Picture book

Just over a hundred years ago, explorer Ernest Shackleton set out to try to cross Antarctica from one side to the other by travelling directly through the South Pole. However, the ill-fated expedition soon went wrong – his ship, Endurance, was trapped in the pack ice before they even reached the Antarctic continent. After spending many months drifting with the ice, the ship was eventually crushed and Shackleton and his men were faced with a tough 500-mile journey back to the nearest civilisation.
Shackleton's Journey
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Grannie Island is unimpressed with Granma Mainland’s swanky city ways until Katie Morag hatches an ingenious plan that may defuse the tension between the family matriarchs. A prize sheep, a muddy loch and the secret to Granma Mainland’s silvery white hairdo all play key roles in this wryly funny tale of a family culture clash. The two grannies are chalk and cheese: Granma Mainland is all fancy clothes and expensive perfumes while Grannie Island trundles around on her tractor in dungarees and wellies. For my money, the second Katie Morag book is the best.
Katie Morag and the Two Grandmothers
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When you can’t swim, the swimming pool can seem like a huge scary place. And when Lollipop is confronted with the local pool, she just wants to sneak away home. But thank goodness Grandpa is with her. This picture book can help you see that you can do anything with the right encouragement. Grandpa offers reassuring words, a hand to hold and a fantastic imagination, which all help Lollipop take those first steps and breaths and kicks in the water. It’s hard to take your eyes off the smashing, splashy illustrations.
Lollipop and Grandpa go Swimming
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Princess Gemdelovely, the king’s daughter, wants to choose the person she will marry – but first they have to free Scotland from the Dragon Stoorworm. Dragon Stoorworm is the biggest dragon ever and it’s eating whole herds of sheep, drinking dry most of the lochs and burning half of the crops with the flames that shoot out of its mouth! When Princess Gemdelovely and Assipattle meet and get to know each other, they decide to set off armed with the king’s sword to get rid of the Dragon Stoorworm. But can they do what many warriors before them have failed to do?
The Dragon Stoorworm
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Herb loves books, but books don’t really love Herb. Instead of just reading them and looking at the pictures, he draws on character’s faces, rips out pages and shoves them back in the wrong way. He even drops food on them. Then something amazing happens, something we’d all secretly like to try – Herb falls inside his book. There he meets a screechy-voiced Goldilocks, a Queen with a drawn-on moustache, Cinderella missing her Prince Charming (Herb cut him out) and other wellloved characters Herb has mistreated.
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?
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One perfectly sunny day, playing by the shores of your typical breathtaking Scottish loch, Flora and her brothers and sisters are met by a seemingly tame and elegant white horse. Flora errs on the side of caution as her fun-seeking siblings clamber onto the creature’s back, unknowingly sealing their fates. For this is no placidly mannered albeit beautiful horse; it’s a kelpie (audible gasp), a dangerous water horse with a penchant for stealing children.
The Secret of the Kelpie
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This very funny picture book tells the tale of a box of crayons who have had enough. Each colour writes a letter to their unfortunate owner Duncan, who’s faced with a drawing dilemma as they threaten to strike unless things change. From arguments about what colour the sun is, to a favourite crayon who’s worried he’s going to wear out, each page is a hilarious homage to creativity. There’s lots of opportunity for discussion about what each crayon is used for and you’ll need to put your imagination to good use to make sure no colours feel left out.
The Day the Crayons Quit
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Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement. It doesn't visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does. Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again.
The Dark
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One day, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument, and eventually the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods. The bear goes with them on an incredible journey to New York, where his piano playing makes him a huge star. He has fame, fortune and all the music in the world, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. This moving tale of exploration and belonging is accompanied by rich illustrations throughout.
The Bear and the Piano
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Four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. The radically different perspectives give a fascinating depth to this simple story which explores many of the author's key themes, such as alienation, friendship and the bizarre amid the mundane. Anthony Browne's world-renowned artwork is full of expressive gorillas, vibrant colours and numerous nods to Magritte and other artists, while being uniquely Browne's own style.
Voices in the Park
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