Minecraft: The Ultimate Construction Collection Gift Box
The three booklets in this box set explore possibilities for building in Minecraft’s creative mode, from concepts and tips for design to example builds for impressive structures such as a medieval castle. The set also includes press-out character models and a poster. Age 6+
Minecraft for Beginners
In Minecraft you can choose how to play, do what you like and have your own adventures – but where to begin? With clear illustrations, game-play instructions and hints, this guide from Mojang (the Swedish company that developed the game) shows how to survive in the Overworld. The guide is designed for a single player in Survival mode, and covers all the basics from game controls to defending against the bad guys and mining underground. Age 8+
Minecraft: The Survival Collection
For players of the challenging survival mode of Minecraft, the four books in this collection give specific advice on exploration and coping with hostile mobs, setting up farming systems, creating potions and enchantments and navigating the Nether and End dimensions. Age 9+
Noggin the Nog - 8 Books
These simplified editions of the books about the kindly Viking King Noggin the Nog are based on the BBC series by Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin, the creators of The Clangers, Bagpuss and Ivor the Engine), and were written especially for emergent independent readers. Age 6+ The eight titles included in this set are: Noggin the King (Read more...) Noggin and the Whale (Read more...) Noggin and the Storks (Read more...) Noggin and the Money (Read more...) Noggin and the Dragon (Read more...) Noggin and the Moon Mouse (Read more...) Nogbad and the Elephants (Read more...) Nogbad Comes Back (Read more...)
Winnie Ille Pu
A Latin Version of AA Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh
Hungarian physician and polymath Alexander Lenard made this translation of Winnie-the-Pooh while working as a tutor of English and Latin. An instant bestseller, it has continued to delight readers young and old for six decades, as they revisit the adventures of Christopherus Robinus around Silva Centum Jugerum (Hundred Acre Wood) in the company of Porcellus (Piglet), Ior (Eeyore), Bubo (Owl) and the rest – not forgetting, of course, the horribilis heffalumpus.
The Magic Faraway Tree Treasury
Three children, Joe, Beth and Frannie, and their cousin Rick, live in a cottage deep in the country, near the Enchanted Wood where the Faraway Tree grows. High in the tree live the children’s friends Silky the fairy, Moon-Face and Saucepan Man, and at the top there is always a new magical land to explore. First published in 1943, this famous adventure story has new, colourful illustrations by Mark Beech and large print for young readers. Age 5+
An Illustrated Guide to the Spacecraft of Halo
The Halo video game has generated a number of sequels and spin-offs, employing a wide range of fantastical spacecraft and weaponry. This guide analyses an array of ships, including the Pillar of Autumn and Infinity, in large-scale cutaway diagrams and illustrations. Age 10+
Tank Engine Thomas Again
The Railway Series
Originally published in 1949, this was one of the first titles written by Reverend Awdry. Reprinted in a small format hardback and with its original illustrations by C Reginald Dalby, the book contains four short stories about Thomas’s adventures on the branch line. Age 4+
Thomas & Friends: Well Done Thomas! Activity Book
Stickers, Certificates and Reward Charts!
The activities in this book encourage good behaviour. Stickers are awarded for tidiness, helpfulness or being good at bedtime. Parents can use the charts and certificates to set and reward specific challenges. Age 2+
Thomas & Friends: The 12 Engines of Christmas
Sing Along with Thomas and His Friends!
This board book invites readers to sing new lyrics involving Thomas and his friends to the familiar tune of ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’. Each sturdy page features a different engine, while the gifts include snowmen and candy canes. Age 2+
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+
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 sketchbook. You’ll soon be ready to colour and add details to the sketchbook pictures with the help of the stencils and stickers. Age 5+
A goose that didn’t get roasted; the nativity play that banished Princess Serafina’s sadness; a letter for Christmas from the First World War; one young shepherd boy’s astonishing meeting with the Angel Gabriel; and mother and baby Mountain Dragon reunited on Christmas Day... These five timeless stories by one of today’s greatest storytellers are illustrated by equally renowned children’s illustrators, including Sophie Allsopp, Michael Foreman and Quentin Blake. Age 4+.
The White Horse of Zennor
And Other Stories
Cherry is swept out to sea and encounters ghosts from a mine; two children rescue a strange old man caught in an animal trap… Five mystical, sometimes dark, short stories are connected by their location: Zennor, on the coast at the edge of Britain. With beautiful colour illustrations, these are haunting, magical tales. Age 9+
The Rupert Annual
First appearing in the 1920s, the enduringly popular Rupert the Bear comic strip still features in the Daily Express today, and this is his 82nd annual. The stories include an adventure from 1939, as well as a brand new tale, ‘Rupert and the Christmas Birds’, and there are games and instructions for making Christmas decorations. Age 7+
Stories of War
This three-novel collection examines conflict from different perspectives: two boys evacuated to the country in Friend or Foe, Jewish children fleeing the Nazis in Waiting for Anya and animals at the front in War Horse. These stories do not avoid the horrors of battle, but reflect the bravery and heroism of ordinary individuals caught up in events beyond their control. Age 8+
Thunderbirds: The Comic Collection
This second volume of Thunderbirds adventures contains the first twelve comic strips from the 1960s, beginning with Blazing Danger, which introduced Lady Penelope and Parker to International Rescue, and including the great classics, Talons of the Eagle and Atlantic Tunnel. All the strips in this volume were illustrated by the legendary Frank Bellamy. (Please note two pages are duplicated in the book due to an editorial error.)
Thunderbirds: The Comic Collection
Soon after Thunderbirds blasted onto British television screens in 1965, fans could read the adventures of International Rescue in TV Century 21, a weekly comic devoted to science fiction television series. This compilation presents around 30 strips and 'Technical Data' cutaways from the 1960s and 1970s, with the original Thunderbirds and Lady Penelope artwork created by leading British comic artists including Frank Bellamy, John Cooper and Graham Bleathman.
Narrated by Joey, a horse who witnesses the horror of battle in the First World War from both sides of the trenches with his owner Albert, this contemporary classic has been adapted for the stage with great success and filmed by Steven Spielberg, and is presented here with sensitive watercolour illustrations. Age 10+