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July 2021 Book of the Month | Aldrin Adams is an ordinary boy with an extraordinary superpower. When he eats cheese, just before he goes to sleep at night, he can enter into other people's dreams . . . and their nightmares! But why has he, of all people, been given this ability? What is he supposed to do with it? And why doesn't it come with some kind of instruction manual that explains how it works? There are so many questions that require answers. Luckily, Aldrin's dad owns the biggest and finest cheesemonger's for miles and miles around, offering him unlimited access to some of the stinkiest cheeses in the world as he tries to figure it all out. What Aldrin doesn't realise, as he embarks on his journey of discovery, is that he is being watched by Habeas Grusselvart, a mysterious, supernatural villain who creates nightmares for millions and millions of children every night. Suddenly, a young boy poses a threat to his plans to control the world through fear. Which is why he must be stopped - at all costs!
Always look a gift-horse in the mouth could be the message of this highly entertaining, very funny new book from master of the madcap adventure Barry Hutchinson. Lisa-Marie and her step-brother Vernon are out shopping for a present for Dad when they wander into the local Create-a-Ted store, tempted - Vernon in particular - by the sign in the window offering 'free' Hallowe'en bears. No sooner have they left with one teddy bear witch, one teddy bear vampire, and one teddy bear Elvis (for Dad) than the trouble starts. The bears come to life and - Bearvis excepted - they are anything but cuddly. Can Lisa-Marie and Vernon stop squabbling long enough to save their parents and their town from the marauding teddies? It manages to be both silly and exciting and, I'm glad to say, sets things up nicely for further adventures.
A mind-expanding book sure to fascinate young space enthusiasts. Curious young minds will be fascinated to discover planets, stars and galaxies and explore intergalactic space, with over 70 flaps to lift. Includes explanations of some of the biggest questions in the universe, including ‘What happened during the Big Bang?’ and ‘What lies out in the far reaches of space?’.
Knight Fight introduces the ‘silent consonants’ in combinations of letters such as ch, gn, kn, ld, lm, mb, mn, rh. These can often prove tricky, especially when it comes to spelling, and it’s worth spending a little time to be sure of mastering them. By now your child will have a potential reading vocabulary of over 2,500 words. The objective of the 15 books in the Very First Reading series is to enthuse your child through rhyme to learn and to enjoy the art of reading and to read with confidence and enthusiasm, which in turn will result in reading becoming a lifetime’s pleasure. Each book builds on material from the previous ones and together with the rhyming stories there are some superb illustrations in a range of different styles. You can also purchase all 15 in one boxed set together with a Parents’ Guide to the series. This series is ideal to compliment learning to read as the child starts school or even beforehand to give them a head start before they actually start school. View all the titles in the Very First Reading series - click here.
Curious minds can visit deep blue oceans, lush rainforests and dusty deserts, and find out about day and night and the seasons. With lots to spot and talk about, vivid illustrations and simple language, this is a fun and entertaining way to introduce little children to the world they live in.
Granny's hunt for the perfect pet brings some unexpected results in this goofy adventure of family, mudlarking and mayhem. Zac and Essie have been helping their Granny Mo in her search for the perfect pet. She's tried everything from cats to axolotls and just can't find the right one. But when the trio go mudlarking in the river bank they find a creature unlike anything else ... Granny Mo might have set out looking for a pet but now she's got a monster on her hands, and it's about to get up to some mischief!
It's the twins' birthday and they are very excited. But where are their presents? Mum and Dad have set a treasure trail, and the twins will have to solve the riddles to find them! Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure. Independent Reading 11 stories are the perfect introduction to first chapter books for children aged 6+ who are reading at book band 11 in classroom reading lessons. The Key Stage 2 Reading Champion Books are suggested for use as follows: Independent Reading 11: start of Year 3 or age 7+ Independent Reading 12: end of Year 3 or age 7+ Independent Reading 13: start of Year 4 or age 8+ Independent Reading 14: end of Year 4 or age 8+ Independent Reading 15: start of Year 5 or age 9+ Independent Reading 16: end of Year 5 or age 9+ Independent Reading 17: start of Year 6 or age 10+ Independent Reading 18: end of Year 6 or age 10+
Engineering helps shape the world around us, from the houses and cities we live in, to the way we travel, and even the sound of the music we listen to. Lift the flaps in this fascinating book to discover how engineering works and the many things engineers do. Includes internet links to find out more. First published for the 2018 Year of Engineering.
Which dinosaur was the fiercest? How big were the biggest dinosaurs? How do we know about dinosaurs today? This book will take you back in time to find the answers and lots more about the incredible world of dinosaurs. With simple text and stunning photographs and illustrations, plus links to websites with video clips and activities.
Grizz, the world's most evil teddy bear, is back, and he's out for revenge! It's been three days since Grizz almost took over the world - again. Lisa Marie and Vernon have been interrogated by the police, and Bearvis and the Duds have been taken away to be studied. But things are far from over. Grizz has found a way to infiltrate the wireless networks and he's planning his revenge. As all teddy bears come to life, Lisa Marie and Vernon must battle a King-Kong-sized teddy bear with a mind for evil. It looks like they're going to need their furry friends back! The third title in this rollicking series featuring the totally indestructible and most evil of teddy bears! A laugh-out-loud read for fans of Pamela Butchart, Danny Wallace and David Baddiel.
Just when Lisa Marie and Vernon thought they'd seen the last of Grizz and his terrifying army of Halloween teddy bears, they're kidnapped by megalomaniac Ursine Kodiak, who has an army of evil bears of his own. But there's worse to come - Ursine has created an AI version of Grizz, who is now on the loose and intent on revenge... Can Lisa Marie and Vernon save the day - and the world - again? Hold on to your hats ... fur is about to fly! A pacy, laugh-out-loud sequel to NIGHT OF THE LIVING TED, perfect for fans of Pamela Butchart, Danny Wallace and David Baddiel.
Dirk is a Stone-Age caveboy, but he's not very good at it. He's horrible at both hunting and gathering; no good at flint-knapping; and is always making mistakes of mammoth proportions. Even with his new pet wolf-cub Tickles at his side, every new attempt to save the day always ends up with Dirk at rock bottom - but he's definitely on to something with his new brilliant inventions! What could go possibly go wrong? Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
What was it like to live in Ancient Egypt? Why did people build castles? When was toilet paper invented? With lots to talk about on every page, and links to websites with videos and activities, this book is packed with fascinating facts about life from the Stone Age to Victorian Britain, including the Romans, Tang China, the Maya, and Vikings.
Introduce little children to the fascinating world of animals in this beautifully illustrated information book. Each double page focuses on a different theme, from habitats and bugs to nocturnal animals and record breakers. With lots to spot and talk about on every page, simple text and links to carefully selected websites to find out more.
This Bible story collection will be the best EVER collection on your shelf! Victoria Tebbs has rewritten ten popular tales in a flowing, easy tone with dashes of humour to make children giggle, while staying true to the original stories. The fabulously expressive and comical art style is full of character with larger-than-life illustrations; kids will love looking at these modern, cartoon versions of classic scenes. Key words and dialogue are pulled out from the main text and into the picture to help the scenes really come alive. Stories included: Noah's Ark, Samson, the Strongest Man in the World, David and Goliath, Daniel and the Lions, Jonah and the Whale, The Baby Jesus, Jesus and the Tax Collector, The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son, The Easter Story.
A beautifully illustrated, non-fiction picture book about space for very young children. Little astronauts can find out about planets, stars, asteroids, space travel, the International Space Station and lots more. With lots to spot and talk about, vivid illustrations and simple language, this is a fun and entertaining way to introduce little children to a fascinating subject. With links to carefully selected websites where children can find out more about constellations and space via the Usborne Quicklinks website.
In Tyrannosaurus Max, Max's Dad is always inventing things and one day he creates some robot dinosaurs. When two robbers steal one of the dinosaurs and break into the bank, it's down to Max and his tyrannosaurus to save the day! This book was previously published as The Dinosaur Robbers by Hodder Wayland. Chucklers is a series of funny novels, short stories, anthologies and comics that make reading a pleasure for 7-11 year olds. There is something for everyone in this varied collection which is packed with fantastic illustrations. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with children's reading development also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk. The series is written by top children's authors and edited by award-winning author Jeremy Strong. The books are finely levelled, making it easy to match every child to the right book.
Finn MacCool and the Giant's Causeway is based on an Irish tale about the creation of the Giant's Causeway. Finn, an Irish giant, and Angus, a Scottish giant, think they are the strongest in the land and are willing to prove it! But Finn has some tricks up his sleeve ... This humorous story written by John Dougherty and brilliantly illustrated by Lee Cosgrove will capture your child's imagination! It has been sensitively rewritten to enable your child to read it with confidence whilst capturing the magic of the original tale. There are useful tips for parents and an engaging story map inside the book to help you and your child retell the story together. The Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales series includes 40 of the best known stories from all over the world, which have been passed down for generations. They are a perfect introduction to different cultures, traditions and morals. All the stories are carefully levelled to Oxford Reading Tree levels and matched to the phonic progression in Letters and Sounds enabling your children to read the stories independently. Books contain inside cover notes to support children in their reading. Help with childrens reading development is also available at www.oxfordowl.co.uk.
The traditional tale from Japan retold for beginner readers ready to tackle slightly more complicated storylines and sentence structures. There was once a stonecutter who wasn't happy, so he wished to be lots of other things instead. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. Includes several pages of reading-related puzzles.