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Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK

Non-fiction

Do you ever wonder where the stuff around you all came from? No, not from the shops. I mean, who had the amazing idea of making video games or the annoying idea of building a school?

In the latest laugh-out-loud book from the record-breaking and extremely handsome Adam Kay and Henry Paker, you’ll learn about everything ever invented, from the daft to the disgusting to the downright dangerous.

You’ll discover all about:

– The queen who pooed on the first ever toilet
– How velcro was invented by a dog
– Why the Ancient Greeks wiped their bums on dinner plates

As well as 48,762,851,208 other facts. (Approximately.)

Short story collection

The Roald Dahl Treasury is a delightful collection by and about the World’s Number One Storyteller.

Four exciting sections – ANIMALS; MAGIC; FAMILY, FRIENDS AND HEROES; and MATTERS OF IMPORTANCE – introduce some of Roald Dahl’s most popular characters, from the Enormous Crocodile to the Twits, from the Witches to the BFG, from James to Matilda.
Throughout this book, you can delve into stories, poems, memoirs and letters galore all wonderfully illustrated by Quentin Blake as well as other well-known artists, including Raymond Briggs, Babette Cole, Posy Simmonds and Ralph Steadman.
This book is the perfect gift for Roald Dahl fans and for all those yet to discover his magic.

Chapter book

Clare Balding’s second brilliant adventure for Charlie Bass and her funny family of humans and animals.

Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin. But drama soon returns to Folly Farm when thieves break into the farmyard in the dead of night and kidnap Noble Warrior! With the police baffled and no trace of the prizewinning thoroughbred to be found, Charlie launches her own investigation…

Picturebook

Harry and his bucketful of dinosaurs are going on holiday to Australia and can’t wait. But everything is very different down under. There are lots of new sights, sounds and experiences and, without Nan there to comfort them, Harry AND Tyrannosaurus begin to feel a bit homesick. Luckily, a surprise gift makes all the difference and they soon all have a raaah-tastic time!

Chapter book

Time for another Little Badman adventure. This time, Humza, Umer and Wendy must face . . . THE UNDEAD.

Welcome to Big School.

Humza Khan – aka Little Badman, Eggington’s greatest rapper – might have finally met his match.

Evil teacher geniuses and giant killer hamsters (see previous Little Badman adventures for details) are nothing compared to starting a new school.

He’s already been out rap-battled by the school bully, laughed at by his classmates. Oh, and we haven’t even mentioned the ancient magical orb causing havoc and very possibly leading to world destruction.

At least Humza has found someone to help with his homework. It’s just a shame this friend isn’t exactly . . . alive.

Non-fiction

We spend our whole lives in one body and yet most of us have practically no idea how it works and what goes on inside it.

Want to know why the skin is the biggest organ?

Why our brains can see into the future?

Or why your eyes are back to front?

Packed full of facts, big numbers (such as the amount of microbes that make you) and small numbers (the size of those very tiny microbes) all in full-colour.

This non-fiction book, packed with wonder from the globally bestselling Bill Bryson is a head-to-toe tour of the most amazing thing about you – YOUR BODY!

Chapter book

The Christmasaurus is back and ready to soar into a new festive magical adventure!

Have you ever heard of Ebenezer Scrooge? The most miserly, miserable Christmas-hating miser from that very famous old book? The man who is more BAH HUMBUG than HO HO HO?

Well, what if I told you that he was about to step out of HIS story and into this one? And I’m afraid he’s got some grand plans . . . he wants to CANCEL CHRISTMAS!

But don’t panic – William Trundle and his very best friend, the Christmasaurus, are on the case. They’re determined to track down Scrooge and save Christmas from total Scrooge-ification! And they’re not alone; the whole Trundle family, William’s new friends Eddie and Lucy and, of course, Santa himself are here to help!

Can this Christmas crew stop Scrooge before it’s too late and Christmas is BAH HUMBUGGED for good?

Picturebook

Join Rotten Robin and his gang of feathered friends as they hatch a plan to steal Christmas in this hilariously unconventional festive tale!

A little red robin – who just so happens to be the world’s most wanted thief – has a rather unusual plan this festive season. He hates Christmas, and so he’s going to STEAL it – baubles, mince pies, Santa, and all!

But Rotten Robin hadn’t realised the feathers he’d ruffle by taking away the Yuletide celebrations – and when he’s forced to give back everything he’s stolen, he realises that Christmas might not be that bad after all…

This brand new Christmas story from picture book rising star Rachel Morrisroe and illustrator talent Richard Merritt is a unique take on a festive tale, full of humour and heart – and the perfect Christmas gift.

Non-fiction

Kings and Queens have always provided their subjects with a great deal to talk about. But how much do we really know about them? For instance, who became king when he was only nine months old? Which king invented the handkerchief? Which king died on the toilet?

In this fascinating and witty look at kings and queens of England, Tony Robinson provides all the answers to these questions and many, many more.

Non-fictionPicturebook

Discover the celebration of Diwali with this bright, interactive lift-the-flap book.

Lift the flaps to reveal the rangoli pattern, look inside the temple and light the diyas!

Featuring simple text, gorgeous illustrations and satisfying lift-the-flaps, this book explores common Diwali traditions and helps young children understand the importance of this special holiday.

The First Festivals series invites children to explore the world’s culture from the comfort of their home, encourages the development of hand-eye coordination and is recommended for children aged 2 and over.

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