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It's a big, book bonanza on Blue Peter, as the shortlist for their annual book awards is announced.


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It is Thursday, it is 5:30, there is one place to be, right here. Today

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we can exclusively reveal the six books that have made it to the short

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list for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014. And we will be showing you how

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to make your very own CBBC Christmas card with the help of Mr Hacker T

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Dog. Stay tuned, it is live here on today's Blue Peter.

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Hello! Welcome to Blue Peter. First things first, look at Lindsey's

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jumper, it lights up! It is the favourite thing I have ever worn. I

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am a big fan. Barney is rehearsing for panto! But we have got a

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jam-packed show for you. That is right, we are getting super excited

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about the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014, and we want to hear from you.

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This is a live show, so we have got a question for you, tell us about

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your favourite book on the website. At the end of the show, we will read

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out as many of your favourite as possible. Can I just say, how

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festive is the studio looking?! It is looking so Christmassy today, and

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the reason for that is we are counting down the days to Christmas

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with the rest of CBBC. Do you know what? 20 days to go! How exciting?!

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Do not get too excited, Radzi! Never! We will be showing you how to

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make a CBBC Christmas card, and we will find out what happened when I

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went to Newcastle to find out how they celebrate Christmas Polish

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style. We want to say thank you to everyone who sent sonic designs for

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the Doctor Who competition. The competition is now closed! Yes, and

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that means you cannot send in any more applications, but we will be

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revealing the three winners on our Christmas special on the 19th of

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December at 5:30 right here on CBBC. But for now, some really exciting

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news, follow us this way. Yes, you may be able to tell what I'm going

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to talk about next, because of our lovely reading corner in the

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background. We are going to be revealing the six short listed books

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in the Blue Peter Book Awards 2014. We have been doing the awards for a

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lot of years now, and they give you a chance to vote for your favourite

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books. Barney went to find out what the awards are all about.

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There's nothing quite like a good book, you can get lost in a whole

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other world, and that is why... Sorry, I know you are excited to

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read your book. That is why this year the Blue Peter Book Awards...

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No, sorry, I have got one more line then you can read. Are you ready?

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That is why this year... Oh, come on! As I was saying, there is

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nothing like a good book, and this year the Blue Peter Book Awards

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return once again. From a line-up of 40 brilliant books, we are on the

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hand to find the best story and the best book with facts, and to do that

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we have enlisted a panel of genius judges. Marcus Sedgwick is already a

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Blue Peter book award know it all, he won a book award in 2011. I am a

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judge for the awards, and we are looking for a book that is a little

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bit better than all the others. Kirsten Grant is the director of

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World Book Day and has worked in children's literature for 17 years.

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I am looking for a book where I am going to learn something and where

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the facts are going to be really well organised and really clear. You

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will find Katie Thistelton in the CBBC of its most days, but she is

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also the host of the CBBC Book Club and a self-confessed bookworm. I am

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looking for a book that you cannot put down, which you want to tell

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your friends and family about, and which makes you laugh and cry. And

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our very own UN, the big boss of Blue Peter. He is not voting, he is

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chairing the voting, making sure everything runs smoothly. This gives

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us a chance to celebrate the books you have been reading and hopefully

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introduce you to some new books you might not have read yet. The judges

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have already read each book, and now they are bashing their heads

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together to come up with a short list of just six, the three best

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stories and the three best books with facts, easier said than done!

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And after hours of deliberation... They have done it! These are the

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final six, is everyone happy? Very happy, it is a good selection. So

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there you have it, the book awards short list, around 200 from ten

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schools will be reading the books and voting for your favourites. Make

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sure you're watching in the New Year to find out who has been picked.

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So let's find out a bit more about them, the nominees for best book

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with facts are Weird World Of Wonders: World War II by Tony

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Robinson. Marvellous Maths by Jonathon Litton and Thomas Flintham.

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And The World In Infographics: Animal Kingdom by Jon Richards and

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Ed Simkins. Let's find out a little bit more about them.

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Weird World Of Wonders sees the curiosity grew Discover the smellier

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and more disgusting bits of the Second World War. Wheelbarrows full

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of money, things that go bang, standing up to bullies, must potato

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moustaches, it is history, but not as you know it.

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Did you know the number zero add to be invented? Or that there is an

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equation to work out the geometry of a doughnut? That is what you get

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with Marvellous Maths, incredible ideas and interactive bits and bobs,

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mats made easy. If you are a budding numberSmith, that is some fun. A

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picture is worth a thousand words, and nowhere is that more true than

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in The World In Infographics: Animal Kingdom. This is a mash up of icons

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and pictures, facts and figures to help you make sense of the stats.

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From boat to birds, mammals and amphibians, each page is bursting

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with unexpected information about the world of animals, it is wild.

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That is such an exciting line-up of books, isn't it? Now it is the

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nominees for best story. We have Oliver And The Seawigs, by Philip

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Reeve and the Sarah McIntyre. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell L.

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And last but by no means least, Whale Boy by Nicola Davies and Joe

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McLaren. Very exciting times, time to find out more about them.

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Oliver And The Seawigs is the adventure filled story of

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ten-year-old Oliver, the son of explorers who met at the top of

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Mount Everest. When his parents go missing, Oliver set sail across the

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sea to rescue them. In his quest, he meets a talking albatross, a mermaid

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with a black eye, a villainous boy and an army of STC monkeys. -- pesky

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sea monkeys. Sophie is an orphan found in a cello case in the English

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Channel. When no-one believes her story, she takes matters into our

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own hands and flees to Paris to search for her mother. The only clue

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she has is the jest of the jelly maker. Income, we find her on the

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run from the authorities. -- in Rooftoppers. Will they ever be able

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to find her mother before it is too late. Michael has never seen a

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whale, not a real one. Everyone knows they disappeared from the

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water around the little island of Liberty many years ago. Whale Boy

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tells the story that unfolds after a terrible storm brings a mysterious

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stranger to his island home who offers what he has always dream of,

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his very own boat. All he has to do in return is help the stranger find

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the Wales and promise to never tell a soul. Michael is about to find

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that sometimes dreams come with a price.

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Enormous congratulations to all the nominees. It is a fantastic short

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list. Now, on the phone we have Jeff Kinney, who was meant to be live in

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the studio, but because of the storms he has been held up. Jeff,

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where are you? I am on my way to you in a car, but unfortunately the

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train was stopped, we were kicked off the train! We wish you were in

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the studio, but as you are not here, we will ask you a couple of

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questions. Your book, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid, won best book of the last

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ten years, how did it feel to win such a special award? I really could

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not believe it, I did not feel like I could win against Harry Potter,

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which is one of my favourite books. I said to my kids, at least my books

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are funnier than Harry Potter, right? And my son was like, no,

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Harry Potter is funnier! We think you deserved it, and you have a new

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book out from the series, how do you keep coming up with all of the new

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ideas and characters all the time? It is really hard. I spent six

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months just trying to think of ideas, and it takes me a long time.

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I sit there with a blanket over my head and I fall asleep a lot, and I

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come up with the ideas I need for a new book. We love the books, and we

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are going to talk to Katie, but stay on the line, we will need you in a

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minute! Katie, you are a host of the CBBC Bookclub and a judge on the

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awards, how tough is it to pick six books? So tough, it is really hard

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to judge books, especially with storybooks, and we got it down to

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about ten, and we kept taking them out and putting them in again, but

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we are really confident we have got brilliant six books, and I would be

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happy if any of them won, they are all brilliant. It is not just

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stories, we have fact -based books as well. How do you think they ring

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the facts together? They do it brilliantly, the maths book, I hated

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maths when I was younger, I am more of a words girl, but this is full of

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brilliant tips, but I thought it would have made my life a lot

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easier! If you do not like maths, it is a good one for you. And the

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infographics book is brilliant, full of facts that you can member to tell

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your mates, really fun. And Tony Robinson's World War II book is very

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funny, with reading for that, but it also helps you to learn about World

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War II by putting it into your modern day life. He will say that

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you and your friends are quite similar to how countries formed

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alliances, and it makes you think, wow, that is why that happened. If

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we have got time, what do think it is about a good book that you cannot

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put down? There is nothing like it, you are in your own little world,

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you can sit and relax and let your imagination run wild. If you don't

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like reading, you have not found the right book yet. Jeff, same question

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for you, what makes a great book for you that you cannot put down? For

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me, it is humour. If it keeps me laughing and turning the Pages, that

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is the best. Thank you so much, both of you. It is going to be such a

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difficult one for the 200 children who have to decide the winner, and

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you will find out the winners of the book award in March next year on

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World Book Day. Yes, so get online, get to a library, get a copy and get

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involved. We ask you at the beginning of the show, what is your

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favourite book and wide? Go to the website and let us know. If having

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Katie in the studio is not enough, having a man on the side of the

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motorway is not enough, this may be inspiration for you, some famous

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faces telling you why they love books and what their favourite books

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are. My favourite character from a book when I was a kid was from

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, because he is the guy that I wanted to be and

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still do. One of my favourites was in the Vampire series, and I am

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partial to a bit of Harry Potter. Reading has had a big influence on

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me, I get inspired by things I read all the time. We think reading is

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cool because you can let your imagination run wild. Quite

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literally! We think reading is cool because you learn a new stuff. And

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because it is a good time to chill out. And the paper smells good! Why

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don't you tell the guys at home some of your favourite books? Yes, well,

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one of mine was the Witches. What is your favourite? Danny The Champion

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Of The World. Goebel... The first book I was into was about animals,

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and they really got me into doing what I do today. Some of my

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favourite things about reading or how you can be transported away to

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another land, how you can learn interesting words and be very

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inspired, so I suggest you pick up a book and get reading! You forget how

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many good books there are. I read a book about blue. I couldn't fit it

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down! It is Hacker T Dog! I have just come from our office. I have

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come here to help you ruin this, mate. I'm excited to have you here.

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Are you excited about Christmas? Yes, I will be sitting down, singing

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all my favourite songs. This Christmas at CBBC, we want you to

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keep it CBBC. (. I that. -- oh, grand. I like that. We are putting

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on Alice in Wonderland. That was really good. I was in that.

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We are going to be making this car today, with the help of Hacker T

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Dog, of course. -- this car. All the details on the website. Make sure

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you head online after the show and check that out. For now we are going

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to be making this. There is a Blue Peter one you can make. The

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templates are online. And they are printed out in full, glorious

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colour. Go to the website and print of two templates. Then stick them

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together but make sure the one on the back is upside down, so that

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when you turn the car over, it is still the right way up. That is

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magic! How have you done that? I went on the website. Now, the first

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thing to do is to fold it into thirds. Have you done your Christmas

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shopping? ? I have. I have got some meat paste. I'm going to shape than

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into the shape of a turkey. Next stage is you can see there are pairs

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of lines. With these scissors... I bath on a regular basis, Hacker T

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Dog. Don't we all. This is what helps the card to stay up. Do each

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pair the same length. You messed it up in rehearsal, didn't you? It was

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a right dog 's dinner... And I am a dog! Sorry, I just hit you on the

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nose. Fold your card over. That is going to make the steps Radzi has

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just cut come out. There you go. How good is that? That is dead good. Can

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I have it? You can at the end. You need to add the snow panels. It is

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as though you have rehearsed these jokes. Once you have folded it, you

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fold along the grey line, like so. All lines are grey to me. I am a

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dog, I can only see in black and white. After you have done that,

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underneath... He does know what he is doing. I am going to glue on the

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part that says, do this part again. Come on, we can afford it. Then you

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simply glue down here like so. Easy, isn't it? And then once, as Red Sea

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has done, you are going to explain about the panels. -- Radzi. It

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hangs. It should look like this. Now the fun part, we get to decorate it.

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Oh, we can put glitter on it! I am going to put a bit of glue on here.

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If you send me that, I will be disappointed. There, you have

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finished your card. You can make an individual, pictures of your family

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and friends, anything you want. A washing machine if you wanted. That

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would be strange. When you have got one, take a photo, we would love to

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hear from you. Thank you for coming in, Hacker. My pleasure. Can I come

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on every week? I am taller than Barney. How do you celebrate

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Christmas? Maybe you are getting your presence sorted. Stop it,

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Hacker! We all celebrate Christmas differently. Earlier in the week I

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went to Newcastle to find out to celebrate Christmas the traditional

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Polish way. I have got a bit multilingual today,

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and there's a special reason. It is a time when lots of people are

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celebrating Christmas. Considering Polish is the second most spoken

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language in England and Wales, I thought they would find out how they

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celebrate. They celebrate on the 24th of December, when nothing is

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eating until the first star appears in the sky. It is tradition to set

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an extra place at the table for a none expected guests. Delicacies

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include creamed herring and beetroot. This school holds we can

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Polish ( lessons, giving children a chance to hold up with their own

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country's traditions. -- this school holds weekend Polish lessons. Hello,

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everyone. What are you doing here? We are making pictures. Christmas

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pictures? How important is Christmas to you? Very important. We have a

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kind of wafer. You pass them around, and who goes first? The oldest

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person. What marks Christmas for you? As soon as we see the first

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star in the sky. Decorations are also important. You are making a

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Christmas tree hat off past. It is looking really good. I'm going to

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make one as well. What food do you like? I hold a Christmas puddings,

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really. -- I like all the Christmas puddings. I hate mushrooms. But some

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of the traditional decorations are sweet treat. This looks delicious!

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We are making cookies for the trees. They are gingerbread. We are going

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to hang them on the tree. We put them on and make baubles. Yellow

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micro something over there, Victor... I didn't really eat it!

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The smell of the gingerbread is making me hungry. Heather, is this

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what a table would look like at home? The Polish sub but has at

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least 12 dishes, in order to represent the 12 disciples. -- the

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Polish subpar. What do you say to each other? You make good wishes for

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the next year. Good wishes for the next year, however. I am so hungry.

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Let the tasting begin, and I tried everything. That is really good. It

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is cold. It is delicious. Let's try some cakes. I adore it. Then came

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the beetroot soup and dumplings. Not the biggest fan of dumplings. I have

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had such a brilliant day. I have learned traditions, decorated the

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tree and even tried a bit of Polish food. Just one thing left to say.

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Which means Merry Christmas. But to make it a bit more Christmassy, we

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have just got time for this. Are you ready? Ready? ! Take it away, guys!

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Yea, that was so good! I had such a good day. Thank you so much to all

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the kids. You look like you did. One of the best part of being a Blue

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Peter presenter is seeing the post you will sent in. Look at this.

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Business from Alex, he is eight, and he has sent in Santa Claus going

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down the chimney. This one as well is from Allah. She has been inspired

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by last week's show. -- from LR. It is a Quackodile. Talking of last

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week, we were talking about War Horse. Look at this. He is

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galloping. This is Joey on the horse. Finally, this one from

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Michael. He made some of the pompons you made. You haven't just been

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getting in touch with us about the war. You have been telling us about

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your favourite book and why. We are going to get cracking with the

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comments. I would kick it off. My favourite is by David Whalley 's. I

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Ruby Redford. -- I like. In charge it, by Enid Blyton. -- enchant it.

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One of my favourites. I would Jacqueline Wilson when I was

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younger. -- I had. I Harry Potter, says one viewer. --

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I like. Thank you to everyone for getting in touch. We have got

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others, loads of them, but I'm afraid that is all we have time for

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full stop make sure you are watching this week as I reveal the top three

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sports men and women for sports personality of the year. I am so

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excited! And I got a huge surprise behind the set of Dani's Castle. And

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I got to put the start-up of the tree in Trafalgar Square. -- the

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star on top. We are going to show you how to make some great stocking

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fillers. Make sure you are watching next week at the same time.

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Goodbye!

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It's a big, book bonanza on Blue Peter, as the shortlist for their annual book awards is announced! The team is joined in the studio by American author, Jeff Kinney whose Diary of a Wimpy Kid series has sold over 75 million copies to date. The studio has also been transformed into a winter wonderland. Hacker T Dog pops in to lend the team a helping paw, as they demonstrate how to make an ingenious, pop-up Christmas card that you can personalise and send out to family and friends.


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