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Peter and the Wolf: Band 09/Gold (Collins Big Cat)

by Diane Redmond, John Bendall-Brunello & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

This book presents Serge Prokofieff's famous musical story about young Peter and the Wolf in the style of a play with four scenes. The cast of characters on page 2 shows how Prokofieff used a different musical...


Fly Facts: Band 07/Turquoise (Collins Big Cat)

by Janice Marriott, Andy Keylock & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

An informative picture book that presents a larger-than-life look at the fly and explains that flies can be very useful – despite their capacity to carry germs and cause disease! The humorous cartoons, captivating...


A Day at the Eden Project: Band 05/Green (Collins Big Cat)

by Catherine Petty, Ley Honor Roberts & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

This book recounts the experiences of two children as they take a look inside the giant Biomes and discover the exciting plants and exotic foods that grow in difficult environments.

• Green/ Band 5 books offer...


I’ve Just Had a Bright Idea!: Band 5/ Green (Collins Big Cat)

by Scoular Anderson Collins (November 15, 2017)

Have you ever wondered how things are created? Find out all about inventors and their amazing inventions in this non-fiction information book, written and illustrated by Scoular Anderson.

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Too Hot to Stop!: Band 5/ Green (Collins Big Cat)

by Steve Webb Collins (November 15, 2017)

The desert is too hot to stand still, so Hoppit and his friends keep moving. As more and more animals join, who knows where they're going to end up! It's a big surprise for everyone except the snake and eagle,...


Growing and Changing: Blue/ Band 4 (Collins Big Cat)

by Teresa Heapy & Alan Baker Collins (November 15, 2017)

As we grow up, our bodies grow and change with us. This information book by Teresa Heapy looks at the changes that happen – from our eyes and teeth to our height and strength.

• Blue/Band 4 books offer longer,...


The Lonely Penguin: Blue/ Band 4 (Collins Big Cat)

by Petr Horacek Collins (November 15, 2017)

Penguin is lonely – he can’t find his friends. Follow him on his journey across Antarctica as he searches for them in this lovely story, written and illustrated by award-winning illustrated Petr Horá?ek....


The Baby Turtle: Band 03/Yellow (Collins Big Cat)

by Andy Belcher, Angie Belcher & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

This photographic non-fiction book tracks the life of a turtle. Initially meeting the mother, we stay with her eggs and follow a hatched baby turtle along the dangerous sands to the sea. A story of survival,...


Night Animals: Yellow/ Band 3 (Collins Big Cat)

by Louise Spilsbury Collins (November 15, 2017)

When we go to sleep at night, some animals are just waking up. Discover the different activities and features of nocturnal animals in this photographic non-fiction report by Louise Spilsbury.

• Banding: Yellow/Band...


Helper Bird: Yellow/ Band 3 (Collins Big Cat)

by Anita Ganeri Collins (November 15, 2017)

This little bird may be small, but it’s very helpful to bigger animals. This photographic non-fiction book shows how the bird is able to help the larger animals around it, set against the stunning backdrop...


River Journey: Red B/ Band 2B (Collins Big Cat)

by Fiona Macdonald Collins (November 15, 2017)

Follow a river from its source to the sea and see how it adapts to its surroundings in this highly photographic non-fiction report by Fiona Macdonald.

• Red B/Band 2B books offer simple but varied text with...


World of Soccer: Red A/ Band 2A (Collins Big Cat)

by Daniel Nunn Collins (November 15, 2017)

Everyone can play football, anywhere in the world! Find out what you need to play the game and where in the world it is played in this action-packed non-fiction report by Daniel Nunn.

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Wheels: Band 01b/Pink B (Collins Big Cat)

by Frances Ridley & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Some wheels are big and some wheels are small. This exciting book is full of photos of all kinds of wheels: big and small, fat and thin, fast and slow, from skateboards to tractors, that children are sure to...


In the Forest: Pink B/ Band 1B (Collins Big Cat)

by Becca Heddle Collins (November 15, 2017)

There are many exciting things in the forest. Find out all about them from dawn until night in this highly photographic non-fiction text by Becca Heddle.

• Pink B/Band 1B books offer simple, predictable text...


The See-saw: Band 01b/Pink B (Collins Big Cat)

by Paul Shipton, Brett Hudson & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Hippo wants to play on the see-saw. But who will play with him? In this humorous story a hippo wants to go on a see-saw, but no other animal is heavy enough to get hippo off the ground. It takes a group of animals...


Splash: Pink B/ Band 1B (Collins Big Cat)

by Lucy Courtenay & Dave Hill Collins (November 15, 2017)

There’s a storm brewing and a mother and daughter are out on a walk – what can they see? Follow them on their journey as the weather changes, a storm arrives and they find an umbrella is not quite enough...


Shapes: Band 01a/Pink A (Collins Big Cat)

by Monica Hughes & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

This simple non-fiction book introduces and explores the circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, stars and hexagons which can be found in everyday objects. Each labelled shape is accompanied by a photograph...


Minibeasts: Band 01a/Pink A (Collins Big Cat)

by Siobhan Hardy, Steve Lumb & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

The brightly coloured photographs in this picture book show common minibeasts that most children will be familiar with. Photographs alongside the minibeasts show children grouped and made up to resemble the...


Getting Dressed: Pink A/ Band 1A (Collins Big Cat)

by Teresa Heapy & Maria Bogade Collins (November 15, 2017)

How do you get dressed in the morning? Follow one girl as she gets dressed in clothes appropriate for the changing weather outside in this illustrated non-fiction book by Teresa Heapy.

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In the Backyard: Band 01a/Pink A (Collins Big Cat)

by Mitch Cronick, Melanie Sharp & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

What happens when Mum is in the garden tidying up, but the

children just want to play? This simple, humorous story book shows two boys creating mayhem while Mum works on, unaware. It explores the different places...


Tiger’s Tales: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

by Michaela Morgan, Debbie Boon & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

A not very special cat loves nothing better than hearing the stories told in her library, or by her cat friends. Then one day she accidentally gets locked in the library over a holiday! With nothing else to...


The Stone Cutter: Band 07/Turquoise (Collins Big Cat)

by Sean Taylor, Serena Curmi & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

A poor stone cutter who wished he was a rich man has his wish granted. He then keeps changing his wish, and each wish is granted. Finally he wishes himself back as he was at the start of the story.

• Turquoise/...


My Family Tree: Band 1A/Pink (Collins Big Cat)

by Zoe Clarke & Anne Wilson Collins (November 15, 2017)

Who's in your family? Use this family tree to learn all about one family, how many brothers and sisters there are and what the grandparents look like, and discover how families are connected. Beautiful illustrations...


The Cloud Forest: Band 11/Lime (Collins Big Cat)

by Nic Bishop & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

The photographs and text in this information book explain what a cloud forest is and reveal the many unusual and rare creatures adn plant that live ther. The report also considers the threats to cloud forest...


Is There Anyone Out There?: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

by Nic Bishop & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Is There Anyone Out There? investigates whether there is life beyond planet Earth. The non-chronological report examines what we already know about the Solar System and the possibility of life on other planets....


Pirate Party: Band 09/Gold (Collins Big Cat)

by Scoular Anderson & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

It was Pirate Captain Codspawn’s birthday. But what was his birthday surprise? It wasn’t the beetles in the butter. It wasn’t the spiders in the sugar. And it wasn’t the special pirate pie that Cook...


Pacific Island Scrapbook: Band 08/Purple (Collins Big Cat)

by Andy Belcher, Angie Belcher & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

This colourful and informative book is presented as a ‘scrapbook’ of mementoes from Amy’s visit to the Pacific island of Vanuatu. Packed with photos, it gives information on how the islands of the Pacific...


Were They Real?: Band 08/Purple (Collins Big Cat)

by Scoular Anderson & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

An information book about the celebrated historical and fictional characters Cleopatra, Boudica, King Arthur, Robin Hood, the Pied Piper, Pocahontas, Blackbeard, Dracula and Tarzan. The book investigates which...


Spines, Stings and Teeth: Band 05/Green (Collins Big Cat)

by Angie Belcher, Andy Belcher & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

This non-fiction book explains how sea creatures have spines, stings and teeth and other means to protect themselves from hungry predators. Packed with stunning underwater photographs, there is much to entrance...


Fly Away Home: Band 01b/Pink B (Collins Big Cat)

by Shoo Rayner & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Poor Ladybird is lost and flies around the garden looking for somewhere she can call home. Her early efforts are rebuffed by the other animals, until finally she finds somewhere she can be happy: a ladybird-patterned...


Where on Earth?: Band 11/Lime (Collins Big Cat)

by Scoular Anderson & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Where on Earth describes the journeys of significant explorers, revealing the lands they discovered and what they found there. Grid maps and grid references offer children an opportunity to find out for themselves...


Fabulous Creatures – Are they Real?: Band 11/Lime (Collins Big Cat)

by Scoular Anderson & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

This witty information book describes real and imaginary creatures, and answers the question – are they real? Some of the creatures are from myths and legends, while others are genuine. Included are the Loch...


Rally Challenge: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

by Andy Belcher, Angie Belcher & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

An exhilarating ride with one of New Zealand’s foremost adventure photographers, Andy Belcher as he takes on the New Zealand Targa Rally against a variety of cars – from 1960s Austin Healeys and Ford Cortinas...


How To Be A Knight: Band 09/Gold (Collins Big Cat)

by Scoular Anderson & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Here is everything you need to know about being a knight, from from being a young page to being knighted. This humorous non-fiction book explains all the tasks, training, outfits and privileges that came with...


Swimming with Dolphins: Band 09/Gold (Collins Big Cat)

by Angie Belcher, Andy Belcher & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Join a young girl on the adventure of a lifetime as she swims with dolphins. Written in the first person, in a captivatingly immediate style, readers will feel that they are there with the young swimmer as she...


How to be a Pirate: Band 09/Gold (Collins Big Cat)

by Scoular Anderson & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

So you want to be a pirate? This book shows you how in 10 easy stages, from wearing the right clothes right down to what to do with the treasure. And along the way, you’ll learn a barrelful of facts about...


Living Dinosaurs: Band 08/Purple (Collins Big Cat)

by Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Ever wondered why the dinosaurs didn’t survive? In this fascinating non-chronological report the success story of crocodiles and lizards (focusing on monitor lizards), and some of the reasons why they have...


Hector and the Cello: Band 08/Purple (Collins Big Cat)

by Ros Asquith & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Hector the Hippo wants to play the cello more than anything else in the world. But who in the jungle will teach him? Most of the other animals laugh at the idea. Finally Hector meets a musician who can help...


Africa’s Big Three: Band 07/Turquoise (Collins Big Cat)

by Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Another captivating title written and photographed by BBC Big Cat Diaries presenters, Jonathan and Angela Scott; authors of the Collins Big Cat titles Antartica: Land of the Penguins and Big Cat Babies. This...


How to Make a Storybook: Band 07/Turquoise (Collins Big Cat)

by Ros Asquith & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Ros Asquith, cartoonist and author of many children books, gives a masterclass on writing and illustrating your own storybook . This is an instructional book with a difference, which takes young readers step...


When Arthur Wouldn’t Sleep: Band 06/Orange (Collins Big Cat)

by Joseph Theobald & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

'It was bedtime and Arthur was still awake. "I don't want to go to sleep," he said. Where could he go to find a place where NO ONE went to sleep?' Arthur returns in another stunning title, written and illustrated...


Arthur’s Fantastic Party: Band 06/Orange (Collins Big Cat)

by Joseph Theobald & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Arthur the donkey is having a party – but he wants it to be fantastic. So fantastic, that only fantastic guests can come! But when none of his friends qualify to go on the guest list, he changes his mind...


Big Cat Babies: Band 05/Green (Collins Big Cat)

by Jonathan Scott, Angela Scott & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

BBC’s Big Cat Diary presenter and photographer Jonathan Scott has written and photographed this beautiful and informative book all about Africa’s big cats and their babies.

The stunning photographs show baby...


Colours: Band 04/Blue (Collins Big Cat)

by Satoshi Kitamura & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

A simple text where a visit to an art show causes a girl to imagine what the world would be like if it was wholly yellow, red or blue. Realising that the world actually consists of all the colours of the rainbow,...


The Fantastic Flying Squirrel: Band 04/Blue (Collins Big Cat)

by Nic Bishop & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

It’s night time and many animals are sleeping, but deep in the forest a flying squirrel is waking. She is hungry and looking for food; what will she find to eat? Beautiful photographs show clearly how the...


Super Ben: Band 02b/Red B (Collins Big Cat)

by Steve Smallman & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

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...


Cat and Dog Play Hide and Seek: Band 02a/Red A (Collins Big Cat)

by Shoo Rayner & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Shoo Rayner's comic duo play hide and seek, with hilarious consequences, in this lively story with a predictable structure and patterned language. Where is Cat? Dog is looking in all the wrong places: under...


Animal Ancestors: Band 09/Gold (Collins Big Cat)

by Jon Hughes & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Can you imagine a world with whales that could walk and giant earth moles? They both lived on Earth long ago and their relatives still live here today. Explore the terrifying, giant, strange ancestors of everyday...


Cinderella: Band 10/White (Collins Big Cat)

by David Wood & Shahab Shamshirsaz Collins (November 15, 2017)

Cinderella is tired of a life of chores, but everything changes when her fairy godmother turns up. Just as she meets her perfect prince, though, the clock chimes twelve and she has to run. Will this hilarious...


Around the World: Band 03/Yellow (Collins Big Cat)

by James Carter & Cliff Moon Collins (November 15, 2017)

Traversing across the world by train, boat and plane, the two children in this story poem encounter the extremes of sun and snow travelling to Africa, India and China. The book begins with a poem, before revealing...