Tuesday, 27 July 2010

My Story

My Story is a great series of key historical moments told through the eyes of a young person and in some cases as pictured, a pivotal figure. These are full of facts and would be a great supplement for children studying certain periods of history at school.

They are written in a diary format and are a favourite amongst children who prefer books that are not fantasy based. They are also a good way to encourage reluctant readers as the diary entries are less imposing than chapters and they are easy to get hooked on. These are also a good form of inspiration for children who would like to start their own diary.

Puzzles from imaginative French brand Djeco

We are big fans of the French brand Djeco at The Golden Treasury. We first started to stock Djeco last year to launch our Christmas range and it has gone from strength to strength.

We just want to show you some of the fab puzzles we have in stock. These are proving to be a hit for birthday gifts. All the artwork on Djeco products are carefully selected illustrators, who work with them to create some really imaginative children's products.

Long car journey with children? Part two.

Now a few suggestions for the older children. Some classics and some modern classics. If you haven't heard the fabulous Harry Potter CDs with Stephen Fry, you'll be in for a treat as they are hugely entertaining and in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows you'll be hooked into Harry's ultimate confrontation with Voldemort!

Jacqueline Wilson's
My Secret Diary is hilarious as much as it is tragic. These are her secret diaries from her teenage years during the 50' and 60's, the beehive and boyfriend tears. It's a teenagers life, most importantly it made Jacqueline who she is today.

'Skulduggery Pleasant serves up a thoroughly satisfying blend of humour, magic and adventure. Once you've met Stephanie and Skulduggery, you'll be clamouring for a sequel.' Rick Riordan

Long car journey with children?

We suggest audio books for long car journeys, as everyone can enjoy them and they make a car ride seem so much shorter as you get wrapped up in the story!

Here are some suggestions for the younger ones. Tales of dragon adventure, nanny mischief and Clarice's mad life. We can order audio books just like we order our books, it just takes a few days.

Putumayo Kids, CDs that you'll love too.

Are you looking for music to play in the car this summer, or something to dance along to with your children? We have the answer! Award-winning Putumayo, are brilliant CDs with a wonderful cultural range, lovely composed music and very listenable for both children and adults. They are fun and are a great soundtrack for your summer holidays this year.

We have a wide selection and a can play any number of sample CDs we have. Pop in and have a listen. We also stock some Dreamland titles, which are perfect, calming and soothing music to help little ones to sleep. All CDs are £11.99

Presents on the go!

Want to make your gift that extra bit special, are you giving a few small gifts to the same person or don't have time to wrap? Whatever your reason, we have a nice selection of gift bags in stock now.

Soul have a pretty fresh range out this summer and we have just got these gift bags back in. Perfect as the post suggest, for presents on the go.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

The Night Iceberg - Helen Stephens

We have been very lucky to have award winning author and illustrator Helen Stephens visit our shop for a fun storytime last year and we are all very excited to see her brilliant new book The Night Iceberg. It touches on a subject that we all face with little ones at some point, the idea of sharing.

Tofta finds it difficult that she has to now share things with her little baby brother, but by chance one night she sees a beautiful iceberg drift by her window and decides that she wants that all for herself. She didn't anticipate 500 penguins turning up for some fun and games, but she learns to enjoy all the fun.

This book is so, so magical! It is filled with page after page of such thoughtful illustration and a wonderful lyrical story. This was a top choice among our avid audience during storytime in the shop this last week. We spent the rest of the storytime talking about the funny tummy sliding thing penguins do, what items we have shared with another person recently and would we pack 1 or 2 tins of sardines?

This story gave us much to discuss and it was such a pleasure to read. This is a book for keeps! £6.99 available now in the shop.

If you enjoy this book, you will definitely enjoy Helen's award winning book Fleabag. Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Children's Book Award and Winner of the Children's Book Award.

Friday, 23 July 2010

One Day by David Nicholls - perfect summer reading

At the The Golden Treasury we are best known for our vast choice of childrens books, but did you know that we also stock adult titles too? We have a carefully chosen selection of adult fiction and non fiction that we think you'll enjoy. Anything you don't see, we are more than happy to order it for you. Most orders arrive within a few days, so please do ask if you need any help with ordering.

So, are you looking for something to read over summer? One Day by David Nicholls is flying off our shelves at the moment and it has been passed around the staff here and eveyone is raving about it!

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988.

Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Independent Booksellers Week - London Stories with Becky Jones and Clare Lewis

Here are some photos from the London Stories event we held in the shop during Independent Booksellers Week with authors Becky Jones and Clare Lewis.

We spent an afternoon learning lots of interesting facts and stories about London. Becky and Clare brought along some great activities from their collection adventure walk books, from leaf rubbing to London landmark quizes.

Thank you to everyone for coming, especially Beck and Clare. London Adventure Walks and Adventure Walks for Families in and around London are both available in the shop priced £8.99

It's here! We also have some exclusive signed copies!

Artemis Fowl and the Atlantis Complex, the hotly anticipated follow-on from Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox is finally here!

Artemis Fowl's criminal ways have finally got the better of him ...Young Artemis has frequently used high-tech fairy magic to mastermind the most devious criminal activity of the new century. Now, at a conference in Iceland, Artemis has gathered the fairies to present his latest idea to save the world from global warming. But Artemis is behaving strangely - he seems different.

We have some exclusive signed copies, pop in and get yours now.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Quentin does it again! Signed copies of Angelica Sprocket's Pockets in stock now.

Quentin's books have such an instant appeal to little ones and this new title Angelica Sprocket's Pockets is no exception. Angelica has the most amazing jacket with numerous pockets, from which the most amazing things come out! This was read at storytime and it was very entertaining and lead to us dreaming up whether we could pull ice creams out of our pockets...

We're very lucky to have a few signed hardback copies in stock, so pick one up today!

Friday, 16 July 2010

Independent Booksellers Week - Local History Evening

We had a week full of events during the national celebration of Independent Booksellers Week and we were really lucky to be able to have two local historians hold a fascinating talk here in the shop. There were some really interesting facts told on the night, for example does anyone know which wife of a famous U.S. president went to school in Southfields? Thank you to Neil and Peter for an entertaining evening.

Neil Robson author of Roomy Villas, showed an interesting selection of photos of the local Southfields area and was a mine of local information for our eager audience. His book focuses on the story of the Southfields Grid and it's surrounding area.

Famous and Infamous Londoners is a compilation of thoroughly researched true stories of Londoners through the ages, well known and little known alike - their lives, loves, pastimes and crimes. Peter de Loriol has compiled a great book of their stories, that weave a tapestry of London through the ages.

Both books are available in the shop. Roomy Villas £6.99, Famous and Infamous Londoners £14.99

Judi Abbot - The Biggest Kiss storytime

We were so happy to welcome illustrator Judi Abbot to the shop for a special storytime, where she read her new book The Biggest Kiss which she illustrated. We loved her entertaining storytelling and also Judi held a creative drawing session afterwards. There were lots of unusual combinations of which animal would give a kiss to another animal!

Judi was kind enough to judge The Biggest Kiss colouring competition and picked her favourites. Thank you to eveyone for coming along and also to Judi and Amy. If you 'd like to hear about our shop events, please email us to be added to our mailing list - southfields@thegoldentreasury.co.uk or visit our website.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Are you ready for Mockingjay?

Against all the odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry and wants revenge.

This is the thrilling final instalment in a powerful and acclaimed trilogy.
Published 25th August.

New card designs

Come in and see our new card ranges and designs! Our stationery buyer has been busy selecting all the exciting new designs and they are finally here!

Woodmansterne's beautiful 'graffiti' series , showcase a wonderful range of artists and their unique artwork. Here we have some designs from Sara Miller, Lou Gardner and Emma Levey.

We also have some great new cards of London architectural landmarks by artist Paul Catherall, from the Art Angels 'Printmakers' series. Bright, bold and one of our favourite subjects here - these are linocuts which are created entirely by hand.

The Gruffalo.....

" He has terrible tusks, and terrible claws, and terrible teeth in his terrible jaws." "He has knobbly knees, and turned-out toes, and a poisonous wart at the end of his nose." "His eyes are orange and his tongue is black; he has purple prickles all over his back." - Julia Donaldson.

We are excited to be able to show you our new stock of The Gruffalo plush! They are available in three sizes, 7" (£7.99), 9" (£14.99) and 16" (£24.99) and would be a super present for the ultimate fan of the grizzly Gruffalo.

We are also stocking the Gruffalo Trunki, great for travelling with children this summer. Big enough to fit their bits and pieces for your holidays and an easy way to get them through the airport. Besides, who could resist that grin? They are priced £39.99 - hurry while they last!

Independent Booksellers Week - Doodle Day!

During independent Booksellers Week, we held some fun in-store events for everyone. Here are some pictures from our Doodle Day. We had a fun afternoon creating Southfields longest doodle with the help of some local artists!

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Independent Booksellers Week - Helen Nathan's Flossie Crums event!

Here are some more photos from our brilliant event with author Helen Nathan. Helen was kind enough to read her new book Flossie Crums and the Enchanted Cookie Tree (published in September) and then hold a cookie decorating masterclass. Everybody had a great time making Geoffrey spider cookies, especially the eating afterwards!

Thank you to Helen for such a fun event and to all the children/mums and dads who came along.