I (Don’t) Like Snakes by Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Luciano Lozano

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook about one of the world’s most hated creatures – the snake!

A bold, bright and fascinating Nature Storybook, by award-winning writer and zoologist Nicola Davies, about one of the world’s most hated creatures – the snake! Perhaps it’s the way they slither, or maybe it’s their slimy, scaly skin … whatever the reason, many of us shiver at the thought of a snake – and so does the little girl in this book. But the rest of her family loves them and as they tell her more about snakes (did you know they have no eyelids, smell with their tongues and can swim?) she has a change of heart, and by the end of the book she loves them too. Luciano Lozano’s stylish, colourful and informative illustrations perfectly match the warmth and humour of the text.

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Operation Alphabet by Al MacCuish illustrated by Luciano Lozano Design by Jim Bletsas

Welcome to a very secret world. Not many people know this, but inside a special, little red postbox in London, close to Big Ben, there exists a top secret department. It is so top secret that only the Queen of England, her Prime Minister, Spies and Cats know about it. And now you…” This book part of ‘The Ministry of Letters’ series recounts the adventures of the top-secret government department ‘The Ministry of Letters’, the place where all the letters and all the words in the world are created. We are introduced to this secret and then told the story of ‘Operation Alphabet’, one of the most famous adventures ever to have happened to the letters who work in the Ministry. The star of the story is Charlie Foxtrot, who starts school aged five and finds learning the alphabet confusing and strange. We learn how the members of the Ministrys Special Alphabet Service (SAS) set off on an adventure to Scotland to find Charlie and teach him, by song and rhyme, the alphabet and the joy to be found in letters and words. They succeed he goes to school the next day and gets full marks in a test and the world lives happily ever after! ‘Operation Alphabet’ also comes with a special jacket that folds out into an alphabet poster.

Check out this website to find out more about the book and resources for schools.

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