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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens' classic Christmas story, unabridged and fully illustrated. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on...

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The Enchanted Wood Gift Edition

The Enchanted Wood Gift Edition

Enid Blyton

When Joe, Beth and Frannie climb up to the top of the Faraway Tree, they meet Silky, Moon-Face and the Saucepan Man. Their new friends show them an exciting secret - how to visit lots of strange and magical lands! And who could...

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Paddington

Paddington

Michael Bond, R. W. Alley

For six decades, stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world.

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 Special priceThe Hundred and One Dalmatians

The Hundred and One Dalmatians

Peter Bently, Dodie Smith, Steven Lenton

When Missis and Pongo's darling Dalmatian puppies are stolen, they know just who to suspect ... the evil Cruella de Vil! She's enough to scare the spots off a pup and she would love nothing more than to turn them into a spotty fur...

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Little Women

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Knowing that, contrary to society's expectations, girls often had to be brave, resourceful and bold, that the private lives of girls were colourful and surprising, Alcott wrote a book in which girls would recognise themselves.

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Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

P. L. Travers, Lauren Child

An exquisite flagship gift edition of an iconic classic, illustrated by the current Waterstones Children's Laureate, Lauren Child.

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 Read reviewWatership Down

Watership Down

Richard Adams

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over forty years, Richard Adams' spellbinding classic Watership Down is one of the best-loved novels of all time, and resonates just as vividly today as it did nearly half a century ago.

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 Read reviewTuck Everlasting

Tuck Everlasting

Natalie Babbitt

A beautiful new hardcover gift edition of the unforgettable classic of children's writing about what it truly means to live forever.

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The Story of Babar

The Story of Babar

Jean de Brunhoff

First published in 1934, the story of Babar the elephant, who is happy playing in the Great Forest until he has to run away from a cruel hunter, finds a big town, and is befriended by an elderly lady. With full colour...

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Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain & Ireland

Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain & Ireland

Kevin Crossley-Holland, Frances Castle

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Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls

Ladybird Tales of Adventurous Girls

Ladybird

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Storm Boy

Storm Boy

Colin Thiele

Storm Boy is the timeless story of Mike "Storm Boy" Kingley who rescues three pelican chicks after their mother is shot. One of the birds, Mr Percival, forms a very special bond with the boy which...

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The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair gift edition

The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair gift edition

Enid Blyton

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! The Wishing-Chair takes them on some marvellous adventures - to a castle where...

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Whispering In The Wind: Text Classics

Whispering In The Wind: Text Classics

Alan Marshall, Shane Maloney

Peter sets out into the Australian bush to find a princess to rescue from a dragon. A middle grade fairytale quest, championing kindness and tenacity.

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The Swish of the Curtain (Blue Door, Book 1)

The Swish of the Curtain (Blue Door, Book 1)

Pamela Brown

In the town of Fenchester, seven resourceful children are yearning to be famous. One day, they come across a disused chapel, and an idea is formed. With a lick of paint and the addition of a beautiful curtain (which, however much...

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Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli

Into the Jungle: Stories for Mowgli

Katherine Rundell, Kristjana S Williams

Award-winning author Katherine Rundell presents a collection of thrilling origin stories for all of Kipling's best-loved characters from The Jungle Book.

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 Read reviewThe Magic Pudding: 100th Anniversary Edition

The Magic Pudding: 100th Anniversary Edition

Norman Lindsay

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Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories

Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories

Joyce Lankester Brisley

Read about Milly-Molly-Mandy's adventures in this collection of thirteen charming stories.

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The Complete Jungle Book

The Complete Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling

A sumptuous illustrated gift book for all the family, containing Rudyard Kipling's best known and best loved children's stories, The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book.

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Peter Pan

Peter Pan

Caryl Hart, Sarah Warburton

When Peter Pan flies into the Darlings' room one dusky evening, he convinces Wendy and her brothers to come with him to the magical world of Neverland, where children never grow old. But will the Darlings choose to stay in...

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Picnic At Hanging Rock

Picnic At Hanging Rock

Joan Lindsay

Read this fantastic, atmospheric Australian thriller about the mysterious disappearance of a group of young girls. After lunch, a group of three girls climbed into the blaze of the afternoon sun, pressing on through the scrub into...

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 Read reviewA Fortunate Life: Edition for Young Readers

A Fortunate Life: Edition for Young Readers

A B Facey

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Storm Boy: The Illustrated Story

Storm Boy: The Illustrated Story

Colin Thiele

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis, Pauline Baynes

A full-colour paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-colour cover and interior art by the original...

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 Special priceGulliver's Travels: Voyage to Lilliput

Gulliver’s Travels: Voyage to Lilliput

Jonathan Swift, Chris Riddell, Martin Jenkins

Voyage to Lilliput, the first adventure in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels, is illustrated by new Children's Laureate Chris Riddell.

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 Read reviewMy Sweet Orange Tree

My Sweet Orange Tree

Jose Mauro De Vasconcelos, Alison Entrekin

A worldwide classic of children's literature - a moving, life-affirming childhood story.

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 Read reviewThe Boggart (Reissue)

The Boggart (Reissue)

Susan Cooper

Reissued in A Puffin Book - the first in award-winning Susan Cooper's funny and moving adventures of the one-and-only Boggart.

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A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle

When Charles Wallace Murry goes searching through a 'wrinkle in time' for his lost father, he finds himself on an evil planet where all life is enslaved by a huge pulsating brain known as 'It'.

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Swallows and Amazons

Swallows and Amazons

Arthur Ransome

John, Susan, Titty and Roger sail their boat, Swallow, to a deserted island for a summer camping trip. Exploring and playing sailors is an adventure in itself but the island holds more excitement in store. Two fierce Amazon...

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The Magic Faraway Tree Retro

The Magic Faraway Tree Retro

Enid Blyton

Joe, Beth and Frannie take their cousin Rick on an adventure he'll never forget! Find out how they escape from the Land of Dreams, and what goes wrong in the Land of Topsy-Turvy. And who drives a runaway train in the Land of...

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The Enchanted Wood Retro

The Enchanted Wood Retro

Enid Blyton

Joe, Beth and Frannie move right next door to an Enchanted Wood, and discover the Faraway Tree with it's many different lands. They make new friends, slide down the slippery-slip, and go to a fancy-dress feast in the Land of...

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 Read reviewA Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Master Detective

A Kalle Blomkvist Mystery: Master Detective

Astrid Lindgren

A super sleuth like Kalle Blomkvist is always looking for the next case to crack. So when a mysterious stranger arrives in town he finds the perfect excuse to start an investigation, one that will draw him and his friends into a...

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A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

A Radio 4 dramatization of the first of Ursula Le Guin's four Earthsea fantasy novels. It is a tale of high magic, courage, and the eternal struggle between good and evil.

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Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories

Milly-Molly-Mandy Stories

Joyce Lankester Brisley

Welcome to the world of Milly-Molly-Mandy! Read about her adventures in this collection of thirteen charming stories.

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 Read reviewGoodnight Mister Tom

Goodnight Mister Tom

Michelle Magorian, Neil Reed

Tells the story of young Willie Beech, evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

Jules Verne, Robin Waterfield

The man who invented the future, Jules Verne created the prototype for modern science fiction. His prophetic 1870 adventure novel, featuring a bizarre underwater craft commanded by the mysterious Captain Nemo, predated the...

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Finn Family Moomintroll

Finn Family Moomintroll

Tove Jansson

Although they're small, fat and shy creatures; Moomins have the most amazing adventures. It all begins when Moominpappa tries on a magic hat that makes exciting and funny things happen.

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The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf

Once upon a time in Spain, there was a little bull and his name was Ferdinand . Unlike all the other little bulls - who run, jump, and butt their heads together in fights - Ferdinand would rather sit under his favourite cork...

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The Famous Five Treasury

The Famous Five Treasury

Enid Blyton

Enjoy the timeless appeal of the Famous Five with this fabulous full-colour treasury of short stories, extracts and more: the perfect gift for a reading adventure all year round.

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Tales from Shakespeare

Tales from Shakespeare

Mary Lamb, Charles Lamb

In 1807, Charles Lamb and his sister Mary wrote a collection of stories retelling twenty of Shakespeare's plays for children. Ranging from Romeo and Juliet to the delightful fancy of A Midsummer Night's Dream and the humour of As...

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The Best of Pippi Longstocking

The Best of Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren, Tony Ross

Pippi Longstocking is one of the best loved characters of all time, with dedicated fans all over the world. She's funny, feisty, and incredibly strong, and has the most amazing adventures! Here's a chance to read three books about...

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My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection

My Naughty Little Sister: A Treasury Collection

Dorothy Edwards, Shirley Hughes

My naughty little sister is stubborn and greedy and full of mischief. She tries to cut off the cat's tail and eats all the trifle at Harry's party! How much bother can one little sister be?

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 Read reviewWatership Down: Illustrated edition

Watership Down: Illustrated edition

Richard Adams, Aldo Galli

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

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 Read reviewFive Children and It

Five Children and It

E. Nesbit, Ella Okstad

Illustrated by Ella Okstad, this new edition includes extra material for young readers.

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Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection

Frog and Toad: The Complete Collection

Arnold Lobel, Julia Donaldson

A beautiful hardback gift to treasure. This collection brings together all of Arnold Lobel's engaging, warm and funny stories about Frog and Toad, and features a special foreword by Julia Donaldson.

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 Read reviewThe Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Lauren Child, Sophie Dahl

After losing her parents, young Mary Lennox is sent from India to live in her uncle's gloomy mansion on the wild English moors. She is lonely and has no one to play with, but one day she learns of a secret garden somewhere in the...

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National Velvet

National Velvet

Enid Bagnold

Velvet is mad about horses. When she wins a piebald horse in a raffle, she knows he's something special. His heart is as big as the five-foot fences he jumps, and he'll do anything for Velvet. Soon, she and her friend Mi have...

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 Read reviewThe 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 Little Prince

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

On one level this work is the story of an airman's discovery of a small boy from another planet in the desert and his stories of intergalactic travel, and on the other hand it is a thought-provoking allegory of the human...

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Little Women

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Grown-up Meg, tomboyish Jo, timid Beth, and precocious Amy. The four March sisters couldn't be more different. But with their father away at war, and their mother working to support the family, they have to rely on one another....

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Playing Beatie Bow: Australian Children's Classics

Playing Beatie Bow: Australian Children’s Classics

Ruth Park

The game is called Beatie Bow and the children play it for the thrill of scaring themselves. But when Abigail is drawn in, the game is quickly transformed into an extraordinary, sometimes horrifying, adventure as she finds herself...

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 Read reviewI Capture the Castle

I Capture the Castle

Dodie Smith

Cassandra's father was once a famous writer, but now he mainly reads detective novels while his family slide into genteel poverty. Her sister Rose is bored and beautiful, and desperate to marry riches. Their step-mother Topaz has...

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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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Winnie-the-Pooh

Winnie-the-Pooh

A. A. Milne, Ernest H. Shepard

Meet The Bear for All Ages in this delightful collection, in which Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a woozle, and discovers the wrong sort of honey- amongst other things!

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Ballet Shoes

Ballet Shoes

Noel Streatfeild

A beautiful hardback gift edition of the beloved children's book BALLET SHOES, featuring the classic illustrations by Ruth Gervis. Elegantly designed with a cloth-bound cover and ribbon embellishment, this is the perfect present...

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 Read reviewSeven Little Australians: Popular Penguins

Seven Little Australians: Popular Penguins

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 Mouse and His Child

The Mouse and His Child

Russell Hoban

'What are we, Papa?' the toy mouse child asked his father. 'We must wait and see.' So begins the story of a tin father and son who dance under a Christmas tree until they break the ancient clockwork rules and are themselves...

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 Read reviewThe Brothers Lionheart

The Brothers Lionheart

Astrid Lindgren, Joan Tate, Ilon Wikland

My brother, Jonathan, knew that I was going to die. 'How can things be so terrible,' I asked. 'That some people have to die, when they're not even ten years old?' 'I don't think it's that terrible,' said Jonathan. 'I...

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