Journey to space! George and the Blue Moon

Work out your space weight and discover more cool space facts from George and the Blue Moon by Lucy and Stephen Hawking.

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Fascinated by the universe? Dream of going to Mars? If you’re interested in space travel, then you’ll want to get your hands on this exciting adventure story by Lucy and Stephen Hawking.

It follows the story of George and his best friend, Annie who have been selected as junior astronauts – part of a programme that trains up young people for a trip to Mars in the future.
But when they arrive at space camp, George and Annie quickly learn that strange things are happening – on Earth as well as up in our skies. Mysterious space missions are happening in secret, and the astronaut training they’re undertaking gets scarier and scarier.

Get set to blast off and be immersed by this exciting space adventure. The book is packed with top space facts from astronauts too!

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Did you know? 5 cool space facts:

  1. You could jump over really high bars with ease on the Moon or Mercury – but find it hard to even take a step over a bar on the ground on Jupiter!
  2. As we speak, there is a Rover the size of a car, which has just celebrated its third birthday on Mars.
  3. When you go up into space in a spacecraft, you pass through a line which seems to divide the blue of the Earth’s atmosphere with the black of space. This is called the Karman line and it is about 100km above the surface of the Earth. It marks the start of space!
  4. Earth – our blue planet – is exceptional in our solar system as it is nearly three quarters covered by the oceans.
  5. How much do you weigh? If you weigh 34 kilos on Earth, here is your weight in kilos on other bodies in our solar system!
  • Mercury 12.8 kilos
  • Venus 30.6 kilos
  • The Moon 5.6 kilos
  • Mars 12.8 kilos
  • Jupiter 80.3 kilos
  • Saturn 36.1 kilos
  • Uranus 30.2 kilos
  • Neptune 38.2 kilos

So you could jump over really high bars with ease on the Moon or Mercury – but find it hard to even take a step over a bar on the ground on Jupiter.

Find out more about Lucy Hawking on her website and follow her on Twitter @journeytospace.

EXCITING PRIZE! To celebrate the start of National Science Week, join us on Twitter @puffinbooks for a chance to win a family day out at the Science Museum with four tickets to Legend of Apollo and Hidden Universe 3D – and a copy of the book. Four runners up will win a copy of George and the Blue Moon.

To enter, tell us on @puffinbooks Twitter the one thing you’d pack to take to the moon. #GeorgeandtheBlueMoon. Enter between 11-13 March 2016.

Who should you dress up as for World Book Day?

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  • Dress up as Daisy –  Download the free mask.
  • Dress up as Greg –  Download your free simple instructions  and mask.
  • Dress up as The BFG – Download the delumptious instructions here.
  • Dress up as the Very Hungry Caterpillar – Download the free template.

Quick costume hacks: take a look at five quick and easy character costume ideas on Mumsnet. 

Join us on WORLD BOOK DAY for fun and games on PopJam and Twitter @puffinbooks. 

Funny books for February

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Howdy! This month on Puffin we’re celebrating funny books, our funniest characters and all the things that will make you laugh out loud. And enter our competition for a chance to win a rib-tickling bundle of books.

So, read all about our NEW books to make you chuckle.  Plus settle down for some creative, colouring and puzzling fun with our activity sheets. There’s enough to keep your LOL-ing your way through half-term. .

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

All Greg Heffley wants to do is stay indoors and play videogames. His mum has other plans. She’s taking the whole Heffley family on a summer road trip.

 

 

 

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Hattie B, Magical Vet

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9780141344621 Discover a secret world of fairy-tale creatures. On her tenth birthday, Hattie B is swept into the magical Kingdom of Bellua where she meets a little pink dragon who needs her help.

Evil King Ivar of the Imps has stolen the dragon’s magical voice and Hattie is the only one who can help her get it back.  Buy this book…

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A Very Scary Half-Term: Have a Sweet Halloween!

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While we’re sad it’s the last day of Half-Term, we’re happy to be snacking on these scrumptious (and scary) sweets. We’ve made these two book-inspired Halloween goodies, and now you can too by following the instructions below.

Make chocolate bats from Miss Cackle’s Academy!

Every night Mildred Hubble’s bat friends fly home to roost in her bedroom. Now you can make your very own bat buddies from The Worst Witch by Jill MurphyContinue reading

A Very Scary Half-Term: Creepy, Crawly and Downright Dangerous!

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Forget the treats, today we’re talking about tricks! In between dreaming of the perfect costume and the sweets you’ll be gathering on Saturday, don’t forget Halloween can be downright scary.

In his travels across time and space, Doctor Who has met hundreds of monsters. He knows a thing or two about the creepy and crawly and he’s created a handy spotter’s guide to the biggest, smallest, tallest, hungriest, smelliest and most dangerous creatures in the Whoniverse – like this Giant Spider! You never know what tricks Halloween may bring, but rest assured you’ll find everything you need to know about each dangerous monster, advice for battling them and how and when to make a speedy escape in Doctor Who: The Dangerous Book of Monsters.

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