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Louie Stowell started her career writing carefully-researched books about space, Ancient Egypt, politics and science but eventually lapsed into just making stuff up. She likes writing about dragons,
wizards, vampires, fairies, monsters and parallel worlds. She lives in London with her wife Karen, her dog Buffy, and a creepy puppet that is probably cursed.
As book-loving children know, all the best stories start in the library and that’s certainly the case here. Kit would rather be looking for wildlife in her local cemetery but her friends make her take a detour via the library where she discovers some amazing things: a librarian who’s also a wizard, a dragon sleeping in the basement, and her own magical powers. All these things are put to good use to stop a wicked landowner, whose plans to turn the library into a carpark are actually cover for something even more despicable. This will be great fun for children who like stories overflowing with magic, and Kit and her friends are very appealing characters.
This extremely user-friendly and accessible guide book will teach children the basics of Python, enabling them to create their own games and simple animations. Now that computers and coding are compulsory school topics in the UK it will prove very useful. Step by step instructions take children through the basics and it’s cleverly and clearly laid out on colour pages filled with diagrams and tip boxes. Key ideas about coding in general are also included. Ring binding means that it opens flat on the desk or can be propped up open next to the computer screen. A really well thought-out and effective information book. ~ Andrea Reece You might also be interested in Coding for Beginners using Scratch and Lift-the-Flaps Computers and Coding- a fun and essential introduction to what can be sometimes still seen as an intimidating subject. ***There is special activity pack with ideas to celebrate Science Week to download here! British Science Week is 10–19 March - find out more at www.britishscienceweek.org
One of our Books of the Year 2015 | Cartoon-like illustrations fill this book which is packed with information about all things to do with space from machinery to suits to simple explanations of physics. Tricia Adams This book, with a Foreword by Tim Peake who in December 2015 became the first British astronaut to go to the International Space station, should go to the top of any must-have list for young children interested in space travel. It’s packed with fascinating information on everything from what to study to help you become an astronaut, to the special training astronauts undergo, rocket science and how shuttles get into space, and what it’s like to live on the International Space Station. Of course it explains how astronauts go to the loo, but the sections on what happens to human stomachs in space is just as icky and interesting! The information is very well presented, and despite the conversational tone there’s no talking down. After all, the children reading this book could become fully fledged astronauts in the 2030s. Inspiring stuff!
Short and simple text on each spread combines with some eye-catching and enchanting illustrations for parents to reveal the story of christmas to young children everywhere. It's the perfect present for a child's first Christmas, which will be treasured, read and re-read throughout their toddlerhood and as they become newly independent readers too.
Kit is a wizard. The youngest wizard in the world, in fact. But her magic keeps going wrong, and all kinds of weird stuff has started happening - exploding fireballs, animals talking when they shouldn't be, and a very strange new arrival in a nearby park. So Kit and her two best friends - along with their local librarian - set off to investigate, and to save the world... again. Brilliantly illustrated throughout by Davide Ortu, The Monster is the Lake is the funny, exciting, action-packed sequel to The Dragon in the Library.
Kit can't STAND reading, She'd MUCH rather be outside, playing games and getting muddy, than stuck inside with a book. But when she's dragged along to the library one day by her two best friends, she makes an incredible discovery - and soon it's up to Kit and her friends to save the library ... and the world.
Travel back in time to Ancient Rome and see what people wore long ago, from priestesses and emperors to servants and gladiators. Includes over 180 reusable stickers of clothes, armour and accessories to dress the characters, and links to websites to find out more about life in Roman times.
Young fiends will love using the stickers to dress all sorts of spooky characters, from the wicked Count Dracula to an army of killer zombies. With over 200 reusable stickers of clothes and accessories, this activity book can be enjoyed time and time again. Warning: may cause screams and shivers of fright...
Young fiends will love using the stickers in this book to dress all sorts of spooky characters, from the wicked Count Dracula himself to an army of killer zombies. With over 200 spine-chilling stickers to complete the terrifying scenes, including a haunted hall, a ghostly feast and a mummy's tomb.
A beautiful 30-piece jigsaw and Beauty and the Beast picture book, both illustrated by Victor Tavares. Presented in a sturdy, attractive box, the book and puzzle set makes a lovely gift and a wonderful way for children to enjoy this much-loved fairytale. The large jigsaw pieces are ideal for little hands and the completed puzzle is 35 x 35cm.
Dress the girl and boy dolls in fashions through the ages, from togas in Ancient Rome to the miniskirts of the 1960s. There are over 200 reusable stickers of traditional clothes, shoes and accessories, meaning this activity book can be enjoyed again and again. There are also some blank stickers so you can design your own outfits for the dolls.
The internet is full of amazing possibilities but, just like the real world, there are a lot of potential dangers and difficulties too. You need to know what to watch out for and how to protect yourself. Whether you're worried about oversharing on social media or coming across dangerous people, this guide gives you tips and tools to take control and stay safe online.
Providing a fascinating insight into the world of space travel, this big book features a wide range of spaceships, shuttles, rockets, satellites and the International Space Station. With four huge, fold-out pages which allow children to marvel as the scale of outer space and see in detail the complexity of these marvels of science and engineering.
Discover how you become an astronaut, the training you must undertake, how you travel into space and what you do when you're up there. With a foreword from ESA astronaut Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to embark on a mission to the International Space Station. Published in association with the UK Space Agency.
Kapow! Boom! An awesome activity book for budding comic artists to imagine and draw their own comic strips. Simple step-by-step instructions, with lots of handy tips and hints, show children how to create graphic stories using all the devices employed in 'real' comics.
This is the classic tale retold for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures. Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox are always up to mischief. Now Brer Fox has the perfect plan to stop Brer Rabbit once and for all. It is part of the Usborne English Language Learners programme, featuring books from the Usborne Reading Programme, with audio CDs in British and American English, downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes.
This is a wonderful flap book introducing children to the way their own bodies work in a fun and informative way. It is a new, smaller format of the Look Inside series, perfect for little fingers. It is full of surprises to keep enquiring minds entertained, including flaps beneath flaps and a cheeky peek inside a toilet cubicle. Young readers' minds will boggle as they learn about how their brains work, what happens when they eat, how their lungs use oxygen and much more.
A humorous re-telling of the legendary tale, specially written for children who are starting to read on their own, with easy-to-read text and colourful illustrations. It includes background to the legend and the art it has inspired, with a reproduction of the famous Paolo Uccello painting, and internet links to more paintings of George and the Dragon. Part of Usborne's popular Young Reading series, it is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, Principal Lecturer in Education and reading specialist at the University of Roehampton.
Shakespeare's classic story retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When a ghostly figure appears to Prince Hamlet, he discovers the dreadful truth about his father's death. His quest for revenge leads him into a world of mayhem, madness and murder. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. With links to recommended websites for children to find out more about Shakespeare and the play.
This is a wonderful picture book retelling the classic fairytale. The simple and engaging text is accompanied by colourful illustrations by Victor Tavares. It is perfect for sharing with young children. There's a fairy hiding in the Beast's garden, which children might not spot on the first reading, but there's lots of fun to be had looking for her when re-reading the story.
This is a brand new retelling of Homer's Odyssey , the story of a clever but unlucky Greek hero who just wants to get home...but fate has other ideas. It is a new title in Young Reading Series Three , part of the Usborne Reading Programme. It is aimed at fully confident readers who can manage sub-plots and complex sentence structure but don't have the stamina for standard-length books. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a Principal Lecturer in Education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.
Captain Blackjack and his crew set sail for buried treasure but there are lots of dangers they must avoid along the way. An exciting pirate adventure in an interactive storybook with three tracks for the wind-up pirate ship to sail around.
Three vampire tales for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Young heroes and heroines meet pale and mysterious strangers. But whom should they trust? And will they survive the night? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme. It is aimed at children who are beginning to read. When Brer Fox tricks Brer Rabbit into falling down a well, he has to come up with a plan to get out mighty fast before the hunter comes! This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Roehampton. Every title in this series has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.
Shakespeare's classic story retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When a ghostly figure appears to Prince Hamlet, he discovers the dreadful truth about his father's death. His quest for revenge leads him into a world of mayhem, madness and murder. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
When the gods create a talking tree, they soon come to regret it because it won't be quiet. So they turn it upside down and bury its head in the dirt. This is the famous African folktale of the creation of the Baobab tree!This is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read. This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations.
A timeless love story retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability. The Beast lives alone in his castle, enchanted by a wicked fairy and waiting for true love to break the spell. Could Beauty be the one to see through his ugly exterior? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.
Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox are always trying to outwit each other. But when Fox catches Rabbit in a trap, Fox soon discovers that he's not quite as cunning as he thinks...This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert Allison Kelly from the University of Surrey. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills and is accompanied by charming and highly appealing illustrations. It is a new title in the fantastic First Reading series, aimed at children who are beginning to read.
This is a new title in Young Reading Series Three , which is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. The book tells the story of the Samurai, the great warriors of Japan, and how they shaped the country's history. It reveals the truth behind Samurai training, culture and society, as well as thrilling details of Samurai battles, warlords and leaders, before their decline in the early 19th Century and how their spirit endured in the kamikaze warriors of World War Two. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.
A timeless love story specially rewritten for children growing in their reading confidence and ability. The Beast lives alone in his castle, enchanted by a wicked fairy and waiting for true love to break the spell. Could Beauty be the one to see through his ugly exterior? This key series was developed in conjunction with reading expert, Allison Kelly from Roehampton University. Every title has clear and compelling text that allows children to build their burgeoning reading skills, accompanied by charming illustrations.