By Clive Gifford
Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Germany: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about German fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Germany's customs and everyday life.
The Girl with the Lost Smile
By Miranda Hart, Kate Hindley
This is a story guaranteed to make you laugh and cry: the first children's book from award-winning, bestselling author and comedian Miranda Hart. Chloe Long has lost her smile. She's looked everywhere for it. (Under her pillow. Under her bed. Under her nose. Obviously.)She's tried everything to bring it back. (Her favourite cake. Her favourite gran. Her favourite joke. Obviously.) But nothing seems to be working! Until one night, something utterly magical happens - and Chloe finds herself on an adventure that is out of this world ... With fabulous illustrations by Sainsbury's Book of the Year winner, Kate Hindley, THE GIRL WITH THE LOST SMILE takes you on an action-packed, magical journey that celebrates the power of the imagination, the wonder of true friendship and is guaranteed to make you smile. 'Is Miranda Hart a National Treasure yet? If not, it can only be a year or two before she joins Stephen Fry and Alan Bennett in the trophy cabinet of the country's affections ... That personality and voice belong to a uniquely cherished comedian ... there's nobody like Miranda.' Daily Mail
By Clive Gifford
Cricket is a game steeped in history and tradition. But it is also one of the most exciting, and rapidly changing, sports in the world. New, fast-paced, forms of the game such as the IPL have attracted a younger fan base, and sponsorship deals and increased media coverage mean that top cricket players are some of the best-known, highly paid, sports stars on the planet. Generation Cricket celebrates the rejuvenation of the game, giving readers a sense of the drama, action and skill involved in playing the game.Generation Cricket: Global Cricket looks at the game in all its many forms, from T20 and test matches to One Day Internationals, Kwik Cricket and even beach cricket. The book explains how cricket has evolved from a game for the elite to one that is played by millions of people, in many different ways, all over the world. It also focuses on some of the most famous competitions in cricket, from the IPL and Twenty20 World Cup to the Ashes and the ICC World Cup and Women's World Cup. All of the ten current Test Nations are detailed, along with their rivalries and some of their most impressive recent performances.Star Player features provide information about the men and women at the top of the sport both now and in the past, including Sachin Tendulkar, Ellyse Perry, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara and Sir Donald Bradman. A comprehensive guide to the many competitions, leagues and teams in the world of cricket, Generation Cricket: Global Cricket is ideal for cricket lovers aged 9 and above, either for project work or simply as a great leisure read.
By Paul Mason
Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important gymnastics skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and photos showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from training to competing - while also finding out something about gymnastics stars of the past and present.Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.The series Sports Skills covers rules, equipment, famous competitors and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step photography that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.
By Clive Gifford
Awesome facts and stats about the greatest football managers in the world. From the Premier League to the Bundesliga, Champions League winners to World Cup winners, find out what makes a winning coach or manager. Find out how Arsene Wenger motivates his players; why Louis Van Gaal is considered to be one of the best and about Dutch masters, Louis Van Gaal, Guus Huddink and Ronald Koeman. Is it all about having good players? Can the transfer market make or break a manager?Read about Alex Ferguson, Jose Morinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Frank de Boer, Vitor Pereira, Joachim Low and Silvia Neid. Find out who is the youngest coach to win the UEFA Champions league, which coach had a stadium in South Korea named after them and which coach led the 2014 FIFA World Cup winning team.Read about football managing icons, such as Brian Clough and Bob Paisley.Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a football player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the world's greatest managers and players right here!
By Clive Gifford
Awesome facts and stats about the greatest football fans in the world! Find out the lengths some fans will go to to support their team, from following them in home and away games to spending fortunes on club merchandise. Find out about club superstitions and traditions, such as who started the first Mexican wave. What mad mascots are there and how did they come about? Who are Super Rat, Berni, Goleo and Fuleco? Which country has the best club chants? Sing along to a few of them.Some 'fan'-tastic facts include:- Real Madrid sold 1.5 million replica shirts in the 2013-2014 season- German club, FC Magdeburg, fans all held up large arrows which they pointed at the goal to encourage their players to score more- 2,300 FC Union fans, repainted their stadium to save their club moneyAnswer quiz questions such as:Which English football club has a mascot called Gunnersaurus Rex?Which country's prime minister was such a big football fan that he declared a national holiday after their national team won a tournament?Which Italian club sold cans of air taken from inside its stadium?Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the planet's greatest fans right here!
The Girls' Guide to Growing Up
By Anita Naik, Sarah Horne
A friendly, reassuring and positive guide for girls as they approach puberty, explaining the changes that will happen to their bodies as they grow up and how these changes might make them feel. Covering everything from periods and breast development to body hair and personal hygiene, puberty and parenting expert Anita Naik addresses any worries that girls may have relating to what is 'normal'. She reassures readers and boosts their confidence, encouraging them to feel positive about the changes they will experience as they go through puberty. The book also includes lifestyle advice on topics like healthy eating and exercise, and information on how puberty affects boys.Topics covered:What is puberty?Your puberty timelineBreasts and brasSame age, different stageSkin changesSweat, smells and personal hygieneHair in new placesDown thereWhat are periods?The practical side of periodsCoping with periodsSex explainedMaking babiesNew feelingsManaging your moodsHealthy eatingThe power of exerciseSelf-esteem and body imagePrivacy and your bodyPuberty for boysBoys have worries, too
By Clive Gifford
Awesome stats and facts about the greatest football stadiums in the world! From the Nou Camp and the Bernabeu in Spain, to Anfield, Old Trafford, the Emirates and Wembley in England, or the Maracana in Brazil.A football ground is more than just somewhere to view the game. For some fans, it's a home from home, a place of great excitement, tension, disappointment or elation.- Find out why some clubs have moved grounds.- Read about Braga's stadium, in Portugal, that is carved out of solid rock and The Float in Singapore, which is a floating pitch.- Which stadium is the biggest in Europe?- Which stadium crowd makes the most noise? -In which country would you find a stadium with a giant crocodile's head as part of its structure?Quotes from famous footballers and managers highlight why these stadiums are so special.
A Guide to Britain and Ireland
By Kevin Pettman
Britain and Ireland form a group of small but fascinating countries, teeming with ancient history, impressive landmarks, stunning scenery and famous faces, and this pocket-sized guide is perfect to discover all the hidden wonders of these islands. Resident, visitor, or simply curious from afar, this books allows you to tour England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales. Marvel at the long history from dinosaurs to inventors, avoid the queues and see stone circles and skyscrapers close up, try the local food, get drenched by the famously bad weather, meet bold British and iconic Irish people from the past and present, and much more, all within this one packed book. This glorious guide book is brought to life in bold, bright graphics, maps and fun visuals. A real treat for curious kids and a perfect pocket-sized travel guide for holidays!
By Paul Mason
The Girl of Glass
By Holly Webb
An enchanting tale of magic, friendship and adventure for readers aged 9 and up - from bestselling author, Holly Webb. Mariana lives with her family on the Venetian island of Murano - famed for its artists who create masterpieces from glass. But when Mariana's little sister, Eliza, dies their father decides to use his glassmaking skill - and a dash of magic - to create a girl of glass in Eliza's image. The remarkable glass doll, who sings, dances and talks, draws attention wherever she goes, and soon Mariana is famous for having the magical glass sister. But as the glass girl takes on more and more of Eliza's personality, Mariana begins to suspect that there is more than just magic at play. Could the girl of glass be her sister's ghost made real? The Magical Venice books are all share the same beautiful setting, but can be read as standalone stories. The series includes: The Water Horse, The Mermaid's Sister, The Maskmasker's Daughter, and The Girl of Glass. Discover more by Holly Webb with her Rose and Lily series - also filled with magical adventures.
By Louise Spilsbury, Richard Spilsbury
Supporting the geography curriculum for KS2, this beautiful book gives readers core information about grassland biomes - where they are found and what their geography is like, the special adaptations of the vegetation and animals, how people live in these regions and how human influences on the environment have ramifications for the future.
Ground Control to Major Tim
By Clive Gifford
Aimed at children inspired by Major Tim Peake's adventures in space, this 32-page book looks at the history-making career of the man who, in 2016, became the first British astronaut to live and work on the International Space Station. During his time on board the ISS, Tim Peake carried out experiments, performed a crucial spacewalk and took some awesome photographs. He also found time to run a marathon, present an award to Adele and read a bedtime story to children listening 400km below him on Earth. Packed with amazing photographs, this book reveals how Major Tim's fascination with flight and science began and how his career as an astronaut developed, documenting his inspirational journey into space.
Incredible stats and facts tell you all about the greatest footballer players in the world. From the Premier League to the Bundesliga, Champions League winners to World Cup winners, find out what makes a truly inspirational player. From amazing goalkeepers such as Thibaut Courtois, Iker Casillas, David de Gea and Hope Solo, Central defenders such as Vincent Kompany and Thiago Silva; full backs like Philipp Lahm and Serge Aurier; midfielders such as Frank Lampard, Arturo Vidal and Toni Kroos; Wingers like Franck Riberty, Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben, attacking players such as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo and strikers like Luis Suarez and Wayne RooneyRead about football icons, such as Peter Schmeichel, Franz Beckenbauer, Paolo Maldini and Pele.Then answer the quiz questions: How many seasons in a row did Cristiano Ronaldo score 50 goals or more; which player has scored more goals for their national team than any other? and many more!Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a football player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the world's greatest players right here!
By Nancy Dickmann
This book takes a light-hearted look at the characters and creatures from the the Greek mythological stories. From daring heroes to scheming gods and goddesses and terrible monsters such as cyclops, there are exciting adventures, betrayals and incredible stories to read. The book is structured as a 'Who's Who' of the culture's myths and legends and has a gossipy, informal tone, allowing the characters' personalities to come through.The chapters begin with a spread featuring factfiles of two characters. Each of these has an "In His Own Words" section, where the character himself (or herself) gives fast facts such as parents, powers, crowning achievements, and "Not to be confused with...". This is followed by a myth re-relling, presented in a magazine-style, featuring the two characters. In total there are six spreads of fact files (12 characters total) and six different re-tellings.
Get the Measure
By Rob Colson
Do you want to get the measure of the world around you? This book explores many aspects of measurement from the size of an atom or how to calculate a country's coastline to finding out the speed limit of the universe or how a computer tells the time. It explores all the different measures we use for lengths, areas, volumes and speeds, and shows you how to calculate them. The book is part of the Maths is Everywhere series, which demystifies all aspects of maths and shows how it relates to your everyday world with fun, colourful graphics. These are fantastic books for children aged nine plus who are studying maths, or for anyone who wants to get to grips with maths in a fun way.
By Gitty Daneshvari
Hilarious action adventure for readers aged 8 and up, featuring the world's most unexceptional spies. You think spies are clever and cool and mysterious? Think again . . .When readers met twelve-year-olds Jonathan and Shelley, they had just been recruited to join the League of Unexceptional Children. This covert spy network is comprised solely of kids who are so average and nondescript that they are utterly forgettable, and who makes a better spy than a kid no one remembers?To everyone's surprise, Jonathan and Shelley saved the day in Book 1, and as a result they have been loaned to MI5: the United Kingdom's leading spy organization. The kids' mission is to recapture a missing vial of LIQ-15, a virus that makes people lose IQ points. Relying on only their complete lack of skill, Jonathan and Shelley must once again stop an evil plan in its tracks.In a sequel that gives readers more of the spy tricks and adventure they love but that can stand on its own as a complete mystery, Get Smart-ish is a laugh-out-loud story starring two exceptionally unexceptional characters.
By Judith Heneghan
Learn how to grow beautiful plants and delicious food! Simple step-by-step instructions and illustrations show you how to plant and care for ten different plants, from pretty daffodils to tasty herbs and even juicy strawberries! Each project will introduce a new technique for you to practise and includes a variation to try once you've mastered the skill. Don't worry if you don't have a big garden - most of the plants can be grown entirely indoors, so long as they have a patch of sunlight.The Get Into series is designed to get kids excited about being creative. Fun, easy to follow and with colourful illustrations and photography, each book is a comprehensive introduction to a popular hobby. Other titles available: Sewing, Knitting, Baking, Drawing, Photography.
By Rupert Matthews
The moment has come: all the gladiator's training was now to be put to the test. As he entered the arena, he was hit by the deafening noise of the crowd... Learn all about what makes a great gladiator in Fearless Warriors: Gladiators. Discover the customs and traditions, the training and the stars of the most popular sport of Ancient Rome.The series examines some of history's most fearless fighters. It looks at their training, weapons and fighting methods, as well as examining some of their most famous battles and fiercest warriors. Each title has sections focusing on aspects of their training, their battles or biographies of individual warriors. A useful timeline and a quiz to test your knowledge are at the back of each book. Ideal for readers aged 9 and up.