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The squirrel, the ant, the elephant and friends return in a new collection of short stories from Toon Tellegen. With lively imagination Toon brings a magical world to the reader where anything can happen: a snail can fly, the sky can turn green, and a tree can get up and walk away. A Piece of Passion by David Bennett, Publisher, Boxer Books When I read the first story, Far Away Across the Sea, in a French edition of the original Dutch volumes of these tales written by Toon Tellegen, I hunted down the English rights and bagged them. When it comes to Toon's writing, it is not an overstatement to say unique, extraordinary, singular, touching, remarkable, exceptional, unforgettable...(one could go on) Combined with Jessica Ahlbergs stunning miniature watercolours - magnificent! What a claim! And so true.
Nick Hornby, Mal Peet and Tom Palmer are already well-known for their football stories. But this terrific anthology also includes stories by Tomáš Rosický, Vincent Kompany and Curtis Davies all of whom are better known on the field. All the stories and poems feature the imaginary team of Shelby Town, and each gives a useful insight into life through a footballing lesson. In A Clean Sheet by Vincent Kompany, Ollie learns a lesson about school survival from a Shelby Town player who visits school while Paul Cookson delivers a poem as Half-Time Team Talk.
Romance with all its advantages – and all its difficulties - is in the air in this anthology of stories about falling in and out of love. Hearts flip-flopping, getting noticed – in the right way, surviving school, being in cool and non-cool crowds – each of these stories by best-selling teen authors including Dyan Sheldon, Sarah Webb and Joanna Nadin will set the heart fluttering.
Joe discovers his boring parents are really spies - and that it's up to him to protect their secret identity. There's just one problem... He has to pretend to be a girl! A Piece of Passion from Melissa Hyder, Publisher, Piccadilly Press Spy stories intrigue us like nothing else does. The idea of a boy discovering his tragically boring parents are really spies and a life of excitement and intrigue opening up before him sounded like a great adventure. So then I practically choked on my tea laughing when I read on that poor Joe gets the spy life he craves, but at a price few boys would be willing to pay…he has to live disguised as a girl. And finding out what it means to be a girl (and a boy) is quite an awakening for Joe!It's a great set-up and Kate's comic writing really sparkles through Joe's missions, underpinned with a great empathy for the other things that really matter in life (aside from charging up your rocket-scooter and spy-cams) like making good friends, understanding the people around you and protecting your family.
Laugh-out-loud with the delightful and aptly named Penny Dreadful! Every child who has felt that awful things just unexpectedly happen around them will love Penny and catastrophes that she just can’t help! And none of them are her fault, of course. In these three short stories Penny comes up with some ingenious ideas as she tries to put right some of things she have happened. It’s easy to see why her father gave her the nickname - Penny Dreadful! The first Penny Dreadful book, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. Click here to see the whole series.
February 2013 Book of the Month Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume. Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about how she decides to track down a vampire, give her miserable neighbour a makeover and ends up being a record breaker easily demonstrate. Attractively presented and fun to read.
A beautifully illustrated collection of one hundred of the best-loved stories ever told, from Grimm's Fairytales to Aesop's Fables, from Arthurian Legends to Greek Myths and from Hans Christian Andersen's Ugly Duckling to Aladdin from the Arabian Nights. Perfect for parents to read to younger children as bedtime stories as none of them are more than 6 pages long, or for older children who can discover the wonder and magic of these classic tales for themselves. Beautifully presented with enchanting full colour illustrations on every page that capture the warmth and wonder of these classic tales.
June 2012 Book of the Month. Brilliantly written, each of the stories in this thought-provoking and surprisingly entertaining collection asks what happens next? Award winning authors including Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Ardagh and Keith Grey explore the question, what is death? How does it make us feel? And speculates on what do those who have died feel? Never mawkish although at times sad, this collection will set your mind into overdrive as you consider life after death.
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, although there are terrible things that happen as a result of climate change – as in Candy Gourlay’s story How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle which shows how an island in the Philippines is threatened by the temperature rise – this collection also shows that there is hope as children take action to make changes. From the effects of rising sea levels to changes in animal behaviour and human lifestyles, these powerful stories portray the issues surrounding climate change in personal terms and so bring them vividly to life. Timely and hugely relevant these stories are as full of warmth and humour as they are providing warnings and inspiration and whether read from cover to cover or dipped into for one or two stories, will enlighten and inspire everyone to consider how climate change will affect us all unless we do something about it, and now.
A richly illustrated collection of Russian folk tales: Vasilisa the Beautiful; Maria Morevna; The Feather of Finist the Falcon; The Frog-Tsarevna; Tsarevich Ivan, the Firebird and the Grey Wolf. The illustrations included in this edition were created in the early 20th century by Ivan Yakovlevich Bilibin — a famous Russian illustrator and stage designer, who was inspired by Slavic folklore throughout his career.
This award-winning book is an outstanding collection of stories to inspire dreams and wonder. Eleanor Farjeon has put together an elegant collection of diverse stories that capture mystery and surprise from around the world and moments of homely magic too. The collection is ideal for reading aloud to all age groups.
Ten stories from different times and different places demonstrate the importance of looking after the earth and the creatures that live on it. Each story tells how mutual respect will lead us to have the planet we want and guide us in how to take care of it. Rich in detail, Jane Ray’s stunning illustrations capture the magic of our world and enormous importance of nurturing it.
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