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Karen Inglis lives in Barnes, southwest London. She’s been writing ever since she was little and still has a box of her daily diaries hidden in a cupboard somewhere. She also had many pen friends in far-flung places as a child. Of course that was back in the day of handwriting and posting letters – so it often took months to get a reply!
As well as writing for children Karen writes for business, but she far prefers making up stories. Her time travel adventure, The Secret Lake, sat in a box in her office for over 10 years – she’s very glad she got it out as it’s now been enjoyed by over 7,000 readers! Karen has two grown-up boys, George and Nick, and it was reading to them that inspired her to start writing for children.
London-based children’s author Karen Inglis is back with another illustrated page-turner, this time for ages 7-9. Karen has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant of readers turning the pages. Walter Brown and the Magician’s Hat is no exception. Walter Brown and the Magician's Hat is a magical story bursting with adventure and excitement. Walter is woken on his 10th birthday by his cat Sixpence, and as he opens his presents he receives a rather special hat, with some rather special abilities. When some video game monsters run amok in Walter’ house, he needs all the help he can get! Black and grey illustrations bring the story to life, and Sixpence in particular looks very real and more than a little mischievous. Amusing, imaginative and entertaining, this story is a perfectly magical treat. The author says : “As a mother of two boys, one of whom took a lot of persuading to pick up a book, I have found that each time I sit down to write I have the more reluctant boy readers in the back of my mind. This really keeps me on my toes (well, fingertips I suppose…) and the great news is that every one of my readers wins. I also often get comments about how refreshing it is to have a book that can be read in a short space of time due to its manageable length. Many children who are not natural bookworms get a great sense of achievement from this – and those that read regularly find time to easily fit in my books alongside all the other distractions available to them. So I hope I am doing my small part to inspire and support a love of reading.”
Oh what fun! Henry races home to start his new library book, but as he starts to read he suddenly disappears into the story. You find yourself entering Henry's book alongside him, where, with magic on the loose, Henry soon discovers that he’s in the middle of a zoo breakout. Before the two stories merge, different fonts help keep them separate. Brian, the rather wonderful snake, has his own font too and demands that Henry helps the animals. The simple black and grey illustrations sit alongside and add to the story. London-based children’s author Karen Inglis has made a name for herself with teachers, reading charities and librarians for producing fun and fast-paced stories that get the most reluctant of readers turning the pages. Amusing and just a little bit scary, this is an enchanting and adventurous read.
April 2012 Book of the Month A boy, an alien and football - without any shadow of doubt it's a match made in heaven for boys in particular and if you have a reluctant reader in the house aged from 6-9 then you just might get him or her reading as a result of EEEK! Apart from the storyline being a real page-turner it's also laugh-out-loud funny. Just how and why a football mad alien turns up on Charlie's doorstep one day and stays with him will have you in stitches. Eeek may be fluorescent green with smoke coming out of his ears but just like ET he's a wonderfully loveable alien, but this time for the 21st century. By Theo Barker - aged 7: I loved the football in this book and I also loved the alien because he was so funny. The alien is just like a human boy apart from being tidy because he loves football and gets very excited when he is watching the matches. He is very good at hiding himself so only a few people know that there is an alien. The book is very funny and mummy was even laughing when she was reading it and we were all shocked by the surprise at the end. I will definitely tell my friends about this book - it is great. If you've enjoyed Eeek, then check out the author's other story for 7+ year olds called The Secret Lake.
A 'time-slip' mystery adventure in which Stella (11) and Tom (8), when trying to find their elderly neighbour's missing dog, discover a tunnel and lake that take them back in time to their home 100 years in the past. Author Karen Inglis on what inspired The Secret Lake: "The Secret Lake was partly inspired by an apartment some friends moved to in Notting Hill many years ago when my children were younger. It backed on to the most fantastic communal garden that the little ones could get lost in safely – they had mini woods to play in and rhododendron bushes to hide inside. "I was really struck by the magical atmosphere for the children and began to wonder what it had been like for the children who had lived there 100 years earlier…. and then began to wonder what it would be like for the present-day children to meet the children from the past. "The secret lake element was inspired by ‘Still Pond’ up at Isabella Plantation in Richmond Park which is surrounded by the most beautiful Azaleas every May which all reflect in the water there. Isabella - once described by the FT as 'London's best kept secret park' - is a wonderful oasis that children love running around in and hiding behind bushes and inside tree trunks - it's a bit like the Notting Hill gardens… very special…and free to visit! We used to take our boys there when they were younger." Click here to visit the Secret Lake website, which includes games, a competition giveaway and lots more information about the book and the author. If you've enjoyed The Secret Lake, then check out the author's other story for 7+ year olds called Eeek.
A heart-warming Christmas tale about hope, friendship and being different. Children and grown-ups will fall in love with little Bruce Spruce and his fir tree friends! For ages 3-5 +. As the snow starts to fall on Christmas Eve morning, little Bruce Spruce dreams about finding a home for Christmas Day. But when things don't quite go to plan he finds that his friends are there for him - and all is not lost... This delightful new children's Christmas picture book from UK bestselling author of The Secret Lake, Karen Inglis, comes with stunning pen and ink hand-drawn illustrations by Anne Swift, featuring little Bruce Spruce, Penelope Pine, Douglas Fir and Cedrick Cypress - along with a charming Christmas robin and an inquisitive squirrel! Perfect for parents and grandparents to share with pre-school children and grandchildren or for nursery school or kindergarten teachers to share in class in the holiday season. The cast offers plenty of scope for children to dress up as the characters and act out the story and discuss hope, empathy, kindness and friendship. A wonderful Christmas story gift for children ages 3-5 or ages 4-6, and for all grown-ups who love picture books! Order with one click today!
Children, parents and grandparents will fall in love with Ferdinand Fox, Hatty the hedgehog and her baby son Ed in this delightful rhyming picture book story. Includes eight pages of fun photos and facts about foxes and hedgehogs. 'Ferdinand Fox trotted down past the park, where the seesaws and swings stood still in the dark. His magnificent tale sailed along in the light of the streetlamp above, which lit up the night.' 'That very same night, seeking bugs with her snout, Hatty the hedgehog was out and about. As soon as she smelled the scent of a fox, she scampered to hide in an old soggy box...' When Ferdinand Fox meets Edmond the baby hedgehog playing out alone one night, little Ed shrieks and curls into a tight prickly ball. He thinks the fox will eat him! But Ed soon realises that he is safe, and has just met a very special fox. Also introducing Hatty, Ed's mum... Perfect to share with toddlers, pre-school or kindergarten children at home or in the classroom or for home schooling. Older siblings and grown-ups will also love the rhyme! Includes eight pages of fun photos and facts about foxes and hedgehogs, to share with young children. Also in this series: Ferdinand Fox's Big Sleep - a firm favourite at school visits!
*RED RIBBON WINNER WISHING SHELF AWARDS 2016* A fast-paced, magical page-turner for children ages 7-9+. Black and white illustrations throughout. When Walter Brown is woken on his 10th birthday by his cat Sixpence he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. A large present wrapped in silver paper reveals an old top hat, a tiny pair of white gloves and a magician's wand - together with a mysterious note from his late Great-grandpa Horace. But Walter gets the biggest surprise when he puts the top hat on and discovers that his cat has special powers and they've been chosen for a secret mission. What better place to start practising magic, they decide, than on Walter's super-cool new neighbours, twins Harry and George Braithwaite? But magical mayhem follows when Walter accidentally sets free monsters from their new video game and finds himself locked in battle with a Fire Fiend that's threatening to burn his house down...'A superbly written, magical adventure. Highly recommended!' Wishing Shelf Book Awards review If you're looking for a fun, fast-paced story for children ages 7-9 or ages 8-10 that combines humour, adventure and magic this is the book for you!
A boy, a magic book and a bossy boa - oh, and a VERY smelly gorilla! A fun and fast-paced illustrated chapter book for ages 6-8 When Henry Haynes complains that his new book is boring he gets more than he bargained for. Before he knows it, he's been sucked down into the story and finds himself eyeball to eyeball with Brian, a bossy boa constrictor who's in charge of a zoo escape. Brian won't let Henry return home until he's released the animals, including some hungry lions and Gordon - the extremely smelly gorilla who masterminded the escape plan. To make matters worse, it looks as if Gordon's out to get Henry...Can Henry get home alive? And why didn't he just keep his big mouth shut about boring stories? Includes the first two chapters of Eeek! The Runaway Alien for free!
A delightful rhyming picture book and colouring book in one - perfect for ages 3-5 Ferdinand Fox curled up in the sun, as the church of St Mary struck quarter past one. His tummy was full, he was ready for sleep, and closing his eyes he began to count sheep. As Ferdinand Fox falls asleep in Peter Maceever's back garden one afternoon, we learn through his dream bubbles about all of his favourite food - including sausages, chocolate, cakes and ice cream! Perfect for parents to read aloud to children aged 3-5, with plenty to talk about. They will also love the rhyming text and bold black and white line drawings for colouring in. Also available as a full colour picture book . Why not get both so that your child can copy the colours?!
When Peter Maceever spots Ferdinand Fox sleeping in his garden he tiptoes out to take a photo. At the click of the camera Ferdinand briefly stirs as his dreamy blancmange goes blurred. But he is far too lazy to move and is soon back asleep, dreaming about cake and ice cream! The first of six delightful rhyming stories about Ferdinand, a kind-hearted urban fox. Read aloud to 3-6 year-olds or for confident readers and adults to enjoy themselves! Look out for more Ferdinand Fox stories in 2013! www.FerdinandFox.co.uk
A boy, an alien and football - a match made in heaven for soccer fans aged 7-10! Laugh-out-loud funny!Eleven-year-old Charlie Spruit can't believe his luck when he opens his door to an alien one morning. Who is he? Why has he come? Charlie soon discovers that this alien has run away from space to Earth to be with him because he's soccer mad and the World Cup is on...! 'Eeek, ' as Charlie decides to call him, takes up secret residence in Charlie's bedroom where he sleeps on the ceiling by night and pores over Charlie's football magazines and stickers by day. All is going surprisingly well until slimy sci-fi mad Sid Spiker, who lives out the back, spots Eeek through his telescope. Sid has his own plans for this alien, which bring surprises that no-one could have imagined...
A lost dog, a hidden time tunnel and a secret lake take Stella and Tom to their home and the children living there 100 years in the past. A page-turning time travel adventure for children aged 8-11. Now enjoyed by thousands of young readers! When Stella and her younger brother, Tom, move to their new London home, they become mystified by the disappearances of Harry, their elderly neighbour's dog. Where does he go? And why does he keep reappearing wet-through? Their quest to solve the riddle over the summer holidays soon leads to a boat buried under a grassy mound - and a tunnel that takes them to a secret lake. Who is the boy rowing towards them? Why is he so terrified? And whose are those children's voices carried on the wind from beyond the woods? Stella and Tom soon discover that they have travelled back in time to their home and its gardens almost 100 years earlier. Here they make both friends and enemies and uncover startling connections between the past and present. The Secret Lake has been described by readers as a modern Tom's Midnight Garden and compared in atmosphere with The Secret Garden and the Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew mystery adventure stories. Its page-turning plot, with its many twists and turns, makes it a firm favourite with both boys and girls. Karen Inglis describes it as: a time travel mystery adventure with modern twists - the kind of story that I loved to read as a child, but brought right up to date .
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