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  • Cars, Trucks and Trains

    By Jon Richards
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    Jon Richards
    Have you ever wondered why and how the car was invented? From steam cars and trains to experiments with rocket powered and flying cars, It'll Never Work: Cars, Trucks and Trains explores the history and development of vehicles that have led to the comforts of modern passenger transport that we know today.Each title in this exciting, high-interest series looks at a different area of technology and engineering and reveals the pioneering ideas and scientific thinking that enabled its development, as well as exposing those that proved to be a dead end. Each spread examines a particular example in depth, bringing in other similar ideas where relevant, and revealing that experimentation and failure often pave the way to technology success. Beautifully designed and illustrated with infographic-style artwork, this series is an excellent technology resource for readers aged 9 and up.
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  • Claude Best in Show

    By Alex T. Smith
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    Alex T. Smith
    Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life - in this very special short story created especially for World Book Day 2019. The Great Waggy Avenue Dog Show is happening today - and there are medals galore to be won! Claude nearly wags his tail off and Sir Bobblysock's bobbles tingle with excitement.If only they knew a dog so Claude and Sir Bobblysock could take part . . .Praise for the Claude series:'Quirky illustrations and plenty of humour' MetroClaude is now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior with 52 episodes.
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    Chatterbox Bear

    By Pippa Curnick
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    Pippa Curnick
    Meet Gary the bear - he just can't stop chatting! A laugh-out-loud-funny story about friendship and understanding.Gary the bear is a chatterbox, but when nobody wants to listen he sets sail in search of new friends. Soon Gary arrives on an island full of birds . . . the problem is they don't understand a word of Bear! Gary has to learn that words are not the only way to communicate and make new friends.This sunny and bright picture book is bursting with energy and humour.From the illustrator of Lucie Goose, shortlisted for the Evening Standard Oscar's First Book Prize.
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  • Cats & kittens

    By Annabelle Lynch
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    Annabelle Lynch
    Animals & Babies: Cats & Kittens explores how kitten grow from cute, playful balls of fur into strong, independent cats - with a little help from their mother!An early years photographic series that looks at the unique relationship between a parent and its baby, tracing their journey together from birth to adulthood. The idea of every animal having a lifecycle is brought to life by big, beautiful images and explained in very simple text of no more than one or two sentences per spread.
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  • Colours

    By Pat-a-Cake, Gwé
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    Pat-a-Cake
    Illustrated by:
    Gwé
    This bright and bold touch-and-feel book all about colours is perfect to share with babies to help develop their language.Talking to babies is absolutely vital from the day they are born. These books are specially created to help bathe babies in language - the key to later speech development. With a touch-and-feel on every page, the charming art and engaging text in Chatterbox Baby: Colours gives parents and babies lots to explore, touch and chat about together.Also available: Chatterbox Baby: Numbers, Chatterbox Baby: Shapes, Chatterbox Baby: Words
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    The Colour of Happy

    By Laura Baker, Angie Rozelaar
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    Laura Baker
    Illustrated by:
    Angie Rozelaar
    A beautiful exploration of feelings shown through colour as one little boy navigates a range of emotions - from happiness and excitement to hope and love, all on his way to present a gift to his mum.Blue is for the calm I feel wandering in the spring.Yellow is for happy when I spot a special thing.This book is the perfect introduction to both emotions and colours.
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    Cicada

    By Shaun Tan
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    Shaun Tan
    A stunning new picture book for anyone who has ever felt unappreciated, from Academy Award winner Shaun Tan.Cicada work in tall building.Data entry clerk. Seventeen year.No sick day. No mistake.Tok Tok Tok!Cicada works in an office, dutifully working day after day for unappreciative bosses and being bullied by his co-workers. But one day, something truly extraordinary happens . . . A story for anyone who has ever felt unappreciated, overlooked or overworked but dreams of magic, from Australia's most acclaimed picture book creator. This is Shaun Tan's first author-illustrator book in five years, and his most important and moving fable since The Arrival.
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  • Cool Stuff to Make With Paper

    By Stephanie Turnbull
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    Stephanie Turnbull
    You don't need to spend a fortune on your own cool, custom-made stuff. Ingenious ways to use inexpensive materials - many of which you may already have lying around mean you can bake, sew, make and grow loads of brilliant things. Four lovely step-by-step books that encourage readers to use the materials and environment around them to encourage creativity. Can also be used to demonstrate ways to recycle and reuse everyday materials and encourage discussions around wasting food and other resources.
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    A Christmas Carol

    By Tony Mitton, Mike Redman
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    Tony Mitton
    Illustrated by:
    Mike Redman
    A magical picture book retelling of Charles Dickens' classic tale - told in rhyme! Mean old Ebenezer Scrooge hates everything. Even Christmas! But one frosty Christmas Eve, Scrooge receives a visit from three ghostly spirits, who whisk him away on a magical journey through Past, Present and Future ... can they melt his frozen heart before it's too late?Tony Mitton's simple picture book retelling is perfect introduction, for even the youngest children, to this timeless story of Christmas love and kindness.
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  • Count Them Up!

    By Jackie Walter
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    Jackie Walter
    Count Them Up! looks at how we use numbers and provides practical and fun examples of addition, subtraction, division and multiplication, encouraging children to tackle simple maths problems independently.
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    Clever Crafts For Kids

    By Annalees Lim
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    Annalees Lim
    This book is full of fun, child-friendly craft ideas for home or school projects. Have fun making a colour wheel, a farmyard from hand prints, a wax crayon batik owl, finger print fireworks, a scrunched seascape, snowflake wrapping paper, a 3-D rainbow, river reflection painting and foil print birthday cards.Easy to follow instructions guide you through the makes in 5-6 simple steps.The fun crafts use inexpensive, easy-to-find materials.The crafts will appeal to both boys and girls.
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    Christmas Fairy Tale Mix-Up

    By Hilary Robinson, Jim Smith
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    Hilary Robinson
    Illustrated by:
    Jim Smith
    Oh no! Santa has got stuck down the chimney while delivering presents to the Three Little Pigs...Create your own hilarious festive fairy tales with this ingenious, split-page, spiral bound book. Enjoy hundreds of novelty stories.A follow-up to the bestselling Mixed up Fairy Tales, illustrated by the creator of the much-loved Barry Loser, winner of the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Award for 6-8 year olds.Praise for Mixed Up Fairy Tales: 'Variations enough for plenty of delightfully silly combinations.' - Guardian
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    Claude Adventures

    By Alex T. Smith
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    Alex T. Smith
    Meet Claude - the ordinary dog with an extraordinary life. Now the star of his very own TV show on Disney Junior with 52 episodes.An shiny paperback treasury of Claude's very best adventures, containing three much-loved stories. Follow Claude and Sir Bobblysock as they dance and bottom-wiggle their way into the spotlight, head off in hot pursuit of a gold trophy, and stumble onto a film set to become movie stars! Includes: Lights! Camera! Action!, Going for Gold and Claude in the Spotlight.The perfect gift for fans of Alex T. Smith's hilarious bestselling series - ideal for new readers and also great for sharing!Praise for the Claude series:'Illustrated with humour and elegance' The Times'With quirky illustrations and plenty of humour' MetroClaude in the City was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. Claude Going for Gold won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. Alex T. Smith was the official World Book Day illustrator in 2014.Follow Alex at alextsmith.com and on Twitter: @Alex_T_Smith
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    Cinderella

    By Ursula Jones, Jessica Courtney Tickle
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    Ursula Jones
    Illustrated by:
    Jessica Courtney Tickle
    A sumptuously illustrated retelling of the classic fairytale, Cinderella.Rediscover the magic of Cinderella and enter a world of enchantment and romance with this exquisite picture book retelling. Award-winning author Ursula Jones breathes new life into this enduring and best-loved fairytale with her characteristic blend of warmth, humour and charm. Paired with dazzlingly intricate illustrations, this is a wonderfully evocative, beautiful and contemporary edition of this timeless classic.
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  • Cubism

    By Susie Brooks
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    Susie Brooks
    Exciting and edgy, the Cubism movement changed art forever with by showing the world in a fresh, experimental and challenging new way that merged viewpoints and celebrated the geometric. Beginning in early 20th century Paris with artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, the movement spread around the world, inspiring artists from Piet Mondrian to Paul Klee.An accessible and in-depth guide to some of the most popular and significant art movements, Inside Art Movements explores their origins, evolution and legacy in today's world. For readers aged 9 and up.
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  • Create, Watch and Send

    By Heather Lyons, Dan Crisp, Alex Westgate
    Authors:
    Heather Lyons
    Illustrated by:
    Dan Crisp, Alex Westgate
    This book will help budding young programmers discover their own creativity. Learn how to write and share a story, upload pictures, make videos and share your creative work with others, then hop online to try out your new skills on the companion website. Let's get coding!Kids Get Coding is a fantastic, hands-on resource for anyone looking to get started with coding. The eight books cover key areas of hte KS1 computing curriculum with simple text. Each title contains practical on- and off-line activities that are easy to follow and fun to try on your own or with friends. Guiding young coders through each title is Data Duck - a computer-programming mastermind here to help with hints and tips!
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  • Coding in the Real World

    By Heather Lyons, Dan Crisp, Alex Westgate
    Authors:
    Heather Lyons
    Illustrated by:
    Dan Crisp, Alex Westgate
    This book will help budding young programmers discover the technology in the world around them. Learn how computers play a big part in our everyday lives, controlling our cars, traffic lights, shopping and money, robots and much more, invent your own programs for everyday situations, then hop online to try out your new skills on the companion website. Let's get coding!Kids Get Coding is a fantastic, hands-on resource for anyone looking to get started with coding. The eight books cover key areas of the KS1 computing curriculum with simple text. Each title contains practical on- and off-line activities that are easy to follow and fun to try on your own or with friends. Guiding young coders through each title is Data Duck - a computer-programming mastermind here to help with hints and tips!
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    Charlie and Lola: One Thing Board Book

    By Lauren Child
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    Lauren Child
    A classic Charlie and Lola picture book all about counting and sums, from Children's Laureate Lauren Child. Now in a brilliant board book!Perfectly funny and perfectly formed, this hilarious picture book sees top negotiator Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will. I have this little sister Lola. She is small and very funny. Sometimes for a treat, Mum says, "We are going to the shops and you may choose one thing.""One thing to share?" says Lola.I say, "One thing for you and one thing for me, which means two actual things."'Numeracy at its most joyful and positive ... a brilliant way to get young minds excited about maths' Teach Early Years
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  • Croc Needs to Wait - A book about patience

    By Sue Graves, Trevor Dunton
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    Sue Graves
    Illustrated by:
    Trevor Dunton
    This funny, charming story is the perfect way to introduce young children to being patient, and help them understand the importance of waiting their turn. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children fully understand how their behaviour can impact on others.Croc can never wait for anything - he's alway interrupting, rushes everything and he can never wait to take his turn. Can he learn to slow down and be a little more patient?The Behaviour Matters series of picture books provide a gentle means of discussing emotions, boosting self-esteem and reinforcing good behaviour. Supports the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Area of Learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage, and is also suitable for use with children in KS1 and can be used to discuss values. Suitable for children under 5.
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  • Cars and Vehicles

    Did you know about the new train that is part vacuum cleaner? Or hydrogen fuel cells, catamarans and pantographs? Well, where have you been! Whether it flies, floats, races or sails, Infomojis: Cars and Vehicles is all about exploring the world of transport in a fun and engaging way. Each book features custom-made 'infomojis' - presenting the information with real personality! So inject fun into facts, and take your young engineer to the next evolution in infographics. Perfect for readers aged 8+.
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