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It s time to get off the beaten path Inspiring equal parts wonder and wanderlust Atlas Obscura celebrates over 700 of the strangest and most curious places in the world Talk about a bucket list here are natural wonders the dazzling glowworm caves in New Zealand or a baobob tree in South Africa that s so large it has a pub inside where 15 people can drink comfortably Architectural marvels including the M C Escher-like stepwells in India Mind-boggling events like the Baby Jumping Festival in Spain where men dressed as devils literally vault over rows of squirming infants Not to mention the Great Stalacpipe Organ in Virginia Turkmenistan s 40-year hole of fire called the Gates of Hell a graveyard for decommissioned ships on the coast of Bangladesh eccentric bone museums in Italy or a weather-forecasting invention that was powered by leeches still on display in Devon England Created by Joshua Foer Dylan Thuras and Ella Morton ATLAS OBSCURA revels in the weird the unexpected the overlooked the hidden and the mysterious Every page expands our sense of how strange and marvelous the world really is And with its compelling descriptions hundreds of photographs surprising charts maps for every region of the world it is a book to enter... anywhere and will be as appealing to the armchair traveler as the die-hard adventurer Anyone can be a tourist ATLAS OBSCURA is for the explorer more
Now for the first time ever J K Rowling s seven bestselling Harry Potter books are available in a stunning paperback boxed set The Harry Potter series has been hailed as one for the ages by Stephen King and a spellbinding saga by USA Today And most recently The New York Times called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows the fastest selling book in history This is the ultimate Harry Potter collection for Harry Potter fans of all ages
J K Rowling s screenwriting debut is captured in this exciting hardcover edition of the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them screenplay When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover However when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt s fantastic beasts escape it spells trouble for everyone Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J K Rowling author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books Featuring a cast of remarkable characters this is epic adventure-packed storytelling at its very best Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world this is a perfect addition to any reader s bookshelf
Your little one will soon learn some essential first words and pictures with this bright board book There are 100 color photographs to look at and talk about and 100 simple first words to read and learn too The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold
The Eighth Story Nineteen Years Later Based on an original new story by J K Rowling Jack Thorne and John Tiffany a new play by Jack Thorne Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage The play will receive its world premiere in London s West End on July 30 2016 It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic a husband and father of three school-age children While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted As past and present fuse ominously both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places
For the first time J K Rowling s beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series as for the dedicated fan Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground He knows no spells has never helped to hatch a dragon and has never worn a cloak of invisibility All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys his horrible aunt and uncle and their abominable son Dudley -- a great big swollen spoiled bully Harry s room is a tiny closet at the foot of the stairs and he hasn t had a birthday party in eleven years But all that is about to change when a mysterious letter arrives by owl messenger a letter with an invitation to an incredible place that Harry -- and anyone who reads about him -- will find unforgettable
The pressure s really piling up on Greg Heffley His mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his creative side As if that s not scary enough Halloween s just around the corner and the frights are coming at Greg from every angle When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms it sparks an idea Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie and will he become rich and famous in the process Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg s troubles
The Dursleys were so mean and hideous that summer that all Harry Potter wanted was to get back to the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry But just as he s packing his bags Harry receives a warning from a strange impish creature named Dobby who says that if Harry Potter returns to Hogwarts disaster will strike And strike it does For in Harry s second year at Hogwarts fresh torments and horrors arise including an outrageously stuck-up new professor Gilderoy Lockhart a spirit named Moaning Myrtle who haunts the girls bathroom and the unwanted attentions of Ron Weasley s younger sister Ginny But each of these seem minor annoyances when the real trouble begins and someone -- or something -- starts turning Hogwarts students to stone Could it be Draco Malfoy a more poisonous rival than ever Could it possibly be Hagrid whose mysterious past is finally told Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects Harry Potter himself
The bestselling Giraffes Can t Dance is now a board book Giraffes Can t Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe who wants nothing more than to dance With crooked knees and thin legs it s harder for a giraffe than you would think Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness
Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc s life He stunk at gym class math was too hard for him the school lunch was horrible and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn t swim But what was most awful thing about fifth grade Kenny Williamson the class bully who calls himself the King of the Jungle When Marc s mother tells him that his Uncle Jake is coming to stay for the whole summer Marc can t wait Uncle Jake is a for real super-cool Navy SEAL And Uncle Jake has a plan He s going to turn Marc into a warrior Becoming a warrior isn t easy It means a lot of pull ups sit ups pushups squats swimming eating right and studying harder than ever before Can Marc transform himself into a warrior before school starts in the fall and finally stand up to the King of the Jungle himself
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