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Guinness World Records 2017
Taking record-breaking to a whole new dimension, GWR 2017 is bursting with all-new records on topics such as black holes, domes, owls and killer plants. You’ll also find exclusive interviews with astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Chris Hadfield. Children love paging through this book with its in-your-face imagery. And they love to learn strange facts: cats have three eye lids and that Usain Bolt had chicken nuggets prior to setting a new 100m world record in Beijing. Fascinating records to explore include the most intense hurricane, the highest living predators on land, the largest chocolate, the longest foosball table, the tallest climbing wall, the oldest couple to marry, the most followers on Twitter and the world’s first 3D-printed car, motorcycle and an entire village in Spain.
Editor in Chief: Craig Glenday
(Published by Guinness World Records Ltd, R454)
 
Star Wars Action Pack!
Children can read and play with this great all in one collectable. The box contains a backdrop that can be used as the scene for the press-out characters. It also contains an ultimate sticker book with more than 50 stickers. Simply read the captions, and then find the sticker that best fits the space. In the character guide you can meet the galaxy’s latest heroes. Each character has a data file telling you who the character is affiliated to, their home world, what species they are, their height and in which films they appear. It also gives some extra information on their strengths and personality. The extra booklet is all about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Learn more about Kylo Ren, Poe’s mission and where Rey comes from.
By David Fentiman
(Published by Dorling Kindersley, R215)
 
A Boy Called Christmas
This is said to be the true story of Father Christmas. It is a story that proves that nothing is impossible and it is a tale of adventure, snow, kidnapping, elves, more snow, and a boy called Nikolas, who isn't afraid to believe in magic. Tony Bradman wrote in The Guardian: ‘It was with the beady eye of a pre-redemption Scrooge that I began to read this Christmas tale. By the time I got near the end, I was grinning like Scrooge on Christmas morning. This is a purely secular tale, with no baby Jesus in sight, suitable for children from nine to 99, and now added to my list of Christmas classics. I may never mutter “Bah, humbug” in quite the same way again.’
By Matt Haig and Chris Mould
(Published by Canongate Books, R129)
 
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
From the same team that gave us The Boy Called Christmas, this tale asks: if magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about - upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled. But Amelia isn't just any ordinary girl. And, as Father Christmas is going to find out, if Christmas is going to be saved, he might not be able to do it alone. A Christmas tale perfect for the whole family.
By Matt Haig and Chris Mould
(Published by Canongate Books, R198)
 
Brigadier and the Spirit Pony
This story for teens is set in the Harkerville Forest close to Plettenberg Bay, where Zahn and her sister are on holiday with their father and his considerably younger girlfriend. Zahn’s horse, Brigadier, has come along for the week in the cottage, specifically chosen for its stables and facilities for horses. On their second day, Zahn meets two local boys who invite her to go riding in the dense forest. But from early morning Zahn has felt Brigadier’s unease. Is it just because he misses the wide open spaces around Melkbosstrand, or should Zahn have paid closer attention to Sibella’s warnings about night spirits? It is a holiday during which secrets will be revealed, mysteries solved and a family’s differences will come to the fore.
By Marga Jonker
(Published by Tafelberg Publishers, R145)
 
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
When the shabby little house-elf Dobby pops up in Privet Drive insisting Harry Potter must not return to Hogwarts, Harry suspects his archrival, Draco Malfoy, may be behind it. Rescued from the dire Dursleys by Ron Weasley, in an enchanted flying car, Harry spends the rest of the summer at The Burrow. Life with the Weasleys is so full of magical distractions, that Harry soon forgets Dobby’s frantic warning. But back at school a sinister message found daubed in a dark corridor echoes Dobby’s predictions that terrible things are about to happen. Jim Kay, winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, conjures the wizarding world in stunning detail in this fully illustrated edition of the second book in J.K Rowling’s classic series – a definite collectors item.
By J.K Rowling and Jim Kay
(Published by Arthur A Levine Books, R617)
 
The Hungry Camper Cookbook
The Hungry Camper not only gives more than 200 quick, cheap and delicious recipes, but also includes helpful checklists on what to bring along, how to prepare for big family meals, and invaluable camping tips for a stress-free trip. With chapters dedicated to making sure you have a hearty breakfast, making the most of a campfire with barbecue dishes, one-pot simplicity and a host of salads, sides and snacks aplenty, camping food never has to be boring again. Including recipes from treacle and mustard beans, grilled sardines with salsa and goulash with caraway dumplings, to coconut dahl, hot barbecued fruit salad and creole pineapple wedges, each recipe is easy to make in a campsite for even the most novice cook, tired from a day's adventure.
(Published by Spruce, R151)
 
All That I Leave Behind
It hadn't been Rosie's idea - a wedding at her childhood home in the Irish countryside. Nevertheless, she finds herself back in Monasterard after a decade away, with her American fiancé on her arm and a smile fixed to her face. As expected, the welcome from her siblings isn't exactly warm. Mary-Pat, the one who practically raised Rosie, is avoiding her. June is preoccupied with maintaining the illusion of her perfect family. And Pius, who still counts the years since their mother left, is hiding from the world. In the end, it's their father who breaks the silence. And as the siblings piece together the secrets at the heart of their family, they begin to forgive the woman who abandoned them all those years ago.
By Alison Walsh
(Published by Hachette Books, R267)
 
Underwater Babies
Seth Casteel’s innovative underwater photography has won him fans around the world. Now Casteel has turned his camera toward the only subjects who could rival his bestselling portraits of dogs and puppies for sheer adorable delight: babies. In what he has called some of the most exciting shoots of his career, Casteel has found a remarkable new way to capture the wonder and freedom babies feel when they’re underwater. Chubby-cheeked, curious and mischievous, these tiny swimmers remind us all of the joy of discovery, and the beauty of babies. Casteel says tongue-in-cheek that everybody knows humans evolved from mermaids, which helps us understand why we as a species can thrive in the water. Casteel’s aim was also to generate awareness about water safety for children.
By Seth Casteel
(Published by Headline Book Publishing, R285)
 
The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets
Millions are addicted to the Retronaut blog, one of the web's leading visual sites, that shows you the past you never knew existed. Here, in the first of a new series of books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings together a thought-provoking collection of photographs from the hidden and forgotten corners of the archives. Often witty and entertaining, sometimes thought provoking, and at times puzzling, these images will make you think, look again, and marvel at the way we were. The Retronaut Guide to Keeping Pets is the first book to reveal how people once thought it amusing to picnic with crocodiles, how speeding ostrich carriages are “pulled over” in Los Angeles, and will appeal to anyone who enjoys laughing at cats on the internet.
By Wolfgang Wild
(Published by Ilex, R194)
 
The Retronaut Guide to Raising Children
Here, in the second of the of Retronaut books, the site's founder, Wolfgang Wild, brings you a thought-provoking collection of photographs from our hidden history. Discover what our ancestors considered to be good parenting in the days before the 'care' was put into childcare, from dangerous sports, such as boxing, acrobats, diving and cycling, to the best brand of cigarette for your baby, how to hide in a coal hole, how to play with gasmasks, sharing a cage with a Komodo dragon, how to hide in a suitcase, blind-fold feeding and a ‘pushing a peanut with your nose on a hard pavement’ race. A perfectly reassuring gift for today's new parent, this book will also appeal to anyone who likes pictures of babies in sunglasses.
By Wolfgang Wild
(Published by Ilex, R194)

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