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A Hungry Lion : or a dwindling assortment of animals

Once upon a time there was a very hungry lion and a collection of adorable little animals. The very hungry lion is all set to enjoy an exciting day with his little animal pals, but all of a sudden his friends start disappearing at an alarming rate! Is someone stealing the hungry lion’s friends, or…

A Lion is a Lion

From the creator of Penguin and the Tilly and Friends series comes a wicked, rollicking read-aloud which asks the question: Is a lion still a lion if he wears a hat? And carries an umbrella? Is a lion still a lion if he arrives at your door and invites himself in with a ‘How do…

Amazing Expeditions: Journeys that Changed the World

Discover the amazing stories and follow the nail-biting journeys of some of the world’s most heroic and extraordinary explorers, including Marco Polo, Magellan, Norgay and Hillary, Ellen MacArthur and Neil Armstrong. Throughout history, explorers have set out to discover new territories by land, sea, air and space. Many of these brave pioneers have the tales…

Ancient Wonders

No one knows who decided on the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. But centuries of historians, poets and philosophers have written thrilling accounts of their magnificence which have left us yearning to know more about their great mysteries. How was the Great Pyramid at Giza constructed? Did the mystical Hanging Gardens of Babylon actually…

Animals at Night

Meet the animals that venture out at night in this adventure featuring many of the vast and varied habitats of the world. Visit the Amazon rainforest to see the prowling jaguar and fruit-loving kinkajous. Spot the Bengal tiger as it swims through the mangrove forest, the lion pride resting on the African savannah, and the…

Arthur and the Earthworms

Arthur and the Earthworms is part of a new series for young readers written by Québécois author Johanne Mercier, translated by Daniel Hahn and illustrated by Clare Elsom. Arthur is a bright and interested seven-year-old who lives with his Grandparents and a pet duck. With Granddad’s encouragement he decides to start a new job selling earthworms…

Atlas of Oddities

The Atlas of Oddities is a unique compendium of some of the most unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. From the prolific pen of Clive Gifford, author of over 150 books, and inspired by both his own travels and those of his parents who worked for an airline,…

Be an Irish Explorer

Be an Irish Explorer is an activity pad with a twist as it challenges budding artists to discover, doodle, design and draw their way around Ireland. Each page explores a different location, from Newgrange to Bunratty, the Giant’s Causeway to the Cliffs of Moher. Activities include drawing the sights, designing buildings, jewellery, posters and postcards…

Big Kid Bed

Leslie Patricelli and the inimitable Baby are back with this delightful new board book. It is bedtime for Baby but not in his safe, reliable cot. Baby has a new big kid bed to sleep in. Daddy tucks Baby in and Mummy says good night, but the bed is so big, and Baby feels so…

Cinderfella

Once upon a time, there lived Cinderfella – a little boy forever bossed around by his two older brothers, Gus and Gareth. They make him clip their toenails, clean their room and even finish their homework. They are so mean that on the day of neighbour Kayleigh’s party, Gus and Gareth tell poor Cinderfella that…

Dinosaur Scramble (Downtown Dinosaurs)

Dinosaur Scramble is the latest title in the Downtown Dinosaurs series by author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Arthur Robins. Our hero Darwin, a young stegosaurus, is delighted when his mother lays an egg as he has always wanted a brother or sister to play with. But mayhem ensues when mad Uncle Loops is left in charge…

Draw With Marta Altés: You Are an Artist!

You Are an Artist is based on the bestselling picturebook, I Am An Artist!, and is designed to give budding artists the chance to get creative and make art with award-winning writer and illustrator Marta Altés. An activity book with a difference, each page presents an opportunity for the reader to create their very own…

Fox and Chick: The Party and Other Stories

Fox and Chick have many adventures together. Fox and Chick are funny and have fun. Fox and Chick do not always agree. But nevertheless, Fox and Chick are always friends. The Party and Other Stories features a classic odd couple made up of a patient, if somewhat exasperated, Fox and a lively but perhaps occasionally…

Frog and Toad Together

The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a…

Frog and Toad Together

The Frog and Toad stories by Arnold Lobel were first introduced to young readers in 1970 and have since come to be recognised as classics of children’s literature, winning many of the genre’s most prestigious awards. Frog and Toad Together is the second book in the series, first published in 1972, and was itself a…

Here Comes Lolo

Lolo is a happy little girl who lives with her mother and grandmother (Gogo) in South Africa. Lolo’s mischievous and lively nature ensures she has many adventures as she skips through life, home and school leaving a trail of laughter, a few frowns and a lot of warmth and love along the way. Here Comes…

I’m a Girl!

The girl in this book is forever being mistaken for a boy. Is it because she is loud and rambunctious, or because she wears shorts and a t-shirt instead of more ‘girlie’ clothes? Or is it because society still sees little boys and girls in terms of traditional gender stereotypes? Our heroine couldn’t care less…

Journeys

Read your way around the world with some of history’s greatest story makers. Discover some amazing expeditions, including that of Nobu Shirase – who raced Scott and Amundsen to the South Pole – and Henry ‘Box’ Brown – a slave who posted himself to freedom. Recounting the stories of some of the bravest and most…

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked

Jack is a very small and bendy boy. So small and bendy that he can hide inside his own school bag! Jack’s mum is in prison for theft and he’s never met his dad, so he is forced to stay in a windowless cupboard in drippy Aunt Violet’s house with his smelly Uncle Ted and…

Look Both Ways

When the school bell rings the walkers are finally set free. For ten blocks there are no parents or teachers telling them what to do. They can talk about bogies, make jokes, face bullies, and hear about the school bus that fell from the sky. In ten blocks and ten tales we find out what…

Magic Betsey

(Note: This review also discusses Betsey's Birthday Surprise – ISBN: 9781782951889) Magic Betsey and Betsey’s Birthday Surprise are two of five separate short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow, from UK Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Betsey is a lovable little girl who lives in Barbados with her mum, grandma Liz, brother Desmond and sister Sherena, while…

Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig

The Not-a-Pig is Book One in a new series from author Polly Faber and illustrator Clara Vulliamy. Featuring a wonderful new heroine called Mango Allsorts, who by her own admission is good at all sorts of things, and indeed she is, as the stories collected here go on to prove.    When Mango finds a…

Monkey Nut

After illustrating for such established children’s authors as Alan Durant, Ann Bonwill and others, Simon Rickerty goes it alone for his new title Monkey Nut. Red spider and blue spider find a single monkey nut and even though they can’t decide what it actually is (A hat? A drum? A boat? A skateboard?) they definitely know…

Mr. Mistoffelees: The Conjuring Cat

T.S. Eliot first published Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats in 1939. A series of whimsical poems written to amuse his godchildren, the book became an enduring classic and has been reprinted several times over the years and also forms the basis for the smash hit musical ‘Cats’. Illustrator Arthur Robins has previously crafted a…

Nothing!

‘Lila, what are you doing?’ ‘Nothing’ Mummy and Lila are going to visit Grandpa, but Lila is too busy in her own imaginative world. Whenever Mummy asks her what she is doing, she always says, ‘Nothing!’ Only the reader is allowed into her colourful, crazy, creative world where she is wrestling an octopus, racing along…

One Day, So Many Ways

Discover what life is like for children from around the world every day. Meet children from over 40 countries, exploring the differences and similarities between their daily lives. Over 24 hours, readers will follow a variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, learn and go about their everyday routine. One…

Plant, Sow, Make and Grow

Plant, Sow, Make and Grow is an activity book for budding gardeners with a simple low-stress approach to producing fruit, vegetables and flowers. Packed full of information and easily achievable activities, Plant, Sow, Make and Grow will tempt everyone to get outside and start growing a garden of their own. Opening with a handy guide…

Pug-a-Doodle-Do!

Pug-a-Doodle-Do! is a doodle and activity book with a difference, full of drawing and writing adventures inspired by the wacky world of Reeve and McIntyre who have previously brought us the best-selling fiction titles Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, Pugs of the Frozen North, and Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair. The book contains…

Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

When orphan Matthew Henson ran away from his violent stepmother to find a new life in the big city of Baltimore, no one could have predicted that he would become the first man to reach the North Pole. A little luck and a lot of hard work led to a life of adventure on the…

Red Car Red Bus

  Red Car, Red Bus begins with a queue of people at a bus stop, waiting for the red bus to come. After it arrives, we follow its journey down the road where soon a red car joins behind. Then the traffic builds as a yellow car, a yellow van, an orange tuck and so on…

Salty Dogs

The Salty Dogs are a group of canine pirates who have fallen on hard times. Remembering some long-ago buried treasure, the crew set out on an adventurous quest to bring home the booty. However, first they must use all their canine cunning to outwit their pirate foes, including the Feathered Furies, the Crazy Horn Gang…

Shake the Tree!

A hungry little mouse spies a tasty-looking nut hanging from the top of a too-tall tree. How will he reach it? A thought suddenly strikes – why not shake, shake, shake the tree until it falls into his waiting hands? But unfortunately all that shaking loosens something (or is it someone?) else from the tree,…

Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to become Ireland’s First Astronaut

Norah Patten was 11 years of age when she visited NASA on a family holiday to the United States. From that moment on she decided she wanted to be an astronaut and become the first Irish person in space. Shooting for the Stars is Norah’s story, in which she tells us all about her life,…

Soda Pop

Soda Pop is a really great dad who loves bright orange clothes and wears a tea cozy on his head. He has brought up his son Mazarin on sweet buns and love. Grandfather Dartanyong emerges from his woodshed every morning with a new identity, and Great-grandfather has moved into a tree, eats birdseed, and thinks…

Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland

Spellbound is a collection of stories from Ancient Ireland linked by themes of magic and enchantment from Siobhán Parkinson, former Irish Children’s Laureate, and illustrator Olwyn Whelan. Featuring tales and characters familiar from our schooldays such as Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Children of Lir, these new takes on old classics are fresh and vivid and…

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt

Narwhal has decided to become a super hero. He has his super outfit and secret identity, but Narwhal has yet to discover his unique superpower. Join him and his best friend Jelly as they navigate their way to becoming the best super heroes and super friends they can be! Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt is…

Taxi Ride with Victor

Victor has always dreamed of becoming the galaxy’s greatest taxi driver, but unfortunately his sense of direction isn’t always up to scratch. Left turn, right turn, go straight ahead – it doesn’t seem to matter. A ride in Victor’s taxi is definitely an adventure, resulting in unpredictable destinations for all his passengers, and ultimately himself.…

The Buccaneering Book of Pirates

The Buccaneering Book of Pirates is a collection of six swashbuckling adventure stories based on some of the most famous pirate stories and legends. Treasure Island, The Pirate Queen and Davy Jones’ Locker are all included in shortened, simplified versions suitable for both reading aloud or independently. All the usual pirate paraphernalia is here – treasure maps, sword fights, shipwrecks…

The Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen

When this book arrived for review I quite literally squealed with delight. From the cloth bound and vividly embossed cover to the stunning endpapers and all the beautiful illustrations within, this is book as work of art. Containing 23 of Andersen's best known and most loved tales, including such childhood classics as 'The Ugly Duckling',…

The Perfect Sofa

Panda and Penguin need a new sofa. Their current comfy one is torn and shabby and the springs inside have sprung loose. They decide to go shopping to seek out the perfect sofa. But will they find it? Panda and Penguin’s quest leads them to sofas that are too big, too small, too colourful and…

The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!

Mo Willems’s famous Pigeon is back and this time he absolutely HAS to go to school. However, he is convinced that school is not for him. After all, doesn’t he already know everything? And school starts in the morning and you know what he’s like in the mornings (not pretty!). Pigeon has so many reasons…

The Queen’s Orang-utan (Comic Relief)

It is the Queen’s birthday and she is bored. Feeling trapped and surrounded by so much stuff of one kind and another, she decides that this year for her birthday gift she would like ‘One’s own orang-utan’. And as the Queen must always get what she desires, an orang-utan comes to join the royal household…

The Star-Spun Web

Tess de Sousa is no ordinary orphan. As a baby, she was left in the care of the kind and loving teachers of Ackerbee’s Home for Lost and Foundlings. Knowing nothing of her parentage or background, Tess yearns to learn more about her mysterious origins when a man claiming to be a distant relative comes…

We Travel So Far…

We Travel So Far… is a collection of small stories about big journeys. Each story in this book is a true tale of migration across land, sea and air, and looks at the most astonishing journeys undertaken by animals all around the world. From the epic journey of the huge humpback whale to the gritty…

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