Clive Gifford - Author

About the Author

Clive Gifford is an award-winning author who has written hundreds of articles and over 80 non-fiction books. For Kingfisher, Clive's titles include Football - The ultimate guide to the beautiful gameFootball SkillsOlympics10 Explorers Who Changed the WorldHow the World Works and Think Again! He has received commendations from the Smithsonian Museum in the US and received a Times Educational Supplement Information Book of the Year award. A life-long supporter of the London team Queens Park Rangers, he has also been a football coach and contributed to various football fanzines. Clive lives in Manchester.

Featured books by Clive Gifford

Other books by Clive Gifford

The International Space Station

The International Space Station

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/11/2018

What is the space station and how did it get into space? How do astronauts get there and what do they do once they're there? How do astronauts eat, sleep, or even breathe, in space? This book answers all of these questions and more. Find out what it takes to become an astronaut and about the essential science experiments that are being carried out there. What effect does living in space have on the human body, from making you taller to losing your muscles because of zero gravity. If everything floats, then how can you go to the toilet and where does your wee and poo go? There's no bath or shower on the space station, so astronauts clean themselves with towels made damp by adding a little soapy water from a sealed pouch or by using special wet wipes each sealed in foil and containing disinfectant. Uncover all of these fascinating facts in this beautifully illustrated and fun book for children. Written to inspire a new generation of astronauts, Clive's detailed and fact-filled text will make you think you've visited the space station yourself. Fully illustrated by self-confessed space geek illustrator, Dan Schlitzkus, the illustrations are technically accurate and provide true representations of the mechanics, modules and equipment on board the ISS.

The Ultimate Champions League Fan Guide

The Ultimate Champions League Fan Guide

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/10/2018

Get the lowdown on the most exciting annual football tournament on the planet. The Ultimate Champions League Fan Guide is an action-packed book bursting with eye-popping stats about the greatest teams and players in world football. Read all about the early years of the European Cup, discover what it takes to progress through the rounds to the final, then get all the need-to-know facts and figures about the Champions League's legendary players, from Antoine Griezmann to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Raise the Flag Terrific flag facts, stories and trivia!

Raise the Flag Terrific flag facts, stories and trivia!

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/08/2018

Packed full of wow-inducing facts and trivia, this colourful book offers much more than the average flag book. Find out how Lichtenstein and Haiti discovered they shared the exact same flag and which national flag was designed by a 15-year-old schoolgirl in this comprehensive and entertaining read.. Features 268 flags, including the national flag of every country in the world,an atlas-style chapter for each continent exploring the history of significant flags, and themed sections that introduce the many different types of flags, plus great moments in flag history (flags at the poles and in space for example) and how we communicate using flags. There's even a design-your-own flag activity and a fabulous flag quiz at the back of the book to help you get creative and test your flag knowledge!

Ultimate Cars

Ultimate Cars

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Following on from the success of Futureworld, the latest title in Carlton's lavish World series is a high-octane, visually stunning introduction to the world's most iconic and thrilling cars - essential reading for every young petrolhead. This comprehensive book gives the lowdown on the basics of car science before focusing on the standout models within each key car group: high-end performance cars, classic cars, crazy cars, racing cars and envelope-pushing future cars. High-impact features, delivering need-to-know information about individual models, are balanced by in-depth spreads that will satisfy every fact-hungry car fan.

1001 Really Ridiculously Silly Jokes

1001 Really Ridiculously Silly Jokes

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Know any good jokes? Here are 1001 (yes, one thousand and one!) awesome ones for the whole family to enjoy! Why did the empty sandwich go to the dentist? IT NEEDED A FILLING. What do you call a 20,000-year-old joke? PRE-HYSTERICAL. With jokes galore, puns, one-liners, visual gags, play on words and hilarious illustrations. Divided into sections such as 'Hilarious Holidays', 'Teacher Titters' and 'Football Funnies', this book will never get old and will have your friends and whole family laughing. A hilarious bumper book that will captivate any child and spark an interest in reading - created by the bestselling author of Teenage Kicks and Eye Benders, and winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize.

Football Skills

Football Skills

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2018

Football is the world's most popular sport - globally, more than 240 million people play the game regularly. This colourful and exciting book is the essential guide to soccer, offering easy-to-follow instruction that is sure to improve the all-round play of any young football player, from passing and dribbling to shooting, defending, goalkeeping and tactics. The detailed practical advice is enhanced by spreads about the all-time great players, the FIFA World Cup and unusual versions of the sport.

First Body Book

First Body Book

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/07/2018

The Book of Comparisons Sizing up the world around you

The Book of Comparisons Sizing up the world around you

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/06/2018

A lavishly illustrated, 90-page compendium of the sort of jaw-dropping statistics which children love to outdo each other. - Daily Telegraph Did you know that you can fit two football teams on the tongue of a blue whale? Did you know that the Samoan moss spider is as small as a grain of salt? Find out about these - and lots, lots more amazing information - in The Book of Comparisons. Perfect for fact fans! - The Week Junior The Book of Comparisons is so compelling. Gifford finds some brilliant stats to compare and in the process simplifies science. - How it Works magazine This lovely book, with great illustrations by Paul Boston, is packed full of the sort of facts children love. The large pages are stuffed with extraordinary details, comparing everything from animals, to space to machines. Aimed at 7+, this seems like a book that could last for years, as it is so full of interesting little tit bits. - Reading Zone The Book of Comparisons is a crazy good fact nugget tomb! - WRD Magazine Definitely a book to dip in and out of, with lots of engrossing information to captivate young and old. The facts are astonishing. - Parents in Touch Did you know that a cheetah and a Porsche can both accelerate from 0 to 70 mph/112 kph in just three seconds? That the moon is only slightly narrower than the width of Australia? That the tallest tree in the world, the giant sequoia, is the same height as a 26-story building? Or that length of a blue whale is the same as 19 humans swimming one behind the other? This exciting picture book for curious kids measures and compares a huge variety of different subjects: the strongest animals, the biggest poopers and eaters, the amount of water in the oceans, the most deadly creatures and disasters, extreme journeys, altitudes and depths, the power of natural forces, dimensions of manmade structures, speeds of the fastest vehicles, and the capabilities of super machines. Absorbing, entertaining, and surprising, you'll never look at the world in the same way again once you've read this book!

In Focus: Galapagos Islands

In Focus: Galapagos Islands

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Where would you find the largest tortoise in the world? What is a blue-footed booby? Who discovered the Galapagos? In Focus: Galapagos Islands has the answers! In Focus is a cool information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index.

The Football Encyclopedia

The Football Encyclopedia

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 19/04/2018

Discover everything you need to know about football with the 2018 World Cup edition of The Football Encyclopedia. Capturing the triumph and despair of key moments in world football, this book is packed with pictures and profiles of the world's most skillful footballers - old and new - from Beckham to Messi, Pele to Ronaldo, Rooney to Neymar. Over 40 of the best international and national teams to have lit up the game are covered in detail, including Brazil, Manchester United, Barcelona and Spain. All the drama of the 'beautiful game' is fully analyzed with dynamic full-spread photos and digital artworks that recreate famous moves and goals, while each chapter includes links to websites, providing a valuable access point to databases of players, international results, all the major tournaments, and club histories. Includes in-depth coverage of every aspect of football, including rules and skills; fans and the media; managers and tactics. Packed with the latest statistics on the 'beautiful game', including an updated report on EURO 16, this is a superbly detailed reference book for all the family. Includes a pull-out World Cup 2018 wallchart to fill in as the tournament progresses.

Living on the Veg A kids' guide to life without meat

Living on the Veg A kids' guide to life without meat

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/04/2018

The perfect kids' guide to being a vegetarian. Are you thinking about giving up meat, but don't know how to go about it? With both practical information and mouth-watering recipes, this book is the perfect place for young people to start. It outlines why people give up meat and how you can change your diet and live healthily. It examines the different terms: vegetarian/pescatarian/vegan etc, has a very practical Q&A section and explains how to read and understand food labels. The book takes you through the costs and benefits of this change in lifestyle. It includes a section on food groups and information about how you can adapt your diet to get all the right nutrients (such as iron). The book goes on to give tasty and easy-to-follow recipes for the whole family, specially created by vegetarian blogger Jacqueline Meldrum of www.tinnedtomatoes.com. The recipes include dairy but not fish or meat.

The Colours of History How Colours Shaped the World

The Colours of History How Colours Shaped the World

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/03/2018

Why did Roman emperors wear purple? Which colour is made from crushed beetles? What green pigment might be used to build super-fast computers of the future? Find out the answers to these and many more questions in this vibrant exploration of the stories behind different colours, and the roles they've played throughout history. From black to white, and all the colours in between, every shade has a story to tell. Each colour group is introduced with a stunning and interpretive double-page spread illustration, followed by illustrated entries exploring the `colourful' history of particular shades. With vivid, thought-provoking illustrations and engaging bite-sized text, this book is a feast for the eyes and the mind, ready to enthral budding artists and historians alike.

My First Football Handbook

My First Football Handbook

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/03/2018

Warm-up, kick-off! This colourful, action-packed and practical handbook is a fantastic introduction to football. Clear, accessible text covers everything a young football enthusiast needs to know: basic skills, tactics and techniques, rules and referees, world players and tournaments - and so much more. Great step-by-step photography and top tips make this a perfect guide book to take home and to football practice.

100 Facts Stars & Galaxies Pocket Edition

100 Facts Stars & Galaxies Pocket Edition

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/03/2018

Football Record Breakers

Football Record Breakers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/01/2018

From the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championships to the record-breakers of Serie A, the Bundesliga and the Premier League, football's record-breaking stars are here. Football Record Breakers, fully illustrated with 160 colour photographs, is packed with thousands of eye-popping stats about incredible trophy-winning teams and legendary goalscorers from around the globe, and contains all the latest need-to-know facts and figures from the 2016-17 league seasons around the world.

Worldwide Wonders: Natural Wonders

Worldwide Wonders: Natural Wonders

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2017

Discover the greatest wonders of nature the world has to offer, from the Grand Canyon to Uluru and from the Serengeti Migration to the Aurora Borealis. Get up close to their unique features and marvel at their breathtaking dimensions. What threats and challenges to these special phenomena face, and what is being done to ensure their survival for future generations to enjoy?

Generation Cricket: Players and Skills

Generation Cricket: Players and Skills

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/10/2017

Cricket is a game steeped in history and tradition. But it is also one of the most exciting, and rapidly changing, sports in the world. New, fast-paced, forms of the game such as the IPL have attracted a younger fan base, and sponsorship deals and increased media coverage mean that top cricket players are some of the best-known, highly paid, sports stars on the planet. Generation Cricket celebrates the rejuvenation of the game, giving readers a sense of the drama, action and skill involved in playing the game. Generation Cricket: Players and Skills looks at everything involved in playing cricket, from batting, fielding and bowling to scoring, equipment and the pitch. The rules of the game, including the ever-complex LBW law, are explained, along with how runs are made, and the numerous ways a player can be 'out'. The book also looks at some of the key people involved in a cricket match, including the umpire, wicket keeper and captain. Different bowling and batting techniques, from seam, swing and spin bowling to cover drives and hook shots, are also explained. Star Player features provide information about the men and women at the top of the sport both now and in the past, including Sachin Tendulkar, Ashton Agar, Charlotte Edwards, Kevin Pietersen and Muttiah Muralitheran. A comprehensive guide to the players, skills and tactics involved in a game of cricket, Generation Cricket: Players and Skills is ideal for cricket lovers aged 9 and above, either for project work or simply as a great leisure read.

Unpacked: Germany

Unpacked: Germany

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/10/2017

Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Germany: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about German fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Germany's customs and everyday life.

Get Ahead in Computing: Webpage Design

Get Ahead in Computing: Webpage Design

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2017

The World Wide Web is the world's biggest source of knowledge and entertainment, but how does all that information get there? Webpage Design looks at how people plan, design and code all types of webpages, from social media to shopping sites. Investigate all the options available and see how website designers choose fonts, colours and images, then code it all to create the coolest webpages. Learn the code, pick your pictures and have a go at creating your very own webpage! 'Try at home' examples encourage you to get practical with computing and are NOT linked to specific software or operating systems. Real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology will inspire a new generation of digital technology scientists. This series provides support to many teachers who are not subject specialists in this area and who can use this book for ideas, inspiration and materials. The book doesn't rely on a particular software/OS. Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs; Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding; Computing and Coding in the Real World; Great Games and Amazing Animation; Super Social Media and Awesome Online Safety; The Science of Computers

Get Ahead in Computing: Super Social Media and Awesome Online Safety

Get Ahead in Computing: Super Social Media and Awesome Online Safety

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/10/2017

The World Wide Web has changed the way we communicate and socialise with our friends. Super Social Media and Awesome Online Safety investigates how social media sites work and how to stay safe in the online world. Want to type a tweet or write a blog? Upload your photos and videos? Share your news on a social media site? Find out how here! Uncover the code behind the social media networks that connect people around the world. Learn how the networks are built and think about how to participate in them safely and responsibly. 'Try at home' examples encourage you to get practical with computing and are NOT linked to specific software or operating systems. Real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology will inspire a new generation of digital technology scientists. This series will provide support to many teachers who are not subject specialists in this area and who can use this book for ideas, inspiration and materials. The book doesn't rely on a particular software/OS. Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs; Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding; Computing and Coding in the Real World; Great Games and Amazing Animation; The Science of Computers; Web Page Design

Gaming Record Breakers

Gaming Record Breakers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/10/2017

Become an expert gamer with all the facts and records about the top consoles and computer games at your fingertips. Discover marathon game sessions, world-record high scores, best-selling games and the most-expensive gear available in this must-have gaming guide. Get up to date with all the latest stats and facts about record-breaking games such as Pokemon GO and Super Mario Run, and devour the quirky facts and eye-popping records - perfect for showing off in the playground!

In Focus: Tropical Lands

In Focus: Tropical Lands

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/09/2017

Where is the hottest place on the Earth? Which animals love the hot weather? Where would you see a mirage? In Focus: Tropical Lands has the answers! In Focus is a cool, new information series that's perfect for curious kids. These fun books feature modern, magazine-style pages, including top 10 lists, fast facts, quickfire quizzes and more! With pages packed with vivid photography and fun facts, kids will have fun learning about the world around them! Each In Focus book features a contents page, glossary and index, plus front and end gatefold flaps on the cover.

The Best and Worst Jobs: Ancient Rome

The Best and Worst Jobs: Ancient Rome

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2017

What sort of work could job-hunters in Ancient Rome expect to find? They might become a soldier in the most disciplined army in the known world, or a fuller, cleaning other people's dirty laundry by trampling it in vats of urine. What were the pay and conditions like for a doctor or a cook in Ancient Rome? Which were the most dangerous jobs and which the most high status? The book is illustrated throughout with photos of artefacts from the period from the Art Archive and complemented by quirky and humorous but historically accurate illustrations. Other titles in the Best and Worst Jobs series include: Ancient Egypt; Ancient Greece; Anglo-Saxon and Viking Times

The Best and Worst Jobs: Anglo-Saxon and Viking Times

The Best and Worst Jobs: Anglo-Saxon and Viking Times

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2017

If you enjoy reading about the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, especially about the grim and gory aspects of each era, this is the book for you! What sort of work could job-hunters in Anglo-Saxon and Viking Times expect to find? An Anglo-Saxon might become a monk, painstakingly copying out manuscripts by hand and fending off attacks from ferocious Viking invaders, or a nettle collector, pounding stinging nettles to release their flax-like fibres and boiling them to make a medicinal tea. What were the pay and conditions like for a cook or a charm-maker in Anglo-Saxon and Viking Times? Which were the most dangerous jobs and which the most high status? The book is illustrated throughout with photos of artefacts from the period from the Art Archive and complemented by quirky and humorous but historically accurate drawings by Alex Paterson.

Generation Cricket: Global Cricket

Generation Cricket: Global Cricket

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2017

Cricket is a game steeped in history and tradition. But it is also one of the most exciting, and rapidly changing, sports in the world. New, fast-paced, forms of the game such as the IPL have attracted a younger fan base, and sponsorship deals and increased media coverage mean that top cricket players are some of the best-known, highly paid, sports stars on the planet. Generation Cricket celebrates the rejuvenation of the game, giving readers a sense of the drama, action and skill involved in playing the game. Generation Cricket: Global Cricket looks at the game in all its many forms, from T20 and test matches to One Day Internationals, Kwik Cricket and even beach cricket. The book explains how cricket has evolved from a game for the elite to one that is played by millions of people, in many different ways, all over the world. It also focuses on some of the most famous competitions in cricket, from the IPL and Twenty20 World Cup to the Ashes and the ICC World Cup and Women's World Cup. All of the ten current Test Nations are detailed, along with their rivalries and some of their most impressive recent performances. Star Player features provide information about the men and women at the top of the sport both now and in the past, including Sachin Tendulkar, Ellyse Perry, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Kumar Sangakkara and Sir Donald Bradman. A comprehensive guide to the many competitions, leagues and teams in the world of cricket, Generation Cricket: Global Cricket is ideal for cricket lovers aged 9 and above, either for project work or simply as a great leisure read.

What's Above?

What's Above?

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Novelty book Release Date: 07/09/2017

Embark on a journey of discovery in this gorgeous and captivating pop-up book full of beautiful, intricate scenes that unfold with the turn of each page. Raise your eyes to discover eagles swooping to catch their prey in a rainforest, black bears prowling in a mountain kingdom and a comet shooting across the sky. What other wonders are waiting to be uncovered? Compelling facts are told by the expert author and contributor to Encyclopaedia Britannica and winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize, Clive Gifford. With stunning illustrations and innovative paper engineering, What's Above? is the perfect non-fiction pop-up book for children who loved Above and Below and Under the Ocean. Perfect for children aged 5 years and up, What's Above? combines beautiful illustrations and fun facts to get them interested in our diverse and fascinating world. Praise for What's Below?: 'A thoughtful feat of paper engineering' The Guardian Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. He is passionate that books should entertain, inform and amaze whenever possible. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive's books have won School Library Association, PBS, Smithsonian and Times Educational Supplement, as well as the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Kate McLelland grew up in the North East of England before moving to London to gain a BA Hons in Theatre Design. After completing her degree in London she moved to Edinburgh, where she recently gained an MFA in Illustration with Distinction at Edinburgh College of Art. She received highly commended in the MacMillan Prize and in recent years was nominated for a D&AD Illustration award and a Penguin Design Award.

The World in Numbers

The World in Numbers

Author: Clive Gifford, Marianne Taylor, Steve Martin Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

A quirky, full-colour illustrated book jam-packed with over 2,000 fascinating figures and facts, The World in Numbers lets figures do the talking. Each themed, colourful page is crammed with tonnes of fascinating number-led facts. Discover how fast a sneeze travels, how many Earths could fit inside the Sun, the size of a T-rex's teeth and much, much more. From animals and adventures, to fashion, food, bugs and buildings - there's something for everyone in this brilliant book. Featuring light-hearted illustrations by Andrew Pinder.

Great Sporting Events: Rugby

Great Sporting Events: Rugby

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Whether you are taking part or just watching, rugby is an exciting and dramatic sport. Discover everything you need to know about it from training to playing. Brilliant step-by-step photography will help you perfect your technique, while profiles and stats tell you more about the world's greatest players. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up. The series Sports Skills covers rules, equipment, famous competitors and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step photography that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.

Planet Football: Greatest Fans

Planet Football: Greatest Fans

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Awesome facts and stats about the greatest football fans in the world! Find out the lengths some fans will go to to support their team, from following them in home and away games to spending fortunes on club merchandise. Find out about club superstitions and traditions, such as who started the first Mexican wave. What mad mascots are there and how did they come about? Who are Super Rat, Berni, Goleo and Fuleco? Which country has the best club chants? Sing along to a few of them. Some 'fan'-tastic facts include: - Real Madrid sold 1.5 million replica shirts in the 2013-2014 season - German club, FC Magdeburg, fans all held up large arrows which they pointed at the goal to encourage their players to score more - 2,300 FC Union fans, repainted their stadium to save their club money Answer quiz questions such as: Which English football club has a mascot called Gunnersaurus Rex? Which country's prime minister was such a big football fan that he declared a national holiday after their national team won a tournament? Which Italian club sold cans of air taken from inside its stadium? Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the planet's greatest fans right here!

Get Ahead in Computing: Computing and Coding in the Real World

Get Ahead in Computing: Computing and Coding in the Real World

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Computing and Coding in the Real World looks at applied coding and the computation hidden in the world that surrounds us. Readers will learn how things work, from scanners at supermarket checkouts and distance sensors on cars to 3D printers. Features give practical activities for readers to try. These 'try at home' examples help reinforce learning and are not linked to specific software or operating systems. Real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology look at the forerunners of digital technology that have paved the way for coders today. Provides support to many teachers who are not subject specialists in this area and who can use this book for ideas, inspiration and materials. The book doesn't rely on a particular software/OS. Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs; Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding; Great Games and Amazing Animation; Super Social Media and Awesome Online Safety; The Science of Computers; Web Page Design

Planet Football: Greatest Managers

Planet Football: Greatest Managers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Awesome facts and stats about the greatest football managers in the world. From the Premier League to the Bundesliga, Champions League winners to World Cup winners, find out what makes a winning coach or manager. Find out how Arsene Wenger motivates his players; why Louis Van Gaal is considered to be one of the best and about Dutch masters, Louis Van Gaal, Guus Huddink and Ronald Koeman. Is it all about having good players? Can the transfer market make or break a manager? Read about Alex Ferguson, Jose Morinho, Carlo Ancelotti, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Frank de Boer, Vitor Pereira, Joachim Low and Silvia Neid. Find out who is the youngest coach to win the UEFA Champions league, which coach had a stadium in South Korea named after them and which coach led the 2014 FIFA World Cup winning team. Read about football managing icons, such as Brian Clough and Bob Paisley. Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a football player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the world's greatest managers and players right here!

Great Sporting Events: Tennis

Great Sporting Events: Tennis

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Looking to take up a new sport? Or just thinking about ways to keep fit and healthy? This book is a great introduction to all the important tennis skills you'll need. Full of skills tips and photos showing key techniques, you'll discover everything - from training to competing - while also finding out something about tennis stars of the past and present. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up. The series Sports Skills covers rules, equipment, famous competitors and major competitions through specially commissioned, step-by-step photography that clearly shows skills and techniques needed for a sport.

Get Ahead in Computing: Great Games

Get Ahead in Computing: Great Games

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Great Games and Amazing Animation encourages readers to imagine and design their own computer games, including mazes, Pong and Space Invaders! It will take them through all of the creative steps involved, from initial idea to designing characters and learning the types of code that are used to bring these games to life. Features give practical activities for readers to try. These 'try at home' examples help reinforce learning and are not linked to specific software or operating systems. Real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology look at the forerunners of digital technology that have paved the way for animators and games developers today. Provides support to many teachers who are not subject specialists in this area and who can use this book for ideas, inspiration and materials. The book doesn't rely on a particular software/OS. Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs; Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding; Computing and Coding in the Real World; Super Social Media and Awesome Online Safety; The Science of Computers; Web Page Design

Sneaky Animals

Sneaky Animals

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/07/2017

Sneaky Animals is an engaging non-fiction reader that will help make learning to read fun and interesting. Get ready to discover the animals who don't play by the rules! Warning: contains rotters and plotters, hooligans, con artists, assassins and more! Who do you think is the naughtiest animal? The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features favourite topics, well-loved authors and classic characters so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging books independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Contains a glossary and index More technical language A rich range of vocabulary Higher word count All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band level: Gold More level 3 non-fiction reading ladder books to collect: A day in the life of Triceratops, A day in the life of T. rex, Senses, Romans and The Water Cycle. For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, see our reading ladder page here Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. He is passionate that books should entertain, inform and amaze whenever possible. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive's books have won School Library Association, PBS, Smithsonian and Times Educational Supplement, as well as the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Sarah Horne lives in London, and has illustrated many children's books including Monster House, The Sesame Seade Mysteries and Guinea Pigs Online. Continuously drawing from a young age, Sarah's strength is in her draftsmanship and line work, she loves colour and one of the real joys of her illustration work is adding the extra humour in the detail. Sarah likes to travel, loves music, she doesn't care for mice and loves a good cup of coffee.

Out of This World All The Cool Bits About Space

Out of This World All The Cool Bits About Space

Author: Clive Gifford, Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Out Of This World is jam-packed with everything children need to know about space - from facts and statistics to real-life adventures. Boys and girls can find their way around the solar system, learn if aliens really could exist and discover the origins of the universe. Entertaining and educational, this learning companion would make the perfect addition to any school child's bookshelf.

Hung, Drawn and Quartered History's Gruesome Bits

Hung, Drawn and Quartered History's Gruesome Bits

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Take a gruesome trip through time with this grisly compendium of death! From the best way to shrink a head to making a mummy in eight simple steps, and with fascinating facts about botched beheadings, greedy royals and the plague, Hung, Drawn and Quartered looks at the most gruesome facts from the past.

The International Space Station

The International Space Station

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/06/2017

What is the space station and how did it get into space? How do astronauts get there and what do they do once they're there? How do astronauts eat, sleep, or even breathe, in space? This book answers all of these questions and more. Find out what it takes to become an astronaut and about the essential science experiments that are being carried out there. What effect does living in space have on the human body, from making you taller to losing your muscles because of zero gravity. If everything floats, then how can you go to the toilet and where does your wee and poo go? There's no bath or shower on the space station, so astronauts clean themselves with towels made damp by adding a little soapy water from a sealed pouch or by using special wet wipes each sealed in foil and containing disinfectant. Uncover all of these fascinating facts in this beautifully illustrated and fun book for children. Written to inspire a new generation of astronauts, Clive's detailed and fact-filled text will make you think you've visited the space station yourself. Fully illustrated by self-confessed space geek illustrator, Dan Schlitzkus, the illustrations are technically accurate and provide true representations of the mechanics, modules and equipment on board the ISS.

Planet Football: Greatest Stadiums

Planet Football: Greatest Stadiums

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 13/06/2017

Awesome stats and facts about the greatest football stadiums in the world! From the Nou Camp and the Bernabeu in Spain, to Anfield, Old Trafford, the Emirates and Wembley in England, or the Maracana in Brazil. A football ground is more than just somewhere to view the game. For some fans, it's a home from home, a place of great excitement, tension, disappointment or elation. - Find out why some clubs have moved grounds. - Read about Braga's stadium, in Portugal, that is carved out of solid rock and The Float in Singapore, which is a floating pitch. - Which stadium is the biggest in Europe? - Which stadium crowd makes the most noise? -In which country would you find a stadium with a giant crocodile's head as part of its structure? Quotes from famous footballers and managers highlight why these stadiums are so special.

A Robot World

A Robot World

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/05/2017

In today's wired world, robots are everywhere, from movies, in space, computer games - maybe even walking among us. Aimed at readers aged 7 to 11, this is a look at the rise of robots: how they've developed over time, from early sketches to terrifying battlebots and factory operatives, to the latest AIs running free from their workshops. Presented chronologically, this robot history will focus on landmark robots that have captured the imagination, including creations from popular culture.

Animal Survivors

Animal Survivors

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/05/2017

Animal Survivors is an engaging non-fiction reader that will help make learning to read fun and interesting. Are you ready to discover the extraordinary ways that creatures can survive? Meet the incredible survivors of the animal world including some heroic pets, frauds and fakers, long-living legends and sneaky tricksters. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features favourite topics, well-loved authors and classic characters so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging books independently. Varied sentences Detailed illustrations to enjoy Contains a glossary and index More technical language A rich range of vocabulary Higher word count All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band level: Gold More level 3 non-fiction reading ladder books to collect: A day in the life of Triceratops, A day in the life of T. rex, Senses, Romans and The Water Cycle. For more information about the series and advice on supporting children's reading, see our reading ladder page here Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. He is passionate that books should entertain, inform and amaze whenever possible. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive's books have won School Library Association, PBS, Smithsonian and Times Educational Supplement, as well as the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Sarah Horne lives in London, and has illustrated many children's books including Monster House, The Sesame Seade Mysteries and the Guinea Pigs Online series. Continuously drawing from a young age, Sarah's strength is in her draftsmanship and line work, she loves colour and one of the real joys of her illustration work is adding the extra humour in the detail. Sarah likes to travel, loves music, she doesn't care for mice and loves a good cup of coffee.

Unpacked: Denmark

Unpacked: Denmark

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/04/2017

Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Denmark: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about Danish fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Denmark's customs and everyday life.

Champions League Fact File

Champions League Fact File

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/03/2017

Get the lowdown on the most exciting annual football tournament on the planet - the UEFA Champions League. This action-packed book is bursting with eye-popping stats about the greatest teams and players in world football. Read all about the early years of the European Cup, discover what it takes to progress through the rounds to the final, then get all the need-to-know facts and figures about the tournament's legendary players, from Antoine Griezmann to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Great Sporting Events: Football

Great Sporting Events: Football

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/02/2017

Whether you are taking part or just watching, football is an exciting and dramatic sport. Discover everything you need to know about it from training to playing. Brilliant step-by-step photography will help you perfect your technique, while profiles and stats tell you more about the world's greatest players.

Discover Science: Robots

Discover Science: Robots

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Make science accessible with this essential series that will capture children's imagination while laying the foundation for future learning. With age-appropriate language and an eye-catching design, Discover Science gives young readers the answers to fundamental questions about the human body, animals, planet Earth, the Solar System and much more.

Ground Control to Major Tim The Space Adventures of Major Tim Peake

Ground Control to Major Tim The Space Adventures of Major Tim Peake

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2017

Aimed at children inspired by Major Tim Peake's adventures in space, this 32-page book looks at the history-making career of the man who, in 2016, became the first British astronaut to live and work on the International Space Station. During his time on board the ISS, Tim Peake carried out experiments, performed a crucial spacewalk and took some awesome photographs. He also found time to run a marathon, present an award to Adele and read a bedtime story to children listening 400km below him on Earth. Packed with amazing photographs, this book reveals how Major Tim's fascination with flight and science began and how his career as an astronaut developed, documenting his inspirational journey into space.

Football Record Breakers

Football Record Breakers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/01/2017

From the FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship to the record-breakers of Serie A, the Bundesliga and the Premier League, football's record-breaking stars are here. This book is packed with thousands of eye-popping stats about incredible trophy-winning teams and legendary goalscorers from around the globe, and contains all the need-to-know facts and figures from the 2015-2016 league season and EURO 2016.

Inspirational Lives: Amir Khan

Inspirational Lives: Amir Khan

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/01/2017

Amir Khan is a world champion boxer, who, in 2004 at the age of just 17, won a silver medal at the Athens Olympics. He is involved in several charitable projects, in Britain and around the world. Let his amazing story inspire you! Top tips give advice on how you can succeed in sport. Inspiration panels show who and what motivated Amir to reach his goals. A Day in the Life feature gives an insight into how Amir might spend his time. Discover more about key figures in the public eye with the Inspirational Lives series. These fascinating biographies focus on influential people, important for their achievements and contribution to their time and industry. Other titles in the series: Andy Murray, David Attenborough, Malala Yousafzai, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Tim Berners-Lee and many more.

The Best and Worst Jobs: Ancient Egypt

The Best and Worst Jobs: Ancient Egypt

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2016

What sort of work could job-hunters in Ancient Egypt expect to find? What might their colleagues be like? Ancient Egyptians might become law officers, using sniffer dogs to track down criminals, or professional mourners, paid to throw dust over themselves at funerals. What were the pay and conditions like for a farmer or a scribe in Ancient Egypt? Which were the most dangerous jobs and which the most high status? Throughout the book, job adverts give an idea of the qualities and skills needed for each role and there's a verdict at the end to evaluate whether it was one of the best or worst jobs available. Photographs of artefacts from the period are married with humorous artwork to bring the workers of the era to life.

Food and Cooking In: Ancient Greece

Food and Cooking In: Ancient Greece

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/11/2016

What sort of work could job-hunters in Ancient Greece expect to find? What might their colleagues be like? The Ancient Greeks could become priests, although not if they deserted the army or were in debt, or doctors, taking an oath to keep their patients' details secret and not to poison them. What were the pay and conditions like for a politician or an architect in Ancient Greece? Which were the most dangerous jobs and which the most high status? Throughout the book, job adverts give an idea of the qualities and skills needed for each role and there's a verdict at the end to evaluate whether it was one of the best or worst jobs available. Photographs of artefacts from the period are married with humorous artwork to bring the workers of the era to life.

The Ultimate Pokemon Go Handbook

The Ultimate Pokemon Go Handbook

Author: Clive Gifford, Anna Brett Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

Get all the tips, tricks, facts and records that you need to know about Pokemon GO - in one handy package. And with a fill-in I Spy section too, it's the perfect way to record your progress through the game that's driving the whole world crazy! Section 1 is packed with hints to help you make the most of the app - master the basics, then level up to more advanced tactics and strategies. You can record all your Pokemon catches in the I Spy logbook. Fill in where you caught them, their CP level, and how they performed in battle. Can you catch 'em all?

Record Busters: Bugs

Record Busters: Bugs

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/10/2016

Did you know that froghoppers can jump four metres in a single second? Or that the Hercules beetle can lift up to 800 times its own bodyweight? Look inside to find stunning pictures and amazing record-busting facts about the longest, loudest and most lethal bugs in the world - plus many more!

Gaming Record Breakers

Gaming Record Breakers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

Become an expert gamer with all the facts and records about the top consoles and computer games at your fingertips. Discover marathon game sessions, world-record high scores, best-selling games and the most-expensive gear available in this must-have gaming guide. It's crammed full of facts, stats and eye-popping full-page images of the most amazing computer games ever made.

Atlas of Oddities

Atlas of Oddities

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/10/2016

This beautiful atlas is a celebration of the unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. Living on the planet are more than 7 billion people, all with their own interests, traditions and ways of life. And the extraordinary scenery - from the icy poles to scorching hot deserts, lush tropical rainforests, giant rocky caves and canyons, remarkable rivers, lakes and seas, also provides a home to a phenomenally wide range of different animals and plants. This unbelievable round-the-world adventure will take you through all of the planet's continents and countries, and on the way you'll get to see just how diverse the world can be. The beautifully illustrated maps feature key aspects, such as borders, capital cities and major rivers, and are perfect for engaging young readers. Discover facts and stats about the country or region and get up close and personal with some of Earth's most mysterious and unusual creatures, places, objects and events in this beautiful world atlas for children and adults alike. Are you ready to see our amazing world in a whole new light? Atlas of Oddities is an absorbing, gift atlas that will delight young and old fans of Maps and Atlas of Adventures. Great for young explorers aged 7 and up. Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. He is passionate that books should entertain, inform and amaze whenever possible. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive's books have won School Library Association, PBS, Smithsonian and Times Educational Supplement, as well as the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Tracy Worrall produces a huge range of artwork using both digital and traditional media who has been exhibited in Berlin, London and Liverpool. She produced animations for an award-winning educational television series for the Discovery Channel. Tracy lives in Liverpool.

What's Below?

What's Below?

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Novelty book Release Date: 06/10/2016

What's below . . . the canopy of trees? The surface of the ocean? Your feet as they cross a city street? Embark on a journey of discovery through lush rainforest, mysterious underwater kingdoms and a secret world beneath the streets in this gorgeous and captivating pop-up book. Compelling facts are told by the expert author and contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive Gifford, winner of the Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. With stunning and sumptuous illustrations and innovative paper engineering, What's Below? is the perfect gift book for anyone who loved Under the Ocean from Tate - children and adults alike. Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. He is passionate that books should entertain, inform and amaze whenever possible. A contributor to Encyclopedia Britannica, Clive's books have won School Library Association, PBS, Smithsonian and Times Educational Supplement, as well as the prestigious Royal Society Young People's Book Prize. Kate McLelland grew up in the North East of England before moving to London to gain a BA Hons in Theatre Design. After completing her degree in London she moved to Edinburgh, where she recently gained an MFA in Illustration with Distinction at Edinburgh College of Art. She received highly commended in the MacMillan Prize and in recent years was nominated for a D&AD Illustration award and a Penguin Design Award.

50 Things You Should Know About: Inventions

50 Things You Should Know About: Inventions

Author: Clive Gifford, Chris Woodford Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/09/2016

Every aspect of modern life has been shaped by the ideas of ingenious inventors, many of them tinkering away in small workshops or even their garden sheds. Packed with facts and figures, discover the masterminds behind some of the world's most incredible inventions. In the ancient world, philosopher Archimedes designed new machines for farming. During the Renaissance, artist Leonardo da Vinci sketched his ideas for wondrous flying machines. Scientist James Watt provided ideas that would power the Industrial Revolution, while American inventor Thomas Edison patented more than 1000 inventions that would shape modern life, including the movie camera and the electric light bulb. Today's inventors still explore ideas for new and clever technology, producing miniature machines that we can only see under a microscope. Step inside the world of invention and see where it might take us next...

Explorers: Things That Go

Explorers: Things That Go

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/09/2016

Explorers are designed to appeal to all readers who are just starting to read alone and more confident readers who are beginning to exercise wider reading and cross-referencing skills. Lively, dramatic artwork scenes draw children into a subject, and each scene is followed by a photographic information spread that gives a wealth of extra detail. As a fun extra element, the reader can follow themed links to access information on related topics. Things That Go is an exciting ride through all types of transport, from trucks and tractors to a city network of trains, trams and buses, to fast cars and aeroplanes and record-breaking vehicles.

Around-the-World Colouring Book A Puzzle-Trail Adventure

Around-the-World Colouring Book A Puzzle-Trail Adventure

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2016

A fabulous tour of the world's most wonderful cities, natural wonders and landmarks, with this intriguing and intricate colouring book. Gaze up in awe at the skyscrapers of New York; explore nature at work in the Amazon rainforest and go back in time to the cheering crowds of the Colosseum in ancient Rome. As you colour in the busy scenes, watch out for curious things to spot, hidden travel souvenirs and historical and geographical misfits on your captivating puzzle trail.

This is Not a Science Book A Smart Art Activity Book

This is Not a Science Book A Smart Art Activity Book

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/08/2016

A smart art activity book Discover the art of science with this innnovative and ingenious activity book, packed with creative projects and fun drawing challenges. This is Not a Science Book develops science knowledge by stealth, through drawing, sketching, making, and colouring. From mapping out bones in the body, building amazing spinning rotocopters, and brilliant brain puzzles, to monitoring the movements of the moon, taking a close-up look at creepy-crawlies, plus incredible optical illusions you can make yourself, the stimulating activities will get brains ticking and pens scribbling. Charming text, plus fascinating illustrations, makes the subject accessible and fun, ensuring that this book will enthrall and entertain curious children for hours. Remember: this is NOT a science book... or is it? Follow-up to the bestselling title, This is Not a Maths Book Templates for fun off-the-page activities are included Award-winning kids' author Clive Gifford brings a new approach to scientific investigation

Unpacked: Poland

Unpacked: Poland

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/08/2016

Explore the people, music, art, sport, food, landscapes and wildlife using this awesome children's travel guide to one of the world's most exciting countries. Discover: * Poland's grand parks and palaces, and the history behind its fabulous festivals! * Delicious Polish food - from pretzels and pierogi, to poppy-seed cakes and pizza with sauce on the side! * The beautiful lakes, forests and mountains that make Poland such a fascinating tourist destination. Everything you need is packed in this travel guide. So unpack the magic of Poland and let's go!

Romans

Romans

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/07/2016

Romans is an engaging non-fiction reader that will help make learning to read fun and interesting. Journey back in time and find out about the ancient Romans - from their rough and tough army to their schools, homes and feasts. The Reading Ladder series helps children to enjoy learning to read. It features favourite topics, well-loved authors and classic characters so that children will find something to excite and engage them in every title they pick up. It's the first step towards a lasting love of reading. Level 3 Reading Ladder titles are perfect for fluent readers who are beginning to read exciting, challenging books independently. * Varied sentences * Detailed illustrations to enjoy * Contains a glossary and index * More technical language * A rich range of vocabulary * Higher word count All Reading Ladder titles are developed with a leading literacy consultant, making them perfect for use in schools and for parents keen to support their children's reading. Book band level: Gold More level 3 non-fiction reading ladder books to collect: A day in the life of Triceratops, A day in the life of T. rex and Senses.

Watch This Space: The Solar System, Meteors and Comets

Watch This Space: The Solar System, Meteors and Comets

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2016

Explore our stunning solar system and learn about its eight planets, from mini Mercury to giant Jupiter. Find out about marvellous moons and mighty meteorites, and discover curious comets and eccentric exoplanets. Get the answers to questions such as: * How old is the Earth? * Which probe took a space selfie? * Why is Jupiter stripy? * What is a hairy star? * Where might it rain glass? Perfect for the new curriculum, this fascinating title is packed full of astounding information and number-based jaw-dropping facts and figures for all aspiring astronaughts and science whizz kids.

Great Sporting Events: Rugby

Great Sporting Events: Rugby

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2016

A must-read for all football fans, Great Sporting Events: Rugby looks at the top rugby competitions in the world and describes the history behind them, notable events and the personalities that helped to shape the sport. Each title in the Great Sporting Events series gives a fascinating insight into the sporting events that thrill sports stars and fans alike. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.

Watch This Space: The Universe, Black Holes and the Big Bang

Watch This Space: The Universe, Black Holes and the Big Bang

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2016

Travel back in time to the Big Bang, and learn about the formation of the universe. Explore the baffling world of black holes, and find out how scientists are searching for alien life. Discover the strangest sights of the universe, from quirky quasars to clouds that smell like raspberries. Get answers to questions such as: * What happened after the Big Bang? * How is the universe like a chocolate chip cookie? * Why can't we see black holes? * What is dark matter? * How might the universe end? This book is jam packed with NASA photography, key terms explained simply and fascinating, number-based space facts and figures for all aspiring astronaughts and science whizz kids.

Great Sporting Events: Football

Great Sporting Events: Football

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/07/2016

A must-read for all football fans, Great Sporting Events: Football looks at the top football competitions in the world and describes the history behind them, notable events and the personalities that helped to shape the sport. Each title in the Great Sporting Events series gives a fascinating insight into the great sporting events that thrill sports stars and fans alike. Perfect for readers aged 9 and up.

Worldwide Wonders: Natural Wonders

Worldwide Wonders: Natural Wonders

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/06/2016

Discover the greatest wonders of nature the world has to offer, from the Grand Canyon to Uluru and from the Serengeti Migration to the Aurora Borealis. Get up close to their unique features and marvel at their breathtaking dimensions. What threats and challenges to these special phenomena face, and what is being done to ensure their survival for future generations to enjoy? Perfect for readers 9 and up.

Watch This Space: Stars, Galaxies and the Milky Way

Watch This Space: Stars, Galaxies and the Milky Way

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/2016

Discover the sparkling world of stars, from their beautiful births to their dramatic deaths. Learn about our very own star, the Sun, as well as best-friend binary star pairs and dense neutron stars. Gaze at gorgeous galaxies and marvel at the Milky Way. Find out the answers to questions such as: * What's inside the Sun? * Where are the Pillars of Creation? * Why do stars twinkle? * How fast does a pulsar spin? * Which galaxy is a cannibal? * How long would it take to travel across the Milky Way? Perfect for the new curriculum, this fascinating title is packed full of astounding information and number-based jaw-dropping facts and figures to inspire future astronauts and space scientists.

Watch This Space: Astronomy, Astronauts and Space Exploration

Watch This Space: Astronomy, Astronauts and Space Exploration

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/06/2016

Uncover the amazing story of astronomy, from terrific telescopes to outstanding observatories. Find out about the latest space probes, and learn how rockets lift off. Discover the remarkable astronauts who have set off on stupefying space walks, and take a look at life in space. Find the answer to questions such as: * Which space probe is the farthest from Earth? * How do you go to the toilet in space? * Which probe took a piggy-back ride on an asteroid? * What's a vomit comet? * How much do you grow in space? Perfect for the new curriculum, this fascinating title is packed full of information, number-based awe-inpiring facts and figures.

Great Sporting Events: Cricket

Great Sporting Events: Cricket

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2016

Each title in the Great Sporting Events series gives a fascinating insight into the great sporting events that thrill sports stars and fans alike. A must-read for all cricket fans, Great Sporting Events: Cricket looks at the top cricket competitions in the world and describes the history behind them, notable events and the personalities that helped to shape the sport.

Great Sporting Events: Motorsports

Great Sporting Events: Motorsports

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/04/2016

Each title in the Great Sporting Events series gives a fascinating insight into the great sporting events that thrill sports stars and fans alike. A must-read for all petrolheads, Great Sporting Events: Motorsports looks at the top car and motorbike races in the world and describes the history behind them, notable events and the personalities that helped to shape the sport.

Get Ahead in Computing: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs

Get Ahead in Computing: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2016

Learn about operating systems, computer programs, sorting and storing files, databases, and the programs that allow users to have fun with words, pictures and sounds. The computers that are used in schools, homes and businesses around the world rely on computer programs. Discover the amazing variety of these programs today and how they can be used from everything from the most complicated finances to simple word processing. Exercises teach key skills such as word processing, creating documents and using databases. 'Stretch Yourself' features give practical activities for readers to try. These 'try at home' examples help reinforce learning and are not linked to specific software or operating systems. 'True Story' features give real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology. 'Computer Hero' features look at the forerunners of digital technology that have paved the way for scientists today. This title explores the world of information technology from the inside out, breaks down this new curriculum subject computing into four titles covering key topics: computer science, algorithms & coding, applications & programs, and computer networks. Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs Computer Networks

The Human Brain in 30 Seconds 30 Amazing Topics for Brilliant Brains Explained in Half a Minute

The Human Brain in 30 Seconds 30 Amazing Topics for Brilliant Brains Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Clive Gifford, Wesley Robins Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/02/2016

From the winners of the Royal Society Young Peoples Book Prize 2014, Clive Gifford and Professor Anil Seth, this is a wonderful and thorough exploration of the most complex and interesting organ of the body. The Human Brain in 30 Seconds is the ideal introduction for budding biologists to the brilliant brain. Each topic is presented in a neat 30-second soundbite, supported by a 3-second flash summary and full-page, colourful illustration. Fun, active missions support the topics and encourage kids to find out more. With stunning artwork, the attention-grabbing format is engaging and immediate, introducing readers aged from 8 up to this fascinating part of their bodies.

Great Sporting Events: Tennis

Great Sporting Events: Tennis

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

A must-read for all tennis fans, Great Sporting Events: Tennis looks at the top tennis competitions in the world and describes the history behind them, notable events and the personalities that helped to shape the sport. Each title in the Great Sporting Events series gives a fascinating insight into the great sporting events that thrill sports stars and fans alike.

Planet Football: Greatest Fans

Planet Football: Greatest Fans

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Awesome facts and stats about the greatest football fans in the world. Find out the lengths some fans will go to to support their team, from following them in home and away games to spending fortunes on club merchandise. Find out about club superstitions and traditions, such as who started the first Mexican wave. What mad mascots are there and how did they come about? Who are Super Rat, Berni, Goleo and Fuleco? Which country has the best club chants? Sing along to a few of them. Some 'fan'-tastic facts include: - Real Madrid sold 1.5million replica shirts in the 2013-2014 season. - German club, FC Magdeburg, fans all held up large arrows which they pointed at the goal to encourage their players to score more. - 2,300 FC Union fans, repainted their stadium to save their club money. Answer quiz questions such as: 'Which English football club has a mascot called Gunnersaurus Rex? Which country's prime minister was such a big football fan that he declared a national holiday after their national team won a tournament? Which Italian club sold cans of air taken from inside its stadium? Whether you're an armchair fanatic or a player, you'll find everything you ever wanted to know about the planet's greatest fans right here!

Get Ahead in Computing: The Science of Computers

Get Ahead in Computing: The Science of Computers

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Find out how information technology and digital devices have developed from early machines the size of basketball courts, to the tiny silicon chips being produced today. The Science of Computers takes an overall look at information technology, exploring how computers operate and the amazing devices that are used in homes, schools and businesses today. This practical learning guide lays the groundwork for further exploration of computational thinking. 'Stretch Yourself' features give practical activities to help readers explore and test key principles. These 'try at home' examples help reinforce learning and are not linked to specific software or operating systems. 'True Story' features give real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology. 'Computer Hero' features look at the forerunners of digital technology that have paved the way for scientists today. A practical and much-needed resource for the KS1-2 computing curriculum exploring all aspects of computational thinking. The series breaks down this new curriculum subject into four titles covering key topics: computer science, algorithms & coding, applications & programs, and computer networks. Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs Computer Networks

Get Ahead in Computing: Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding

Get Ahead in Computing: Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

Discover how computers work and learn about computer coding languages. The bright and engaging book guides readers through clear explanations of binary code, simple algorithms and computer language. With real-life examples, readers learn about the development of coding using simple decision-making processes. Looks at programming languages that readers can use themselves, including Scratch and LOGO. 'Stretch Yourself' features give practical activities to help readers explore and test key principles. These 'try at home' examples help reinforce learning and are not linked to specific software or operating systems. 'True Story' features give real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology. 'Computer Hero' features look at the forerunners of digital technology that have paved the way for scientists today. A practical and much-needed resource for the KS1-2 computing curriculum exploring all aspects of computational thinking. The series breaks down this new curriculum subject into four titles covering key topics: computer science, algorithms & coding, applications & programs, and computer networks. Other titles in the series: The Science of Computers, Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs, and Computer Networks.

iRobot

iRobot

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/02/2016

Children can interact with robots in their own homes thanks to the digital magic of Augmented Reality. Activities include building their own robot and programming it to move, seeing their own arm become bionic, flying a search and rescue drone and battling with bots, all on the kitchen table! Place your tablet or smart phone near the visual trigger on the page then hold it up to see the AR in action. iRobot is packed with fascinating information about these marvellous machines - how they work, how they are used and what the future holds.

Record Busters: Machines

Record Busters: Machines

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/11/2015

Did you know that the world's tallest rollercoaster has a vertical drop that's the height of a 45-floor building? Or that the world's biggest helicopter has been used to transport a frozen woolly mammoth?This book contains stunning pictures and amazing record-busting facts about the biggest, fastest and most powerful machines in the world - plus many others! The Record Busters series is perfect for capturing the interest of both young general readers and older reluctant readers.

Unpacked: Germany

Unpacked: Germany

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/10/2015

Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Germany: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about German fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Germany's customs and everyday life.

Champions League Fact File

Champions League Fact File

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/10/2015

Become an expert on the Champions League! Read all about the tournament's top teams and record-breaking players, get the lowdown on the European Cup, and discover the legendary matches that have made the Champions League the world's greatest annual football tournament. Section 1 is a fast-paced intro to the glorious early years of the European Cup, from 1955 to 1992. Section 2 takes us through the modern Champions League, from qualifying to the final, packed with great stories and action pics. Section 3 is full of amazing facts and records, while in section 4 you can read punchy biographies of the tournament's legendary players.

Unpacked: Denmark

Unpacked: Denmark

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

Grab your suitcase and prepare to explore Denmark: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history. Find out about Danish fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on Denmark's customs and everyday life.

Unpacked: Poland

Unpacked: Poland

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2015

Explore the people, music, art, sport, food, landscapes and wildlife using this awesome children's travel guide to one of the world's most exciting countries. Discover: * Poland's grand parks and palaces, and the history behind its fabulous festivals! * Delicious Polish food - from pretzels and pierogi, to poppy-seed cakes and pizza with sauce on the side! * The beautiful lakes, forests and mountains that make Poland such a fascinating tourist destination. Everything you need is packed in this travel guide. So unpack the magic of Poland and let's go!

England Rugby: The Official Junior Supporters' Guide

England Rugby: The Official Junior Supporters' Guide

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

The perfect mix of stats, facts and pictures for rugby-mad kids who want their information in bite-sized chunks. From Twickenham, the home of England rugby, to Stuart Lancaster, the man calling the shots, everything you need to know about England rugby is packed inside this incredible RFU-endorsed official guide. Feature profiles of over 40 players, including members of the current men's, women's, Under-20 and Sevens teams, as well as some of England's greatest rugby legends. Relive England's most memorable matches, from the men's victory at Rugby World Cup 2003 to the women's at Rugby World Cup 2014. Crammed full of fun activities such as number puzzles, spot the difference and quizzes, this exciting and activity-filled book is the perfect gift for any young rugby fan.

iScience Elements, Forces and Explosive Experiments!

iScience Elements, Forces and Explosive Experiments!

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Thanks to the digital magic of Augmented Reality, you can trigger and explode or create chemical chaos in your own room without ruining a single thing. Download the free APP, place your tablet or smartphone near the visual trigger on the page, then hold it up to see metal explode in water or split an atom in the palm of your hand. iScience is packed with educational facts on basic scientific principles. From elements and atoms to sound waves and gravity, read up on the fascinating natural world and discover the wonders of science.

100 Facts Around Town

100 Facts Around Town

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Novelty book Release Date: 30/07/2015

From Clive Gifford, award-winning author of 100 Inventions that Made History and the Kingfisher Football Encyclopedia, comes this wonderful lift-the-flap look at urban life. Lift the flaps to find secret histories, gob-smacking records and inspiring inventions around town. Kids will discover how: there are 6 million skeletons buried in tunnels beneath the city of Paris. the most people to have ridden a motorbike at one time is 54 the world's fastest lift travels 80 floors in just 37 seconds Eyes will boggle and jaws will drop. This is perfect non-fiction for kids aged 5+. With fun and vibrant illustrations from Brendan Kearney. Look out for 100 Facts on Holiday. Clive Gifford is an award-winning author of books for children and adults including the astonishing Dead or Alive, the creepy Book of Bad Things and the brain mangling Think Again and Eye Benders. His books have been shortlisted for the TES Information Book of the Year, the Blue Peter Prize and the British Book Awards as well as winning Smithsonian, Children's Choice, NAPPA and PBS awards. Whilst studying Architecture at University Brendan Kearney realised he didn't like rulers. He also discovered that drawing pictures for a living was a legitimate and fun career option, and so traded architecture for illustration as quickly as he could.

Get Outdoors: Skiing

Get Outdoors: Skiing

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/05/2015

Packed with information for children aged 9-11 on different ski disciplines, indoor and outdoor ski resorts, plus the equipment they will need to stay safe and comfortable. Filled with plenty of action-packed photographs, it will guide them through their first skills and techniques on the piste and shows how to progress to the next level.

Get Ahead in Computing: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs

Get Ahead in Computing: Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/03/2015

Amazing Applications and Perfect Programs explores operating systems, computer programs, sorting and storing files, databases, and the programs that allow users to have fun with words, pictures and sounds. The computers that are used in schools, homes and businesses around the world rely on computer programs. Learn about the amazing variety of these programs today and how they can be used from everything from the most complicated finances to simple word processing. Exercises teach key skills such as word processing, creating documents and using databases. Stretch Yourself features give practical activities for readers to try. These 'try at home' examples help reinforce learning and are not linked to specific software or operating systems. True Story features give real-world anecdotes from the world of information technology. Computer Hero features look at the forerunners of digital technology that have paved the way for scientists today. Other titles in the Get Ahead in Computing series: Awesome Algorithms & Creative Coding, Amazing Applications & Perfect Programs, and Computer Networks.

Brain Twisters The Science of Thinking and Feeling

Brain Twisters The Science of Thinking and Feeling

Author: Clive Gifford, Professor Anil Seth Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2015

Trick your senses and baffle your brain with this crazy book of mind tricks and neuroscience information. Find out how magicians make use of inattentional blindness when doing magic tricks, and why you miss details that are hidden in plain sight. Discover why your memory isnt as good as you think, and how its possible to remember things that never actually happened. This astonishing science book presents a wide range of brain games and mind tricks, and explains how these reveal the working processes of the brain. It will engage and entertain, and leave you wondering: do you really know your own mind?

Unpacked: France

Unpacked: France

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/11/2014

This beautifully designed title offers kids an engaging insight into a fascinating country that is France: its major cities, culture, way of life, food, language, and history - all presented in an engaging writing style. Alongside this core information, readers will find out about fashion, music, popular culture and sport, as well as quirky facts and bite-sized information on French customs and everyday life.

Unpacked: Italy

Unpacked: Italy

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 23/10/2014

Unpack the history and culture of Italy - one of the world's most beautiful and interesting countries - with Unpacked: Italy. The book takes you on a journey through this incredible country, from its food to fashion and its art to sport. The bright, fun scrapbook design will engage children's attention and capture their interest - this is the perfect children's travel guide to Italy Explore Italy's rich history, from the Romans right up to the present day, and see some of the marvellous things Italians have invented along the way, from the barometer to the space hopper! Meet some of Italy's greatest artists, see Michelangelo's incredible Sistine Chapel, and discover the mad museums scattered around the country - from the olive oil museum in Torgiano, to the accordion museum in Castelfidardo! Discover the Italian passion for all things football, find out why their national team is called the Azzuri, and meet some of the most expensive players in the world. See the sights of Italy's most famous and beautiful cities, from the Trevi Fountain in Rome to the Duomo in Florence via some Venetian gondolas! Explore Italy's diverse and interesting landscape, see vineyards and solar farms, mountains and volcanoes. Read all about delicious Italian food, from pizza and pasta to ice cream and anti pasti - dangerous if you're feeling hungry! Learn why the Italian fashion industry isn't just about looking good - it's also a vital part of the economy - so clothes shopping is encouraged! Discover the glamour of Italian transport, from speedy scooters to sleek Lamborghinis, Maseratis and Ferraris, and find out which Italian car factory has a race track on its roof! Unpacked: Italy is packed full of fun, quirky facts and interesting information, perfect for children aged 9 and above. Whether you're planning a trip, or just interested in the country, this is the guide for you! Italy is just one of the world's most fascinating countries. Why not unpack Australia, Brazil, France, India, Portugal, South Africa or Spain in other titles in the series?

Food and Cooking In... Viking Times

Food and Cooking In... Viking Times

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/09/2014

This book contains recipes from the Viking period using ingredients that children can replicate today. The recipes are complimented by information on farming, mealtimes, cooking methods, diet, festival food, imported food and the use of food in medicines. Each recipe has simple step-by-step instructions illustrated with original colour artwork. Photographs from the period show food and farming practices.

So You Think You Know: Enid Blyton's Famous Five

So You Think You Know: Enid Blyton's Famous Five

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/09/2014

What is the name of the first book in the Famous Five series? Who is NOT a member of the Five: Julian, Nora or Anne? What does George's father do for a living? So you've read the books, maybe more than once, but how much do you really know about the adventures of the Famous Five? Revisit their best moments and meet all your favourite characters again in this brilliant quiz book.

Inspirational Lives: Andy Murray

Inspirational Lives: Andy Murray

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2014

The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality and their impact on popular culture, as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success. Andy Murray is a history-making tennis champion, who, in 2013, became the first British man in 77 years to win the Wimbledon men's singles final. The previous year, he won an Olympic gold medal at the London Games. He uses his high profile to raise money for charities and to encourage children to take up sport.

Inspirational Lives: Ellie Simmonds

Inspirational Lives: Ellie Simmonds

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/01/2014

The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. This title looks at the life of Ellie Simmonds, the troubles she has overcome and the sacrifices she has made to become the swimming champion that she is today. Learn about her performances at the Beijing Olympics and at London 2012, and how she has made an impact on Paralympic sport.

The Empire Windrush Band 10 White/Band 14 Ruby

The Empire Windrush Band 10 White/Band 14 Ruby

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/01/2014

In 1948 the Empire Windrush sailed from Jamaica to Britain with over 300 passengers on board. Learn about their fascinating stories and the realities of life in post-war Britain in this captivating information book by Clive Gifford. * Collins Big Cat Progress books are specifically designed for children at Key Stage 2 who have a Key Stage 1 reading level, giving them age-appropriate texts that they can read, building their confidence and fostering positive attitudes towards reading. * Text type: An information book * Curriculum links:

Sporting Skills: Rugby

Sporting Skills: Rugby

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Learn how to perfect the skills, tactics and theory of rugby - from beginner-basic techniques to professional rules.

True Stories: World War One

True Stories: World War One

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 28/10/2013

The book contains nine short stories dealing with different aspects of life during World War I. World War I includes the stories of flying aces such as the 'Red Baron', the story of Lawrence of Arabia and the stories of brave doctors and nurses such as Edith Cavell in German occupied Belgium. Complete with glossary, further reading section and index.

The Who's Who Of: World War I

The Who's Who Of: World War I

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

Covering major periods in world history, The Who's Who of... introduces key players who significantly influenced the outcome of global conflicts and crucial economic developments. Each title covers biographies of political and military leaders alongside figures from resistance movements, inventors, industrialists, spies, code-breakers and rebels.

How the World Works

How the World Works

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/10/2013

Know it all, from how the sun shines to how the pyramids were built. The workings of the world -- revealed. This essential title provides children with all the information they need to know how the world works. Lavish, eye-catching design and illustration are paired with succinct, to-the-point text to explain how a vast range of stuff happens. Encyclopaedic in scope but fresh and exciting in presentation, this is a great-value, information-packed book about a comprehensive range of topics.

Eye Benders The Science of Seeing & Believing

Eye Benders The Science of Seeing & Believing

Author: Clive Gifford, Professor Anil Seth Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2013

Why do some printed pictures appear to swirl madly in front of your eyes? How can two colours that look completely different actually be the same? What makes complete images suddenly arise out of random patterns? With this crazy book of optical illusions, astound your eyes and amaze your brain and discover the science of how the illusions work. Clive Giffords fun and accessible text introduces kids to the neuroscience behind how our brains and our eyes interact, creating these amazing phenomena. Children will be enthralled by the illusions, and engaged by the supporting information. Learning and critical thinking are encouraged, as readers come away wondering: can you ever believe what you see?

Sporting Skills: Netball

Sporting Skills: Netball

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Netball is played in many schools, but it is a far bigger sport than that. Boys and girls, men and women in over 70 countries enjoy its fast action and how the sport demands excellent teamwork. This book will help learn how to play netball using step by step images and detailed descriptions of the sport's skills.

Inspirational Lives: Ellie Simmonds

Inspirational Lives: Ellie Simmonds

Author: Clive Gifford, Simon Hart Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2013

The series focuses on the people who inspire children today. Each book looks at the background, life and achievements of a personality, their impact on popular culture as well as detailing the everyday facets of their job and how they have gained such success.

Think Again!

Think Again!

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/07/2013

THINK AGAIN! is a title that will take readers on a wild ride through history, science, the natural world and the human body in search of... the TRUTH! Conspiracy theories, popular trivia, old wives' tales, common misconceptions, misinterpretations and other regular falsehoods will be explored to find out why they are wrong, and exactly how and why they may have been adopted as fact. Unlike other information books, aimed at adults and lacking a background context and explanation, this big compendium of curriculum-led subjects will be firmly targeted at today's internet-savvy children by fully detailing the myth or error, plus its historical or scientific background, and then debunking it with a full, clear explanation of the true facts. This is all done in a thoroughly entertaining fashion, using fun typography, fast-paced text, light and fascinating side-stories, and lively, photo-montaged illustrations. Each main entry varies in length based on its importance, complexity and level of interest.

Space in 30 Seconds 30 Super-Stellar Subjects for Cosmic Kids Explained in Half a Minute

Space in 30 Seconds 30 Super-Stellar Subjects for Cosmic Kids Explained in Half a Minute

Author: Clive Gifford, Dr. Mike Goldsmith Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/03/2013

Perfect for inquisitive cosmic kids aged 8-12, this succinct, entertaining look at what really happens in space takes a rapid-fire approach, offering 30 key topics, each one explained in neat 30-second soundbites and supported by 3-second flash summaries and cool, cartoon-style artwork. 3-minute active missions throughout will challenge lively young minds to test facts or go further and find out more. The attention-grabbing format is perfect for space. Topics range from the Big Bang theory and ways in which scientists think the universe might end, to what we know about distant planets and galaxies. Mind-boggling ideas about worm holes, dark matter and aliens will test the limits of even the most creative imagination.

The Who's Who Of: World War II

The Who's Who Of: World War II

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/01/2013

Covering this major period in world history, The Who's Who of World War II introduces key players who significantly influenced the outcome of this global conflict. Included are biographies of such figures as Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan, one of the first female British spies to work in mainland Europe, and Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who managed to save 100,000 Hungarian Jews from being killed by the Nazis.

Sporting Skills: Rugby

Sporting Skills: Rugby

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/06/2012

Comprehensive photographic guides to playing and enjoying the world's top sports. Whether you are taking part or just watching, rugby is an exciting and dramatic sport. Discover all you need to know about it, from training to playing, while profiles and stats tell you more about the world's greatest players.

Football Skills

Football Skills

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/05/2012

Football is the world's most popular sport - globally, more than 240 million people play the game regularly. This colourful and exciting book is the essential guide to soccer, offering easy-to-follow instruction that is sure to improve the all-round play of any young football player, from passing and dribbling to shooting, defending, goalkeeping and tactics. The detailed practical advice is enhanced by spreads about the all-time great players, the FIFA World Cup and unusual versions of the sport.

Motorsports: Karting

Motorsports: Karting

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/04/2012

Discover Science: Materials

Discover Science: Materials

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/04/2012

Make science accessible with this essential series that will capture children's imagination while laying the foundation for future learning. With clear, simple language and a compelling design, Discover Science gives young readers the answers to fundamental questions about animal homes, birds, light and sound and materials.

The Olympics

The Olympics

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2011

So you think you all about the Olympics? Have a go at these: Which country's population was granted a day's holiday when its men's football team won gold at the 2000 Olympics? At the 2012 games, only two stadiums used for the football events are Premier League grounds. Can you name both? Name one of the three sports that George Eyser, a man with a wooden leg, won at the 1904 Olympics. Whether you want to test your knowledge or are keen to learn more about the biggest sporting event EVER, here are over 1000 Olympic teasers that cover everything from the history of the games and sports knowledge to weird and wonderful trivia that will put even gold medallists to the test and will make sure that you're ready for this summer's olympics!

The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia

The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Hardback Release Date: 21/03/2011

Each country on Earth is unique, and each can be introduced and explained through its physical and human geography. From the densely populated industrial landscapes of western Europe to the icy wastes of Siberia, this book is a passport to every country on the globe. The Kingfisher Geography Encyclopedia is an authoritative, up-to-date guide to countries of the world

Storm Chaser! Dicing with the World's Most Deadly Storms

Storm Chaser! Dicing with the World's Most Deadly Storms

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/09/2010

From death defying stunts to the volcano's edge, Extreme Science will excite and inspire 8-11 year olds. High-interest topics grab the reader and introduce some key science concepts in an accessible and innovative way. The action-packed pages are designed to motivate struggling and reluctant readers, and a reading age of 7 makes the content super-accessible. Extreme titles are ideal for supporting creative classroom teaching and for spicing up topic libraries.

Spies and Spying

Spies and Spying

Author: Clive Gifford Format: Part-work (fasciculo) Release Date: 03/06/2010

From Cardinal Richelieu's tireless espionage in the 17th century to the anti-terrorist groups of today, this book is sure to intrigue young readers and future spies! Find out about famous spies, the history of national spy agencies (including the CIA, MI5 and MI6, the KGB and the Stasi), how spies are trained, spy-rings and the tools and techniques of spying. Special 'case studies' investigate particularly significant events, such as deciphering the Enigma code in World War II and the Cuban Missile Crises during the Cold War. Other special features look at the way that spies have been depicted in fiction and on screen. If you liked this book, you will love: Great Explorers, Archaeology Detectives and Science Detectives.

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