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This is an absolutely terrific book that just goes to show that Dickens isn’t just for grown-ups or teenagers. This one is guaranteed to engage young readers – even those as young as 8 or 9 – and bring about a love of Dickens, his life, his work and the times in which he lived. And, as Simon Callow so succinctly put, ‘knowing the background and something of the character of the man who wrote them can only ensure that Doctor Who’s prediction remains true’. Part of Templar’s Historical Notebook series – there is also one on William Shakespeare (click here). And Simon Callow (aka Mr Dickens) waxes lyrical about it: ‘A highly entertaining journey through Dickens’ life and reproducing original documents, covers of the original books, plan of workhouses, many of which feature in advent calendar form with flaps to be opened. The book repeatedly brought a smile to my lips, which, after all, is one of the things Dickens most liked to do. It seems to me very encouraging that such books exist to engage the interest of young readers, who can be very daunted by the sight of a page of a Dickens novel; dense and apparently difficult locutions’.
From daredevil doubledeckers leaping over Tower Bridge to drunken barristers unable to stand up to toast the king, this pocket A-Z is filled with fun and quirky facts about London. Titles already published in the A is for Alphabet series or scheduled include: L is for London O is for Olympics P is for Pirates (Autumn 2012)
A brilliant gift package that is both beautiful and useful. Open out this concertina and some of the best sites in London - Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Houses of Parliament – pop up for you. Gorgeous illustrations bring out the very best of the city while the accompanying text provides all the detail needed to explore them. Folded up, the concertina fits neatly into a robust and pretty slip case.
A celebration of families and the very many different things they do and the very many different ways they do them. Some families are big, some families are small; some parents work, some parents don’t. Holidays, hobbies, school, clothes and food and the different ways that different families approach them are just some of the topics which Mary Hoffman thoughtfully explores and Ros Asquith joyfully illustrates.
Get right to the heart of this vibrant city in this beautifully created introduction to the most famous city in the US. From his arrival at Grand Central Station on a day’s outing to the city with his father, the young boy narrator visits all the most famous places including the Empire State Building, Broadway and Union Square Park before the day is over. Salvatore Rubbino’s illustrations capture the different moods of the city and its incredible energy while his story is full of interesting and usual snippets of information.
September 2011 Guest Editor David Almond: "I still remember the moment I pulled this book from my Christmas stocking. I was seduced straight away by Lotte Reiniger’s wonderful austere illustrations, by Green’s magical prose, and by Arthur himself, an ordinary-seeming kid who sets the miraculous in motion by pulling the sword from the stone in such an offhand way. Wondrous stuff soon follows: earth-shattering battles, glimpses of Heaven, damsels in distress, enchanted knights, dragons, love, desire, treachery and sin. Bloody accounts of limbs being hacked off sit side-by-side with haunting descriptions of magic and miracle. The language is heightened, as it should be, but it never impedes the progress of these wonderful old tales." - Please note that this edition is illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley.