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"Anyone in a fairy country like the Land of Oz can do anything" Believing that the modern fairy tale no longer required 'a fearsome moral' rendered by 'horrible and blood-curdling incidents', L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) decided to create a world in which 'the wonderment and joy are retained and the heartaches and nightmares are left out'. Since the early successes of the Oz series during the author's lifetime, and with the production of numerous stage, film, television and literary adaptations in the years since his death, Baum's magical fairyland of Oz - devised 'solely to please children of today' - has continually delighted and influenced the imaginations of millions across the world for over a century. Journey through the magical world of Oz with Dorothy and friends in this 15 book collection by L. Frank Baum. These beloved children's classics are timeless and loved by all.
Share this classic adventure story and its characters' adventures on trains, boats, and wild animals with a new generation with Read-Aloud Classics: Around the World in 80 Days. Meet Phileas Fogg and his valet, Passepartout, as they attempt to travel the world around the world in just 80 days via train, boat, and even elephant! This age-appropriate introduction presents the original novel in a way that children will understand and enjoy, and provides a faithful retelling that children will recall when they are older and ready for the original text. The modern world is bursting at the seams with technological games and distracting screens for kids to occupy themselves with. The Read-Aloud Classics series is the perfect thing to shows them that you can go on incredible adventures without a controller and experience wonderful stories without a touch screen. Best of all, you will create memories as you read the stories together.
Includes QR codes for the free audiobooks Engaging illustrations that encourage interaction and mystery-solving Includes rarely published titles amongst the famous Sherlock Holmes stories
Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease is an exciting historical novel for children. Fleeing from the evil Sir Philip Morton, Peter Brownrigg finds himself on the wrong side of the law. On the run to London he meets Kit and the two decide to stick together. But a chance discovery endangers their lives and soon Peter is deep in murderous plots, secrets and even treason. Set in the turbulent days of Elizabeth I, this classic story of danger and intrigue conjures up a world of mystery, twists and turns and thrilling action. Reissued in 'A Puffin Book' series of Puffin modern classics.
THE ENDLESS STEPPE is based on the author's true-life experience. It is one of The Originals from Penguin - iconic, outspoken, first. Esther Rudomin was ten years old when, in 1941, she and her family were arrested by the Russians for being 'capitalists' and transported to Siberia. The next five years spent were spent in exile where they went barefoot and hungry until the end of the Second World War. Despite the hardships endured, Esther's story radiates optimism and is a beautiful example of the resilience of the human spirit. Readers inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas or The Book Thief will love this book too. The Originals are the pioneers of fiction for young adults. From political awakening, war and unrequited love to addiction, teenage pregnancy and nuclear holocaust, The Originals confront big issues and articulate difficult truths. The collection includes: The Outsiders - S.E. Hinton, I Capture the Castle - Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man's Land - Aidan Chambers, After the First Death - Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody - Berlie Doherty, The Endless Steppe - Esther Hautzig, Buddy - Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades - Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July - Joan Lingard, No Turning Back - Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah - Richard C. O'Brien, The Wave - Morton Rhue, The Red Pony - John Steinbeck, The Pearl - John Steinbeck, Stone Cold - Robert Swindells.
One small hop for a rabbit . . . One giant leap for mankind.
The iconic, original tale of Peter Rabbit, with a beautiful limited edition cover to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.
To celebrate one of the most important moments in human history, we have designed this playful and stylish imagining of one small rabbit landing on one large moon.
With the original Tale of Peter Rabbit in full colour, encased in a visually-stunning space cover and endpapers; modern meets classic with extraordinary results.
The perfect gift for space lovers and Beatrix Potter fans alike!
Peter Pan and Tinkerbell lead the three Darling children over the rooftops of London and away to Neverland - the island where the lost boys play. Magic and mischief is in the air but if villainous Captain Hook has his way, before long someone will be swimming with the crocodiles . . .
This special Puffin Classics edition brings together two of the most inspirational collections at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London - the works of Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris and the literature of Charles Dickens. Illustrator Liz Catchpole has selected patterns from the V&A archive and introduced new artwork inspired by the collection to create a beautiful cover which brings Robert Louis Stevenson's timeless story to life.
When Tiuri answers a desperate call for help, he finds himself on a perilous mission that could cost him his life. He must deliver a secret letter to the King who lives across the Great Mountains - a letter upon which the future of the entire realm depends. It means abandoning his home, breaking all the rules and leaving everything behind - even the knighthood he has dreamed of for so long. The fate of a kingdom depends on just one person... He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter.
To celebrate Paddington Bear’s 60th birthday in 2018 this hilarious classic novel from master storyteller Michael Bond has been given a fresh new look. Paddington is now a major movie star!
There hasn’t been a single disaster since Paddington came back from Peru. But he soon makes up for lost time. The Stock Exchange, the ballet, the barber’s shop, Mr Curry’s kitchen… nothing is safe when Paddington gets to work.
For nearly sixty years, Paddington Bear has touched the hearts of adults and children worldwide with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures.
Gustas is nearly killed in the hurricane, trying to save his banana tree; Nenna and her brother Man-Man patrol the cocnut plantation in the dead of night, ready to catch interlopers; Becky longs for a bicycle and Fanso longs to find his father who walked out thirteen years ago.This is a wonderfully atmospheric collection of contemporary short stories that bring James Berry's Caribbean childhood vividly to life.
Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy. Together they are THE FAMOUS FIVE - Enid Blyton's most popular adventure series. All 21 titles also available as audiobooks! In book ten, Dick is woken by a light flashing through his window. Is someone trying to send him a coded message? When the Famous Five hear of an escaped convict in the area, they are on red alert. The police won't help, so the Five have no choice - yet again, they'll be solving this mystery by themselves... Fantastic new cover art by Laura Ellen Anderson will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.
Defying his parents, Robinson Crusoe goes to sea. He is captured by pirates but escapes to Brazil. He makes a fortune using slave labour to grow tobacco and sugar. He sails to Africa to bring back more slaves but is shipwrecked on an uninhabited island. Everyone else is drowned. For over twenty years he lives alone. He learns to hunt and fish and make shelter. Then the cannibals arrive. Will this be the end of his adventure - or the chance to escape?
This is a beautifully illustrated collection of five best-loved classics from one of Britain's most famous writers, Charles Dickens, retold for younger readers. It includes "Oliver Twist", "Bleak House", "Great Expectations", "A Tale of Two Cities" and "David Copperfield" as well as a short biography of the great author himself. It is presented with internet links to find out more about the life and times of Charles Dickens.
'My dear girls, stop your mud-pies and hear the news!' Ten years after Little Men, the boys that Jo raised are all grown-up. But that certainly doesn't mean that they no longer need her help and advice. Emil, now as sailor, must survive shipwreck and disaster. Dan's attempt to make his fortune ends in prison. Nat's career in music takes him to Europe, to a life of frivolity and a tricky romantic muddle. But returning to Plumfield to tell their tales, they are, and will always be, Jo's boys. Includes exclusive content: In the `Backstory' you can discover the story behind the Little Women series and take the Jo's Boys quiz Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
"Mind-bendingly brilliant and fearlessly strange." - Frances Hardinge "A haunting, lyrical fable." - The Bookseller "Awe-inspiring." - The Times, Children's Book of the Week From the multi-award-winning author of A Monster Calls comes a haunting tale of power and obsession that turns the story of Moby Dick upside down. The whales of Bathsheba's pod live for the hunt. Led by the formidable Captain Alexandra, they fight a never-ending war against men. Then the whales attack a man ship, and instead of easy prey they find the trail of a myth, a monster, perhaps the devil himself... With their relentless Captain leading the chase, they embark on the final hunt, one that will forever change the worlds of whales and men.
This beautiful hardback edition is one of five special Puffin Classics created in partnership with the world-famous V&A Museum, and has a stunning cover design adapted from their William Morris collection. You never know where you'll find yourself in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll! On an ordinary summer's afternoon, Alice tumbles down a hole and an extraordinary adventure begins. In a strange world with even stranger characters, she meets a grinning cat and a rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and plays croquet with the Queen! Lost in this fantasy land, Alice finds herself growing more and more curious by the minute . . .
This story has entranced readers of all ages since it was first published twenty-five years ago. The tale tells the story of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandmother and half-Cherokee grandfather in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression. 'Little Tree' as his grandparents call him is shown how to hunt and survive in the mountains, to respect nature in the Cherokee Way, taking only what is needed, leaving the rest for nature to run its course. Little Tree also learns the often callous ways of the white businessmen and tax collectors, and how Grandpa, in hilarious vignettes, scares them away from his illegal attempts to enter the cash economy. Grandma teaches Little Tree the joys of reading and education. But when Little Tree is taken away for schooling by whites, we learn of the cruelty meted out to Indian children in an attempt to assimilate them and of Little Tree's perception of the Anglo world and how it differs from the Cherokee Way.
Jane's aunt and cousin detest her. Life at Lowood School is cruel and dangerous. What inner strength can the young Jane find? Seeking adventure and independence, Jane sets out alone. Is her new master, Mr Rochester, all that he seems? What secret does he keep locked in the third storey, where strange laughter haunts the nights? In her search for affection, Jane faces horror, cruelty, poverty and temptation. Is she strong enough to do what is right? Will she ever mean anything more to anybody than poor, plain Jane Eyre?
Kenneth Grahame's "The Wind in the Willows" is a treasure of British Literature which has already been brought to screen and now has its first ever comic book interpretation. His colourful characters, his inimitable madness and his love of nature shine through on every page and have fascinated countless readers of all ages...amongst whom was Michel Plessix, the author of this tender and lively adaptation.
For new girl Darrell Rivers, there are friends to be made, pranks to be played and fun to be had at Malory Towers in Enid Blyton's best-loved boarding school series. First Term New girl Darrell is two terms behind her classmates and feels out of place and alone. Soon, however, Darrell makes friends as well as enemies as they induct new students, win and lose sporting matches and play tricks on teachers. Second Form There's a thief about! Purses and jewellery are missing in the North Tower. Meanwhile Darrell is caught in the middle when her friend Sally is made head girl instead of Alicia. Will they find the thief and will Alicia and Sally make up? Third Year There are lots of new students, including sophisticated Zerelda from America. This year, not only the girls face challenges - Bill's poor horse, Thunder, suffers from collic. Will Zerelda and Darrell become friends, and will Thunder survive? Between 1946 and 1951, Enid Blyton wrote six novels set at Malory Towers. This collection features the original stories and is unillustrated.
Penguin presents the audio CD edition of The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo, inspired by the original story by Ransom Riggs, read by Richard Armitage.
One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling.
He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose... just like the snowman from his favourite story.
That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life!
He and James take to the skies on a magical adventure where they meet someone very special.
Inspired by the timeless tale, Michael Morpurgo and Robin Shaw have created the perfect Christmas story for the whole family.
Penguin presents the audio CD edition of Summer Stories from Moominvalley by Tove Jansson, read by Hugh Dennis.
It all began with a hot day in June, and a volcano dropping black ash on to Moominmamma's washing. Next a crack appeared in the ground, and then a great flood wave came crashing through Moomin Valley.
Comet in Moominland
A comet is speeding towards Earth and nobody knows what to do! Will it destroy everything and everyone? Moomintroll decides to find out. So he and Sniff set out on an expedition, where they find adventure and excitement around every corner.
This novel tells the classic tale of the mischievous Master of Sherwood Forest, who lives the outlaw life with Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and his band of Merry Men, bedevilling the implacable Sheriff of Nottingham during the reign of Richard the Lionhearted. This edition features over 40 full-colour illustrations by author Howard Pyle, bringing this timeless text to life.
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