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David Melling

David Melling is the international bestselling author and illustrator who first came to our attention with the critically acclaimed The Kiss That Missed, and whose The Tale of Jack Frost went from page to animated TV feature, voiced by Hugh Laurie. Here he talks to Graham Marks about how he became a children’s book illustrator, his influences, his passions and why he loves Twitter…

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A Robot World

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

In today's wired world, robots are everywhere, from movies, in space, computer games - maybe even walking among us. Aimed at readers aged 7 to 11, this is a look at the rise of robots: how they've developed over time, from early sketches to terrifying battlebots and factory operatives, to the latest AIs running free from their workshops. Presented chronologically, this robot history will focus on landmark robots that have captured the imagination, including creations from popular culture.

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Amir Khan

Clive Gifford
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Clive Gifford
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Ancient Egypt

Clive Gifford
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Clive Gifford
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Ancient Greece

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

What sort of work could job-hunters in Ancient Greece expect to find? What might their colleagues be like? The Ancient Greeks could become priests, although not if they deserted the army or were in debt, or doctors, taking an oath to keep their patients' details secret and not to poison them. What were the pay and conditions like for a politician or an architect in Ancient Greece? Which were the most dangerous jobs and which the most high status? Throughout the book, job adverts give an idea of the qualities and skills needed for each role and there's a verdict at the end to evaluate whether it was one of the best or worst jobs available. Photographs of artefacts from the period are married with humorous artwork to bring the workers of the era to life.

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Bugs

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Did you know that froghoppers can jump four metres in a single second? Or that the Hercules beetle can lift up to 800 times its own bodyweight?Look inside to find stunning pictures and amazing record-busting facts about the longest, loudest and most lethal bugs in the world - plus many more!

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The Solar System, Meteors and Comets

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Explore our stunning solar system and learn about its eight planets, from mini Mercury to giant Jupiter. Find out about marvellous moons and mighty meteorites, and discover curious comets and eccentric exoplanets. Get the answers to questions such as:* How old is the Earth?* Which probe took a space selfie?* Why is Jupiter stripy?* What is a hairy star?* Where might it rain glass? Perfect for the new curriculum, this fascinating title is packed full of astounding information and number-based jaw-dropping facts and figures for all aspiring astronaughts and science whizz kids.

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Stars, Galaxies and the Milky Way

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Discover the sparkling world of stars, from their beautiful births to their dramatic deaths. Learn about our very own star, the Sun, as well as best-friend binary star pairs and dense neutron stars. Gaze at gorgeous galaxies and marvel at the Milky Way. Find out the answers to questions such as:* What's inside the Sun?* Where are the Pillars of Creation?* Why do stars twinkle?* How fast does a pulsar spin?* Which galaxy is a cannibal? * How long would it take to travel across the Milky Way? Perfect for the new curriculum, this fascinating title is packed full of astounding information and number-based jaw-dropping facts and figures to inspire future astronauts and space scientists.

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Natural Wonders

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Discover the greatest wonders of nature the world has to offer, from the Grand Canyon to Uluru and from the Serengeti Migration to the Aurora Borealis. Get up close to their unique features and marvel at their breathtaking dimensions. What threats and challenges to these special phenomena face, and what is being done to ensure their survival for future generations to enjoy? Perfect for readers 9 and up.

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Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford
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The Universe, Black Holes and the Big Bang

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford
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Astronomy, Astronauts and Space Exploration

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Uncover the amazing story of astronomy, from terrific telescopes to outstanding observatories. Find out aboutthe latest space probes, and learn how rockets lift off. Discover the remarkable astronauts who have set off onstupefying space walks, and take a look at life in space. Find the answer to questions such as:* Which space probe is the farthest from Earth?* How do you go to the toilet in space?* Which probe took a piggy-back ride on an asteroid?* What's a vomit comet?* How much do you grow in space?Perfect for the new curriculum, this fascinating title is packed full of information, number-based awe-inpiring facts and figures.

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Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Amazing Applications and Perfect Programs explores operating systems, computer programs, sorting and storing files, databases, and the programs that allow users to have fun with words, pictures and sounds. The computers that are used in schools, homes and businesses around the world rely on computer programs. Learn about the amazing variety of these programs today and how they can be used from everything from the most complicated finances to simple word processing. Exercises teach key skills such as word processing, creating documents and using databases. Stretch Yourself features give practical activities for readers to try. These 'try at home' examples help reinforce learning and are not linked to specific software or operating systems. True Story features give real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology. Computer Hero features look at the forerunners of digital technology that have paved the way for scientists today.Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding, Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs, and Computer Networks.

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France

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

This beautifully designed title offers kids an engaging insight into a fascinating country that is France: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history - all presented in an engaging writing style. Alongside this core information, readers will find out about fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on French customs and everyday life.

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Italy

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Unpack the history and culture of Italy - one of the world's most beautiful and interesting countries - with Unpacked: Italy. The book takes you on a journey through this incredible country, from its food to fashion and its art to sport. The bright, fun scrapbook design will engage children's attention and capture their interest - this is the perfect children's travel guide to Italy Explore Italy's rich history, from the Romans right up to the present day, and see some of the marvellous things Italians have invented along the way, from the barometer to the space hopper! Meet some of Italy's greatest artists, see Michelangelo's incredible Sistine Chapel, and discover the mad museums scattered around the country - from the olive oil museum in Torgiano, to the accordion museum in Castelfidardo! Discover the Italian passion for all things football, find out why their national team is called the Azzuri, and meet some of the most expensive players in the world. See the sights of Italy's most famous and beautiful cities, from the Trevi Fountain in Rome to the Duomo in Florence via some Venetian gondolas! Explore Italy's diverse and interesting landscape, see vineyards and solar farms, mountains and volcanoes. Read all about delicious Italian food, from pizza and pasta to ice cream and anti pasti - dangerous if you're feeling hungry! Learn why the Italian fashion industry isn't just about looking good - it's also a vital part of the economy - so clothes shopping is encouraged! Discover the glamour of Italian transport, from speedy scooters to sleek Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Ferraris, and find out which Italian car factory has a race track on its roof! Unpacked: Italy is packed full of fun, quirky facts and interesting information, perfect for children aged 9 and above. Whether you're planning a trip, or just interested in the country, this is the guide for you! Italy is just one of the world's most fascinating countries. Why not unpack Australia, Brazil, France, India, Portugal, South Africa or Spain in other titles in the series?

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Andy Murray

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality and their impact on popular culture, as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success. Andy Murray is a history-making tennis champion, who, in 2013, became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles final. The previous year, he won an Olympic gold medal at the London Games. He uses his high profile to raise money for charities and to encourage children to take up sport.

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Machines

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford
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World War One

Clive Gifford
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Clive Gifford
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World War II

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford

Covering this major period in world history, The Who's Who of World War II introduces key players who significantly influenced the outcome of this global conflict. Included are biographies of such figures as Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, one of the first female British spies to work in mainland Europe, and Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who managed to save 100,000 Hungarian Jews from being killed by the Nazis.

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Rugby

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford
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Karting

Clive Gifford
Authors:
Clive Gifford