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In this collection we have a books that have been made into feature films and tv series. There are old favourites - classics which have stood the test of time and remain family favourites for each new generation, as well as newly and shortly to be released movies. We have also included activity books and annuals. Most books have reviews and many have an extract for you to download to help you choose your next book. The films are often good....but there's nothing like reading the book first!
November 2018 Book of the Month | Wonder was a sensation when it was first published in 2012, and the story of Auggie and his fight to be accepted as a normal boy has now hit the big screen in a movie starring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, Jacob Tremblay, Daveed Diggs, and Mandy Patinkin. This is a special film tie-in edition. Frank, powerful, warm and often heart-breaking, Wonder is a book you'll read in one sitting, pass on to others, and remember long after the final page. This is a wonderful debut from a storyteller with a great future if this book is anything to go by and her characters are intensely likeable.
A gripping historical adventure by a much-loved and award winning author. Soon to be a major motion picture, starring Stranger Things' Noah Schnapp. It is World War II and Jo stumbles on a dangerous secret: Jewish children are being smuggled away from the Nazis, close to his mountain village in Spain. Now, German soldiers have been stationed at the border. Jo must get word to his friends that the children are trapped. The slightest mistake could cost them their lives.
Shortlisted for the 2009 Penguin Orange Readers' Group Book of the Year. Deeply seductive and irresistibly compelling, this is an extraordinary love story that will stay with you long after you’ve finished it. It’s the first in the Twilight series and is a captivating sage of vampire romance. The 2nd is New Moon, the third is Eclipse and the fourth, Breaking Dawn make this a truly must-read series.
The Worst Witch is an absolute classic and an essential title for every child's bookshelf, and it is reissued here with a special jacket to accompany the new CBBC series. The trials and tribulations of a disastrous new girl at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, a gloriously witchy boarding school, The Worst Witch has magic galore. Unfortunately for Mildred Hubble, most of it has a habit of going badly wrong. Her broomstick won’t fly straight, her cat is tabby not black and she manages to turn her arch-enemy into a toad. Nice short chapters with stunning illustrations also by Jill Murphy make this a perfect title to share with young children but older children will be equally at home with it. Books in The Worst Witch Series: 1. The Worst Witch 2. The Worst Witch Strikes Again 3. A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch 4. The Worst Witch All At Sea 5. The Worst Witch Saves The Day 6. The Worst Witch to the Rescue 7. The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star 8. First Prize for the Worst Witch
A must-have for fans of both the Hunger Games novels and the new Hunger Games film. Welcome to Panem, the world of The Hunger Games. This is the definitive, richly illustrated, full-colour guide to all the districts of Panem, all the participants in The Hunger Games, and the life and home of Katniss Everdeen. www.thehungergames.co.uk
More destructive than a hurricane, and almost as damp. The third in this bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), sees the Baudelaire children moved to their third guardian, Aunt Josephine, who lives on a house overlooking Lake Lachrymose. Violet, Sunny and Klaus are three intelligent, charming and resourceful children but the relentless Count Olaf returns to try and steal their fortune in sinister style. Here they encounter lake monsters, suspicious Captains, allergic reactions, and much much more, all of which is revealed in the hugely entertaining, totally deadpan humour that has made this series so original and so captivating. Throughout 2010 further titles will be released in the long-awaited paperback format. Rest assured we'll be the first to know when they're coming. To go to our special 'Series of Unfortunate Events' click here.
This year sees the launch of the most exciting Chronicles of Narnia film yet and HarperCollins have published a beautiful tie-in edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The intrepid Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia -- with their beastly cousin Eustace in tow -- on the ship The Dawn Treader, where their old friend Prince Caspian is searching for lost friends of his father's. As the children take to the Eastern Seas in their hunt for the friends they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous adventure that leads them once again to Aslan the lion. See 'Reader's Guide' on the right hand side of this page for a Narnia-themed activity sheet.
This bestselling series (in fact in the top five of bestsellers of the last decade), now at long last available in paperback. More terrifying than a mob, and almost as ill-tempered, this is the seventh in the series. The miserable lives of the Baudelaire orphans continue as they are relentlessly pursued by the evil Count Olaf. Lemony Snicket goes from strength to strength and in The Vile Village we see Count Olaf up to tricks bigger and better than ever. "The Vile Village" of the title is a place you don't want to be, with Snicket getting darker than ever. The Baudelaire orphans go to a village called V.F.D. as part of a Village Adoption Scheme, and they get into a series of scrapes. With all the usual Snicket devices in place, readers old and new will not to be disappointed. Throughout 2010 further titles will be released in the long-awaited paperback format. Rest assured we'll be the first to know when they're coming. To go to our special 'Series of Unfortunate Events' click here.
One small hop for a rabbit . . . One giant leap for mankind. The iconic, original tale of Peter Rabbit, with a beautiful limited edition cover to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
Cats Brothers, the award winning knitwear/street-wear label give Peter Rabbit a decidedly cool, but very fitting new look on the cover of this edition of the favourite story, one of the Beatrix Potter British Fashion Designer Collection, created to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth. Deciding that if Peter were around today he’d be the bad brother of the burrow, they replace his iconic blue jacket with a hip denim one, customized with ‘vegetable’ patches! Potter’s illustrations are reflected on the end papers too which feature gorgeous embroidered radishes and peas! It’s an idiosyncratic approach, but it really works and this will definitely draw fashion-conscious youngsters into Potter’s world. ~ Andrea Reece In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th anniversary, Penguin Random House have commissioned five of Britain and Ireland’s most exciting fashion designers to reimagine the cover designs of Potter’s best-loved tales. Visually stunning and completely unexpected, we hope you enjoy seeing Potter’s characters through this new lens – Jo Hanks, Publisher Beatrix Potter had an eye for fashion as well as the natural world, clothing her characters in à la mode jackets, hats, shawls and dresses with Peter Rabbit being inseparable from his iconic blue jacket. It has been a privilege working with modern British and Irish fashion designers, each creating surprising and wonderful designs inspired by Beatrix Potter’s classic tales adding their own distinctive style into the mix– Adam Wardle, Designer
Funny and poignant, this is the most popular of all Jacqueline Wilson’s best-selling titles. Tracy Beaker, a feisty ten year old living in a children’s home, gives a sparky view of life in what she calls The Dumping Ground. She moves swiftly through her deep sadness at not having a ‘real’ home, her vigorous relationships with the other children and the ultimate joy of finding a wonderful foster mother. As fresh to read now as when it was first published twenty years ago. The LoveReading Comment: Probably Jacqueline Wilson’s most successful character creation. Tracy Beaker is a tough feisty little girl in a children’s home who longs to live in a real home with a real family one day. The author’s inspiration for the story came from seeing photos of children in local newspapers wanting to be fostered. It’s funny and sad in equal measure but ultimately uplifting and children of 7 or 8 upwards will want to read it again and again. Books in The Tracy Beaker Series: 1. The Story of Tracy Beaker 2. The Dare Game 3. Starring Tracy Beaker 4. My Mum Tracy Beaker 5. We Are The Beaker Girls
A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 | The US classic picture book about a bull who would rather sit under the cork tree and smell the flowers than fight in the bullring makes a welcome re-appearance in this attractive edition. The story, and the original illustration by award-winning US illustrator Robert Lawson, offer a thoughtful commentary on expectations of how bulls – and boys – should behave. And, with the backdrop of the bullfight, it looks at how cruelly animals are treated.
Feed your kids' imagination by giving them the books behind the films.
Films are a wonderful way of piquing children's interest in stories, but sometimes it's good for them to read the book before they see the movie.
When you read you can imagine how landscapes, characters and adventures look - it's brilliant creative brain training.
In this category you'll find information about exciting upcoming films and the original books they're based on, which are often even better!