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The World of the Unknown: Ghosts

The World of the Unknown: Ghosts

First published in 1977, this cult classic has been reissued for a new generation of ghost-hunters. This book is for anyone who has shivered at shadowy figures in the dark, heard strange sounds in the night, or felt the presence of a mysterious ‘something’ from the unknown. Ghost stories are as old as recorded history and exist all over the world. Many of the different kinds of ghosts that are thought to haunt the Earth and their behaviour are described here. You will meet haunting spirits, screaming skulls, phantom ships, demon dogs, white ladies, gallows ghosts and many more. This book also explains the techniques and equipment of ghost hunting and tells how lots of ‘ghosts’ have been exposed as fakes or explained away as natural events. Also included are some theories that attempt to explain the possible existence of ghosts. With a brand new foreword by BAFTA-winning writer, comedian and actor Reece Shearsmith, otherwise the book remains unchanged from the original.

£7.99

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Nativity

Nativity

Bring the Christmas story to life with this delightful colouring book. Scenes to colour include Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem, the birth of Jesus and the arrival of the shepherds and the Three Wise Men. The backgrounds are already coloured in, so little children can focus on the key parts of the story.

£3.99

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Poppy and Sam's lift-the-flap Christmas

Poppy and Sam's lift-the-flap Christmas

It’s Christmas Eve at Apple Tree Farm! Peep under the flaps to find out what Poppy and Sam are doing to get ready for Christmas Day. Poppy can’t find Ginger, her kitten, but maybe you can see where she’s hiding! An interactive book for children to enjoy during the festive season, with delightful illustrations from Stephen Cartwright.

£10.99

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Poppy and Sam's wipe-clean Christmas activities

Poppy and Sam's wipe-clean Christmas activities

Join Poppy and Sam for Christmas at Apple Tree Farm with this delightful activity book, filled with festive mazes, dot-to-dots, matching and other wipe-clean activities. The simple puzzles help young children develop essential observation and pen control skills in an enjoyable way.

£4.99

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Christmas

Christmas

Children can dress the dolls for a glamorous masked ball, an ice skating adventure, a trip to the ballet, a magical carriage ride and lots more in this Christmassy sticker book. With over 600 reusable stickers of beautiful dresses, cosy coats, beautifully-wrapped gifts, ice skates and tutus to get the dolls ready for the festive season.

£6.99

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The nativity

The nativity

A beautiful 30-piece jigsaw and Nativity picture book, both illustrated by John Joven. Presented in a sturdy, attractive box, the book and puzzle set makes a lovely gift and a delightful way for children to enjoy the classic Bible story. The large jigsaw pieces are suitable for little hands and the completed puzzle measures 35 x 35cm.

£9.99

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Winter wonderland sound book

Winter wonderland sound book

Step into a world of winter magic with this festive sound book. Little ones will love pressing the pages to hear Christmas carols, robins singing, a crackling fire and much more, and pore over beautiful scenes of animals ice-skating and hanging Christmas decorations. With simple text, holes to peep through and fingertrails to explore.

£12.99

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Animals of the world

Animals of the world

Journey around our planet and discover amazing animals and their habitats with this colourful book and 200-piece jigsaw. The sturdy box contains a vividly illustrated jigsaw of a map of the world, plus a 24-page book full of fascinating facts about the animals that live in each region of the world.

£9.99

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Are you there little owl?

Are you there little owl?

Little owl is hiding! Very young children will love peeping through the holes and touching the textured pages in this beautiful hide-and-seek board book, spotting squirrels, bats and kittens along the way. Part of a gorgeous series for babies and toddlers, perfect for fans of That’s not my…

£5.99

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Baby's very first sparkly playbook

Baby's very first sparkly playbook

A lovely first book to share and talk about with a baby, full of sparkly scenes including a stunning fireworks display, under the sea creatures, fire-breathing dragons and lots more. Babies and toddlers will love following the fingertrails, peeping through the holes and exploring the cut-out shapes on every page.

£9.99

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Fingerprint activities dinosaurs

Fingerprint activities dinosaurs

This entertaining book is bursting with ideas for fingerprinting dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. Create scenes with Velociraptors scurrying around a forest, a sky filled with swooping Pteranodons, add plates to Stegosaurs’ backs and much more. With an inkpad of seven bright colours and a spiral binding so that the book lies flat.

£9.99

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Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

Goldilocks loves porridge, but so do three hungry bears… A charming retelling of the much-loved tale for very young children, with a child-friendly ending and beautiful illustrations by Elisa Ferro throughout.

£4.99

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Little first stickers funny faces

Little first stickers funny faces

This fun-filled book has lots of stickers of noses, mouths, ears and eyes to complete the funny faces pictures. You decide what everyone looks like! There are over 200 reusable stickers and a fold-out back cover to store stickers when not in use.

£5.99

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Little first stickers horses and ponies

Little first stickers horses and ponies

From the fun of a first riding lesson to the drama of a dressage competition, this entertaining activity book will keep young horse- and pony-lovers busy for hours on end. With over 250 reusable stickers of horses, riders, equipment, trophies and more, and a fold-out back cover to store stickers when not in use.

£5.99

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Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is visiting her granny, but someone is there before her… who could it be? A charming retelling of the much-loved tale, with a child-friendly ending and beautiful illustrations by Bao Luu throughout.

£4.99

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Woodland fairy

Woodland fairy

This magical little sticker book is full of woodland fairy dolls to dress. There are lots of enchanting scenes to decorate, from a fairy garden and dawn chorus to gathering acorns and picking berries. With over 200 reusable stickers of outfits, woodland creatures and flowers, plus a fold-out back cover to ‘park’ stickers whilst they’re not in use.

£5.99

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Look and find night time

Look and find night time

This brilliantly colourful puzzle book is bursting with playful nocturnal creatures to spot. Find a leopard who’s lost her spots, look for an owl reading a bedtime story, spot a bat wearing socks and lots more. Each page is packed with talk-about and counting opportunities, and all the answers are at the back of the book if you get stuck.

£9.99

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My first guitar book

My first guitar book

Discover the fun of playing the guitar with this innovative and exciting sound book. There are four guitar chords to play and five different tunes to play along with, plus easy-to-follow instructions and links to listen to all of the tunes online.

£14.99

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Nursery rhymes keyboard book

Nursery rhymes keyboard book

Little children can discover the magic of making music with the keyboard built into this beautifully illustrated book. There are ten beloved nursery rhymes to play, including Row, row, row your boat, Twinkle twinkle little star and Jack and Jill, plus simple instructions and links to hear all the tunes online.

£12.99

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Poppy and Sam's wind-up tractor book

Poppy and Sam's wind-up tractor book

Little children will love to wind-up the tractor and watch as it whizzes around the tracks. There are three much-loved Apple Tree Farm stories to bring to life - Scarecrow’s Secret, Runaway Tractor and Tractor in Trouble – and each story includes sturdy tracks embedded in the pages and press-out Farmyard Tales characters to complete the scenes.

£19.99

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Rain, Rain Go Away

Rain, Rain Go Away

“Rain, rain go away. Come again another day.” The classic nursery rhyme is retold in this charming little board book, which provides a talking point for very young children about why we need rain. With beautiful illustrations from Katya Longhi.

£4.99

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Technology scribble book

Technology scribble book

Discover high-tech gadgets, design robots and machines, and solve all sorts of technological puzzles in this innovative activity book filled with inventions to brainstorm, puzzles to solve and objects to design. Includes downloadable templates and links to inspiring websites about technology today.

£9.99

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The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs

Three little pigs are setting out to build houses with wispy straw, wibbly-wobbly sticks and good strong bricks. Will a cheeky little wolf manage to blow any of them down? A charming retelling of the much-loved tale, with a child-friendly ending and beautiful illustrations by Raffaella Ligi throughout.

£4.99

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The twinkly twinkly bedtime book

The twinkly twinkly bedtime book

It’s bedtime for little bear… but the starry sky looks so exciting! Little children will love the twinkly lights that light up as you turn the pages and follow the story in this book. A beautiful gift and a delightful book to share during the festive season.

£12.99

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Write your own poems

Write your own poems

Whether you want to dash off a limerick, ponder a sonnet or plot an epic poem, this write-in activity book is here to help. Each page is bursting with tips and inspiration for writing all kinds of poems – and inventing brand new styles too. With links to websites where you can listen to many of the poems in this book, and find more helpful writing tips.

£9.99

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Woodland magic painting

Woodland magic painting

Bring the woodland to life as you brush water over the black and white illustrations in this beautiful book. Sixteen detailed pictures include harvest mice eating berries, brown bears climbing trees, a badger exploring at night and lots more. With a handy fold-out back cover to prevent colours running through to the page beneath.

£5.99

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Armadillo on a Pillow

Armadillo on a Pillow

Armadillo receives a late night visit from a fairy. But he soon gets carried away with the wishes she grants... This entertaining story for beginner readers has simple rhyming text and stylish illustrations throughout. A delight to share with young children, or for beginner readers to read themselves, with parent’s notes on phonics at the back.

£5.99

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New fiction

The Great Brain Robbery

The Great Brain Robbery

Join Suzy for her highly-anticipated second journey in The Great Brain Robbery, the sequel to the Waterstones Children's Book Prize-shortlisted The Train to Impossible Places. Suzy can't wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places on the Impossible Postal Express. But when she arrives, she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville from a shadowy and unexpected villain. Suzy and her friends must race from magical cloud-worlds to secret caverns to catch the culprit, before Trollville comes crashing down…

£12.99

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A Rabbit Called Wish

A Rabbit Called Wish

Knitbone Pepper is a friendly ghost dog, haunting the crumbling Starcross Hall with a gaggle of other ghostly pets. When Lord Pepper buys an antique top hat he brings home a ghost rabbit looking for a young magician called Ernest Salt. But there’s skulduggery at play and Ernest’s guardians are determined to keep his identity secret...

£6.99

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The Places I've Cried in Public

The Places I've Cried in Public

Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she’s starting to realise love isn’t supposed to hurt like this. So now she’s retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.

£7.99

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