Descriptosaurus is the first book for creative writing that is a thematic expansion of a dictionary and a thesaurus; it provides children with a comprehensive resource with which to expand their descriptive vocabulary, experiment with language and sentence structure and build up narratives based around settings, characters and creatures.

This book is needed for children attending The Independent Club and The Writing Club through The Literacy Club.

Linky Thinks – PRO Word Wheel Book

The PRO edition Word Wheel book is a handy reference tool, full of vocabulary and bitesize phrases, for writing academic essays, building high-level vocabulary, writing letters, speeches, articles, applications and answering exam questions with style.

This book is an optional extra for pupils attending The Independent Club and The Writing Club through The Literacy Club.

Delivery options are:

Click & collect – you will receive an email to notify you when the parcel is ready for delivery, please then collect from:
4 York Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham. B28 9JP
opening hours: Wed – Sat 10am – 5pm

Delivery – The parcel will be sent out via Royal Mail and delivered to the address given at check out.

Virginia Wolf

Virginia is feeling particularly wolfish today and no matter what her sister Vanessa comes up with, nothing seems to be working, how can you turn your sister from turning into a grumpy, gobbling wolf? Vanessa has a plan…she picks up a paintbrush and lets her imagination do the work

Loosely inspired by sisters Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, this is a beautiful book about the power of creativity, how we can use it to express emotions, inspire us, calm our minds. Its also a testament to the loving bond between siblings, beautifully crafted with Kyo Maclear’s words wonderfully matched by Isabelle Arsenaults stunning illustrations.

A World Of Your Own

A World Of Your Own takes the reader on a journey to help them create their own imaginary world, asking plenty of questions along the way, such as if you could make your own house what would it look like? how would you get from one floor to the other. If you need to get up in the morning no one wants a boring alarm clock to wake them up, so what better invention could you come up with? And who wants to ride around in a car when they can take a banana to work? These are just Laura Carlin’s suggestions of course but i’m sure you’ve got plenty of your own!!

Laura Carlin is an award-winning London based ceramicist and illustrator, whose eye-catching designs and quirky sculptures have developed a cult following in the UK and abroad. The workshop delivered by artist duo Lets Make Art for Word Play is based around the ideas in this book.

Lets Make Art are an artists duo from Bristol who specialise in running large scale workshops for families, giving children the opportunity to discover and create high quality artwork, you can see more about their work here

Poems Aloud

A fantastic collection of poems by award winning Joseph Coelho accompanied with techniques for making sure that these poems are read OUT LOUD!!

This book is the perfect tool for learning lots of clever ways to perform poetry, for both confident performers and shy readers alike, Joseph Coelho’s tongue twisters, funny poems, poems to whisper and poems to perform to everyone who will listen will get you up and performing in no time!.

All brought together with witty and warm illustrations by Daniel Gray-Barnett.

I was first introduced to Joseph Coelho’s work when he performed at Just So Festival and had the whole crowd enthralled, it was a fantastic thing to witness!

Inside The villains

A wonderfully elaborate picture book using cut aways to discover the layers of villanous characters from fairytales. Featuring The Wolf, The Giant and Baba Yaga,  for each one you can pull their innards out, look behind their ears, find out all about their strengths and weaknesses, their libraries and stories.

Wonderfully written an illustrated by Clotilde Perrin an illustrator and author living in Strasbourg and translated by Daniel Hahn.


Swim Shark Swim

Journey across the oceans on this poetic adventure as a shark searches for its home amongst the coral of the Great Barrier Reef. Along the way you’ll encounter tiger sharks living amongst African penguins and hungrily eyeing a humpback whale, a tunnel-mouthed basking shark past the waters of Morocco and Spain and speed on through the  sparkling Carlifornian waters out of the way of the Great White!

Wonderfully written by Dom Conlon with some fantastic shark facts at the end of the book and accompanied by glorious illustrations by Anastasia Izlesou, this book will certainly help you to uncover all the different types of sharks and where to find them.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

A very special edition of this classic book, celebrating it in style with spectacular full colour illustrations by award winning illustrator Chris Riddell.

An excellent piece of nonsense, is how it was described by The Times when first published in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has since become one of the most popular books ever written and fully engrained in our notion of childhood, adventure and magic whether or not you’ve ever read it.

Alice is bored, her sister is reading but book she’s reading doesn’t even have any pictures in it! “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice “without pictures or conversation?” She longs for adventure, then something captures her attention, a white rabbit, a white rabbit wearing a waste coat, a white rabbit wearing a waste coat shouting “oh dear, oh dear, I shall be late”. Well this definitely needed further investigation, which leads to the inevitable tumble down a long long rabbit hole and into a subterranean adventure….

“This edition presents Lewis Carroll’s complete text, with illustrations from Costa Award- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winner Chris Riddell. Published 200 years after the birth of Alice’s first illustrator, Sir John Tenniel, also the political cartoonist of his time, Chris Riddell’s illustrations set a new bar in terms of excellence with his unique, rich and evocative interpretation of Carroll’s world.” 



Little People: Women in Science

A beautiful box set including 3 books from the Little People, Big Dreams series, Women in Science includes a book about Ada Lovelace, Amelia Earhart, and Marie Curie, introduce your little dreamers to these incredible women and learn all about their lives in science and how they changed the world.

This series of books illustrates the inspirational lives of artists, designers, authors, scientists and adventurers, distilling their experiences into a bite size story with a more detailed timeline included within the back pages.

Underwildwood (wildwood Book 2)

Prue McKeel is finding it difficult to settle back into home life, after the adventures in Wildwood and rescuing her brother from the clutches of the wicked Dowager Governess. She also seems to have become attuned to the trees, noticing their murmurs, its almost as if they’re speaking to her.

Its not long before Prue is swept back into the chaos of Wildwood, when a dark assassin attacks her and a flock of Heron’s come to her rescue, led by Curtis (who never left the wood) and Brendan the bandit king, they need Prue alive for the safety of the whole wood….

Author Colin Meloy is the singer and songwriter for the band The Decemberists, this is his first novel. Carson Ellis is one of my favourite illustrators, she’s won awards for her most recent book “Du Iz Tak” and also created the wonderful “Home” both books that regularly grace the shelves of the Wren.

Colin and Carson live with their sons in Portland, Oregon, quite near the Impassible Wilderness

Frontiers of Space Professor Astrocat

The universe is a complex thing for anyone to get their head around. What we need is a clever alley cat to explain the basic (and not so basic) facts, such as how was the universe born? How are stars created? Professor Astro provides us with factual information about the Sun, Earth, Moon, Solar System and so on. Written in a wonderfully engaging way, this book is packed full of facts that will go quite a long way towards explaining the mysteries of the universe.

The wren is proud to say that Dr Dominic Walliman BSc, MSc received his PhD in Quantum Device Physics from Birmingham University, England. Yay for Birmingham! However he has since gone to live in Vancouver…we just don’t have the mountains to compete. Ben Newman is an award-winning illustrator and comic book creator who lives and works in London.

Atomic Adventure Professor Astrocat

Physics is an important part of our everyday life but often a difficult thing to explain, Professor Astro Cat is on hand once again to take us on an Atomic Adventure, along the way you’ll learn about gravity, atoms, electricity, the science of light and many many many more things!!

Ben Newman is an award-winning illustrator and comic book creator, having become frustrated with the lack of exciting books on space and science available for young readers, he set out to create the Professor Astro Cat series, bringing on board school friend Dr Dominic Walliman BSc, MSc to help provide the facts, the two of them have successfully created a book in which the content and design are equally exciting.

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space is the first book in the series and also available to buy from our website