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Jon Blake's writing career began at the tender age of nine with his modestly titled newspaper, 'World Times'. His first book was published several years later, after a short career "being trodden into the ground by the Youth" as a teacher. He has since written many books for children including You're a Hero, Daley B!, and a trilogy of early readers about Little Stupendo, a stunt-girl extraordinaire!
Jams Cogan’s life changes when his next door neighbours arrive at his family bungalow – or Castle as his dad, a not-terribly successful children’s author calls it – with a hamster for them to look after. At least, the neighbours say it’s a hamster, it’s clear to Jams and his mum and dad that it’s really a monkey. But by then the neighbours have gone and Thimble is happily settled in dad’s armchair. All sorts of adventures follow. It’s very funny and the text positively bristles with jokes and snappy one-liners, the butt of most of them being Jams’ hapless dad. Nicely divided into satisfying chapters and full of Martin Chatterton’s wonderful bug-eyed illustrations, this is easy and addictive reading. ~ Andrea Reece A Piece of Passion from editor Janet Thomas Thimble Monkey Superstar captured me immediately because it made me laugh out loud straight away. I love the idea that the neighbours turn up at the door with their monkey and say ‘Would you look after our hamster?’ Jams is a great character, brave and endearing. Thimble at first seems slightly ambivilant because he’s so anarchic - is he trouble or is he a friend? By the end he’s a real Monkey Superstar. Jon’s book is funny, first and foremost, and it’s also packed full of wild adventure and warm, believable family relationships. Jon suggested Martin as the illustrator as they’d worked together before, we were thrilled he agreed, and when we saw the text and pictures together there was a real sense of something very special being created. It’s just a great story: who doesn’t want a monkey for a best friend?
This is an hilarious picture book about a rabbit with an identity crisis from the illustrator of the Gruffalo. Can you guess what type of animal Daley B is before he realises himself? Join him and find out as he tries out places to live and things to eat. Very funny... Click here for a Daley B activity sheet and more Picture Book Picnic fun!
Hi! I'm Ethan, and I want to tell you about my greatest adventure so far. It all started with me on my scooter (I've got cerebral palsy, so scooting is quicker than walking) and my best friend Nerys running along beside me. We were off to find some angry swans for her newspaper story. And it ended up with bobbing ducks, a sheep challenge and well, you'll have to wait and see! Reflect is a series of emotionally powerful books with realistic settings, carefully crafted to promote thoughtful discussions and develop higher-level reading comprehension. Written by top childrens authors and developed with Literacy expert and Series Editor Nikki Gamble, these are books you can trust to engage, entertain and support childrens personal development. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to stories with the right depth and complexity for them, and helping them to progress. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children deepen their understanding and support their reading comprehension. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links to relationships education and support literacy skills.
Jams lives with his mum, dad and his best friend and biggest headache, Thimble, a hugely clever monkey who one of Dad's biggest fans. (Don't tell anyone what Thimble did with the superglue...) When Mum organises a house-swap holiday in France, Jams' one job is to remember the right house number. What can possibly go wrong, once Thimble and Dad find in the borrowed house a speedboat, a drill and a makeshift burglar outfit. But somehow Thimble always saves the day.
Life is never boring now that Jams and his family have a monkey to look after. Jams and his mum love Thimble, but Dad is determined to get rid of him - to a zoo, a school, even a demolition site. But when Jams and his dad are in mortal danger, Thimble proves once and for all why he is a Monkey Superstar! Thimble is very clever and very naughty - and just the best friend Jams has been waiting for. Illustrated by Martin Chatterton
Rip Van Winkle is a kind man with a grumpy wife! One afternoon, he meets a group of old-fashioned men high in the Catskill mountains, and tries an unusual drink which sends him straight to sleep ... When he awakes, Rip has grown a long beard but that isn't the only thing to have changed. What else will he discover when he returns home? Washington Irving's classic story about the man who falls asleep for twenty years will enchant a new generation of readers in this fabulously illustrated retelling. TreeTops Greatest Stories offers children some of the worlds best-loved tales in a collection of timeless classics. Top children's authors and talented illustrators work together to bring to life our literary heritage for a new generation, engaging and delighting children. The books are carefully levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book. Each book contains inside cover notes to help children explore the content, supporting their reading development. Teaching notes on Oxford Owl offer cross-curricular links and activities to support guided reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Bernie moves to the countryside in One Girl School. On her first day at Marnover School she is the first to arriveshe is also the only pupil to arrive. Bernie finds herself in a desperate battle to save the school. But which side is Bernie on? TreeTops Fiction contains a wide range of quality stories enabling children to explore and develop their own reading tastes and interests. It contains stories from a variety of genres including humour, sci-fi, adventure, mystery and historical fiction. These exciting stories are ideal for introducing children to a wide selection of authors and illustrators. There is huge variety to ensure every reader finds books they will enjoy and can read. 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 books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
Each Reading Book in the Rapid Plus series is finely levelled and trialled with KS3 students, and includes: all-new content, rigorously levelled and trialled with Key Stage 3 students pre-reading pages which introduce the main characters, plots and key concepts, helping to build understanding and confidence a quiz page after each text providing opportunities for discussion and to check comprehension word and spelling activities to extend language knowledge a non-fiction section that helps to build vocabulary and offers a different reading experience.
Not far in the future, cat flu has meant that cat breeding is strictly controlled, and cats are only for the rich in their private estates. When Feela turns up in Jade's garden, she can't resist taking her in, even though it could cost her everything. But then Feela gets sick, and Jade is forced to seek help. But soon Comprot are raiding Jade's house. When Jade's mother dies, the only person left for Jade to turn to is Kris, the cynical school loner. Jade has always trusted the authorities, but now she begins to question the very society she lives in. And soon Jade and Kris are on the run ...
All is peace and harmony in the House of Fun, with the grown-ups sucked up into the Spoonheads' space zoo. But not for long! When Stinky finds a mysterious seed in the Attic of Horrors, Icky can't resist planting it. Then, events are unstoppable: Bryan turns into a girl, a helicopter arrives on the roof, and a toilet is in dire need of emptying ...
Looking after the House of Fun can be a hard job, now the Spoonheads have sucked up all the grown-ups into their space zoo. Stinky and Icky decide they need a holiday. But it's not as simple as that. Stinky doesn't seem to have a spare pair of pants. And when Bryan and Icky shrink to the size of nits, they face a bizarre and dangerous journey ...
Every day is a holiday in the weird and wonderful House of Fun, now the grown-ups have all been sucked up into the Spoonheads' space zoo. When three of Bryan's precious malted milk biscuits go missing, Stinky and Icky couldn't care less. But when Old Faithful, Stinky's favourite (and only) jumper disappears, they know there's a thief about. Surely, a thief with no sense of smell ...
It is December, and Stinky and friends hit on the idea of inviting everyone they know to the House of Fun for Christmas. Since the Spoonheads have sucked up all the adults into their space zoo, the three great mates are free to have the craziest party the world has ever seen. They invite all their friends. At this point the Brain Drain arrives. Created by the Spoonheads, the Brain Drain is rather like a Blood Bank, except it siphons out a small (unimportant) portion of each donor's brain in order to revitalise Blue Soup. This is the first time since the Spoonheads' departure that the Brain Drain has visited. Icky, Stinky and Bryan all give brains. Next day, replies start arriving from their invitations. They are delighted, until they realize they can no longer remember what Christmas is. The Brain Drain has evidently malfunctioned ...
The world is not as we know it the aliens have come down and taken all the grown-ups away, and left Blue Soup to run everything. Stinky Finger and Icky Bats wander around doing exactly as they please, like all the other children. Along with Bryan Brain, they head off to Uncle Nero's House of Fun. Uncle Neros head is still living in the mailbox outside. Before it goes off into ultra-slumber, it asks Stinky to guard the house. So the three great mates go in and explore: the Time Travel Garage, the Outer Space Garden, the Attic of Horrors, the Living Living Room ... Then a huge explosion ... they're being besieged by an army of huge pigs who want to make people pies! In order to defeat them, they'll have to make the most of the house's surreal and limitless insides ...
Bernie's only just started at Dogsbottom School and already she's the football captain and the paintbrush monitor. There's just one catch - she's the only pupil! Bernie must try and save the school and recruit some new pupils, but it's not easy when one by one the teachers all seem to be going completely mad...This book was originally published under the title One Girl School . This new edition has been retitled to tie in with a further two brand new books in the series. The book has also been completely reillustrated throughout. This book comes at a special introductory price of GBP2.99.
This is the true beautiful game. There's nothing like the crack of the cue ball on the blac k...the smooth roll across the baize...the silent drop into the pocket. Jamie may reckon himself a bit of a Ronnie O'Sullivan, but he's just gone and snookered himself. He's bet junior snooker champion Colin Dobson (alias Creeping Death) [pound]100 that he can beat him! Things get more complicated. Jamie's long-absent, hard-living dad's just crashed back on the scene like a cue ball smashing into the pack. But could this be the break that Jamie needs? Maybe the living legend can teach him what it takes to be a winner. Maybe. Then again, maybe not.
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