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John Matthews is a master storyteller and draws from his wide experience of folk tales to find stories that will be new to many young readers. He is the author of numerous highly- acclaimed books on Arthurian legends and Celtic mythology, and has co-written a number of books with his wife CaitlÎ¯n. This is John’s third book for Barefoot, joining The Wizard King & Other Spellbinding Tales (1998) and The Barefoot Book of Giants, Ghosts and Goblins (1999). John currently lives in Oxford with his wife and son. His next book, Arthur of Albion, is scheduled for publication in 2007.
August 2014 Book of the Month Henry Hunter is a most unusual boy – even among the boys at St Grimbold’s School. He has a private jet and an appetite for finding things that possibly comes from living up to his name. Henry enlists his school friend Adolphus Pringle as his ‘Doctor Watson’ and in this adventure the two set off to investigate rumours of the reappearance of Dracula…Henry and Adolphus make a great pair of under-age sleuths and Nick Tankand brings the mysterious world they enter vividly to life. A Piece of Passion from Matilda Johnson, Publisher The Henry Hunter files are really fast-paced which I love for adventure stories. Henry's personality is magnetic too - so like Dolf, I just had to follow Henry on his quest to track down the beast!
This is the ultimate book on King Arthur. Combining the best known stories about Arthur and his court with fascinating research on who Arthur really was and when Camelot was built, this magnificent edition has been designed and illlustrated to the highest standards and will be enjoyed by both young and old alike, so step back into the mists of time and explore the world of knights in shining armour and the Round Table.
Winner of the Storytelling World Award in 2004. This book is a terrific gift and is sure to capture any child’s imagination, Knights both brave and not so brave are depicted in this wonderful collection of stories from around the world and it comes with a full length CD to listen to while reading. The perfect boys-own adventure for 6 - 10 year olds.
This is an exciting re-imagining of the early years of the boy who would become King Arthur. John Matthews has imagined a quartet of books under the title Red Dragon Rising, of which this is the first volume. We meet Arthur, Merlin, the Questing Beast, the Green Knight and the mysterious Nine women who rule the castle of Avalon, with its ever-shifting rooms and prophetic bronze mirror. There are horrific enemies such as Amangons and the hideous Fir Bolg. And stalwart companions in the shape of the four Eldest: the shape-shifting Salmon, Stag, Eagle and Blackbird. And there is Mabon, the shining golden boy-god, whom Arthur and his companions must rescue from an underground dungeon which quenches his powers. He must also achieve the four Hallows of Albion, of which gaining the Sword of Ice and Fire is the first quest.
With this top-up pack, you can pick a handful of cards that suggest characters, places and objects, then use them as the inspiration to invent your own chilling story! The text is packed with tips for starting your stories, games to play with the cards and ideas about ways that you can tell your tale.
With this top-up pack, you can pick a handful of cards that suggest characters, places and objects, then use them as the inspiration to invent your own festive tale! The text is packed with tips for starting your stories, games to play with the cards and ideas about ways that you can tell your tale.
This vivid retelling brings together the best-known stories about Arthur and his court, exploring the relationships between the main characters in the legends. Magnificent illustrations by Pavel Tatarnikov add to the atmosphere of Arthurian England.
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