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What are the busy farmer, his wife and his kids up to? Find out in Flip and Find: Farmers a busy day in a farm where everyone is working hard looking after their animals. With a giant flap on every spread, every flip reveals a new animal, the noise it makes and four things to search for on the farm.

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In an age when technology has become an integral part of our lives and even toddlers are swiping smart phones or tablets, how many children have the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and simply dig a hole with their siblings or friends? Mac Barnett's Sam & Dave Dig a Hole is a simple story of two boys and their dog outside on a mission to dig a hole and find something spectacular. They keep digging straight down and then change direction when nothing seems to be forthcoming. After digging in several different directions to no avail, they then resolve to dig straight down again by which time they are so tired that they fall asleep! Nothing much seems to have happened if you only focus on the text but the pictures on the other hand show the humour of their dig and the spectacular find of their dog who accompanies them all the way. The surprise is that they do have an amazing day after all!

Illustrated by Kate Greenaway Award winner Jon Klassen of This is Not My Hat and I Want My Hat Back, this beautiful original story provides a lot of room for imagination and discussion about the potential "find" that they keep missing!

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole makes great bedtime reading except that your child may want to go out digging instead of going to sleep!

Did you know that woodpeckers can peck up to 20 times per second? A pomegranate can contain more than 1,000 seeds? The warmest sea in the world is the Red Sea?

Children are always curious about the world around them and they ask questions that adults are often not equipped to answer! Finding the answers to their questions together is a fantastic way to bond with children and to learn together. Like the previous books in the series, Usborne's latest Lift-the-Flap: General Knowledge is brimming with over 135 flaps under subjects such as The World, Living Things, Science Lab, Treasure Trove, When Did it Happen?, Entertainment and more for young readers to spend hours to uncover the fascinating facts underneath the beautiful pictures illustrated by Marco Palmieri.

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Many children dream of living in a tree house but who would have thought of one13 storeys high, filled with the most awesome facilities imaginable? Well that's where Andy and Terry live in Andy Griffith's fantasy adventure The 13-Storey Tree House. It has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a marshmallow machine that shoots marshmallows into your mouth…. incredible, isn't it? There, a professional writer and illustrator duo are supposed to create their books for Mr. Big Nose, their publisher, but the deadline is forgotten because they have been having too much fun! Whilst they are having a great time with their antics, readers can equally enjoy their exciting adventures so wonderfully illustrated by Terry Denton.

This is a new UK edition of the first book in the series, the fourth book in the original Australian edition was a mega-selling book in 2014 down under, outselling Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul!

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee is the story of an unlikely heroine, Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard who doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science. She and her sister Alice are still grieving for their dead mother when their father takes a job in a strange museum in a city where it always snows. On her very first day in the museum Ophelia discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room. He is a prisoner of Her Majesty, the Snow Queen. And he has been waiting for Ophelia's help.

But how can she save the world? She is only 11 years old and rather small for her age, with knock-knees and bad asthma as well, made worse by cold weather, running and bad frights.

As Ophelia embarks on an incredible journey to rescue the boy everything that she believes will be tested. Along the way she learns more and more about the boy's own remarkable journey to reach her and save the world.

This beautiful and rich text is perfect for fantasy and adventure lovers as it is brimming with imagination and one can't wait to find out how things will play out.

"This clever story-within-a-story reads easily yet offers deep lessons about trust, responsibility and friendship." – Booklist.

In May 1915, Alfie and his fisherman father find a girl on an uninhabited island in the Scilly Isles – injured, thirsty, lost… and with absolutely no memory of who she is or how she came to be there. She can say only one word: Lucy
Where has she come from? Is she a mermaid, the victim of a German U-boat, or even – as some islanders suggest – a German spy…? Only one thing is for sure: she loves music and moonlight and it is when she listens to the gramophone that the glimmers of the girl she once was begin to appear. WW1 is raging, suspicion and fear are growing, and Alfie and Lucy are ever more under threat. But as we begin to see the story of Merry, a girl boarding a great ship for a perilous journey across the ocean, another melody enters the great symphony – and the music begins to resolve…

While the world commemorates the centenary of WW1 in which millions of lives were lost, many lives are still being lost everyday in wars in various parts of the world. When can man learn the lesson? In Listen to the Moon, master storyteller Michael Morpurgo tells a stunning story about family, love, war and forgiveness. He speaks to his readers about the social and moral impact of the war on individuals through his characters in this beautifully woven and well-researched story that combines history and fiction. This is a book not to be missed. Hopefully Steven Spielberg will make a film of this book too!

"Please invite this wonderful story in, you won't regret it. History is rarely more movingly alive." – a ringing endorsement from author, Morris Gleitzman
February Author of the Month - Michael Morpurgo

Going to a new school brings anxiety for most children. How about leaving the reservation where one is raised to go to an all white school 22 miles away? That's what poor 14-year-old native Indian boy, Arnold Spirit Junior, aka Junior from Spokane, Washington, does in order to find hope elsewhere. He is beaten up regularly for being skinny, wearing ugly glasses, his stutter and lisp, basically, for looking like a "retard". There is no place to turn. But, he chooses to follow the words of Mr. P, his teacher, who says to him "Son, you're going to find more and more hope the farther and farther you walk away from this sad, sad, sad reservation."

In Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Junior has the courage to breakaway. Having fought for his survival as a baby after undergoing brain surgery, he continues to fight off seizures, drunks, drug addicts and bullies around him and he never gives up. He is good at drawing, so he draws all the time to talk to the world, to get people to pay attention to him. His story about the harsh realities of reservation life is told in the direct language of a teenage boy, together with the characters around him whose lives impact upon him along the way. This uplifting and thought-provoking book is filled with moments of sadness; humour, triumph, wisdom and genuine emotion that make you laugh and cry alike.

If you have missed or were too young to read this wonderful coming of age story which is based on the author's own experience when it was first published in 2007, this new 2015 edition of the Winner of the National Book Award is for you. There are valuable life lessons to learn from Junior's highly enjoyable diary. The illustrations by Ellen Forney throughout the book show the budding cartoonist in Junior brilliantly, making the book accessible to less confident readers. Highly recommended.

N.B. This book is controversial because of some of its depiction of poverty, alcoholism, homosexuality and sexual reference as well as some profanity.