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Often described as Austen's finest work, Emma is the story of wealthy, beautiful Emma Woodhouse who, bored, matchmakes her friends - with often disastrous results. And gradually Emma starts to realise that she might not know her own heart at all...
Acclaimed children's author and illustrator Michael Foreman blends humour, sadness and romance in these irresistible retellings of classic stories that children will return to again and again. Dreamlike castles, mystical forests, inspiring heroes and terrifying villains are all brought to life in stunning watercolour illustrations full of vivid detail and enchantment. From the masterful cunning of 'Puss in Boots', to the hilarious 'Three Little Pigs', and the beauty and charm of 'Cinderella' - there is a story here for everyone. This is a timeless book of magic and adventure to be treasured by all ages. It contains classic stories such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Jack the Giant Killer', 'Little Red Riding Hood', 'Rapunzel', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'Snow White', 'The Emperor's New Clothes' and 'Thumbelina'.
As Odysseus fights to find his way back home after the long and brutal Trojan War, he has to endure harrowing ordeals and adventures, and come to terms with devastating losses. Storytellers Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden's graphic retelling breathes new life into this great classic.
The Enchanted Wood is the first magical story in the Faraway Tree series by the world's best-loved children's author, Enid Blyton. Come on a journey full of magic and adventure in THE MAGIC FARAWAY TREE! When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to a new home, an Enchanted Wood is on their doorstep. And when they discover the Faraway Tree, that is the beginning of many magical adventures! Join them and their friends Moonface, Saucepan Man and Silky the fairy as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree. Will it be the Land of Birthdays, the Land of Toys, or even the Land of Ice and Snow with its magic snowman? The Faraway Tree stories have been delighting readers for over 75 years. Look out for the other titles in The Magic Faraway Tree series: The Magic Faraway Tree, Folk of the Faraway Tree, and Up the Faraway Tree. Also available in beautiful deluxe editions. Look out, as well, for the Blyton Colour Reads series. Chock full of vibrant colour illustrations from Alex Paterson, these are the perfect way to introduce The Magic Faraway Tree adventures to children aged five and up. Enid Blyton is arguably the most famous children's author of all time, thanks to series such as The Wishing-Chair, The Faraway Tree-, The Mysteries, The Famous Five and The Secret Seven. Enid takes her place alongside Roald Dahl, Beatrix Potter, and A. A. Milne as one of Britain's true heritage children's authors. 'Her books were terrific page-turners in the way no others were' - Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse.
First published 45 years ago, this is a beautiful new edition of Mary Stewart's beloved magical classic illustrated by Shirley Hughes - soon to be adapted into an animated film by the producer of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.
'The little broomstick gave a leap, a violent twist, a kick like the kick of a pony.'
Mary's been exiled to her deaf great-aunt deep in the English countryside. Miserable and lonely, she befriends strange black cat Tib who leads her deep into the forest to a clump of unusual purple flowers and an ordinary looking little broomstick. Before Mary can gather her wits, the broomstick jumps into action, whisking her over the treetops, above the clouds, and in to the grounds of Endor College, school of witchcraft.
But something is terribly wrong at Endor. Students are taught spells that are petty and ill-wishing, and when Mary discovers evidence of a terrible and cruel experiment in transformation, she decides to leave. But the moment her broomstick takes off, she realises that Tib the cat has been captured ...
Mary Stewart is the bestselling author of fourteen romantic thrillers, including the classic novels This Rough Magic and The Moon-Spinners, and five historical fantasy novels of Arthurian Britain.
The animated film, called Mary and the Witch's Flower will be released in cinemas in 2017 by Yoshiaki Nishimura, producer of The Tale of The Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There.
Penguin presents Spot: Fun in the Sun by Eric Hill, read by David Oyelowo.
A wonderful summer collection of nine beloved Spot tales!
Join Spot, the mischievous puppy, and all his friends as they play and explore outside. A summer of fun with picnics, fun fairs and adventures in the garden.
This collection contains:
Spot Goes Camping, Spot's First Picnic, Spot at the Fair, Spot's Garden, Spot Follows his Nose, Spot's Umbrella, Spot's Windy Day, Spot's Tree House and Spot Finds a Key.
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.
'A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero' - David Walliams Phizzwhizzing new cover look and branding for the World's NUMBER ONE Storyteller!George Kranky's Grandma is a miserable grouch. George really hates that horrid old witchy woman.One Saturday morning, George is in charge of giving Grandma her medicine.So-ho! Ah-ha! Ho-hum! George knows exactly what to do.A magic medicine* it will be. One that will either cure her completely . . . or blow off the top of her head.*WARNING: Do not try to make George's Marvellous Medicine yourselves at home. It could be dangerous.Now you can listen to GEORGE'S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE 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! And 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.
A beautiful hardback cloth cover edition of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott - a novel loved by adults and children alike. Come laugh and cry with the March family. Meg - the sweet-tempered one. Jo - the smart one. Beth - the shy one. Amy - the sassy one. Together they're the March sisters. Their father is away at war and times are difficult, but the bond between the sisters is strong. The family may not have much money, but that doesn't stop them from creating their own fun and forming a secret society. Through sisterly squabbles, happy times and sad, their four lives follow very different paths, and they discover that growing up is sometimes very hard to do... ***PLUS a behind-the-scenes journey, including an author profile, a guide to who's who, activities and more...*** Louisa May Alcott (1832-88) was brought up in Pennsylvania, USA. She turned to writing in order to supplement the family income and had many short stories published in magazines and newspapers. She was reluctant to write a children's book but then realized that in herself and her three sisters she had the perfect models. The result was Little Women (1868) which became the earliest American to become a classic.
HarperCollins is proud to present its range of best-loved, essential classics. `There is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.' One spring day in the idyllic English countryside, Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger embark on a series of escapades. From Ratty's exploits on the river to Toad's passion for motorcars and the invasion of Toad Hall by the stoats and weasels, these woodland friends encounter adventure at every turn. A timeless and celebrated classic, Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows has endured for nearly 100 years, and continues to delight readers of all ages.
A beautiful hardback edition of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. This lovely edition is part of the highly collectible Puffin 'cloth' Classics series - all the titles in the range have attractive 'cloth' textured covers with a stunning repeat pattern design specific to each story. Treasure Island makes a perfect addition to the collection which includes some of the best-loved Puffin titles of all time. Following the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune. For he has discovered a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island. But a host of villains, wild beasts and deadly savages stand between him and the stash of gold. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas . . . This editions makes a perfect gift and is a must for every family bookshelf.
A collection of six timeless, classic stories in one gift-packed volume, retold for younger readers: The Count of Monte Cristo, The 39 Steps, The Prisoner of Zenda, Moonfleet and The Three Musketeers.
A charming new bumper short-story collection from the world's best-loved storyteller. A fantastic collection of 30 stories about animals of all shapes and sizes, this will charm children aged 6 and up. From pet puppies to woodland wildlife, garden birds to pond-dwelling frogs, Enid Blyton was a devoted and knowledgeable animal-lover. Readers who feel the same way are bound to love her wonderful stories about our furry friends - and scaly, feathery or fluttery ones too! These delightful stories are ideal for newly confident readers and are the perfect length to be read aloud in the classroom or at bedtime.
*** Enid Blyton and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
Little Women is one of the best-loved children's stories of all time, based on the author's own youthful experiences. It describes the family life of the four March sisters living in a small New England community, Meg, the eldest, is pretty and wishes to be a lady; Jo, at fifteen is ungainly and unconventional with an ambition to be an author; Beth is a delicate child of thirteen with a taste for music and Amy is a blonde beauty of twelve. The story of their domestic adventures, their attempts to increase the family income, their friendship with the neighbouring Lawrence family, and their later love affairs remains as fresh and beguiling as ever. Good Wives takes up the story of the March sisters, some three years later, when, as young adults, they must face up to the inevitable trials and traumas of everyday life in their search for individual happiness.
Return to Lewis Carroll's Wonderland with this stunning collection of
original stories from today's biggest children's authors – Peter Bunzl,
Pamela Butchart, Maz Evans, Swapna Haddow, Patrice Lawrence, Chris
Smith, Robin Stevens, Lauren St John, Lisa Thompson, Piers Torday and
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?
Neverland is calling again... Something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out - strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of war paint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal - Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again. But back in Neverland, everything has changed-and the dangers they find there are far beyond their dreams. . . Specially commissioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children as the winner of their competition to write the official sequel to J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan, Peter Pan in Scarlet is a thrilling adventure that you will never forget. Proceeds from every copy sold will go to benefit Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.
Orphan Jane Eyre is raised by her wealthy but unkind Aunt Reed who then sends her away to school, where she suffers great hardship and loss. Eventually, she leaves to become a governess, and falls in love with her employer, Mr Rochester, who falls for her too, but he has a terrible secret which threatens to drive them apart. Illustrations:Full colour throughout
Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator in glorious full colour for the very first time!
WHOOSH! Inside the Great Glass Elevator, Willy Wonka, Charlie Bucket and his family are cruising a thousand feet above the chocolate factory. They can see the whole world below them, but they're not alone. The American Space Hotel has just launched. Lurking inside are the Vernicious Knids - the most brutal, vindictive murderous beasts in the universe.
So grab your gizzard! Hold your hats! Only Charlie and Willy Wonka can stop the Knids from destroying everything!
A beautiful paperback edition of The Horse and His Boy, book three in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. On a desperate journey, two runaways meet and join forces. Though they are only looking to escape their harsh and narrow lives, they soon find themselves at the centre of a terrible battle. It is a battle that will decide their fate and the fate of Narnia itself. The Horse and His Boy is the third book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series that has drawn readers of all ages into a magical land where horses talk and destiny awaits for over sixty years. This is a novel that stands on its own, but if you would like to return to Narnia, read Prince Caspian, the fourth book in The Chronicles of Narnia.
This traditional fairy tale has been loved around the world for more than a century, and remains a firm favourite with parents looking for children's classics to read with their little one. When the three little pigs leave home, they build houses made of straw, branches, and bricks, but which house will stay standing when the big, bad wolf huffs and puffs and tries to blow them all down?
The charming illustrations in this picture book are sure to capture the imaginations of little ones, and the large format of this book is ideal for sharing with children aged 3 to 5 and reading together at bedtime. Children won't be able to stop themselves from joining in as the wolf repeatedly "huffs and puffs" and tries to blow each house down!
Sold into slavery by his greedy uncle, David Balfour's only hope of escape is by siding with the outlaw Alan Breck. Follow his daring adventure in this action-packed retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous adventure, specially written for readers ready to tackle longer stories on their own.
This beautiful hardback features premium cloth binding, a ribbon marker to match the cover, foil stamping and illustrated endpapers, making this the perfect gift for all those who have been enchanted by the magic of The Lion King and a book to be treasured by all.
A family favourite, Disney The Lion King is one of the best-loved films of all time. Relive the magic through this retelling of the classic animated film, accompanied by paintings, story sketches and concept art from the original Disney Studio artists. Also featured is a foreword by a Disney filmmaker. Turn to the back of the book to learn more about the artists who worked on this iconic animated film.
A splendiferous new hardback of Danny the Champion of the World, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs. "A true genius . . . Roald Dahl is my hero" - David Walliams Danny lives in a gipsy caravan with his father, the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had. All the land around them belongs to Mr Victor Hazell, a rich snob with a great glistening beery face and tiny piggy eyes. Nobody likes him, not one-little bit. So one day, Danny and his father concoct a daring plot that will give the old blue-faced baboon Victor Hazell the greatest shock of his life - so long as they don't get caught ... Now you can listen to DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD 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! And 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.
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