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Thomas the Tank Engine: Complete Collection (75th Anniversary Edition)

Thomas the Tank Engine: Complete Collection (75th Anniversary Edition)

Rev. Wilbert Vere Awdry

The ultimate nostalgic gift for all those who are delighted by Thomas, the cheeky little engine, and his friends. With a brand new design and eye-catching foil embelishments, this book is perfect for the 75th anniversary of our...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Lewis Carroll

Part of the Everyman series which has been re-set with wide margins for notes and easy-to-read type. Each title includes a themed introduction by leading authorities on the subject, life-and-times chronology of the author, text...

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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame, Grahame Baker-Smith

The tales of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad. When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel which leads...

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Black Beauty

Black Beauty

Anna Sewell

Beloved classic tells the moving story of a horse's experiences at the hands of many owners, revealing much about human conduct and the social ills of the time. Abridged.

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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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The Iron Man

The Iron Man

Ted Hughes, Chris Mould

The Iron Man came to the top of the cliff. Where had he come from? Then, when a terrible monster from outer space threatens to lay waste to the planet, it is the Iron Man who finds a way to save the world.

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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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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

J. R. R. Tolkien, Alan Lee

A sumptuous new one-volume edition of Tolkien's classic masterpiece that is fully illustrated throughout in watercolour by the acclaimed and award-winning artist, Alan Lee, and housed in a special transparent slipcase.

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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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 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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Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren, Lauren Child

Pippi Longstocking, Astrid Lindgren's nine-year-old heroine, burst onto the bookshelf in 1945 and has remained a firm favourite with children all over the world. Here her story is illustrated with flair and humour by Lauren Child,...

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Charlotte Sometimes

Charlotte Sometimes

Penelope Farmer

It is Charlotte's first night at boarding school. But when she wakes up, the girl in the next bed is not the person who was sleeping there the evening before. And the new building outside her window seems to have metamorphosed...

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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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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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A Madeline Treasury: The Original Stories by Ludwig Bemelmans

A Madeline Treasury: The Original Stories by Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans, Anna Quindlen

Collecting all the adventures one of the world's most beloved characters for her 75th anniversary, this volume includes an Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner Quindlen, an essay by Bemelmans on how he invented Madeline, and...

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Story Time Stars

Story Time Stars

Stephanie Owen Reeder

What makes a children's book character memorable? Is it their personality, the story they tell or the way they're depicted by the illustrator? Is it that they make us laugh or cry? Or is it that we can identify with them? Often,...

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The Enchanted Wood Vintage

The Enchanted Wood Vintage

Enid Blyton

When Joe, Beth and Frannie move to the country, they discover they are living next door to an Enchanted Wood, where the magical Faraway Tree grows. Join the children on their incredible adventures as they meet the Three Bears and...

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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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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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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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Storm Boy: The Illustrated Story

Storm Boy: The Illustrated Story

Colin Thiele

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The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum, Lorena Alvarez

A complete and unabridged, illustrated edition of L. Frank Baum's classic tale of magic and adventure. Join Dorothy and her little dog toto on the yellow brick road, as they set off to explore the magical Land of Oz. Can they...

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Alice'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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Charlotte's Web

Charlotte’s Web

E. B. White, Garth Williams, Matt Jones

The story of a girl called Fern who loves a little pig called Wilbur. It tells how Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful grey spider, saves Wilbur from the usual fate of nice fat pigs, by a wonderfully clever plan - a plan so...

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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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 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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A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea

Ursula K. Le Guin

This is a tale of wizards, dragons and terrifying shadows. The young wizard Sparrowhawk, tempted by pride to try spells beyond his powers, lets loose an evil shadow-beast in his land. Only he can destroy it, and this quest leads...

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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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 Read reviewThe Weirdstone of Brisingamen

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Alan Garner

The Weirdstone of Brisingamen is one of the greatest fantasy novels of all time.

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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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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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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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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 Owl Service (50th Anniversary Edition)

The Owl Service (50th Anniversary Edition)

Alan Garner

Winner of both the Guardian Award and the Carnegie Medal, this is an all-time classic, combining mystery, adventure, history and a complex set of human relationships. Featuring a new introduction by Philip Pullman.

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The Wind in the Willows: V&A Collector's Edition

The Wind in the Willows: V&A Collector’s Edition

Kenneth Grahame

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Omnibus Edition)

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Omnibus Edition)

Lewis Carroll, Sir John Tenniel

Includes such stories as - Alice's Adventures in Wonderland , Through the Looking-Glass , Sylvie and Bruno , Sylvie and Bruno Concluded , The Hunting of the Snark and the poetry, essays and phantasmagoria along with a...

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The Brambly Hedge Complete Collection

The Brambly Hedge Complete Collection

Jill Barklem

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Brambly Hedge with this exquisite slipcased volume containing all eight well-loved, classic picture books.

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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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 Read reviewBlueback

Blueback

Tim Winton

The final volume in the iconic Penguin Australian Children's Classics series, Blueback is a deceptively simple allegory about a boy who matures through fortitude, and finds wisdom by living in harmony with all forms of life. A...

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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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Peter Pan (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)

Peter Pan (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)

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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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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 Read reviewLittle 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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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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Redwall

Brian Jacques

Matthias is just one little mouse but he knows it'll take more than stones and mouse-sized arrows to keep the rats at bay. Enlisting the help of a military hare, wild sparrows and argumentative stoats, Matthias sets out to defend...

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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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A Little Princess

A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett

`I pretend I am a princess, so that I can try and behave like one' Without her beloved father and miles from home, it is very hard for Sara Crewe to like her new life at boarding school. When a letter arrives that brings...

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