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Nigel Baines has worked for many years as a designer and children’s books illustrator. Series he has illustrated include Yuck! by Matt and Dave (S&S) and Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler (Walker). Do Igloos Have Loos? by Mithcell Symons was winner of a Blue Peter Book Award in 2011. He lives in St Albans.
Illustrator photo © Barrington Stoke
Compact enough to fit into a ref’s top pocket, this little book is filled with enough football jokes, songs and limericks to see you through the World Cup. There are old favourites, such as the one about the difference between the England team and a tea bag (the tea bag stays in the cup longer…) but lots of newer ones too – e.g. what does Gareth Southgate drive to work? A 4 x 4 x 2 - while the section on football chants is bang up to date. The jokes are exactly the kind of gags that kids love and will have them laughing whatever’s happening on the pitch (England going out on penalties probably).
If you’re in the market for T Rex titters, sea monster sillies, or Paleo puns (and why wouldn’t you be?), then this is the book for you! There are hundreds of dinosaur jokes, and it’s definitely a case of the old ones being the best – some of these must date back to the late Cretaceous period at least! Knock, knock jokes, why did the chicken cross the road jokes, and even doctor, doctor jokes… they’re all here and young dino obsessives will particularly enjoy the really specialist ones, e.g. what did the palaeontologist say when she discovered a coprolite? ‘Oh, poo!’ ~ Andrea Reece
A Dyslexia Friendly Picture Book for Parent and Child | Whisper it, but not everyone automatically loves reading. Some people think they’re too busy to read, or that reading is just for school, or even say that reading is rubbish. This book points out just how wrong they are, countering each anti-book statement page by page in lively, funny text and illustrations. It’s an irrefutable argument, especially when presented with so much wit and invention. The book also poses some interesting questions for authors and publishers about those people we don’t see in our books and challenges them to think again too. A book to read, and a book to share. ~ Andrea Reece Publisher Barrington Stoke was inspired to create the Picture Squirrel Books titles after meeting a man with dyslexia at a book event. “We were approached by a gentleman who told us that it broke his heart that he couldn’t read to his child because of his dyslexia,” M.D. Mairi Kidd told The Bookseller. “So we talked to Michael Morpurgo, who we were already working with on low text books [textbooks that use a limited number of words]." The layout of picture books can be difficult for adults with dyslexia as the language and typeface are often very varied, the text can be cut into small chunks or is sometimes spun around a picture, which can make a book tricky if you don’t have good reading skills. Barrington Stoke worked with the authors and illustrators to ensure that the books are suitable for dyslexic readers and thereby helping more families grow a love of reading. On the Picture Squirrels...Michael Morpurgo says: “I was immediately taken with the idea of the Picture Squirrel books, a picture book list that dyslexic parents and less confident readers can read with theirchildren too.”
A brilliant little book that is packed full of amusing jokes such as ‘Why was Santa’s little helper depressed? Because he had low elf-esteem’ will have young ones chuckling and grown-ups groaning but is sure to put a smile on the lips of even Scrooge himself. This would make a wonderful stocking or Christmas Eve box filler.
Winner of the Blue Peter Book Awards: Best Book with Facts 2006. A clever story which successfully wraps up a mass of information in a remarkably small space. Spud takes a tough New Year’s decision: he decides to go green and keeps a diary to prove that he’s sticking to what he says. He grows his own food, recycles his rubbish, cares for the wildlife – it doesn’t seem to be that hard. But then things begin to go wrong and Spud really does have to make an effort to keep his life green. It’s inspiring stuff full of useful advice and facts.
Two great Yuck stories perfect for the festive fun. The first is Crazy Christmas and the second is Naughty New Year. In the first, Yuck and his sister, Polly Princess, have written to Father Christmas to tell him what presents they'd like. Yuck wants a Never-Ending Chocolate Maker, but Polly's been up to mischief that might mean Yuck gets no presents at all. Will Father Christmas fall for her tricks or will Yuck get the surprise he's hoping for? In the second it's the first day of the New Year and Yuck makes a New Year's resolution: 'I promise to have fun'. Mum and Polly tell him he must promise something sensible instead, like to wash more often or to do his homework, but Yuck has an idea for something that's so much fun his family will remember it all year long...
A red Early Reader full of humour and fun, from bestselling author and actor, Steven Butler. Every town in the world has one witch - only one! So when the Hag of the Crag moves into town next door to the Witch of the Ditch, an all-out Witch War ensues. Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.
A red Early Reader full of humour and fun, from bestselling author and actor, Steven Butler. Robbie always behaves. He always does what he's told. Until one day, when he just doesn't want to anymore. That's when the RAAAH appears... Early Readers are stepping stones from picture books to reading books. A blue Early Reader is perfect for sharing and reading together. A red Early Reader is the next step on your reading journey.
What happens if you see twin witches? You won't be able to tell which witch is witch What did the skeleton say when his brother told a lie? You can't fool me, I can see right through you Will: Mum, all the children make fun of me. Mum: What do they say? Will: They say I'm a werewolf. Is it true? Mum: Of course not. Now comb your face and get ready for supper. These and many more howlers will make you laugh your head off (in most cases not literally).
Welcome back to Mighty High - the school for superheroes. Our heroes, Stan, Minnie, Miles and, of course, Pudding the Wonder Dog, face their toughest challenge yet - a weatherman gone bad! Thunderbot is determined to hold the country to ransom by controlling the weather - he even threatens to put the Queen in danger! With gadgets a-plenty, our young superheroes must battle through ice, snow, tornadoes and lightning strikes - but can they save the day? With fully integrated black and white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud series is perfect for young readers.
Welcome back to Mighty High - the school for superheroes. Stan and his friends are so busy preparing for their Heroes exams and having flying lessons that no one seems to realise that Miles has been abducted by aliens! Can fully-fledged superhero Captain Courageous lend a hand or will their fates be decided by a piece of bionic bubble gum? With fully integrated black and white illustrations throughout, this laugh-out-loud series is perfect for young readers.
From the bestselling author of Dirty Bertie. Stan Button had always dreamed of becoming a superhero. Then one day a letter arrives inviting him for an interview at the mysterious Mighty High School. To his amazement, Stan is offered a place - starting immediately. His superpower is `non-conventional', as are those of his two new best friends, but lessons in supervillain-spotting and tight-wearing mean they are soon ready to defeat the evil Green Meanie... who might just be none other than Professor Von Hardbum, a teacher at their school. Each adventure will be heavily illustrated throughout with fantastic art by Nigel Baines, for truly brilliant comic-book style fun.
What did the ref say to the chicken who tripped a defender? Fowl. Why was the footballer upset on his birthday? He got a red card. These and many more howlers to make you laugh even if we lose the Cup!!!
YUCK'S FANTASTIC FOOTBALL MATCH Yuck's football team, the All Stars, have made it through the cup final. They just have to beat rivals, Hooray United and the trophy is theirs! But then Polly steals the All Stars secret weapon, Yuck's very smelly football boots, can the team win the final without them? YUCK'S CREEPY CRAWLIES Yuck's sister, Polly, just can't stop cheating when she and Yuck play games together. So Yuck enlists the help of his very special creepy crawly friends to help him teach Polly a yucky lesson she won't forget!
YUCK'S ROBOTIC BOTTOM Can Yuck win first prize for the best invention in school? He's got gross gadgets galore and a revolting robot to help him. All he needs now is a stinky plan to blow away his rivals. YUCK'S WILD WEEKEND Yuck and his sister, Polly, are both going camping in the garden, but neither wants the other one there. With creepy crawlies, smelly snakes and a grizzly bear on the loose who will survive the longest in the wild?
YUCK'S MEGA MAGIC WAND Yuck(1)s performing magic at the school talent show. With the help of a Mega Magic wand and his assistant Fungus the frog, he conjures up tricks for a yucky performance the audience will never forget. YUCK'S PIRATE TEASURE Yuck and Little Eric are off to the seaside to be pirates for a day. There's treasure at stake, and a plot to plunder a Super-Dooper Multi-Scoop ice cream!
Boy heaven is the best way to describe the antics of Yuck, the boy who is always in trouble but even more importantly causes untold trouble for his sister Polly. Wonderfully zany and wickedly funny it’s sure to get even the most reluctant reader reading. For information regarding other titles in the Yuck series by Matt and Dave please click here.
Another collection of quirky, thought-provoking and highly entertaining poems from a performance poet with an increasing fan base. In this collection Stewart Henderson takes a sideways look at creation - from the depths of the sea, to the breadth of the earth, and the realms of space and sky - and featuring many aspects of the animal world. The poems are often shown from the perspective of a child (answering curious questions, or helping children to understand more about their place in the universe). Poems include short humorous verses, longer narrative poems and the poet's inimitable 'wry thoughts'.
During Steve Turner's work in schools and bringing up his own family, he has been fascinated by children's curiosity and how sometimes quirky questions can be quite serious. This is a collection of his poetry about big questions.
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