This large-format, brightly illustrated picture book, from an award-winning Finnish illustrator and designer, groups words together on ten single-sided pages, in order that they can be displayed on a wall. These posters help young children to recognize numbers, colours, animals, shapes and seasons, and are complemented by clearly presented question pages that encourage observation and understanding. Age 2+
Hairy Maclary Children's Set
Hairy MacLary stories have been entertaining pre-school children for over 30 years with their simple humour, rhyming text and an emphasis on adventure and fun. These ten stories include the very first adventure, Hairy McLary from Donaldson’s Dairy along with Hairy MacLary’s Bone, Scattercat, Caterwaul Caper, Rumpus at the Vet, Showbusiness, Sit, Zachary Quack, Hat Tricks and Shoo. Age 2+
Big Dogs, Little Dogs
A Visual Guide to the World's Dogs
This large-format visual guide contains illustrations of over 250 canine breeds from around the world, with information about the history and qualities of each, as well as famous examples including Queen Victoria’s Pomeranian, Marco, and Barack Obama’s Portuguese Water Dog.
Silver Bells & Cockle Shells
Illustrated Classic Nursery Rhymes
Originally published as Our Old Nursery Rhymes in London in 1911, this collection of 30 perennial favourites was illustrated by the Dutch artist Henriette Willebeek Le Mair (1889–1966). Framed in decorated cartouches, and in delicate, muted colours, her watercolours feature carefully observed children at play (often drawn from life, as Henriette ran a private nursery), set in landscapes or interiors that are full of interest. Age 3+
Big City Explorer
Where Can I Go?
In this illustrated guide for young explorers, a penguin takes an alphabetical tour of 28 world cities from Amsterdam to Washington DC. Each spread includes historical information, key facts and famous landmarks, and provides directions using the book’s built-in compass. Age 4+
Collection of Curiosities: Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals
Among mazes, spotting and word puzzles, and colouring and sticker activities, this collection introduces ancient predators of the sea and sky, some of their contemporaries, and a 521 million-year-old trilobite that pre-dates them all. Age 6+
Jelly Boots, Smelly Boots
This illustrated collection by a favourite children’s poet incorporates subjects ranging from Frisbees to fruit and family members. Featuring plenty of Rosen wordplay, exuberant verses are contrasted with more thought-provoking works, and the author performs the poems on the accompanying CD. Age 4+
Tim's Friend Towser
Written and illustrated by the great Edward Ardizzone, Little Tim's adventures at sea have delighted generations of children. In this story, Tim and Ginger, both cabin boys on the SS Royal Fusilier, find a puppy and smuggle him aboard. They hide young Towser from Captain Piper, but as time goes by Towser grows bigger and bigger... Age 4+
Music for Children
This illustrated guide explains how to read music, describes the history and style of different genres, and introduces the most popular instruments. There are practical exercises for the recorder, piano and guitar, and activities and tips to help budding musicians discover more about how music is made, why it is important and how to develop their own musical talent. Age 7+
Fling, Sling and Batter Your Way to Victory
All You Need to Know About Medieval Weaponry
Discover the gruesome armoury of medieval warfare, and learn how foot soldiers laid siege to massive castles. This boxed set includes a 24-page book and 15 model pieces that will allow you to build a working siege catapult and assemble walls, towers and gatehouses to batter into submission. Full instructions and stirring accounts of actual medieval sieges are provided. Age 7+
An Artist's Alphabet
In this ingenious A–Z, artist Norman Messenger has transformed objects and animals into the letters – capitals and lower case – of the alphabet: capital L is a boot and the laces are lower case, an enormous snake winds itself into capital Q while two small snakes hang from a branch, and Z is composed entirely of clouds. Age 5+
Draw Me a House
Architectural Ideas, Inspiration and Colouring In
Every child makes drawings of simple houses and many are inspired to sketch dream homes when they are older. This drawing and colouring book focuses interest on architecture and famous buildings, such as the Empire State Building and the Gherkin, as well as interior features such as lighting and furniture. Using accessible, simple line art, the pages include dot-to-dots, sketches to colour in and drawing challenges. Ages 7–13.
A Midsummer Night's Dream and Other Classic Tales of the Plays
Six Illustrated Stories from Shakespeare
In this illustrated selection of comedies, tragedies and love stories, six of Shakespeare’s plays are retold for young readers, with extracts from the original works. Informative fact panels provide explanations of terms and themes, and place the stories into historical context. Age 8+
Percy Jackson's Greek Heroes
Percy Jackson’s Ancient Greek Gods was an amazing success; now, having been promised a year’s supply of pepperoni pizza and blue jelly beans, he has agreed to tell the stories of twelve mortal heroes, among them Perseus, Daedalus, Theseus, Orpheus and Hercules. Told in 21st-century style, the tales are vividly illustrated by John Rocco. There is also a cheat sheet at the back, in case you get lost in the myths. Age 8+
Wonders of the Deep
The Astonishing Splendor of the Seven Seas
The oceans that cover two-thirds of the world's surface are still a mysterious, largely unexplored realm. Illustrated with breathtaking underwater photographs, this large-format book plumbs its depths, following in the wake of vast whales and the tiny plankton that feed them; predatory sharks; mighty rays; and the otherworldly denizens of the inky deep. It introduces the scientists and explorers who probe its secrets, visits famous shipwrecks including Titanic, and explains the complex ecosystem that supports so many diverse species.
Robert the Bruce
King of Scots
The acclaimed Scottish novelist James Robertson and illustrator Jill Calder tell the story of Robert the Bruce (1274–1329), from the death of King Alexander III, through the years of violent struggle against the English and consolidation of power in Scotland, to victory at Bannockburn in 1314. Age 8+
The Totally Wild Fact-Packed Fold-Out Animal Atlas
The maps in this children’s atlas, many of which fold out, illustrate the variety of habitats or ‘biomes’ which are home to the world’s fauna. Each map features captioned photographs of indigenous species, including alpine marmots, desert cats, nesting seabirds and river reptiles, some of which are paired with animal fact boxes describing each species, and highlighting the most remarkable – and dangerous.