Frances Castle’s bold illustrations for Around The World in 50 Ways depict a wondrous selection of famous cities and exotic, far-flung places in this “choose-your-own” travel adventure published by Lonely Planet Kids.
The starting point of this amazing globe-trotting adventure is London’s iconic Tower of London. But what’s the next leg of the journey? Well, that depends on the route you decide to take and the means of transportation you select, from tuk-tuks and sleds, to steamboats and hot-air balloons. Once aboard, you can discover all about these amazing machines and how they work. Then upon arriving at your next destination, you’ll get to explore the local area and see what makes it interesting and unique. With lots of possible routes you’ll need to be careful: not every path will take you back to where you want to go, with some tricky dead ends – it’s sure to be an epic journey and who knows where you’ll end up?
Written by Dan Smith, Around the World in 50 Ways is fully illustrated by Frances across 163 pages!
We are pleased to announce the long awaited publication of The Pirates of Scurvy Sands (Starring The Jolley-Rogers) by Jonny Duddle. Published by Templar on 8th February 2018. This story has been waiting to be told for many a year and is a companion to the best-selling Waterstones prize winning picture book The Pirates Next Door (Starring the Jolley-Rogers).
The special edition hardback has a treasure map on the reverse of the dust cover to explore Scurvy Sands and it’s hidden treasure.
Scurvy Sands is a holiday camp with a difference, it’s run by pirates and is exclusively for… PIRATES. If you’re not a pirate you shouldn’t be there. When Jim Lad asks Matilda to go on holiday with his family, the Jolley-Rogers, she accepts. Leaving her own seaside town of Dull on Sea she travels on a voyage across the sea to the holiday island of Scurvy Sands.
But she doesn’t receive a warm welcome, at the Cruncher Club the other children aren’t too pleased, she won’t pass the pirate test.
Barnacle Bob, the lifeguard spots her too when she’s out on the pedalo with the Jolley Rogers, maybe she’s a mermaid? Can she wield a cutlass? Her teeth are too clean, her hair smells too nice, she’s a bad example, the pirates complain and she’ll have to take the pirate test to prove herself.
But Matilda had a plan to win over the doubting pirates looking closely at the portrait of Mad Jack McMuddle – the pirate “Who always got lost and was never quite sure of which oceans he’d crossed. ‘Cause his map-reading skills went often awry, he’d a compass tattooed above his left eye.”
Cleverly reading Mad Jack’s map with a mirror, Matilda and Jim Lad set off to find his buried treasure. At dawn the friends discovered a massive hoard and Matilda re-distributed Mad Jack’s wealth among the pirates, winning friends before she sailed back home with her pirate family friends.
The story is written in Pamela’s witty style from the children’s point of view and is full of hilarious laugh out loud moments of utter silliness.
This new story is about Izzy and her friends who are surprised to discover that the lollipop man has disappeared and been replaced by Mabel a lollipop lady. They find out from the school office ladies that Jack had ‘moved on’, which must mean that he’d passed away, died, gone! There ensues a ghost hunt as the friends think that he’s now a phantom stuck in limbo in the school, all the clues lead to this scary conclusion; the nebulous cloud, the strange unfinished business. Panic spreads through the playground. The lollipop man bursts in on a secret meeting in the den and the children finally find out that Jack was just retired but missed his old job at the school and he finds that the teachers and pupils missed him too and is pleased to come back, just part time.
February is here and we celebrate with this dashing fellow, Piggy Handsome and his sidekick, Jeff – illustrated by the equally dashing Adam Stower. You may already know Piggy, his second book of adventures, Piggy Hero, is out today – written by Pip Jones and published by Faber & Faber. Read more about his escapades here.
Pip Jones has returned with her Guinea Pig hero Piggy Handsome and his sidekick Budgie, Jeff. In this hilarious sequel Piggy is still searching for stardom and wants to appear on TV. Piggy, having injured his most intimate area after Plan A, which involved diving off a five story building, went disastrously wrong. Piggy and Jeff escape from prison (animal hospital). Armed with his bandaged bottom and a tutu disguise Piggy and Jeff try to rescue a Tibetan Mastiff from two escaped villains and send them packing on a container ship to Svalbard.
This hilarious caper will have kids laughing out loud at the antics of the two pets and Adam Stower’s illustrations perfectly capture the action of the story with his wonderful characterisation in his soft pencil style. Piggy Hero is published by Faber & Faber on 1st February.