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Emily Hawkins is a writer and editor of children's books for all ages. She wrote the New York Times bestseller Oceanology, as well as several other titles in the Ology series, which has sold over 16 million copies worldwide. She holds a first-class English degree from Nottingham University, and now lives in Winchester with her young family.
This enchanting reinvention of a Natural History of Fairies written by botanist Professor Elsie Arbour in the 1920s glows with timeless charm and the magic of nature. What’s more, author Emily Hawkins’s message about protecting fairies’ natural habitats has important real-world resonance, such as this: “human actions are putting fairies’ habitats at risk. When forests and woodland are cut down to make space for farmland…then fairies’ homes are destroyed.” Fairy enthusiasts will delight in the detail of the softly-radiant illustrations that present fairy anatomy and life cycles in the manner of natural history books, replete with labels and descriptions. Throughout, the book is suffused with a thrilling feeling that fairies might be found - if you know what you’re looking for, and where to look. The section on language and secret scripts will undoubtedly inspire young readers to write their own fairy codes, while coverage of a huge range of habitats - from meadows, gardens and woodlands, to mountains, marine environments and jungles - gives a satisfying global feel. Alongside providing fairy-lovers with much fodder for exploration, this coverage of habitats, and information on the likes of leaves, plants and animals, might also spark a wider love of nature. Sumptuously presented, with a silk bookmark, and gold edging and cover foil supplementing Jessica Roux’s illustrations, this book’s style is every bit as charming as its content, which makes it a gift to treasure.
Atlas of Record-Breaking Adventures brings together some of the world's most spectacular sights and extraordinary events in a stunningly illustrated addition to the critically acclaimed Atlas of Adventures series. Journey from one extreme to the other as you turn the page to discover what record-breaker is next. This is a high-octane tour around the world, stopping off at every continent to marvel at natural and human phenomena. From the highest waterfall to the deepest underground city, the largest primate to the smelliest flower, this is an adventure that can't be beaten. Whether you're exploring the hottest place on Earth in Ethiopia, the world's largest cave in Vietnam, or riding the longest railway across Russia, adventure is all around you in this fun-packed atlas. Richly detailed illustrations by Lucy Letherland bring every adventure to life - as well as some quirky characters hiding among all the excitement. Emily Hawkins' expertise provides all you need to know to plan your next adventure - or whisk you there from the comfort of your sofa! With over 30 scenes to explore, adventurers 7 years and older will find hundreds of things to spot, with facts about our astonishing planet to learn on every page. Get ready to meet some incredible record-breakers in this beautifully illustrated compendium of wonders. Praise for the Atlas of Adventures series: 'It encourages curiosity, understanding and tolerance and nurtures a love of the world around us.' - The Bookbag, on Atlas of Adventures 'Lucy Letherland's inky illustrations make the book a joy to look at.' - The Guardian, on Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures '... it is akin to opening up a chest of treasures.' - BooksforTopics, on Atlas of Adventures: Wonders of the World 'Another absolutely gorgeous addition to the Atlas of Adventures series.' - Goodreads, on Atlas of Ocean Adventures
Set your spirit of adventure free with this journey to the world's great oceans, discovering the diversity of life that exists in the deep blue sea. Whether you're travelling long haul with leatherback turtles across the Pacific, snoozing with sea otters or ice bathing with a walrus, this book celebrates the very prescient topic of the world's oceans with LucyLetherland's animal characters. Each section begins with an infographic map of the ocean it explores - Atlantic, Pacific, Indian, Southern and Arctic - followed by richly detailed two-page spreads exploring its depths and the denizens within, as well as seabirds, coral reefs and shoreline critters. Discover saltwater crocodiles lurking in the Andaman Islands, hammerheads gathering in the Atlantic, and the awe-inspiring colossal squid that calls the Ross Sea home. Lucy Letherland's illuminating artwork shows how these oceans teem with life, forming part of complex and fascinating ecosystems, all in a quirky, characterful style. Interesting facts and figures pepper the scenes. Did you know that spinner dolphins can swim up to 400 kilometres a day? Or that some sea snails can grow up to half a metre long? Or that in the deepest depths, fish can glow in the dark? A natural history lesson in an adventure book, each spread features 10 captions and and facts about every destination. The 5th title in the best-selling Atlas of Adventures series that has now been translated into 31 languages. A 'Can you find?' page at the back challenges you to explore the pages even deeper by locating the pictured scenes and scene-stealers. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the incredible creatures that await in the world's oceans.
From the team behind the best-selling Atlas of Adventures comes this prehistoric journey of discovery. Travel back in time to lock horns with a triceratops, stalk prey with a T. rex, and learn to fly with a baby pteranodon. With hundreds of things to spot and facts to learn, this is the biggest adventure yet! Discover the reptiles that ruled the world in the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, alongside deep-sea monsters and other incredible flora and fauna. Each section begins with an infographic map of the region it explores, followed by richly detailed two-page spreads featuring the dinosaurs whose fossils were discovered there. Come face-to-face with the shark-hunting Mosasaurus, the enormous Argentinosaurus and the ferocious Spinosaurus, and learn all about their appearance, behaviour and habitat. Lucy Letherland's stunning artwork puts you in the picture with these prehistoric marvels, as true-to-life detail gives a rich snapshot of life millions of years ago. Interesting facts and figures pepper the scenes. Did you know that an Apatosaurus was bigger than two London buses parked end-to-end? Or that Triceratops' mouth was strong enough to slice through tree trunks? Or that pterosaurs kept warm with a layer of feathery fur? A 'Can you find?' page at the back challenges you to explore the pages even deeper by locating the pictured scenes and scene-stealers. Children and adults alike will be amazed by the prehistoric adventures awaiting in this book, an essential addition to any dino-lover's shelf.
Welcome on board the Discovery Express! The year is 1937 and a conundrum is afoot: a professor on the verge of a brilliant discovery has disappeared. Can you help to solve the clues on this time-travelling adventure and track down the missing scientist? On your voyage, you'll travel the world, see some of the most important moments in the history of transport, meet the most brilliant engineers of all time, and ultimately unveil the design of the world's first jet engine! With clues to solve on every page, this interactive lift-flap adventure is sure to spark the imaginations of aspiring scientists and engineers everywhere, as you travel back in time to discover the history of transport.
In 1912 Arthur Conan Doyle published his widely acclaimed novel, The Lost World. Little did his fans know that his tale of a South American plateau where dinosaurs had survived was based on the real-life adventures of his friend Percy Fawcett. In this long-lost expedition journal, readers are introduced to a wealth of living, breathing dinosaurs, as our intrepid explorers study them in their natural habitat.
The colourful Pop-Up Stories series combines fun rhyming texts and bright, bold pop-up art to captivate and delight young readers. In The Lonely Crocodile, Clarence sets off on a stomp through the swamp to try to find a friend, but everyone he meets runs away in fright. Will he ever find a playmate? Right at the very end, there's a wonderful pop-up surprise: another snappy crocodile who's also looking for a friend, and the two of them frolic in the sun! Young readers will relate to this heartwarming tale of friendship.
Illusionology reveals the practical science of magic. Purportedly written in 1915 by one of America's top scientists, William Schafer, the book is an expose of the tricks of the masters for new initiates of the Illusionists' Guild. As well as revealing inside info about many famous tricks - levitating a lady, making things disappear and mind-reading, among others - and providing instructions, it gives explanations of the science that makes the magic possible. In the course of the book, we learn that Schafer has been perfecting a machine that exploits 'radiant matter' to effect the full dematerialization of a person. On the final spread, Schafer tries out the invention - and is never seen again!
This gift book uses changing pictures to tell the story of the first Christmas, from the point of view of a special star who has an important role to play.
This title showcases a lovable bunch of baby animals. Meet baby elephant, monkey, crocodile, zebra and giraffe in this touch-and-feel treat.
Meet a feisty bunch of mice who share a taste for daring exploits. When ancient Egypt is struck by famine, the wise pharaoh must dream up a cunning idea to keep his mousy subjects well-fed.
Meet a feisty bunch of mice who share a taste for daring exploits. Can tiny Squire Titchington bring Sir Squeakalot down a peg or two? Join these pint-sized heroes in a pop-up adventure to find out which little knight will win the big fight.
The simple rhyming text leads you from spread to spread, where babies will discover a colourful toy hidden under each birthday-present flap, with a sparkly foiled cake on the final spread.