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The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

The Goldsmith and the Master Thief

Tonke Dragt (Author), Laura Watkinson (Translator)

Twins Jiacomo and Laurenzo look exactly the same - but they are as different as night and day. Hard-working Laurenzo wants to make beautiful things and becomes a goldsmith; Jiacomo loves travel and adventure and uses his wiles to...

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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 Flame Tree Collectable Classics are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library. Each stunning edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The unabridged text is...

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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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 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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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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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

Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can learn what life was like during the First World WarVintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives.

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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. Paddington is now a major movie star!

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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

A Madeline Treasury

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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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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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 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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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

An apprentice wizard travels the Archipelago to learn his trade.

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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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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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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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 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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 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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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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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.

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