Mr Men Magical Treasury
20 Funny Fairy Tales to Share
As a boy Adam Hargreaves inspired his father, Roger, to create the Mr Men, and this book is written and illustrated by him. These 20 stories have fairy-tale themes, feature ogres, witches, and fairies, and include a range of Mr Men and Little Miss characters. Age 2+
Twit and Howlet and the Balloon
'I have no doubt that discovering Barbara Jones was one of the more important things that happened to me', says Sir Peter Blake. This facsimile edition of a book first published in 1970, written and illustrated by the prominent 20th-century artist, tells the story of two young owls determined to seek adventure in a hot-air balloon of their own making. The slightly updated text is quite sophisticated, with unusual vocabulary, but also very funny, so it is perfect for reading aloud. Age 3+
The Twelve Dancing Princesses
This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the classic tale of the twelve princesses whose shoes mysteriously wear out every night. The king offers a reward to anyone who can uncover their secret. Many princes try and fail, but then a wounded soldier visits the palace… Age 4+.
Mrs Pepperpot and the Blueberries
Mrs Pepperpot's habit of shrinking at a moment's notice gets her into all sorts of scrapes, but with some quick thinking she always manages to bounce back. When she shrinks while picking blueberries, Mrs Pepperpot has to outwit a hungry fox, then a hungry wolf and then a hungry bear. Will her husband ever get his blueberry jam? Age 3+
Atlas of The Human Body
This unusual and beautiful guide to anatomy is almost a work of art. Intricate, hand-drawn, cutaway illustrations take the reader inside the male body layer by layer, through the digestive, circulatory and nervous systems. Then a series of detailed drawings focuses on key organs, bones and joints, while a doctor explains their function in clear and concise text. The whole volume is attractively presented with heavy stock, marbled endpapers, a fabric spine and covers of thick card. Age 7+
Alfie and Grandma
In these three gentle adventures from the award-winning author and illustrator Shirley Hughes, a missing tortoise is found in disguise, Alfie and Grandma meet a lost sheep, and Alfie makes a journey of discovery around Grandma’s house. A map at the back of the book allows readers to spot locations that feature in the stories. Age 3+
The Emperor's Nightingale and Other Feathery Tales
This collection of twelve poems and stories, from an award-winning illustrator and author, is ideal for bird lovers. An Indian tale tells of a golden swan that donates its feathers to a poor family; a Native American story describes a race between a heron and a humming bird; and there are retellings of old favourites such as ‘The Happy Prince’ and ‘Noah’s Ark’. Age 6+
6 Robots to Build and Decorate
Comprising six pages of cardboard press-outs, this activity book provides colourful robots that can be built without the use of glue or scissors. Each of the three models has a colour version to customize with the stickers provided, and a plain, white alternative so that readers can create their own designs. Age 5+
How to Draw Mr Men
With How to Draw Book, Stencils, Sketchbook and Stickers!
Look at the step-by-step instructions in the How to Draw book, and practise drawing the characters on the blank pages of the sketch book. You’ll soon be ready to colour and add details to the sketchbook pictures with the help of the stencils and stickers. Age 5+
McNaughton Children's Collection
(five volume set)
Wherever Preston Pig goes, Mr Wolf is never far behind him – dreaming of pig for dinner. When Preston goes on holiday, Mr Wolf straps himself to the car roof; when Preston goes shopping, Mr Wolf wrecks the supermarket, and when Preston visits his granny, Mr Wolf tries to pounce. These five simple stories, with added detail in the humorous illustrations, are hugely entertaining and full of fun. Age 3+
Classic Children's Tales
Published to mark the 150th anniversary of Frederick Warne & Co, this volume contains classic works by four of the greatest authors and illustrators originally published by the company. Reproduced as they would have first appeared, the six books are Beatrix Potter’s The Sly Old Cat; Sing a Song for Sixpence by Randolph Caldecott; Kate Greenaway’s A for Apple and Mother Goose; and Edward Lear’s Nonsense Songs & Stories and The Book of Nonsense. There are short introductions to each author-illustrator and their work.
The Book of the Howlat
The Howlat was a young owl, with dowdy, fluffy feathers and a hooked beak. He blamed Nature for his ugliness and appealed to the other birds for help. They took pity on poor Howlat; but as soon as they had decked him out in finery, he became impossibly conceited – which is when they flew off and left him alone in the night. This ancient Scottish fable is retold by James Robertson with magnificent illustrations by Kate Leiper.
Grimm's Fairy Tales
Val Biro has chosen eight tales from the Brothers Grimm’s famous collection, including some of the best-known – ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’ and ‘Hansel and Gretel’ – and the book ends with a note about the Grimms and the history of their Nursery and Household Tales.
Treasury of Fairy Tales
Retold from original tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, and brought to life in Biro’s colourful, all-action illustrations, here are seven favourite stories: ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’, ‘Puss in Boots’, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, ‘The Magic Porridge Pot’, ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ and ‘Cinderella’.
The Bible for Children
Arranged by stories, from the creation to Daniel in the lion’s den, and from the birth of John the Baptist to St Paul’s last letter to Timothy, this is an engaging retelling of the Old and New Testaments, suitable for reading aloud as well as accessible for young readers. The book includes chapter and verse references and numerous ‘Did you know?’ boxes, providing facts about Biblical times and traditions.
Finding Woozles, meeting the Heffalump, solving the problem of Eeyore’s tail: Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends in the 100 Aker Wood set off on their adventures – some of them as dangerous as looking for the North Pole – in this collection of 17 stories from Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner. The book is illustrated with EH Shepard’s original drawings in full colour and ends with ‘The End’ from Now We Are Six. Age 5+
Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake Collection
(four volume set)
What if a piece of toast turned into a ghost just as you were eating it? What if they made child-sized diggers for building really big sand castles? What if you went to the doctor and she was ill? What if the bed grew wings and flew to Japan? All things are possible – or at least discussed – in the breakfast, seaside, doctor and bedtime books: Hard-Boiled Legs, Smelly Jelly Smelly Fish, Spollyollydiddlytiddlyitis and Under the Bed. Age 5+
Games from Childhood
A Nostalgic Compendium of Games We Used to Play
Marked-out boards for versions of the game known in Britain as Nine Men's Morris have been discovered on classical ruins, ancient clay tiles and even in a Viking ship burial, the longevity and wide reach of the game attesting to its appeal. This compendium explains Nine Men’s Morris and eight other enduring games, such as Hangman and Battleships, with rules, strategy tips, printed playing boards and grids.
The Evolution of Our World from the Origins of Life to the Future
This large-format visual account of the geological history of the Earth explains the movement of landmasses and the development of the continents presented visually and with concise accompanying texts. Starting 4.5 billion years ago it illustrates and explains the gradual continental shifts, and how life developed and diversified as a result of these movements. Page five shows eleven stages of the movement from effectively one mass to the continents we know today – not what you expect. Age 7+
Christmas Paper Play
Play, Make, Decorate!
Incorporating over 40 activities with concise, easy-to-follow instructions, this collection offers games, doodling, colouring and puzzles, while also inviting readers to cut out and make paper chains, garlands, skittles, crackers, an advent calendar and photo props, including a Santa hat and beard, using pencils, crayons, scissors and glue. Age 6+
A Keepsake Activity Book
This activity book, which includes a sheet of silver star stickers, presents over 20 illustrations to be completed using the sort of tiny treasures – buttons, feathers, leaves, ribbons – that can be discovered around the home. It encourages children to develop their skills of observation and imagination, and shows how to create a unique collage on every page. Age 4+
Dinosaur Number Crunch!
The Figures, Facts and Prehistoric Stats You Need to Know
Here is the book for the child who wants to out-statistic friends with encyclopaedic dinosaur knowledge. With bite-sized information and illustrated throughout, there are facts about longest legs, deadliest claws, and how much the last T-Rex sold for at auction.
Creature Files: Reptiles
Come Face-to-Face with 20 Dangerous Reptiles
With close-up photographs showing fangs and teeth, this brightly illustrated book presents information about habitat, method of hunting, food, and size relative to humans. Also included are three reproduction fangs and a cord for wearing them round the neck. Age 6+
The Ultimate Maze Book
Progressing from the relatively straightforward to the increasingly challenging, these 14 large-format mazes present colourful and complex environments to be navigated. From a magical mansion to a futuristic city, the labyrinths conceal dangers to avoid along the way, hidden characters and carefully hidden items to spot. Answers at the back. Age 5+