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Super Reads and Sets of Activities Starring Superheroes…

All children (and even a large number of adults) love the world of Marvel and DC comics, and with the recent flurry of superhero movies sparking the imagination of a new generation of superhero fans, the world of comic books can only get bigger.

Superheroes have been a part of popular culture since the early 1930s, where they adorned the pages of millions of juxtaposed panels the world over. Moving into the 1960s, superheroes began to make their way onto out television screens, namely in the form of Adam West’s take on the popular Batman character. Recently, superheroes have been huge on the silver screen. Beginning with the Christopher Reeve Superman series in the late 1970s, and followed by Tim Burton’s Batman, starring Jack Nicholson as the Joker and Michael Keaton as the Dark Knight himself, superhero movies became box office gold. 1992’s Batman Returns followed with Keaton reprising his role as Batman, and the ensemble cast adding the talents of Danny DeVito, Michelle Pfeiffer and Christopher Walken to the bill – again, a huge box office success. A few less-popular Batman films followed and all was quiet on the superhero front for a few years.

Enter Spiderman. Sam Raimi’s Spiderman, starring Tobey Maguire, Kirtsen Dunst, Willem Dafoe and James Franco, was a huge box office success. The success of Spiderman was followed up by a number of other superhero motion pictures, including the re-imagination of Batman by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy featuring Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portray of the Joker in The Dark Knight; the arrival of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as Hulk in The Avengers (and their own independent movies); and a new introduction to an alternative Spiderman universe in The Amazing Spiderman, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone – with its sequel, The Amazing Spiderman 2, due for cinema release later today.

We at the Book People love superheroes, and we love the twisting plots that mirror those of our favourite fables and stories. Why not take at our super-b selection of superhero titles and treat someone (or yourself – don’t worry we won’t tell anyone) to an out-of-this-world adventure.

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero

Spider-Man: Inside the World of Your Friendly Neighbourhood Hero

Marvel Activity Set – 5 Books

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Batman: The World of the Dark Knight

Superman Sticker Set - 2 Books | The Book People

Superman Sticker Set – 2 Books

Superhero Sticker Set - 8 Books

Superhero Sticker Set – 8 Books

The Book People reviews – 5-star reads!

At the Book People, we love hearing from you about our books and nothing pleases us more than when one of our titles has a number of 5-star reviews. Using our review function, you’re able to let us know exactly what you thought of your latest purchase, as well as having the opportunity to potentially influence thousands of would-be book buyers’ decisions.

It’s so easy to leave a review, just go to the product page and leave your thoughts in the ‘Add a review’ section. Below, we’ll take a look at some of our current 5-star reads along with quotes from their reviews, but do feel free to offer your thoughts on any of our other titles!


Winnie the Witch Collection and Satchel – 14 books

‘Wave your wand three times and Abracadabra..! Your child will be sitting contently listening. Great value with satchel to keep books tidy.’


Meringue Girls Cookbook

‘Lots of original ideas. I would highly recommend!’


Cute and Simple Woodworking

‘We’ll save a fortune AND everything will be totally handmade by us!’


The Night Guest

‘The book is full of emotion and it will certainly leave a lasting impression on you.’


Julia Donaldson Audio Collection – 10 CDs

‘I bought this collection for my four-year-old son and he loves listening to the CDs at bedtime. If he wakes up during the night then putting one of the CDs on helps him to settle back down.’


Man Booker Prize Shortlist 2013 – 6 books

‘Very good price, hardbacks and high-quality reads.’


LEGO Minifigure Year by Year: A Visual Chronicle

‘Kids and adults will love this book. Plotting the history of the LEGO Minifigure from birth to present day, it includes loads of interesting facts to read about Minifigures and great illustrations.’


The Slightly Annoying Elephant

‘This book reminded me of the Tiger Who Came to Tea. It is very funny and has some great pictures.’


Alex Hoffler and Stacey O'Gorman Fiona McFarlane Slightly Annoying Elephant

World Book Night 2014

We’re almost at that time of year when the entire nation comes together to celebrate their love of reading for World Book Night. Taking place on Shakespeare’s birthday, 23 April, the event finds people across the world gifting special edition books to their local communities, putting books into the hands of those who may not normally have the chance to read – an ethos that the Book People is very much behind!

Every year, the organisers of World Book Night painstakingly choose a number of books that can be given out for free by a nationwide team of volunteers. Run by The Reading Agency, the mission of World Book Night is to give everyone the opportunity to become a reader and enjoy the benefits and opportunities in life that reading can provide.

Twenty specially chosen titles are now listed on the World Book Night website, so take a look – there is sure to be a title that a potential giver would like to share. Books are, of course, subjective – which is one of the great things about them – so great care is taken by the selection committee in choosing the titles that make the list. However, quite simply, the books are good, enjoyable, very readable and contain compelling narratives. Jeffrey Archer, John Grisham, Adele Parks and Roald Dahl are just some of this year’s included authors.

With such highly regarded authors listed, even if you are not interested in volunteering, it would be recommended to take a look at the list – you’re sure to find a book worth exploring.

On the Book People website you will find the World Book Night-listed titles available for purchase, so share a book with someone less privileged and inspire them to become lovers of reading too.

3 for 2 on revision guides in the Collins Letts GCSE Revision Shop!

In our shops, you can find everything from the latest LEGO books to travel guides when you’re planning your next getaway and even join some amateur sleuths in their quest to solve a number of startling Manor Mysteries. With the Easter holidays now in full swing and exam season edging ever closer, we thought we’d draw your attention to the Collins Letts GCSE Revision Shop and its 3 for 2 offer!

We’re currently at the beginning of what is one of the most stressful times for GCSE pupils, as they find themselves having to prepare for a series of exams which could help shape their life. Working alongside Collins and Letts, we have a number of revision guides for every kind of pupil as they dedicate themselves to that final cramming. With books and guides for every kind of reviser, from those who have prepped since the turn of the year through to those who leave everything to the last minute. Focusing on both core and optional subjects, these guides really can help any pupil get to grips with the sometimes complex and mind-boggling world of exams.

All the guides featured in the shop are available in our 3 for 2 deal, and you can also find more information on where you should start and which books you’ll need in the Shop.

Revision guides

We’ve gone Bananas – bunches of books at even lower prices!

Here at the Book People, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new clearance shop – Bananas!

With bunches of books available at rock-bottom prices, you’ll need to be quick to pick these up – we’re not monkeying around when we tell you that when they’re gone, they’re gone! Make your order before the books make a split. To open with, we have books from Katie Ward, David Nicholls and A.M. Homes for under £2 each, fantastic collections from James Patterson, Ian Fleming and Jude Deveraux, as well as children’s favourites and fascinating non-fiction.

To keep things ripe, new stock will be added into Bananas regularly, so please do keep an eye out on the shop – it’s going to be full of ap-peel-ling titles!

Bananas clearance shop

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