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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month September 2017 Packed-full of some of the amazing inventions created by Colin Furze and demonstrated in his YouTube videos, this book will inspire young creators to try their hand at their own versions of his ideas. The simple-to-make Brilliant Bedroom-Tidy pulley could quickly become a favourite! It is just one of the 10 daft things that Colin Furze gives detailed instructions on how to create. Others include Furze’s Phone-Filming Thingy and a Mega Milk-Bottles Raft. In addition to the step-by-step instructions and guidance on how to source affordable materials with which to create things, Colin Furze includes advice on YouTubing and some background on some of the greatest inventions such as the bicycle and the mobile phone. Both practical and inspiring This Book Isn’t Safe! is a great way to get kids making themselves. ~ Julia Eccleshare A Note from the publishers: 'Colin’s bonkers and brilliant inventions such as a homemade hoverbike, DIY Wolverine Claws, an ejector bed and a jet-kart, have earned him over 4 million YouTube subscribers and more than 400 million video views. Colin is now on a mission to inspire a new generation of budding inventors to be creative and make things. Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2017 Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony by Chris Riddell A Skinful of Shadows by Frances Hardinge This Book Isn't Safe! by Colin Furze The Grotlyn by Benji Davies Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake Toto: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of The Wizard of Oz by Michael Morpurgo The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf Birthday Boy by David Baddiel
This clever, hugely entertaining book is further proof, if it were needed, that football is the best game in the world, and that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, you can’t learn from studying it. Authors Alex Bellos and Ben Lyttleton teach physics through looking at the shape of the ball and how it is constructed; geography by examining pitches; business studies via the transfer market (of course); and psychology by studying managerial techniques (from Klopp to Fergie). They also include a section on ‘after school activities’, chapters specifically designed to help you improve your health and concentration skills. Even if you don’t much like football, you’ll be inspired and informed by this book, and it’s a real winner. ~ Andrea Reece
October 2017 Non-Fiction Book of the Month This well-designed, interactive workbook provides a really good introduction to coding for children. It breaks it down into fun, step by step exercises and each bright, visually attractive page sets children tasks to do, with sticker rewards when they get the answers right. The different exercises clearly and logically explain the different elements of coding, turning them into manageable chunks. Topics covered include understanding computer languages such as Scratch; writing simple commands for a computer to follow; designing computer art for games and programs; building web pages using HTML. As the author himself has said, coding is highly creative, and even without the press out robots on the end pages, this is a fun, appealing and stimulating approach to one of the key skills of the 21st century. ~ Andrea Reece Download the Coder Academy Activity Book which accompanies the book!
The first awesome thematic Corpse Talk book - all about the most amazing scientists from history ever! Adam Murphy interviews the dead famous scientists who changed the world - getting their stories straight from the corpses' mouths! Reading Corpse Talk: Ground-Breaking Scientists is like having history injected into your brain! It guarantees laughs, surprises, and a whole host of the most astonishing achievements you'll ever discover. Don't miss out on the biggest thing to hit history since Horrible Histories!
An amazing guide to the wonders of physics, handily broken down into accessible bite-sized chunks and particularly helpful for anyone new to or flummoxed by physics. Packed with quirky illustrations and fascinating factual titbits, this book is both an incredibly useful companion to school studies and an absorbing read in its own right. Books in The Cool Series; Cool Maths Cool Physics Cool Astronomy Cool Science Tricks Cool Nature Cool Mythology Cool Coding Cool Architecture Cool Philosophy Cool Art
August 2017 Book of the Month Take a tour of one of the most complex, diverse and downright unusual places on the entire planet - the human body! Find out all about what makes YOU tick, from the wonders of the human brain to the tingling in your ticklish toes.
This cleverly designed, attractive book will catch the imagination of all children, even those who wrongly believe that they don’t have what it takes to be a scientist. It explains that the key attribute for scientists is curiosity and then stimulates that in young readers by giving them a variety of fun, practical exercises and experiments to do. There are sticker rewards for each completed task and the experiments themselves will give children a real sense of satisfaction and achievement. A fun, inspiring way to get children thinking about how our world works and a great book to provoke understanding of the different types of scientific activity. ~ Andrea Reece Download a Scientist Academy Activity sheet here! One of a number of titles in the Academy series. To go to our special Academy series category click here.
A lively and dynamic introduction to the periodic table, an essential topic to grasp when studying chemistry. Learn what the periodic table is, how it is used, what each element is made of and more in this entertaining information book, with 125 flaps to lift. Lovereading Review will follow.
A fun, accessible guide to computers and coding for older children and curious adults. This fun and quirky book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of computer coding, organized into handy bite-sized chunks. Packed with playful illustrations and inspiring information on the amazing world of coding and computing, this book is the perfect introduction to this most essential of subjects.
Longlisted for the UKLA 2018 Book Award Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2017 - Best Books with Facts The authors of this very entertaining book claim that there’s no better way to learn about the world than through football. Hence it is divided into ‘lessons’ – biology, history, physics etc – each of which is packed with fascinating football related information. Business studies looks at footballers’ wages, why they’re paid so much, and where the money comes from; zoology considers famous club mascots; drama looks at goal celebrations ( the Oscar goes to the Icelandic team of Stjarnan and it’s well worth googling them to see why). There are lots of diagrams and cartoon illustrations throughout too and as a football/trivia/information book this is really hard to beat. ~ Andrea Reece
In a nutshell: warts and all joke-book guide to the human body The introduction to this book contains a warning: reading it might make you LOL, but it could also make you GOL (groan out loud), or even SEL (scream even louder). It certainly does contain some gut-churning information about the human body, everything from why our feet smell to how many mites are living in our eyelashes (yuk), but in fact it’s the jokes and limericks that pop up at regular intervals that might really get readers groaning! Nonetheless it’s a clever and appealing way to dole out information about our bodies, warts and all, and children will be fascinated by what they learn. ~ Andrea Reece
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