Vote for Me!
By Louise Spilsbury, Mike Gordon
Introduce children to the concept of politics and find out who's in charge across the world from presidents, prime ministers and dictators, to kings and queens.This book will look at different systems of leadership that exist globally, looking in particular at how democracies work and what voting and elections are.It looks at the seven main types of governments/ways of ruling - Anarchy; Dictatorship; Monarchy; Theocracy; Totalitarian; Republic; Democracy. It looks at the set-up of democratic governments, in particular the UK and US and what they do, for example making laws, funding armies, providing services and how they make these things happen and why we pay taxes.We talk about the different political ideologies that different governments have, such as capitalism and communism, and the spectrum of ideologies from the far left to the far right, including liberalism, socialism, conservatism and fascism - and in between. How do elections work? What types of elections are there, for example, local, state, for a leader, or national/general, how candidates are chosen, what voting systems are in place, such as PPR and FPP, who is entitled to vote and how votes are cast and counted. Finally, find out what it takes to become a leader and get people to vote for you. Learn how to get involved by joining school councils or running school elections.
By Tim Cooke
Ever wondered what life was really like for the Victorians? Did Queen Victoria really say 'We are not amused'? Well, she may have done if she had read our behind-the-scenes guide to her 19th-century world. Learn about the good (and bad) side of life for the Victorians in this vibrant guide!Part of a series of books that takes children behind the scenes to reveal the fashions, fads and secrets of the past.
By Moira Butterfield
Vikings offers a look at life in Britain from 793 CE, when the first Viking attack took place. Viking customs, culture, warfare and everyday life are all investigated, as well the conflicts with existing Anglo-Saxon society in Britain.Britain in the Past aims to give younger children an understanding of everyday life in Britain for both rich and poor through fact-filled text, exciting illustrations and photographs of artefacts and re-enactors. Feature boxes, maps and lists complete the picture. Perfect for readers aged 7 and up.
By Nancy Dickmann
This book takes a light-hearted look at the characters and creatures from the Viking (Norse) mythological stories. From wolves and giants to the gods themselves there are 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.It is part of the Stars of Mythology series, which explores great myths from around the world.
By Jane Bingham
Travel back to the time of the Vikings! Where did they come from and where did they settle? What beliefs and traditions did they bring with them? How do we know about the Vikings? Explore this ancient civilisation to understand how prehistoric people have influenced the way we live today. Discover the artefacts that give evidence of they way of life.
Vincent van Gogh
By Iain Zaczek
This title looks at the life and works of Vincent van Gogh, including an examination of paintings such as Sunflowers, Starry Night, The Artist's Bedroom in Arles, The Night Café, The Potato Eaters, Portrait of Père Tanguy and Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. It looks at the techniques and colour palette that van Gogh used in these works, encouraging readers to look more closely at the interesting elements of each painting. It also includes a timeline of his life, information on museums and galleries where his work is currently displayed and a chance for readers to use what they have learned to make their own painting in the style of Vincent van Gogh.
By Adam Sutherland
From a single record shop to space travel - the Virgin Group has become a vast multinational empire. With more than 400 companies worldwide the Virgin Group has recorded revenues of £15 billion! How did Virgin build such a hugely successful global brand? Discover how Virgin have built up from one magazine to become one of the most diverse companies in the world today. Learn about the brains behind the iconic brand, including the founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson, explore key business concepts in a straightforward way and develop a product ideas for your very own Virgin brand.The Big Business series is ideal for young budding entrepreneurs with an eye for opportunity! A brilliant read for readers aged 9+ keen to find out how the business behind the brand works.
Vincent van Gogh
By Ruth Thomson
Inspiring Artists tells us what it is that makes some famous artists so important and memorable, not only in terms of their artistic legacy, but also as to their impact on the wider world. It explores their life and times through significant pieces of their art, looking at the work in terms of its context, from conflict (Goya), to festivities (Bruegel) to personal struggle (Van Gogh). Each work is also considered in terms of its style, technique and artistic innovation.Derided and overlooked during his brief lifetime, the brilliant but tortured Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) is today celebrated as one of the most important figures in modern art. His vibrant, expressive paintings of everyday settings and ordinary people have had a huge impact on artists as varied as Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon and Anselm Kiefer.
By Tim Cooke
The At Home With... series uses a fascinating magazine-style approach to reveal what fashionable life was like at the time of the Vikings! Find out all about the invasions and raids in their struggle for the Kingdom of England. Each book in the series focuses on a highly popular and widely studied period of history. The subjects include famous individuals and their homes, fashions, pastimes, food and drink, ways of getting around - and the must-have possessions of the day. Life in the past was in many ways very different from life today, but in one way it was very similar. There were always some people who were wealthier, more powerful or more famous than everyone else - and it was those early celebrities who set the fashions of the age and who got tongues wagging with early celebrity gossip. A fun take on a Key Stage 2 National Curriculum topic!
Vincent van Gogh
By Alix Wood
Great Artists introduces young readers to some of the world's great artists. The books feature easy-to-read text and some of the most famous examples of each artist's work, as well as photographs of places and people of importance.
Visitors from Space
By Katie Dicker
Have people really been abducted by aliens and have there been any real sightings of flying saucers? Delve into the world of the unexplained and the real (or not so real) claims of alien encounters.Real (and possibly not so real) unexplained events are examined in the four books in this series. Strange disappearances, alien visitors, mythical creatures, messages form beyond the grave and strange places steeped in mystery all make an appearance (or should that be disappearance?!) in these fun and informative books.
By Jane Goodwin
This title looks at all the significant individulas and events of the Victorian era: Shaftesbury, Owen, Fry; Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Great Exhibition; Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and the Crimean War; Stephenson, Brunel; Livingstone, Kingsley and world exploration; Bell and the telephone. It also looks at the changes to work and transport: the factory system and working life for men, women and children; the growth of industrial towns, ships and seafaring, rail travel, seaside holidays and entertainment; the impact of railways and the building of factories on the local area.
By Damian Harvey, Rupert Van Wyk
Queen Victoria was the longest ever reigning British monarch and saw extraordinary developments during her reign, from the development of the railways to the discoveries of Charles Darwin.Discover the stories of people who have helped to shape history, ranging from early explorers such as Christopher Columbus to more modern figures like Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web.These chapter books combine historical fact with engaging narrative and humourous illustration, perfect for the newly independent reader.
By Bob Fowke
Did you know that Vikings liked to slurp blood soup for supper?Highly-practised in the art of thuggery, the Vikings loved their drink, sacrificed humans in the name of religion and didn't bother with school! Any history book will give you the boring facts THEY think you should know, but only this one will tell you what the blood-thirsty Vikings were REALLY like ...
Velociraptor and other Raptors and Small Carnivores
By David West
VELOCIRAPTOR, other raptors and small carnivores.Included in the twelve dinosaurs featured are some of the scariest carnivores that ever roamed Earth. These ferocious animals were considered the most intelligent of all dinosaurs. Discover how they could bring down prey ten times their size by hunting in packs and how some of these small feathered dinosaurs took to the air.Each title in the series, Dinosaurs! takes a close look at one particular type of dinosaur and reveals the facts about these incredible creatures.
By John Townsend
The Victorians in Britain
By Liz Gogerly
'The past is all around us, if we know where to look.' This series takes a look at archaeological, structural and museum evidence from around Britain, allowing readers to build up a picture of what life was like in key historical periods and how you can discover it for yourself by visiting sites around the country.
A Victorian Childhood
By Ruth Thomson
A Victorian Childhood offers a look at the lives of Victorian children in Britain, focusing on four key areas: at home, at work, at school and at play. Period illustrations, photgraphs and artefacts help the reader to build up a complete picture of what it was to be a child in Victorian times.
By Sally Hewitt