Tom Trueheart And The Land Of Dark Stories by Ian Beck

Tom Trueheart And The Land Of Dark Stories

Written by Ian Beck

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More fabulous adventures as Tom Trueheart and his brothers return but this time, there may be no more Happy Endings. Tom and his brothers are swept away to the Land of Dark stories. Can Tom save the day even though he is only as tall as a thumb? If you haven't read it yet, be sure to also check out the orgininal Tom Trueheart.


Tom Trueheart And The Land Of Dark Stories by Ian Beck

The Trueheart house is busy and bustling-because today is a special day. Tom's older brothers are getting married and preparing to live happily ever after. But then an unexpected wedding guest arrives. Someone who has decided that there will be no more Happy Endings. Tom's brothers and their brides are whisked off to the Land of Dark Stories, as prisoners of their old enemy Brother Ormestone. And Tom himself is put under a terrible enchantment...It is up to Tom to try to save the others, and to bring back Happy Endings. But how can he defeat the storybook monsters now that he is only the size of a thumb?


A delightful book, and one with a wide potential audience ... a story with a timeless quality and great charm for bedtime reading upwards. Marcus Sedgwick, The Literary Review This handsome little book with striking silhouette illustrations, contains a wonderful story. Julia Eccleshare, Tom's quest to discover his own story and his courage unrolls through an elegantly described magical landscape, in this skilful, highly inventive story about the way stories work. Booktrust Looks likely to become one of the hits of 2006 Amanda Craig, The Times Ian Beck's prose has a crisp and springy rhythm - a treat to read aloud to anyone over the age of six. His illustrations, gnarled silhouettes, are marvellously complex. If you turn them upside down, they change completely. A volume to treasure. The Telegraph Another brilliant fictional concept is the Land of Stories in Ian Beck's The Secret History of Tom Trueheart...The book is guaranteed to enthral children, and adults will laugh at the sly in-jokes. Ian Beck's prose has a crisp and springy rhythm - a treat to read aloud to anyone over the age of six... A volume to treasure. The Telegraph

About the Author

Ian Beck

Ian Beck was born in Hove on the Sussex coast in 1947. At the age of thirteen, after seeing an exhibition of drawings for the Radio Times, he was fired with enthusiasm about illustration and began attending Saturday painting classes at the nearby Brighton College of Art.

Ian has worked in many fields of illustration. He's been involved in the record industry, and painted the cover of one of the most popular records of all time: Elton John's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'. One of Ian's titles, Lost in Snow, was made into an animated film for TV and his books have now sold a million copies worldwide.

Q & A with Ian Beck

1. When did you first start to write stories or draw?

2. In general, where do your ideas come from?

3. What made you write this book?

4. What have you enjoyed most about working on this book?

5. What is your earliest memory?

6. What did you enjoy most at school?

7. Of all the places you have lived, where have you felt most at home and why?

8. Is there a particular holiday destination that you have visited that you would love to return to?

9. Is there anything you’d like to tell us about your pets, past or present?

10. What would you say is your greatest talent?

11. What new skill – it can be anything at all – would you love to learn?

12. What is the most unusual job you have done?

13. What is your most treasured possession?

14. Is there a particular book, author, or film that had a great impact on you in your childhood?

15. What are your hobbies?

Listening to film music and going to the cinema as often as possible.

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400 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

6th March 2008




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