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Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo

Written by Michael Morpurgo

Illustrated by Various Illustrators

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Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo Review

Anthologies Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers General Fiction Short Stories Traditional Tales

Cinderella, Rumpelstilstskin, Sleeping Beauty, Jack and the Beanstalk: these stories are in our DNA, says Michael Morpurgo in his introduction to this gorgeous new collection. They are told by some of our best authors for children and each story is illustrated in full colour with pictures that match its mood (Ian Beck’s illustrations for The Pied Piper of Hamelin, retold by Adele Geras, are particularly rich). Morpurgo himself has chosen to tell the story of Jack and Beanstalk and, typically, it’s a first person narrative, Jack addressing the reader directly, keeping us breathlessly attentive from the opening line to the happy every after.  An excellent collection to share with children.

Andrea Reece

Greatest Magical Stories, chosen by Michael Morpurgo Synopsis

Award-winning children's writer and former Children's Laureate Sir Michael Morpurgo has collected his greatest magical stories from all around the world and put them in one place. Here! From tiny heroes to talking frogs, and meddling fairies to mysterious sea creatures, this is a timeless collection to treasure forever. Beautiful colour illustrations bring the magical text to life. There are lots of stories to choose from, including The Frog Prince, Rumplestiltskin, and Sleeping Beauty, plus a new retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk written by Sir Michael himself, so whether you're looking for a quick read or a longer story to lose yourself in, something to read alone or a tale to share, there's a great magical story within for everyone to find.

A sumptuous gift edition for young readers to treasure, and a perfect companion to Greatest Animal Stories.

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ISBN: 9780192766779
Publication date: 06/09/2018
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780192767356
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192766779
Publication date: 6th September 2018
Author: Michael Morpurgo
Illustrator: Various Illustrators
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: Anthologies, Fantasy / Magical, General Fiction, Short Stories, Traditional Tales
Collections: Guest Editor, September 2020 - Michael Morpurgo MBE,

About Michael Morpurgo

Michael Morpurgo, began writing stories in the early '70's, in response to the children in his class at the primary school where he taught in Kent.  One of the UK’s best-loved authors and storytellers, Michael was appointed Children’s Laureate in 2003, a post he helped to set up with Ted Hughes in 1999. He was awarded an OBE in 2007 and a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours in 2018 for services to literature and charity. He has written over 150 books, including The Butterfly Lion, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Why the Whales Came, The Mozart Question, ...

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