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Book 3 in the Magic Animal Cafe series! Along with her friend Blake, Ellie is desperately searching for answers about what happened to her great-grandfather years ago. But when they get caught up in the middle of an animal war in the local park, they have more pressing things to think about. Robbie the red squirrel and his clan are clashing with the bigger, meaner grey squirrels. As Robbie bravely stands up to the Greys, Ellie and Blake do their best to stop the squirrels from fighting and bring peace to the park. About the Magic Animal Cafe series: Join Ellie and Blake as they start new lives in a new town and a mysterious old building. They've only just met, but already they share a magical secret: they can talk to animals! That could prove useful with Ellie's mum opening a cat cafe, but the cafe is under threat from a greedy property developer - unless Ellie and Blake can stop him. With engaging illustrations and quirky talking animals, Magic Animal Cafe is perfect for animal lovers and young readers aged 7+.
In the chaotic last days of World War II, Jakob and Kizzy are tricked into a life or death journey. Far from home, they are attacked and only just escape. They hide in a seemingly deserted mansion, but they keep hearing strange noises. Investigating, they find it shelters not only forty abandoned horses but a small band of lost children, displaced by the war. With danger on every side, can Kizzy and Jakob keep them safe and get them all home?
Meet Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger in this timeless adventure that has enchanted generations of children. This beloved childhood classic by Kenneth Grahame is now available in a stunning gift book edition with dazzling new art. One spring day, Mole peers out from his underground home to find a marvellous world awaits him. As the seasons pass, he picnics on the riverbank with Ratty, accompanies Toad on a chaotic caravan adventure, and even braves the snowy depths of the fearsome Wild Wood in search of Badger. But when Toad's mischievous ways finally land him in trouble, can his friends come to his rescue and recapture Toad Hall from a gang of sneaky stoats and wheedling weasels? The hilarious and heart-warming adventures of Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad are brought to life for a new generation in this enchanting abridgement, accompanied by Kate Hindley's vibrant and appealing artwork. With sumptuous details including cloth binding, foil cover, full colour illustrations throughout, textured paper jacket, ribbon marker and head and tail bands.
The 30th Elmer storybook from master picture book maker and BookTrust Liftetime Achievement Award winner David McKee, about caring for elderly family members. Aunt Zelda has a gift to give to Elmer from his Grandpa Eldo, but she can't remember what it is or where it is. Zelda's memory sometimes escapes her, and her hearing isn't what it used to be, so they set off together to find Grandpa Eldo and solve the mystery of the forgotten gift. In his 30th storybook, Elmer's love, patience and respect for his Aunt Zelda and Grandpa Eldo makes for a heart-warming depiction of family life with elderly relatives.
It's time to snuggle down for a bedtime story with Elmer! In this chunky shaped board book, Elmer helps Baby Elephant find his lost teddy just in time for bed. Everybody needs their own special teddy bear at bedtime... have you got yours? A perfect introduction to the classic Elmer and the Lost Teddy story for the very youngest readers, with an abridged text of the best-loved tale.
Can Hop find a way to escape the wolves in her nightmares, even if they chase her in helicopters? Mummy thinks so. Every night, Hop has nightmares filled with, scary, hungry-eyed wolves. She knows they only exist in her dreams but they still seem very real. Her mummy comforts her and has some good advice, but can Hop find the courage to conquer the wolves?
Will Jakeman is the inventor of the world-famous Marvellous Mechanimals - brilliant mechanical animals that defend people from all the dangerous creatures that inhabited their home. At the ripe old age of 99 and three quarters, Will decides he must try to discover the whereabouts of Ureker, the lost planet of his birth invaded by Reptoids, a gang of merciless Space Pirates, when he was still a little baby. Will builds a giant telescope that can see far out into the cosmos - but what he doesn't realise is that his fiddling with the fabric of the cosmos causes a massive space-quake, and a ten-year-old boy called Charlie Small is catapulted through the hole and lands near Will's factory of inventions. The two embark on a series of adventures trying to get Charlie home - will they succeed or will they be left dangling in space forever?
A hilarious book about the importance of ALWAYS covering your nose when you sneeze and what happens if you don't! You probably know it's good manners to ALWAYS cover your nose when you sneeze. But when Sid forgets this very simple rule, the consequences are wilder than he could ever have predicted. Get ready for a laugh-out-loud, sneeze-driven joyride, featuring elephants, pirates, acrobats, giants, princesses and a whole lot of pandas. Sneezing will never be the same again! This joyfully anarchic, side-splittingly funny story is perfect for fans of You Can't Take an Elephant on the Bus and There's a Shark in the Bath. From the bestselling, award-winning author of You Must Bring a Hat and I Really Want the Cake (shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2018), and the illustrator of Think Big.
Radiant with warm sentiments and brave truths, in Marry Me, Mole? Jeanne Willis and Susan Varley have created a unique, talking-point picture book that transcends ages, with a powerful message at its honest heart - love sometimes means choosing not to be together. This profound and poetic picture book opens with Bird asking Mole to marry them, with Bird promising to make Mole the best nest in the sky. But, though their love is mutual, Mole replies with a resounding “No, it won’t do”. They are simply too different for it to work. As Mole explains: “I’ll always love you, Bird,” said Mole, “But I belong inside a hole“ “And you belong up in the sky.” “You’re right,” said Bird and gave a sigh. Though this is a tough truth to take, the story ends on a glorious note of hope. Even though love isn’t always enough, “out there somewhere there will be/Someone for you/Someone for me”. Certain to spark valuable conversations about the nature of love, difference and learning to live and love in different ways, the rhyming text is poetic, perfectly-pitched and a joy to read aloud, and the illustrations are a delicately detailed delight.
A charming family comedy for readers of 8+, with a dash of magic, and the occasional moment of mayhem! These are the third memoirs Holly Hopkinson, aged ten - except without any of the rubbish adults usually put in, thank you very much. Welcome to volume III of my memoirs - with me, Holly Hopkinson, still in the middle of flipping nowhere, and still on the brink of multiple catastrophes, like my parents announcing that we might be moving stateside. Good thing my sister is still into organising protests, thank you very much. Plus Mum is about to lose what little money we have left on a vegetable shop, there's been a biscuit-fight fiasco in the village and a family secret I uncovered means my suitcase is packed, my goodbyes are prepared - life is cruel at ten. But fear not because with the help of my Magic Pocket Watch I might get an actual factual rock star to play with my brother's band! Oh yes. The middle of nowhere, AKA Lower Goring, could be about to hit the news headlines again.
There’s a wonderful dragon in David Owen’s thrilling new adventure story, but it’s not the fire-breathing kind; rather it’s a water dragon, a huge and gorgeous, sinuous creature with amazing powers. Alex Neptune has grown up with stories of the Water Dragon which is credited with creating the strange shaped bay in his seaside hometown. He’s never believed them, and indeed, has always avoided the sea, convinced it wants him dead. But just as the waters of Haven Bay are most in need of help, choked with litter and polluted by chemicals from the town’s new industrial plant, Alex discovers that the Water Dragon is more than just a myth and that he has a special role to play in saving it, and thereby the oceans it protects. Fortunately, he doesn’t have to do this on his own: best friends tech-mad, gadget-creating Zoe and under-water supremo Anil are there to help, plus his weight-lifting sister Bridget. Alex also has an amazing crew of sea-creatures onside – four otters, flocks of seagulls, and an extraordinary colour-changing octopus he calls Kraken. As Alex finds courage he never knew he had and together they stand up against wicked, power-crazed trophy hunter Callis, it’s all hands/fins/tentacles on deck! The story is full of adventure with battles raging on land, sea and in underwater caves, but there’s buckets of humour too not to mention a healthy helping of environmentalism. It will make the perfect beach read but will be just as unputdownable when you’re back home too. One to recommend to fans of the Eerie-on-Sea stories by Thomas Taylor or Dragon Realm adventures.
An upbeat rhyming story about bees and sustainability, ideal for children practising reading at home or in school. Lola is a bee who loves to boogie, but the rest of the hive think her dancing is silly. One day, their meadow is mowed and the bees must go in search of new nectar. Luckily, Lola's bop might just help them find it! This cheerful story from award-winning author John Dougherty is perfect for Key Stage 1 (KS1) children who are learning to read by themselves. It features funny colour illustrations by Pauline Gregory and is perfect for teaching children about sustainability and the importance of bees in our ecosystem. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. With gorgeous colour illustrations and inside cover notes to help children get the most out of stories, this series is ideal for home and school. Guided reading notes written by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) are available at bloomsburyreaders.com. Purple Book Band. Ideal for ages 6+.