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Brian Moses is one of our most widely read and popular poets, a regular visitor to schools and festivals. This collection gathers together over 100 of his best poems. It includes some of the poems that make his public performances such barnstorming hits – Walking With My Iguana, What Teachers Wear in Bed – but also more thoughtful poems, such as the beautiful title poem Lost Magic, with its mournful refrain ‘but there are no unicorns now’. My favourite is probably The Bonfire at Barton Point, a vivid description of a particular moment of childhood, but everyone will have their own. ~ Andrea Reece
It’s spook o’clock alright in this excellent collection of scary poems and what a range of subject, tone and form there is to enjoy. Here are funny poems – of course - some silly ones, and some that are really quite haunting. A number are inspired by real places – Brian Moses takes us on an Edinburgh ghost walk ‘half hoping something will appear/half hoping something won’t’ and wonders how it would affect you to live in World’s End, while James Carter imagines scary things lurking in the teacher’s cupboard! They’ve obviously relished creating this collection, and their enthusiasm is catching. Illustrations by Chris Garbutt add to the fun and with Hallowe’en approaching, there are tricks and treats aplenty here. ~ Andrea Reece
Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month, June 2015 Can’t dance? Ever felt you are just not one of the cool team? Then you’ll love Alfredo! Marty tells Alfredo the frog that the world is groovy, that the world is dancing and that anyone can do. Alfredo learns how to do the cool boogie style and the speedy heebie-jeebies but just when he’s got the groovy moves straight he starts to JUMP! Alfredo is just SO embarrassed but soon everyone is copying Alfredo’s moves. A great story about how an outsider becomes an unexpected star. ~ Julia Eccleshare .......................................................... Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for June 2015 It's a Groovy World, Alfredo by Sean Taylor The Little Bookshop and the Origami Army by Michael Foreman Whistling in the Dark by Shirley Hughes The King's Shadow by Philip Womack
Punctuation marks are adventurous in this fun new series by Michael Dahl, author of more than 3 million books in print. This engaging series will introduce basic literacy topics to new writers.
Question marks want to know the facts. They help us ask all sorts of questions. Follow along and learn all about question marks.
Exclamation marks make noise! They shout and command. Follow along and learn all about the importance of exclamation marks.
Full stops say stop! They tell us when a sentence ends, and they help us shorten words. Follow along and learn all about hard-working full stops.
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