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Anna Claybourne is a children’s author who has written non-fiction books on a wide variety of topics, including science and technology, computers, wildlife, art and craft, history, the paranormal, archaeology, geography, and geology. Anna has also worked on several retellings of myths and legends.
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2020 | Starting with a timeline that stretches from the ‘Big Bang’ to ‘The Modern Age (1940- the present day)’ this is a largely pictorial history covering physical and social developments in big, bold outlines which convey the main messages which are then fleshed out in much greater depth through detailed, fact-filled captions. The topics covered in each of the double-page spreads include ‘Our Home in Space’, ‘The Dinosaur Age’ , ‘Cities, Civilizations and Empires’ and ‘Technology’. The illustrations that convey them determinedly simple which gives the book a welcome, distinctively different look. Find out more about Anna and another of her books, The Mermaid Atlas, in this Q&A.
Merfolk of the World | We are all fascinated by mermaids – whether it’s the story of The Little Mermaid, or the idea of mysterious creatures luring sailors into danger. This beautifully illustrated book introduces readers to mermaids from all around the world – not just the UK and Europe but across the Americas, Australia and Asia too; it seems that people everywhere have always been entranced by the idea of human creatures living in the sea or deep lakes. Many of these mermaids are beautiful, some are helpful and kind, others anything but. The stories will catch the imagination, and this is a book to pore over and return to again and again.
With Shakespeare in the spotlight, this book finds an unusual and effective way to spark children’s interest in his plays. It retells ten of the most popular in cartoon strip, each accompanied by a brief synopsis of the action. A bright busy double page illustration of a scene from the play follows and children are challenged, Where’s Wally style, to find the main characters and indeed Shakespeare himself amongst the crowds. The illustrations are very appealing and catch the mood of the plays very well: Messina, the setting for Much Ado About Nothing, is a real Italian town with turrets, domes and courtyards; Macbeth’s castle is set in a very grey, dreich Scottish hillside; Prospero’s island is clearly a magical place under skies tinged pink. A fun way to make Shakespeare’s plays familiar and enticing to children. ~ Andrea Reece
August 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month There’s a huge amount of information in this slim volume, gathered under headings such as Planet Earth, Physics, Numbers and Counting and Prehistoric Finds. It’s presented in a way that is sure to appeal to inquisitive young people, almost as a series of stories: short paragraphs explain the different topics linking them to the men and women who studied them and advanced our understanding. It makes for a fascinating narrative that gives a real sense of the development of scientific thinking. Illustrations help make the science clear and memorable and this is a book that will inspire as well as inform. ~ Andrea Reece
This riveting book tells you everything you need to know about the most disgusting things on the planet. With a yuck factor rating you’re told quite how disgusting something is. Great information to share with friends. But there’s also an educational undercurrent to the whole book so it’s particularly good for those reluctant readers who relish the opportunity to get one up on their friends!!
This fascinating ultimate survival handbook will teach you how to survive the world's most dangerous situations ranging from plane crashes and avalanches to jelly fish stings and snake bites. It even gives a top tip on how best to survive each of the 100 most dangerous things. The reality is that most of these things will never happen to you but if you'd read this book and knew what to do if it did happen then chances are you'd live to tell the tale!! Shortlisted for the 2009 Blue Peter Award for ‘the best book with facts’.
This vividly illustrated book shines a light on the animal kingdom like never before. Perfect for young animal lovers, The Surprising Lives of Animals is a captivating reading experience that will amaze children and deepen their understanding of the world around them. Did you know that some animals giggle and play just like us? Or that certain animals build their homes, stockpile their food, and use tools? In this fascinating book you'll learn about the things that humans and animals have in common. From team work, exercise and self-care to dancing and getting into trouble, you'll discover that, actually, animals are a lot like you! Visiting underground burrows and grassy savannahs, watery realms and towering tree tops, this book will take you around the world on a journey of discovery. Meet the monkeys who love to take baths, or the penguins who toboggan for fun. Hear the stories of escaping honey badgers, sneaky spiders and clever crows. Or find out if animals can really talk. You'll see plenty of Earth's creatures, from creepy crawlies to mega mammals, and you'll learn abouttheirlives, habitats, characteristics and behaviours - and uncover what makes each of them so surprisingly similar to us humans. Look out for 'Scientist Spotlight' boxes too, to learn about some important scientists and conservationists, such as Sir David Attenborough and Dame Jane Goodall.