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A brand new full-colour short story from Blyton's magical Wishing-Chair series - an excellent companion to the successful Magic Faraway Tree Adventure series and perfect for readers age 5+
When Mollie and Peter go to buy their mother a birthday present, they discover the most extraordinary thing: a chair that can fly and grant wishes!
Together with their friend Binky the Pixie, Mollie and Peter wish to become a prince and princess for the day, celebrating the birthday of Princess Peronell at the royal palace. But whatever do you give a princess for their birthday?
Short chapters and beautiful full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson make the Wishing-Chair Adventures series perfect bedtime reading for children aged five and upwards. A richly nostalgic offering for grandparents and parents to share with the next generation of Blyton fans.
'Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were' – Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse.
Also in this colour young series:
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair: The Royal Birthday Party
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair: Off on a Holiday Adventure
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair: A Daring School Rescue
Adventures of the Wishing-Chair: The Witch's Cat
Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children’s author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Magic Faraway Tree, The Mysteries, Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Her fantasy books, including The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, are among her most popular creations and they promise to enchant boys and girls for generations to come.
Enid Blyton takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain’s true heritage children’s authors. She remains one of the world's best-loved storytellers and is consistently voted a children's favourite in reader polls.
An elegant edition of one of the best-loved stories in children's literature, complete and unabridged with over 30 full colour illustrations from Júlia Sardŕ – illustrator of Beetle Boy and The Clockwork Sparrow.
Júlia's hauntingly magical pictures breathe new life into the famous tale of a bored little girl who finds herself falling into a world of bizarre creatures and whimsical riddles. This short-haired brunette in her white dress is true to the appearance of the real-life Alice who inspired the book.
A gorgeous piece of art to treasure with shining embossed gold details on the cover, Júlia Sardŕ's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland will make the perfect present for devoted Alice fans, as well as a wonderful introduction to anyone not already familiar with the story. It also makes a splendid follow-up to One Day in Wonderland, a non-fiction exploration of Lewis Carroll's life and wordplay written by Kathleen Krull and illustrated by Júlia Sardŕ.
Bennie Boekwurm woon in sy tonnelhuisie in die Wielie Walie-parkie, waar hy vir die kinders boeke lees. In hierdie pragtig-geillustreerde boek vertel Bennie nog vier heerlike stories: Miesie Muis bak 'n verjaardagkoek, Ouma kry 'n hondjie, Babet By leer dans en Tokka Kabouter maak grappies! 'n Heerlike opvolg op die eerste topverkoper ?Bennie Boekwurm vertel lekker stories? met een van Suid-Afrika se gewildste en mees ikoniese kinderkarakters.
Three classic Paddington Bear stories, by beloved author Michael Bond, are brought together for the first time in this special collection. Nothing is ever straightforward when Paddington is involved. Whether he is attempting detective work, helping to sail a boat or performing magic, ordinary things have a habit of becoming quite extraordinary! Laugh out loud with everyone's favourite bear from Darkest Peru!
A wonderful collection of six of Kipling's well-loved stories, telling how animals came to be the way they are, comprising: How the Camel got his Hump, How the Whale got his Throat, How the Elephant got his Trunk, How the Rhino got his Skin, How the Leopard got his Spots and Why the Kangaroo Jumps.
"The living always think that gold can make them happy." The Happy Prince and Other Stories brings together belovedchildren's stories by Oscar Wilde, including The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Selfish Giant, The Devoted Friend, The Remarkable Rocket, The Young King and also, for thefirst time, The Canterville Ghost. Elegant, provocative, questioning and affirming, Wilde's beautifully-written collection of short stories is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
Phizzwhizzing new cover look and branding for the World's NUMBER ONE Storyteller!James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and GROW AND GROW. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their GIANT PEACH and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out . ."A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" - David Walliams Now you can listen to James and the Giant Peach and other Roald Dahl AUDIOBOOKS read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios! Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! and HOUSE OF TWITS inspired by the revolting Twits.
HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. `It doesn't matter if you're born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan's egg!' (from `The Ugly Duckling') This collection brings together some of Hans Christian Andersen's most popular fairy tales - including `The Little Mermaid', `The Ugly Duckling' and `Thumbelina' - in a celebration of one of the world's most widely recognised children's authors. With universal themes and dark humour at their heart, these moralistic tales have delighted readers since first publication in the nineteenth century and continued to be well loved today. The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, a storyteller of great importance to Western literature, have inspired many films, ballets and plays, and entertained generations of children and adults alike.
The Magician?s Nephew opens the doorway to the magical land of Narnia for the first time?
When Jim Hawkins sets sail, searching for buried treasure and adventure, he finds himself caught up in a deadly mutiny where he must outwit the cunning pirate Long John Silver in order to stay alive.
Mary Poppins is back in the third book in the classic series.
Up in the sky a tiny spark hovered and swayed in the darkness. What could it be…? Still they waited. And still the spark grew ever larger and brighter. Then suddenly Jane caught her breath. And Michael gave a gasp.
Down came the spark, growing longer and wider. And as it came, it took on a shape that was strange and also familiar. Out of the glowing core of light emerged a curious figure – a figure in a black straw hat and a blue coat trimmed with silver buttons.
They sought it with thimbles, they sought it with care; They pursued it with forks and hope; They threatened its life with a railway-share; They charmed it with smiles and soap. First published by Macmillan in 1876, Lewis Carroll's magnificent nonsense poem, The Hunting of the Snark, features an unlikely cast of characters drawn from the Jabberwocky in Through the Looking Glass. This irresistible paperback edition features an introduction from and artwork by Chris Riddell. The wonderful characters are vividly brought to life with both Chris's black and white illustrations and his colour artwork, making it a perfect gift for any poetry lover.
Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue, Canterbury Christ Church University College. Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage. She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester. However, there is great kindness and warmth in this epic love story, which is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Ultimately the grand passion of Jane and Rochester is called upon to survive cruel revelation, loss and reunion, only to be confronted with tragedy.
Penguin presents a phizz-wizzing treat for the ears with 2 favourite Roald Dahl stories: Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, read by Bill Bailey Billy's mum says he must never go out through the garden gate and explore the dark forest beyond. So, one day, that's exactly what he does! There he meets the Minpins, tiny tree-dwelling people whose children are the size of matchsticks. They live in fear of the terrible, galloping GRUNCHER. Will it gobble Billy too - or can he find a way to defeat the hungry beast? The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl, read by Kate Winslet Every Saturday morning the Greg family goes off to shoot animals and birds. But the girl who lives next door hates hunting. Now it's made her so angry she's PUT THE MAGIC FINGER ON THEM ALL. And very strange things have begun to happen . . . Listen to Billy and the Minpins AND The Magic Finger and other Roald Dahl audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Stephen Fry - plus there are added squelchy soundeffects from Pinewood Studios!
Ladybird has published fairy tales for over forty-five years, bringing the magic of traditional stories to each new generation of children. The Ladybird Tales series is based on the original Ladybird re-tellings, with beautiful pictures of the kind children like best -- full of richness and detail. This beautiful hardback edition of Aladdin is a perfect first illustrated introduction to this classic story for young readers from 3+. The tale is sensitively retold, following the story of a young boy's magical adventures with a wicked magician, a beautiful princess and two amazing genies.
Beautifully illustrated throughout, this is a collection of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen retold for younger readers. It includes "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Snow Queen", "The Princess and the Pea" and other classic stories, as well as a short biography of Hans Christian Andersen.
First in the super-funny classic series starring the TOTALLY unforgettable Bagthorpe family - from best-loved author Helen Cresswell. Jack's fed up of living in the shadow of his brilliant siblings. He and his trusty dog Zero are completely ordinary while the rest of them are annoyingly gifted. So when Uncle Parker comes up with a plan to make Jack stand out, he's more than a little excited. Can he really get away with claiming to predict the future? And will the hare-brained scheme help Jack shine, or get him noticed for all the wrong reasons?
Sent to an English boarding school from her home in India, privileged Sara Crewe becomes a show pupil - a "little princess" with luxuries bestowed upon her because of her father's wealth. But when her father dies, Sara's whole life is turned upside down as she is transformed from princess to pauper. Abused by Miss Minchin, the spiteful headmistress who treats her like a slave, Sara finds protection in her imagination and sisterly love in her friend Becky. As she struggles to hold on to the memory of her beloved father, Sara learns that strength doesn't come from wealth - it comes from love. After all, real little princesses are made with kindness.
'The Under People. They live in a huge Cave. They are thought to be boring upwards. Giant worms and flying ants. Underground magic.' Mickle, the palace cat, knows the kingdom is in danger. He can feel it in his whiskers and he has found a mysterious note in the royal library... (Yes, of course he can read, and speak - if he chooses to!) Mickle can't trust the King and Queen with his mission, so he and Prince Michael, with the help of their animal friends (and quite a bit of magic!), set out on a perilous quest to find the sinister Under People, discover their secret power and save the Kingdom of Astalon. In her first novel, written when she was only a teenager, Joan Aiken showcases the imagination, wit and storytelling zest that would lead to classics like Arabel's Raven and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase.
An exquisite story to delight readers young and old, from a much-loved writer and illustrator.
What do you do if you find an abandoned seal pup on a rock in the middle of the sea? Well, take it home with you to your flat, of course.
At least that’s what Mr Albert Cleghorn thought, though perhaps he hadn’t considered all the complications…
This is the story of what then happened to Mr Cleghorn and Charlie the seal in their determination to find a home for Charlie and, incidentally, happiness for them both.
Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, Mister Cleghorn’s Seal is a classic in the making from the inimitable Judith Kerr.
Editedby Rosemary Gray Here is a book no Christmas stocking should be without, a book that positively distils the spirit of the season. The title poem, familiar to children and adults the world over, introduces a collection of stories and verse with a Christmas theme, guaranteed to engage and amuse readers young and old. Likely to provoke laughter and sometimes to bring a sentimental tear to the driest eye, this festive treasure trove is ideal for reading aloud or curling up with in a comfy corner. Scrooge himself would have found it difficult to resist distributing copies on Christmas morning!
Roald Dahl's much-loved Matilda, now with Quentin Blake's original illustrations in full colour.
Matilda Wormwood's father thinks she's a little scab. Matilda's mother spends all afternoon playing bingo. And Matilda's headmistress Miss Trunchbull? Well, she's the worst of all. She is a big bully, who thinks all her pupils are rotten and locks them in the dreaded Chokey. As for Matilda, she's an extraordinary little girl with a magical mind - and now she's had enough. So all these grown-ups had better watch out, because Matilda is going to teach them a lesson they'll never forget.
Matilda is also a phenomenally successful, award-winning London stage musical, adapted for the stage by Dennis Kelly with music by Tim Minchin.
'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams
Look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting TWIT OR MISS! inspired by the revolting Twits.
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