Stanley is a spider, a weaver and a collector. On his web he collects seeds, twigs, leaves and all kinds of precious things he cannot name. Stanley is very proud of his collection, but what can one tiny spider do when it is washed away? In this stunning, deceptively simple and thoughtful debut from animator, illustrator and writer Qian Shi we discover the difference between what you collect in the world and what you collect in your heart.
A stunning collection of Just William stories, selected and read by Martin Jarvis
‘There’s nothing to touch them’ -Independent on Sunday
Richmal Crompton’s stories featuring irrepressible schoolboy William Brown have been firm favourites with both young and old for decades. Perpetually scruffy, mud-stained and mischievous, he is a lovable scamp whose pranks usually end in disaster – for his harassed elders at least.
With friends Ginger, Douglas and Henry (the Outlaws) and the angelic thorn-in-his-side, the lisping Violet Elizabeth Bott, William has rightly joined the literary, and radio, immortals.
Martin Jarvis, who has been hailed as ‘the wizard of the talking book’ (The Daily Telegraph), has made the voice of William his own, and this collection of 54 laugh-out-loud stories will delight long-standing fans and first-time listeners alike.
Also included are two bonus interviews with Richmal Crompton, recorded in 1965 and 1968.
The stories included in this collection are:
The Christmas Truce Only Just in Time The Midnight Adventure of Miss Montague William and the Musician William Leads a Better Life William and the Twins William’s Birthday William and the Little Girl The Outlaws and Cousin Percy William and the Princess Goldilocks The Sweet Little Girl in White A Birthday Treat The Outlaws and the Triplets A Bit of Blackmail William Makes a Night of It William and the Lost Tourist The Leopard Hunter The New Neighbour William the Philanthropist William and the Prize Cat William Holds the Stage William and the School Report All the News Aunt Arabelle in Charge William’s Goodbye Present William the Salvage Collector William’s Day Off Entertainment Provided William and the Brains Trust William and the Bomb William Goes Shopping Violet Elizabeth Runs Away William and the Real Laurence The Outlaws and the Hidden Treasure William and the Fairy Daffodil The Best Laid Plans Mrs Bott’s Hat William Starts the Holidays William Plays Santa Claus William and the Snowman Revenge is Sweet William and the Black Cat William and the Russian Prince William’s Busy Day William – The Great Actor William and the White Elephants Finding a School for William William’s Birthday William Clears the Slums Parrots for Ethel William’s Truthful Christmas Boys will be Boys William and the Ebony Hair-Brush William and the Old Man in the Fog
No sugar, no fat. C'mon, take a look! The best Candies ever... Candies in a book!
Treat yourself to the sweetest story you'll read this holiday! The Candies save Christmas when they rescue the loneliest, scraggliest little tree from the lot – in a happy ending children will beg to read again and again!
Lemony Snicket's simply told story offers a refreshing, thoughtful, and hilarious look at the ways in which a bad mood wreaks havoc as it moves from person to person, leaving an unexpected trail of surprise in its wake: opportunities for laughter, forgiveness and even love.
Meet the most endearing and unpredictable bad mood yet - an emoji-like cloud character - who allows young readers to look their bad mood in the eye. From the author of the acclaimed, bestselling picture book The Dark comes another wise observation about the emotional forces that impact our lives.
It might look like a pebble from the beach, but Eliza knows this is an egg. And one night when she hears cracking, she discovers the Stone Bird. It might still look like a stone to her mum, but Eliza knows it's alive. Step into the magical world of one child's imagination in this stunning debut by exciting new author Jenny McCartney, illustrated by luminary of children's books Patrick Benson.
In this follow-up to Give Please a Chance, James Patterson once again pays tribute to the magic of a simple phrase: thank you. With just these two little words, children can express their gratitude for everything from yummy ice-cream sundaes to cosy cuddles with kittens.
These delightful scenes of appreciation show just how much politeness can make our world a better place.
The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peter and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they'd give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizzare adventure of their lives. Bestselling Polar Express creator and Caldecott Medal winning Chris Van Allsburg explores the ever-shifting line between fantasy and reality with this story about a game that comes startlingly to life.
Beatrix Potter's work reflects her interest in animals, natural history and the environment. She liked to imagine her characters in her favourite, natural places, so she created a special world for Peter Rabbit.
Before the full-colour edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published by Frederick Warne & Co., Potter arranged a private printing of the book with Strangeways & Sons in 1901. It was illustrated with black-and-white line drawings, and it is these illustrations which have been adapted for this special gift edition of the tale.
Potter's drawings have been combined with a variety of patterns that take inspiration from the natural world in which the tale is set.
The botanical patterns reflect Potter's illustrations, and the soft, natural palette and block-printing effect refers back to the Golden Age of children's illustrated books.