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February 2020 Book of the Month | Charlie Tanner’s dog Jasper thinks he’s descended from Viking dogs and is determined to find out more. This sparks a series of very funny letters from Charlie to the curator at the local Viking museum, in which Charlie poses questions from Jasper. In fact, questions and answers tell us lots about Viking life and the unusual and ingenious presentation makes it all extremely readable and accessible. A great way to learn about the Vikings. Jasper has explored space for readers too, and it looks he has more adventures to come, which is good news.
Millions of people use the underground in London every day, but how many of them know the secrets and facts revealed in this fascinating book? Did you know, for example, that you could walk for fifteen minutes through the corridors at Bank station without going over the same steps? Or that there are 49 – 49! – abandoned and disused stations? Or that you can walk between some stations faster than the train? It concludes with various tube challenges, including the ultimate: visit all 270 stations in one day. The record for that is fifteen hours, forty-five minutes and thirty-eight seconds apparently ... All this plus underground history and peeks into the future. A quirky and unputdownable guide to the lines beneath our feet.
There’s an infectious enthusiasm about this book that will inspire every reader to look around their local train station with new eyes, or to take train trips specially to explore other lines and destinations. Author Vicki Pipe, ably assisted by Geoff Marshall (look out for Geoff’s Fun Facts text boxes – they’re irresistible), identifies fifty fascinating things to see and discover across the railways of England, Scotland and Wales and they range from tunnels, viaducts and lists of the smallest stations, to trees, railway pets and the people who keep the whole system moving. You get a great sense of the history of train travel in the UK and exciting glimpses into the future. A fact-filled information book compiled by people with a passion to match their knowledge.
July 2018 Non-Fiction Book of the Month | | 2018 sees the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth and this is a wonderful book to introduce children to one of the most inspiring figures of modern times. The text takes the form of questions from Nelson Mandela’s great-grandchildren Zazi and Ziwelene to their Grandma Zindzi. As she answers them, readers learn about Mandela and his years in prison, why he was arrested, what he was fighting for and the joy there was on his release. They’ll understand the hardships his children and family endured, and how they kept themselves strong. They’ll also take away the word ‘ubuntu’ - ‘I am because we all are’. The narrative puts readers at the heart of the story while Sean Qualls’s evocative illustrations reveal even more about Mandela’s fight for fairness and freedom.
This striking, energetic series of which this is one of the titles, takes a rapid-fire ‘look and learn’ approach to subjects suitable for children aged 8 and over and each title makes the learning experience really fun. With fascinating topics ranging from Dinosaurs to Art, from Myths to Science, each of these books presents a key subject in a fresh and fascinating format. The subjects in each title are explained in 30-second sound-bites, supported by 3-second flash summaries. And if all that isn’t stimulating enough, the 3-minute mini-missions included will further challenge lively young minds. With colourful, original explanatory artwork on every page and text from a range of expert authors, these books are loaded with fun information and fast-track facts.
Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK. Full of life and potential, Stephen Lawrence was a boy with huge hopes for the future. Murdered in 1993, the book looks at prejudice, injustice and a family's fight to uncover the truth.
Find out all the really important things about the First World War with this brilliant book of questions and answers on World War One in association with Imperial War Museums which was founded during World War One to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and wartime experience.
May 2015 Fascinating Facts Book of the Month What a great, fun way to get a young mind enthused in history. Read all about history's toughest kings and queens. Who were the most ruthless, brave, fearless and intrepid monarchs from throughout history. You will find it chock full of entertaining and witty fact-filled text in bite-sized chunks and jam-packed with hilarious full-colour illustrations throughout. These and many more Fascinating Facts can be found in Hard Nuts of History: Kings and Queens 1. Which King of England had 6 wives and had more than 50,000 heads chopped off during his reign? 2. Montezuma II was ruler of which South American people? 3. Mary I in the 16th century was also known by which nickname? 4. Which Queen in the 16th century fought the Spanish and won? 5. What was the name of the French duke who invaded England in 1066? 6. What battle happened in 1066? 7. Who remains one of the most famous warrior queens over 2000 years one? 8. Who was the first female ruler of ancient Egypt? 1.HENRY VIII, 2.THE AZTECS, 3.BLOODY MARY, 4.ELIZABETH I, 5.WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, 6.BATTLE OF HASTINGS, 7.BOUDICA 8.HATSHEPSUT
Mankind has always been fascinated by space - prehistoric man built temples to honour the moon and sun, early civilisations developed theories about what went on up there, and scientists and philosophers from Pythagoras to Copernicus have been drawn to it ever since. Our obsession has led us in to space itself. Not to mention the numerous amazing books, films and UFO 'experiences'. Everything there is to know about space is here. With pictures. It's very very funny.
A Lovereading4kids 'Great Read' you may have missed 2011 selection. Today’s children get a very bad press but they are not the first generation to behave badly! And the punishments have been far, far worse! Bad Kids charts the history of how unruly children have been dealt with through the ages and most of all it will make any child very glad to be growing up today!
Adopting the same technique as he employs in Weird World of Wonders: Egyptians Tony Robinson brings the magnificent Roman world alive. From the famous story of the twins Romulus and Remus, who founded the city after having been brought up by a she-wolf, to the collapse of the mighty empire despite the power of Rome’s huge army, questions about all the good – and the bad - things about Rome are explored. Click here for the Weird World of Wonders website which includes a brilliant game created by Aardman Digital !
Step back in time to the amazing world of the Egpytians and find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask. Tony Robinson is brilliant at explaining the past by telling hilarious stories about the disgusting and the beautiful things that have happened and how and why things were done. With chapters on 'Gods with Beaks' and 'Alive when you are Dead' he covers belief and religion and also explains everything you could want to know about pyramids. Click here for the Weird World of Wonders website which includes a brilliant game created by Aardman Digital !
Winner of the Blue Peter Book of the Year 2014 - Best Book with Facts It's history, but not as we know it! Find out everything you need to know in this brilliant, action-packed, fact-filled book, including: - just how useful mashed potato is - how the Battle of Britain was won - what it takes to be a spy - how D-Day was kept a surprise.
A little girl wanders round the over-grown garden of an old house and listens to her granny tell her stories that her grandmother told her, of the children who used to play in the garden and the fun they had. In beautiful artwork reminiscent of Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Ian Andrew illustrates their wild pirate games, invented by Jamie, or Sixteen String Jack, capturing the boys’ happiness and freedom. The house, Moat Brae, is real, and Jamie the boy who had such fun in the gardens grew up to be J.M. Barrie, and to write Peter Pan, that hymn to the joy of childhood games. The book is an inspiring tribute to Barrie and his famous novel. You can find out more about The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust which is restoring the house and gardens and plans to develop it as a centre for children's literature. www.peterpanmoatbrae.org ~ Andrea Reece