Ten-year-old Skinny Finny and his twin brother, Tubby, are beginning a new life in London when their arch enemy, the evil Dr Buttscratcher, and his shadowy sidekick begin terrorising unsuspecting joggers and the elderly. Skinny Finny’s hopes for a ‘normal’ life are shattered as he is set on a collision course with Dr Buttscratcher and his crazy plans for world domination. Will Skinny Finny join forces once again with the British Agent, Super Spy Wobblebottom? And who is the dastardly doctor’s mysterious new apprentice? With over 150 black and white illustrations throughout, The Amazing Adventures of Skinny Finny and Super Spy Wobblebottom is a funny, enthralling and humorous tale for children aged 7 and over. This explosive children’s book guarantees high adventure and hilarious mayhem for the enjoyment of all young readers.
Christmas was always a special time in the Finny family home despite them living deep under the ocean. But, Christmas is about to go very wrong indeed. Skinny Finny and his twin brother, Tubby wake on Christmas morning to find their parents missing. They set out to find them and to ruin Christmas in the process. Heaven help anyone who gets in their way ... Will the world famous MI5 agent, Super Spy Wobblebottom be able to stop Skinny Finny from ruining Christmas for children all around the world? Or, will Skinny Finny and his ingenious inventions win the day? The Crazy Christmas Caper is perfect for young readers of 7-12 years old who enjoy a tale that delivers suspense and laughs in equal measure. It's also been written for adults to read to children of younger ages. A chapter each night will send parent and child to bed with a sense of wonder and, perhaps, a grin on their face!
Author: David Walliams
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
A hilarious, touching and extraordinary fable from David Walliams, number one bestseller and fastest growing children’s author across the globey, with EXCLUSIVE audio and video from David Walliams
Author: Patricia Maclachlan
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
In Snowflakes Fall, Newbery Medalist Patricia MacLachlan and award-winning artist Steven Kellogg portray life’s natural cycle: its beauty, its joy, and its sorrow. Together, the words and pictures offer the promise of renewal that can be found in our lives—snowflakes fall, and return again as raindrops so that flowers can grow. MacLachlan and Kellogg, who are longtime friends, were moved to collaborate on a message of hope for children and their families following the tragic events in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, on December 14, 2012. Kellogg lived in Sandy Hook for thirty-five years—he raised his family there and was an active member of the community. With Snowflakes Fall, they have created a truly inspiring picture book that is both a celebration of life and a tribute to the qualities that make each individual unique. In honor of the community of Sandy Hook and Newtown, Random House, the publisher of Snowflakes Fall, has made a donation to the Sandy Hook School Support Fund. Random House is also donating 25,000 new books to the national literacy organization First Book in the community’s honor and in support of children everywhere. From the Hardcover edition.
Friendship, horses and adventure in an Australian country town combine in this collection of four full-colour Bonnie and Sam stories for young readers. Created by two of Australia's bestselling storytellers and illustrators.
Author: C. L. Barnett
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Brayden Rider is a brave kid who lives in a small village in the heart of the medieval age. Though his father has disappeared, his life is busy, if a bit uneventful. One night, his village is attacked; someone is after him, though who or why he doesn't know. His mother sends him to the great castle, where he lives secure behind its walls as a page. There, he makes new friends and learns his father is none other than the treasure master of the Templar Knights, discovering there are secrets he possesses some will stop at nothing to find. Brayden sets out to discover the mystery of his father's disappearance, experiencing adventure (jousts and tournaments) while facing danger beneath the castle that threatens to destroy everything, and everyone, he has ever known.
Beneath the waves, in the hidden depths of a secret sea, lived the mermaids. They lived where magic and mystery danced together and where no human could disturb them. There were songs that only they could sing. There were secrets only they could know. There were whispers only they could hear. And there were stories that only they could tell: The Mermaid Legends of Sapphire Sea. When Merina finds an unusual, sparkling starfish in Sapphire Sea, she takes it to show her Nana. Nana tells her how the starfish came to Sapphire Sea, in the first ‘Mermaid Legends’ book: Estella and the Falling Star. This book is the story of a stargazing mermaid called Estella who longs for the brightness of the beautiful stars. When the magical Wish Fish appears in Sapphire Sea, Estella is desperate to find it and have her wish granted. But things are not straightforward. Estella has to race to find the fish first, and the fearsome Shadow-Shark is threatening the safety of Sapphire Sea.... Adventure, fantasy and friendship are bound together in this charming and magical tale for young readers. Estella and the Falling Star is the first book in the ‘Mermaid Legend’ series, which explores the wondrous underwater world of the mermaids. Each book will focus on the legends the mermaids tell, offering an explanation of how something so marvellous came to be.
Author: James D. Klein, J. Michael Spector, Barbara L. Grabowski, Ileana de la Teja
This edition is not just a rehash of old, albeit classic and still important, stuff. Instead, it provides a fresh perspective on a topic of perennial interest for those working in the field that has been variously called training and development, human resource development, performance technology, and workplace learning and performance. The fresh perspective takes into consideration two additional instructor settings to the traditional facetoface environments that most instructors and trainers know that is, online and blended settings. These settings are, of course, becoming more critical as instruction moves beyond classroom settings to include virtual and combinations of classroom and other media delivery methods. The ibstpi instructor competencies match up well to Mapping the Future (Bernthal, Colteryahn, Davis, Naughton, Rothwell, & Wellins 2004), the current ASTD competency study of the field now known as Workplace Learning and Performance (WLP) and previously known as Training and Development (T&D). WLP is more than a new name for an old subject and represents a fundamental paradigm shift in what it means to be a professional in the field formerly known as training. WLP is all about getting improved performance and therefore improved results in organizational settings through planned and unplanned learning interventions. Instruction is thus a means to an end and not an end in itself. The ibstpi instructor competencies dovetail well with that philosophy.
Uncle John to the Rescue
Author: John Jeffers
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd
This is a story of an exciting adventure. Of three children enjoying a game of pooh sticks and then finding them-selves in need of rescuing a baby deer. To do so, the children have to face a series of set-backs and disappointments before Uncle John steps into help them. Interwoven in the story are some delightful snippets of wood-lore and several wonderful messages about the importance of never giving up. Even when life is not going your way, there is always hope, things can and will only get better.
Author: Igor V. Domaradskij
Publisher: Prometheus Books
This extraordinary memoir by a leading Russian scientist who worked for decades at the nerve center of the top-secret Biopreparat offers a chilling look into the biological weapons program of the former Soviet Union, vestiges of which still exist today in the Russian Federal Republic. Igor Domaradskij calls himself an inconvenient man: a dedicated scientist but a nonconformist who was often in conflict with government and military apparatchiks. In this book he reveals the deadly nature of the research he participated in for almost fifteen years.From 1950 till 1973, Domaradskij played an increasingly important role as a specialist in the area of epidemic bacterial infections. He was largely responsible for an effective system of plague control within the former USSR, which prevented mass outbreaks of rodent-born diseases. But after twenty-three years of making significant scientific contributions, his work was suddenly redirected.Under pressure from the Soviet military he helped design, create, and direct Biopreparat, the goal of which was to develop new types of biological weapons. From the inception of this highly secret venture Domaradskij openly expressed his skepticism and criticized it as a risky gamble and a serious error by the government. Eventually his critical attitude forced him out of the communist party, and finally cost him the opportunity of continuing his scientific work.Domaradskij goes into great detail about the secrecy, intrigue, and the bureaucratic maze that enveloped the Biopreparat scientists, making them feel like helpless pawns. What stands out in his account is the hasty, patchwork nature of the Soviet effort in bioweaponry. Far from being a smooth-running, terrifying monolith, this was an enterprise cobbled together out of the conflicts and contretemps of squabbling party bureaucrats, military know-nothings, and restless, ambitious scientists. In some ways the inefficiency and lack of accountability in this system make it all the more frightening as a worldwide threat. For today its dimensions are still not fully known, nor is it certain that any one group is completely in control of the proliferation of this lethal weaponry.Biowarrior is disturbing but necessary reading for anyone wishing to understand the nature and dimensions of the biological threat in an era of international terrorism.Igor V. Domaradskij (Moscow, Russia) is chief research fellow of the Moscow Gabrichevsky G. N. Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology; a member of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Russia; and the author of fourteen books on microbiology, biochemistry, and immunology. Wendy Orent (Atlanta, GA) is a freelance writer and ethnologist.
The Crazy Adventures of the Silly Six, a sequel to The Amazing Adventures of the Silly Six, tells the story of Angus McMonty, a snake who is really a softie, Felicity, the very upmarket dog, Suzi, the almost sensible cat, Percy, the timid parrot, Nasher, the fearless hamster, and slightly quirky Mole. The gang, who live in the Kittiwake suburb of the Scottish city of Fishwell, get into all sorts of trouble and mischief. It is aimed at a wide audience of youngsters in the 5-12 age range. These are The Crazy Adventures of the Silly Six.
Through the shifting prisms of democracy, intervention, and human rights, Bouvier and her contributors analyze the impact of globalization on U.S.-Latin American relations. They address the changing nature of and responses to U.S. interventions, the links between democracy at home and abroad, and the growing consensus around human rights issues and norms.
Hiya everyone! My name is Leon, a very curious possum from Australia. That's me on the tree stump. It's very nice to meet you. I have always dreamt of going on a BIG Adventure to all the places my Grandma Nanunci has told me about in her stories. I know I am small and young like you, and shouldn't be going out on my own...especially, on a BIG Adventure. Well, guess what? I am not on my own, and neither are you! We all have our new CREATURMAL FRIENDS! In this first book, MAKING FRIENDS: Leon's BIG Adventure, you will meet some of your new CREATURMAL FRIENDS: Peter Perfect, the Pengaroo, Bomber, the Womduck, Junior, the Kowl, Boo, the Lady Butter Beetle and many, many more! And did you know scientists are discovering new animals from all over the world that we never knew existed? It's true! Just recently in South America and Africa and all over! Just wait until you meet your new CREATURMAL FRIENDS in all the CREATURMALS ADVENTURE SERIES books! Author: Leanne Hill Creaturmals is also a BIG supporter of the "Make-a-Wish Foundation" A donation from the sale of every book goes toward worthy children's programs and research.
Author: Andrew Simonian
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
"George was a straight little monkey but always very... curious. One day George saw a man. He had on a sassy purple beret. And George got excited, despite himself." And so begins the saga of Bi-Curious George. People of all ages and predilections will love this hilariously clever parody of one of the most beloved classic children's books of all time. Just don't read it to your kids.
The Shark in the Park
Author: Mark Watson, Pablo Michau
The Shark in the Park by Mark Watson and Pablo Michau ""Highly original, imaginative and thrilling."" ""The best illustrated children's book of 2014, hands down."" ""An old, old monster in a supposedly safe environment, one familiar to all. A walk in the park will never be the same again." " ""A hit! A brave and brilliant hit! An immediate children's classic." " The air is misty, bright and cool, the morning Michael walks to school. At the boundary of the park he waits, nervously he hesitates. The day warms up, the sun shines down and Mike walks on, into town. Gnarly branches, crook and tight, curl around the ghostly light. Suddenly he freezes, weak at the knees, what is that swimming beneath the trees? Terrifying, funny, thrilling! This new, beautifully illustrated children's book is available in paperback and digital versions. The Kindle version includes links to exclusive interactive content. Hear 7-time Emmy award winner, ABC News correspondent, and currently the host of Primetime: "What Would You Do?," John Quinones read "The Shark in the Park" on youtube here... http: //goo.gl/WXPCi0 Enjoy, and remember, it's just a story."