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March 08, 2011

Watch out for the evil little Ninja Puffin . . .

Ring of Water 

Our adrenalin is r-r-r-r-r-r-racing!! Why? Well Chris Bradford’s latest Young Samurai book has just been published! It’s called ‘The Ring of Water’ and to celebrate its release we’ve just launched ‘The Young Samurai Challenge’!  Yes, that’s right, get ready to steel your nerves, show your skills and make like Jack Fletcher and Akiko!

The Young Samurai Challenge is a video competition where entrants are invited to upload examples of themselves practicing martial arts to WIN all-kicking prizes including Young Samurai judo suits! These suits are exclusive to the competition and you’ll get them nowhere else in the whole entire planet, FACT!  Make sure you visit www.youngsamurai.com to find out more.

Julia and I would have loved to have entered a video of ourselves practicing martial arts but since neither of us know the difference between a ‘dojo’ and a ‘dodo bird’ we decided we were best off entering the ‘Spoof’ part of the competition. This is a separate strand of the challenge for children who don’t practice martial arts and there are great prizes for this too. As I say, the challenge is for children under 18 years so we wont be able to win (we are a bit older than 18. We wanted to be kids forever but we didn’t figure out a way to stop birthdays in time). We put together our video to show you guys the sort of thing you could do . . .

So I’ll pass across now to Julia who will tell you all about how much fun we had making costumes for our cuddly little Puffin friends and why evil little Ninja Puffin’s will always get their comeuppance!

Vanessa Godden
Marketing Officer

We've had some cuddly and cute little Puffins in the office for ages but the poor things were kept in a cupboard and never got to see the light of day. So this was their BIG CHANCE and you should have seen their excited little faces! First, we had to make some samurai and ninja clothes for them. It wouldn't do to have them appear badly dressed for their big moment in the spotlight after all. We made Young Samurai sashes and headbands for the goodie Puffins and a ninja mask (out of paper - bit fiddly) for the EVIL Ninja Puffin. He put up a bit of a fight but we got him dressed in the end!

Then they were ready for their big day. They warmed up properly (we made sure of that - didn't want any strained muscles), and waited nervously for the race to begin...

Ready, Steady, GO!

They were off! Racing towards the finish line they looked so happy. Then, out of nowhere, BANG! Evil Ninja Puffin tried to sabotage the race by knocking into one of the poor little Samurai Puffins. Ow! But the other Samurai Puffin was having none of this. He made sure Ninja Puffin was out of the running and went on to WIN, with his brave (and wounded) friend coming second place.

At the end of all this Ninja Puffin thought he was still allowed on the podium in third place. Were we going to allow that though? NO! Off the podium he comes and back into the cupboard until the next round of Young (Puffin) Samurai competitions!

If you want to have just as much fun as we did log on to www.youngsamurai.com and enter the Young Samurai Challenge!

Julia Teece
Marketing Assistant

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June 12, 2009

Listen to Leo . . .

Jellyfish

If you’ve ever wondered what’s really happening to our planet, green expert Leo Hickman's new book is for you. Will Jelly fish rule the world? is a fresh, easy-to-use eco-handbook for budding environmentalists everywhere. Hear what Leo has to say on all things green today:

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December 11, 2008

He shoots, he scores . . .

Foul Play  He's Tom Palmer!

Here at Puffin HQ we’re big fans of the brilliant, fast-paced FOOTBALL DETECTIVE series by Tom Palmer. His hero, Danny Harte, is obsessed with two things: football – especially City Football Club – and investigating crimes. This book is a total winner! Find out more about Foul Play here and listen to Tom talking all things football now . . .

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September 25, 2008

Half Boy. Half God. All hero.

Lightning_thief'Look, I didn't want to be a half-blood. I never asked to be the son of a Greek God.'

Percy Jackson was just a normal kid, going to school, playing basketball, skateboarding. The usual. Until he accidentally vaporized his maths teacher.

That’s when things really started going wrong.

As the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy has faced battles with Zeus, hand-to-claw combat with a half-lion, half-human and blowing up schools. In fact, he spends most of his time just trying to stay alive.

Here's where you can listen to Rick Riordan talking about his explosive action adventure series . . .

The Greek Gods are alive and kicking in the 21st century.

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If you go down to the woods today . . .

GoldiYou're in for a big surprise! Hear Lauren Child (creator of Charlie and Lola) and Polly Borland (internationally acclaimed photographer) talking about the making of their stunning new picture book,in collaboration with renowned set designer Emily Jenkins.

A little curiosity can be a wonderful thing, but too much and you have trouble . . .

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September 15, 2008

Spy Dog - Super Andrew Cope is in the studio

Spydog_superbrain She drives cars. She's a PlayStation champ. She's got a black belt in karate . . .

She's AGENT GM451 (or LARA to you – Licensed Assault and Rescue Animal).

A gang of villainous head teachers are plotting to make their school the very best. They're creating a secret formula, and the final ingredient is the brain of a child. They'll stop at nothing (even BANNING playtime) to get what they want. Can anyone stop their dastardly plot? Canine super spy Lara sniffs out her most dangerous mission yet – when adventure comes calling, what's a Spy Dog supposed to do?

Hear Andrew Cope talking all things Spy Dog!

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September 11, 2008

TIS the season to be jolly tra la la la la . . .

BattleWhen Ellie puts on her new pyjamas, strange things start to happen. She and her little brother, Max, are whisked off to the Christmas Shop where a battle is raging between a valiant troop of toys and the scaaaarry Christmas Tree Fairy and her army of angels . . .

Listen to Jeremy talking about his books, from famous bottoms to mince spies, here on the Puffin Podcast.


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September 02, 2008

It's a poet's life for Roger McGough

If Philosophy is the Why?
and Science is the How?
then Poetry is the Wow!

SlapstickIn Roger McGough's brand-new collection, you’ll discover poems about poems, poems about life, poems about kangaroos and chameleons and caterpillars (though not in the same verse) and many more.

Here on the Puffin Podcast, Roger talks about his new book Slapstick, with readings and insights into his life as a poet. Slapstick is a stunning, thought-provoking collection, which will make you laugh, cry or simply say ‘Wow!’

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July 31, 2008

Budge Wilson on everyone's favourite red head

Next up on the Puffin Podcast is Budge Wislon, author of the wonderful Before Green Gables. If you've never enjoyed the antics of Anne, be sure to read Before Green Gables and then the much-loved classic, Anne of Green Gables. Make some mischief down at the farm!

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July 14, 2008

David Gilman is in the Danger Zone

No, we don't mean the Puffin recording studio is dangerous, we're talking about the adrenaline-fuelled, action packed series that is Danger Zone. David Gilman is here to talk about his eco-hero Max Gordon and Max's latest adventure high in the freezing mountains, Ice Claw.

Tune in again soon to hear Budge Wilson talking about everyone's favourite feisty and freckly redhead, Anne of Green Gables.

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