Born OTD in 1960, Neil Gaiman, author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels, audio theatre, and films. “When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead.”

But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him – after all, he is … More

A deeply personal and tender story of war, peace and those who are left behind. One hundred years after the war to end all wars, Jacko’s descendants discover his notebook and the untold stories tucked in its pages. “This war is a nightmare that one day I shall wake from and then forget. And if I don’t wake, then you shall never know. I don’t want you ever to know.”No one seems to know where the scruffy tin hat came from – just that it is very old, from some war or other long ago.

To young Michael and his family it has its uses today: as a child’s toy, a feeding bowl for the … More

Four different voices tell their own versions of the same walk in the park. There’s a bossy woman, a sad man, a lonely boy & a young girl whose warmth touches those she meets Voices in the Park could be incorporated into an Anthony Browne author study & is well suited to work with pupils in upper Key Stage 2 (9-11 years). It is also a good text for group & guided reading, providing opportunities for challenging & reflective reading, at the same time being accessible & appealing to readers who may not have developed the stamina for long novels.

The teaching sequence suggested below, explores voice in literature. The drama and role-play activities provide opportunities for considering the difference … More

The neighbours all complain about the foxes hanging around the flat where Cassie lives, close to the river Thames, but Cassie thinks they’re beautiful. Her favourite is a small fox with a white tail-tip, who she names Frost. One night she catches sight of him out in the snow, looking cold and thin, and decides to sneak him some food.

But Frost seems to want her to follow him. As he leads Cassie towards the river she feels the world … More

Through a hole in the book’s cover, an owl invites you inside to meet a majestic tree & all its forest inhabitants during the changing seasons. With clever peekaboo holes throughout, each page reveals a new set of animals playing & living in the tree—baby bears frolicking in the spring, bees buzzing around apples in the summer, squirrels storing nuts in the fall, & finally the lone owl keeping warm during the winter chill—until another year begins. . . .

Children will love seeing a new set of animals appear and then disappear as each page is turned, and along … More

The stories in this collection have slipped on a sunbeam, skidded on the dew and sprinted fast as a fox to be here with you. Of course, they’re true, puffed on to the page with a hint of lavender and a gust of sage. They tell of Sussex: its sparkling seas; chalk giants; wise witches and crossdressing smugglers.

Once you’ve heard them, you’ll know that when leaves skitter, it’s Puck, the sprite of Sussex, fighting with his sister … More

Have you ever wondered why the moon shines in the night-time sky? As the moon waxes and wanes above, the world below is full of busy night-time creatures; from turtles laying their eggs on white sandy beaches, to migrating birds using the moon to navigate their way to sunnier climes. Turn the peek-through pages to see the moon change shape as it goes through the lunar cycle.

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This is Briggs at his perverse and subversive finest. It helps to have a warped sense of humor and a literary background. Best known for his more conventional children’s books such as The Snowman, Briggs, like Roald Dahl, has an uncanny sense of what really appeals to children — gross stuff and toilet humor. Combine that rudimentary appeal with a very adult level of punning and an endearing melancholy and you have Fungus.

Life in Bogeydom is full of snot, smells, slime, scum and other unspeakable things, and Bogeymen live under the ground … More