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This atlas may be pocket sized, but it still packs in all seven continents and provides close-ups on some of the smallest of world’s marvels, from the tiniest animals and insects, to some of Europe’s miniature works of art. There’s a huge amount too in each picture for children to spot, and fascinating snippets of information likely to whet their appetite for exploration and discovery. Lucy Letherland’s illustrations are full of life and humour too, and will inspire many hours of contented browsing – in face, slip this into a Christmas stocking and it might even win you some extra snoozing time on Christmas morning. ~ Andrea Reece
Dictionaries don’t come more fun than this celebration of Roald Dahl, his books and the joy he took in gobblefunking (ie playing with words, inventing new words and meanings). Dahl had an extraordinary understanding of what children like and used onomatopoeia to create words full of sounds that children love to say: lickswishy, wondercrump, phizz-whizzing and of course scrumdiddlyumptious are all featured in this ‘extra—usual’ dictionary. In fact there are almost 8,000 words, real and made-real-by-Dahl, mostly words featured in his books, some just there for fun, and this is a book to browse happily for hours on end. It will encourage children to invent words themselves and liven up their own writing and with colour illustrations by Quentin Blake on every page this is squiffling in every way. ~ Andrea Reece One of our Books of the Year 2016 | June 2016 Book of the Month A message from Luke Kelly, Managing Director of the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and Roald Dahl's grandson: It's hard to find the right word to express our levels of excitement around the 'Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary'. Squacking? Jumpsquiffling? Gigantuous? Roald Dahl's inventive, playful use of language is such a key element of his writing, whether he was using existing words in his own mischievous way or inventing extra-usual new ones. It is wonderful to have this dictionary compiled with such expertise, passion and wit by Dr Susan Rennie and the team at OUP. There could be no more fitting way to pay tribute to Roald Dahl in the year of celebrations for his centenary. Best of all, as a fully-functioning dictionary for readers and writers aged eight and above, I hope it serves as a swashboggling source of inspiration for a whole new generation of storytellers. Teachers CLICK HERE to download some phizz-whizzing activity sheets to use in class!
This is the definitive guide to the characters, droids, aliens, and creatures of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Beautiful photography and clear, authoritative text by Lucasfilm insider Pablo Hidalgo names and explains all the details of costumes, weapons, and accessories. It includes three exclusive, specially commissioned cutaway models produced by Industrial Light & Magic model maker John Goodson. (copyright) & Trademark 2015 Lucasfilm Ltd.
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - Julia Eccleshare's Pick of the Year 2015 - November 2015 Book of the Month Bravo for this brilliant and inspiring book! It takes lots of different people with lots of different skills to put on a play, and in this book the team at the National Theatre explain just how it’s done: from script to opening night, taking in rehearsals, set making, make-up, lighting, sound and music, and more, they explain how their different roles and the work they do combine to create a magical theatrical experience. There’s a huge amount of information packed in, with quotes and comments from the professionals involved, technical information, stats and facts, and tips for you to try at home. By the end readers will have a really good understanding of theatre and no doubt a burning desire to see more shows and to put on plays themselves. ~ Andrea Reece Also chosen by Andrea Reece as one of her Top Picks of 2015.
This is the perfect first atlas for young animal lovers. The colourful illustrated maps contain essential geographical information such as countries, principal mountains, rivers and lakes. The book is crammed with interactive fun, so that young readers can truly engage with the animal world.
This excellent first atlas is a great way to give children a sense of the lands and countries that make up our world. Bright, child-friendly maps show the different countries within their continents and indicate too their position on the globe. Alongside the major cities and sights are quirky details and facts, such as illustrations of local wildlife, people or interesting buildings. The text is simple and effective, e.g. ‘The Equator is a line added to maps to show where the middles of the world is’, and there’s a vast amount of information conveyed in just 32 pages. ~ Andrea Reece
This is a superb reference book, likely to encourage much happy browsing as well as to provide solid information to support school work. Divided into themed sections such a materials; energy, forces and motion; Earth and Space; and the human body, each page is illustrated with attractive artwork and photographs. Text is clearly presented in short blocks, making it inviting to read and the information is conveyed clearly and succinctly. A final section called Science Facts and Lists guides readers to the best sites on the internet so that they can develop their interest while indeed each page includes internet links to websites with relevant video clips and other multimedia content. ~ Andrea Reece
The Oxford Illustrated Shakespeare Dictionary is a brand new, unique, alphabetical colour dictionary of Shakespearean words and meanings, targeted to help students of 11-16 years get a better understanding of Shakespeare anywhere in the world. Ideal for GCSE and for all who love reading, studying, watching, or performing Shakespeare. Vineeta Gupta, Head of Children’s Dictionaries at OUP, said: “This new dictionary is the perfect resource for anyone studying or reading Shakespeare, as it can be used alongside the text of the play to provide instant clarity and visual inspiration. The rich detail of this book breathes life back into Shakespeare’s words, and we hope that current and future generations will use this dictionary to harness the power of those words and discover just how relevant and exciting Shakespeare is.” This dictionary helps students to use Shakespeare’s language to unlock the world in which his plays were written by demonstrating both the similarities and differences between then and now. “We have a lot more in common with the Elizabethans than many would realise,’ says co-author Ben, “Victorian prudery saw much of the earthiness and bawdy humour of Shakespeare sanitized for the social customs of the time. These days we are much more open about such matters.” And David added, “The type of words we use tell other people about the world we live in, and about the thoughts, beliefs, and feelings that we have. Exploring Shakespeare’s vocabulary gives us an insight into the ways Elizabethan people thought, but in some cases the meanings of the words have changed so much, things can get lost in translation.”
One of our Books of the Year 2015 - March 2015 Book of the Month - Chosen as one of the Top Ten Best New Books for Children 2015 by Andrea Reece Beautifully illustrated, this is an original and entertaining introduction to the curious facts about 600 iconic and incredible creatures which live all around the world. Grouped under unusual heading such as ‘The masters of camouflage’, ‘Our family friends’, ‘The poisonous’; ‘The snowy whites’ the book celebrates a host of animals some of whom are threatened with extinction. Details of special features and special characteristics are useful in helping to understand the import role each animal plays. ............................................ Reference books are enjoying a renaissance - Animalium by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom, and Lucy Letherland’s Atlas of Adventures are examples of beautiful looking books that inform and inspire in equal measure. Creaturepedia by Adrienne Barman is another. This unusual guide to the animal kingdom groups creatures together under eclectic headings: so the pretty-in-pinks include the Elephant hawkmoth and Amazon river dolphin as well as the earthworm; there are a host of creatures in the show-off category, including the stickleback, which does a zigzag courtship dance, and the Red-capped manakin bird which moonwalks along branches to impress! Barman’s illustrations are bold and colourful and each is accompanied by a simple caption. ~ Andrea Reece
Set your spirit of adventure free with this lavishly illustrated trip around the world. Explore seven continent maps, packed with hundred of activities and challenges to inspire armchair travellers of any age. Whether you're visiting the penguins of Antarctica, joining the Carnival in Brazil or a canoe safari down the Zambezi River, this book brings together epic adventures from the remotest corners of the globe and discoveries to made on your own doorstep. Follow one boy and one girl as they travel to over 30 destinations and discover hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn on every page.
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