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  • How to Cook Children

    Synopsis and reasons for selection

    An essential for every witch’s bookshelf, ‘How to Cook Children’ is an unparalleled collection of recipes presented by world-renowned crone, Esmelia Sniff. Don’t even think of cooking a child without it!

    In the classic, ghastly, hilarious style typical of children's authors such as Roald Dahl, this book is a ten-year-old's paradise - filled to the brim with bogies, squashed frogs, minced children, ghosts, zombie chickens and the funniest witches ever seen! The illustrations are slick and colourful and the language is dark, amusing, gruesome and engaging. 

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  • Talk, Talk, Squawk discussion guide

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    How and why animals do the things they do

    How does an elephant-nose fish say, “Where are you?”, a bee give orders, or a panda warn, “Keep out”? Humans aren’t the only creatures who can communicate with each other without saying a word…

    This is a funny, colourful and informative book on animal biology, looking at how and why animals communicate. Biologist and children's writer Nicola Davies takes the reader around the world and across a wide range of beguiling species to uncover the mysteries behind animal communication. 

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  • Fuzzy Mud discussion guide

    Author: Louis Sachar Publisher: Bloomsbury Suggested year group 5 or 6 Synopsis and reasons for selection Substance: Fuzzy Mud Chemical compound: Unknown Danger level: Deadly Bright, polite and hard-working Tamaya is on a scholarship to the prestigious Woodridge Academy. Every day she and seventh-grader Marshall walk to school together. They never go through the woods. Ever. School poses its own set of problems for Marshall. Once a popular, out-going young man, Marshall is now a frightened, miserable wreck. All because of Chad. Chad is a bully, who makes Marshall's life utterly unbearable. One day, hoping to avoid Chad’s taunts, Marshall...

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  • Stitch Head: Monster Hunter discussion guide

     The Author: Guy Bass Guy is author of the Dinkin Dings and The Legend of Frog series. In 2010, Dinkin Dings and the Frightening Things won the Blue Peter Book Award for Most Fun Story with Pictures. The Illustrator: Pete Williamson You may recognise Pete’s work from other titles he has worked on for authors such as Sam Gayton, Marcus Sedgwick, Francesca Simon or even from the Flora television advert! Synopsis: Join a mad professor's forgotten creation (Stitch Head) as he risks it all to save his friends. When an unexpected visitor crash-lands on top of Castle Grotteskew, Stitch Head...

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  • The Imaginary discussion guide

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    Rudger is Amanda’s best friend. He doesn’t exist, but nobody’s perfect.

    Only Amanda can see her imaginary friend - until the sinister, predatory Mr Bunting arrives at Amanda's door one day. Mr Bunting hunts imaginaries. Rumour says that he eats them. And he's sniffed out Rudger. After a terrible accident, Rudger is alone, and running for his imaginary life. But can a boy who isn't really there survive without a friend to dream him up?

    This is a moving read about love, loss, fear, memory and imagination. The scenes between Amanda and Rudger, as they dream and play together, are beautifully handled and the striking, stylised illustrations by Emily Gravett add a further mystery and excitement. This is a rich, delightful, dark and witty book full of poetic, arresting language, which offers a touching commentary on friendship and growing up.

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