Kids' classics

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll (Christ Church College, Oxford), Anna Bond

Follow Alice in this new recording of her classic adventures in Wonderland.

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The Arabian Nights

The Arabian Nights

Robert Leeson, Christina Balit

The king of Baghdad trusts no woman. Each night he takes a new bride, only to execute her in the morning. Brave Shahrazad offers herself as his bride, and captures the king's heart by telling stories.

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Michael Morpurgo, M. B. E.

A beautiful new edition of this classic retelling by master storyteller Michael Morpurgo, with glorious illustrations by Emma Chichester Clark.

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Queen Guinevere: Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur

Queen Guinevere: Other Stories from the Court of King Arthur

Mary Hoffman, Christina Balit

A retelling of the tales surrounding Britain's legendary King Arthur, told from the perspective of eight women. Determined and resourceful, they drive the Camelot story through love, hate, intrigue, enchantment and tragedy as, one...

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The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling, Nicola Bayley

'The Jungle Book' is a rich and spirited collection of stories set deep in the Indian jungle. In these timeless adventures, we meet tigers & bears, snakes & mongooses, elephants & seals, & most famously Mowgli, the 'man-cub'...

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Five on a Treasure Island

Five on a Treasure Island

Enid Blyton

A beautiful full-colour edition of the first Famous Five novel featuring Quentin Blake's popular cover and brand new illustrations by Babette Cole, bestselling creator of Princess Smartypants.

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In Their Shoes: Fairy Tales and Folktales

In Their Shoes: Fairy Tales and Folktales

Lucie Arnoux

To coincide with a major V&A exhibition: the best shoe stories from around the world

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 Read reviewThe Hundred and One Dalmatians

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Dodie Smith, Alex T. Smith

Cruella de Vil is enough to frighten the spots off a Dalmatian puppy. So when she steals a whole family of them, the puppies' parents, Pongo and Missus, lose no time in mounting a daring rescue mission. Will they be in time to...

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The Little Yellow Digger Treasury

The Little Yellow Digger Treasury

Betty Gilderdale, Alan Gilderdale

In the next door garden they were digging out a drain when the weather turned quite nasty and it poured and poured with rain. When digging out a drain, the little yellow digger gets stuck in the mud. So they bring in a bigger...

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Sleeping Beauty Theatre: Put on Your Own Show

Sleeping Beauty Theatre: Put on Your Own Show

Su Blackwell, Corina Fletcher

Including interchangeable scenery and delightful moveable versions of the characters, this book provides a storage for the elements not in use. It contains instructions on how to stage your own performance for family and friends.

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 Read reviewMoondial

Moondial

Helen Cresswell

Even before she came to Belton, Minty Cane had known that she was a witch, or something very like it... Minty is the kind of girl who notices things. On night-time jaunts from the house where she's staying while her mother...

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The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories

The Serial Garden: The Complete Armitage Family Stories

Joan Aiken, Peter Bailey

Joan Aiken, classic author of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, wrote the Armitage family stories all throughout her life - from when she was a teenager onwards. This is the first time the stories have been collected together in our...

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The Wind in the Willows: Faber Children's Classics

The Wind in the Willows: Faber Children’s Classics

Kenneth Grahame

Toad has always been a silly sort of fellow. But when his latest obsession with motor cars - the faster the better - threatens to lead him to disaster, it is up to Toad's good friends Mole, Ratty and Badger to get him under...

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Black Beauty: Faber Children's Classics

Black Beauty: Faber Children’s Classics

Anna Sewell

Black Beauty is born in a beautiful meadow and cared for by gentle humans. But life takes him far from home, from the stable of a gentleman, to gruelling work as a cab horse in the city. Where will Black Beauty's journey lead him...

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The Secret Garden: Faber Children's Classics

The Secret Garden: Faber Children’s Classics

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Mary Lennox has grown up in India, surrounded by colour and life, and people who always do exactly what she wants. When her parents die, she is sent to her uncle's cold and lonely manor on the Yorkshire moors. There she finds the...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland: Faber Children's Classics

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: Faber Children’s Classics

Lewis Carroll

When Alice takes a tumble following the White Rabbit, she finds herself in a world in which nothing is what it is, because everything is what it isn't. But can Alice make sense of the nonsense in the land of the Mad Hatter, the...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Alison Jay

This board book is the perfect first introduction to Alice. Babies and toddlers will love the playful and quirky characters Alison Jay brings to life with her own unique perspective. Alice, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and...

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Magic!: New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers

Magic!: New Fairy Tales from Irish Writers

Siobhan Parkinson, Olwyn Whelan

Edited by ex-Children's Laureate Siobhan Parkinson, seven top Irish writers write brand new fairy tales for the 21st century, but with plenty of the magic, wisdom and laughter that we find in the traditional Irish tales.

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Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

Marcia Williams

Marcia Williams retells fourteen of Shakespeare's best-loved plays in her trademark witty, accessible style.

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 Special priceThe Enchanted Wood

The Enchanted Wood

Enid Blyton

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! Will it be the Land of Spells, the Land of Treats,...

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The Letter for the King

The Letter for the King

Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson

New winter edition of this international bestseller

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Pollyanna

Pollyanna

Eleanor H. Porter

When her father dies, Pollyanna is sent to live with her stern Aunt Polly. She is poor, orphaned and alone but Pollyanna just feels lucky to have an aunt at all. The truth is that her dear father, before he died, taught her a...

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A Traveller in Time

A Traveller in Time

Alison Uttley

Penelope lives in the 20th Century, and it is only when she visits Thackers, a remote, ancient farmhouse, that she finds herself travelling back in time to join the lives of the Babington family, and watching helplessly as tragic...

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Bogwoppit

Bogwoppit

Ursula Moray Williams

When Aunt Lily marries the lodger and goes to America, orphaned Samantha is packed off to her Aunt Daisy, who lives in a grand house at the Park. Snooty Lady Daisy Clandorris has no time for children. Lucky for Samantha, then, to...

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Polly and the Wolf Again

Polly and the Wolf Again

Catherine Storr

The blundering, endearing wolf is still determined to prove himself cleverer than Polly - but the resolute and affectionate Polly outwits him every time! Skilfully blending fantasy and reality, these stories are bursting with...

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Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia

Katherine Paterson

Jess Aarons wants to be the fastest boy in the class, but when a girl named Leslie Burke moves into the neighbouring farm his life changes forever. Even though she runs faster than him, Jess begins to think Leslie might be okay -...

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Walkabout

Walkabout

James Vance Marshall

Mary and her young brother Peter are the only survivors of an air crash in the middle of the Australian outback. Facing death from exhaustion and starvation, they meet an aboriginal boy who helps them to survive, and guides them...

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Madame Doubtfire

Madame Doubtfire

Anne Fine

Lydia, Christopher and Natalie are used to domestic turmoil. Their parents' divorce has not made family life any easier in either home. The children bounce to and from their volatile mother, Miranda, and their out-of-work actor...

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Famous Five Annual

Famous Five Annual

Enid Blyton

A whole year of Famous Five fun for new and old readers - with stories, puzzles, quizzes and full-colour illustrations.

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Peter Pan and Wendy

Peter Pan and Wendy

Sir J. M. Barrie, Shirley Hughes

A beautiful paperback edition of the classic text, illustrated in two colours by acclaimed illustrator Shirley Hughes. To tie in with Pan, the new film prequel to Peter Pan - out summer 2015.

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Sir J. M. Barrie, Minalima Ltd.

When Peter Pan arrives at the Darling home, he teaches Wendy, John and Michael to fly. They journey to Never-land, the country where the lost boys live who never grow up. There are mermaids and redskins and pirates, the most evil...

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 Read reviewWatership Down

Watership Down

Richard Adams, Aldo Galli

The first full-colour illustrated edition of a celebrated modern classic and international bestseller

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

E.L. Konigsburg, Nathan Burton

The million-selling, award-winning classic novel - finally available again in the UK!

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Enid Blyton's Magical Treasury

Enid Blyton’s Magical Treasury

Enid Blyton, Emma Chichester Clark

A stunning gift book that brings popular and little-known Blyton stories together with new illustrations by one of our best-loved illustrators.

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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White, Garth Williams

Tells the story of a little girl named Fern who loved a little pig named Wilbur and of Wilbur's dear friend, Charlotte A Cavatica, a beautiful large grey spider.

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 Read reviewPlaying Beatie Bow

Playing Beatie Bow

Ruth Park

'Now then,' thought Abigail, 'something very weird has happened to me. I'm in the last century. I don't know why, and that doesn't matter. I've got to get back.' Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and...

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Mio, My Son

Mio, My Son

Astrid Lindgren, Ilon Wikland

Originally published in Swedish by Rabeen & Sjeogren in 1954 under title: Mio, min Mio.

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Seacrow Island

Seacrow Island

Astrid Lindgren, Evelyn Ramsden

Originally published in Swedish by Rabeen & Sjeogren in 1964 under title: Vi pea Saltkreakan.

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 Special priceAlice's Adventures in Wonderland

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Sir John Tenniel

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 rabbit with a pocket watch, joins a Mad Hatter's Tea Party, and...

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 Read reviewThe Letter for the King

The Letter for the King

Tonke Dragt, Laura Watkinson

The classic fantasy novel, acclaimed as a Sunday Times, Times and Metro Book of the Year, now in paperback!

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables

Marcia Williams

A beautifully illustrated retelling of Victor Hugo's masterpiece.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her.

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The it Doesn't Matter Suit and Other Stories

The it Doesn’t Matter Suit and Other Stories

Sylvia Plath

Little Max Nix is on a quest to find the perfect suit he can go ice-fishing, cow-milking and town-walking in.

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 Special priceKing Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table

Dr Roger Lancelyn Green, David Almond

King Arthur is one of the greatest legends of all time. From the moment when Arthur releases the sword in the stone to the quest for the Holy Grail and the final tragedy of the Last Battle, this book attempts to bring the world of...

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Nonsense Limericks

Nonsense Limericks

Edward Lear, Arthur Robins

There was an old man on the Border, Who lived in the utmost disorder; He danced with the cat, and made tea in his hat, Which vexed all the folks on the Border.

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Faery Tales

Faery Tales

Carol Ann Duffy, Tomislav Tomic

Once upon a time, there was a rich merchant who had three daughters. The girls were just as clever as they were bella and none more so than the youngest, whose name was Beauty.

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Hansel and Gretel

Hansel and Gretel

Neil Gaiman, Lorenzo Mattotti

A visually stunning reimagining of the classic fairy tale Hansel and Gretel by master storyteller Neil Gaiman, beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Lorenzo Mattotti.

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 Read reviewLooking for Alibrandi

Looking for Alibrandi

Melina Marchetta

A third generation Italian/Australian girl tells the story of her final school years and how she comes to terms with her family, her culture and her sexuality. Author's 1st novel

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Love from Paddington

Love from Paddington

Michael Bond

Sealed with a sticky paw! First class correspondence from the nation's favourite bear, Paddington - now a major movie star!

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Annie

Annie

Thomas Meehan

It's 1933 and for as long as she can remember, 11 year old Annie has believed that her mother and father would come back to her New York City orphanage to get her. But mean Miss Hannigan the headmistress is making Annie's life a...

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Charlotte Sometimes

Charlotte Sometimes

Penelope Farmer

Charlotte Makepeace's first day at boarding school is a bewildering blur of unfamiliar faces, timetables, rules and lists. All the other girls know the routine - and each other. No one invites her into their exclusive circles of...

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Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: With Illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats: With Illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown

T. S. Eliot, Rebecca Ashdown

Suitable for a child's bookshelf and as a companion to the stage show, this title features Macavity, the Mystery Cat; Mr Mistofelees, the Original Conjuring Cat; Mungojerrie and Rumpelteazer and all the gang.

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Biggles of the Fighter Squadron

Biggles of the Fighter Squadron

W. E. Johns

Well into the later stages of the First World War, Biggles and his fellow flyers are struggling to maintain supremacy over the enemy pilots determined to shoot them down.

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My Family and Other Animals

Gerald Durrell

Sometimes it's pretty hard to tell them apart - my family and the animals, that is. I don't know why my brothers and sisters complain so much. With snakes in the bath and scorpions on the lunch table, our house, on the island of...

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The Adventures of Pinocchio

The Adventures of Pinocchio

Carlo Collodi, Robert Ingpen

In this handsome new edition, award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen has captured the rascally Pinocchio and his extraordinary escapades as never before, breathing new excitement into this enchanting classic.

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Biggles Flies East

Biggles Flies East

W. E. Johns

While on leave Biggles is mistaken for someone else. He thinks little of it at the time, but when headquarters find out they ask him to take the place of his double and work for the Germans as a spy, while secretly reporting back...

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The Wishing-Chair Again

The Wishing-Chair Again

Enid Blyton

Mollie and Peter have a thrilling secret. The chair in their playroom is a magic Wishing Chair. When they sit in it and wish, it grows wings and takes them on lots of exciting adventures.

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 Read reviewWell, Really, Mr Twiddle!

Well, Really, Mr Twiddle!

Enid Blyton

Mr.Twiddle is a kind old man who means to do his best, but he is often forgetful, and sometimes very silly. With a goose in the dog's kennel, doors going missing and money appearing in the garden, poor Mrs. Twiddle is driven to...

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 Read reviewThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain

Narrated by Huckleberry Finn himself, this exciting and action-packed adventure is the latest welcome addition to the Oxford Children's Classics series.

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 Read reviewAnne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery

'It's a million times nicer to be Anne of Green Gables than Anne of nowhere in particular, isn't it?' My dislikes: Being an orphan, having red hair, being called 'carrots' by Gilbert Blythe. My likes: Living at the Green Gables...

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Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell, Meg Rosoff

Black Beauty is a handsome, sweet-tempered colt with a strong spirit. As a young colt he is free to gallop in the fresh green meadows. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and...

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The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie

May Gibbs

The complete adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie is undoubtedly one of Australia's best loved children's books. Since its publication in 1918 generations of Australian children have been captivated by the fantasy world of May...

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The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

Lauren Child, Polly Borland

Explores the tale of the down-to-earth princess through a mix of artwork and photography to create a fairy tale to be treasured.

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The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum

The Magic Pudding: The Adventures of Bunyip Bluegum

Norman Lindsay

Never out of print since 1918, this new edition will whet the appetite of a whole new generation of 'puddin fanciers'. This Angus and Robertson Classic has also been completely re-designed and contains rescanned original artwork....

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

L. M. Montgomery, Lauren Child

The Cuthberts are in for a shock. They are expecting an orphan boy to help with the work at Green Gables - but a skinny red-haired girl turns up instead. Highly spirited Anne Shirley charms her way into the Cuthberts' affection...

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His Dark Materials: Including All Three Novels: Northern Light, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass

His Dark Materials: Including All Three Novels: Northern Light, the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass

Phillip Pullman

Lyra is an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and turns into a quest to understand a...

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Magic Beach

Magic Beach

Alison Lester

Imagine a beach where you can swim, surf, splash through the waves, make sandcastles, hunt for treasures, explore rock-pools, fish from the jetty, and build a bonfire under the stars. Imagine a beach where adventure begins ... A...

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 Read reviewSeven Little Australians

Seven Little Australians

Ethel Turner

If you imagine you are going to read of model children you had better lay down this book immediately. Not one of the seven is really good, for the very excellent reason that Australian children never are. Every so often, there...

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The Muddleheaded Wombat

The Muddleheaded Wombat

Ruth Park, Noela Young

The Muddleheaded Wombat combines in one edition four of Ruth Park's much-loved classics, The Muddleheaded Wombat, The Muddleheaded Wombat at School, The Muddleheaded Wombat on Holiday and The Muddleheaded Wombat in the Treetops....

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A Heaping Helping of Amelia Bedelia: Four Stories Tall

A Heaping Helping of Amelia Bedelia: Four Stories Tall

Peggy Parish

This treasury contains four beloved Amelia Bedelia books along with recipes, games, and more, in a big, beautiful package including a one-hour audio CD of the stories in the volume. Illustrations.

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The Pied Piper of Hamelin

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Michael Morpurgo, M. B. E., Emma Chichester Clark

In the town of Hamelin, the rich and greedy live like kings and queens while the poor and sick scavenge rubbish tips for scraps. A lame orphan boy tells the classic tale of how a plague of rats take over the town and how a...

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The Moomins and the Great Flood

The Moomins and the Great Flood

Tove Jansson

Moominmamma and young Moomintroll search for the long lost Moominpappa through forest and flood, meeting a little creature (an early Sniff) and the elegantly strange Tulippa along the way.

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Picnic at Hanging Rock

Picnic at Hanging Rock

Joan Lindsay

'Don't worry about us, Mam'selle dear,' smiled Miranda. 'We shall only be gone a very little while.' Every so often, there comes a story so brilliant and lively and moving that it cannot be left in the past.

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The Selfish Giant

The Selfish Giant

Oscar Wilde, Ritva Voutila

A magnificent new illustrated edition of Oscar Wilde's famous and moving story.

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 Read reviewThe Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Rhymes

The Owl and the Pussycat and Other Nonsense Rhymes

Edward Lear, Robert Ingpen

Jump aboard the pea-green boat and enter the enchanting world of Edward Lear. This collection of Lear's best-loved nonsense verse is published to coincide with the Bicentenary of his birth in May 2012. Rediscover the Owl and the...

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 Read reviewBoy: Tales of Childhood

Boy: Tales of Childhood

Roald Dahl

This is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's early years at school and with his family. Like his stories, Dahl's childhood tales are unmissable. This edition has a great new Quentin Blake cover and a new end section of facts about...

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