Travels With My Sketchbook
Michael Foreman dreamed of seeing the world as a boy, but never imagined his artistic talents would enable him to travel, first through a scholarship to visit America and subsequently with commissions to document North Sea oil rigs and the World Fair in Japan. Including a football game in the Andes and pony-trekking in Kashmir, Foreman’s travelogue, which spans the 1960s to the 1990s, is illustrated with his line drawings and watercolours.
William and the Missing Masterpiece
William, international cat of mystery, is about to go on holiday when he’s called to investigate the case of the Mona Cheesa in Paris (city of art and cheese). With a cheese festival and art competition to distract him, will William manage to solve the mystery? 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+.
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi's captivating story of Pinocchio, the mischievous wooden puppet with a long nose who experiences many dark and sinister adventures before finally becoming a real little boy, began in the 1880s as a serialization for an Italian children's newspaper. Here, those instalments are brought together and beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Robert Ingpen, as part of his series of children's classics. Age 7+
'One morning, Lily saw something wonderful in her garden. It was big, brown and hairy. It had four legs, a tail and a big, wet nose, and Lily had ALWAYS wanted one...' But Doggy was quite big, a bit smelly, he couldn't do tricks and he wouldn't do as he was told - and the safari park rangers were looking for him. This tale of Lily's fearless perseverance in looking after Doggy ends with a glorious surprise. Age 2+
Dr Ernest Drake's Collector's Library
Two volumes: Monsterology and Dragonology
'The world is full of amazing beasts and monsters far beyond our ken', writes Ernest Drake; and in these books he reports on his researches into dragons (his first love) and into the study of the many supposedly mythical beasts besides dragons that mundane science misses altogether. Each of his reports features maps and documents, wonderful paintings and anatomical drawings of the creatures, samples of shed skin and feathers and even a hair from the mane of a unicorn. Jewel-encrusted and slip-cased. Age 8+
A Guide to Wizards of the World
'A true account of wizards in the known world as told by Master Merlin', this book from the popular Wizardology series gives accounts of the four wizardological paths: Western wizards, Eastern sages, Chinese masters and shamans. Richly illustrated in the gothic manner, with scrapbook-style notes on codes, spells and warnings against negative thoughts, the book also contains a set of cards and the rules for playing Away, Oh Wizard. Age 11+
Alex and Lulu
Two of a Kind
Noisy Alex and artistic Lulu are quite different, but that doesn't stop them being best friends and there are lots of things they enjoying doing together. This storybook with its quirky illustrations introduces the concept of opposites and the idea that difference is not a barrier to friendship. Age 3+
William Heads to Hollywood
International Cat of Mystery
Someone has stolen the statues for the Golden Cuckoo awards from the famous Cuckoo film studios and the awards ceremony is tomorrow night. Who better than William, the international cat of mystery, to schmooze the stars and discover the thief? Age 3+
Fifty Great Escapes
A Global Guide to Creativity
Discover the places that inspired the world’s greatest writers, artists and film-makers, from Gauguin’s Tahiti to Conan Doyle’s Dartmoor. Each entry includes colour photographs and practical travel advice, while a global directory lists 100 21st-century hotspots for budding artists.