A gentle story of connection and loss finds a promise in memories after a young child loses her constant companion. With a good friend like Loonie the yellow balloon, one child finds that anything is possible. From neighbourhood walks to reading aloud in bed to dance parties in her room, Loonie makes each activity a little brighter, a little more full of sunshine.
But as Loonie's friend discovers with sadness, when it's time for Loonie to float away, the sunshine goes, too. And while tending to the garden helps a little bit, the world is now silent and grey. Until, one day, as flowers start to push up from the soil, big and full of hope, the memory of Loonie begins to emerge in unexpected places.
Ning has always heard tales of the night spirits that used to terrorise the little village where he lives. So, each night, he helps his parents light bright orange lanterns to frighten them away. Secretly, he wonders if they're really as bad as everyone says - but is much too shy to ask anyone.
But when Ning finds himself in the forest by night, he meets a creature who introduces him to the spirits' secret world and he discovers that all is not as it seems...A beautiful and magical story about confronting fears, confidence and a little boy who finds his voice.
What's out in space? Can we travel to other planets? What do astronauts do? Children can find out the answers to these questions and more in this accessible and interactive guide. The multilayered 3-D scenes leap off every page, allowing young readers to experience space in a unique way. * 10 big multilayered pop-ups, one on every spread!* Descriptive text and labeled illustrations for quick and easy learning* Built-in elastic bands that allow readers to display their favorite scenes on a bookcase or desk* Sturdy construction that's perfect for at-home or on-the-goFrom exploring the planets and landing on the moon to planning future space missions, this first title in the new Pop-Up Guide (TM) series brings to life dramatic settings that capture children's imagination and encourage them to find out more.
Creatures of land, sea, and air - including elephants, spiders, snakes, falcons, and whales - fill the pages of this interactive book, providing a fascinating overview of how animals grow, see, hear, move, and more! With detailed information thoroughly researched and vetted by an industry professional, the book includes more than 50 flaps, pop-ups, pull-tabs, and rotating wheels. Pull a tab to spot prey through the eyes of an eagle, turn the page for a 3-D look inside a wolf's mouth, or rotate a wheel to see the life cycle of a butterfly. An immersive and satisfying hands-on learning experience, The Ultimate Book of Animals is an essential reference and a valuable addition to the Ultimate Books collection.
Cat is hot, so he goes for a swim that becomes quite the deep-sea adventure! Bold illustrations and simple rhyming text enable new readers to develop their vocabulary, as well as encouraging the recognition and understanding of word structure through phonics. With colourful, simple illustrations and short, rhyming, easy-to-understand sentences, this is part of the Cat and Friends series of books, aimed at encouraging a love of literacy in emergent readers. Printed as a board book, the story is nicely designed for children and readers of all ages.
Take a trip to the zoo with Ingela P. Arrhenius' signature vibrant illustrations in this charming first-words board book. Let's go to the zoo! Meet smiling giraffes, stripy tigers, flamboyant flamingos and much more on this quirky visit to the zoo. With her much-loved bold and graphic style, and with stunning retro typography, Ingela P. Arrhenius brings the zoo to life in this delightful first-words board book, perfect for little readers and their families
Have you ever wondered why the moon shines in the night-time sky?The peek-through pages of this book reflect the moon's changing shape throughout the lunar cycle. Gentle rhyming text is brought to life by Britta Teckentrup's beautiful illustrations.
You probably remember the story of the bear who found the piano in the woods and grew up to become a huge star. He played his music in front of millions of adoring fans and all of his wildest dreams came true. But now, the audiences are smaller, the pianos less grand, and the applause is dying away. So Bear decides to retire. Back in the woods, he is sad that his dream is over but he soon has something to distract him: Little Bear! When Little Bear stumbles upon his piano in the woods, she can't believe it when her father says that no one wants to hear his music anymore. So she comes up with a plan to prove him wrong.
Moomin Mail is an interactive story based on Tove Jansson's beloved Moomin characters and the classic world of Moominvalley. Open the envelopes inside this book and find letters from all your favourite Moomin characters, including postcards from Moominpappa, a little book from Little My, a pancake recipe from Moominmamma - and more!"Dear Moomintroll . . . here's a letter for you!"Moomintroll's best friend Snufkin has left Moomintroll a special surprise in the letterbox - a treasure hunt! Follow Moomintroll as he explores Moominvalley and finds all the clues Snufkin has left, leading to an exciting surprise. A treat for Moomin fans old and new, this beautifully-illustrated picture book is sure to be treasured for years to come.
The lovable hero of Waterstones Children's Book Prize shortlisted The Bear who Stared is getting into more scrapes! Bear is in charge of the campfire for the forest party. But as he sets out to collect wood, all sorts of BAD things happen: he gets a splinter in his paw, a big bump on his head and falls into a huge muddy puddle.
The logs Beaver gives him are now soaking wet - how is Bear EVER going to make the campfire? It's a good job Bear's friend Frog is there to show him that things are never as bad as they seem . . .
A perfect story for children who just sometimes have a bad day!
Dead End, the haunted hotel attraction at Phoenix Parks, has been rebuilt following the epic destruction that occurred there when Norma and her friends Barney and Pugsley saved the world.
Unfortunately, Norma can't keep herself together as a result. Not only is her friendship with Barney on the rocks, but she can't seem to keep her own ghost inside her body. When Norma feels like she's about to lose it all, her irksome friend and demon, Courtney, steps in to provide some unexpected support-though they are battling their own issues with identity and sense of belonging.
Meanwhile, Barney can't face going back to Phoenix Parks and is mourning the loss of his beloved friend Pugsley. When his boyfriend, Logan, urges him to get a job, an opportunity from the demon planes comes knocking, and soon Barney is climbing the ladder of success in the Demon Wrestling Federation.
Who's ever heard of a penguin that doesn't like the cold? Surrounded by the same old snow day in day out and always bloomin' freezing, Clive Penguin wishes he was somewhere else. SOMEONE else. But, with an epic discovery just around the corner, the solution might be easier than he thinks . . .
From real life polar-exploring adventurer Huw Lewis Jones and award-winning illustrator Ben Sanders comes a quirky story about getting what you need, rather than what you want.
Readers will hoot with laughter at the hilariously deadpan Clive Penguin - a unique voice that's perfect for fans of Jon Klassen, Oliver Jeffers and Morag Hood. Featuring edgy illustrations complete with orange neon ink. Oh, and penguins.
An accessible child-centred story about self-acceptance and the importance of opening up to those closest to you. Becky and Josh are almost-twins, with two mums and the same anonymous donor dad. Josh can't wait until he's eighteen, the legal age when he can finally contact his donor, and he'll do anything to find out more - even if it involves lying. Becky can't stop thinking about her new friend, Carli. Could her feelings for Carli be a sign of something more? Becky and Josh both want their parents to be proud of them...but right now, they're struggling to even accept themselves. Praise for Sarah Hagger-Holt's debut, Nothing Ever Happens Here "A barrier-breaking, empathy-inducing story for all." LoveReading4Kids"I can't wait for kids to read it - it's a book a lot of people need right now." Jay Hulme, award-winning poet"Compassionate and sweet and full of people trying their best.
His name is David. He's the boy with flowers in his hair and he's my best friend... David is the boy with flowers in his hair. He's sweet and gentle, just like his petals. But when David's flowers begin to fall - a single petal at first, then every last blossom - his best friend never leaves his side. And through kindness and creativity, he even finds a way to give David his colour back... Beautifully illustrated and sensitively told, this story is about being there for someone when they are at their most vulnerable, and brings to life a pure and poignant friendship that children will never forget.
La colpa e il desiderio di essere liberi in un romanzo di struggente bellezza. «Io non lo so se sono favorevole al matrimonio. Per questo in strada vado sempre di corsa: il respiro dei maschi è come il soffio di un mantice che ha mani e può arrivare a toccare le carni». Dopo "Il treno dei bambini", Viola Ardone torna con un'intensa storia di formazione. Quella di una ragazza che vuole essere libera in un'epoca in cui nascere donna è una condanna. Un personaggio femminile incantevole, che è impossibile non amare. Un rapporto fra padre e figlia osservato con una delicatezza e una profondità che commuovono.
A thrilling new adventure series: what would the world look like if dinosaurs had never died out? Imagine a world where dinosaurs have survived and evolved as ... SUPERSAURS. This is the world that Bea Kingsley lives in, a world where humans live side by side with supersaurs, sometimes in peace but often in conflict. Bea is the daughter of explorer parents who went missing when she was just a baby. So when her grandmother suddenly takes her on a trip to the remote Indonesian islands of Aru, Bea starts asking some big questions. But the more questions Bea asks, the more trouble she and her grandmother find themselves in. Was the journey to the islands a huge mistake? The adventure starts here... SUPERSAURS: RAPTORS OF PARADISE is the launch of a major new six book series for children, illustrated throughout with magnificent black and white artwork. The ground-breaking Supersaurs app uses state-of-the-art augmented reality to make the world of Supersaurs literally leap off the page and into the real world . . .
Discover this sweeping debut steeped in Chinese mythology, the enchanting power of brewing tea, and a magical tournament to decide a country's fate, sure to thrill fans of Adrienne Young and Leigh Bardugo. I used to look at my hands with pride. Now all I can think is, These are the hands that buried my mother. For Ning, the only thing worse than losing her mother is knowing that it's her own fault. She was the one who unknowingly brewed the poison tea that killed her the poison tea that now threatens to also take her sister, Shu. When Ning hears of a competition to find the kingdom's greatest shennong-shi--masters of the ancient and magical art of tea-making--she travels to the imperial city to compete. The winner will receive a favor from the princess, which may be Ning's only chance to save her sister's life. But between the backstabbing competitors, bloody court politics, and a mysterious (and handsome) boy with a shocking secret, Ning might actually be the one in more danger.
All's fair in love, war and noodles! This delicious debut is perfect for fans of teen romcoms like When Dimple Met Rishi and Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. Linh and Bao like each other. A lot. The only problem? Their families own rival pho restaurants and hate each other's guts, so they have to keep their relationship a secret. But they can only steal kisses in dark alleys and the art room at school for so long. Can their love transcend an age-old feud and heal the rift between these two families? Or have these high school sweethearts bitten off more than they can chew?