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Publication date1st November 2011
Templar is one of the world’s most respected publishers of children’s fiction, novelty and picture books. Templar is based in Dorking in Surrey, and was founded in 1978 by Amanda Wood, the current Creative Director.
In 2008 Templar was named Independent Publisher’s Guild as UK Children’s Publisher of the Year and Independent Publisher of the Year. Later that same year Bonnier Publishing acquired Templar. Templar books are sold in over 25 languages in more than 50 countries and the company has a reputation for innovation and creativity.
The Templar Treasures - Templar creates books that will be treasured by children of all ages. Its picture book list is one of the most respected in the business, including best-sellers such as The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle and award-winners like Greenaway Medal-winner FArTHER by Grahame Baker-Smith. Puppet books such as Calm Down Boris! and Snuggle Bunny have sold hundreds of thousands of copies.
In February 2010 the list was expanded to include fiction, and Templar Fiction now publish a wide range of titles for young readers and teenagers. These include the critically acclaimed VIII by H.M. Castor and the hilarious illustrated adventures of Stinky in the My Hamster is a Genius series.
In 2013, Templar celebrates the tenth anniversary of its most famous brand: Ology World. Since the release of Dragonology in 2003, over 16 million Ology books have been sold and an extensive licensing programme including toys, board games, apps and a movie has developed.
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Brubaker, Ford & Friends - With a wide range of best-selling authors, illustrators and exciting new talent, Brubaker, Ford & Friends offers inspiring picture books to encourage happy lifelong readers. The list includes I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs, the lovable Olive and the Big Secret by Tor Freeman and the latest title from Sam McBratney (author of Guess How Much I Love You).
Pippbrook Books - Launched in March 2013 in the UK. This imprint will introduce some of Templar's best-loved authors and illustrators to a new audience through a range of products tailor-made for the gift and commercial market. Offering value for money, these fresh and exciting gift, novelty and picture books are designed to encourage interactive play and learning in young children.
Big Picture Press is the newest Templar imprint and will launch in September 2013. It features highly illustrated, artist-led books with an international flavour – titles that celebrate the book as an object. The list features Nina’s Book of Little Things, an activity book by the iconic artist Keith Haring, and Walk This World by Finnish designer and illustrator Lotta Niemenen.
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Charles Dickens A Life of Storytelling; a Legacy of Change
Part of the 'Notebook' Series
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The Lovereading comment:
This is an absolutely terrific book that just goes to show that Dickens isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers. This one is guaranteed to engage young readers – even those as young as 8 or 9 – and bring about a love of Dickens, his life, his work and the times in which he lived. And, as Simon Callow so succinctly put, ‘knowing the background and something of the character of the man who wrote them can only ensure that Doctor Who’s prediction remains true’.
And Simon Callow (aka Mr Dickens) waxes lyrical about it:
‘A highly entertaining journey through Dickens’ life and reproducing original documents, covers of the original books, plan of workhouses, many of which feature in advent calendar form with flaps to be opened. The book repeatedly brought a smile to my lips, which, after all, is one of the things Dickens most liked to do. It seems to me very encouraging that such books exist to engage the interest of young readers, who can be very daunted by the sight of a page of a Dickens novel; dense and apparently difficult locutions’.
SynopsisCharles Dickens A Life of Storytelling; a Legacy of Change by
Charles Dickens’ books are known and loved the world over. From Ebenezer Scrooge and Mr Micawber to Oliver Twist and Little Nell, Dickens’ characters spring from pages that are rich with detail of life in Victorian times. Discover Dickens’ extraordinary life, times and work in this lavish volume, the latest title in the award-winning notebooks series, published to mark the bicentenary of Charles Dickens' birth in February 2012.
Praise for The Life and Times of William Shakespeare (Templar Notebook series):
"Templar’s Notebook series is the perfect vehicle for exploring Elizabethan London, bringing Shakespeare’s world alive with novelties, letters, facsimiles. There is plenty of curriculum relevance for Key stages 2 and 3 too." The Children’s Bookseller
"This smart, gorgeous and lively scrapbook will wake many young minds (and older ones too) to the world behind Shakespeare’s plays. Like those plays, it’s packed with tasty details and images, intriguing hidden compartments, and a sense of the wonderful complexity of life." Professor Robert N. Watson, award-winning scholar of Rennaissance literature and a Distinguish Professor in the department of English at UCLA.
"An engaging glimpse into the life of a truly great author and dramatist, well designed to bring insight and pleasure to readers of all ages." David Bevington, Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago and one of the world's foremost Shakespearean scholars.
"This book is an aesthetic joy and a fascinating mixture of fact and fiction." - Armadillo Magazine
"The design is perfect for children with an explorer instinct." - thehamletweblog.blogspot.com
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