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Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party

The iconic Buzzy Bee + new stories by award winning New Zealand author Joy Cowley – two new board books that will delight young children everywhere Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party It’s Buzzy Bee’s birthday and he’s having a party! He needs balloons, party hats and jelly. But how many does he need ? Help Buzzy Bee count Buzzy Bee’s Birthday Party …

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Little Bo Peep and More : Favourite Nursery Rhymes

What is New Zealand famous for? Sheep! What do little kids love? Nursery rhymes! Join the two together and you have Little Bo Peep and more…: four nursery rhymes about sheep, set in New Zealand. Here are ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’, ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’, ‘Little Bo Peep’ and ‘Little Boy Blue’ as you’ve never seen them, set on …

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The Last of the Spirits

Sam and Lizzie are freezing and hungry on the streets of Victorian London. When Sam asks a wealthy man for some coins, he is rudely turned away. Months of struggle suddenly find their focus, and Sam resolves to kill the man. Huddling in a graveyard for warmth, Sam and Lizzie are horrified to see the earth around one of the …

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Red Queen

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates …

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Love Always Everywhere

All you need is love! Any valentine will appreciate this joyful and inspirational book from the creators of Books Always Everywhere that celebrates love in its many forms. Whether quiet, loud, shy or proud, the lyrical text champions love for a faithful pet, a best friend, or simply your most favorite person in the whole world. Heart-warming and tender, with …

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Dinosaur Rocket – Penny Dale

No longer content with building, or zooming, or even rescuing, the dinosaurs now have their sights set on something much, much bigger…the MOON! Join our fearsome friends as they prepare for their cosmic journey: is the rocket all ready? Will the launch go smoothly? Can they make it to the moon? Another fast and furious adventure for anyone who loves …

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Russell Brands – Trickster Tales – The Pied Piper of Hamelin

First in his series of Trickster Tales, the author retells the classic children’s story The Pied Piper of Hamelin Trickster Tales – The Pied Piper of Hamelin Author: Russell Brands Illustrator: Chris Riddell ISBN: 9781476791890 General & Literary Fiction Published by: Allen & Unwin Paperback   ‘Once upon a time, a mysterious time that exists through a window in your …

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Mouse Mansion: Sam & Julia at the Circus

Join Sam and Julia on another adventure in the spectacular world of the Mouse Mansion. Sam and Julia live in a wonderful place called Mouse Mansion. Sam is SUPER shy and VERY well behaved, while Julia is SUPER curious and VERY stubborn. The two mice couldn’t be more different, but they are the best of friends. One summer holidays, Julia …

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Baby Days

Baby Days is the perfect collection for little children who are discovering a world of things they love to do. Bibs and Boots, Bumping and Bouncing, Crashing and Splashing, Happy and Sad. By the much-loved and bestselling picture-book creator Alison Lester, these four classic stories have delighted children and parents for many years. Baby Days Author: Alison Lester ISBN: 9781760111724 Picture …

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Hope in a Ballet Shoe

Orphaned by war, saved by ballet. Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince witnesses atrocities that no child ever should. Her father is killed by rebels and her mother dies of famine. Sent to an orphanage, Michaela is mistreated and she sees the brutal murder of her favourite teacher. But there is hope: the Harmattan wind blows a magazine …

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