The Monster Under the Bed

The Monster Under the Bed by Kevin Dyer
The complete playtext for use in schools and youth theatres. Imagine swapping places with a monster for the day. Ben has a BIG problem. His mum is acting grumpy, his best friend Vince has stolen his precious binoculars and his Dad is far, far away... Oh, and there’s a monster under his bed. But when Ben swaps places with the underbed monster, Ben’s life – and his school – is turned inside out and upside down. A funny and thrilling play for children about friendship and facing up to your fears. Suitable for young performers. WINNER OF THE WRITERS’ GUILD BEST CHILDREN’S PLAY AWARD

Picturebooks

Picturebooks by Evelyn Arizpe
The picturebook is now recognized as a sophisticated art form that has provided a space for some of the most exciting innovations in the field of children’s literature. This book brings together the work of expert scholars from the UK, the USA and Europe to present original theoretical perspectives and new research on picturebooks and their readers. The authors draw on a variety of disciplines such as art and cultural history, semiotics, philosophy, cultural geography, visual literacy, education and literary theory in order to revisit the question of what a picturebook is, and how the best authors and illustrators meet and exceed artistic, narrative and cultural expectations. The book looks at the socio-historical conditions of different times and countries in which a range of picturebooks have been created, pointing out variations but also highlighting commonalities. It also discusses what the stretching of borders may mean for new generations of readers, and what contemporary children themselves have to say about picturebooks. This book was originally published as a special issue of the New Review of Children’s Literature and Librarianship.

Believe Me

Believe Me by Eddie Izzard
As heard on BBC Radio Four - Book of the Week . . . A memoir of love, death and jazz chickens, Eddie Izzard's fabulous Believe Me is his ONE AND ONLY AUTOBIOGRAPHY . . . ----------------------------- 'I know why I'm doing all this,' I said. 'Everything I do in life is trying to get her back. I think if I do enough things . . . that maybe she'll come back.' When Eddie Izzard was six, he and his brother Mark lost their mother. That day, he lost his childhood too. Despite or perhaps because of this, he has always felt he needed to take on things that some people would consider impossible. In Believe Me, Eddie takes us on a journey which begins in Yemen (before the revolution), then takes us to Northern Ireland (before The Troubles), England and Wales, then across the seas to Europe and America. In a story jam-packed with incident he tells of teddy bear shows on boarding school beds, renouncing accountancy for swordfighting on the streets of London and making those first tentative steps towards becoming an Action Transvestite, touring France in French and playing the Hollywood Bowl. Above all, this is a tale about someone who has always done everything his own way (which often didn't work at first) and, sometimes almost by accident but always with grit and determination, achieving what he set out to do. Brimming with the surreal humour and disarming candor of his shows (with occasional digressions), Believe Me tells the story of a little boy who lost his mother yet who has risen to become a star of comedy and drama, a leading advocate of total clothing rights, a British European and extreme runner of marathons, who bestrides the world stage as a world stage bestrider. 'King of the Universe . . . Comic genius . . . Entertainment incarnate' Telegraph

The Book of Ah Ha

The Book of Ah Ha by Jennie Elizabeth Lake
Ever wonder how the mind can actually believe that Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Easter Bunny are real? Ever suffer over an idea you realized later on wasn’t true? Join Jennie on a fast-paced journey to the end of the mind as she shows the difference between what we make up and what can help us wake up. Come chase squirrels, visit with Santa, and find that place within where suffering is optional. You no longer need to feel angry or empty inside; Jennie knows the way back home to the real you! Are you ready?

The Gates

The Gates by John Connolly
Bursting with imagination and impossible to put down, this “wholly original” (People) and “refreshing” (San Francisco Chronicle) novel from New York Times bestselling author John Connolly is about the pull between good and evil, physics and fantasy—and a quirky boy, who is impossible not to love, and the unlikely cast of characters who give him the strength to stand up to a demonic power. Young Samuel Johnson and his dachshund, Boswell, are trying to show initiative by trick-or-treating a full three days before Halloween, which is how they come to witness strange goings-on at 666 Crowley Road. The Abernathys don't mean any harm by their flirtation with the underworld, but when they unknowingly call forth Satan himself, they create a gap in the universe, a gap through which a pair of enormous gates is visible. The gates to Hell. And there are some pretty terrifying beings just itching to get out... Can one small boy defeat evil? Can he harness the power of science, faith, and love to save the world as we know it?

Loving What Is

Loving What Is by Byron Katie
Bryon Katie found herself at a complete dead end in her life, she felt increasingly depressed and over a ten-year period had sunk into an existence of depression, despair and rage. Then one morning she woke up in a state of absolute joy, filled with the freedom of knowing her suffering had ended. Determined to give people a way to discover for themselves what she had experienced, Katie has developed a simple method of self-enquiry that she calls The Work, four simple questions that allow you to see the problems that are troubling you in a whole new light. The Work is a life-transforming system for discarding the stories we tell ourselves, which are the source of our suffering, and replacing them with the truth and a life of joy and peace.
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