiosity about the world and the realization that the road to discovery can be positively thrilling.
Explore the amazing machines used in space exploration - from rockets and rovers to shuttles and space stations - then build your very own space machines! A must for budding astronauts, this unique interactive book contains all you need to put together nine working models. Just follow the step-by-step instructions to bolt numbered cogs, rods and wheels onto the perforated workshop - then discover for yourself how each machine works!
This is not - repeat, NOT - an iPad! It's not linked. It's not synched. There are no lights that blink. It's so BORING!... or is it? Designed to look like a tablet computer, this delightful picture book playfully explores the joy of books in a child's life. This Is A Book! (no wifi needed) will win the heart of every parent frustrated by the battle to limit screen time, and every child who has never known a world without iPads.
As a child in Pakistan, Malala made a wish for a magic pencil that she could use to redraw reality. She would use it to give gifts to her family, to erase the smell from the rubbish dump near her house, to sleep an extra hour in the morning. As she grew older, Malala wished for bigger and bigger things. She saw a world that needed fixing. And even if she never found a magic pencil, Malala realized that she could still work hard every day to make her wishes come true.This beautifully illustrated picture book tells Malala's story, in her own words, for a younger audience and shows them the worldview that allowed her to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times.
The importance of imaginary friends is very real in this picture book adventure from the author of Say Hello to Zorro! and lead character designer for Despicable Me, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc. Phillip and Brock are best friends. Everyone can see Phillip, but only Phillip can see Brock. A night at the Big Fair is all fun and games until Phillip gets sleepy, heads home, and forgets Brock! Brock misses Phillip. And Phillip misses Brock. Will they reunite? With the help of another pair of pals, they just might. Because even imaginary friends get lost sometimes. Finding them is part of the adventure.
Little Penguin has problems: his beak is cold; there’s snow everywhere; the water smells salty; he waddles; he looks the same as everybody else. No – it’s not easy being a penguin!
In this hilarious first collaboration from Jory John and the multi-award winning Lane Smith, a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like... and it isn't all fun and games! Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it's a land free of worries and responsibilities! Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no picnic. For starters, it is freezing. Also, penguins have loads of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mum in a big crowd of identical penguins? A feel-good read-aloud for readers of all ages, and the perfect Christmas gift.
* A Christmas gift purchase for picture book readers young and old
* Jory John and Lane Smith depict "one of those days" so honestly... this book is sure to tickle all funny bones and elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud, too!
* Lane Smith has won a number of prestigious picture book prizes. Notably, he was a 2014 recipient of a Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award and was named an Honor Artist by the Eric Carle Museum
Frank doesn't know how to feel when Nick Underbridge rescues her from bullies one afternoon. No one likes Nick. He's big, he's weird and he smells - or so everyone in Frank's class thinks. And yet, there's something nice about Nick's house. There's strange music playing there, and it feels light and good and makes Frank feel happy for the first time in forever. But there's more to Nick, and to his house, than meets the eye, and soon Frank realises she isn't the only one keeping secrets. Or the only one who needs help ... A poignant, darkly comic and deeply moving story about the power of the extraordinary, and finding friendship where you least expect it. Written by the author of the critically acclaimed The Imaginary and illustrated by award-winning illustrator Levi Pinfold, this is perfect for fans of Roald Dahl and Neil Gaiman.
Tashi has amazing adventures, like the time the Baba Yaga's house blew into the village on the winds of a terrible storm, and when he found a genie and rode on a flying carpet. Tashi has stories about a big smelly giant, a haunted house, and a proud golden phoenix. And he must be very clever when the Book of Spells is stolen, and almost magical when he tries to save the Baron's dog.
Tashi's friend Jack loves hearing Tashi's stories, and so do children all over the world. In this storybook, Anna and Barbara Fienberg have chosen some of their favourite Tashi stories, and written a new one called Kidnapped!'All children should meet Tashi. He can be their mentor on the road to reading, feeding their imaginations with fantastic stories. The Tashi stories have the evergreen qualities of classics.' MAGPIES 'I read my kids Tashi - it's this story that they love' ANGELINA JOLIE
This special version of Beauty and the Beast tells the classic story in six multi-layered pop-up aperture scenes.
When a merchant steals a rose from the garden of a terrifying beast, his daughter, Beauty, agrees to go to the beast's palace to save her father's life.
The classic tale of Beauty and the Beast is retold here in a magnificent 'pop-in' format. Each page has three layers of paper, cut to give the impression of a 3D scene. A triumph of paper engineering with wonderful illustrations by Dinara Mirtalipova.
The CHEEKIEST book of the year!
Ages 2+ This is a book for anyone who has a bum or knows someone with a bum. It's a celebration of my bum and your bum and the whole world's bum.
From bestselling author Kate Mayes and award-winning illustrator Andrew Joyner comes The Bum Book, the only book about bums you'll ever need.
When two ragamuffins stumble across a book in the dust their world begins to change. The familiar becomes fantastical, the mundane becomes magical, and a fractured community finds a focus.
Set in a dreary, underprivileged, contemporary world, Look, A Book! is an exhilarating whirl through the magic of imagination that leaves the reader in an vertiginous trance.
Baby Jessie's cot has been put in her big sister's room, who is not pleased, because Jessie will not go to sleep! The family try everything to soothe Jessie: Mum sings her a song and pats her on the back, Dad puts on the music box, but Jessie just won't stop crying. Jessie's big sister just doesn't know what to do... until she realises that all Jessie needs is a very special cuddle.
Cartwheel has arrived in a new country, and feels the loss of all she’s ever known. She creates a safe place for herself under an ‘old blanket’ made out of memories and thoughts of home. As time goes on, Cartwheel begins to weave a new blanket, one of friendship and a renewed sense of belonging. It is different from the old blanket, but it is eventually just as warm and familiar. This beautiful tale about friendship and culture, paired with award-winning Freya Blackwood’s stunning illustrations makes for the most exquisite book.
Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty 'air ambulance', Zog the dragon, in this fabulously original sequel to the best-selling Zog. They soar over the countryside, tending to sunburnt mermaids, sneezy lions and distressed unicorns. But when the king himself falls ill, can even the Flying Doctors save him? This guaranteed bestseller from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man shows Julia and Axel at their sparkling best.
Your words are amazing! This book is about your heart. The little bit inside of you that makes you, you! A very timely book about the power of words - and how we use them. Told through the eyes of Pip and Cat, this book beautifully demonstrates the importance of what we say - both positive and negative. Thoughtful, warm-hearted and completely non-preachy, this is a book that has already resonated with large numbers of children, whose teachers report a sea of change in the culture of their classroom after reading it. A universal message, for a world that always needs a little more kindness. 'A beautiful book that tells a strong story that spans all generations' - Donna J 'Truly beautiful and effective' - Jo E 'Possibly the most beautiful present I have ever received' - Lisa W
Gary the pigeon can't fly. When his racing pigeon friends head off in their travel basket, Gary stays at home. He organises his scrapbook of travel mementos and dreams about the adventures the other pigeons are having. But when Gary accidentally ends up a very long way from home, he discovers that flying is not the only way to have adventures. A story for birds who dare to dream.
Two award-winning books inside.
Cleo's best friend is away, her parents are busy, and there's nothing to do but count raindrops - or tidy her room. Just when she thinks she'll never cheer up, Cleo has an idea...
A warm-and-fuzzy Aussie Christmas picture book to charm the whole family.
In this delightful Australian Christmas story, a group of little joeys - a red kangaroo, a numbat and a rock wallaby - are decorating the Christmas tree and getting ready for Santa's arrival. This simple but charming verse from CBCA Honour Book author Lesley Gibbes is brought to life by newcomer Doris Chang's adorable and contemporary watercolour illustrations.
In case you didn't know, the Moomins are kind, loyal and welcoming creatures with smooth round snouts, who live in a tall blue house shaped like an old stove in a valley in the forests of Finland. They love sunshine and sleep right through the winter, when the snow turns their house into a great snowball. In spring they wake up, clamber down the rope ladders hanging from their windows ready for fresh new adventures.
And so this classic story begins, full of fun and excitement and the most unexpected happenings. Such as when Moomin and his friends Snufkin and Sniff find a Hobgoblin's hat that casts a spell over the whole of Moominvalley...
This stunning novel will tickle your funny bones as much as it pulls on your heartstrings, from Costa Winner Kate Saunders (Five Children on the Western Front)
Emily felt wide awake - but this had to be a dream. A soft light glowed from the middle of Holly's empty bed. It came from a little tent - striped red and white, not more than knee-height, and with shadows moving about inside it. Never in all her life would Emily forget the strangeness of what she saw next...
When Emily's sister Holly dies, she is surprised to find that she misses her toy bear, Bluey, almost as much as Holly. Bluey was Holly's constant companion, and Emily used to make up stories about him and his escapades in the magical (and very silly) world of Smockeroon to entertain her. And the only person who seems to understand Emily's grief is Ruth, her kindly next-door neighbour.
But then very strange things start to happen. Emily dreams of talking toys visiting her bedroom, telling her that they have come from Smockeroon, and have a message for her from Bluey. A terrible black toad, who stinks of sadness, begins to stalk Ruth's house. And when a parade of penguins wearing plastic moustaches marches through their kitchen - well, Emily has to begin to wonder whether this is all a dream after all. But why are the toys here, and what could Bluey possibly be trying to tell her?
This stunning novel will tickle your funny bones as much as it pulls on your heartstrings, and is a true classic in the making.
Clem is slowly rebuilding her life after a house fire destroyed everything. She's about to start high school with her two best friends and she's finally settled into living with her dad in their tiny flat. But when her mum unexpectedly moves in, Clem feels like there's no space for her. Then she meets Matt, a funny and rebellious fourteen-year-old with family troubles of his own. When everything starts to unravel, Clem must decide which secrets to keep and which to share.
'Remember how I was ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN, well pretty sure, probably about 99.7% sure, that I maybe, nearly, might actually get through High School like a normal person? Well SHOCK, HORROR, its not going exactly as I planned... Its BETTER!'
Tracy Lacy has made it to high school, and Tracy is the king, the queen, AND the star of the schoolshes going to be CLASSY CAPTAIN! (Go Tracy!)...
Alright, lets face it, it all goes to her head and its a COMPLETE DISASTER. The question is; will her friends stand by her this time?
One hero lost in a raging tsunami.
One Sign pointing to a deadly battle. One day left until the end of... everything. With Sydney plunged into underwater chaos, the DARE winners are suspected of being responsible. After escaping from security officers, they must race to their final destination Felix Scotts mega-ship Infinite Horizonand decode one last deadly sign. If they don't get this right, then its game over not just for them, but for the whole world.
The DARE winners will have to use all their wits to stop The Signmaker. But after a mind-blowing secret is revealed in Antarctica, they're in for a heart-stopping final face-to-face battle with an unimaginable enemy. Who will live and who will die?
If you could be a hero, would you DARE? Seven Signs. One day left to save the world.
Being a girl freakin' rocks! But despite all the opportunities available to girls today, the fight for equality - and self-esteem - continues.
Filled with information, inspiration, truth bombs and surprises, Girlish is a fun-filled self-led discovery course in feminism for teenage girls.
Embracing all the beauty, chaos, hope and frustration of being a girl in the twenty-first century, Girlish encourages the reader to celebrate who they are, define their values and have fun along the way.
With a playful design, illustrations by Frances Cannon, and featuring quotes from inspiring women from all walks of life - such as Michelle Obama, Amy Poehler, Roxane Gay and Lorde - Girlish is the perfect gift for any teenage girl.
The simple, easy-to-understand definitions are presented in A-Z order and are supported by the illustrations, ensuring young readers will find it both useful and engaging.
An exciting new story from the bestselling team behind Kipper, I Will Love You Anyway and Fred.
At Upalongdownalong Avenue
in the garden at Number 2,
there's a hole in the wall
that belongs to the Zoo
and things have started coming through...
Jam-packed with mischievous animals swinging, splashing and crashing through the pages, this energetic rhyming adventure is a breath of fresh air.
A visually stunning picture book for children aged 4+ filled with action and sounds that make it a delight to read aloud. From a young Sydney-based artist who is taking Instagram by storm with her gorgeous artwork.
Scout is an inventor, a dreamer, a do-er. After breakfast, Scout builds a rocket and flies to outer space to explore our solar system and the animals that make up the universe. When the rocket starts running low on fuel, it's time to go home and get ready for bed. Because even the most intrepid explorers need their sleep.
Zoom is an adventure story full of fun sounds and action that is a delight to read aloud.
From the author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, comes an enchanting picture book about the adventures of a mischievous homemade dragon. Illustrated by Alex T. Smith, creator of Claude, the bestselling beret-clad canine hero.
Whatever you've lost, Egg Box Dragon will find it. He's retrieved missing footballs, glasses and watches aplenty. He's so expert at cracking mysteries that the Queen herself requests his services. Will Egg Box Dragon find the missing diamond from the Queen's crown?
Richard Adams was awarded both the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Award for children's fiction. Watership Down has sold over 50 million copies. A new mini series of Watership Down will premiere Christmas 2017 on BBC1 and launch globally on Netflix Spring 2018, featuring the voices of Olivia Colman and Freddie Fox, amongst others.
The brand new picture book from the beloved and iconic Judith Kerr.
This magical new book from the one and only Judith Kerr is brimming with her trademark warm humour and exquisitely imaginative artwork. Come on a wondrous journey with Katinka, a perfectly ordinary pussycat, with a not-quite-so-ordinary tail...
A classic-in-the-making from Judith Kerr OBE, recipient of the Booktrust Lifetime Acveivement Award and creator of the iconic Tiger Who Came to Tea and Mog the Forgetful Cat, this delightful story is the perfect gift for boys and girls of all ages.
There's no gobbledygook in this clever picture book by James and Susan Patterson, with each letter of the alphabet providing a sophisticated word and definition for Lilliputian children to learn. Adults will appreciate the juxtaposition of young kids properly using impressive words that many grownups may not have heard of before! Includes a list of extra words in the back for further learning.Delightfully whimsical artwork by artist Hsinping Pan brings these big words to life, making this early foray into learning fun for all.
Martha May has marvellous manners. She always says please and thank you... and she most certainly DOES NOT FART! But what will happen on the day of the Baked Bean Bonanza?! Catch a whiff of this hilarious tale about finally letting go, from Dave Hughes, Holly Ife and Philip Bunting.
Age range 3+Australia's funniest mathematician is back with an hilarious and entertaining picture book for the young (and young at heart). Adam Spencer's 12 Days of Christmas is a cute, clever and distinctly Australian take on the classic Christmas carol.
Featuring a postie who has to deliver 12 ever-more bizarre Christmas gifts, the book will delight younger readers with its funny rhymes, stunning illustrations ... and cheeky maths (that they won't even realise they're learning)!
Adam Spencer's 12 Days of Christmas is sure to get the whole family into the festive spirit ... on Christmas Day and beyond!
The adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad are retold here in abridged form so children can read them independently as well as enjoy listening to them as bedtime stories. Award-winning artist Robert Ingpen's marvellous illustrations bring to life the daring deeds of the four friends beautifully.
A fun, colourful book that combines two things kids adore - machines and animals!
'Every morning on our walk we see an amazing zoo, full of astonishing animals. Come and see them too!'
A sister, brother and grandpa walk through town on their way to school, passing lots of construction sites as they go, seeing all the busy machines. They imagine that each one is an animal - the concrete mixer's big round belly is like a hippo's, the digger stretches its long neck like a giraffe, and the jackhammer hops up and down like a kangaroo.
Vibrant and engaging whimsical fun for machine-mad kids.
Long before they became famous writers, Truman Capote (In Cold Blood) and Harper Lee (To Kill a Mockingbird) were childhood friends in Monroeville, Alabama. This fictionalized account of their time together opens at the beginning of the Great Depression, when they're both still young. They love playing pirates, but they like playing Sherlock and Watson-style detectives even more. It's their pursuit of a case of drugstore theft that lands the daring duo in real trouble.
Adapted from the classic lullaby, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star captures the gentle magic of bedtime. With a brand new ending, the song encourages children to fall asleep peacefully beneath the stars. Florence Weiser's soft, soothing illustrations depict an array of animal babies at their bedtimes, inspiring a calming nighttime atmosphere. This board book is complete with twinkling lights that make each page glow while parents and children settle in for their nightly routine. Families will delight in this adorable new take on a familiar lullaby and enjoy the tranquility of its sleepy, rhyming verse.
As fourteen-year-old Ella begins her first day at work she steps into a world of silks, seams, scissors, pins, hems and trimmings. She is a dressmaker, but this is no ordinary sewing workshop. Hers are no ordinary clients. Ella has joined the seamstresses of Birkenau-Auschwitz, as readers may recognise it. Every dress she makes could mean the difference between life and death. And this place is all about survival.Ella seeks refuge from this reality, and from haunting memories, in her work and in the world of fashion and fabrics. She is faced with painful decisions about how far she is prepared to go to survive. Is her love of clothes and creativity nothing more than collaboration with her captors, or is it a means of staying alive? Will she fight for herself alone, or will she trust the importance of an ever-deepening friendship with Rose? One thing weaves through the colours of couture gowns and camp mud - a red ribbon, given to Ella as a symbol of hope.
Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell is a beautiful gift edition containing two wintery short stories, decorated throughout for the first time with gorgeous black and white illustrations by Simini Blocker.
Midnights is the story of Noel and Mags, who meet at the same New Year's Eve party every year and fall a little more in love each time . . .
Kindred Spirits is about Elena, who decides to queue to see the new Star Wars movie and meets Gabe, a fellow fan.
Midnights was previously published as part of the My True Love Gave to Me anthology, edited by Stephanie Perkins and Kindred Spirits was previously published as a World Book Day title.
Kids Like Us is the delightful, heartwarming story of Martin, a teenager on the autism spectrum, who falls for Gilberte-Alicel. Martin mistakes Gilberte for a character in a novel he is obsessed with - Marcel Proust's masterpiece In Search of Lost Time. He gradually realises she is not Gilberte, the fantasy girl, but a real person named Alice. Falling in love, in all its unpredictability, teaches Martin that he can connect to people.
Kids LIke Us is also the ultimate book about acceptance. Perhaps we are all in our own bubble; perhaps the line between reality and imagination does not have to be fixed. A book for those who loved The Curious Incident of the Dog at the Nighttime, and Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan.
Delicious and easy recipes, inspired by the beloved stories by Enid Blyton. Bake your own pop-cakes and google buns, and wash them down with homemade ginger beer! Have you ever dreamed of having picnics with the Famous Five, midnight feasts with the Malory Towers girls or party teas with the Folk of the Faraway Tree? With this cookbook, inspired by Enid Blyton's stories, you can! Packed full of yummy recipes, lively artwork and extracts from Enid Blyton's stories, this cookbook will inspire children - and the whole family - to get busy in the kitchen. It's the perfect way to share the pleasure of making and eating food with your child. There are 42 exciting new recipes designed by top chef and Junior Bake Off TV judge, Allegra McEvedy, with fabulous illustrations by Mark Beech and glorious food photography too.
Brimming with things to find, count and talk about, this charming picture book provides hours of puzzle-solving fun. Discover the secrets of the sea--spot whales on the horizon, look for fish in a coral reef and search for coins on a deep-sea dive!
Welcome to your very own Museum where everything on display is decided by you! Bring out the inner curator in you and set up your own collections, create your own objects to display and start your own exhibitions. With an engaging and innovative format filled with press-out pieces and stickers and a book full of tips on how to create your museum, this book is the perfect gift for all young curious minds.
Do you know what my Mum whispers as she straightens out a curl? You can do anything. Youre my bold Australian girl.
This delightful picture book encourages girls to do anything....
Focusing in a nurturing relationship between a young Indigenous girl and her mum, this book celebrates everything from football to friendship, reading to surfing.
When signs appear that a comet is heading towards their beloved Moominvalley, Moomin and his friend Sniff set sail to consult with the professors in the distant Lonely Mountains. Their journey is full of adventures and narrow escapes; from crocodiles, giant lizards, eagles and the like, but new friends - soon to become firm friends - help lighten the way. In this first and most exciting Moomin novel, we meet the wandering Snufkin, the fascinating Snork Maiden and her brother the Snork as they join Moomin in his race to get home to Moominmamma before the comet crashes.
A new 2-in-1 edition of two favourite magical classics from the author of The Borrowers.
A beautiful hardback gift edition of Mary Norton's classic children's book Bedknobs And Broomsticks, comprised of two stories, The Magic Bedknob and Bonfires And Broomsticks. Includes artwork by Anthony Lewis and a stunning cloth-bound cover with ribbon feature.
Carey, Charles and Paul are staying in the country with their aunt when they find Eglantine Price lying on the ground after an injury. The children discover that Miss Price is a witch in training, and in order to keep them quiet about her secret she makes them a magical bed-knob that allows them to travel around on the bed. And so their adventures begin...
Children and adults alike will delight in reading aloud these enduring and enchantingly told stories, richly illustrated and fabulously reimagined by award-winning artist Scott Gustafson. Stories include 'The Little Red Hen,' 'The Princess and the Pea,' 'The Emperor's New Clothes,' 'The Ugly Duckling,' and 'Beauty and the Beast.'
No one believed that he could make it there and back again alive, so when a boy sets out to hike across the sea bed at low tide to an island not too far offshore, he is determined to prove a point. A short doze in the sunshine on the island and a fast-moving fog, however, leaves him in dire straits.
Trapped on a sandbank, he fears for his life as the sea closes in all around him. He is a strong swimmer, but the sea current is certain to drag him down into its depths. The last thing that he remembers in the cold, dark water is hoping that Heaven will be warm, dry and bright. Then he awakens in a bed covered with animal skins, a roaring fire burning in a grate that is framed by walls of stone. He is in a grand hall and sitting by the fire is an old man with his dog. The old man is the legendary warrior King Arthur, and as he recovers by the fire, the boy hears the most magnificent stories of heroic knights and deeds of great chivalry, but also bewitchment, evil and betrayal at the king's court in Camelot.
Michael Morpurgo's captivating and imaginative retelling of the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table is accompanied by the stunning illustrations created by Michael Foreman. Together they succeed in presenting the well-known legends in a way that is both captivating to read and a delight to the eye.
The sensitive and delicate art of Manuela Adreani, an internationally famous illustrator who manages to capture the essence of the figures with unique taste and tact, will accompany the little readers in their discovery of the delightful animals enlivening these fables. Created centuries ago by the Greek Aesop, they have become part of our universal literary patrimony. Children will be thrilled by tales of animals personifying humans, and will come to know their timeless stories, which are always accompanied by a concluding moral. The unmistakable style of the drawings, whose delicate and reassuring strokes are able to create an immediate empathy between character and reader, and the simple, modern language used to present the fables are certain to stimulate the imagination of little readers, enabling them to travel in a world of dreams! AGES: 6 and up
After being banished to the countryside for creating even more mayhem than usual, the Bastable children vow to mend their ways. Establishing 'The Society of the Wouldbegoods', their first rule is: 'every member is to be as good as possible'. But sometimes it's just not possible to be good - no matter how hard you try. A collection that will be coveted by children and adults alike, this list is the best in children's literature, curated by Virago. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age.
The second book in the Psammead Trilogy, Following Five Children and It.
'For the egg was now red-hot, and inside it something was moving. Next moment there was a soft cracking sound; the egg burst in two, and out of it came a flame-coloured bird...'
When a stone egg rolls out of the old rug that has been bought for the nursery, the children think nothing of it. A lovely glowing yellow, they place it on the mantelpiece to brighten up the room. But when the egg accidentally drops into the fire, a strange thing happens: out hatches a phoenix, resplendent in golden feathers - and very vain. If that weren't enough of a surprise, it tells them that their carpet is magic: it will take them to any place that they wish to visit - over their dusty London streets to the French coast, to tropical islands and an Indian bazaar. Guiding them throughout their adventures - though he's often more a hindrance than a help - is their new friend, the phoenix.
This collection of the best in children's literature, curated by Virago, will be coveted by children and adults alike. These are timeless tales with beautiful covers, that will be treasured and shared across the generations. Some titles you will already know; some will be new to you, but there are stories for everyone to love, whatever your age. Our list includes Nina Bawden (Carrie's War, The Peppermint Pig), Rumer Godden (The Dark Horse, An Episode of Sparrows), Joan Aiken (The Serial Garden, The Gift Giving) E. Nesbit (The Psammead Trilogy, The Bastable Trilogy, The Railway Chi).
Paddington Bear has been delighting adults and children alike with his earnest, good intentions and humorous misadventures for nearly 60 years. To celebrate his enduring popularity, 10 classic paperback novels are brought together in this special boxed set. Paddington is now a major movie star!
Paddington Bear had travelled all the way from Darkest Peru when the Brown family first met him on Paddington station. Since then their lives have never been quite the same... for things just seem to happen to Paddington. Wherever there is excitement to be found - a flooded bathroom, menacing dumplings or a bear overboard - Paddington is never far from the scene...
Boxed Set comprises:
1 A Bear Called Paddington
2 More About Paddington
3 Paddington Helps Out
4 Paddington Abroad
5 Paddington at Large
6 Paddington Marches On
7 Paddington at Work
8 Paddington Goes to Town
9 Paddington Takes the Air
10 Paddington on Top
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
The New York Times bestselling memoir of dance superstar Maddie Ziegler - now in B-format! Maddie Ziegler had hoped to become a star - she just didn't know how soon that day would come. At just eight years old, she was cast on hit reality show Dance Moms and quickly won the hearts of fans everywhere with her natural talent and determination. Soon, she was catching eyes all over - including those of pop superstar Sia, who handpicked her to star in the incredibly popular music video 'Chandelier'. The rest, as they say, was history. In this inspirational memoir, Maddie explains the hard work she put into her rise to stardom and how she keeps her balance along the way. With honesty, charm, and humor, Maddie offers her unique perspective on making her way in the world as a young teenager, reflecting on the lessons she's learned - and preparing for the exciting road ahead.
EIGHT hilarious and moving novels from the bestselling and critically-acclaimed author David Walliams in one SUPER-TASTIC box set!
1. THE BOY IN THE DRESS
Dennis was different. Why was he different, you ask? Well, a small clue might be in the title of this book...
2. MR STINK
Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well... But there’s more to this vagrant than meets the nose!
3. BILLIONAIRE BOY
Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. He has absolutely everything he could possibly want. But there’s just one thing he really needs: a friend...
4. GANGSTA GRANNY
Ben’s grandma is the boringest grandma ever: all she wants to do is to play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn’t know about her:
1) She was once an international jewel thief.
2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben’s help...
Can Zoe keep her beloved pet rat safe from the clutches of the dastardly Burt of Burt’s Burgers?
6. DEMON DENTIST
Strange things were happening in the dead of night. When children put a tooth under their pillow for the tooth fairy, they would wake to find something creepy in its place. Evil was at work. But who or what was behind it?
7. AWFUL AUNTIE
Stella Saxby is the sole heir to Saxby Hall. But awful Aunt Alberta and her giant owl will stop at nothing to get it from her. Luckily, Stella has a secret – and slightly spooky – weapon up her sleeve...
8. GRANDPA’S GREAT ESCAPE
Many years ago Grandpa was a World War II flying ace. But when he is sent to old folk’s home Twilight Towers – run by sinister Matron Swine – it’s up to Grandpa and his grandson, Jack, to plot a daring escape. Little do they know, the wicked matron is on to them...
Calling all Raina Telgemeier fans! The Newbery Honor-winning author of Roller Girl is back with a heartwarming graphic novel about starting middle school, surviving your embarrassing family, and the Renaissance Faire.
Eleven-year-old Imogene (Impy) has grown up with two parents working at the Renaissance Faire, and she's eager to begin her own training as a squire. First, though, she'll need to prove her bravery. Luckily Impy has just the quest in mind - she'll go to public school after a life of being homeschooled! But it's not easy to act like a noble knight-in-training in middle school. Impy falls in with a group of girls who seem really nice (until they don't) and starts to be embarrassed of her thrift shop apparel, her family's unusual lifestyle, and their small, messy apartment. Impy has always thought of herself as a heroic knight, but when she does something really mean in order to fit in, she begins to wonder whether she might be more of a dragon after all.
As she did in Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson perfectly - and authentically - captures the bittersweetness of middle school life with humor, warmth, and understanding.
Our favourite Captain Underpants characters George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born.
With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild, to answer the call of duty? Dog Man will dig into many mysteries.
These offbeat and often humorous Taoist wisdom tales, inspired by the teachings of philosopher Chuang Tzu (fourth century BCE), will be as engaging for adults as they will be for children. The stories are interactions between a Taoist sage and his students. The sage uses these stories to encourage his students to learn from, and live harmoniously with the natural world. This unique book explores the qualities of humility, modesty, simplicity, acceptance, contentment, and nonresistance, among others, in a way that will interest younger readers; older children will be able to grasp the deeper meaning of the parables, and get a taste of the Taoist view. Some of the morals are- To live in harmony with nature is the true path to happiness and contentment. What is good in life is not always obvious. Beauty is in the eyes and mind of the beholder. If we are true to who we are, we will naturally find what is right. Arrogance can lead to disaster.
In the spirit of her acclaimed Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven, Newbery Medalist Cynthia Rylant illustrates the nativity story in her powerful folk art style. Cynthia Rylant takes the beloved text of the nativity story, as told in the King James Bible, and lovingly illustrates it in her simple but bold style that has been called stunning by School Library Journal. As she did with the creation story, Rylant has created a sublime take on a classic story that will appeal to readers of all ages.
The majestic story of Christmas, from the Annunciation to the Epiphany, has long inspired great artists. The Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection is particularly rich in medieval and Renaissance paintings that depict this timeless story. Gathered here are paintings by Rogier van der Weyden, Petrus Christus, Hans Memling, and Gerard David, among others, sensitively coupled with excerpts from the King James Bible. The perfect book for the entire family, The Christmas Story is a treasure to be enjoyed year after year.
This accessible and fun guide to meditation and mindfulness is the perfect introduction for young children. Meditation does a body good, and can even help kids as young as four or five. This practical guide is gentle, clear, and a pleasure to use. Kids will learn how to focus on their breath, on the sensations in their body, and on the sounds around them to help them relax, settle their busy minds, and understand their emotions. Narrated by author Mariam Gates, the audiobook offers step-by-step directions and a repeating refrain: -Breathe in, and fill your whole body. Breathe out, and relax your whole body.- It's an invigorating first experience of mindfulness that can be shared by parents and children at home, or by teachers and students in the classroom.
Who is the greatest striker ever to play football? How do you do the Cruyff turn? Where is the perfect place is to put a penalty? How far do players run during a match? Goal! doesn't just tell you the answers - it shows you. With bright, imaginative info-graphics and eye catching artworks, football facts leap off the page. Did you know that more than 40 million footballs are produced each year?! Packed with vital tips and tricks, as well as astounding, mind-boggling stats, from the origins of football to the FIFA World Cup, it focuses on information that won't date. Goal! is a vibrant, visual guide to everything you need to know about the world's most popular game - football!
Nine engineering problems and their ingenious solutions. How do you land a rover on Mars, resolve a perpetual traffic jam or save a herd of caribou from potential extinction? Ask an engineer! Here are nine real-life problems for which engineers designed inventive (and even crazy!) solutions. Each was solved using a different field of engineering - from aerospace and mechanical to the new field of geomatics - along with some awesome math, science and technology skills! A helpful seven-step engineering design process is also featured: define the problem, identify the requirements, develop solutions, design a prototype, test it, improve it and share the idea. What child doesn't love a radical idea? These feats are sure to inspire the natural engineer in all!
An original look at history that profiles 30 children from different eras so that children of today can discover the lives of Aztecs, Romans, Vikings, and much more through the eyes of someone their own age.
History books often focus on adults, but what was the past like for children? A Child Through Time is historically accurate and thoroughly researched, and brings the children of history to life -from the Ice Age to ancient empires and medieval castles to the Wild West. Packed with facts and inc luding specially commissioned illustrations of the children and the places they lived, this book examines the clothes children wore, the food they ate, the games they played, and the historic moments they witnessed - all through their own eyes. Maps, timelines, and collections of objects, as well as a perspective on the often ignored topic of family life through the ages, give wider historical background and present a unique side to history.
Covering key curriculum topics in a new light, A Child Through Time is a perfect and visually stunning learning tool for children ages 7 and up.
Horrible Christmas is filled with all the festive facts every HORRIBLE HISTORIES reader wanted to know, but were too stuffed full of mince pies to ask! The complete horrible history of Christmas tells tales from the dark days when the Puritans tried to abolish Christmas, to Christmas in the trenches when the British and Germans traded bullets for footballs. Plus dreadful jokes, rotten recipes, and a Christmas quiz!
The Horrible Histories Yearbook is a must-have for all Horrible Histories fans. Packed with foul facts, gory games, dreadful jokes, quick quizzes and putrid puzzles, it's a yearbook with rat-itude! Discover all the dreadful details about your favourite eras of history from the Rotten Romans, to the Terrible Tudors and the Gorgeous Georgians to the Woeful World Wars. History has never been so horrible!
This fact- and fun-filled book includes hundreds of simple, kid-tested science experiments. All of which can be done with items from around the house, and require little to no supervision!
Whether you're making your own slime, rockets, crystals, and hovercrafts or performing magic (science!) tricks and using science to become a secret agent, this book has something for every type of curious kid. Each experiment features safety precautions, materials needed, step-by-step instructions with illustrations, fun facts, and further explorations.
With this book, you will: Create a drinkable rainbow; Make a bowling bowl float; Capture a cloud; Build furniture out of newspapers; Blow bouncing bubbles that don't burst; Plus 360 other weird and wonderful experiments.
At once engaging, encouraging, and inspiring, 365 Weird & Wonderful Science Experiments is every budding scientists go-to, hands-on guide for learning the fundamentals of science and exploring the fascinating world around them.
Take a trip back to the age of the dinosaurs, with colourful, dramatic scenes from each era and maps showing fossil finds.
Travel the world's continents on a prehistoric adventure through the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods to meet the dinosaurs of the day, doing what they do best - grazing, hunting and eating ... often each other!
With map spreads showing the shifting continents through the eras, as well as fun facts, charming full-colour illustrations and dig site maps, this book is a feast for the senses!
The newest title in the Welcome to the Museum series focuses its attention on the impressive beasts that once ruled the world dinosaurs. The 2017 offering from Big Picture Press's Welcome to the Museum series, Dinosaurium is a stunningly curated guide to dinosaurs. With artwork from Chris Wormell of H is for Hawk fame, Dinosaurium gives readers the experience of a fascinating exhibition from the pages of a beautiful book.
Featuring a wonderful range of dinosaurs from the most loved Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus Rex to more unknown species such as Coelophysis and Tsintaosaurus. The dinosaurs are organised by their family suborder group. In total over 50 dinosaurs are explored through informative text and stunning artwork.
An amazing guide to the wonders of physics, handily broken down into accessible bite-sized chunks.
Cool Physics is a playful, enjoyable guide to the world of physics, from Archimedes saying `Eureka!' (probably not in the bath) to the Higgs Boson. Aimed at older children and curious adults, it covers everything you need to know about some of the most complex scientific ideas the world has ever seen, made accessible and fun - Newton's Theory of Relativity, quantum physics, nuclear fission and fusion, quarks, Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle and that old favourite E=mc2 are all explained here, clearly and entertainingly. There are also 10 practical experiments to give you even more insight into the theories, including making a pinhole camera, a whirlpool in a bottle and electric circuits with Play-Doh.
Packed with quirky illustrations and fascinating factual titbits, this book is both an incredibly useful companion to school studies and an absorbing read in its own right.
A brand new title in the innovative See Inside series, putting fact about energy into simple, easy-to-follow language and showing how energy fits into readers' everyday life.
Action-packed scenes explore and describe what energy is, where we get it from, how we use it, and what impact this has on the world we live in. There's also space to show all sorts of clever ideas to harness energy in new ways, and a look inside nuclear fusion machines - a technology that will revolutionise the world within the next decade.
We all need energy for our lives - and lots of it. Find out what energy is, how it affects our planet and the exciting new inventions scientists are creating to make energy in the future, in this fascinating introduction to an important topic. With over 65 flaps to lift and links to specially selected websites to find out more.
The first practical-inventions book for children by YouTuber Colin Furze. Colin is on a mission to inspire a new generation of budding inventors to be creative and make things! This Book Isn't Safe! contains ten awesome inventions for girls, boys and parents everywhere to make at home with a basic tool kit.
Jaw-dropping, up-close photography shows the natural world and animals as you've never seen them before.
From fruit to flowers, from shells to sharks, from ants to elephants, this extraordinary new encyclopedia will keep animal and nature enthusiasts from ages 9 to 109 utterly absorbed by amazing, close-up images. Did you know that baby foxes are born with blue eyes which later turn golden? Or that reptile scales are made from keratin, the same material as your hair and nails? Explanatorium of Nature is the perfect way to find out how everything in nature works and why fungi, plants, birds, invertebrates, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and ecosystems exist and what they mean for our world. Discover how spiders spin webs, how flying works, how snakes kill, and much, much more.
Children will spend hours poring over the incredible details from nature, from the spines on a stinging nettle and lichen growing on a tree to the suckers on an iguana's feet. Using never-before-seen cross sections, macro, and electron microscope images, this is your chance to truly get up close with our natural world.
Did you know that today's humble chicken is related to the legendary T-Rex? Find out how, in this lively look at evolution! Now even the youngest readers will be able to understand the process of evolution and how Earth's creatures gradually transformed over millennia. Using fabulous, easy-to-follow illustrations, This Chicken Is a T-Rex! explains such fun facts as how the elephant's trunk developed and why horses' toes have transformed through time into hooves!
Sometimes it's easy to forget that humans are not the only inhabitants of Earth. This visually striking book reminds us that not only do we share an ecosystem with other living things, but that we can also learn much from the behavior and instincts of our animal neighbors. In Pablo Salvaje's handcrafted, softly colored prints readers encounter a wide range of creatures- from jellyfish and peacocks to polar bears and snakes. With chapters on love, survival, change, habitat, water, and other topics, this book takes readers on a journey across the planet to show how animals, like humans, form bonds, engage in rivalries, adapt their behavior to cope with challenges, and do anything to protect their offspring. A beautiful lesson in compassion, this book carries a universal message that readers young and old will appreciate and return to again and again.
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Crack the code to your future dreams Since 2012, the organization Girls Who Code has been leading the charge to get girls interested in technology and coding. Now its founder, Reshma Saujani, wants to inspire you to be a girl who codes! Bursting with dynamic artwork, down-to-earth explanations of coding principles, and real-life stories of girls and women working at places like Pixar and NASA, this graphically animated book shows what a huge role computer science plays in our lives and how much fun it can be. No matter your interest-sports, the arts, baking, student government, social justice-coding can help you do what you love and make your dreams come true. Whether you're a girl who's never coded before, a girl who codes, or a parent raising one, this entertaining book, printed in bold two-color and featuring art on every page, will have you itching to create your own apps, games, and robots to make the world a better place.
Science geeks and armchair detectives will soak up this non-lethal, humorous account of the role poisons have played in human history. Perfect for STEM enthusiasts! a For centuries, people have been poisoning one another-changing personal lives and the course of empires alike. a From spurned spouses and rivals, to condemned prisoners like Socrates, to endangered emperors like Alexander the Great, to modern-day leaders like Joseph Stalin and Yasser Arafat, poison has played a starring role in the demise of countless individuals. And those are just the deliberate poisonings. Medical mishaps, greedy osnake oilo salesmen and food contaminants, poisonous Prohibition, and industrial toxins also impacted millions. a Part history, part chemistry, part whodunit, Poison- Deadly Deeds, Perilous Professions, and Murderous Medicines traces the role poisons have played in history from antiquity to the present and shines a ghoulish light on the deadly intersection of human nature... and Mother Nature.
Which amazing animal can change the color of its skin? Which terrifying creature is so big it was confused for a dragon? Which tricksy reptile pretends to be a toad? In Focus: Reptiles has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them!
Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary, and index plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.
Where is the hottest place on the Earth? Which animals love the hot weather? Where would you see a mirage? In Focus: Tropical Lands has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them!
Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.
Compiled by the Flying Eye Team and illustrated by the immeasurably talented Gaia Bordichia, the book visits every point on the map to meet the world's bounty of awesome, beautiful and strange animals, from the Atacama desert to the North pole! On each spread you'll hear fun and interesting facts about our planet's intricate ecosystems and their inhabitants, from the largest animal in existence, the mighty blue whale, to the world's smallest chameleon, the Brookesia Micra, kids will embark on a journey of complete discovery which they will want to revisit endlessly!
From the bird-of-paradise that performs its extravagantly colourful courtship dance in the rainforest to the bar-tailed godwit that flies thousands of miles across the ocean without stopping, explore the world of magnificent birds in this beautiful gift book. Narisa Togo's stunning, stylish lino-cut prints capture the beauty and the drama of these wonderful winged creatures, making this a non-fiction book like no other.
draw from many natural sources to power turbines and generate electrical energy. In this book, students investigate the sustainability of different energy sources, learn about conductors and insulators, and explore the features of electrical devices.
Each book in the Australian Geographic Science series includes links to online experiments, and topical news pieces that integrate the cross-curriculum priorities.
Everything around us is matter. Matter exists in three main states - solids, liquids and gases. In this book, students explore the behaviour of different substances and how they change at different temperatures. They learn to classify substances by observing their physical properties and discover that visible information is not always sufficient.
Each book in the Australian Geographic Science series includes links to online experiments, and topical news pieces that integrate the cross-curriculum priorities.
Forces are acting on the world we live in and the things we do at all times. In this book, students will learn to identify contact and non-contact forces and discover how they impact the behaviour of objects. They will investigate the effect of the size of a force on speed, friction and attraction and repulsion between magnets.
Each book in the Australian Geographic Science series includes links to online experiments, and topical news pieces that integrate the cross-curriculum priorities.
One little girl dreams of being a star. But whether it's finding Mum's lost wedding ring or winning the fancy-dress prize, her big sister always shines brighter. Yet for her grandad she is a star, and as he dries her eyes and they both gaze up at the night sky, he tells a story, the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It's a lesson this little girl will never forget... and one day her dream comes true, and she finally realises her ambition to become an astronaut and fly to the moon.
Princess Daniela is grumpy and never laughs, and her father promises a beautiful glass palace to the man who can make her laugh.
The best glassmakers in the city create a swirling tower of a palace, and men come from far and wide to try their luck in amusing Princess Daniela. But Maestro Filippino with his swords and snakes, and Signore Guisepe with his growling carved tiger and Professore Alchemista with his secret potions cannot raise a smile from the princess.
It is only when young Angelo pulls a molten goblet out of the fire, splits it and spreads it with slivers of silvery mercury to create a secret object that the princess breaks into a smile.
She sees a funny creature in the glass - which is in fact her reflection. Angelo has made the very first looking glass. The glass palace splinters to smithereens from the sound of Daniela's laughter, and the whole of Venice rejoices.
Travel the world with 50 best-loved tales, featuring creatures big and small. This beautifully illustrated collection of classic stories brings together favourite animal-themed fables, myths and legends including The Three Little Pigs, The Ugly Duckling, Why the Swallow's Tail is Forked and the story of Ananse and the Python.
Lively retellings from Angela McAllister are brought to life with sumptuous illustrations from Romanian-born artist, Aitch, in this treasury to treasure.
Enid Blyton's classic Noddy stories, originally published in 1951, abridged for modern families. Artwork includes original illustrations by Harmsen van der Beek. Join Noddy, the little wooden man with the nodding head, on his adventures in Toyland. What fun he has there with all his friends! Hello little Noddy! You'll soon be a friend of ours. Thank you, Enid Blyton for the lovely stories and thank you Mr Beek for the jolly pictures!
A magical picture book about a little paper boat that wants to be a real boat on a real ocean. When the paper boat learns that there is such a place as the ocean, he is determined to go there so he can be a real boat.
On his journey he meets all sorts of friends, from the strong little tug boat to the glittering ocean liner. But he also learns that the real ocean is huge and deep and full of dangers.
The lyrical text and illustrations of this modern fable create a world of wonder.
An exciting rhyming, pop-up adventure with a little desert friend.
In the quiet of the desert, a little fennec fox prowls the dunes in search of a friend... But can he find anyone who wants to play? With rhyming text and eye- catching animal pop-ups on each page, Essi Kimpimaki's screen-printed illustrations make this an exciting visual adventure for all ages.
Fang learns the importance of sharing in this clever and endearing story from the bestselling creator of The Tale of Two Beasts. Fang's favourite toy is Sock - he loves it more than anything. But when his friends bring along shiny trains and bouncy balls, Fang soon swaps his favourite toy for something more exciting. Will Sock and Fang be re-united?
Praise for A Tale of Two Beasts: 'Roberton's premise is as sublime as it is simple, with a subtle message. Totally delightful.' - Kirkus Reviews
After the events of Hotel Bruce, our favorite curmudgeonly bear shares his home with not only his four geese, but three rowdy mice besides! Fed up with their shenanigans, Bruce sets off to find a rodent-free household. But as usual, nothing goes quite according to plan. . . A hilarious sequel for fans of the previous Bruce books, as well as a standalone discovery for new readers, Bruce's next reluctant adventure is sure to keep kids giggling.
Have you ever wondered why the moon shines in the night-time sky? As the moon waxes and wanes above, the world below is full of busy night-time creatures; from turtles laying their eggs on white sandy beaches, to migrating birds using the moon to navigate their way to sunnier climes. Turn the peek-through pages to see the moon change shape as it goes through the lunar cycle.
William Bee is back and this time he's showing us his amazing collection of trains, boats, planes and more. There's his harrier jump jet, which can take off vertically, his World War I fighter plane that can perform amazing stunts, the steam locomotive (peep peep!), the mini submarine, his speedboat (occasionally stolen by Sparky the Dog), and even his space rocket! Blast off! The cone family are helping, or is that hindering?, with the transport, as is Sparky. Perfect for every child fascinated by amazing vehicles that can fly, float, dive underwater, travel on tracks and blast off into outer space! Vroom Vroom! Peep Peep! We have blast off!
A magical collection of five classic stories, beautifully illustrated and retold for children today. Includes: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Puss in Boots, The Elves and the Shoemaker and Little Red Riding Hood. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
The only Christmas quacker you'll need this holiday season! `We wish you a quacky Christmas ...' Samantha Duck is getting ready for Christmas. `I'm going to give presents to animals all over the world!' Her friend Sebastian tells her not to bother. `Christmas is not for animals,' he says. But with the help of her farmyard friends, Samantha sets out to prove that Christmas is for everyone. A joyous tale of giving and sharing from two award-winning Australian creators. Ages: 2-5
This book made me laugh and laugh and laugh. I can't recommend it enough Neil Patrick Harris, actor, author, star of How I Met Your MotherForget what you think you know about poetry - this is something totally different. Chris Harris's I'm Just No Good At Rhyming combines wit, wordplay and nonsense with visual and verbal tricks to make you look at the world in a new and wonderfully upside-down way, reminiscent of Shel Silverstein.
This entirely unique collection offers a surprise around every corner, from the ongoing rivalry between the author and illustrator, to the mysteriously misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking verse, to a poem that is 100% genuinely infinite. Adding to the fun: Lane Smith, winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for There Is a Tribe of Kids, has spectacularly illustrated this extraordinary collection with nearly one hundred pieces of appropriately absurd art. It's a mischievous match made in heaven and the perfect gift for kids age seven and up.
Turtle has looked everywhere for his favorite book, but it's nowhere to be found! Maybe his book was borrowed by Zebra, Owl, Giraffe, Elephant, or Lion. As Turtle searches, his friends offer to share their own favorite stories, but other books just won't do. Or is it time for Turtle to try something different? A tribute to books, reading, and the joy of sharing stories with others from Brian Won, the author/illustrator of Hooray for Hat! and Hooray for Today!.
Mr. Owliver loves his job as nightwatchman for the Animaltown Art Museum, partly because he's an owl and is up at night anyway, but mostly because hes proud to protect such beautiful works of art. His friends think he must be lonely, but he has the company of the all subjects in the paintings. One in particular, the lovely Ms. Wren in Auguste Wrenoir's The Loge, is his favorite. One night on his birthday he has a feeling things aren't as they should be. That's when he makes a startling discovery that begins a night full of surprises. This is definitely a birthday Mr. Owliver will never forget! This book is designed to introduce children to some famous masterpieces while entertaining the adult reader with visual puns.
A little boy and his mother take a nighttime walk to search for the moon in this gentle, keenly observed bedtime book that's sure to appeal to fans of Kevin Henkes'saKitten's First Full Moon and young children who find the moon fascinating.
Soothing text and hip, colorful collage style illustrations create a nighttime story that follows a little boy and his Mama as they walk around their neighborhood looking for the moon. As the elusive moon plays peek-a-boo behind buildings and clouds, the little boy asks simple questions about it, and his Mama patiently answers every one. When finally the moon appears-bright and white and round and glowing-the mama and her boy stop and wait for it to disappear again. The moonlit walk continues until the boy yawns and Mama lifts him into her arms and whispers, it is time for bed.
When the parts of speech gather on the playground, Verb is always the star. Adjective, Adverb, and Interjection all watch admiringly. Then Noun comes alongand Noun can BE anything. But when a new threat menaces the playground, Noun can't move! There's only one part of speech who can DO something about it... and that might allow Noun and Verb to BE something together: friends.
Stanleys learning the trumpet, 'cos Stanley wants to play in the band. But when he plays, it sounds really bad! BLART! BLORT! And even though Stanley practises all night, he doesnt get any better. Then he finds something wonderful... Does Stanley get to play in the band after all?
A heart-warming and funny tale about the different kinds of love, and how no matter how much love you give you can never run out. You can't measure love in a bucket or cup. You don't have to worry you'll use it all up. Because love's not a game where you have to keep score. Whenever you give some, you'll always have more. When you've run out of everything else you'll still find . . . You can never run out of love. Find our about all different kinds of love in this gorgeous book by award-winning author Helen Dochertym with illustrations from the brilliant Ali Pye.
Meet Boomer, a roly-poly cat. He's always in a happy mood, and he's the best friend of one little girl. But boy is Boomer lazy! From morning to night, Boomer can be found lounging around the house, snoring and snoozing. The little girl, on the other hand, is much too busy for a nap. She's got judo, swimming, yoga, painting, rugby, and biking to do! She does not have a minute to herself, and she can't be late! But one particularly jam-packed morning, Boomer accidentally keeps the girl from getting out the door. Instead of panicking, she decides to take the day at Boomer's pace for once. They spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the garden, and the girl is reminded how nice it is to take time to appreciate life's simple pleasures every once in a while.
The family in 365 Penguins finds a penguin mysteriously delivered to their door every day for a year. At first they're cute, but with every passing day, the penguins pile up-along with the family's problems. Feeding, cleaning, and housing the penguins becomes a monumental task. They're noisy and smelly, and they always hog the bathroom! And who on earth is sending these kwaking critters? Bright, striking illustrations with lots of opportunity for counting (and lots of laughs), 365 Penguins has become a perennial wintertime favorite.
Age range 2 to 8A book about language, play, and the relationship between words and images, If Apples Had Teeth is graphic, smart, silly, and surreal all at the same time. Language and thought come to life as counterfactuals and possibilities are conjured and proposed. The heart of the book beats with newness, reminding us that art, poetry, and story are all about creating something that doesn't yet exist in the world.
A young girl with an unpleasant stepmother and two cruel stepsisters ... and a Fairy Godmother with a magic wand. The enchanting story of Cinderella is brought to life through award-winning artist Jane Ray's exquisite 3D peep-through illustrations - the six delightful fold-out scenes include a shadowy kitchen, a gorgeous nightscape in a magical garden and a sparkling ballroom filled with nobles, as well as Cinderella's iconic pumpkin coach. Illustrated in rich, dreamlike watercolours, this is the perfect gift for fans of fairy tales.
JM Barrie's classic tale of the boy who wouldn't grow up is retold here in abridged form so children can read it independently as well as enjoy listening to it as a bedtime story. Award-winning artist Robert Ingpen's beautiful illustrations breathe new life into this most famous of modern fairy stories.
Get ready for Christmas and the best kind of surprises as grumpy Bear and eager Mouse, of the Bear and Mouse series, return in a funny tale full of festive cheer and friendship. One frosty night, Bear hears a tap, tap, tapping on his front door. Merry Christmas! cries Mouse, who has arrived for a Christmas party. Bear has never had one before, but he's certain that pickles are essential, along with the reading of a long and difficult poem. The problem is, whenever Bear comes back from the kitchen with treats, Mouse has vanished - only to be found, small and grey and guilty-eyed, scurrying under the bed or searching the closet. Will there be a present for Mouse? Even just a tiny one?
When Rory the Dinosaur starts to get excited for Christmas, he notices that his island home doesn't exactly have the best trees around for a festive holiday feel. So he and his dad set out to decorate their home the best way they can - but without the perfect tree Rory is worried that Christmas will be ruined! Can Rory and his friends save the spirit of the season?Comic artist Liz Climo looks at the true meaning of the holidays - spending time with friends and having the love and support of your family - even in a place without any snow or evergreens to speak of.
Meg and Mog meet a new friend - a Roman who is in need of help! But will Meg's spell get him to London? Find out in this colourful new adventure and find out more about what Romans were really like...
The Meg and Mog books have been entertaining children for nearly forty-five years; with their vibrant and unique artwork - they are perfect for sharing together, reading alone, and exploring the colours, shapes and characters in the pictures.
This is how the story begins.
On a dark dark hillthere was a dark dark town.
In the dark dark townthere was a dark dark street . . .
This new edition of the classic story includes an accompanying CD, featuring the story read by acclaimed comic actor Stephen Mangan.
Janet and Allan's frightfully funny Hallowe'en classic tells the story of three skeletons - a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton - who venture out of their cellar one night to find someone to scare, only to find that everyone is in bed. Who will they scare now?!
The night of the hurricane is one that David and George will never forget. When it hits David and George's house they stay snuggled up inside with their cat until it's all over. The next morning they spot a fallen tree which sparks their imagination; they embark on expeditions through the jungle and ride the seas on a pirate ship. An incredible adventure from multi-award-winning Wiesner.
Billy Goat and his best friend Cyril are messing about with the farmer's mobile phone, taking selfies and playing games... until they discover the number for a troll. Grandpa Gruff says all trolls are bad, so Billy and Cyril decide to get their own back by sending mean messages. After all, trolls really do stink! Don't they?
Oh, the magic hat, the magic hat! It moved like this and it moved like that! Where will it land next?
One day from out of the blue a Magic Hat comes to town. Each time it lands on someone the hat transforms the person into an animal. But we don't know what type of animal it will be until we turn the page.
Then all of sudden a wizard appears and turns everyone back to their normal selves. And when the magic hat lands on the wizard's head, what do you think will happen?
Heads and Tails by John Canty is an extraordinary children’s picture book. Leveraging the natural and universal fascination that children have with animals, the book utilises hints and recognition to build a sense of anticipation on each page, that is resolved on the following page when the identity of the animal is discovered.
Young readers are engaged in the process of deduction by drawing on visual prompts and clues such as where an animal may live, what the animal may look like and sounds the animal makes. The effect is that each page presents an engaging yet accessible mini mystery for the child to solve. Accordingly, the young reader’s inevitable participation in the process of discovery is ensures the book’s enjoyment.
Hide-and-seek silliness, complete with sturdy sliders on every page and amusing illustrations by Lydia Nichols. This silly but stylish slider book is sure to give little ones a giggle. They'll love joining in with a game of hide-and-seek as they move the sliders to reveal the dinosaur hiding in every scene. Is it behind the sofa? Or in the shower? Just push the slider to find out! With beautiful artwork from google doodler Lydia Nichols, all the family will enjoy reading and playing with this fresh new novelty book.
Meet Maudie, a plucky young girl, and her friend Bear, a gentle giant with a heart of gold. In Telling Stories Maudie gets upset with Bear because he falls asleep during one of her stories. But how will Maudie react when the shoe's on the other foot?
Meet Maudie, a plucky young girl, and her friend Bear, a gentle giant with a heart of gold.
In The Snack Maudie is pernickety when it comes to setting up a morning tea spread with Bear.
With its signature format of spreads with raised shaped objects that fit into scooped cutouts on their opposite page, this new TouchThinkLearn book offers youngest learners an opportunity to explore in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: these modes of perception combine to stimulate comprehension of essential concepts. Discover a bee and its hive by tracing the raised outline on one side, and the concave shape on the other! Related words on each spread offer parents and children a springboard for further conversation to encourage the language skills crucial to later successful learning. In a format unlike any other, these groundbreaking books translate abstract thought into tangible knowledge.
With its signature format of spreads with raised shaped objects that fit into scooped cutouts on their opposite page, this new TouchThinkLearn book offers youngest learners an opportunity to explore in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name: these modes of perception combine to stimulate comprehension of essential concepts. Discover a monkey and its jungle home by tracing the raised outline on one side, and the concave shape on the other! Related words on each spread offer parents and children a springboard for further conversation to encourage the language skills crucial to later successful learning. In a format unlike any other, these groundbreaking books translate abstract thought into tangible knowledge.
Bright pictures and labels encourage children to look, point, and learn as they master their first 100 words! With adorable illustrations by Dawn Machell and a padded cover format, 100 First Words is a fun introduction for little ones as they learn about the world around them.
I'll tell you a story of this And I'll tell you a story of that.
The best-selling team that brought you Where is the Green Sheep have a new story to tell. A story of this, and a story of that. An utterly delightful bedtime tale. This and That is destined to become a classic bedtime book.
Age range 0 to 3 Baby sail the seven seasSafely in my armsWhen the waves go up and downYou are safe from harm Now this New York Times bestselling collection of charming lullabies by Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight Moon) comes in an adorable board edition-still gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists. The illustrators include Carin Berger, whose The Little Yellow Leaf (Greenwillow) was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book; Coretta Scott King Honor Award winner Sean Qualls; and Caldecott Honor medalist Melissa Sweet.
Tortot is a cold-hearted field cook who goes off to war. Soldiers drop like flies around him but Tortot just doesn't care. Until, that is, he finds a deserter in his kitchen: a boy who has lost his brothers and his legs in battle. Tortot feels no real sympathy for him, but decides to shelter him for one night. It's a decision that will change him for ever...
Join Mitch Starc and his U10's cricket team in a mighty test when its AUSSIES VS ENGLAND! The greatest rivalry of them all! Mitch Starcs biggest dream is to one day wear the baggy green and play for Australia. Now it seems his dream has come true early! So whats Mitchs problem?
Hes pretty sure his team will be FLOGGED by the English side. He just CANT get the hang of bowling. His dad is EMBARRASSING him (and unfortunately his dad is the COACH!). His cricket whites have turned PINK! Can it get any WORSE?!
Find out in this action-filled, hilarious new series created by cricket superstar Mitchell Starc!
Chess is one of the most popular and challenging strategy games of all time! This engaging title covers the rules, pieces, moves, and strategies. Step-by-step photos bring matches to life and connect readers to the instructions. Fact boxes highlight fascinating facts and records including the longest match, extreme chess games, and more.
Sarah Dees is back again with more fun and adventurous LEGO projects for kids, but this time with a fun twist. Each chapter features adventure scenes with characters and funny events; kids learn to build each element of the scene step by step, even the broken, smashed or destroyed things. For example, in the camping chapter, kids build an outdoor adventure scene gone wrong with a bear destroying a tent and eating all the food, while the family takes a joyride in a canoe that-oh no!-capsizes them into the lake! Kids build the broken canoe, the lake with splashes and the family floating downstream. Other adventure stories include dinosaur world where kids build life-like dinosaur characters and half-eaten buildings with a T-Rex chomping down on one. Kids can build a space scene with fearsome aliens and their awesome space blastergun that shoots, of all things, pizzas! Kids will be rolling on the floor in laughter as they build the parts and act out the scenes with their own LEGOs.
Animals make their homes in all parts of Australia. They live in trees, on the sands of deserts and beaches, deep underwater in oceans and lakes and on top of high mountains. The place where an animal lives is called its habitat. In this book we meet some of the animals that live in the grasslands and coral reefs. Features fact files, and 8 reusable sticker sheets.
Three Clementine Rose stories in one gorgeous collection!
Clementine Rose was delivered not in the usual way, at a hospital, but in the back of a mini-van, in a basket of dinner rolls. So begins the story of a lovely little girl who lives in Penberthy Floss in a large ramshackle house with her mother, Lady Clarissa, Digby Pertwhistle the butler and a very sweet teacup pig called Lavender.
Join Clementine Rose and Lavender in the first collection of this beloved series, for three times the fun!
This collection contains Clementine Rose and the Surprise Visitor, Clementine Rose and the Pet Day Disaster and Clementine Rose and the Perfect Present.
Three Clementine Rose stories in one gorgeous collection!Clementine Rose was delivered not in the usual way, at a hospital, but in the back of a mini-van, in a basket of dinner rolls. So begins the story of a lovely little girl who lives in Penberthy Floss in a large ramshackle house with her mother, Lady Clarissa, Digby Pertwhistle the butler and a very sweet teacup pig called Lavender.Join Clementine Rose and Lavender in the second collection of this beloved series, for three times the fun!This collection contains Clementine Rose and the Farm Fiasco, Clementine Rose and the Seaside Escape and Clementine Rose and the Treasure Box.
In the black velvety mantle of the night sky, two young people fall in love, only to be parted; while in a far-away time, a lonely and mistreated girl finds herself at a ball in a dress of sea green silk and a kingfisher cloak: two beautiful, magical tales from old China, The Weaver Girl and the Cowherd, and The Magic Fishbones, are here enchantingly retold for young readers by award-winning author Gabrielle Wang and evocatively illustrated by David Allan.
Two Enchanted Tales from Old China is the latest, and final, title in Christmas Press' Two Tales series: retold traditional stories from many lands and times, engagingly retold for young readers by established authors and beautifully illustrated by emerging illustrators. The series started in 2013 with Two Trickster Tales from Russia, retold by Sophie Masson and illustrated by David Allan, which was the launch title for Christmas Press.
Eight titles have been published in the series, featuring tales from Scotland, Japan, France, Ancient Greece and Rome, Norway and Ancient Mesopotamia, and authors have included Duncan Ball, Kate Forsyth, Ursula Dubosarsky, Adele Geras, Margrete Lamond and Adele Geras. The illustrators whose work was showcased included Ingrid Kallick, David Allan, Fiona McDonald and Kate Durack.
This handsome boxed set of Homer's epics - powerfully retold by Gillian Cross and strikingly illustrated by Neil Packer - belongs on every reader's bookshelf. Epic and thrilling, Homer's two age-old classics have been revisited countless times. Gillian Cross and Neil Packer's exquisite versions of The Iliad and The Odyssey make up an essential set for both Homer collectors and readers who have not yet made the acquaintance of Odysseus, Achilles, or Hector. Depicting their actions, and those of the gods they invoke, are vivid, stylistic illustrations reminiscent of Greek pottery, giving these large-format volumes an extra measure of authenticity and appeal. From the raging battles outside the walls of Troy to the strangely surreal ten years it takes Odysseus to journey home, these bold re-envisionings of Homer's stories are told with simplicity and style - perfect for fans of graphic retellings and mythology enthusiasts alike.
Have you got questions? Beacuse we have answers! From why the sky is blue to how old the Universe is (and plenty in-between), here are the facts behind some of the toughest questions out there. Welcome to Who, What, When, Where, Why & How!
What happens when you flip a light switch or press the power button on the TV? Electricity flows to the device and it turns on. Most of us use electrical gadgets all day, every day, without thinking about it. This book follows the journey from source to resource of solar power, one of the most exciting forms of renewable energy today. Readers will learn how electricity is made and collected directly from the sun and how it reaches us to power our modern world. Other sources of energy are also examined, as well as how grids work to move electricity across land and sea, and how it is fed into our homes. Real-world examples look at solar farms, solar furnaces, solar towers, and even solar transportation. With the world's nonrenewable resources such as oil running out, the advantages and disadvantages of solar power as a renewable alternative are discussed.
One Christmas Eve, Grandpa puts on his best shirt, Bella passes him his favourite hat, and together they walk to Luna Park. Bella is given one silver coin to spend on whatever ride she chooses. When she climbs onto a dashing carousel horse, something magical happens - they launch into the night sky! There they encounter a jolly man in a red suit and his prancing reindeer. But the magic doesn't end there ...One Christmas Eve is a heartwarming story celebrating family, sharing and caring for each other.
Lucy knows how to do everything. She knows how to eat with a spoon and fork, play the xylophone, paint elephants - and lots more besides! All her friends ask her for help if they need to know the right way to do something. When Toshi arrives, Lucy thinks he can't do anything properly at all. He eats differently, plays strange music, and he definitely can't paint elephants. She can barely hide her frustration. And when she finally tries to teach Toshi the right way to do things, she learns a very important lesson herself. A simple, funny tale about understanding, respecting and enjoying our differences.
Come with us to the beach! Which way shall we go? What shall we do? What will we find? Have fun using your senses in this exciting and interactive visit to the beach! A journey of discovery designed with every child in mind.