- Super Ben
This patterned picture story follows Ben on his trip to the park. The text describes the park visit, while the illustrations delve into Ben's imagination and reveal the adventures of 'Super Ben.' He encounters a shark in the duck pond, a spaceship roundabout and puddles containing monsters!
- Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with familiar objects and actions, combined with simple story development and a satisfying conclusion.
- Text type - A patterned story with predictable structure.
- The labelled story map on pages 14 and 15 incorporates interest words from the text and some of Super Ben's encounters encouraging children to follow Ben's adventures once more.
- This book has been levelled for Reading Recovery.
- Revista de Estudios Hispanicos
- Going Sane: Maps of Happiness
Writings on madness fill entire libraries, but until now nobody has thought to engage exclusively with the idea of sanity; we define it simply as that bland and nebulous state of not being mentally ill. But what is sanity? How broad, how eccentric is its range of behavior? And how do we go about crafting a creative and fluid definition of a sane existence, one we can guide ourselves by?
Madness is always present in our lives -- in the chaos of our experience as babies, the rebellion of our adolescence, the irrational nature of our sexual appetites. In a society governed by indulgence and excess, madness is the state of mind we identify with most keenly -- while it is ultimately destructive, we often credit it as the wellspring of genius, individuality, and self-expression. Sanity, on the other hand, confounds us; it lacks the false allure of madness. Hamlet, as Adam Phillips points out, is glamorous, while the eminently sane Polonius comes off as a fool. In Going Sane, Phillips redresses this historical imbalance, drawing deeply on literature and his rich experience as a clinician. He strips our lives back to essentials, focusing on how we -- as human beings, as parents, as lovers, as people to whom work matters -- can make space for a sane and well-balanced attitude to living.
Phillips's brilliantly incisive and aphoristic style coaxes us into meeting his ideas halfway, and making them our own. In a world saturated by tales of dysfunction and suffering, he offers a way forward that is as down-to-earth and realistic as it is uplifting and hopeful.
- The Devil's Own Work
Guardian Fiction Prize-winning and extraordinarily highly critically acclaimed, The Devil's Own Work is a subtle, compulsive hallucinatory tale of possession. A world-renowned writer living in the South of France owes his extraordinary career to a mysterious literary spirit -- or is it a demon?-- that controls him. The existence of this supernatural muse, and the price it exacts, remain hidden until the famous writer's death, when the spirit is transferred to a rising but as yet unformed literary hopeful, whose own celebrity begins immediately and inexplicably to grow. The only clues to these two possessions are an ancient, inscrutable manuscript and the continuing presence of an apparently ageless woman who attaches herself in turn to these gifted but soon distracted and eventually desperate men. And as the narrator, a guileless teacher of literature, pieces their stories together, we begin to see what can happen when an artist surrenders to the charm of fame.
- Chewy Hughie
'Collins Big Cat' is a guided reading series for ages 4-7, featuring both fiction and non-fiction titles which encourage children to develop their reading skills.