Whoopsy-splunkers! Wondercrump! We are SO excited to reveal the dazzling new book covers. More MARVELLOUS than George’s medicine, more MAGIC than the magic finger and as FANTASTIC as Mr Fox.
And here’s a dazzling short video of our wonderful paperbacks.
Which ones are you excited to read next? Continue reading
The world of books is a treasure trove of marvellous facial hair. In honour of Movember, here are a few of our bearded favourites…
Mr Twit – The Dirty Hive
“Mr Twit was one of these very hairy-faced men. The whole of his face except for his forehead, his eyes and his nose, was covered with thick hair. The stuff even sprouted in revolting tufts out of his nostrils and ear- holes . . . And how often did Mr Twit wash this bristly nailbrushy face of his? The answer is NEVER, not even on Sundays. He hadn’t washed it for years.”
Docter Noel Zone – The Face Protector
Our favourite dangerologist, sports a fine bushy beard. He’s already fearful of toilet-shark attacks, and toothbrush snakes, so we can only imagine the horrible risk shaving must pose.
Chiron (Percy Jackson’s teacher) – Straight from the Centaur’s Mouth
“Then I recognized the tweed jacket, the thinning brown hair, the scraggly beard.”
Gandalf – The Bleached Bib
“Gandalf was shorter in stature than the other two; but his long white hair, his sweeping silver beard, and his broad shoulders, made him look like some wise king of ancient legend.”
Mr Wormwood (Matilda’s father) – The Comatose Caterpillar
“Mr Wormwood was a small ratty-looking man whose front teeth stood out underneath a thin ratty moustache.”
It’s a dangerous time to be the apprentice of Benedict Blackthorn. A wave of mysterious murders has sent shockwaves through London, and soon young apothecary Christopher Rower finds himself on the run. His only allies are his best friend, Tom, courageous Molly, and a loyal feathered friend, Bridget. His only clues are a coded message about his master’s most dangerous project, and a cryptic warning – ‘Tell no one!’
The race is on for Christopher: crack the code and uncover its secret, or become the next victim…
The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands is out now! Read the first chapter here.
Can you crack the code?
Need a hint? Find the puzzle table in the extract.
Have you ever read a book that’s taken you out of this world?
The students from The Baird Primary Academy in Hastings have. After reading the Puffin fantasy book Keeper of the Realms: Blood and Fire by Marcus Alexander, they were inspired to set off on a mission and send the book into space!
Acrobatic author Marcus Alexander, Patron of Reading at the school, helped the pupils send the book sky high with a weather balloon. The balloon travelled for a whooping 3 hours and reached an altitude of 35,000m before bursting! It then landed in the sea several miles off the Dover coastline. The book’s journey was recorded with a camera and the footage was edited into an AWESOME video…
Check out the video below to see a Puffin book that’s truly out of this world!
Want to find out more? Click here.
The first hilarious SNEAK PEEK into Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School is here, and it’s not to be missed.
Thirsty for more Old School? You can pre-order the book here now in time for the book’s release on 3rd November – and until then, here’s a bit more information about the book as a flavour of what’s to come!
Life was better in the old days. Or was it?
That’s the question Greg Heffley is asking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn’t cut out for an old-fashioned world.
With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Or is going “old school” just too hard for a kid like Greg?
Thirsty for some lemonade? Here’s a recipe for some ACTUALLY NICE homemade lemonade, just the thing for these crazy hot days. If only Greg had known…
Roald Dahl and the Imagination Seekers is a mischievous and inventive theatrical experience inspired by the works of Roald Dahl. The half day event includes a 10-15 minute assembly for the whole school and a one hour interactive show for up to three classes (30 children per class). Also available are comprehensive lesson plans created by the Roald Dahl Museum’s education team available at www.roalddahl.com. Tell your teacher that they can find out more at www.imagination-seekers.co.uk!
The Guild is a secret organisation. Tale tenders have existed since the beginning of time. It started with cave painting when Ug of Tharl drew the first story on a cold cave wall in the year dot.
Unbeknownst to storytellers of thousands of years ago, each was appointed their own tale tender who would secretly guard their stories. No one wrote back then, you see, so tale tenders had to be very good at listening.
Every tale tender had to remember and recall all the stories of their storyteller, storing the stories in their noggin. Tale tenders took such care to remember each and every whiffling word with a lot listening, a lot of concentration and a little bit of magic.
Once writing was invented they always kept a source book of each and every story in their care.
A source book is a huge volume of every word in exactly the place it should be – so if, heaven forbid, those words should ever fall out of the minds of tale tenders then there was a source book that they could refer to.
Here is our source book – we have a special honour amongst tale tenders. You see, we are the tale tenders to the stories of the world’s number one storyteller. Roald Dahl.
Who’s your favourite bookish dad? With Father’s Day fast approaching, we’ve been reading up on some finely feathered Puffin dads who would certainly make the top of our list.
They make us laugh, they make us cry; from the bumbling Mr Darling and the irritable Frank Heffley to the all-powerful Poseidon and the caring old Mister Tom, we can’t help but love them!
We’re giving away all these wonderful books! To enter, simply click on the image below and fill in your details.
Peter Pan by JM Barrie
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
Click here for Terms and Conditions. Competition closes Thursday 25th June 2015.