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Sam Hearn began illustrating children's books in 2003 and has since worked with publishers like Bloomsbury, Macmillan, Hodder and Scholastic. He is the illustrator of the Charlie series by Hilary McKay.
Sam lives in West London.
Wittily told in words and pictures, this is a terrific, fast-paced adventure with a great cast of characters. John Watson, a new boy at Baker Street Academy, soon joins a bunch of good friends – lead by the super-forensic Sherlock Holmes – and is swept up in their latest adventure as they are determined to locate the whereabouts of a missing diamond. All is not plain sailing as the boys’ enemy James Moriaty and his friends are equally determined to stop them! ~ Julia Eccleshare
Told through Watson's blog, detective notes, school assignments, media reports, and energetic comic-strip illustrations, this introduction to Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters will have every young super-sleuth hooked! Full Lovereading4kids review to follow.
For fans of Wimpy Kid comes a side-splittingly funny new series following mischievous gang The Abominators and their unlikely sidekick, posh boy Cecil Trumpington-Potts. A small number of our readers were lucky enough to be invited to review The Abominators and the Forces of Evil....here's a taster of what they thought...'an absolutely hilarious tale stuffed full with the funniest escapades you could imagine. I laughed out loud again and again and I only wish that the book was longer. I can't wait to read the next in the series. Superb!'. Scroll down to read more reviews...
The first animal in the hilarious Awesome Animals series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. The third Meerkat Madness book in the hilarious Awesome Animals series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. The Really Mad Mob is expanding! With new faces joining familiar ones in Far Burrow, the thrill-seeking meerkat pups have more exciting adventures ahead of them. Join Uncle Fearless and the intrepid pups in a brand new, sky-high Kalahari escapade! More hilarious adventures from the creator of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.
A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your child's reading journey. Meet Mr Monkey, who belongs to Class Two. He's more than just an ordinary toy. He's magic! No one can quite remember now how long he's been at the school or where he came from, but once a week one of the children has to take him home and write a diary about their time with him.
Caspar can't take his eyes off his new birthday present - a new scooter! He soon finds out it's not just any scooter but one with magical, time-travelling powers... Race Further with Reading is the perfect tool to build reading confidence with illustrated stories in manageable bite-size chapters, following on a level from the Race Ahead with Reading series with stories of 2,000 words.
In the comic Transylvania United, Abi is gutted when she is sacked from her job as a football manager. But then she gets a call from a strange team of monsters who need her help. Can Abi tackle the petrifying players and lead them to a spooktacular victory in the cup final? Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
The second book in this hilarious new series following mischievous gang The Abominators and their unlikely sidekick, posh boy Cecil Trumpington-Potts. We asked a few lucky readers to review the first in the Abominators series - click here to see what they thought!
The second hilarious Panda Panic story in the fantastic AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife, from award-winning authors. Ping the panda lives with his mum and twin sister on the Wolong nature reserve in China. Although his name means `peaceful` he's anything but! Ping craves adventure and excitement but unfortunately he is a panda... and pandas do pretty much nothing except eat bamboo. But when Ping gets swept off down the river, he at last finds the adventure he's been waiting for. Will Ping and his new friend Little Bear enjoy their freedom, or will the shadows, and the bandits, and the lurking snow leopards have them running for home-sweet-home?
It's time for Ping the panda cub to meet his public in this hilarious adventure by award-winning author, Jamie Rix One of the fantastic titles in the AWESOME ANIMALS series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife, from award-winning authors. Ping the panda lives with his mum and twin sister An on the Wolong nature reserve in China. Although his name means `peaceful` in Chinese, he's anything but! Ping craves adventure and excitement but unfortunately he is a panda... and pandas do pretty much nothing except eat bamboo for around 14 hours a day and poo up to 40 times a day. So when Ping overhears one of the reserve rangers talking about plans to send a panda to London Zoo as part of an exchange programme, he knows this is his big chance! But how can he make sure he gets selected for the programme? Will Ping be able to swap his boring life on the reserve for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure on the other side of the world, or is he destined to a life of eating, and pooing, bamboo? Nothing's black and white in this laugh-out-loud Awesome Animal adventure!
Bee Rex the dinosaur loves to run, shout and swing from the trees, but her brother Max can't do any of those things. He prefers slower, quieter pursuits, such as looking for bugs under rocks. When Bee needs help, though, Max finds there is something he can do. This lovely story by Charlotte Raby is thoughtfully illustrated by Sam Hearn. * Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion. * Text type: A simple story with a familiar setting * Curriculum links: Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Have a developing awareness of their own needs, views and feelings, and be sensitive to the needs, views and feelings of others * This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader.
The meerkats are back in the hilarious Awesome Animals series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. Wup! Wup! Wup! Action stations! The Really Mad Mob of meerkats is on the move again in another animal antics adventure... Mimi, Skeema and Little Dream are unhappy when Uncle invites a fluffy, stranger to join the Really Mad mob. So when Little Dream dreams that their missing mama is calling him, the kits set off to search for her. But a lost lion cub has other plans for them... Join the meerkat kits on a crazy adventure across the Kalahari desert, from the creator of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.
The first book in the hilarious Awesome Animals series - awesome adventures with the wildest wildlife. Told in Ian Whybrow's unique style, this hilarious animal adventure starring ever-popular meerkats is a funny, fast-paced, sure-fire hit. Meerkat Madness is the story of a burrow of meerkat pups and their eccentric babysitter, Uncle Fearless who once travelled to the Blah-Blah camp at the edge of the desert. Truth be told, Uncle is a bit of a show-off but the pups love his colourful stories even if they don't really believe them. But then they find a mysterious object buried in the sand and it isn't long before they are caught up in a daring adventure of their own! A hilarious story about ever-endearing meerkats from the creator of Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs.
Charlie has four wobbly teeth. He can hardly wait to put them under his pillow for the tooth fairy. If only there was a way to make them fall out faster. This is the seventh book in this hilarious series, which also includes: Charlie and the Cat Flap , Charlie and the Great Escape , Charlie and the Big Snow , Charlie and the Rocket Boy , Charlie and the Cheese and Onion Crisps and Charlie and the Haunted Tent .
A wonderfully entertaining and rollicking yarn that’s full of jeopardy, humour and wit as a young, rather wayward rat explores an alarmingly different side of life when he and the rest of his family set sail for sunnier climes, where they meet lots more rats, a Russian sea captain, his pig, sinking ships and much more besides.
Charlie's big brother Max isn't scared of anything...Except Aunt Emma's spooky house. At last it's Charlie's chance to be the hero. Those ghosts had better watch out!
Charlie's waited for snow his whole life - but now it's arrived, his mean mum and teacher won't let him play in it! Luckily, he has a plan to keep it safe...
Jack Bolt is staying with his granny in the village of Wittlesham. But on the night before All Hallows Eve a very surprising hand delivery slices its way (literally) through to his bedroom, via the wall ...So begins an entirely unexpected adventure for Jack Bolt as he becomes embroiled in a series of haphazard antics with a band of highwaymen on the run. But these are no ordinary highwaymen. They come from the eighteenth century! And Jack must use all his nous to keep them from the suspicious eyes of the law when they make an escape through to his twenty-first century world. Jack Bolt and the Highwaymen's Hideout is an enthralling and hugely funny tale full of unforgettable and intriguing characters, sure to keep all would-be time travellers entertained from beginning to end.
Charlie's fed up of his family always picking on him - it's just not fair. So he's decided to run away ...all the way to Henry's house. That will show them! Now they'll be sorry! But there's a problem: life as a runaway means being horribly, impossibly quiet...
Cat lovers in particularly will love this for Cosmo is a really special cat with amazing powers in the form of a magic sneeze. The sneeze enables him to become a witch cat but it also gets him in to a whole lot of trouble as well. Lots of laughs in a thoroughly enjoyable story. From the same author as More Magical Fairy Fun, Fairy Secrets, Mum Mystery, and Fairy Gold.
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