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Valdur the Viking and the ghostly goths
My name is Valdur and I am a Viking. Well, I hope to be a real Viking one day. But, I do get to roam the seas on my father's ship. That is, until he was kidnapped by his arch-enemy, the Goth pirate Germanicus Bottom. So, now, I have to fight Romans, sea monsters and the Pirate Goths to rescue him. Luckily, I have my dragon-dog, Ragna, with me.
ISBN 9781925272420
Publisher Ford Street Publishing, 2016
Cormick, Craig & Cormick, Hanna (ill)
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Vampire knife, The
Anna and Max love scary stories - but when they find a mysterious knife on a dark and stormy night, truth soon becomes stranger than fiction. Dragged into a world of monsters and magic, will the siblings find a way to survive?
ISBN 9781760129255
Publisher Hardie Grant Egmont, 2017
Henseleit, Jack
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Van Gogh and the sunflowers
Young Camille befriends a strange visitor to his small town and, one day, he brings this man a gift of bright, beautiful sunflowers. The man is the artist Vincent van Gogh and the sunflowers quickly become the subject of a magnificent painting.
ISBN 9780764138546
Series Famous artists (Anholt) series (10 books)
Publisher Barron's Educational Series, 2007
Anholt, Laurence
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Vegetable ark, The: A tale of two brothers
In this twist on the original tale of Noah's Ark, Noah has a brother, Neil. Noah is wealthy and a bit of a show-off. Neil hums songs about peace. Noah brokers deals with a tense frown, while Neil wears his hair long and chats dreamily to pot plants. When it rains for forty days and forty nights, the race to find land is on.
ISBN 9781741759969
Publisher Allen & Unwin Pty Ltd, 2010
Topics / Endangered species /
Kane, Kim & deGennaro, Sue (ill)
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Velveteen rabbit
By the time the Velveteen Rabbit is dirty, worn out, and about to be burned, he has almost given up hope of ever finding the magic that will make him real. A classic about the miracle of love.
ISBN 9780816710621
Publisher Lioncrest, 1990
Williams, Margery
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Very best doughnut, The
Friday is always the best day in Adam's house. It's doughnut day! But this week, his family is fasting for Ramadan. They aren't going to eat or drink until sunsets. Adam wants to fast too, but it's so hard. Can he wait that long for his very special doughnut?
ISBN 9781760988906
Publisher Pan MacMillan, 2022
Abdel-Fattah, Randa & Haydar, Amani (ill)
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Very best of Aesop's fables, The
Thirty selections from Aesop's classic fables presented in a way that shows the tales are entertaining in their own right, and not merely for the message that shines out from between the lines.
ISBN 9780744531497
Publisher Walker Books, 1996
Clark, Margaret & Voake, Charlotte (ill)
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Very best of friends, The
When James dies unexpectedly, William's world becomes very confused. While Jessie, his wife, is busy with her own grief, she fails to understand that William, his cat, is also sad. Eventually, they grow closer.
ISBN 9780947241261
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 1991
Wild, Margaret & Vivas, Julie (ill)
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Very cranky bear, The
In the Jingle Jangle Jungle on a wet and windy day, four little friends find a cosy place to play. Moose has marvellous antlers, Lion wears a golden mane, Zebra has fantastic stripes and Sheep, well, Sheep is plain. However, when the four friends encounter a cranky bear, it is plain, boring Sheep who has the answer.
ISBN 9781741691344
Series The very bear series (6 books)
Publisher Scholastic Australia, 2008
Bland, Nick
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Very messy inspection, The
Following the mysterious disappearance of his parents years before, Young Piccolo Grande lives alone in his fine, old family home. But, one fateful afternoon, his neat and ordered life is turned upside down and inside out.
ISBN 9780759320772
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2004
Axelsen, Stephen
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Very naughty Velociraptor, The
Tom and Tam are horrified when they find out Great Aunt Gertrude is coming to stay. She's got bad breath, smelly feet and her false teeth like to bite. They need to get rid of her, fast. Luckily they've got a secret weapon - their very own velociraptor - but it's a naughty one and it keeps getting them into trouble. In a fight between a vicious velociraptor and a ferocious great aunt, there can only be one winner.
ISBN 9781742756578
Series Saurus street series (3 of 6)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Falk, Nick & Flowers, Tony (ill)
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Very, very Pearlie
One day, Pearlie wakes up to find everything is topsy-turvy. The frogs are trying to spin webs, the possums are trying to paddle in the lake and the ducks are trying to jump from tree to tree. Something has gone wrong. This volume includes the first three Pearlie stories, Pearlie in the park, Pearlie and the big doll, and Pearlie and Opal.
ISBN 9781741660081
Series Pearlie series (18 books)
Publisher Random House Australia Pty Ltd, 2005
Harmer, Wendy & Zarb, Mike (ill)
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Contains fascinating factual information about vikings with plenty of descriptions and images.
ISBN 9780756642204
Series Eyewonder series (22 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2009
Love, Carrie & Mack, Lorrie
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Viking longship
Follow an appealing cast of characters through their everyday lives, both at work and at play. Charge into a Viking battle, watch skilful ship builders at work, visit a Viking farmstead and listen to fireside tales about the Viking gods.
ISBN 9781845074654
Series Fly on the wall series (4 books)
Publisher Frances Lincoln, 2006
Manning, Mick & Granstrom, Brita (ill)
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Violet Mackerel series
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Series Violet Mackerel series (8 books)
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's brilliant plot
Violet needs to think of a brilliant plot to buy the blue china bird she loves at the markets. Being an archaeologist and finding a new dinosaur, or learning to knit, or going on a game show, would mean she would have money to buy the blue china bird.
ISBN 9781921529177
Series Violet Mackerel series (1 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2010
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's formal occasion
Violet Mackerel is happy. She has found a beautiful locket. But she is also sad because Mum has lost her basket of knitted things. Violet wants to make Mum feel happy again. And she may just have the perfect plan, a surprise formal occasion just for Mum.
ISBN 9781925081091
Series Violet Mackerel series (8 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2015
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's helpful suggestion
Violet is excited for her best firned who is going on a trip to Japan. But, Violet will miss her terribly and six weeks is a long time. Violet is worried that Rose will forget her.
ISBN 9781922244369
Series Violet Mackerel series (7 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2014
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's natural habitat
Violet Mackerel quite likes helping. She particularly likes to help small things. So, when Violet makes friends with a tiny ladybird called Small Gloria, she wants to give her a helping hand. But, sometimes, it's hard to know the best way to help a little thing, especially when it's not in its natural habitat.
ISBN 9781921529191
Series Violet Mackerel series (3 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2011
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's personal space
Violet has some good news and some not-so-good news. The good news is about Mum and Vincent. The not-so-good news is that they have to move house. Violet is trying to be brave, but sometimes leaving your personal space can be tricky.
ISBN 9781921529207
Series Violet Mackerel series (4 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2012
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's pocket protest
A big oak tree is going to be cut down and Violet does not think it is a good idea, it is worth trying to save.
ISBN 9781921977572
Series Violet Mackerel series (6 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd, 2013
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's possible friend
Violet has moved into her new house. She doesn't have any friends near the new house and she would quite like to make one. There is a girl next door who could be a possible friend. Her name is Rose and she has a pink and white bedroom and a doll's house.
ISBN 9781921977565
Series Violet Mackerel series (5 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2013
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet Mackerel's remarkable recovery
Violet Mackerel has to have her tonsils out but she doesn't think it's a very good idea at all. But, the tonsils have to go and Violet believes she will make the most remarkable recovery. Her special Theory of Finding Small Things grows into a much greater idea, the Theory of Giving Small Things. This, she believes, will make something extraordinary of someone's day.
ISBN 9781921529184
Series Violet Mackerel series (2 of 8)
Publisher Walker Books, 2011
Branford, Anna & Davis, Sarah (ill)
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Violet vanishes
Violet loves watching magic tricks. But when her mum takes her to see a magician, Violet becomes the star of the show.
ISBN 9780734413970
Series Ava adds series (4 of 4)
Publisher Hachette Children's Books, 2013
Dubosarsky, Ursula & White, Annie (ill)
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Explore the danger and wonder of volcanoes. Peer into a hot bubbling crater and see red-hot rivers of lava. An exciting read full of stunning photography. Extraordinary facts and stories throughout the book.
ISBN 9781405313810
Series Eyewonder series (22 books)
Publisher Dorling Kindersley, 2006
Magloff, Lisa
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An introduction to volcanoes and how they work, describing their formation, the destructive forces and benefits of them.
ISBN 9780431023762
Publisher Heinemann, 2000
Llewellyn, Claire
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Hot melted rock from the middle of our planet forces its way up through cracks in the Earth's crusts, exploding violently and, sometimes, unexpectedly in volcanic fury. Fire up your imagination with vivid images of lava, ash, molten rock, weird rocks and steaming seawater.
ISBN 9781426302855
Series National Geographic kids series level 1 and level 2 (10 books)
Publisher National Geographic Society, 2008
Schreiber, Anne
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A beautifully presented book about volcanoes, including simple and interesting facts, an index, a glossary and web links.
ISBN 9780794501655
Series Usborne beginners series (9 of 44)
Publisher Usborne Publishing Ltd, 2005
Turnbull, Stephanie
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