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The Twits

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ISBN10 : 1101653019

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 96

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

A City Is Not a Computer

Author : Shannon Mattern

ISBN10 : 069122675X

Publisher : Princeton University Press

Number of Pages : 200

Category : Architecture

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Book Summary: A bold reassessment of "smart cities" that reveals what is lost when we conceive of our urban spaces as computers Computational models of urbanism—smart cities that use data-driven planning and algorithmic administration—promise to deliver new urban efficiencies and conveniences. Yet these models limit our understanding of what we can know about a city. A City Is Not a Computer reveals how cities encompass myriad forms of local and indigenous intelligences and knowledge institutions, arguing that these resources are a vital supplement and corrective to increasingly prevalent algorithmic models. Shannon Mattern begins by examining the ethical and ontological implications of urban technologies and computational models, discussing how they shape and in many cases profoundly limit our engagement with cities. She looks at the methods and underlying assumptions of data-driven urbanism, and demonstrates how the "city-as-computer" metaphor, which undergirds much of today's urban policy and design, reduces place-based knowledge to information processing. Mattern then imagines how we might sustain institutions and infrastructures that constitute more diverse, open, inclusive urban forms. She shows how the public library functions as a steward of urban intelligence, and describes the scales of upkeep needed to sustain a city's many moving parts, from spinning hard drives to bridge repairs. Incorporating insights from urban studies, data science, and media and information studies, A City Is Not a Computer offers a visionary new approach to urban planning and design.

The Twits

Author : Roald Dahl

ISBN10 : 0141930322

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 128

Category : Juvenile Nonfiction

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Book Summary: A collection of six fun-to-perform playlets based on Roald Dahl's bestselling story. Each short play, based on THE TWITS, highlights the key points in the story and some can be acted by groups of children while others only need a couple of actors. Similar format to the The BFG, and The Witches: Plays for Children Adapted by David Wood, a central figure in children's theatre (most recently Goodnight Mister Tom).

James and the Giant Peach

Author : Roald Dahl

ISBN10 : 1101653000

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 160

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: From the World's No. 1 Storyteller, James and the Giant Peach is a children's classic that has captured young reader's imaginations for generations. One of TIME MAGAZINE’s 100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time After James Henry Trotter's parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins! Roald Dahl is the author of numerous classic children’s stories including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG, and many more! “James and the Giant Peach remains a favorite among kids and parents alike nearly 60 years after it was first published, thanks to its vivid imagery, vibrant characters and forthright exploration of mature themes like death and hope.” —TIME Magazine

The Eejits

Author : Roald Dahl

ISBN10 : 1845028937

Publisher : Black & White Publishing

Number of Pages : 87

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: Mr Eejit wis AN EEJIT HE WIS BOARN AN EEJIT AND NOO AT THE GRAUND AULD AGE O SIXTY, HE WIS A BIGGER EEJIT THAN EVER. In The Twits, Roald Dahl’s story about the world’s most revolting couple, Mr Twit was horrible and hairy and his wife Mrs Twit was just plain ugly. Now they are honkin, maukit, bowfin and clarty and Mrs Eejit’s hackitness is revealed in all its manky glory. Read Matthew Fitt’s much loved translation of this children’s classic to find out what sleekit terrible things the Eejits do to each other.

The Enormous Crocodile

Author : Roald Dahl

ISBN10 : 0451480015

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 32

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all! This picture book edition has a beautiful full-color interior and large trim to feature Quentin Blake's iconic art.

The BFG (Colour Edition)

Author : Roald Dahl

ISBN10 : 0141378573

Publisher : Penguin UK

Number of Pages : 176

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: 'Human beans is not really believing in giants, is they? Human beans is not thinking we exist.' On a dark, silvery moonlit night, Sophie is snatched from her bed by a giant. Luckily it is the Big Friendly Giant, the BFG, who only eats snozzcumbers and glugs frobscottle. But there are other giants in Giant Country. Fifty foot brutes who gallop far and wide every night to find human beans to eat. Can Sophie and her friend the BFG stop them?

Third Grade Angels

Author : Jerry Spinelli

ISBN10 : 0545469600

Publisher : Scholastic Inc.

Number of Pages : 160

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: The long-awaited prequel to the bestseller FOURTH GRADE RATS George, aka "Suds," has just entered third grade, and he's heard the rhyme about "first grade babies/second grade cats/third grade angels/fourth grade rats," but what does this mean for his school year? It means that his teacher, Mrs. Simms, will hold a competition every month to see which student deserves to be awarded "the halo" - which student is best-behaved, kindest to others, and, in short, perfect. Suds is determined to be the first to earn the halo, but he's finding the challenge of always being good to be more stressful than he had anticipated. Does he have to be good even outside of school? (Does he have to be nice to his annoying little sister?) And if Mrs. Simms doesn't actually see him doing a good deed, does it even count? A warm, funny return to elementary school from master storyteller Spinelli.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Author : Roald Dahl

ISBN10 : 1101652950

Publisher : Penguin

Number of Pages : 240

Category : Juvenile Fiction

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Book Summary: Seven superb short stories from the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG! Meet the boy who can talk to animals and the man who can see with his eyes closed. And find out about the treasure buried deep underground. A cleaver mix of fact and fiction, this collection also includes how master storyteller Roald Dahl became a writer. With Roald Dahl, you can never be sure where reality ends and fantasy begins. "All the tales are entrancing inventions." —Publishers Weekly

France in an Age of Globalization

Author : Hubert Vedrine

ISBN10 : 9780815798330

Publisher : Brookings Institution Press

Number of Pages : 160

Category : Political Science

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Book Summary: This provocative book takes the form of a dialogue between French Foreign Minister Hubert Védrine and international relations expert Dominique Moïsi. Védrine expresses his frank views of the U.S. "hyperpower," France's role in the world, Europe's future, the current structure of the international system, and the role of ethics in international affairs. Probing the historic, diplomatic and cultural issues that unite and divide two historical allies, the book give unique insights into French thinking about the world, and France and America's respective roles in it. "Like the French satirical television show that twits the United States for being the 'World Company' that invades peoples lives around the globe, the French foreign minister, Hubert Vedrine, expresses frustration, and perhaps a little envy, at America's dominion.... "Since becoming foreign minister three years ago, Mr. Vedrine, 53, a lawyer and previously the senior foreign policy advisor to Francois Mitterand when he was president, has made a priority of making distinctions between France and the United States. That has left senior American officials muttering more than usual about the French." --New York Times