Great illustrated guide for children who might wish to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch 2019 #BigGardenBirdWatch. Celebrate the beautiful birds that can be spotted in British gardens in this exquisitely illustrated, cut-paper pop-up. Published in association with the RSPB, this 1.2-metre unfolding guide features a selection of more than 12 popular birds, including the robin, goldfinch and blue tit.

A beautifully illustrated pop-up book of favourite garden birds.  Presented in a stylish slipcase and stunningly illustrated by Lorna Syson, … More

OTD in 1843, Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’, was first published. The new Laureate na nÓg, P.J. Lynch captures the spirit of Dickens’s beloved tale in a richly illustrated, unabridged paperback edition. A Christmas Carol has become as much a part of Christmas as trees, stockings and mistletoe. Ireland’s new Children’s Laureate P.J. Lynch breathes new life into Dickens’s classic ghostly tale for this magnificent paperback edition. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean old skinflint, and our story opens on a Christmas Eve as cold as his heart.

In the dead of night, Scrooge is visited by the tormented ghost of his old friend Jacob Marley. Having led … More

Cassandra Darke is an art dealer, mean, selfish, solitary by nature, living in Chelsea in a house worth £7 million. She has become a social pariah, but doesn’t much care. Between one Christmas and the next, she has sullied the reputation of a West End gallery & has acquired a conviction for fraud, a suspended sentence & a bank balance drained by lawsuits. On the scale of villainy, fraud seems to Cassandra a rather paltry offence – her own crime involving `no violence, no weapon, no dead body’. But in Cassandra’s basement, her young ex-lodger, Nicki, has left a surprise, something which implies at least violence and probably a body . .

… Something which forces Cassandra out of her rich enclave and onto the streets. Not those local streets paved with … More

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

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

The wren is a paradox of a bird. On the one hand wrens are ubiquitous. They are Britain’s most common bird, with 8.5 million breeding pairs & have by far the loudest song in proportion to their size. They also thrive up & down Britain and Ireland: from the smallest city garden to remote offshore islands, blustery moors to chilly mountains. Yet many people, particularly a younger generation, are not sure if they have ever seen a wren. Perhaps because the wren is so tiny, weighing just as much as two A4 sheets of paper, & so busy, always on the move, more mouse than bird.

However if we cast our eyes back to recent history wrens were a mainstay of literary, cultural and popular history. … 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