Talking Book

Kidnapping inventors, stealing from art museums, conducting acts of piracy on the high seas. Will Manfred ever learn his lesson? He is even nasty to his own henchmen! John Fardell's inventive story and richly detailed artwork combine to make an exciting, hilarious book that children will want to read time and time again.
Manfred the Baddie
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"Oink!" said the cats...With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of noise. But when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the fine prize cow, it's the quietest animal of all who saves the day! Spot the glittery ladybird on every page of this wonderful rhyming tale.
What the Ladybird Heard
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Some rabbits dream about lettuces and carrots, others dream of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions, but Ralfy dreams only of books. In fact, he doesn't just dream about them, he wants to read them ALL THE TIME. Soon his obsession sends him spiralling into a life of crime! A wonderfully funny story from a talented new author/illustrator.
Wanted, Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar
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When a baby toddles into a close-knit community with a killer in pursuit, the local inhabitants protect him. Out of that act of charity, the simply unthinkable has occurred: the baby has been adopted by a graveyard! Years pass as young Bod is taught how to live by the ghosts of shopkeepers, witches and poets. All the while, he is watched over by supernatural guardians with a mission to save the world from the same dark forces that orphaned him.
The Graveyard Book
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A fast-paced first-person fantasy, this book is full of scary suspense and humour. Dahl delights in sowing seeds of unease in his readers by making the ordinary extraordinary, encouraging them to look beyond the surface at what might lie beneath. This cautionary tale that appearances can be deceptive resonates with today’s age of internet safety – and the message that you can love, be loved, be brave and carve out a successful career saving the world no matter your appearance, size or species will never date.
The Witches
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When David is expelled from school for terrible grades, he is sent away to Groosham Grange, where a bad report card is the least of his fears. At Groosham, the French teacher is a werewolf, the assistant head is a vampire and the headmaster has more than just one head. Soon, David realises he’ll be lucky to get out alive, never mind with full marks. There’s definitely somehting very strange and rather nasty going on at this school - the question is, what’s David going to do about it? I loved this book when I read it at the end of primary school.
Groosham Grange
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Mr and Mrs Bold have a secret – they are actually a pair of laughing hyenas who assumed the identity of a couple of unfortunate tourists who had ended up on the wrong side of a crocodile during their African honeymoon. Using the passports of the unfortunately expired tourists, the Bolds travel to the UK and set up home in England, start a family and do a very good job of hiding the fact that they are not actually human at all. What a laugh! When they get a little homesick, they decide to visit a local safari park where they meet a group of hyenas with a sad tale to tell.
The Bolds
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A beautiful bird of prey, an international voyage and the power of friendship: Sky Hawk is an unforgettable emotional rollercoaster set against the backdrop of the Scottish Highlands. The son of a farmer, Callum is an ordinary Scottish country kid, but his life is changed forever when he strikes up a friendship with Iona, an out-of-the-ordinary girl from his village. The pair discover a rare osprey nesting on Callum’s farm and vow to keep their discovery a closely guarded secret.
Sky Hawk
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George doesn’t have a computer and wants one. He’s also lonely and wishes his life was exciting. When his pet pig leads him into out-of-bounds NEXT DOOR, the extraterrestrial excitement begins. NEXT DOOR is where genius scientist Eric and his daughter Annie live, plus Cosmos, the world’s most advanced, topsecret computer. They are exploring the universe. George joins them. So does Eric’s arch-enemy! This is a good versus evil story with a difference. It’s gripping. It’s funny. There’s an evil scientist to outwit, black holes to get out of and the universe to travel through.
George's Secret Key to the Universe
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Four children evacuated from London during World War II find the mother of all distractions in the rambling country house of the professor who’s taken them in. Lucy, the youngest, discovers that a wardrobe leads into Narnia, a land populated by magical creatures but gripped by the spell of an eternal winter. First published in 1950, the story of Lucy, her brother Edmund who falls into league with the cold-hearted White Witch, and their older brother and sister, is a fastmoving tale dominated by the majestic lion whose arrival breaks the witch’s spell.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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