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Number 11 in the Baby Aliens series, A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch sees Izzy and her class plus their long-suffering teachers heading off on a school activities trip. On the official agenda is raft-building, a nature walk and a ropes course, but, as we’ve come to expect, things turn out to be a lot more surprising, risky and dramatic. Together the gang has seen off Yetis, Demon Dinner Ladies and Vampire Rats, but can they cope with Camp Mentors’ monster? As always in this hugely popular series, the story is laugh-out-loud funny, the humour driven by Butchart’s exuberant imagination and perfectly captured child’s-eye-view of life. Packed with illustrations by Thomas Flintham, this is just right for newly confident readers. The LoveReading LitFest invited Pamela to the festival to talk about A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch. The digitally native, all year round, online literature and books festival, with new content released every week is a free-for-all-users festival. What are you waiting for? Check out a preview of the event and sign up to become a member.
Selected for The Book Box by LoveReading4Kids | It all starts when Maisie breaks her leg dancing (the dancing was Jodie’s idea) and ends up in hospital, but, as is the way with Pamela Butchart’s brilliant and brilliantly funny primary school set series Baby Aliens, things just snowball from there. Before you know it the action involves curses, missing cuddly toys, ghosts and a mummy, and trolley loads of tuna sandwiches. It’s all recounted at a breathless, blink-and-you’ll-miss-it pace by Maisie’s best friend Izzy, with cartoon illustrations by Thomas Flintham speeding things up even more, and it makes for some of the funniest, most addictive reading around. No matter how zany things get, there’s a logic to everything that happens that children will completely understand and it’s not hard to see why this series is so popular with readers. This is the tenth Baby Aliens adventure, but it works perfectly as a stand-alone.
Izzy and her friends are shocked when they find their lollipop man has disappeared! Maisie thinks he's gone to Rome but if that's true, why do they keep seeing a weird white wispy cloud around the school? And why do Izzy's legs feel cold even though she's got tights on? Could it be that the lollipop man is a phantom and he's come to spook them all?! Laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham. Read more of Izzy's adventures!
Of the many tributes to Shakespeare in this anniversary year, To Wee or Not to Wee must be the zaniest. It features retellings of four favourite Shakespeare plays with a definite focus on the action and character motivation. The twist however is that this is Shakespeare through the eyes of Izzy, star of the Baby Aliens series, so her retelling of Hamlet is prompted by Zach’s inability to decide between the hat and the car in Monopoly. Her version is certainly to the point: ‘As soon as the gravediggers said that Hamlet screamed “I knew him, Horatio”, and jumped RIGHT into the grave and began SPEAKING to the skull and asking it loads of questions, like “What should I do about EVERYTHING?” and just “Why?”’. For all the silliness, it gets across the main themes of the plays, and Izzy’s top-speed accounts are irresistible. ~ Andrea Reece The Editor says: “Who better to introduce children to Shakespeare than Pamela Butchart? If anyone can see the role of lasagne in Hamlet, or how annoying it must be for Lady Macbeth to have to lay on anunexpected buffet for Duncan, she can. The perfect introduction to the Bard, with all the suspense,heroics and Italian food of the originals.”
Winner of the Children’s Book Award 2016, Books for Younger Readers category A third riotous adventure for Jodi, Maisie, Zach and all the rest in 4J including the fast-paced narrator, Izzy. This time, part of the school is suddenly put out-of-bounds. When 4J have to share a classroom with 6B, the gang discover that the reason that it is closed is …Rats! Could this have anything to do with the new head teacher who keeps his curtains closed ? As ever, the gang is quick to jump to conclusions. If the head is a vampire rat, they must do everything in their power to destroy him! The classroom goes wild in this witty no-holds-barred story. Kirsty from Nosy Crow says: “Lots of books are described as ‘laugh out loud’ but Pamela’s are the real deal. They are beloved by all who read them. Pamela is a real star, and we’re delighted to have found such a perfect match for her in Thomas Flintham.”
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Story Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school. Matilde is French, and Izzy and her friends can't wait to show her their den and its moth, and to help her avoid school dinners (also known as poison). But Matilde LOVES school dinners and even has seconds! And that's when they know. Matilde is a spy and she has come to find out their secrets. They must stop her before it's TOO LATE!!!
Hilarious, pitch-perfect stories where everyday school life becomes completely extraordinary! By a brilliant author/illustrator team with laughs on every page! Izzy's school is being merged with St Bartholomew's Primary, their greatest rivals! What will happen when the new kids join, in their too-shiny shoes and with their too-loud singing? And what if they've got a secret mission and that mission is a BAD mission? Only Izzy and her friends can discover the truth, even if they must go SO DEEP UNDERCOVER that they might not come back...
It begins with one lonely fish... Count along from one to ten, as each fish gobbles up the next. Just be careful - this book might bite! A clever concept based around the simple act of counting. Turn the page to see a fish on each spread, and count along as a fish on each page gobbles up the one before it. Then the ultimate finale - a huge mouth dominates the last page, gobbling every fish in its path... And we are back once again to one lonely fish!
Izzy LOVES all the stories the Ancient Greeks told! She can't wait to tell her friends about Icarus, who was a TOTAL NUMPTY, and the Trojan Horse, which ended a war and wasn't even REAL! So pull up a plinth and enjoy all the DRAMA of the original Greek myths, as told by Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham, in collaboration with the British Museum. Now with even more SANDALS! Laugh-out-loud fun from Blue Peter Award winners Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham. Read more of Izzy's adventures! Baby Aliens Got My Teacher The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat The Demon Dinner Ladies There's a Werewolf in my Tent To Wee or Not to Wee The Phantom Lollipop Man There's a Yeti in the Playground
Bring the British Museum to life with spectacular civilisation scenes and amazing objects from the collection to colour! There's a whole world to explore inside the British Museum, and with this beautiful colouring book, readers can take a tour around each civilisation and get creative at the same time! Aspiring artists can pick up their colouring pencils and bring the scenes and objects to life, whilst learning about life in different cultures. Each brilliantly busy black and white scene includes introductory information about each culture and fascinating facts about amazing objects from the Museum's collection. From a bustling ancient Greek marketplace to a traditional dragon parade around China's Forbidden City, and many more spectacular scenes in between, this book is a fantastically fun way to explore different cultures. And with four pages of colour photographic stickers to have fun with too, this is the ideal book to get young readers excited about the British Museum - and indeed the world!
All along the riverbank, a daddy DONKEY dances. His happy FOAL is up ahead, she leaps around and prances. All the animals are playing games in this exciting parent-and-baby themed picture book. Now available as a chunky board book, this innovative concept book by Thomas Flintham makes learning fun for even the littlest toddlers.
This exciting lift-the-flap novelty book is packed with simple science experiments for kids to try at home. Covering elements from Key Stage 2 and 3 of the school science curriculum in a fun and accessible way, it's filled with a range of experiments from the worlds of physics, chemistry and biology. Each page will see keen young scientists try their hands at anything from building bridges to making food explode and mixing up meringues - all in the name of science! Every experiment is accompanied by a simple explanation of the science involved, making it hands-on educational fun!
Izzy and her friends hate school dinners. And they hate the shepherd's pie in particular. And now something strange seems to be happening to the dinner ladies. They're wearing new hats, they're cooking new food (still horrible) and there are lots and lots of new rules. But it's when Maisie is taken away by seagulls that they KNOW! The dinner ladies have been taken over and they are about to ATTACK! More laugh-out-loud antics from awardwinning author-illustrator team, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham. School has never been so much fun! Read more of Izzy's adventures! Baby Aliens Got My Teacher The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat To Wee Or Not To Wee! There's a Werewolf in my Tent There's a Yeti in the Playground The Phantom Lollipop Man Icarus Was Ridiculous
An original fill-me-in activity book: can you save the citizens of Doodlesville from a dinosaur invasion? Playful drawings and simple prompts invite creators of all ages to colour, draw and imagine.
The chickens are clucking and the cows are mooing, in this fun rhyming board book... It's a very noisy day on this farm, until bedtime comes and the farmyard is quiet. Sturdy pages, bright colours a simple engaging story This is the perfect first animal sounds book for babies and toddlers.
Welcome to the marvellous world of Thomas Flintham, where mazes and puzzles become exquisitely illustrated journeys. Thomas Flintham's Book of Mazes and Puzzles is an a-MAZE-ing book of puzzles, dot-to-dots, spot-the-difference and mazes like you've never seen before! Printed with a striking yellow colour ink throughout, this bind-up of Thomas Flintham's Marvellous Mazes and Thomas Flintham's Super-Fantastic Puzzles is sure to delight fans of Thomas's work both old and new.
New in the best-selling Pictura series, this is colouring-in as you've never seen it before - especially for all design-conscious, creative kids. Beautiful black line images inspire children to think about and experiment with design, pattern and style as they learn from professional artists. Pages studded with fascinating facts add a learning element, helping young readers to use their imaginations to increase focus, hone artistic skills, and lose themselves in gadget-free creative time.
The chickens cluck and the cows moo... it's a very noisy day on this farm, until bedtime comes and the farmyard is quiet. This fun rhyming picture book has a simple, engaging story, and extended cover folds printed with amazing flash cards for you to cut out and keep - making learning fun for even the littlest toddlers!
The award-winning Super Science series uses clear, humorous text, quirky illustrations and a plethora of interactive novelties to make the content accessible and fun. Life! covers all things biological, from simple cells to humans and all their twiddly bits, from food webs to the secret lives of plants, and from respiration to echolocation and genetic variation!
One day Izzy and her friends are surprised to find that their teacher, Miss Jones, is actually being nice to them. This is the woman who was caught secretly smiling when Maisie Miller fell off her chair. There can only be one conclusion: she's been taken over by aliens, and now she wants to make them all aliens too! Another brilliantly funny longer read for the newly confident reader from the best-selling, award-winning, author-illustrator team, Pamela Butchart and Thomas Flintham. Read more of Izzy's adventures! The Spy Who Loved School Dinners My Headteacher Is a Vampire Rat Attack of the Demon Dinner Ladies To Wee Or Not To Wee! There's a Werewolf in my Tent There's a Yeti in the Playground The Phantom Lollipop Man Icarus Was Ridiculous
This new science series is a breath of fresh air, explaining key elements of science in a fun, straightforward way. Tom Adams's engaging, lighthearted text is perfectly complemented by the humorous, comic-book style illustrations of new talent Thomas Flintham. In Feel the Force, explore mechanics, forces, sound, light, heat and other aspects of physics, with interactive novelties and fun experiment suggestions on every spread.
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