Novelty Books and CDs

A Farmer's Life + QR Code

A Farmer's Life + QR Code

by Jan Dobbins
illustrated by Laura Huliska-Beith, sung by The Flannery Brothers

Ref: 13154

"1, 2, 3, it's a farmer's life for me!" A group of children muck out on a farm collecting eggs, counting lambs, picking cherries and raking hay. "Upbeat, jovial text" (EY Adviser, LL reviewer); "great to see girls and women farming & male farmer baking" (LL staff). Great outdoors rhyming fun, backnotes on working farms and a watch and sing along CD. Age 3-6, Paperback + QR Code for audio and video, 22pp
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Busy Airport

Busy Airport

by Rebecca Finn

Ref: 12715

Rhyming action books with bits to push, pull, swing and turn! The perfect way for little hands to bring familiar environments to life. 'All the children enjoyed this in the book corner!' (Nursery Worker, LL reviewer). Age Birth-3 Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Beach

Busy Beach

Ref: 16482

The best in boadbook push, pull and slide technology! Introduces toddlers to a lively seaside world of beach balls, rock pool hunts, sandcastles and drippy ice creams-in-a-cone. Rhyming text, speech bubbles and a buzzy bee on every page. Age Birth-2, Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Bookshop

Busy Bookshop

by Rebecca Finn

Ref: 14993

"Cloth books, bath books, books with wheels. Pop-up books that make you squeal!" A rhyming celebration of a child-friendly bookshop which even stages a Three Little Piggies book reading. A lovely addition to this popular, interactive series- in this one, sturdy tabs can be pushed, pulled and spun! (Multicultural). 'Love the attention to detail. It's about BOOKS, so YES!' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, Letterbox reviewer). See Busy Builders in the same series. Age 1-3, Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Builders

Busy Builders

by Rebecca Finn

Ref: 14994

"Up the ladder, bring some bricks! Time to paint and lift and fix!" A rhyming introduction to a bright and busy building site, complete with wrecking ball. Brilliantly sturdy tabs which push, pull and slide, animate this lively workplace. Women and men are both involved in heavy lifting; multicultural. 'Love this series of books' (Maggie, EY Advisory Teacher, Letterbox reviewer). See Busy Bookshop in the same series. Age 1-3, Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Day: Astronaut

Busy Day: Astronaut

by Dan Green

Ref: 16479

An action play book with some very energetic flap action! Follow one very busy astronaut as she puts on her space suit, blasts off to the space station, has a good float about, goes out on a space walk, carries out some essential engineering work and, finally, drives her moon buggy back to space HQ and her zip-down sleeping bag for a well deserved snooze. 'A lovely start to a discussion on space travel' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). Age 2-5, Boardbook 12pp
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Busy Friends

Busy Friends

Ref: 16335

Sharing toys and laughter, giving kindness and comfort- a satisfying little toddler introduction to being a 'good' friend. Sturdy boardbook with push, pull and slide devices and little speech bubbles to guide a young reader through. Great to see entirely non-gendered activities amongst both the children- and the adults! Age 1-3, Boardbook 8pp
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Busy Vet

Busy Vet

Ref: 17076

There's a rabbit to be jabbed, a plump dog in need of a new regime and a broken kitty bone to fix. All in a day's work at a busy vet's surgery! Chatty interactive text. Typical of the 'Busy' Campbell/Macmillan series, the push. Pull and slide features are sturdy and functional. Age 1-3, Boardbook 8pp
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Dinosaur Rap

Dinosaur Rap

by John Foster, sung by Mikey Henry Jr.
illustrated by Debbie Harter

Ref: 15891

"There's a Saltopus strutting, swaying to the beat / Hoping and bopping and taping his feet". With a repeated chorus to join in with- "Come on everybody, shake a claw!"- this will be a real pleasure for dinosaur fans. Strong rhythms and rhymes, bright and swishy illustrations, a CD with animations and dino sing-alongs, a brilliant 'Who's Who' of dinosaurs on the backpages and a detailed, illustrated guide to the ages of the dinosaurs, from the Triassic era right up until the current, Quarternary era. Add to this a representative group of children- including a child with a hearing aid and one with a walking (or should that be boogie?!) frame- who step up to the beat in dino-matching costumes and you have Dino Love as a complete, child-friendly, package. 'Lovely, bright illustrations, lots of movements, CD with roars to dance to, inclusive disability images. Yes!' (Maggie, Former Early Years Adviser, LL reviewer). Age 4-7, Paperback 30pp
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Knick Knack Paddy Whack (+ Music/Animation CD)

Knick Knack Paddy Whack (+ Music/Animation CD)

sung by Steve Songs
illustrated by Christiane Engel

Ref: 11850

A bright, multicultural version of a classic, now with video animation! 'A lovely book...The children have moved, clapped, tapped and played instruments along with the CD' (Preschool Staff, LL reviewer). Age 2-5, Paperback + CD 22pp
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Looking Good!

Looking Good!

Ref: 16606

All about me!! "Bush baby has big eyes. So do I! Lizard has little fingers and toes. So do I!" Toddlers and babies (with a range of skin tones) compare themselves to a range of exciting wildlife creatures. Generous flaps to lift and a there's a particularly lovely stripy dotty lizard. Age Birth to 3, Boardbook 10pp
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Lulu Loves the Library (+ Multi-Language CD)

Lulu Loves the Library (+ Multi-Language CD)

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Ref: 11621

'I love this book and I want all library staff to have one!!' (Early Years Librarian). We couldn't agree more. Follow Lulu on her special weekly library trip. A bright narrative and sumptuous illustrations make this a real joy for book lovers everywhere. Now with a unique story CD read by the author's library group- in 19 different languages! Gorgeous. Age 2-5, Hardback + CD, 22pp
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Lulu Loves Stories (+ Multi-Language CD)

Lulu Loves Stories (+ Multi-Language CD)

by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

Ref: 11622

The irrepressible Lulu returns in another book-loving story, superbly illustrated by the superb Beardshaw. There is plenty here- Dad as primary carer and a girl who can switch between fairy and DIY expert effortlessly! Age 2-5, Paperback + CD 21pp
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Making Tracks: Farm

Making Tracks: Farm

Ref: 16238

Now there's a smart, little boardbook series! Thick die cut tracks encourage toddlers to run a podgy finger along the grooves, try and guess who made the tracks and then lift the flap to reveal the culprit! Here, on a busy farm, hoof prints lead to ... Camilla the Cow; tyre tracks lead to...Daima driving her tractor! An Ingenious design ideal for developing observation and prediction skills. (Includes image of a disabled pony rider with an adapted saddle). Age Birth-2. Boardbook 10pp
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First Explorers: My Body

First Explorers: My Body

Ref: 16332

A brief but clever, Science-Museum-endorsed, introduction to the body with diagrams, facts/questions highlights (with special symbols) and push, pull and slide tabs. Introduces body parts, our squidgy brains, pumping hearts, good nutrition and hygine and includes a great basic diagram of a body with and without the skin! (A sliding tab reveals a skeletal frame). Age 2-5, Boardbook 8pp
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Outdoor Opposites

Outdoor Opposites

by Brenda Williams
illustrated by Rachel Oldfield, sung by The Flannery Brothers

Ref: 13858

Standing/sitting, smiling/frowning, high/low, whisper/shout, shrink/grow! A fun collection of opposites are explored, including some less obvious candidates. All are demonstrated by a happy band of children enjoying the great outdoors. Activities include picnicking, tree climbing, tadpole catching, camping and fireside sausage sizzling. By the by, these outdoor adventurers include, unusually for picture book representations, a (S.E.Asian) child with a shortened arm. Comes with the addition of publisher Barefoot's trademark 'watch and sing-along' CD with video animations, simple lyrics and a catchy tune. Age 2-5 Paperback + CD/Video 31pp
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Play Time, Puppy!

Play Time, Puppy!

Ref: 15893

Tunes in perfectly to toddlers' love of chatting to their toys! Children can manipulate the (sturdily) attached finger puppy puppet while interacting with a rhyming, conversational text and a mini-journey with trucks and trains and building blocks. 'Another fun Child's Play book with plenty of opportunity to talk about what's happening and have fun with the finger puppet' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer). Great fun (we loved the Black doll' passenger' too). [East Asian protagonist]. Age Birth to 2, Boardbook (+ attached puppet) 8pp
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Rosie Revere's Big Project Book For Bold Engineers

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book For Bold Engineers

by Andrea Beaty
illustrated by David Roberts

Ref: 14589

Do you like to make things? Dream up gadgets to improve your life and the lives of others? Then you'll enjoy this fantastic project book which has up to 40 things to create and invent! Alongside superbly geeky information -such as different kinds of engineering, basic machinery- there are tips for designing machines which turns "thingies" into "gizmos", instructions for making a basic solar oven (using cookie dough and foil) as well as a catapult perfectly attuned to marshmallow-flinging. Scattered throughout there are also 'Real-World Problems' for budding engineers opt consider such as how we can save more water and how to harness wind/sun energy to cook with. Age 4-8, Paperback activity book 93pp
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What Are Germs? (Lift-the-Flap)

What Are Germs? (Lift-the-Flap)

by Katie Daynes
illustrated by Marta lvarez Miguns

Ref: 16628

What are germs? Where do they live? How do they spread? How can I stop them in their tracks?! Packed with genuinely useful and practical and, sometimes even, fascinating germ information. Science and maths nuggets included (1 germ splits into 2 into 4...) And, surely most importantly of all, a generous spread of flaps to lift! Written with advice from Public Health England. Age 2-5, Boardbook 12pp
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What Are Stars? (Lift-the-Flap)

What Are Stars? (Lift-the-Flap)

by Katie Daynes
illustrated by Marta lvarez Miguns

Ref: 16631

Stars are pointy shapes, circles of light, fiery balls. They're impossible to visit (not even in a super whizzy rocket), there are billions of them and they make lovely night sky patterns! Full of descriptions and facts and figures, the perfect early years STEM book for enquiring minds. Age 2-5, Boardbook 12pp
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What a Wonderful World + Music CD

What a Wonderful World + Music CD

based on the song by B. Thiele & G. D. Weiss, as sung by Louis Armstrong
illustrated by Tim Hopgood

Ref: 15070

Based on the lyrics of the song made world-famous by Louis Armstrong. A child basks in the delights of the natural world and wonders at the magic of humanity. The illustrator was inspired to do this book by a memory of learning the song while he was at school. Comes with a CD with the song performed by Armstrong himself. 'What a joyful and beautifully illustrated book' (Carey, Childminder, Letterbox Library reviewer.) Age 2-7, Paperback + CD 28pp
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Wheels at Work: Construction

Wheels at Work: Construction

Ref: 15076

Concrete mixers, bulldozers, crane lorries, diggers and tippers! Lift the robust, fold-out, flaps to reveal the tasks carried out by each of these huge machines. Unusually, both men and women get to go in the drivers' seats. 'Sturdy book with flaps which extend the story/information. Introduces simple vocabulary of various vehicles. Attractive cover' (Maggie, Former Early Years Adviser, Letterbox Libary reviewer.) Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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Wheels at Work: Farm

Wheels at Work: Farm

Ref: 15080

A tractor, horse box, bale lifter, quad bike and four wheel drive- driven by both men and women. Fold out the hard-wearing flaps to see these vehicles carrying out essential farm tasks like collecting cabbages, moving chickens around... Good diversity of male and female characters, different ethnicities... Nice big flaps and simple statements' (Meryl, EY Consultant & Trainer, Letterbox Library reviewer). [Includes a driver with a hearing aid and one with a facial mark]. Age 1-3, Boardbook 10pp
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