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Shakespeare's Tales

By Beverley Birch, Stephen Lambert
Beverley Birch
Illustrated by:
Stephen Lambert
'The barge she sat in like a burnished throne, burned on the water: the poop was beaten gold, purple the sails...'A lyrical re-telling of Shakespeare's plays; Hamlet, The Tempest, Anthony and Cleopatra and Othello by respected children's author Beverley Birch, partnered with sublime illustrations by Stephen Lambert. A perfect introduction to these landmark plays.
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The Secret Lives of Princesses

By Philippe Lechermeier, Rebecca Dautremer
Philippe Lechermeier, Rebecca Dautremer
Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty. But there are some princesses, equally magical who have remained anonymous, mysterious, and far from the fairy-tale crowd.Now these captivating princesses are finally stepping out of the shadows where they've remained hidden for far too long.
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  • Shakespeare

    By Clive Gifford
    Clive Gifford
    In which play would you find the characters, Bottom, Quince, Puck and Titania?How many of Shakespeare's history plays featured a King called Henry in their title?Does Juliet die by poison, stabbing herself or throwing herself off of a balcony?So you've read Shakespeare's plays, maybe seen them performed. Now you can test whether you really know about his plays and his extraordinary life. There are quizzes on Shakespeare's life and times including questions on plays and theatres of the time; the 15 most popular plays each has a dedicated quiz; there are 5 additional quizzes covering Shakespeare's remaining works - Poems & Sonnets/ Histories/ Tragedies/ Comedies/ Romances.
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    Sketches from a Nameless Land

    By Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan
    Shaun Tan, Shaun Tan
    The Arrival has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place. How did it come to be created, and what inspired its unique and captivating story?In Sketches from a Nameless Land, author Shaun Tan explains the origins of his ideas, using examples from early research and concept sketches through to finished artwork. In tracing this evolution, he sheds light on the silent language of images, the spirit of the migrant experience and the artist's creative journey.The Arrival was sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time. "An imaginative triumph. Every home should have one." - The Times"It will fascinate and occupy adults and children alike." - The ObserverRead more about The Arrival at out more about Shaun Tan at
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    The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

    By Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
    Mary Gribbin, John Gribbin
    The amazing true science behind the fiction of His Dark Materials, ideal for fans of the original trilogy and The Book of Dust, with an introduction by Philip Pullman.Award-winning science writers Mary and John Gribbin reveal how the world of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) is rooted in astonishing scientific truth. Drawing on string theory and spacetime, quantum physics and chaos theory, they answer fascinating questions such as: could parallel worlds like Will's and Lyra's really exist? How does the subtle knife cut through anything? Could there be a bomb like the one made with Lyra's hair? And, of course, what are the Dark Materials?
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