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Clive Gifford

  • 5 stars across 392 books
Clive Gifford is a highly experienced journalist and author who has more than 70 books in print for both adults and children. Among his children's titles are Spies (Kingfisher), Refugees (Belitha), and The Kingfisher Soccer Encyclopedia. He has written a number of highly acclaimed titles on the subject of robotics, including How to Be a Robot (OUP) and Inside Guides: Robots (DK).


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14th September 2018

Lonely Planet Kids How Airports Work

Where does luggage go after check in? What happens in the control tower? How do planes actually fly? This interactive, l... MoreLonely Planet Kids How Airports Work

(13 reviews) Review
11th October 2019

Lonely Planet Kids How Trains Work

All aboard! From the fastest to the longest, the oldest to the newest, through tunnels, across bridges and up mountainsi... MoreLonely Planet Kids How Trains Work

(13 reviews) Review
18th March 2021

Guardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero

This environmentally positive book contains everything children need to become guardians of the planet. Kids can learn h... MoreGuardians of the Planet: How to be an Eco-Hero

(6 reviews) Review
4th February 2016

iRobot: Discover Extraordinary Robot Technology

Children can interact with robots in their own homes thanks to the digital magic of Augmented Reality. Activities includ... MoreiRobot: Discover Extraordinary Robot Technology

(5 reviews) Review
7th April 2016

UEFA Euro 2016 France Fact file

This is the official licensed product of UEFA Euro 2016 Trademark. This in-depth guide for younger readers contains ever... MoreUEFA Euro 2016 France Fact file

(4 reviews) Review
4th July 2013


Horrible Histories Spies is the indispensable guide for aspiring secret agents in blood-curdling colour. From crac... MoreSpies

(2 reviews) Review
15th September 2022

The Football Encyclopedia

Updated with a fresh new design and all-new photographs throughout, The Football Encyclopedia brings you all the latest ... MoreThe Football Encyclopedia

(2 reviews) Review
4th September 2014

So You Think You Know: Enid Blyton's Famous Five

What is the name of the first book in the Famous Five series? Who is NOT a member of the Five: Julian, Nora or Anne? Wha... MoreSo You Think You Know: Enid Blyton's Famous Five

(1 review) Review
19th January 2006

So You Think You Know: The Simpsons

This bestselling quiz book has been updated with 100 new questions based on recent series of The Simpsons, in addition t... MoreSo You Think You Know: The Simpsons

(1 review) Review
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Series by
Clive Gifford

How Things Work

Designed by Nature

Horrible Histories Handbooks

So You Think You Know

100 Facts

Worldwide Wonders

How the

Planet Football

Big Machines

Linked Lives

In Focus

Machines at Work

In a Nutshell

Quick Histories

Green Science Genius

Winter Sports

Know Your Sport

Inspirational Lives

Sporting Skills

True Stories


Amazing Athletes S.

The World Cup

Martial and Fighting Arts S.

Who's Who of

Edge: Go Turbo

Record Busters

Get Ahead in Computing

Combat Sports


Countries Around the World

Teen Reads V

Extreme Machines

Get Active!

Brilliant Brits

Changing Face of...

Discover Science

Great Sporting Events


Rubik's Quest

Generation Cricket

Espresso: Ideas Box

Summer Olympic Sports

Journey into Civilization S.

Master This

Watch This Space

Inside Sport


Mil.Doc N.Lect.

Sport Stories

How Did It Happen?

The Best and Worst Jobs

History Showtime

Reading Ladder Level 3

Collins Big Cat Progress




Sports Skills

Bug Club

Kingfisher Young Knowledge

Kingfisher Knowledge

The Who's Who of

Food and Cooking In...

Red Hot Bikes

Usborne Cutaways

21st Century Lives


Football Focus

Influence and Persuasion

Planet Under Pressure

Usborne How to Guides

Tell Me About Sport

Young Machines S.

Active Readers Series

Discover More


Olympic Sports

Kids 30 Second

Ultimate Guides

A Short, Illustrated History of...

Myth Busters

First Reference


Healthy Lifestyles

Sports Academy

Small and Mighty

A Question of Technology

Amazing Facts Every Kid Needs to Know

Amazing Puzzles and Quizzes for Every Kid

Would You Rather

Incredible Sports Stories

Mind Mappers

Computer Kids

Amazing Cricket Stars

Super Tech

Lonely Planet Kids

History of