When Hamnet, a tiny boy trapped in a stone promises Will Blyton time travel, he thinks his problems are over. When a 14th century monk becomes his Stinking Shadow, he realises the trouble has just begun. Find out how Will stops the malicious shapeshifter, Ravensmite, from returning Hamnet to his cursed existence whilst, at the same time, plotting to send The Stinking Shadow back in time. Amidst the chaos and dark humour is the story of a boy battling with his own self worth and the start of a strange and powerful friendship. Visit the strange seaside town of Groaningsea and have the adventure of a lifetime as Will Blyton becomes The Alternative Detective.
Fiction for 7 – 11 year olds that love to be on the edge of their seat but still laughing.
A fairy who does not believe in girls, a pippin who wants to kick ass and a brownie who taught Lady Macbeth about being sweet are all ingredients that will demand a young girl’s attention. Sprinkle in that the fairy cannot fly and is also in danger of losing everything and pages will turn.Dragged out of bed on the first morning at her new job by Buxom Bertha Brownie, Fairy Luna is threatened with losing her home and occupation because a giant shoe has been left on the pathway of the Lost Property Shop where she works. Bertha is off to an important meeting but if the shoe has not been ticketed and placed in the shop by the time she returns, Luna will be out for good.
‘The Fairy That Did Not Believe in Girls’ is a comedy adventure story aimed at girls aged 7 – 11. With constant conflict and humour to keep the reader turning the page, the book invites children to explore loss while making it a fun and exciting experience.
Scenes include:•Flying to the marshes to get something from Professor Topple (Luna’s Dad) to sort the hound out in Carlotta, Mrs Topple’s (Luna’s Mum) invention.
•Getting an ointment off Professor Topple that will make the hound think that Luna is a cat and so will obediently follow her wherever she wants it to go.
•Finding a silver whistle on the ground when Carlotta disappears. A sprite tells them that the goblins have stolen Carlotta.
•Being arrested in Goblin Grove and flung in front of Grim Gordon, the goblin king.
•Escaping from Goblin Grove with a band of furious goblins after their blood.
•Thinking it is the end as she lies in the jaws of the dog.•Quarrelling with the giant.
•Choosing being savaged by a dog or believing in girls.
•Moving the shoe.
•The ground shaking as the builders move into Chancey Woodland Gardens as they renovate the house into a school for girls.
Fun Fiction for 6 – 9 year olds.
Freddie is all set to interview Superhero Stan for his magazine ‘Freddie Finds’. It is going to be the best scoop ever but then Freddie has to take his ‘Importance of Swimming Badge’ at the same time. When he finds out that his arch enemy, Tarquin the Terrible is after the same scoop, Freddie comes up with a plan that means he will steal the scoop from under Tarquin’s nose. To get his scoop, Freddie has to save his sister and her friends from a snarling hound; rescue Police Weasel Wilbert from up a chimney and save a rabbit from drowning. He soon realises that you don’t have to be a superhero to help people.
Set on the Planet Fusion in Forest End, we meet the humalls that are part animal and part human.
Having a hero that likes writing is a great way to get kids wanting to write their own reports.
It also promotes the importance of being able to swim.
Fiona sees a huge hairy spider in Freddie’s room but he is too busy writing to listen. When Superhero Stan turns up to deal with the spider situation, we discover this is a spider with his own agenda.
How to use this picture book.
For young children that are learning to speak or children that have English as a second language, you can use it to teach the keywords – door, wall, light, curtains, floor, table and bed.
For children that are learning to read you can use it to teach them to read the keywords and hold them to memory, this works very well if used in conjunction with phonics.
It can also be used to develop the child’s reading skills because there are repeated phrases that help with intonation. The spider has a mischievous laugh “Ha Ha Ha” which your child can enjoy reproducing while Freddie repeats “Not now, Fiona” in a distracted, bored or irritated way. Your child can experiment with how Freddie is feeling. This is a book that your child will enjoy reading again and again whilst learning at the same time.