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Initial inspiration for this story came from a little book Maxwell Eaton III created for an elementary school Spanish class. Denied a pet goat in hischildhood, Maxwell intends to incorporate one into future Max and Pinky adventures. Paperback —. Add to Cart. About The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Hot Air Baboons In the fifth adventure of this popular young graphic-novel series perfect for fans of Captain Underpants and the Lunch Lady series, our bucktoothed heroes are up against a band of baboon bandits.

Also in The Flying Beaver Brothers. Product Details. Inspired by Your Browsing History. The Night Before Christmas. Roger Duvoisin and Clement C. Hip-Pocket Papa. Sandra Markle. Family Pack. The Long Ride. Marina Budhos. Llama Llama Misses Mama. Anna Dewdney. Ashley Evanson. Lisa Rogers. How to Code a Rollercoaster. Julie Leung. Fun, Fun, Fun! Derek Anderson. King Mouse. I Want a Dog. Celebrate the joy of books and reading with this special anniversary edition of Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, featuring the much-loved original story plus additional bonus content.

Charlie Cook is reading a book about a pirate captain, who is reading a book about Goldilocks, who is reading about a knight, who is reading about a frog. From kings and queens to aliens and ghosts, there's something for everyone in Charlie's amazing book of adventure! Charlie Cook's Favourite Book 15th Anniversary Edition features the classic story by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo, as well extra-special additional content to celebrate the anniversary year. Packed with games, activities and over four hundred stickers, The Snail and the Whale Sticker Book is a great gift for any child - ideal for journeys, rainy days and holidays.

Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and through sun, snow and stormy seas. Follow them on their adventures in this fun sticker activity book, based on the bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. This book is packed with: colouring-in, stickers, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes, simple word searches, So, there's plenty to keep ZOG fans busy for hours. A short, illustrated play set in ancient Rome, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic, The Gruffalo.

Arthur Godbold discovers a bronze head of the Roman Emperor Claudius. As he tries to figure out how the head ended up in a Suffolk river, the dramatic story of the Roman invasion of Britain unfolds in front of his very own eyes. Emperor Claudius, British Queen Boudicca, ordinary Roman soldiers and British slave girls all appear in this exciting play, providing a variety of opportunities for KS2 classes to explore both historical and literary topics in an involving and creative setting.

A short illustrated play set in World War Two, perfect for class reading as well as performance, written by Julia Donaldson, author of the modern classic The Gruffalo. Perfect for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day in World War Two has been declared and the Chiver's children are sent to the safety of the countryside. They are delighted to be brought back home when it looks like the Germans aren't going to invade after all.

But the air-raid siren goes off and this time it's frighteningly real. This dramatic and touching play brings Manchester during the Second World War and its people to life, and provides a variety of opportunities for school classes to explore both historical and literacy topics in an involving and creative setting. Also includes helpful tips on staging and costume. Meet the Flying Doctors: Princess Pearl, Sir Gadabout and, of course, their trusty 'air ambulance', Zog the dragon, as they fly around the country, tending to a sunburnt mermaid, a distressed unicorn, and even a sneezy lion.

This Early Reader edition contains the complete classic story and pictures, in a pocket-book format, and with an extra-clear font and layout, to support children who are gaining confidence in reading. Julia Donaldson tells the tale of the misfortunate characters Bonny and Sandy, who are forever arguing. One day a little man comes to stay, and it looks as though their luck has changed.

Pages contain a flow chart, giving the opportunity to summarise and discuss the events of the story. Ideas for Guided Reading in the back of the book provide practical support and stimulating activities. This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery. This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader. With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes twelve fun stories with colourful illustrations. There are eight Songbirds story collections for you to enjoy.

Featuring much-loved characters, great authors, engaging storylines and fun activities, Read with Oxford offers an exciting range of carefully levelled reading books to build your child's reading confidence. Find practical advice, free eBooks and fun activities to help your child progress on oxfordowl. Let's get them flying! A delightful tale of adventure and friendship by the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. The Snail and the Whale Festive Edition features the classic story with a beautiful snowy festive cover - perfect for reading together at Christmas.

But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail's big plan that saves the day! Who's that singing on the savannah? It's the top-five ugly animals in Africa! The wildebeest, warthog, vulture, hyena and marabou stork swagger proudly across the savannah, rejoicing in their ugliness - and delighting their babies, who think they're perfect just the way they are. Inspired by the real-life Ugly Five safari animals, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's gorgeous picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved.

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The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life. With a focus on building phonics skills, this collection includes seven fun stories with colourful illustrations. It is ideal for children who are developing early reading skills. Read about the Trunk and the Skunk, find out why Gran is so cross and discover how Ron Rabbit makes a rocket! Tips for reading together explain the letter patterns that each story focuses on and identify any words children may find tricky, helping you to get the most out of the collection.

The Snail and the Whale is a delightful tale of adventure and friendship by the unparalleled partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. There's a commotion in the classroom as Goat and the other animals spend the day at playgroup. The musical instruments and the dressing up box are lots of fun, but - oh dear!

Even the smallest toddler will enjoy the wonderfully silly animal antics in this book -- the ideal story for any child starting at, or already attending, a playgroup or nursery.

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Trademark Julia Donaldson rhymes and rhythms are perfect to read aloud, and Nick Sharratt's mischievous and funny illustrations make the bright and playful Goat Goes to Playgroup a sure winner. Just right for toddlers! This special 15th anniversary edition of the bestselling modern classic The Gruffalo's Child is a must-have for all Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler fans. The Gruffalo's Child 15th Anniversary Edition features a wrap-around snowy wood play scene and press-out characters for an interactive reading experience, plus additional book content including material from author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo's Child Song and tips for putting on a Gruffalo's Child show!

The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist. The Gruffalo's Child is the number one bestselling, much-loved sequel to the worldwide picture book phenomenon that is The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson's trademark rhyming text and Axel Scheffler's brilliant, characterful illustrations combine once more to ensure that the Gruffalo's Child has followed firmly in her father's footsteps and that her story is one that children will ask for again, and again.

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A special gift for young Gruffalo fans, this beautiful foiled slipcase contains board book editions of the classic stories, The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child - perfect for celebrating twenty years of everyone's favourite character. These two bestselling modern classics, from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, are brought together in a beautiful slipcase edition with foil detailing, making The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Board Book Slipcase the perfect gift for Gruffalo fans, big and small!

In The Gruffalo, wander into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake. Then join the brave Gruffalo's child one wild and windy night as she ventures out into the snow on a night-time adventure in The Gruffalo's Child. A truly stunning gift to treasure, this limited edition set brings together the classic stories The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child in a beautiful foiled case with exquisite cut-out detailing of the deep dark wood.

The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child Gift Slipcase includes the two bestselling modern classics as special hardback editions, printed on thick cream paper with new covers and gold and silver foil detailing. This ultimate gift edition of these beloved stories is a must-have for fans of the Gruffalo, big and small, and the perfect way to celebrate twenty years of everyone's favourite character from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Join the Gruffalo's Child on a snowy adventure through the deep dark wood with this fun sticker book, packed full of activities, games and over stickers! Based on the bestselling classic picture book, The Gruffalo's Child, from the unparalleled picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Gruffalo's Child Sticker Book is perfect for rainy days, holidays and journeys, or a great gift for birthdays or Christmas! Plan a wonderful, witchy party with The Room on the Broom Party Book, perfect for themed birthday and Halloween parties! Based on the bestselling picture book, Room on the Broom, by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, The Room on the Broom Party Book is filled with lots of magical games and activities such as a witch's treasure hunt, broomstick games, magic bog slime and more!

Also included are invitations and spooky decorations, recipes for tasty party food, and instructions for making your very own witch's cauldron pinata - plus the Room on the Broom Song, jokes and over stickers. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and a glittery ladybird plush toy, What the Ladybird Heard Book and Toy Gift Set is the perfect gift for Christmas! The ladybird said never a word. But the ladybird saw, And the ladybird heard. Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are two crafty robbers with a cunning plan to steal the farmer's fine prize cow.

But little do they know that the tiniest, quietest creature of all has overhead their plot, and she has a plan of her own. Enjoy this fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks with this fabulous book and toy gift set. Included is a mini gift hardback edition of the bestselling classic picture book, What the Ladybird Heard, with a gorgeously glittery cover and a ladybird soft toy - perfect to cuddle whilst reading! The perfect gift for fans of Room on the Broom! Press the page to make Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's classic tale come alive with 12 magical sounds.

Listen to the witch cackle and the cat purr. Hear the tap of the witch's wand and the whoosh of her broomstick in this interactive story sound book. The ideal gift for all fans of Room on the Broom, it is also the perfect introduction to this family favourite and a great way to celebrate Room on the Broom Day this Halloween. The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, hair bow and wand.

Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before. It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals need to think fast. A brilliantly funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo. Created by star pairing Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, the Gruffalo is a familiar and much-loved figure in nurseries, schools and homes everywhere.

Now he returns in his very own song to offer truly monster music sessions! As well as being the UK's most successful picture book author, Julia Donaldson is a gifted songwriter for children, and this volume contains ten of her best-loved songs, sung by the author herself. These include The Gruffalo, A Squash and a Squeeze, and Monkey Puzzle, as well as fun-filled action songs and energetic cumulative songs. Each score includes piano accompaniment and guitar chords. The songs will be familiar to anyone who has enjoyed one of Julia's hugely popular live performances.

Join Fox, Pig, Rabbit, Bear and all their animal friends in this beautiful gift edition of the bestselling Tales from Acorn Wood stories. Help Fox to find his missing socks, join Bear as he posts letters to his friends, help tired Rabbit go to sleep and play hide-and-seek with Pig and her friends in this collection of four fun and interactive lift-the-flap stories, publishing together for the first time in this beautiful large format gift edition. With sturdy flaps on every spread and rhyming stories that are a joy to read aloud, the Tales from Acorn Wood Treasury is the perfect gift for toddlers everywhere.

A glittering magical adventure about a girl, a bear and some very special shoes from the bestselling creators of What the Ladybird Heard and Sugarlump and the Unicorn. This paperback and CD edition features a charming reading of the story by Noma Dumezweni.

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When Josephine leaves the shoe shop after buying some new running shoes, she hears an unusual sound - Click-click! A bear with a backpack is following her! Luckily for Josephine, her new shoes are anything but ordinary - these are magic shoes. But can they help her escape the bear when there's a mountain, a bog and even a lake in her way?

Full of action and imagination, and with a delightfully unexpected ending, this gorgeously glittery book is one to enjoy over and over again. This paperback and CD edition features an exciting reading of the story by Noma Dumezweni. Packed full of sticker scenes, puzzles, games and over stickers, The Singing Mermaid Sticker Book is ideal for mermaid fans and perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Based on the bestselling picture book by the unstoppable creative team of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, who also created the modern classic What the Ladybird Heard series.

Join the Singing Mermaid as she tries to escape from the circus and return to the freedom of her ocean home. The crowds love her voice, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner, Sam Sly. The mermaid will need the help of all her circus friends to get back home to the sea.

Packed with sticker scenes, puzzles, games and over stickers, Sugarlump and the Unicorn Sticker Book is ideal for unicorn lovers and perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child. Join a beautiful unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes as she grants a rocking horse's wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump the rocking horse learns to be careful what he wishes for.

Luckily the unicorn has one more wish to grant. Celebrate ten years of farmyard fun with this special anniversary edition of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks' bestselling picture book What the Ladybird Heard And the ladybird said never a word. When the ladybird overhears Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len planning to steal the farmer's fine prize cow, it's up to her - the smallest, quietest creature on the farm - to stop the thieves.

This rhyming farmyard adventure features two bungling robbers, one clever little ladybird - and lots of animal noises! With bright, distinctive artwork and glitter on every page, this special edition of the family-favourite story also features bonus material, including a letter from author Julia Donaldson and never-before-seen pictures from the illustrator Lydia Monks' sketchbook. Packed with over stickers, colouring-in pages, dot-to-dots, puzzles, spot the difference, mazes, simple word searches, there's plenty to keep little hands busy for hours. Tabby McTat was a busker's cat With a miaow that was loud and strong.

The two of them sang of this and that, And people threw coins in the old checked hat Fred, the busker, and his cat, Tabby McTat, are purr-fectly happy, singing together all day long. But when Fred gives chase to a thief, the two are separated. Will they ever find each other again? A heart-warming story of friendship, loyalty - and kittens! The What the Ladybird Heard Cookbook is packed full of sweet treats, healthy snacks and simple meals - all based on the three bestselling What the Ladybird Heard picture books by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks.

Make your own ladybird pizzas, vegetable patch pies, fine prize cowpat cookies and a showstopping ladybird celebration cake. With twenty-four recipes specially designed for adults to use with children, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of hints and tips on what to do next, The What the Ladybird Heard Cookbook is a great way to introduce children to cooking and baking. Packed full of farmyard-inspired recipes, this cookery book is perfect for picnics, packed lunches and parties!

A deliciously funny cooking adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, with a brilliant reading of the story by Alexander Armstrong. There once was a very hungry king Who needed a cook like anything. Then he spots Wobbly Bob.

Maybe Bob can whip up his favourite dinner? But how will Bob be able to cook for the king when he's scared of. Discover how the hungry king helps Wobbly Bob face his fears on a cooking adventure across the land and sea. The Cook and the King is a brilliantly funny story from the award-winning picture book duo Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, creators of Tyrannosaurus Drip. With fun rhyming verse and richly detailed illustrations, this is sure to become a firm favourite with children and adults alike. This picture book and CD edition features a fantastic reading of the story by Alexander Armstrong.

A brilliantly funny story all about celebrating difference, from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts - perfect for young dinosaur fans everywhere! Everyone knows that tyrannosauruses are big and scary, so when a placid duckbill dinosaur's egg ends up in the wrong nest, confusion is sure to ensue!


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When the baby dinosaur hatches out, he's so out of place that his grisly big sisters call him Tyrannosaurus Drip. Poor little Drip: all he wants is a quiet life munching on water weed. Tyrannosaurus Drip is a fantastic rhyming adventure story from Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo, with wonderfully funny illustrations from award-winning illustrator David Roberts.

This roar-tastic book all about celebrating difference is sure to become a firm favourite with young dinosaur fans. This picture book and CD edition features a wonderful reading of the story by Imelda Staunton. Set sail with Jack for an adventure on the high seas in this wondrous story from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, featuring an audio CD of the story read by David Tennant.

Jack's Granny is sick with a bad case of the moozles! And the only cure is the fruit of the flumflum tree which grows on the faraway Isle of Blowyernose. It's a perilous journey, but Jack bravely sets sail with a motley crew of three and a large patchwork sack that Granny has filled with an odd assortment of items from chewing gum to tent pegs.

But what use will they be against hungry sharks, a leaky boat and a thieving monkey? Jack and the Flumflum Tree is a fantastic, action-packed rhyming adventure from Julia Donaldson, bestselling author of The Gruffalo, with richly detailed illustrations from award-winning illustrator David Roberts. This paperback and CD edition features a fantastic reading of the story by David Tennant. A laugh-out-loud pirate adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, with a fantastic reading of the story by Alex Jennings.

The Troll longs for a juicy goat to eat - but he's stuck with boring old fish for supper. Meanwhile, Hank Chief and his pirate crew love fish, but without a decent recipe their slimy, soggy dinner is even worse. If only they could find their buried treasure and pay for a ship's cook. Watch the fun unfold as two very different worlds collide in The Troll, a gloriously comic story from Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, the creators of the highly acclaimed Tyrannosaurus Drip. This paperback and CD edition features an exciting reading of the story by Alex Jennings.

A fantastic bathtime adventure from the stellar picture-book partnership of Julia Donaldson and David Roberts, with an exciting ready of the story by Justin Fletcher. When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath!

From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they're always home for the children's bathtime at the end of the day. With simple rhyming speech-bubble text from bestselling author Julia Donaldson, The Flying Bath is great to read aloud and perfect for developing reading confidence.

This playful and adventurous story is brought to life by the richly detailed, sumptuous artwork of award-winning illustrator David Roberts, completing this irresistible book for young readers. This paperback and CD edition features an audio reading of the story by Justin Fletcher. Calling all seaside explorers! Learn all about the natural world of the coast with spotter guides, activities, crafts and fun facts about the seaside and the animals that live there - plus over stickers! Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's bestselling picture book, The Snail and the Whale, this colourful trail book is a perfect way for even the youngest nature lovers to explore the fascinating world of the seaside.

The Snail and the Whale Seaside Trail is a small handy size, perfect for trips to the seaside, with plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained either at the seaside or at home. This exciting trail book encourages children to stop, look, listen and learn about nature at the seaside in a way that's accessible and fun, with activities that link into the Early Years Foundation Stage EYFS of the curriculum. The Rhyming Rabbit loves to make up entertaining poems, inspired by everything he sees, but the other rabbits don't appreciate his talent for rhyme.

Sad and lonely, the Rhyming Rabbit sets off one starry night all on his own - will he ever find someone to share his poems with? With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is a delight to read aloud. Based on the bestselling picture book by unstoppable picture book pairing Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, the What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday Sticker Book is perfect for birthdays, rainy days and school holidays - a great gift for any child.

Join the clever little crime-busting ladybird on holiday in the city and help her stop two thieves from stealing the Queen's crown in this fun sticker book, packed with games, activities and over stickers. Featuring monkeys and other zoo animals, lots of dogs, the Queen in her palace - and of course, the quiet, clever little ladybird. The princess may try seven times to escape By changing her colour and changing her shape. But each time Princess Eliza changes - into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat - the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task.

Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake? With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is perfect for reading together. Once upon a farm lived a ladybird, And these are the things that she saw and heard Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble.

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They've been stealing eggs from the fat red hen, but now they're setting their sights higher and are planning to steal the fat red hen herself! Fortunately the quiet, clever ladybird is on their trail, and she and her farm animal friends have a plan of their own. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this fantastically funny farmyard caper from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard. With slapstick action, animal noises and a mysterious Snuggly Snerd bird, What the Ladybird Heard Next is a story you'll be reading over and over again.

When Crab finds a new shell, he doesn't want to share it with anyone - especially not a blobby purple anemone and a tickly bristleworm. But life in the rock pool proves tougher than Crab thinks and he soon finds he needs his new housemates. Sharing a Shell is a charming underwater tale of friendship and fun from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard.

With brilliant rhythmic verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this is a firm favourite with children and parents alike. Follow the adventures of Sugarlump the rocking horse and a magical unicorn in this delightful rhyming story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, creators of What the Ladybird Heard.

When Sugarlump the rocking horse longs to see the world, a magical unicorn with a silver horn and sparkling blue eyes grants his wish and turns him into a real horse. But after trotting around the farm, galloping around a racetrack and even dancing at the circus, Sugarlump learns to be careful what he wishes for. Sugarlump and the Unicorn is the perfect story for reading together, with brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover. It's a bear with a backpack! Imagine Ellen's surprise when Princess Mirror-Belle climbs out of the bathroom mirror!

She comes from a world where bubble fish swim in the bath, elves sleep in slippers, and brave knights fight fire-breathing dragons. And while Ellen has chicken pox, Mirror-Belle has dragon pox - but she knows just the cure. A fun story about an unexpected friendship, paired with bright and distinctive illustrations and gorgeously glittery cover, this story is perfect for reading together.

One fine day, in the middle of May, The ladybird went on holiday. Those two bad men, Lanky Len and Hefty Hugh, are back! They may be in the city instead of the farm, but they haven't changed their thieving ways. In fact, they're even more ambitious. They're planning to steal a monkey from the zoo and use it to pinch the Queen's crown.

It's a pity for them that a certain crime-busting ladybird is holidaying in the very same city. With a whole host of noisy zoo-animal characters to meet and even a cameo from the Queen, What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday, from stellar picture book partnership Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, is a sure-fire hit. Tempted by the promise of fame and fortune, the Singing Mermaid joins a circus.

The crowds love her, but the poor mermaid is kept in a tank by the wicked circus owner Sam Sly, and she soon longs to return to the freedom of her ocean home. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright and distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this story is loved by children and parents alike. What the Ladybird Heard is a fantastically funny story from the stellar picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. With brilliant rhyming verse, bright distinctive illustrations and a gorgeously glittery cover, this much-loved modern classic is perfect for reading aloud.

You're never too young to meet a Gruffalo! Turn the satisfyingly chunky board pages and look through the peep-holes to meet all your favourite characters from the deep dark wood. Perfect for tiny Gruffalo fans, Say Hello to the Gruffalo is part of a charming range of books specially created for babies featuring Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's iconic creation, the Gruffalo. Designed to appeal to even the youngest child, simple patterns and bright colours combine with Axel Scheffler's instantly recognizable artwork to keep babies entertained for hours. Join the Gruffalo as he explores the deep dark wood.

Dave helped me see the dangers of sloppy science. After working with him I realized to my astonishment that I respect the scientific method. It is an intellectual discipline that makes it possible to test ideas about the world we live in. My personal odyssey of coming to admire science has been boosted enormously by the way so many politicians have decided that science is their enemy.

The current occupant of the White House hates science. I dream of a time when science and its rigorous style of problem solving is respected again. If we are to make America great again, that would be a smart place to start. I sometimes think that I am a pretty strange person. We had a wonderful discussion about the stresses and universality of healing. He was a traditional healer, too, and they said he spoke very eloquently at funeral ceremonies,. Who knows things like this? It is the sort of music that just sticks with you. Look up the synopsis of the opera. It is the silliest thing imaginable.

I was a little too young to be a full-on Beatles fan. But that changed just a few years later when the Monkees hit the pop scene. Along with my friends, I papered by bedroom walls with Monkee posters, I watched their tv show religiously, I bought every single and album, I read every Tiger Beat and Teen Idol that I could get my hands on. In at the age of 11, I convinced by folks to let me go to their concert with some friends when they played St. Louis there was a chaperone with us.

It was the first pop concert I ever attended. Peter was my favorite Monkee. I am always attracted to the underdog. So I was sad earlier this week when I heard the news that he has passed away at the age of Not distraught but it somehow feels as if a stage of my life has passed as well. I must warn you all that I am really crabby! I slide through intersections and almost get stuck on the side streets on my way home.

We are friends with a guy who works for the city and who runs one of the snow plows. They try to let the warming temps melt the snow. If it turns to ice, so be it. At least they save the city money. When they do plow, they scrape everything in front of the driveway so we have to shovel to be able to get the vehicles out. It is maddening! One April about 25 years ago we had a terrible snow storm that dumped about a foot of snow.

Now I hear that another Arctic air mass will hit us on Sunday. Enough, already!!