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In a Nutshell: Mind-boggling adventures – ants - craziness Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton are experts in the crazy, surreal humour that kids love and there seems to be no limit to their invention. For those that don’t know, the books star Andy and Terry themselves and their amazing fun-filled, multi-storey treehouse. In this episode after adding a lollipop shop, quicksand pit and balloon orchestra to the treehouse, they realise Terry forgot to apply for a building permit, and now an inspector is on his way. There’s only one solution: invent a time machine and go back in time for the permit. Unfortunately, they go back 650 million years instead of six and a half, and accidentally take the inspector too. Nutty cartoon strip style comic adventures and unbeatable fun. ~ Andrea Reece For more irresistible, funny, highly illustrated reads for the under tens, try the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon; Jim Smith’s Barry Loser books; the Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis; and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series.
Sibeal Pounder’s Witch Wars books are absolutely fabulous! A mix of junior witch adventures, magic and fashion, they are totally original and become more appealing with each new book (this is number three). After the Big Exit, all colour disappeared from Sinkville, where young witch Tiga Whicabim has been living happily since she escaped there down the drainpipe in book one. But strange things are happening, first a green – yes, green – apple appears, swiftly followed by Tiga’s nasty former guardian Miss Heks, in orange. What’s happening and could evil witch Celia Crayfish be next to arrive? With its crazy situations, cast of eccentric characters, sparkling writing, and fashion fixes, this fiction à la mode. Laura Ellen Anderson’s delectable illustrations make it even more gorgeous. For more stylish reading for this age group see Harriet Whitehorn’s Violet stories and the Royal Babysitter series by Clementine Beauvais, both illustrated by Becka Moor. ~ Andrea Reece
For absurd, anarchic, keep-them-reading comedy adventures, kids can’t do better than climb into Andy and Terry’s world. If you haven’t discovered this series, it stars Andy and Terry and their amazing custom-built treehouse, any child’s dream (adult-free) adventure-playground. Whatever they fancy, they build so the treehouse includes a watermelon smashing machine, a life size snakes and ladders game with real snakes and real ladders, even a Ninja Snail Training Academy. Andy and Terry are the real Andy and Terry, constantly harassed by their publisher Mr Big Nose to deliver their next book. In this adventure, he’s been kidnapped so the authors set off to rescue him. The story is wonderfully nutty and inventive, Denton’s cartoons adding to the craziness, and hugely entertaining. Adults – there’s a very good hungry caterpillar joke too on page 208. For more irresistible, funny, highly illustrated reads for the under tens, try the Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon; Jim Smith’s Barry Loser books; the Timmy Failure series by Stephan Pastis; and Dav Pilkey’s Captain Underpants series. ~ Andrea Reece
Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to the original and terrific for getting even the most reluctant of readers to enjoy the experience of reading. Following the death of his guardian, Alex is forcibly recruited into MI6 and so finds himself off on some seriously hair raising missions in which he faces terrible danger and the real risk of death. In the second in the series, PointBlanc he is taken from his own school and sent to infiltrate the mysterious Point Blanc Academy. Can he uncover the horrible secret behind what is going on? Alex Rider is a perfect hero. ~ Julia Eccleshare
In this stylish re-issue, Horowitz's world-renowned teen super-spy Alex Rider's fourth mission is turned into a slick, thrilling, fast-paced and stylish graphic adaptation. It brings to life all the adventure, thrills and spills of this bestselling story. Following the triumphant, international publication of Stormbreaker: The Graphic Novel, the whole graphic novel series has gained wide recognition among reviewers, fans and literacy experts. Recent government initiatives encourage us to examine the reading habits of boys - with literacy levels among children in the UK lower than ever. This is a series of books that may offer an accessible and compelling alternative for otherwise reluctant readers.
A stylish new edition of the acclaimed graphic novel adaptation of Alex Rider's third thrilling mission. Divided into the action-packed spreads of this graphic format, Alex Rider, the boy recruited by M16, is back for an exciting adventure set in Cuba. The dangers and challenges as well as the heroic actions Alex must take to keep himself safe are all excellently chronicled in both words and pictures. ~ Julia Eccleshare
A bold and stylish reissue of the groundbreaking and hugely popular graphic adaptation of Alex Rider's very first mission. Brilliantly visualised, these graphic novel versions of the best-selling stories of boy spy Alex Rider add a fantastic new dimension to the original and terrific for getting even the most reluctant of readers to enjoy the experience of reading. Following the death of his guardian, Alex is forcibly recruited into MI6 and so finds himself off on some seriously hair raising missions in which he faces terrible danger and the real risk of death. In Stormbreaker, the first in the series, he pits his wits against a sinister organisation run by arch crook Darrius Sayle. Alex Rider is a perfect hero. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Laugh-out-loud wacky adventures in the world's MOST AWESOME treehouse story is told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations. It is the third instalment in an hilarious and highly illustrated Treehouse series will appeal to fans of Captain Underpants and Barry Loser.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 The World’s Best Treehouse just got BETTER! Crazy, inventive, imaginative and mischievous Aussie writing duo, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton tickled many a kid with their hilarious creation of The 13-Storey Tree House, where anything is possible. Terry and Andy have so much fun in their ideal treehouse, they never get any work done. Well now they're doomed, because they’ve just added 13 more storeys. Get your climbing shoes on and come on up to The 26-Storey Treehouse! Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates and Barry Loser. Packed with hilarious cartoons and zany text, this book will leave readers in stitches and begging for more.
El Deafo is a funny, deeply honest graphic novel memoir for middle graders. It chronicles the author's hearing loss at a young age and her subsequent experiences with a powerful and very awkward hearing aid called the Phonic Ear. It gives her the ability to hear--sometimes things she shouldn't--but also isolates her from her classmates. She really just wants to fit in and find a true friend, someone who appreciates her, Phonic Ear and all. Finally, she is able to harness the power of the Phonic Ear and become El Deafo, Listener for All. And more importantly, declare a place for herself in the world and find the friend she's longed for.
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015 - Best Book with Facts Meet some of history's most famous, infamous and downright incredible men and women! What was the secret of Cleopatra's irresistible personality?Why did Ghengis Khan become obsessed with world domination?Which scientist is still radioactive, almost 100 years after her death?To find out, join Adam Murphy on Corpse Talk, the show that brings the dead famous to life!
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.
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