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Canterbury Tales
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Canterbury Tales

Barbara Cohen, Trina Schart Hyman, Charles D Ellis

In 1386, Chaucer recorded, or created, the stories spun by 30 pilgrims traveling from London to Canterbury. Cohen and Hyman have responded to Chaucer's masterpiece with lively prose and unforgettable pictures that evoke the...

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The Little Prince: And Letter to a Hostage
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The Little Prince: And Letter to a Hostage

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, T V F Cuffe

In The Little Prince ,a small boy leaves the tiny planet on which he lives alone, on a trip to Earth, where he is introduced to the vagaries of adult behaviour. Letter to a Hostage is an open letter to a Jewish intellectual in...

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The Diary of a Young Girl
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The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank, Mirjam Pressler, Susan Massotty

In July 1942, thirteen-year-old Anne Frank and her family, fleeing the occupation, went into hiding in an Amsterdam warehouse. Over the next two years Anne describes in her diary the frustrations of living in such close quarters....

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Wind in the Willows
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Wind in the Willows

Lesley Sims, Mauro Evangelista

An evocative picture book based on the beloved classic tale and retold for younger children. Age: 18 months + the Wind in the Willows is a re-telling of the beloved Kenneth Grahame story following the adventures of four...

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Paddington: The Original Story of the Bear from Darkest Peru
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Paddington: The Original Story of the Bear from Darkest Peru

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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 Read reviewThe Call of the Wild
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The Call of the Wild

Jack London, Melvin Burgess

Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger....

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 Read reviewThe Secret Garden
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The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett, 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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A Little Princess
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A Little Princess

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Adeline Yen Mah

Alone in a new country, wealthy Sara Crewe tries to make friends at boarding school and settle in. But when she learns that she'll never see her beloved father again, her life is turned upside down. Transformed from princess to...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Chris Riddell

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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Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set
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Anne of Green Gables, Complete 8-Book Box Set

L. M. Montgomery

Here is a deluxe gift-box edition of L.M. Montgomery's classic stories about one of the most beloved fictional heroines of all time--Anne of Green Gables.

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Watership Down
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Watership Down

Richard Adams

Sandleford Warren is in danger. Hazel's younger brother Fiver is convinced that a great evil is about to befall the land, but no one will listen. And why would they when it is Spring and the grass is fat and succulent?

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Silver Brumby Centenary Edition
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Silver Brumby Centenary Edition

Elyne Mitchell

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 Read reviewPippi Longstocking
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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 the world over. Here her story is illustrated with flair and humour by Lauren Child,...

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 Special priceThe Phoenix and the Carpet
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The Phoenix and the Carpet

Edith Nesbit, H. Millar

A sequel to Five Children that continues the magical adventures of siblings Cyril, Anthea, Robert, Jane and their baby brother.

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll, Fran Parreno

A superb gift edition of Lewis Carroll's complete and unabridged text. Fantastic new illustrations re-imagine the much-loved characters of Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, the Mock Turtle and the rest. The...

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The Worry Tree
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The Worry Tree

Marianne Musgrove

Just because something's not magic doesn't mean it can't be magical...

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain

The adventures of a mischievous young boy and his friends growing up in a Mississippi River town in the nineteenth century.

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Ian Fleming, Joe Berger

The original and best magical car is back on the road, with brilliant new illustrations by Joe Berger.

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 Read reviewSeven Little Australians: Australian Children's Classics
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Seven Little Australians: Australian Children’s Classics

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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Peter Pan
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Peter Pan

J. M. Barrie

A narrative that is filled with vivid characters, epic battles, pirates, and fairies. It presents Peter Pan's adventures that capture the spirit of childhood - and of rebellion against the role of adulthood in conventional...

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll

In the nonsensical Wonderland and the back-to-front Looking-Glass kingdom, order is turned upside-down: a baby turns into a pig; time is abandoned at a tea-party; and a chaotic game of chess makes a 7-year-old a Queen.

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

John Boyne

Discover an extraordinary tale of innocence, friendship and the horrors of war. 'Some things are just sitting there, minding their own business, waiting to be discovered.

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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase
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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Joan Aiken

Can Bonnie and Sylvia outwit the wicked Miss Slighcarp and her network of criminals, forgers and snitches? BACKSTORY: Find out a few things you didn't know about wolves and learn all about the wonderful world of the author.

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The Railway Children
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The Railway Children

E. Nesbit

When Father is taken away unexpectedly, Roberta, Peter, Phyllis and their mother have to leave their comfortable life in London to go and live in a small cottage in the country. Each day the children wave at the passing London...

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What Katy Did
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What Katy Did

Susan Coolidge

HarperCollins is proud to present its incredible range of best-loved, essential classics.

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Swallowdale
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Swallowdale

Arthur Ransome

The Swallows return to the lake for another summer camping on their island alongside their allies, the Amazon pirates. But the Swallows find themselves marooned ashore by the shipwreck of their boat. If they can't have the island,...

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The Silver Sword
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The Silver Sword

Ian Serraillier

Having lost their parents in the chaos of war, Ruth, Edek and Bronia are left alone to fend for themselves and hide from the Nazis amid the rubble and ruins of their city. They meet a ragged orphan boy, Jan, who treasures a...

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 Read reviewThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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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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Treasure Island
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Treasure Island

Robert Louis Stevenson

When young Jim Hawkins discovers a map showing the way to Captain Flint's treasure, he and Squire Trelawney set sail on the Hispaniola to search for the gold. Little do they know that among their crew is the dastardly pirate Long...

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 Read reviewI Capture the Castle
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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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Emil and the Detectives
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Emil and the Detectives

Erich Kastner

If Mrs Tischbein had known the adventures her son Emil would have in Berlin, she'd never have let him go. Unfortunately, when his seven pounds goes missing on the train, Emil is determined to get it back - and when he teams up...

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The Secret Garden
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The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.

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Little Women
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Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

Reprint. Originally published: New York: Baronet Books, c1989.

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 Special priceThe Quentin Blake Treasury
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The Quentin Blake Treasury

Quentin Blake

Contains: All Join In ; Quentin Blake's Nursery Rhyme Book ; Patrick ; Angelica Sprocket's Pockets ; Mister Magnolia ; Quentin Blake's ABC ; Cockatoos ; Angel Pavement ; and Mrs Armitage Queen of the Road . This...

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The Wizard of Oz (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
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The Wizard of Oz (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

L. Frank Baum, Professor Jack Zipes (University of Minnesota), Rachell Sumpter

Dorothy, together with her companions the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow and the cowardly Lion, makes her journey along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the wonderful wizard. This book features cover art that brings a whimsical...

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The Wind in the Willows (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
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The Wind in the Willows (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Kenneth Grahame, Gregory Maguire, MS Gillian Avery

A story of animal cunning and human camaraderie. It features cover art by painter and illustrator Rachell Sumpter, who brings a whimsical sensibility to the Threads.

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The Conference of the Birds
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The Conference of the Birds

Peter Sis

Celebrated children's book author and illustrator Sis creates his first book for adults, a beautiful and uplifting adaptation of the classic 12th-century Sufi epic poem, The Conference of the Birds. He breathes new life into...

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The Secret Garden (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
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The Secret Garden (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jillian Tamaki

A classic children's tale that includes cover art by Jillian Tamaki and deluxe French flaps.  

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Black Beauty (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
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Black Beauty (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Anna Sewell, Jillian Tamaki, Jane Smiley

Part of the Penguin Threads series, this title features cover art by Jillian Tamaki and deluxe French flaps.

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Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales
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Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales

Beatrix Potter

Features stories such as: The Tale of Peter Rabbit , The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin , The Tailor of Gloucester , The Tale of Benjamin Bunny , The Tale of Two Bad Mice , The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle , The Tale of The Pie and...

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Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated)
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Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Illustrated)

Lewis Carroll, Yayoi Kusama

Since childhood, Kusama has been afflicted with a condition that makes her see spots, which means she sees the world in a surreal, almost hallucinogenic way that sits very well with the Wonderland of Alice. This book is colour...

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The Muddleheaded Wombat
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The Muddleheaded Wombat

Ruth Park, Noela Young

This paperback edition brings together four stories: The Muddleheaded Wombat; The Muddleheaded Wombat at School; The Muddleheaded Wombat on Holiday; The Muddleheaded Wombat in the Treetops. A delight to rediscover, or read for the...

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Illustrated Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales
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Illustrated Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Anna Milbourne, Gillian Doherty, Ruth Brocklehurst, Fran Parreno

A collection of fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen retold for younger readers Ages: 2+ .Includes the Emperor's New Clothes, the Little Mermaid, the Ugly Duckling, the Snow Queen, the Princess and the Pea and other...

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The Complete Brambly Hedge
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The Complete Brambly Hedge

Jill Barklem

Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Brambly Hedge with this exquisite treasury containing all eight of the much-loved, classic picture books.

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 Read reviewThe Weirdstone of Brisingamen
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The Weirdstone of Brisingamen

Alan Garner

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

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Mary Poppins - The Complete Collection
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Mary Poppins - The Complete Collection

P. L. Travers

This fantastic omnibus edition contains all six original Mary Poppins stories: Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Comes Back, Mary Poppins Opens the Door, Mary Poppins in the Park, Mary Poppins in Cherry Tree Lane / Mary Poppins and the...

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 Special priceA Light in the Attic
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A Light in the Attic

Shel Silverstein

There's a light on in the attic. I can see it from outside, And I know you're on the inside ...lookin' out. Step inside the mind of Shel Silverstein and you'll discover a magic homework machine, a Polar Bear in the fridge and a...

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Asterix: Asterix and Obelix's Birthday: The Golden Book, Album 34
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Asterix: Asterix and Obelix’s Birthday: The Golden Book, Album 34

Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

A collection of 12 new stories - all linked by the theme of Asterix's anniversary celebration. www.asterix.net.au

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