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Whether you travel on the London Underground every week (as millions do) or just once in a blue moon, this fascinating and beautifully illustrated book will intrigue you. It seamlessly mixes facts and human stories to explain the history of the tube from 1845, when Charles Pearson proposed an ‘Arcade Railway’ to cope with congestion on the roads, to today when 100 million people travel through Waterloo station alone every year. You’ll meet the people whose vision shaped the trains, their lines and the stations, and learn quirky facts about everything from lost property to ‘Mind the Gap’ announcements. Sarah McMenemy’s pen and ink illustrations are equally atmospheric whether representing passengers in Victorian times or today, and David Long, a Blue Peter Prize winner, knows just how to entertain and inform at the same time.
Irresistible for anyone mad about trucks! There’s so much to learn about the extraordinary world of trucks and truck-mad William Bee is the man to explain it all. There are steam trucks, amphibious trucks, rescue trucks, snow plough trucks, fire engine trucks and much, much more. Gloriously bold illustrations celebrate the wonders of trucks while the texts adds some useful details.
This fun book is a playful way for young children to develop their counting, observation and pen control skills. Spot the differences between tower cranes, join the dots to finish building a house, count bricks and lots more. Durable, wipe-clean pages mean children can revisit their favourite activities again and again.
While other children are busy creating castles and shops for their school project Yasmin, the lively heroine of this vibrant and attractive series, cannot think what to do. A creative block that will resonate with readers who find it hard to get started on a task. But then she realises that by creating pavements and bridges she brings the buildings together and during break time she creates a community for the whole class. The text is Book Banded Turquoise and with the quirky inclusive illustrations will be confidence building for emergent readers. Yasmin and her family come from Pakistan, so we have occasional Urdu words used and explained and a light touch introduction to Pakistan and its culture. There are discussion questions, author and illustrator biographies and finally, instructions are given for building a model castle needing only cardboard, scissors and glue , usefully modelling instructional text The sparky protagonist, Yasmin also features as a painter, explorer and fashion model in this highly recommended series.
Amelia Earhart, written by Isabel Thomas and illustrated by Dàlia Adillon is a charmingly illustrated biography of an aviation pioneer. The first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Earhart was a superstar of aviation in the 1920s and ‘30s and a pioneer of women’s rights. Her disappearance in 1937, while attempting to fly around the world, remains an unsolved mystery.
Well laid-out, and packed with information and interactive tests and activities to develop skills and understanding, this is just the book for anyone interested in becoming a pilot. It will tell them everything they need to know about flying helicopters, jets and commercial aircraft, from what the controls on a helicopter do, to the make-up of a jet engine. There are practical projects to try and readers can make a rotocopter or a string radio, and work out how much fuel you would need to pilot a plane round the USA. Once each section is complete, children add a sticker before graduating to the next task. Added extras in this terrific book include a press-out and make model plane. ~ Andrea Reece One of a number of titles in the 'Academy' series. To go to our special 'Academy' series category click here.
One of Our Books of the Year 2017 | If you love vehicles, then this is the book for you! William Bee shows off a multitude of amazing vehicles, starting with the steam engine, then trains, a hovercraft, the vertical-take-off-jump-jet, submarines and finally – of course – the space rocket. Pages are busy with super-bright graphics yet clearly laid out, one vehicle per spread, in a lovely large format. There’s lots to see on each page – the machines of course, but also there are logos, signs, directions to read and fun extras – friendly traffic cones, William’s dog, even a little rabbit. Useful lines of text accompany each illustration. ~ Andrea Reece
One of a number of titles in the 'Academy' series. Encourages imaginative play and problem solving. Fresh, contemporary artwork helps to make basic design and space-planning concepts accessible. It also includes loads of great extras: stickers, a pull-out poster, a game, and cards to play with. Perfect for middle school children to discover the essential skills required on the way to becoming an architect in this innovative activity book. To go to our special 'Academy' series category click here.
This self-styled little book actually manages to include photos and information on a huge number of tractors, enough to satisfy the most ardent tractor fan. Starting with the steam engines that replaced horses by the 1850s, it features traction engines, two and four wheeled tractors, combine harvesters and crop pickers. It explains the different tasks tractors are used for at home and in other parts of the world with clear photographs and short, informative lines of text. Concluding with a glossary and index it’s a useful and practical first information book and one that will please its intended audience very much. ~ Andrea Reece
The ideal first book to introduce tractors to toddlers, My First Tractor is packed with colourful images and clear word-labels to encourage early learning. Help your toddler learn all about tractors in My First Tractors. With colourful, bright pictures of tractors alongside clear word-labels your little one will see ploughing and planting and a combine harvester. From counting tractors to different coloured tractors, My First Tractor keeps early learning simple and fun for your little one. Read it together and help them turn the pages and learn all about tractors.
There are 60 plus pages of information about different kinds of emergency vehicles in this attractive little book. Fire, police, ambulance and search and rescue vehicles from across the world, including lots in the UK, are included, represented in clear photos and described in easy to read but useful short sentences of text. The spread on airport crash tenders tells readers why they are needed, how they are used and how fast they can go, and also includes extra details such as notes on their all-wheel drive and powerful sprays. With contents page, index and glossary, this is an excellent first reference book, full of interesting, well-presented information. ~ Andrea Reece
Shortlisted for the UKLA 2016 Book Award in the 7 - 11 year old category. Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal. Fully illustrated, this is a beautiful and intriguing biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the highly original author of the classic French story, The Little Prince. In his detailed and illuminating illustrations, Peter Sis brilliantly conveys the story of this extraordinary explorer and his love of everything to do with aviation. A very fitting companion title to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s masterpiece. A Piece of Passion from Adam Freudenheim, Pushkin Children’s Books I've long admired the work of the Czech-born illustrator Peter Sís, and here I think he's found the perfect subject, which seems to me to be bringing the best out of him artistically and also producing a book with real appeal.The Little Prince is one of best loved children’s books in the UK. This book is a completely new take on the universe of this extraordinary author.