Townsville lined the footpath as we marched down to the quay. This clipping from the paper shows us young and strong and clean. And there's me in my slouch hat, with my SLR and greens. God help me, I was only nineteen.
John Schumann's unforgettable lyrics about the Vietnam War are etched in our memories and into our history books. Now they've been warmly brought to life by one of Australia's best-loved illustrators.
REMEMBERING BLACK SATURDAY.
There is a fire coming, and we need to move quickly. Mum and Dad start packing bags, grabbing woollen blankets, the first-aid kit, torches, and then the photo albums. Dad puts Ruby on her lead and ties her up near the back door. My chest feels hollow, like a birdcage.
Atmospheric and intensely moving, this is the story of a family experiencing a bushfire, its devastating aftermath, and the long process of healing and rebuilding.
The fire awoke like a dragon. Its flames licked the sky, and smoke veiled the sun. With a hungry crackle and an angry hiss, the cruel beast circled, trapping them. Until, through the smoke, knights appeared. Through the Smoke tells the story of three kids, their imagination and a frightening fire in the Australian bush.
Follow the 1768 journey of James Cooks H.M.S. Endeavour with his ships cook, the one-handed John Thompson, as story teller! Through real recipes, events on board and the places the ship travelled on its way to the Pacific, the book tells multiple stories. Stories of social class, hierarchy and race; stories of explorers and the people of the land; the story of one of the worlds most famous explorers told through a fresh new lens. And of course, its a book about food: from Pease Pudding to Goose Pie and Shark Steaks, heres how a resourceful cook fed a shipful of hungry sailors on their extraordinary adventure. This beautiful book is full of information drawn from extensive research alongside evocative illustrations, released in time for the 250th anniversary of the Endeavours journey.
An extremely timely and beautiful picture book about the effects of drought and climate change in the Mallee.
The first people of the land call the Mallee Nowie . It means sunset country. When the sun goes down the red heat of the day bleeds into the sky and sets it on fire. Drought and rain - life under a Mallee Sky.
This poetic text by emerging author Jodi Toering is beautifully accompanied by lush oil paintings by fine artist and illustrator Tannya Harricks.
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!
Plus on Barney and the Secret of the Whales The whisper in the darkness is: rebellion! (Or: death or liberty!) Frog is an orphan, a pickpocket, starving on the streets of Parramatta in 1804.
But when the tall, commanding Irish rebel Mr Cunningham talks of freedom from tyranny and the lash, Frog creeps out to join the rebels, the 10,000 convicts who will take over the colony and proclaim the Republic of New Ireland.
Will farmers like Barney and Elsie Bean join the battle against the corrupt New South Wales Corps? For the fate of the colony - and Australia - will be decided at Castle Hill.
Based on eyewitness accounts, this fifth title in The Secret Histories series uncovers the secrets that the colonial government hid for over 200 years.
PRAISE FOR THE SECRET HISTORIES SERIES 'French's eye for historic details makes this a compelling reading' - Daily Telegraph
'Jackie French has a knack for discovering fascinating hidden facts from our past and bringing them to life. Children will be so captivated by the story that they won't even notice they are absorbing rich and memorable lessons from Australia's history. Highly recommended for middle school' - Magpies magazine
Vex is gone! We have to find him. But how? He could be anywhere. We'll have to track him down. That's impossible. Not if we work together!
Mr Bambuckle and the class in room 12B are in trouble. Can they find Vex before it's too late?
Enola is thrown into a tailspin when she receives a desperate message from her old friend, Lady Cecily. Enola knows she must help her friend before it's too late - but she doesn't know how! This complicated case has Enola hunting down clues all over London until she finally discovers the awful truth: Lady Cecily is being held prisoner! Enola must risk her own freedom and join forces with her brother, the famed Sherlock Holmes, to free Cecily. Can Enola trust her brother, and can they save Cecily in time?
Everyone knows Dr. Watson is Sherlock Holmes' right-hand man - so when he goes missing, it's a shock. Even Sherlock hasn't the slightest clue as to where he could be. Enola is intrigued but wary; she's still hiding from her older brothers, and getting involved could prove to be disastrous. But Enola can't help but investigate, especially when she learns that a bizarre bouquet - with flowers all symbolizing death - has been delivered to the Watson residence. Enola knows she must act quickly, but can she find Dr. Watson in time?
As the daughter of global music superstars, Melody Trumpet was supposed to be extraordinary - a melodic genius to carry on the Trumpet legacy.
But, as was discovered when Melody screamed her first out-of-tune note as a baby, this wasn't to be.
Ten years on, Melody is still kept away from the world in Trumpet Manor.
If only secrets could stay hidden ...
For Melody Trumpet, it's about finding the extraordinary in ordinary!
MORE PRAISE 'This is a fun, well-written story about finding your voice for readers aged seven to 10 years old' - Books+Publishing, four stars
Find out where rain comes from and what geysers look like! Read about soil becoming too salty and why greenhouse gases are increasing. Did you know that fog is a cloud sitting on the ground and that ice can tell you about the environment of millions of years ago? And what is lightning anyway?
Australian Backyard Earth Scientist is full of fantastic photos and fascinating information that help explain different aspects of earth science - a science that discovered how old the Earth is, what fossils tell us, how mountains were created, what causes earthquakes, what the difference between weather and climate is, and why glaciers are melting.
These questions and many more are answered in Australian Backyard Earth Scientist. There are projects, as well, that you can do at home - like making your own fossils, collecting cloud types, and using tree rings to find out about past weather.
Older readers will enjoy more detailed explanations and links to extra information in an extensive References section.
Australian Backyard Earth Scientist is an absorbing resource for both homes and classrooms. A thematic approach makes it easy for young readers to discover the influences that have fashioned our earth-and are still acting to change it. From the beginnings of the planet through to climate change and today's concerns about rapid transformation, interesting and fun facts and projects help develop an understanding and appreciation.
Only a small percentage of people will visit space in their lifetime, but now you don't have to be an astronaut to see our universe in stunning detail! In Space: The Definitive Visual Catalog, you will be transported to our solar system and galaxies far beyond with the help of incredibly detailed colour photographs from NASA and the International Space Station.
Full of amazing facts and key information about the planets and stars in our solar system, as well as recently discovered galaxies, Space is the only book you'll need to learn everything there is to know about the astounding world beyond our planet.
Dippy is a diprotodon, the BIGGEST, friendliest wombat who lived 100,000 years ago.
All Dippy wants is happy friends, a place to sleep and lots to eat.
Who knew that could be such an adventure?
Based on a concept by Ben Smith Whatley and brought to life by the creators of the international bestselling Diary of a Wombat, this is a hilarious story of prehistoric daring and chaos set in the fascinating world of ancient Australia megafauna.
Smashing and splashing! Jumping and thumping! Fighting and biting! Macca is looking after his nieces and nephew and they are nothing but TROUBLE! How will Uncle Macca tame this unruly trio?
There once was a very hungry king Who needed a cook like anything . . .
. . . but the king is very fussy; he tries all the cooks in the kingdom, but no one is good enough. Then he spots Wobbly Bob. Maybe Bob can whip up his favourite dinner? But how will Bob be able to cook for the king when he's scared of . . . well, everything?!
Discover how the hungry king helps Wobbly Bob face his fears on a cooking adventure across the land and sea.
The Cook and the King is a brilliantly funny story from the award-winning picture book duo Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, creators of Tyrannosaurus Drip. With fun rhyming verse and richly detailed illustrations, this is sure to become a firm favourite with children and adults alike.
Enjoy more stories from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Tyrannosaurus Drip, Jack and the Flumflum Tree and The Flying Bath.
Some days are so windy that even the angels lose their balance from the top of City Hall. It's always a day like this when The Flying Orchestra blows into town . . .
Whether we're up or down, at work or play, or just going about our day, the flying orchestra always plays for you.
A multi-layered text which cleverly explores the abstract concept of music for young children. The Flying Orchestra discusses the idea that music is all around us, telling the story of our lives. It is a work with great heart and stunning illustrations from a much-loved author and encourages both children and adults to think outside the box.
The extraordinary touches a seemingly ordinary moment of family life, in this tender, heart-warming story.
The Winner of the Australian Prime Minister's Literary Award 2017
Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma's in the heavy rain. When they're still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out Daddy and Mummy and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister...
The second novel from Angie Thomas, author of New York Times bestseller The Hate U Give, about an aspiring teen rapper and what happens when you get everything you thought you wanted.
Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri’s got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of her life as beats and rhymes.
With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it – she has to make it.
Fierce Fragile Hearts is the stunning companion novel to Sara Barnard's YA bestseller Beautiful Broken Things. It is about leaving the past behind, the friends who form your future, and learning to find love, in all its forms.
Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She's back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they're about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you're the one left behind?
My first time getting it in the butt was kind of weird. I think it's going to be weird for everyone's first time, though. Jack Rothman is seventeen. A solid student with a talent for art, he likes partying, makeup and boys. Sometimes all at the same time. His active, unashamed sex life makes him a red hot topic for the high school gossip machine, but Jack doesn't really care too much about what the crowd is saying about him. His mantra is- 'It could be worse.' And then it is.
When Jack starts writing a teen sex advice column for his best friend's website, he begins to receive creepy and threatening love letters. His 'admirer' is obsessed with Jack - they know who he's hanging out with, who he's sleeping with, who his mum is dating. And while they say they love Jack, they don't love his lifestyle. They want him to curb his sexuality and personality. And if he won't, they will force him.
As his stalker starts to ratchet up the pressure, it's up to Jack and his friends to uncover their identity, before their love becomes genuinely dangerous.
Debut author and Twitter darling Richard Lawson makes your heart stop and time stand still in his extraordinary and life-affirming novel that’s If I Stay meets We All Looked Up.
In the hours after a bridge collapse rocks their city, a group of Boston teenagers meet in the waiting room of Massachusetts General Hospital: Siblings Jason and Alexa have already experienced enough grief for a lifetime, so in this moment of confusion and despair, Alexa hopes that she can look to her brother for support. But a secret Jason has been keeping from his sister threatens to tear the siblings apart...right when they need each other most.
Scott is waiting to hear about his girlfriend, Aimee, who was on a bus with her theater group when the bridge went down. Their relationship has been rocky, but Scott knows that if he can just see Aimee one more time, if she can just make it through this ordeal and he can tell her he loves her, everything will be all right.
And then there's Skyler, whose sister Kate-the sister who is more like a mother, the sister who is basically Skyler's everything-was crossing the bridge when it collapsed. As the minutes tick by without a word from the hospital staff, Skyler is left to wonder how she can possibly move through life without the one person who makes her feel strong when she's at her weakest.
In his riveting, achingly beautiful debut, Richard Lawson guides readers through an emotional and life-changing night as these teens are forced to face the reality of their pasts...and the prospect of very different futures.
Meek the possum and her sisters three are happy living in the sprawling paperbark tree - until the day Squabbles the bat moves in. A story about sharing and making friends.
Meek lives with her three sisters, a gaggle of birds, lizards and other creatures next to a tumbledown terrace house. Everyone shares the space, and life is pretty sweet until the day a rude and messy fruit bat named Squabbles moves in - and demands everyone else move OUT. Will Meek be able to get rid of Squabbles, or is there a way for everyone to get along?
Alexa Moses's lively rhyming text is entertaining to read aloud and Anil Tortop's illustrations are full of terrific detail and great characterisation. BAT VS POSS is a fun story about learning to share that kids aged 3 to 5 will want to read over and over.
Lucky and Spike is the thrilling tale of two spinifex hopping mice who leave their burrow each night to race across the plains in search of food. Avoiding predators is a risky business, especially when a feral cat and a ravenous owl are on the hunt.
Lucky and Spike are heading to the people's camp to forage for spinifex seeds when they come face-to-face with a prowling cat. The chase is on! The terrified mice skid across the dirt and hide among the people who are dancing to the hum of the didgeridoo. A camp dog joins the ruckus and takes off after the cat. But when the owl sees the mice resting in a spinifex hideout, he swoops to attack!
This is another heart-stopping adventure from Lucky and Spike who we first met in the celebrated Spinifex Mouse (Magabala Books 2013).
Age range 4 to 8. There are moments in history that connect us and define a country. In our hearts and minds, some moments rely on us to hold onto a dream, face tough challenges, and put in a great deal of effort.
Big dreams can take generations. It can also take six million hand-driven rivets and 53,000 tonnes of steel. The Day We Built the Bridge celebrates our connection with one another, and declares that despite the greatest of challenges, together we can make history.
Age range 3 to 8
First published in 2015, this title now has a new cover and the format has been increased to 200 x 230 mm. Young children will be captivated by the bright colours and Australian animals which bring to life this entertaining tale of a young emu who has lost his mob and sets out to find it.
He asks the animals he encounters along the way if they `have seen his mob?' The kangaroo, lizard, owl, cassowary and others provide directions in their own, often confusing, way, until finally the youngster catches up with his mob.
In iconic Australian style, My Lost Mob combines highly textured and bold illustrations of Australian animals and varied landscapes in a simple, classical format that will appeal to younger readers and all that are young at heart. A gem of a book that will charm its way onto bookshelves.
Age range 0 to 7 (or all ages!) This paperback edition with a new cover of Bronwyn Houston's book makes counting from one to ten so much fun! From kookaburras to ants to dragonflies, her rich colourful illustrations are filled with texture and movement.
Each double page includes numbers and words on a bright backdrop that will engage and delight both children and adults.
Counting Aussie Animals introduces the diverse animals of Australia to young readers in an entertaining and joyful way.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) people are the first inhabitants of Australia - there were once more than 500 Indigenous `nations' across the continent. ATSI people have a strong understanding of the land and its animal inhabitants, which they used to decide where to live. In this book, students will investigate how Indigenous knowledge and practices are linked to sustainable use of resources and how their ways of living were influenced by their environment.
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 by the famous French author, 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!
With flash, the lake was based in a shimmering light, and before him stood the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. I am the Swan Queen, she said. I am the swan that you tried to kill. A prince's love for a swan queen breaks an evil spell in this fairy tale adaptation of the beloved ballet written by Tchaikovsky Swan Lake is perhaps the best-loved ballet of all time. Hans Christian Andersen Medal-winner Lisbeth Zwerger brings her singular vision to a glorious picture-book adaptation of the haunting story of an enchanted swan princess. She has based her version on Tchaikovsky's original 1877 ballet, which had a happy ending, unlike the later, better-known, 1893 version. Her illustrations, luminous, lyrical, filled with grace and beauty, evoke the brilliance of the ballet and the universal appeal of this beloved fairy tale.
A brand new paperback edition of BEDKNOBS AND BROOMSTICKS, comprised of the two favourite magical classics THE MAGIC BEDKNOB and BONFIRES AND BROOMSTICKS.
When prim and proper Miss Price from next door falls off her broomstick, Carey, Charles and Paul discover that she's actually a witch. In order to keep them quiet, Miss Price gives the three children a gift - an enchanted bedknob that will whisk them off anywhere they want, for as long as they keep her secret. And so their adventures begin...
Discover THE MAGIC BEDKNOB and BONFIRES AND BROOMSTICKS, two stories full of magic from much-loved author Mary Norton.
Settled into his new life, Lewis seems content living with his magical Uncle Jonathan and neighbour Mrs Zimmermann. He even has a new best friend, Rose Rita, who loves to play sport, build Roman ship models and play with magic - all the things Lewis loves to do too!
After discovering Grandpa Barnavelt's 1859 lucky coin, Lewis is certain that it is magical, so he puts it to the test - he recites one of Mrs Zimmermann's spells to awaken its magic. Only Lewis hasn't awakened a good sort of magic. As he wears the coin around his neck, sinister things start to happen. Strange letters addressed to Lewis arrive at midnight, a dark shadowy figure begins to follow him in town and something seems to be inside his body controlling his actions.
As the figure in the shadows appears more and more, Lewis is possessed by its power, unable to free himself. Has Lewis awakened a force beyond his control? And can Uncle Jonathan, Mrs Zimmermann and Rose Rita make it in time to rescue Lewis?
An adrenaline-fuelled adventure in a new series by top thriller writer Simon Lelic. Ollie Turner isn't sure he's ready to be a hero ...
Our city. Our secret. Our rules.
Alone. On the run. Ollie Turner has nowhere to hide.
But he gets a second chance. Underneath the city there's a secret organisation, far from adult eyes.
It's called The Haven.
Soon Ollie is caught up in their battle: to stop Maddy Sikes destroying the city. Time is running out for Ollie and his new friends, and millions of lives are at stake ...
'What a cool idea. Modern street kids doing it for themselves and kicking adult butt.' Charlie Higson 'One of those grab 'em by the throat thrillers that takes off on the first page.' Eoin Colfer An explosive and compelling read from the writer of adult thrillers THE HOUSE, THE LIAR'S ROOM and RUPTURE.
Deep below ground, there is a secret hospital for magical creatures. At Saint Philomene's Infirmary, all creatures are welcome - except humans. So when twelve-year-old human boy Chance Jeopard unearths a plot to destroy the hospital and its millions of resident patients, he is launched into the role of unlikely - and unwelcome - hero. His infinitely pragmatic and skeptical sister, Pauline, thinks it's all nonsense until she finds herself swept up in the mission. It will take all their wit and courage for the brother and sister to save Saint Philomene's - and escape alive!
Charlie is an optimist, but things are conspiring against him. His brother SmoothMove is in hospital waiting for an operation, his parents are trying to hide how worried they are, and the school bully is upping the ante in Charlie's direction.
The thing is, Charlie's never really been stressed before - not properly, sweatily, heartpumpingly, stressed - and with everything going on at home, plus all the normal worries at school, he's starting to panic. And this is bad, because Charlie's just learnt that when he gets properly, sweatily, heartpumpingly, stressed, he turns in to an animal, all sorts of animals. A flea. A pigeon. A rhino. Who knows what's next?
The school play is only a couple of weeks away, and Charlie is starting to worry. What if he transforms in front of the whole school, while he's on stage playing Sad Potato Number 1? What if he turns into a naked mole rat or a John Dory in front of everyone he knows, with the spotlight on him? Will he get sent away for Science to deal with? Will his parents crack up with all the extra stress? Will everyone know he's a freak?
With the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way to deal with his extraordinary new talent. And fast.
A collection of four awesome Stuff Happens books in one, from some of Australia's favourite children's authors and edited by Susannah McFarlane, the concept creator behind Zac Power and Go Girl!
When stuff happens to Ned, Dale, Sean and Ethan at Monvale Primary, it's just the everyday stuff.
You know, friendships, ghost stories, the school play, disappearing hamburgers, new teachers, singing monkeys and lions, the first day at school, flags made of underwear, living up to older brothers and sisters, warring dinosaurs.
Stuff that happens all the time!
Roger is just an ordinary boy, in an ordinary world - or so he thinks, until a grumpy dwarf warrior, Mossbelly MacFearsome, appears out of thin air and saves him from the school bully. If that isn't incredible enough, now Moss has decided that Roger is the perfect human companion for his daring quest to defeat the dwarves' arch-enemy Leatherhead Barnstorm and his horrifying horde of monstrous (but very polite) gorefiends. If Roger doesn't help Moss, the world as we know it will be destroyed by ogres and dragons and the race of humans will be annihilated. If he does help, he will be late for his tea and his mum will be going mad with worry. A Highland castle, a trainee witch who knows karate, and an ancient spell to be broken - by King Golmar's braces, just what has Roger got himself into?
A hilarious action-packed fish-out-of-water adventure, perfect for young fans of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman and Cressida Cowell.
Chosen for the honour of bonding with a frostsliver - a fragment of the sentient glacier that crests her icy home - Sabira embarks on the dangerous pilgrimage to the top of the mountain. But when a huge avalanche traps her on the glacier and destroys the pass, Sabira is determined to find another way home. In order to survive, she must face up to the merciless mountainbut there are dark and fiery secrets hiding in its depths...
It turns out the worst thing about having an identical twin sister is when they swap places with youalso known as stealing your identity. But of course, no-one would ever be evil or crazy enough to think they could get away with that. Or so I thought.
Anna and Steph couldnt be more different. Anna is a super-organised junior TV reporter, and Steph is an impulsive rap artist, obsessed with boy-band, Odd Socks. But when theyre forced to pretend to be each other for a week... EVERYTHING goes into a spin.
Amy is staying in Marysville with her grandmother, and help in the garden and clean out her gutters. It is, after all, bushfire season.
As summer arrives, so do the fires, and Dad is busy helping control the flames in bushfires that have started burning in Victoria. But it is early February 2009, and the Black Saturday bushfire is about to encircle Amy and her family, and teach Amy first-hand about tragedy and survival.
There's a new superhero on the block, with super fishy powers.
Plucked from school and plonked on a boat, Bodhi is now a world away from home and friends. Boredom soon kicks in whilst his parents are busy studying global warming and gross Galapagos sea cucumbers. When a prank by the skipper's daughter (Emely) goes revoltingly wrong, she and Bodhi find themselves lost on a deserted island nose to snout with a terrifyingly ugly reptile. The initially feared marine iguana soon protects the kids and ultimately helps Bodhi discover his very own super powers. Faster than a speeding mullet ... stronger than a bull shark ... it's Fish Kid! But before Fish Kid and his trusty sidekick can even consider saving the world, they'll have to save themselves. Will Bodhi and Emely ever see their parents again?
Second book in a fantasy adventure trilogy about witches and forbidden magic from a multi-award-winning author.
Ireland's answer to JK Rowling. Sunday Independent One of the best Irish books of all time. TV3AM From twice-winning author of Ireland's CBI Book of the Year Award Fans of Abi Elphinstone and Katherine Rundell will adore this fantasy adventure trilogy about witches and forbidden magic from a beloved and award-winning Irish writer. In the second book in The Wild Magic Trilogy, the queen and her raggedy witches have fled, but the kingdom is not yet healed. The castle is haunted by memories of its brutal past. The ghosts are angry, and one of them in particular possesses a magic which may be too much for even Mup and Mam to handle.
Stella's excess energy and a mishap with a fire extinguisher (and the class guinea pig) have caught the attention of Principal Hinchliffe. In a bid to channel some of that energy into less destructive areas, Stella is given the challenge of creating a play for the annual talent show.
The result is a hilarious romp of misbehaving dogs, fart books, the musical CATS and Instagloat, the must-have app of the moment. This is HATING ALISON ASHLEY meets DORK DIARIES with a dash of MATILDA.
The Thea Sisters participate on a dig at Hierapolis. During their visit to the excavation site, Professor Brenninger unearths a series of priceless and very old figurines. But the Thea Sisters soon figure out that it's a scam. They start to investigate and discover that the figurines are fake, exposing Professor Brenninger's plans.
An original story by Michael Rosen, inspired by the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist. Shona and her dad are moving house, and at Shona's new school, the rules are pretty confusing; she keeps getting into trouble without realising! After Shona is unexpectedly given a mobile phone, she begins to suspect there's something fishy about the new boys she's met. Some gifts, she comes to learn, aren't exactly free.
Another Dickens classic re-imagined by the dream team of Michael Rosen and Tony Ross. This story is a prequel to Bah Humbug, but can be read as a stand-alone.
Blabbermouth = a person who talks too much = Amelie Anderson.
Amelie is a blabbermouth. Shes not a bad kidshes just so bubbly that sometimes words fizz right out of her mouth! And then things go wrong. Terribly wrong.
But shes determined to fix all that. Its time for a reputation make-over!
Hi, I'm George Pepperton. I love being a Pepperton, I love adventures and I love making lists.
How to tell if you are a Pepperton 1. Your mum is an incredible inventor. 2. You have three older sisters, and a brother the size of a LEMON. 3. You already know how your family caused CHAOS at school... 4. And a HUMUNGOUS BUM STAMPEDE!
If you are not a Pepperton and you don't know what happened...
READ THIS BOOK TO FIND OUT!
When TC and his mate Lockie discover that Mrs Mucci, Warners Creek champion pizza maker, has lost her dog, Polpetta, they are on the case.
Lockie comes up with the brilliant, but stinky, idea for the two to become poo sleuths. It might be stinky, but its worth it when the reward is a years supply of pizza.
With a bit of help from his mob, Nan and Pop, TC is on the trail of the missing dog, but when cranky Old Man Thacker begins chasing TC and Lockie, things get pretty hairy.
And then the madness really begins.
'Welcome back to the Nothing to See Here hotel - where we have complimentary weirdness in every room and hilarity is available twenty four hours a day' Frank Cottrell Boyce
The second book in this fabulously funny series by bestselling author Steven Butler and the wonderful Steven Lenton!
Having just saved the hotel from a goblin prince, Frankie Banister and the guests are looking forward to enjoying themselves and celebrating the summer holiday of Trogmanay! But when a snow storm blows in (complete with Yeti family), and a number of mysterious guests arrive, something sinister seems to be taking over the hotel and celebrating is the last thing on anyone's mind...
PRAISE FOR THE NOTHING TO SEE HERE HOTEL: 'This book is so good you won't blunking believe it!'Tom Fletcher
This illustrated first Bible story book for children is a wonderful collection of 25 favourite Bible stories re-told for a young audience. Accounts from the Old Testament and parables from the New Testament are covered in a clear and accessible way. From Creation to Noah's Ark, each story is shown visually through detailed and fun illustrations. The Nativity story and the Easter story are written simply and are perfect to read aloud or alone.
Throughout the book there are lots of opportunities to keep children involved with questions and activities, as well as scripture references for older children to follow up.
A wonderful first biblical book for children and families to treasure, making it the perfect christening gift for children everywhere.
Perhaps the richest and most fascinating tale to ever be written, read and venerated over the centuries by people all over the world, the Bible is today given a new expression in this children's book enriched by the surprising illustrations by artist Manuela Adreani, internationally-renowned for her delicate and touching drawings and innate ability to really get into the emotions of the stories.
The most famous tales of the Bible, with its wealth of characters and meaningful adventures, can be easily read and appreciated by young readers thanks to the specially adapted language. The rich details and elegant characters so expertly drawn by Manuela Adreani will transport young readers to the very heart of a story that never fails to surprise and fascinate us.
New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the life of Stephen Hawking, the genius physicist and author, in this true story of his life. As a child, Stephen used to look up at the stars and wonder what else was out there. After gaining his education at Oxford University, Stephen went on to make a groundbreaking discovery to do with black holes: Hawking radiation. Although his health was declining due to MS, Stephen was more determined than ever to study and share his findings with the world. With his trademark voice and wit, Stephen brought science to everyone and became loved around the world. Featuring innovative illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful people of the world.
New in the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the life of Muhammad Ali, the greatest boxer of all time, in this true story of his life. As a child, young Cassius Clay had his bike stolen. He wanted to fight whoever stole his bike, but a police officer told him to control his anger, and learn how to box. After training hard in the gym, Cassius developed a strong hook and a stronger work ethic. His smart thinking and talking, inside and outside the ring, earned him the greatest title in boxing: Heavyweight Champion of the World. With innovative illustrations and extra facts at the back, this empowering series celebrates the important life stories of wonderful people of the world.
Invent terrific heroes and revolting villains to star in your story! Describe believable characters with Charlie and Mr Wonka.
These fun activities and writing tasks help to develop language and vocabulary skills, giving you the tools you need to write your own story. Learn how to create heroes and villains with their own interests, behaviours and backstories.
Roald Dahl's Creative Writing sparks creativity, builds confidence and inspires young writers through the wonderful worlds of these best-loved stories. Filled with top tips and ideas boxes, each book introduces techniques and methods to help you plan and write a phizz-whizzing story of your own!
Bring your story alive in a whoppsy setting! Explore adjectives, imagery, similes and more with the BFG.
These fun activities and writing tasks help to develop language and vocabulary skills, giving you the tools you need to write your own story. Learn how to set a scene, appeal to the senses and write detailed descriptions of your setting.
Roald Dahl's Creative Writing sparks creativity, builds confidence and inspires young writers through the wonderful worlds of these best-loved stories. Filled with top tips and ideas boxes, each book introduces techniques and methods to help you plan and write a phizz-whizzing story of your own!
Create wonderful dialogue to give your characters a voice! Write conversations and reported speech with Matilda.
These fun activities and writing tasks help to develop language and vocabulary skills, giving you the tools you need to write your own story. Learn how to write authentic dialogue, experiment with silence and reveal what a character is thinking.
Roald Dahl's Creative Writing sparks creativity, builds confidence and inspires young writers through the wonderful worlds of these best-loved stories. Filled with top tips and ideas boxes, each book introduces techniques and methods to help you plan and write a phizz-whizzing story of your own!
A lively and accessible book for teens on the history, pioneers, theories, questions, arguments, and daily reality of feminism today.
What is feminism? Combining insightful text with graphic illustrations, this engaging book introduces young adult readers to a subject that should matter to everyone. Posed as a series of questions, Feminism is... tackles the most intriguing and relevant topics, such as Are all people equal? , Do boys and girls learn the same things? and Why do women earn less than men? Find out what equality for women really means, get a short history of feminism, and take a look at the issues that affect women at work, in the home, and around sex and identity. Meet, too, some great women, such as Gloria Steinem, Frida Kahlo, and Malala Yousafzi, rebel girls who refused to accept the status quo of their day and blazed a trail for others to follow.
With more than 50 questions that address key feminist concerns, Feminism is... takes on the issues, is informative, and always thought-provoking.
For sixteen years, Sam Thaiday has entertained Brisbane Broncos, Queensland State of Origin and Australian fans both on and off the field. He's one of rugby league's most highly regarded and respected players and this book tells his story.
With his trademark humour and honesty, Sam reveals his roots as Townsville boy and a die-hard Cowboys fan, his family connections to the Torres Strait, how it was his mum who taught him to pass and tackle, and all the ups and downs of the game he loves.
With advice for setting and reaching goals, handling setbacks and finding the things that matter to you in life, Rise- The Sam Thaiday story is a must-read for any young league fan, regardless of who they barrack for!
Discover the history of one of the world's most influential civilizations. Based on the Cyrus Tang Hall of China exhibit at The Field Museum, China: A History traces the 7,000-year story of this diverse land. Full-color maps, photos, and illustrations of the people, landscape, artifacts, and rare objects bring the history of this nation to life! Young readers learn about prehistoric China, follow the reign of emperors and dynasties, and come to understand how China became the world power that it is today. The book also explores the role of children and women in everyday life as well as how religion, politics, and economics shaped the deep traditions and dynamic changes of modern China. This book stands alone from the exhibition and is a go-to resource for young readers looking to learn more about this powerful nation. It includes a timeline, bibliography, and index.
A fascinating flap book packed with interesting information about Ancient China, from the earliest civilisation to the Ming Dynasty. Find out how and why the terracotta warriors were made, how the Great Wall of China defended the empire, and how traders set off on long journeys along the Silk Road.
Full colour throughout
This handy visual dictionary covers the key topics in the core National Curriculum subjects of biology, chemistry and physics. The A-Z of Science brings the unique and popular Basher illustrative approach of capturing key scientific concepts as quirky but memorable characters, combined with the informative, humorous and accessible text of science author Tom Jackson. This handy guide will be a sure-fire hit with school students learning these core subjects for the first time, as well as a useful reference guide and reminder for older secondary school and university and college students looking for a revision guide.
When he hatches from his egg, Sepio, a baby bobtail squid, is not able to glow. His dark shape is too obvious in the moonlit water and all kinds of predators lurk nearby. Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium, is determined to reach safety too.
Can Ali and Sepio help each other?
The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon is a beautifully illustrated storybook about the symbiotic relationship between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and the bioluminescent bacteria that help it glow in the moonlight.
Originally published in 2014, this book has been extensively re-written to delight and captivate primary-school aged readers.
'I read The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon to my grandson and he was absolutely riveted. As soon as I finished, he demanded that I read it again. He was swept up by the story, the incredible characters in it and wonders of the relationships that have evolved.' - David Suzuki, Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster
A fascinating and engaging picture book exploring 80 exciting ways to travel, both past and present - from the obvious, to the crazy!
Travel around the world by yacht, tram, train, unicycle, jetpack, camel... any way you can imagine, in this non-fiction children's book. Every mode of transport is part of a charming scene. See how astronauts travel around space, watch surfers ride the waves at the beach, and race to an emergency with the firefighters. Illustrator Katy Halford's beautiful drawings brings the scenes to life and fun complementary facts will prompt discussion and laughter between readers.
How would you choose to travel? Donkey, pedalo, moon buggy? From the small to the big, the familiar to obscure, take your pick from the amazing 80 shown in DK's Around the World in 80 Ways!
This encyclopedia will knock spots off your biology textbook! Get under the skin of human anatomy with large, clear photographs, graphics, and CGI images that show everything you need to see in detail. Annotations and captions explain how everything works clearly and simply, without overwhelming. From the skin through muscles, tissues, organs, and nerves right down to your bones, you will be able to understand not only how your body works, but also your brain and the way you think, feel, and behave.
The book is divided into twelve sections. The first ten chapters explore and explain major body systems including bones and muscles; the digestive system; lungs and breathing; life cycle; and senses. Within each chapter, most of the spreads are reference pages devoted to explaining how different parts of the body work - from how the heart beats to the tiny white blood cells that attack germs. Interspersed with these are double-page images that showcase amazing human body images, such as magnified views of individual muscle fibres and the villi that line the inside of your small intestine.
The last chapter, Mind and Personality, covers the intriguing inner workings of the human mind, introducing the fascinating science of psychology. Finally, the reference section provides readers with quizzes to test their personality and reasoning, and finishes with a timeline of key medical breakthroughs.
The first ever picture-book retelling of Charles Darwin's On The Origin of Species; this accessible work brings evolution to the younger generation through stylish illustrations and a simple, easy-to-understand text.
On The Origin of Species has been the definitive explanation of the theory of evolution since it was first published in 1859. Now molecular biologist and illustrator Sabina Radeva unites her two passions to create a 48-page retelling of this seminal text.
Pulling together Darwin's observations from his travels around the world and his groundbreaking - and controversial - explanation of how species form, develop and change over hundreds of thousands of years, On The Origin of Species is as relevant and important now as it ever was.
Children might think everyday life is boring but hoo-ee, are they wrong!
Science is a non-stop EVERYWHERE, EVERYTHING adventure with some incredibly cool stuff going on, too. You've got your incredible brain, which has worked out how to read these words and make playing a video game feel as EXCITING as real life; you've got aeroplanes that can somehow get from the ground into the sky with all those people AND their luggage on board; you've got electricity and artificial intelligence and GPS (that's science too) and LOADS more.
People have been communicating with each other for thousands of years. From visual representations such as cave paintings, pictograms and writing, to verbal and visual communication such as speech and body language, the ways in which humans communicate has changed dramatically over time. This is especially true for the past 100 years, as modern technology has played a major part in creating, shaping and innovating the ways in which talk and pass on information to our friends and family. Communcation is more convenient, complex and inspiring than ever before. Learn all about its fascinating history in Say What?! The History of Communcation!
Age range 8 to 14 This series looks at the amazing world of space and space travel. We examine our close neighbours in space, and also the outer planets and beyond. The books will be illustrated with fantastic NASA photographs and artist's impressions.
In this book we look at the origins of the Earth and our closest neighbour in space - what they are made of and how the were formed. We examine Earth as a planet in the Solar System, its geology and its inhabitants. The history of lunar exploration and the prospects of humans living in the Moon are also covered.
Amazing Fact boxes contain interesting snippets of information about the Earth and Moon.
Neil deGrasse Tyson has become one of the most recognisable and respected figures in science. In this adaptation of his genuinely accessible (Summer Reading 2017, The Sunday Times) The New York Times number one bestseller Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (ISBN 978 0 393 60939 4), Tyson has-for the first time-served up the universe in a handy, portable package designed specifically for young readers. From the difference between a star and a supernova to what matter and dark matter really are, Astrophysics for Young People in a Hurry will turn young people into budding experts on the fundamental rules and unknowns of our universe. Along the way, Tyson's characteristic wit ensures a journey packed with fun
Featuring detailed illustrations of the whales and dolphins that call Australia home, this amazing book will profile key species, such as the humpback whale, the sperm whale, the killer whale and the common bottle-nose dolphin, as well as introduce young readers to more exotic species such as Cuvier's beaked whale and the spectacled porpoise. Get ready to dive in!
I love wrestling. When I grow up, I want to be just like my wrestling heroes: big and tough, with really huge muscles. The only problem is, my mums don't like fighting...
A funny story about identity, family and dressing up, inspired by the award-winning documentary, Gayby Baby.
'Big hearted, bold and beautiful. For any parent who knows there is no right way to make a family, and for any kid who knows there is no right way to be yourself.' Ben Law, author of The Family Law
They've built, they've zoomed, they've rescued, they've flown into space and they've even fought off baddy pirates, but now our dynamic team of dinosaurs have moved to pastures new - literally- - working hard on the Dinosaur Farm! Join them as they plough the stony soil, feed the sheep, cut the corn in a combine harvester and much more! But what are they preparing all their animals and crops for? And where are they travelling to in their tractor? Why, it's a farm show! But will they win the grand prize?
A brand new story about Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends, from the bestselling Kes Gray, creator of OI FROG!
Humpty Dumpty and his nursery rhyme friends are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Humpty wants to be a boiled egg, but his friends are encouraging him to think bigger!
You could be an artist! said Little Boy Blue.
Look for clues and become a detective! said Little Bo Peep.
Buy a pair of football boots and become a footballer, said Wee Willy Winky.
Will Humpty think big and reach for the stars?
A joyful new picture book by the award-winning Steve Antony, creator of the bestselling PLEASE MR PANDA.
A little boy and his pet dragon are the very best of friends. They laugh, they sing, they dance, they snooze. They are both amazing - just like everyone else!
A celebration of friendship and being yourself with a positive message about celebrating diversity. The perfect platform to start conversations about the importance of understanding and acceptance.
Steve Antony is the winner of the Oscar's First Book Prize and has been nominated for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.
A lyrical and timeless picture book about hope, change and the passing of time.
On the highest rock of a tiny island at the edge of the world stands a lighthouse. From dusk to dawn, the lighthouse beams, sending its light out to sea, guiding the ships on their way. As the seasons pass and the waves rise and fall, outside, the wind blows; inside, the lighthouse keeper writes, and the rhythms of his life unfold. But change is on the horizon...
With beautiful illustrations from Caldecott Medal Winner, Sophie Blackall - the artist behind New York Times bestseller, FINDING WINNIE.
I will be surprised if a more exquisite picture book is published this year - New York Times A jewel of a creation - Publishers Weekly
A very funny and totally lovable picture book tribute to grandparents and older people.
When you're small, everybody bigger than you seems really old. But does being old mean being boring, or slow, or quiet? NO! Elina Ellis' wonderful illustrations reveal that the age you are makes no difference to how amazing you can be.
From Elina Ellis, winner of the Macmillan Prize for Illustration 2017, The Truth About Old People is an instant favourite with children and grown-ups. Elina has a rare talent for characterful illustration: you'll feel like you've known this family all your life. Perfect for fans of Quentin Blake and Sara Ogilvie.
An adorable love story between aardvarks.
Aardvarks Aalfred and Aalbert both need a pal. But Aalfred sleeps in the day, and Aalbert sleeps at night. How will they ever get the chance to meet?
Bird conjures up a series of sillier and sillier schemes to get the two aardvarks into the same place, but their paths simply refuse to cross. Until one day, when they find each other in the most unexpected way - and now Aalfred and Aalbert will never lose each other again.
Aalfred and Aalbert is as funny and memorable as Morag Hood's previous books, Colin and Lee, Carrot and Pea, I Am Bat and The Steves. With its sweet and natural portrayal of love accidentally blooming between two aardvarks, it will make a brilliant gift for Valentine's Day.
Celebrate the love that surrounds us every day with this lyrical picture book that beautifully illustrates John Lennon and Paul McCartney's world-renowned classic song All You Need Is Love.
All you need is love, all you need is love All you need is love, love, love is all you need In this gorgeously illustrated picture book, the universally loved song All You Need Is Love comes vividly to life, showing that if we follow the music we will see there is indeed love all around us.
A gorgeous picture book biography of botanist and photographer Anna Atkins - the first person to ever publish a book of photography.
After losing her mother very early in life, Anna Atkins (1799-1871) was raised by her loving father. He gave her a scientific education, which was highly unusual for women and girls in the early 19th century. Fascinated with the plant life around her, Anna became a botanist. She recorded all her findings in detailed illustrations and engravings, until the invention of cyanotype photography in 1842. Anna used this new technology in order to catalogue plant specimens - a true marriage of science and art. In 1843, Anna published the book Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions with handwritten text and cyanotype photographs. It is considered the first book of photographs ever published. Weaving together histories of women, science, and art, The Bluest of Blues will inspire young readers to embark on their own journeys of discovery and creativity.
Harold is turning seven years old. He's never had a real birthday party. His parents are too grumpy. But this year is going to be different. Thanks to an amazing man named Mr. Ponzio, something incredible is going to happen on Harold's birthday - and it's going to be absolutely extraordinary
Age range 4 - 8 Mocked throughout the jungles of India, the smallest elephant in the world - no bigger than a house cat - has decided enough is enough and it's time to go!
If he's no bigger than a house cat, then a house is where he belongs! After a long journey, this smallest elephant in the world finds himself a home with a nice little boy inside. Unfortunately, the boy's mother doesn't believe elephants make suitable house pets...
First published in 1959, The Smallest Elephant in the World, written by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Milton Glaser, is a witty, sweet, and funny tale of friendship, unlikely disguise, and the search for home.
Age range 5 - 8 All alone, in a quiet part of the jungle, Little Croc hatches. He may be small, but he has a big voice and loves to sing. But the other animals don't like his snap-snap song and send him away. As time passes, he becomes a big croc, and his song gets better and louder, but he is lonely. He asks some birds to teach him their song, hoping the other animals might accept him. All goes well until he gets carried away, snap-snaps in the middle of the song, and is sent away. As he sings sadly to himself by the river, his song attracts an unexpected crowd of admirers, who finally join in on the music.
Age range 5 - 8 Little Spider lives a peaceful life in a peaceful corner of the garden. Every day, she is soothed by the gentle sounds of the other creatures around her. But every day, Bossy Bee arrives to shatter the peace and quiet. Bossy Bee has no time for anyone else. She thinks she is the most important and busiest creature in the garden. But then the others play a trick on her, and she comes to see that the other garden creatures also have useful jobs.
Age range 3 to 5 An easy, enjoyable read featuring quirky animal characters and a surprise ending.
Muddle and Mo are the best of friends. Muddle is a loveable, slightly confused yet enthusiastic little duckling. Mo is a long-suffering, not very adventurous goat who dislikes the rain. On a rainy day, Muddle discovers the fun of jumping and splashing around in puddles, but Mo refuses to join in. Will Mo change his mind? A simple and fun read that will have children waiting for a rainy day to play in.
A funny, eco-friendly, politically-relevant picture book by super-talent Matt Shanks.
Celine Beaufort was an ordinary girl. She did ordinary things, On ordinary days, In ordinary ways. But every now and then, Celine was a Queen, Of a kingdom by the sea.
Celine Beuafort is queen of what she is quite certain is the most beautiful rock pool in the world. It's perfect. And to make sure nothing ever changes, she decides to build a wall around it. Unfortunately, that turns out to be a royal mistake. As self-proclaimed ruler, it's up to Celine to right her wrong and restore her rock pool to its former glory.
Machines save time throughout the day.
They help us work. They help us play.
Machinesare always on the go! From dump trucks and diggers to vacuums and toasters, this bright and engaging picture book picks up on achild's natural fascination with machines.
A captivating book that will fascinateyoung readers.
Today, I'm going to collect cats. At the moment, I have nocats.
But I do have plan...
This hilarious picture book is purrrfect for cat lovers everywhere!
Honestly: can anyone ever have too many cats? The answer might be yes, if the cats are rather large, with big teeth!
No matter how you start your day, What you wear when you play, Or if you come from far away, All are welcome here.
Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcome. A school where children in patkas, hijabs, baseball caps and yarmulkes play side by side. A school where students grow and learn from each other's traditions. A school where diversity is a strength.
Warm and inspiring, All Are Welcome lets young children know that no matter what, they have a place, they have a space, and they are welcome in their school. Engaging lyrical text and bright, accessible illustrations make this book a must for every child's bookshelf, classroom and library.
The Troll longs for a juicy goat to eat - but he's stuck with boring old fish for supper. Bother! Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew love fish, but without a decent recipe their slimy, soggy dinner is even worse. If only they could find their buried treasure and pay for a ship's cook . . . but it seems they've sailed to the wrong island. Again.
Watch the fun unfold as two very different worlds collide in The Troll, a gloriously comic story from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, the creators of the highly acclaimed Tyrannosaurus Drip.
Enjoy the other stories by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: Tyrannosaurus Drip, Jack and the Flumflum Tree, The Flying Bath and The Cook and the King.
When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day.
With simple rhyming speech-bubble text from bestselling author Julia Donaldson, The Flying Bath is great to read aloud and perfect for developing reading confidence. This playful and adventurous story is brought to life by the richly detailed, sumptuous artwork of award-winning illustrator David Roberts, completing this irresistible book for young readers.
Enjoy the other stories by Julia Donaldson and David Roberts: The Troll, Jack and the Flumflum Tree, Tyrannosaurus Drip and The Cook and the King.
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. There's much to do, as they fly around tending to a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn and a sneezy lion. But should princesses really be doctors? Pearl's uncle, the King, doesn't think sountil he himself falls ill, and only Pearl knows how to cure him.
An enchanting tale of hidden beauty and fierce courage, retold in the style of T'ang Dynasty poetry and illustrated with charm and grace A young Chinese princess is sent from her father's kingdom to marry the king of a far-off land. She must leave behind her home of splendors: sour plums and pink peach petals and - most precious and secret of all - the small silkworm. She begs her father to let her stay, but he insists that she go and fulfill her destiny as the queen of Khotan. Beautifully told and arrestingly illustrated, here is a coming-of-age tale of a brave young princess whose clever plan will go on to live in legend - and will ensure that her cherished home is with her always.
The heart-warming story of a little boy who misses his mum from award-winning author-illustrator Simon James.
The day that Stanley's mum had to go away, he decided to go to Mars. In his place, a not-very-well-behaved Martian arrived. He looked just like Stanley, but he wouldn't eat his vegetables, he wouldn't clean his teeth and he certainly didn't play nicely in the playground. Dad's not sure what Mum will think when she gets back. Will the martian still be there, or will the real Stanley get back in time?
Babies will react with delight as they see the colour appear in the bold pictures of friendly frogs and funny fish, in this stylish, colour-changing bath book. Splish, splash and splosh with mummy duck and her little ducklings and make bath time fun and colourful.
The perfect first bath book to share with your baby!
First Baby Days is a series of books specially designed to aid the development of babies' eyesight and coordination, with high-contrast colour and patterns, striking illustration and fun novelties, all endorsed by a child development expert.
Also available: Moo Peek-a-Boo, On the Move, Funny Faces, Splish Splash, Animal Train, Night NIght
Look Inside a Hospital is a fabulous addition to the Look Inside series, a fascinating insight into what really goes on in a hospital and an important book for any child who might be visiting ill relatives or need to go into hospital themselves. Find out what it's like to stay overnight, how operations happen and where babies are born.
Full colour throughout
Playtime Baby is a soft and snuggly hand-washable cloth book for parents or carers to share with their little ones.
The touch-and-feel cover and crinkle page are fun for little hands to explore while Kay Vincent's adorable illustrations of toys around the home are sure to engage and entertain babies!
Other touchy feely books include Bedtime Baby
Squirty Fish, from Campbell Books, is the perfect waterproof book for bath time! With bright and engaging illustrations of sea creatures from Kay Vincent and an inbuilt squirter, Squirty Fish makes bath time as much fun as possible for carers, parents and babies.
Turn the pages together, read the gentle rhyming story about animals in a pond - and squirt some water! The waterproof pages are durable, safe and wipe-clean for hygiene.
You can also enjoy bath time with Squirty Duck.
Squirty Duck is the perfect waterproof book for bath time! With bright and engaging illustrations from Kay Vincent and an inbuilt squirter, Squirty Duck makes bath time as much fun as possible for carers, parents and babies.
Turn the pages together, read the gentle rhyming story about animals under the sea - and squirt some water! The waterproof pages are durable, safe and wipe-clean for hygiene.
You can also enjoy bath time with Squirty Fish.
With lots to see in Busy Airport, children can have fun as they hop aboard a plane, pulling and turning the tabs! Enjoy watching your baggage go round the carousel, waving goodbye to the planes as they take off and then flying through the sky on your own aeroplane!
Children will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with gentle rhyming text and wonderful illustrations by Louise Forshaw.
Discover more of the Busy Book series: Busy Garage, Busy Builders, Busy Playtime, Busy Beach, Busy Garden, Busy Town, Busy Farm, Busy Bookshop, Busy Swimming, Busy Fire Station, Busy Zoo, Busy Hairdresser, Busy Pets, Busy Baking, Busy Park, Busy Farm, Busy Cafe, Busy Vet, Busy Baby Animals, Busy Nursery, Busy Zoo, Busy Holiday, Busy Halloween, Busy Elves and Busy Railway.
With lots to see in Busy Railway, children can have fun as they hop aboard a train, pulling and turning the tabs! Enjoy watching the steam puff out of an engine, going through a crossing and chugging along the tracks.
Children will love playing with this bright and colourful board book with gentle rhyming text and wonderful illustrations by Jo Byatt.
Discover more of the Busy Book series: Busy Garage, Busy Builders, Busy Playtime, Busy Beach, Busy Garden, Busy Town, Busy Bookshop, Busy Swimming, Busy Fire Station, Busy Zoo, Busy Hairdresser, Busy Pets, Busy Baking, Busy Park, Busy Farm, Busy Cafe, Busy Vet, Busy Baby Animals, Busy Nursery, Busy Zoo, Busy Holiday, Busy Halloween, Busy Elves and Busy Airport
Created by Rod Campbell for the very youngest animal enthusiasts, the Dear Zoo Snuggle Book features all the animals from the zoo in a super-soft fleece and peach-skin snuggle book. The elephant is too big, the lion is too fierce, the giraffe is too tall . . . but the perfect pet is there somewhere!
A favourite with toddlers and parents for over thirty-five years, Dear Zoo is a classic, and this simple cloth edition is the perfect introduction to the much-loved story.
Packaged in a high quality patterned gift box, the Dear Zoo Snuggle Book is a thoughtful gift for babies and toddlers.
Peppa invites all of her friends round to her house for an under-the-sea fancy dress party, with a swimming disco, starfish-shaped sandwiches and a real beach! The only problem is, Mummy and Daddy Pig aren't prepared for this at all! Luckily, Miss Rabbit, Emergency Party Planner and Entertainer Extraordinaire, comes to the rescue and makes all Peppa's under-the-sea dreams come true!
Meet the colourful unicorns as they explore a magical kingdom in this cute baby board book with flaps to lift and pop-ups to enjoy.
Join Moonbeam the purple unicorn as she searches for a friend in the enchanted forest and Sunshine the yellow unicorn as she discovers a secret castle. Which unicorn is hiding behind the colourful rainbow? Lift the flap to see!
A magical addition to the best-selling Pop-up Peekaboo series, this read-aloud children's book encourages first learning by introducing little ones to colours and adorable characters. Both parent and child will have fun turning the pages, lifting the flaps, and playing peekaboo. The perfect gift for preschoolers, this book is certain to make them giggle in delight! This sturdy baby book is ideal for preschool play and will keep toddlers entertained time and time again.
Accurate enough to satisfy an expert, yet simple enough for baby, this clever board book explores the basics of building--from foundation to rooftop--and ties it all to baby's world. Beautiful, visually stimulating illustrations complement age-appropriate language to encourage baby's sense of wonder. Parents and caregivers may learn a thing or two, as well!
You must never touch a shark... except in this book!
This ocean-themed touch-and-feel book is perfect for young children. They will love reading the funny rhyme that warns of the dangers of touching a sharkand then ignoring the advice! Innovative silicone touches feature throughout the book, with a different texture for children to explore on every spread.
Ten clumsy emus rolling down the hill. Ten clumsy emus rolling down the hill. And if one clumsy emu should feel a little ill, Therell be nine clumsy emus rolling down the hill.
Come counting with the clumsy emus. Its the most EMUSING way to count to ten! Follow the emus as they go skating, play basketball and musical chairs, fly model planes and even go to the zoo!
Chihiro Takeuchi creates another original and innovative book with her intricate paper cut artwork. Find a red fire truck, a green alligator or a black cat. Hours of fun and engagement for young children.
Age range 0 - 3 Join these loveable animals as they play musical instruments in the perfect first alphabet book. Jane Austen, the world famous author, spent most of her life in Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people inspired her writing. The book design draws on the repeating pattern of oak leaves from a Pelisse Coat in the care of Hampshire Cultural Trust which is thought to have belonged to Jane Austen.
Age range 0 - 3
Join Fox as he prepares a magnificent tea party for all his friends in this perfect first counting book. Jane Austen, the world famous author, spent most of her life in Hampshire. Its houses, countryside and people inspired her writing. This book design draws on Jane's love of gardens, the flowering plants grown in Hampshire during her lifetime, and by Jane's own garden at Chawton.
Splash in puddles, dance with raindrops and join in with Ducky Duckling on a lovely, rainy day. Quack! Quack! Quack!
Ducky Duckling loves playing outside in the rain. He hops with frog, squirms with wriggly worm and splashes with the fishes. But when the rain stops, Ducky feels sad. Can Daddy help cheer him up? With bright, bold illustrations and a rhythmic text from multi-award-winning Lucy Cousins, this book shows younger readers the joys of a rainy day. A bouncy read-aloud book to be enjoyed; beautifully illustrated with bold, bright colours and packed with all sorts of outdoors fun!
A colourful first pop-up of the jungle, perfect for tiny hands.
Explore the jungle and meet the animals that live there in this colourful pop-up book. With 15 pop-ups and beautifully stylish illustrations by Ingela P Arrhenius, this is a first pop-up book to treasure.
This bright and bold touch-and-feel book all about numbers is perfect to share with babies to help develop their language.
Talking to babies is absolutely vital from the day they are born. These books are specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech development. With a touch-and-feel on every page, the charming art and engaging text in Chatterbox Baby Loves Numbers gives parents and babies lots to explore, touch and chat about together.
Also available: Chatterbox Baby: Words, Chatterbox Baby: Shapes, Chatterbox Baby: Colours
This bright and bold touch-and-feel book all about shapes is perfect to share with babies to help develop their language.
Talking to babies is absolutely vital from the day they are born. These books are specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech development. With a touch-and-feel on every page, the charming art and engaging text in Chatterbox Baby Loves Shapes gives parents and babies lots to explore, touch and chat about together.
Also available: Chatterbox Baby: Numbers, Chatterbox Baby: Words, Chatterbox Baby: Colours
Pre-order the first book in The Valentines series now.
Introducing The Valentines. Fame - It Runs in the Family!
Sisters Hope, Faith and Mercy have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn't matter how far she has to go to find it.
Except real-life isn't like the movies. Even if you're a Valentine . . .
Happy Girl Lucky is the first hilarious, heart-warming book in The Valentines series. From the internationally bestselling author of Geek Girl, Holly Smale.
Seventeen-year-old Leah MacKenzie is heartless. An artificial heart in a backpack is keeping her alive, which will only work for a few years. And with her rare blood type, a transplant isn't likely. Living like you are dying isn't all it's cracked up to be. But when a heart becomes available, she's given an amazing second chance at life. Then Leah discovers who the donor was-a boy from her school-and people are saying he killed himself. Plagued with unsettling dreams since the transplant, Leah realizes she may hold the clues to what really happened.
Matt refuses to believe his twin killed himself. When Leah seeks him out, he learns they are both having similar dreams, and he's certain it means something important. While unraveling the secrets of his brother's final moments, Leah and Matt find each other and a love they are terrified to lose. But life and even new hearts don't come with guarantees. Who knew that living took more courage than dying?
This Heart of Mine is a haunting, poignant tale about living and dying, surviving grief, guilt, and heartache, while discovering love and hope.
Ellery's never been to Echo Ridge, but she's heard all about it. It's where her aunt went missing at age sixteen, never to return. Where a Homecoming Queen's murder five years ago made national news. And where Ellery now has to live with a grandmother she barely knows, after her failed-actress mother lands in rehab. No one knows what happened to either girl, and Ellery's family is still haunted by their loss.
Malcolm grew up in the shadow of the Homecoming Queen's death. His older brother was the prime suspect and left Echo Ridge in disgrace. His mother's remarriage vaulted her and Malcolm into Echo Ridge's upper crust, but their new status grows shaky when mysterious threats around town hint that a killer plans to strike again. No one has forgotten Malcolm's brother-and nobody trusts him when he suddenly returns to town.
Ellery and Malcolm both know it's hard to let go when you don't have closure. Then another girl disappears, and Ellery and Malcolm were the last people to see her alive. As they race to unravel what happened, they realize every secret has layers in Echo Ridge. The truth might be closer to home than either of them want to believe.
And somebody would kill to keep it hidden.
Sent to boarding school at a young age, Jack Muir quickly has to decide who he is going to be. Will he roll over or bare his teeth at the bullies, the bullied and the boarding school system? Jack gets by with a quick wit and a macabre sense of humour - but not everyone is so lucky. Boy on a Wire depicts alienation and the beginnings of depression with poignancy and humour.
Six years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell were swept from war-torn England and into a woodland fantasy kingdom. Now back in the real world, eldest sister Philippa is relieved, but Evelyn is grieving for the magical place she called home. When she goes missing, Philippa must confront the truth of what happened to them, and the lengths her little sister was willing to go for a chance to return to the kingdom of her heart...
I think about everything Ill miss if they tell me Im going to die... my mum, my dad, my sister, cookies, TV shows Ill never get to see the end of, walking outside when its really nice, the smell of autumn, the starry sky on a full moon, my grandparents, my grandpas lasagna, kissing Victor, Victors eyes, Victors voice, Victors smell, Victors hands... Victor. A teenage girl heads towards the hospital waiting room where the doctors are going to tell her how much time shes got to live. As she walks, she thinks about her journey up to this point... the terrible decor in the hospital, wearing a headscarf, the horrible treatments, but also being with her friends, family, and her new boyfriend Victor. This is a story about cancer with a happy ending. Its about life, love, and especially, hope.
Ben has always wanted to be a cop, so he's intrigued when police officers show up at the door, asking for his parents. Then his parents arrive after the police leave and rush him and his sister into the car, insisting they are going on a vacation. Ben's a little skeptical his family doesn't go on vacations. After they lose the police in a high-speed car chase and end up in a remote cabin deep in the woods, Ben discovers his parents' secret: millions of dollars were deposited into their bank account by accident, and they took the money and ran off. Ben isn't sure what to think. Are his parents criminals? And because he ran off with them, is he a criminal, too?
Laura Jean has so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dads wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then shell be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.
Life couldnt be more perfect!
At least, thats what Lara Jean thinks... until she gets some unexpected news.
Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plansbut when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?
Pearl, Olive and Tweet meet another unicorn!
His name is Prince Percy and he is positively perfect in every way! But when mean, smelly gobble-uns take over the pond, can Prince Percys perfect magic help them? Or will Pearls magic be just what they need?
I have so many super-amazing and IMPORTANT things to write about! Ill tell you all about them:
Our school chickens need new homes!!!!
Ive made some plans for the best chicken house, so they can live with me But when the chickens come home with me and my friends, their eggs seem to disappear We have to solve the mystery of the missing chicken eggs!!!
Im going to get to the bottom of this chicken mystery!