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From the creator of hit feature film: Gnomeo & Juliet comes BORN AGAIN BEN.

‘A Modern Morality Tale with a Wicked Sense of Humour.’ Bully boy Ben is cruel to animals and humans alike – until one day, he gets run over by a 94 bus and is reincarnated as a bug. Now the boot is on the other foot, and that foot wants to squash Ben flat!  Ben learns [...]

| December 10th, 2013 | Continued

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Mission:Explore FOOD – just add kids!

We have had some fantastic responses to Mission:Explore Food, The Guardian Teacher’s Network has endorsed the project. And now the Mission Explore crew are going on tour to reach those parts other guerrilla geographers can’t with a UK tour. Click here for more information: http://thegeographycollective.wordpress.com/food-expedition/ Some kind words that we’ve had about the book so far: [...]

| October 12th, 2012 | Continued

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A Step in the Right Direction – Walking Back to Happiness

“Succumb to Christine Palmer’s charm, spirit of adventure and huge sense of fun. I’m already shopping for my walking boots.” ~Susan Rae, Broadcaster Walking Back to Happiness tells the funny and enlightening story of a woman who sets out to lose weight and ends up finding herself. In this memoir, Christine Palmer gives a guide [...]

| October 2nd, 2012 | Continued

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The Boy Who Biked the World

Tom really wants to be an explorer. When Tom’s head isn’t in the clouds it’s in an atlas. He follows adventurers not footballers and his schooldays are spent dreaming about travelling from Tibet to Timbuktu. One day a private wish blurted out loud started his freewheeling adventure: “I’m going to cycle around the world.” His [...]

| April 2nd, 2012 | Continued

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Goodnight Keith Moon – A truly sick Christmas gift

Wondering what to get this Christmas for the person who has everything? Remember the children’s classic you read a thousand times when you were young? What if Goodnight Moon was about saying goodbye to another Moon? Say goodnight to Keith, his drumsticks, his pile of sick, and more. Goodnight Keith Moon is a hilarious parody [...]

| November 24th, 2011 | Continued

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Mission:Explore WINS National Trust Outdoor Book of the Year Award

Can of Worms Kids Press is thrilled to announce that our Mission:Explore books have been selected as a National Trust/Hay Festival Outdoor Book of the Year 2011, making it a truly perfect stocking stuffer. For two months the public voted for their favourite “outdoor books” and we can now reveal that our Mission:Explore titles are [...]

| November 17th, 2011 | Continued

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Borough Market Cookbook: Meat & Fish

Lovely to see the Borough Market Cookbook as a staff pick at the Waterstones Piccadilly branch today.

The notice reads: “The perfect recipe book for anyone who loves to spend their Saturday mornings at London’s best market.” Which is of course quite true, but also a fabulous cookbook (it was Radio 4 Food Programme Cookbook of the Year) wherever you shop.

If you can’t make it to Waterstones or other fine retailers, then it is available here.

From the creator of hit feature film: Gnomeo & Juliet comes BORN AGAIN BEN.

Born Again Ben
Written by
Rob Sprackling
Illustrated by
Rupert Smissen

‘A Modern Morality Tale with a Wicked Sense of Humour.’
Bully boy Ben is cruel to animals and humans alike – until one day, he gets run over by a 94 bus and is reincarnated as a bug. Now the boot is on the other foot, and that foot wants to squash Ben flat!  Ben learns that if he wants to work his way back up the food chain he better start by being nice!

Born Again Ben is a dark, comedic morality tale for our times.

‘A brilliant book.’ Ricky Tomlinson of The Royle Family

To order now for Christmas:

P&P FREE to UK addresses, a charge elsewhere


In this latest installment of Larry Hench’s fascinating engineering and science series for children, Professor George calls upon our leading lad Daniel and his trusty companion, Boing-Boing the bionic cat, for a critical task. Explorers from the London Science Museum have travelled to the Amazon in search of a special plant that will treat nerve illnesses in young people. However, they have disappeared in this largely uncharted and mystifying part of the world, and now it is up to Daniel, Professor George and their famous bionic cat to help find and save the explorers:

CHAPTER 1 EXCERPT: “Dan, there is a serious problem. The Science Museum called me an hour ago. One of their scientists is on a team exploring this part of the Amazon. The Museum received a strange text message, but when they tried calling the cell phone back the line was dead. They’ve heard nothing more since the text.”
“What was the message?” Daniel asked, worried.
“It was very short, only five words. It was obviously sent in a rush. The message was:
“What does it mean?” asked Daniel.
“The Director is not sure,” replied Professor George. “He is very worried. The team had been keeping in touch daily. They have a GPS system to keep track of where they are since it is such a wild country. There has been nothing since this message and the GPS is off as well.”

It would seem that a challenge this big could only be suited for our bionic cat, except…Boing-Boing can’t complete this mission on his own. Even with his incredible bionic features, the Amazonian terrain is too rough and unpredictable for him. What is Professor George to do? Simply give up? Never.

Perhaps, the answer is a new invention. Something that can overcome the difficult terrain. A brand new bionic friend who can fly over the tall trees–Bit-Bit the Bionic Butterfly! With the ability to camouflage its wings while exploring and stream video, Bit-Bit is Professor George’s answer for seeking out an isolated tribe: one who can turn invisible…one who might be holding the explorers captive…and one who might be dangerous.

COMING SOON from Can of Worms Kids Press, Book 7: Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat and the Amazon Crisis!

Born Again Ben Goes to Hollywood

What a great way to end the week. Thrilled to announce that the film rights for the forthcoming Can of Worms Kids Press book: Born Again, Ben by Gnomeo & Juliet screenwriter Rob Sprackling have been acquired by Peter Safran of The Safran Company. Ben is going to Hollywood.http://www.variety.com/article/VR1118060556?refcatid=13&printerfriendly=true

The Way to Weigh Less

Our author, Christine Palmer, writes in the Mail on Sunday today about walking “the Way” and weighing less, her book Walking Back to Happiness is up to #300 on Amazon: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2163679/Woman-loses-2-stone-taking-walking.html

Can of Worms Welcomes Jam Jar Flowers

Peacock Yard is a pretty special place, that is to say both pretty and special. It has become even more so with the arrival of Jam Jar Flowers who are now happily set up on our ground floor. Jam Jar Flowers is the passion of Melissa and Jocelyn, ably assisted by Tilly. Together they create some of the most wonderful flower arrangements imaginable. Every week we are blessed with a fresh arrangement. Specific details of what Jam Jar can provide for you can be found on their website: http://jamjarflowers.co.uk/ and you can follow them on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/JamJar_Flowers and get in touch if you would like to arrange weekly flowers for your office or home.

The front of our space has undergone some wonderful transformations. In 2009 it was for The King’s Speech when we became part of the street on which Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush) practices. But with the advent of Jam Jar Flowers the front window is mostly definitely a jar to the eye.

Who Said Work Was Boring?

In one of Christine Palmer’s reflections on her life in her new book, Walking Back to Happiness, she tells about her biggest work gaffe: catching a Chanel dress on fire -while someone was in it! While you may not have had such an experience, the workplace is filled with opportunities for funny and embarrassing moments. What is your most entertaining work blunder?


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