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Can you guess which of these facts is NOT true? Woodlice have blue blood. Dead cabbage cafe is the name of a band. King Edward III banned football in England. You swallow about one litre of snot a day! (That's roughly five skips FULL of snot, swallowed during your lifetime.) When glass snakes are attacked, their tail shatters into little pieces - these pieces jump around and distract the predator... while the rest of the snake escapes! Hunt for fascinating facts and use your detective skills to uncover the untrue 'fact'. With hilarious illustrations from the brilliant Gemma Correll, you'll need all your brains to uncover the false fact: can you 'squash' the made-up bug fact, decipher hieroglyphics, and join the stars in a night-time sky to find all the answers? Put your skills to the test as you Splat the Fact!
They may have looked all prim and proper, but the Victorians were a jolly naughty bunch who could be vicious and violent and villainous. Readers can discover the murderers who wouldn't hang, when the first public loo was flushed and all about stag hunting in Paddington Station. With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author and illustrated throughout to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.
Apparently the ancient Greeks were a rather groovy bunch. The boys didn't start school until they were seven, and girls didn't have to go at all. But it wasn't always so jolly. Readers can discover who had the world's first flushing toilet and why dedicated doctors tasted their patients' ear wax! With a bold, accessible new look, these bestselling titles are sure to be a huge hit with yet another generation of Terry Deary fans. Revised by the author and illustrated throughout to make Horrible Histories more accessible to young readers. 2018 is HORRIBLE HISTORIES twenty-fifth anniversary.
If you’re in the market for T Rex titters, sea monster sillies, or Paleo puns (and why wouldn’t you be?), then this is the book for you! There are hundreds of dinosaur jokes, and it’s definitely a case of the old ones being the best – some of these must date back to the late Cretaceous period at least! Knock, knock jokes, why did the chicken cross the road jokes, and even doctor, doctor jokes… they’re all here and young dino obsessives will particularly enjoy the really specialist ones, e.g. what did the palaeontologist say when she discovered a coprolite? ‘Oh, poo!’ ~ Andrea Reece
A completely refreshing and exciting collection of poetry that will encourage even the most determined poetry avoiders to have a peek and maybe get involved. It’s beautifully packaged and filled with close to a hundred illustrations from award winning illustrator, Lane Smith. I adored reading ‘The Island Where Everyone’s Toby’ out loud as fast as I could. So much fun. ‘The One-Eyed Orr’ was deliciously full of oozy pus and gore and ‘If You Ever Have To Memorize A Poem Of Twenty Lines Or Longer and Deliver It To Your Class, Then This Is A Pretty good Choice’ is fantastic for those who worry about forgetting their lines (and actually so much fun to read), and kids everywhere will just LOVE hearing mums and dads read ‘Hey, Kids! Get Your Parents To Read You This Poem!’ I could go on and on, there are so many wonderful, funny, disgusting, and positively joyful poems filling the pages of this book. But even better than that, it’s also full of bonus surprises including the mystery of the misnumbered pages that can only be deciphered by a certain code-cracking poem. Intrigued? Well you’ll have to read it to find out more. And I urge you too. Teachers, parents, grandparents, and kids young and old should have this book. It’s superb and I couldn’t recommend it more. ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here.
The antics of young Viking siblings Hack and Whack would cause even Horrid Henry to blanch. Ignoring their (enormous) mother as she calls them in for bed, they run off scattering chickens and pigs and the other Viking villagers as they go before finally knocking over a Viking loo (unfortunately it’s occupied). When they are exhausted and absolutely filthy, their mother finally catches them, and administers a short, sharp Viking reprimand before dumping the pair into the bath, then into their long boat-shaped beds. It’s gloriously wild and raucous good fun, but actually contains a very accurate depiction of a Viking settlement too. ~ Andrea Reece
What sort of phone has Santa got? Pay as you ho, ho, ho! What do you call a prawn that won't share its Christmas presents? Shell-fish Just a couple of the 100's of jokes that fill this fabulousy jolly snowman shaped book. A wonderful addition to any Christmas stocking, this will add plenty of cheer (and a groan or two) on Christmas day. Just brilliant. ~ Shelley Fallows - You can also find Shelley here.
‘I don’t like going to sleep’ says our narrator, all red hair, baggy shorts and attitude. Why? It’s a matter of choice: across different spreads we are shown the choices to be made throughout the day, from what to eat at breakfast, to whether to do your homework or ‘forget’. But at bedtime when you want to go to sleep the only thing to count is sheep. The vast amount of choice on offer is illustrated in pages jam-packed full of objects, and readers are challenged to scour them to find hidden items, a nibbled carrot, a frog mask, toy dinosaurs. Quirky and unusual it’s lots of fun to look at and Anne Morel’s stylish illustrations will keep readers happily poring over the pages for hours. ~ Andrea Reece
This is one of those books that does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s full of recipes for dishes that really will freak out your friends, from ‘cat poo in the litter tray’ to ‘severed fingers’. Disgusting as these dishes sound and look however, they’ll taste very good; they’re all made out of regular, tasty ingredients just cleverly arranged to look like something revolting. Hidden among the recipes however are notes on some of the (to us anyway) bizarre or gruesome foods that are eaten in different parts of the world, e.g. witchetty grubs, fruit bats, fish eyeballs and duck embryos (in the shell). Part cookbook, part information book, this happily puts the yuk into cookery. ~ Andrea Reece
A day devoted to stuffing your face with sweets and playing horrid tricks: Horrid Henry and Hallowe’en are made for one another! There are six stories in this collection, each one a tribute to Henry’s ability to cause trouble, upset Perfect Peter, and somehow, despite his parents’ best efforts, come out on top. There are extra treats too – spooky jokes and a section of puzzles, games, activities, even a gruesome recipe, just the thing for putting the Henry into Hallowe’en. ~ Andrea Reece
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Packed-full of some of the amazing inventions created by Colin Furze and demonstrated in his YouTube videos, this book will inspire young creators to try their hand at their own versions of his ideas. The simple-to-make Brilliant Bedroom-Tidy pulley could quickly become a favourite! It is just one of the 10 daft things that Colin Furze gives detailed instructions on how to create. Others include Furze’s Phone-Filming Thingy and a Mega Milk-Bottles Raft. In addition to the step-by-step instructions and guidance on how to source affordable materials with which to create things, Colin Furze includes advice on YouTubing and some background on some of the greatest inventions such as the bicycle and the mobile phone. Both practical and inspiring This Book Isn’t Safe! is a great way to get kids making themselves. ~ Julia Eccleshare A Note from the publishers: 'Colin’s bonkers and brilliant inventions such as a homemade hoverbike, DIY Wolverine Claws, an ejector bed and a jet-kart, have earned him over 4 million YouTube subscribers and more than 400 million video views. Colin is now on a mission to inspire a new generation of budding inventors to be creative and make things. Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2017 Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge This Book Isn't Safe! by Colin Furze The Grotlyn by Benji Davies Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Birthday Boy by David Baddiel