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The Wanderer
Peter Van den Ende - Oct 06, 2020
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Without a word, van den Ende presents one little paper boat's journey across the ocean, past reefs and between icebergs, through schools of fish, swaying water plants, and terrifying sea monsters. The little boat is all alone, and while its aloneness gives it the chance to wonder at the fairy-tale world above and below the waves uninterrupted, that...
Simon Smith
Aug 25, 2020
It’s not often I’m totally blown away by a book. “The Wanderer” by #PeterVanDenEnde did just that. It is an utterly stunning wordless picturebook. It’s a story full of bravery, wonder, danger and imagination. Just Wow! Thanks @PushkinPress (out October 1st) #PictureBookPage     source
As You Wish
Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
Cary Elwes - Oct 04, 2016
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From actor Cary Elwes, who played the iconic role of Westley in The Princess Bride, comes a first-person account and behind-the-scenes look at the making of the cult classic film filled with never-before-told stories, exclusive photographs, and interviews with costars Robin Wright, Wallace Shawn, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, and Mandy Patinkin...
Simon Smith
Aug 22, 2020
@digitalmaverick Yes. Great book.     source
Three Squeezes
Jason Pratt - Aug 04, 2020
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When you could neither talk nor standlife’s hourglass still filled with sand,I gently held your tiny handand gave it three soft squeezes.When you awoke within the nightAnd cried from fear and called for light,I held you safe with all my mightand gave you three long squeezes.Follow a father and his son from babyhood to baseball games to graduation a...
Simon Smith
Aug 21, 2020
I don’t normally like books like this I often find them overly sentimental but “Three Squeezes” by Jason Pratt and Chris Sheban is just pure magic. It’s book about aging, time and being there in that most important relationship you have, the one with your child. #PicturebookPage     source
#Tumeke!
Michael Petherick - Jan 01, 2020
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An exuberant multimedia novel for young readers and the young at heart.Plans for the Newtoun community’s Waitangi Day celebrations are well under way. The Tape Orchestra’s practising like mad. Monty and Mr Steve Vibrant are designing a poster. Rishi’s trying to land Lil Yacht Shifty … and Ms Ropata’s juggling it all because everyone wants in. There...
Simon Smith
Aug 17, 2020
This book is just genius #Tumeke by Micheal Petherick. Is a fantastic story about a community in New Zealand, told through, Notice-boards, emails, text conversations. It made feel like a detective. It’s proper funny too. Thanks for recommending this @SwapnaHaddow.     source
The Beast Warrior
Nahoko Uehashi - Jul 28, 2020 (first published in 2009)
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A companion to The Beast Player, this is the conclusion of an epic YA fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can save.Ten years after the fateful clash between two opposing sides of the Divine Kingdom of Lyoza, Elin lives a peaceful life with her family. She tries to stay as far...
Simon Smith
Aug 16, 2020
@teacher_mr_r @KateHeap1 @Nicola_M_N_ @BeckyMarie80 @BookSuperhero2 @richreadalot @one_to_read @sam_creighton @MissS_Kimble @katehitchings1 @AnniPoole @PaulWat5 @MarkASmith85 @TsuiAllen @MrHtheteacher Beast Player and Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi were excellent. Graphic novel This was Our Pact by Ran Andrews was fantastic. Loved the whole series of four books by Anthony McGowan that ended with Lark. Currently loving Jefferson by Jean Claude Mourvelat     source
This Was Our Pact
Ryan Andrews - Jun 11, 2019
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It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really...
Simon Smith
Aug 16, 2020
@teacher_mr_r @KateHeap1 @Nicola_M_N_ @BeckyMarie80 @BookSuperhero2 @richreadalot @one_to_read @sam_creighton @MissS_Kimble @katehitchings1 @AnniPoole @PaulWat5 @MarkASmith85 @TsuiAllen @MrHtheteacher Beast Player and Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi were excellent. Graphic novel This was Our Pact by Ran Andrews was fantastic. Loved the whole series of four books by Anthony McGowan that ended with Lark. Currently loving Jefferson by Jean Claude Mourvelat     source
The Beast Player
Nahoko Uehashi - Mar 26, 2019 (first published in 2006)
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In epic YA fantasy about a girl with a special power to communicate with magical beasts and the warring kingdom only she can save.Elin's family has an important responsibility: caring for the fearsome water serpents that form the core of their kingdom's army. So when some of the beasts mysteriously die, Elin's mother is sentenced to death as punish...
Simon Smith
Aug 16, 2020
@teacher_mr_r @KateHeap1 @Nicola_M_N_ @BeckyMarie80 @BookSuperhero2 @richreadalot @one_to_read @sam_creighton @MissS_Kimble @katehitchings1 @AnniPoole @PaulWat5 @MarkASmith85 @TsuiAllen @MrHtheteacher Beast Player and Beast Warrior by Nahoko Uehashi were excellent. Graphic novel This was Our Pact by Ran Andrews was fantastic. Loved the whole series of four books by Anthony McGowan that ended with Lark. Currently loving Jefferson by Jean Claude Mourvelat     source
Fox & Goldfish
Nils Pieters - Sep 01, 2016
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Simon Smith
Aug 15, 2020
@rcharlesworth @jonnybid @richreadalot @PaulWat5 @Mat_at_Brookes @therroneill @f33lthesun @MrBoothY6 @LTeacher123 Just the most beautiful book. It makes me cry. A perfect book.     source
Town Is by the Sea
Joanne Schwartz - Apr 11, 2017
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A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather’s grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking cont...
Simon Smith
Aug 15, 2020
@GalwayMr @LTeacher123 @jonnybid @richreadalot @PaulWat5 @Mat_at_Brookes @therroneill @f33lthesun @MrBoothY6 It is the most beautiful book. That sea is astounding.     source
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
William Joyce - Jun 19, 2012 (first published in 2011)
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Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories.He loved books.But every story has its upsets.Everything in Morris Lessmore’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds.     But the power of story will save the day....
Simon Smith
Aug 15, 2020
@MrBoothY6 @jonnybid @richreadalot @PaulWat5 @Mat_at_Brookes @therroneill @f33lthesun @LTeacher123 Fantastic page Ashley. It is a wonder book as well.     source
Paper Son
The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist
Julie Leung - Sep 24, 2019
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An inspiring picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's ...
Simon Smith
Aug 15, 2020
The book is a joy. It’s the story of Tyrus Wong who created the scenery on Bambi. It has made me rewatch Bambi today just to look at his artwork.     source
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