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Activity books are a great way to keep kids entertained. Pack one of these activity or puzzle books for your next long journey. To help you choose, download an extract and you can order the book too!
Is seeing believing? This book will make you question that it is. Featuring almost fifty amazing optical illusions it explains how playing around with the context of colours, shapes and tones, and by changing viewpoints, your eyes and brain can be tricked into seeing things that aren’t there, or incorrectly seeing things that are. The explanations are as fascinating as the illusions themselves, and the book finishes with a section of simple but effective visual experiments for readers to try out on friends and family. Clever and entertaining this will provide hours of fun as well as really making you think about the brain and what it’s doing. ~ Andrea Reece
A thrilling new maze challenge adventure for Pierre the Maze Detective, for all detectives aged 8+
For those brand new to the game of chess this useful book will provide all the information needed to get them playing. For those who’ve already started playing chess it will test their understanding and help to improve their skills. Each page relates to a different piece or move and features an activity to reinforce what’s just been learned: readers are encouraged to write answers in or mark out moves using sheets of stickers provided. There are colourful boxes with helpful tips and reminders throughout and friendly illustrations of knights, kings, queens etc. to brighten up the pages and provide touches of humour. An excellent introduction to the game for readers of all ages. ~ Andrea Reece
We’re all different: some of us like running, some of us like sleeping, some of us like being cheeky; some of us don’t like being on our own, or making lots of noise, but that’s just how people are, and it’s fine, just as it’s fine for Jackson to like bees, but not honey. This bright, attractive picture book uses children’s own words alongside lively illustrations to make important points about confidence, self-awareness and the value of personal opinion. Royalties will go to the NSPCC who have given this important little book their backing. ~ Andrea Reece
In typically lively style Andy Seed provides youngsters and their families with loads of ideas for things you can do outdoors, whether that’s in the garden, at the beach, in the countryside or town. Some of the activities offer great opportunities to get delightfully mucky, while there are lots of quieter, more specifically educational ones too (like making a bird feeder, or a paper Frisbee). There’s a section of graded activity challenges at the end, which can and will be enjoyed by the whole family and it’s all laid out in a way that makes every suggested activity seem both fun and eminently do-able. ~ Andrea Reece
For an information book, Lands of Long Ago takes a highly unusual approach, filling its pages with errors. Young readers are challenged to find 20 deliberate mistakes on each page; some of them are pretty obvious – a cement mixer standing next to an Egyptian pyramid for example, but others are much trickier: did the ancient Egyptians eat carrots? The mistakes are highlighted on subsequent pages, together with interesting and useful paragraphs of explanation. No, the Egyptians didn’t have cement mixers, but the text explains how the pyramids were constructed, and while they grew figs, melons, pomegranates and grapes, carrots were not grown as a crop for thousands of years. Fun and informative, this is the kind of book that turns browsing into periods of real study. ~ Andrea Reece
Doing exactly what it says on the tin, this book is indeed packed with things for kids to do with science and the great news is that all 101 of them are fun and generally easy to do, and that they can be created from craft materials or items that all of us will have readily to hand. The instructions are straightforward and written in a conspiratorial style that positively encourages children to ‘create mayhem’ while on each page a paragraph called ‘The Sciencey Bit’ explains the scientific process behind each experiment. Diagrams and colour photos make it more accessible and attractive to look at too. With activities that can be carried out indoors and outdoors, this will be great for the Easter and summer holidays. ~ Andrea Reece ***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
Gotta catch 'em all! Immerse yourself in the Pokemon universe with this ultimate guide to the Pokemon animated series. Become a true Pokemon expert with this ultimate guide to the Pokemon animated series! 272 pages jam-packed with Pokemon stories, lessons, facts and figures, this amazing book features Pokedex references of each explored region, and the Pokemon encountered throughout Ash's incredible journey. The Pokemon Encyclopedia is the definitive reference for key characters, battles and places - it's an absolute must-have for all Pokemon fans. Immerse yourself in the Pokemon universe and learn the highest levels of Pokemon training. Gotta catch 'em all!
Our field guide contains tips, tricks, secrets, character guides and insider info on how to catch 'em all. Features insider insight from Casey Halter (aka Ivy St. Ive, who went viral for offering Pokémon Go training sessions), whether you're a Level 1 newbie or a Level 25 master trainer, the Unofficial Pokémon Go Field Guide is the ultimate handbook for tracking and catching Pokémon all over the world!
If the prospect of a long journey with children – whether by car, plane or train – is filling you with dread, this handy little book could be just what you need. It’s full of different activities guaranteed to entertain children and help them happily pass time while strapped into a seat. There are quizzes and puzzles, word searches, drawing activities and more plus lots of suggestions for different games that can be played, all much more fun than Eye Spy. Illustrated in colour throughout it’s very attractive and just the right size to push into a pocket or seat back. Don’t set off on your holidays without one! ~ Andrea Reece
Make 'are we nearly there yet?' a thing of the past with this fantastic book of games for the road from Lonely Planet Kids. Full of fun illustrations, and with a super bright neon cover, it's packed with word games, board games, memory games, counting games, spotting games, solo games, silly games and loads more entertainment for the road or home. Discover more at the Lonely Planet Kids website.