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  • Download Yummy recipes

    Tue, 21 Jun 2011 08:07

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    A major new book from Lucy Cousins, creator of Maisy. This collection of eight classic nursery stories pulls no punches - it is lively, bold and quite unforgettable! Lucy Cousins retells her favourite nursery stories in spare bold language and brilliant vibrant pictures. She gives their famous characters new life and imbues their great adventures with her own very modern magic. These stories are treasures of the imagination. They were first told long ago and they will be told again and again, far into the future. They never fail to stir and excite. Retold in this book: Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Enormous Turnip, Henny Penny, Goldilocks and The Three Bears, The Little Red Hen, The Three Little Pigs and The Musicians of Bremen.

    And to celebrate we have nursery characters helping you to make porridge, lemonade, gingerbread and chocolate brownies! Just download the recipe sheets below for a whole load of proper yummy goodies.

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  • Kierons top ten kids books

    Mon, 20 Jun 2011 08:42

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    Kieron's the MD, so don't argue. He might fire us all if you don't like his top ten...

    "Choosing a top ten of Children's books is an impossible task, I've two children who both have their favourites, plus memories of my own cherished books from my childhood might not be as relevant for everyone else! That said, I've been asked to draw up a list so I will do so, with a little bit of a rationale for the line up, also I'm limiting myself to the under teens due to too many good books.

    Despite now having worked in books for nearly twenty years I was quite a reluctant reader, never really finding 'the book' to grab my interest and kick off a reading habit. Then it came along it in the form of Shirley Hughes It's too Frightening for Me and I haven't stopped since. When I caught chickenpox I worked my way through Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence which has resonance with many adults still, try mentioning it on a cold winters evening!

    Alan and Janet Ahlberg have, in my opinion given us some of the best children's books of all time - spoilt for choice I've selected The Jolly Postman beautifully written, illustrated and constructed (not to mention near misses such as The Pencil, Peepo, Each Peach Pear Plum, Please Mrs Butler...)

    Colin McNaughton brought us Preston Pig whose adventures with wolf have entertained both my kids and me at the same time - lots to be said for bedtime stories that have a decent narrative! In this list I've put in Suddenly! yet again all his collected works are fantastic.

    Jan Pienkowski is in the list to represent all the wonderful pop-up book artists with Haunted House narrowly beating ABC3D and Encyclopedia Prehistorica.

    Eric Carle's Hungry Caterpillar has to be in the list, I can stand to read this over and over. I especially like it when the caterpillar eats the salami. David McKee is another children's book hero in my eyes, bringing us Elmer and Mr Benn - however I'm putting Not Now Bernard in this list because it's fun and grumpy at the same time.

    Two more picture books in the line-up are Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak and Rosen and Oxenbury's re-writing of the traditional We're Going on a Bear Hunt - children's books should be read aloud (and then enjoyed beneath the covers) and these exemplify the best in illustration and poetic writing.

    Finally (the end already?! No, again!) read at about 4.30am every Christmas morning Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas which gives me an excuse to mention The Snowman, Fungus the Bogeyman and Ug.

    And after all that I've still missed out: the Family from One end Street, Dick King-Smith, Roald Dahl (how can that have happened?), Meg and Mog and Charlie and Lola. They crept in at the end? Ah, good.

    Sleep tight."

  • Download Poppy Love activities

    Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:55

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    Poppy Love lives in Brighton with her family and is an aspiring ballroom dancer. Poppy and the other children at the Blue Horizon Dance Studio put on a performance for the residents at Great Oaks - and learn how the foxtrot is really done! The competition class is doing a medal test - will Poppy and Zack shine in the foxtrot, the rumba and the salsa? Poppy is the best bridesmaid ever at her Aunt Jill's wedding she even gets everyone to dance the bossa nova! All stories that sparkle in this shining new dance series.

    And we've got some activities to download too.

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  • Download Scream Street activities

    Mon, 20 Jun 2011 07:55

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    After Luke Watson transforms into a werewolf for the third time, he and his parents are moved by the Government Housing of Unusual Lifeforms (G.H.O.U.L.) to Scream Street - a community of vampires, zombies, witches and more.

    In Scream Street, Luke and his parents discover a nightmarish world of the undead. Luke soon makes friends with vampire Resus Negative and mummy Cleo Farr, but he remains determined to take his terrified parents home. After liberating the powerful book Tales of Scream Street from his new landlord, Otto Sneer, Luke learns that the founding fathers of the community each left behind a powerful relic. Collecting together all six is his only hope of opening a doorway out of the street, so with the help of Resus and Cleo he sets out to find the first one, the vampire's fang. But with Otto Sneer determined to thwart him at every turn, will Luke even get past the first hurdle alive?

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  • Google plus one

    Thu, 16 Jun 2011 15:47

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    We've introduced a little Google +1 button to all our books and blog posts. It's just under the book title like the pic above. Here's Google to tell you what it is:

    Find out even more and let everyone know what you're into at the moment over at Google here.

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