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Andy Rowland won the Macmillan prize for children's picture books before graduating from Manchester Metropolitan University with a degree in illustration. He has worked as a freelance illustrator, muralist, community artists and tutor, and has to date illustrated twelve children's books.
Book Band: Lime Ideal for ages 6+ | This new series from Bloomsbury Education is geared at turning children into independent readers. Not only will the books give youngsters a boost into solo reading, they’ll also make it easier and more enjoyable for the adults helping children as they come with useful tips and notes. The books are short and divided into chapters thereby breaking the story into manageable chunks. The adventures are lively and fast-moving though told via short sentences and carefully chosen vocabulary: some words are highlighted in the Tips for Grown Ups section on the inside cover, so that children can learn them and their meanings. Full colour illustrations amplify the action and make the books really attractive to look at too. Written by favourite authors, these are well worth collecting and are just the thing for children ready for reading.
One of our Dyslexia Friendly Books of the Year 2013 - Interest Age 5-8+ Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman tells a laugh-out-load story in this babysitting tale with a difference. When Mike pops round to see his friends Alex he discovers that Alex is a Gris-kwok – he can turn into any animals he chooses. The trouble is, his sister Polly is one too. And Alex and Mike are babysitting Polly! One disaster follows another and Mike wonders whether everything will ever get back to normal! Particularly suitable for 5-8s with reading age of 6+ ------------------------------------------------- In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for My Friend's a Gris-Kwok a small number of children were lucky enough to be invited to review this title. Here's a taster....'The book is about two boys that are friends called Mike and Alex...Alex's family are Gris-Kwoks (they can change onto animals). Mike doesn't know their secret!!!!I give it 1000 stars.' Scroll down to read more reviews...
Follow Jack Splat, a fearless fly, on his eventful day out enjoying as many disgusting things as possible. The weather is hot and sticky and the park is the perfect place for every kind of tasty treat including fleas, frogs and poo. Jack is happy and readers will be happy too as they follow this revolting fly! Click here to see the titles in the Jack Splat series.
This is a hilarious new series, told from the fly-on-the-wall perspective of our death-defying hero Jack Splat as he goes about his daily business - landing on tasty bits of food and spreading germs. But there is danger everywhere for a small fly, and Jack must dodge dastardly attempts to bring his life to a swift end!
A heart-warming animal story, ideal for children practising their reading at home or in school. Little Bear lives with Daddy Bear at weekends, and usually they play games like Monster Chase and Dad-is-a-Big-Climbing-Frame. But today, all Daddy Bear is doing is tap-tap-tapping on his keyboard. Waiting is so boring! Can Little Bear convince him to come and play? This charming story from children's author Dawn McNiff is perfect for Key Stage 1 (KS1) children who are learning to read by themselves. It features illustrations from Andy Rowland and explores a topic many young children will relate to. Bloomsbury Young Readers are the perfect way to get children reading, with book-banded stories by brilliant authors like Julia Donaldson. They are packed with gorgeous colour illustrations and include inside cover notes with tips for getting the most out of the book, as well as ideas for activities related to the stories. 'Every child needs a Bloomsbury Young Reader. Fun, stretching, just the right length, full of adventurous vocabulary and punctuation.' (Julie-Ann McCulloch, Teacher) Book Band: Purple Ideal for ages 6+
Travel through time, grab your magnifying glass and seek out incredible facts about ancient history in this search-and-find adventure, packed with over 200 things to spot! Spanning continents and covering thousands of years, this fun, lively book shows how the people of these vanished civilisations lived and how their societies evolved. Explore the lives of ancient Greek Gods, meet fearsome gladiators from ancient Rome and uncover the mystery of the Aztecs. Explore civilisations including: Babylonia Carthage Qin Dynasty Maya Mongol Empire Kingdom of Zimbabwe ... and many more, with a dedicated two-page spread for each one, brimming with hidden detail and bustling with action. Use the free magnifying glass to spot more than 200 ancient world-themed items in each eye-boggling illustration. From David Long, the author behind Pirates Magnified, Egypt Magnified and Castles Magnified, this book will inform and entertain even the youngest historian for hours on end.
Collins Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds features exciting fiction and non-fiction decodable readers to enthuse and inspire children. They are fully aligned to Letters and Sounds Phases 1-6 and contain notes in the back. The Handbooks provide support in demonstration and modelling, monitoring comprehension and expanding vocabulary. Splish and Quack have had enough. Their pond is far too small to have any fun. They hatch a plan and turn the old tiny pond into a fun water park! Yellow/Band 3 offers varied sentence structure and natural language. The focus sounds in this book are: Adjacent consonants with short vowel phonemes Pages 14 and 15 allow children to re-visit the content of the book, supporting comprehension skills, vocabulary development and recall. Reading notes within the book provide practical support for reading Big Cat Phonics for Letters and Sounds with children, including a list of all the sounds and words that the book will cover.
This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Harry the class hamster thinks the children have much more fun than he does. When his cage door is left open one day, he takes his chance to explore. Harry's Great Escape is a fun and cautionary tale filled with hilarious illustrations to engage the reader. Join Harry on his dangerous journey around the class! 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.
A fun and exciting way for children to practise their counting skills, Colossal City Count will take readers on a journey around the world's most exciting destinations, from Tokyo and Venice, to Amsterdam, Istanbul and many more. Inspector Metropolis and Constable Magnate are operating undercover on an incredibly important mission. They are trying to track down world-renowned villains in some of the busiest and most vibrant cities on the planet. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, will take you on a whistle-stop tour of the globe. Can you help the police gather evidence at each crime scene by finding and correctly counting the clues in each city to help them crack the criminal case? There are hundreds of things to add up and 18 different destinations to discover.
Discover two fabulous fables in accessible comic book form: Who will have the last laugh in The Hare and the Tortoise? Plus find out why trusting too easily can cause problems in The Fox and the Goat. First Graphic Readers is an original approach to well known fables,for very young readers. Here are much loved, read again stories in a form proven to entice emergent readers. Beautiful artwork accompanies clear narrative text in art panels and direct speech in speech bubble, giving readers an introduction to reading in comic form. Each book contains two stories and has two different illustration styles to help differentiate the stories and give a compendium feel.
One potato is not at all happy about being eaten! He leads the farmer's wife on a wild potato chase through the garden, hoping she'll choose another vegetable for her dinner. Will she catch him? Green/Band 5 books offer early readers patterned language and varied characters Text type: A rhyming story Children can follow the potato through the countryside in the story map on pages 22 and 23.
This brilliant activity book is bursting with colourful illustrations and stickers to help you write your own amazing dinosaur stories! The first sentence of every story has been written for you, but you need to decide what will happen and how your Jurassic tales will end. Also features two completed stories to add fun stickers to. Bloomsbury Activity Books provide hours of colouring, stickering and activity fun for boys and girls alike. Every book includes enchanting, bright and beautiful illustrations which children and parents will find very hard to resist. Perfect for providing entertainment at home or on the move!
The definitive and indispensable guide to looking after this most demanding but rewarding of pets - the dragon, written by world expert and founding member of the International College of Serpentology Professor Georgie Blink (BSc, MSc, PhD, Dip. Drag, OBE). Includes the all important What to do in an Emergency What should I do? It’s also interspersed with letters from hapless dragon owners and Professor Blink's stern replies. This is a title that deserves to be on every child's bookshelf, whether their parents will let them get a dragon or not.
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