By John Churchman, Jennifer Churchman
Poppy the alpaca loves going on adventures and trying new things! She's excited to explore the farm and discover all of the plants, fruits, and vegetables growing around every bend. But when she hears about the winter frost coming, she's worried--where will she and her family get their food? Poppy and her animal friends learn how everyone on the farm works together to prepare for the colder season. Alpaca Lunch encourages healthy eating and trying new things as the animals explore a beautiful array of interesting and colorful foods growing around the farm. This charming story by John and Jennifer Churchman features real animals on their bustling Vermont farm including a brand-new herd of adorable alpacas, as well as fan favorites Sweet Pea from The SheepOver, Finn from Brave Little Finn, and Maisie from A Farm for Maisie.
At the Altar of the Road Gods
By Boris Mihailovic
'Boris has more fun on two wheels than should be legally possible.' - Richard Fidler, ABCHis mother may not know it but Boris Mihailovic has lived a fast, furious, often politicially incorrect life chasing the epiphanies of speed (the sensation not the drug). For Boris, motorbike riding was the rite of passage into manhood he'd been searching for. Now, nearly 40 years since he first rode a bike, the wisdom of age has provided the perspective for Boris to look back and realise some pretty wild shit went down.AT THE ALTAR OF THE ROAD GODS is about popping your motorcycle-buying cherry with an XJ650 Yamaha. It's about fines, feuds and fractures, high-sides, tank-slappers, angry police, even angrier young men, crashing, getting up, cranky girlfriends, riding faster, outlaws, and partaking in copious amounts of alcohol and drugs. It is about mateship and motorcycles. Ultimately, is is about four decades of two-wheel-related mayhem. Just don't tell Boris's mum! Be warned: may cause laughter, sleeplessness and the desire to buy a Lucifer-black Katana.
All in a Day's Cricket
By Brian Levison, Christopher Martin-Jenkins
This selection of the very best, and most intriguing, writing on cricket, drawn from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day, adopts a fresh approach. It is arranged around the theme of the many things that must happen simply for a day's play to happen - from creating a clearing in a Malaysian jungle to getting to the ground - so includes, alongside writing by players both great and unknown, the perspectives of spectators, umpires, scorers and other unsung heroes of the game. There are contributions from John Arlott, Neville Cardus, C. L. R. James and E. V. Lucas; Marcus Trescothick writes on his introduction to cricket aged three; Angus Fraser on meeting Nelson Mandela; Phil Tufnell on being shanghaied into getting a haircut by Mike Gatting; and Rachael Heyhoe Flint on being the first woman to step onto the Lord's ground as a player. But it is the cricket itself and the outstanding players and their achievements that remain the focus - the greats of the recent and distant past involved in some of their most famous exploits. From 'disgraceful scenes at Lord's', described by Irish writer Robert Lynd, to North America, which W. G. Grace toured in 1872, and from a match played on ice to the tropical islands of Fiji and Samoa, this is a collection that does full justice to the extraordinary breadth, diversity and enduring fascination of the greatest game in the world.
And Gazza Misses The Final
By Rob Smyth, Scott Murray
Classic World Cup clashes brought to life and re-evaluated by two of the writers of the popular Guardian minute-by-minute football blog. Watching each match in real time and reacting to the twists and turns of the action, Murray and Smyth bring you the real stories of the matches as they happened, not the highlights package or rose-tinted version. From the crowd swarming over the pitch moments before the Brazil-Uruguay classic of 1950 kicked off, to the dubious refereeing decisions that decided England's single triumph at Wembley, this is the history of the World Cup as you've never seen it before. As well as 30 classic moments from other matches, the games given a full report include:1950Uruguay v Brazil1962Chile v Italy1966England v ArgentinaEngland v West Germany1970England v West GermanyItaly v West GermanyBrazil v Italy1974West Germany v Holland1978Scotland v Holland1982Brazil v ItalyWest Germany v France1986England v Argentina France v Brazil1990England vs CameroonEngland v West Germany1994Romania v Argentina1998Argentina v England2006Italy v Germany2010Spain v Holland
By Martyn Brunt
Having spent 10 years scaling the lower echelons of the sport, the time has come for one of Britain's least successful athletes to reveal all about how he got involved in all this nonsense in the first place. Marvel as he reveals: His sporting history - how being last pick at school football in the 1970s set him on course for a lifetime of being rubbish at team games. How he took up triathlons in the first place (for a bet, and the cow who made it with him never paid up). How he overcame a crippling lack of talent and a chorus of complete indifference from his family to complete 10 Ironmans, all outside the top 500 finishers. The many triathlon adventures he has experienced over the past 10 years (cow pats, Ironmans, incontinence, driving bans, broken bones, public nudity, spending entire redundancy payments on a new bike, Belgian portaloos, German knocking shops, sunburnt arse cheeks, channel swimming, fights with chavs, obsessions with weather and the nutritional value of Jaffa Cakes, 3 hour marathons, chronic dehydration and so on). The many and varied idiots he's got to know as a result of taking up the sport (aka his mates). The typical training (hell) he goes through to take part in a race given he has absolutely no ability whatsoever. How triathlons ultimately caused him to sell his Mercedes, give away his expensive suit, chuck in his job in the City and become, as his father put it, a "god-damned hippy" (A cycle path designer who owns a camper van).
The Art of Sledging
By J Harold
In these days of cricketing correctness, where codes of behaviour are being handed down by the Cricket Police, here is a salute to the good old days when games were won and lost by whatever means available.With a great one-liner on every page, this is a collection of crude, rude, famous and infamous sledges all placed within the context of the match and the rivalries on and off the pitch.Including:Merv Hughes to Graeme Hick: "Mate, if you just turn the bat over you'll find the instructions on the other side."Lillie to Gatting: "Hell, Gatt, move out of the way I can't see the stumps."Woodfull to Jardine: "Which one of you bastards called this bastard a bastard?"Warne to Cullinan: "I've been waiting two years for another chance to humiliate you." Cullinan replies: "Looks like you spent it eating."The most pathetic sledge of all time from present England Captain Kevin Petersen to Chris Gayle: "You're making me cross. You're making me cross. You're making me cross."Possibly the rudest of them all, Mark Waugh to Adam Parore: "Oh, I remember you from a couple of years ago in Australia. You were shit then, you're f**king useless now." Parore replies: "Yeah that's me and when I was there you were going out with the old, ugly slut and now I hear you married her. You dumb c**t."Even teammates have been known to sledge one another, Brian Close to Geoffrey Boycott: "Next bloody ball, bloody belt it or I'll wrap my bat around your bloody head."And the crowd is not adverse to hurling abuse either "Hey Tuffnell, lend us your brain we are building an idiot!"
By Chris Gall
Dawson is a boy with a motto: 'EVERYTHING can be used again!' He takes apart junk and uses the parts to create anything from aeroplanes to fish tanks to robot friends like Mooey, his faithful (but long-suffering) sidekick. Dawson sneaks into his secret hideout to recycle his neighbors' trash, but also to escape his daily chores - until the day he realizes he has everything he needs to create a robot that will do his chores for him!The only problem is that Dawson makes the robot a little too... awesome. The 'Vacu-Maniac' starts sucking up everything in sight, destroying the town and terrorizing its citizens. It'll take all Dawson's ingenuity to bring his creation down, and when he finally does, he learns an important lesson about using his creativity and skills to figure out how to make life better for others - not just himself.In this high-energy adventure, Chris Gall inspires kids to reuse and recycle with a fantastical twist that will have them laughing and cheering for this totally awesome new hero.
All the Awake Animals are Almost Asleep
By Crescent Dragonwagon, David McPhail
My little one, lay down your head.It's time to doze, it's time for bed.You tell me, "I'm not sleepy now.""Just try," I say. You ask me, "How?"As a mother tries to tuck her child in for the night, she tells him about all the awake animals that are getting sleepy. From antlered Antelope to zzz-ing Zebra, this alphabet of animals becomes an exquisite celebration of language and nature, just right for lulling even the most wide-awake little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.
Ajax, the Dutch, the War
By Simon Kuper
When most people think about the Netherlands, images of tulips and peaceful pot smoking residents spring to mind. Bring up soccer, and most will think of Johan Cruyuff, the Dutch player thought to rival Pele in preternatural skill, and Ajax, one of the most influential soccer clubs in the world whose academy system for young athletes has been replicated around the globe (and most notably by Barcelona and the 2010 world champions, Spain).But as international bestselling author Simon Kuper writes in Ajax, The Dutch, The War: Soccer in Europe During the Second World War , the story of soccer in Holland cannot be understood without investigating what really occurred in this country during WWII. For decades, the Dutch have enjoyed the reputation of having a good war." The myth is even resonant in Israel where Ajax is celebrated. The fact is, the Jews suffered shocking persecution at the hands of Dutch collabourators. Holland had the second largest Nazi movement in Europe outside Germany, and in no other country except Poland was so high a percentage of Jews deported.Kuper challenges Holland's historical amnesia and uses soccer,particularly the experience of Ajax, a club long supported by Amsterdam's Jews,as a window on wartime Holland and Europe. Through interviews with Resistance fighters, survivors, wartime soccer players and more, Kuper uncovers this history that has been ignored, and also finds out why the Holocaust had a profound effect on soccer in the country.Ajax produced Cruyuff but was also built by members of the Dutch resistance and Holocaust survivors. It became a surrogate family for many who survived the war and its method for producing unparalleled talent became the envy of clubs around the world. In this passionate, haunting and moving work of forensic reporting, Kuper tells the breathtaking story of how Dutch Jews survived the unspeakable and came to play a strong role in the rise of the most exciting and revolutionary style of soccer , Total Football" , the world had ever seen.
Arthur's Mystery Envelope
By Marc Brown
It looks like trouble when the principal asks Arthur to take home a large envelope marked CONFIDENTIAL. His friends try to guess what's inside. It might just be information on...summer school! Will Arthur face the consequences or pretend to lose the envelope? In chapter-book format, for children who are ready to read on their own, this mysterious adventure will surely be a hit among Arthur fans.
By Marc Brown
Arthur has been picked to direct his school's Thanksgiving play. His most important job is assigning the parts. Francine demands she be the narrator, her voice is the loudest, and Buster, Brain and Muffy have already picked their roles. What will Arthur do when he realizes everyone wants to be star, but no one wants to play the Turkey? He places an ad, hangs posters, he even asks his family to pitch in. Then, with a little help, Arthur remembers an old saying: If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Arthur saves the day.
Along A Long Road
By Frank Viva
Follow that road! Speed off on an eventful bicycle ride along the bold yellow road that cuts through town, by the sea, and through the country. Ride up and around, along and through, out and down. Frank's striking graphic style is executed in just five joyous colors, and his spare, rhythmic language is infectious. Hit a bump? Get back on track! Reach the end? Start again
Arthur And The Baby
By Marc Brown
Arthur's family is expecting a baby. Everyone is excited, but Arthur wonders, will the new baby change everything? Will he still be able to play with his friends? What if he has to change diapers? When the baby comes home, and his Mother needs some help, D.W. takes charge until the baby starts to cry. Good thing Arthur figures out what his new baby sister needs.
Arthur Turns Green
By Marc Brown
Celebrated author/illustrator Marc Brown revisits his beloved bestselling character in the first new Arthur picture book in almost ten years! Arthur comes home from school and begins sneaking around the house, taking notes and talking about a Big Green Machine. D.W. is suspicious of her brother's weird behavior, but when Arthur shows up late for dinner with green hands, she really gets the creeps! Will the Big Green Machine get her too? Just in time for Earth Day, this heartwarming story will be printed on recycled paper.
Are You Kidding Me?
By John Feinstein, Rocco Mediate
Rocco Mediate sent shockwaves through the sports world when he forced Tiger Woods into a sudden death playoff in the 2008 US Open Championship. Having fought his way back from major back surgery and a subsequent downward spiral in form, Rocco Mediate had now matched the unbeaten world number one shot for shot in an explosive 4 day head-to-head.In this intimate collaboration Rocco Mediate and John Feinstein look at Mediate's life through the prism of the 2008 season, giving readers an insider's view into how one man overcame it all to perform at the highest level. With interviews with Mediate, Woods and their peers Feinstein vividly renders one of golf's most historic days.
Arthur Goes To Camp
By Marc Brown
Join Arthur and celebrate trips away from home with two favourite Arthur Adventures! In Arthur Goes To Camp, Arthur has had enough of Camp Meadowbrook's rotten food, poison ivy and barking counselors, but picks the wrong night for an easy escape. In Arthur's Family Vacation, Arthur's vacation with his family starts out as a real disaster, but soon turn into a lot more fun than he could have imagined. Now with a full page of special edition stickers featuring Arthur, D.W., and all their pals, Arthur fans can collect them, share with friends, or create their own Arthur Adventures.
Ashes To Ashes
By Marcus Berkmann
The Ashes may be the longest and fiercest sporting soap opera the world has known. The anticipation is always intense, expectations are high and, for England fans, disappointment is almost inevitable, as we usually lose. But it's a drug we can never kick. How have we got into this state? Can we ever break free?Marcus Berkmann knows he can't and has stopped even trying. ASHES TO ASHES is the first emotional history of the contest, shamelessly eschewing balance and objectivity to give the punter's view of every series since 1972. This new edition updates the tale to the victorious 2009 series, while remaining brutally realistic about our chances in 2010 and beyond . . .
Arthur's Family Vacation
By Marc Brown
In this classic Arthur Adventure, everyone's favorite aardvark is unhappy about going on vacation with his family. But when their trip is rained out and the family ends up stuck in a motel, he shows them how to make the best of a bad situation.Kids will love listening along as Marc Brown reads this classic Arthur story.
By Marc Brown
Arthur's experience babysitting for the terrible Tibble twins is more challenging than he expected! The feisty little ones almost get the best of the adorable aardvark, but he is finally able to settle them down with an imaginative story. Kids will love listening along as beloved author/illustrator, Marc Brown reads this exciting story
By Marc Brown
Even though it happens to everyone, losing a tooth for the first time can make kids a little nervous or apprehensive. 'Arthur's Tooth' offers a funny story that helps make the loss of baby teeth less scary. It shows kids that they are not alone in losing their teeth, while also telling a story that is silly enough to keep kids engaged.