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September 2016 Debut of the Month | In a nutshell: discover a secret fairy world under Hyde Park | London’s parks are the starting point for this lively story of adventure and enchantment. Rowan’s mother disappeared suddenly seven years ago and life has been difficult ever since. Giving in to tears under a great beech in Hyde Park, one of her mother’s favourite places, Rowan is magically transformed into a fairy. As in Peter Pan, the fairy world is both inviting and unnerving, and when it emerges that she has particular powers it becomes a place of real danger for Rowan despite the friends she makes. A quest, a story of transformation and lost things found, this is an appealing mix of excitement, humour and magic. ~ Andrea Reece One to recommend to fans of classic stories of magic such as The Box of Delights or Moondial.
Winner of the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. A deluxe edition of the thrillingly reimagined fairy tale by the magical partnership of award-bedecked, bestselling Neil Gaiman and Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. | Award-winning Neil Gaiman shows all his story telling skills in this gripping fusion of familiar fairy tales told in a dark-hearted version with some original characters. Especially a bold-hearted queen. Not far from where the queen lives, a princess is under the spell of an enchantress who has put a whole country to sleep. Despite it being the eve of her wedding day, the bold queen decides to take action. Slipping into her mail shirt she arms herself with her sword and sets off out of the palace accompanied by the three dwarves who will lead her through the tunnels…The dark magic, great courage and spell-binding imagination that power this story is perfectly realised in Chris Riddell’s awesome illustrations.
One of our Books of the Year 2016 | Julia Eccleshare's Book of the Month September 2016 Philippa Pearce’s classic novel of the 1950s is newly minted for today’s readers while retaining its sense of wonder and its ability to make the unbelievable – including travelling through time - ‘real’. Edith’s graphic novel version captures how Tom moves from frustration and disappointment at being cooped up in a flat with his aunt and uncle to delight when his night time adventures take him into the magical garden that once belonged to the house. Invisible to all but Hatty, a lonely little girl, Tom enjoys the most wonderful adventures with her including skating through the night to Ely. The rich imagination of the original is portrayed in a new and also stimulating way. ~ Julia Eccleshare A message from Liz Cross, Head of Publishing, Oxford Children’s Books, about this unique graphic novel edition: Like so many people working in children’s books, I am passionate about stories. Stories give us so much delight, so many characters to get to know, so many places to explore – and so much sheer entertainment. Really great stories deserve to be shared with as many different people as possible, in many different ways – as we have seen with Harry Potter in film, Matilda in musical form, Tracy Beaker on TV, and so many others. The power of the story shines through in each case, brought to life in different ways by different forms. Tom’s Midnight Garden is one of the greatest children’s stories ever written – and because of this it’s already been shared in film, TV and stage show, and in many languages around the world. So it is incredibly exciting to have a brand new way of sharing this story – in this beautiful graphic novel, adapted and illustrated by French graphic novelist Edith. Whether or not you’ve read the novel already, in this graphic adaptation there is a timeless, powerful story waiting for you. It’s a visual treat and an object of beauty – and most of all, a story you will never forget. Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for September 2016 A Poem for Every Night of the Year compliled by Allie Esiri Gruffalo Crumble and Other Recipes by Julia Donaldson A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston Beck by Mal Peet and Meg Rosoff Tom's Midnight Garden Graphic Novel by Philippa Pearce and Edith Jinks and O'Hare Funfair Repair by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntryre
This is one of the best-loved family stories of all the classics. When Roberta, Peter and Phyillis’s father is arrested their life is turned upside down. The children move to the country and the railway that runs nearby becomes their greatest source of adventure. One day, they come up with a brilliant plan to make use of the friends they’ve made through the train to prove their father’s innocence and bring him back safely. Will it work? A book to treasure and return to again and again and features the complete and unabridged text. If you love a good story, then look no further. ~ Julia Eccleshare
This lean but effective retelling of one of the greatest stories of all time is made even more lively thanks to numerous full colour illustrations. In vignettes and full page illustrations Sebastiaan Van Donnick brings to life the movers and shakers of the ancient world, men, gods and monsters, clearly relishing the chance to portray those scenes in which they are in direct combat. The sea too is a constant presence, as much a part of the story as Odysseus himself. It’s a really pleasing book for young readers and added extras including a colour map showing Odysseus’s journey and an illustrated list of dramatis personae further increase the appeal. ~ Andrea Reece
A truly marvellous set of hardbacks, each with stunning jackets in a FANTABULOUS giftbox, published to celebrate Roald Dahl 100! A review for The BFG: This is a delightful, funny and exciting story, about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows that bullying must not be tolerated and Dahl is at his might best here by eventually ensuring the big bad giants get their comeuppance whilst the big friendly giant wins the day alongside the little girl Sophie. The text is perfectly complemented with colour illustrations by Quentin Blake.
A splendiferous new hardback of The BFG, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs. This is a delightful, funny and exciting story, about a special friendship between two people from different worlds – a giant and a child. As the story develops it shows how trust and love develops between them. It also shows that bullying must not be tolerated and Dahl is at his might best here by eventually ensuring the big bad giants get their comeuppance whilst the big friendly giant wins the day alongside the little girl Sophie. The text is perfectly complemented with colour illustrations by Quentin Blake.
A splendiferous new hardback of Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs. Following on from Charlie's adventures in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie has been given ownership of Wonka's factory, and the Great Glass Elevator is taking Charlie and his family off to claim his prize through the roof of their house. But things don't quite go to plan, with the Great Glass Elevator going just a bit too high - out into orbit in fact.
A splendiferous new hardback of George's Marvellous Medicine, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs. George's grandma is a grizzly, grumpy, selfish woman with pale brown teeth and a small puckered-up mouth like a dog's bottom. Four times a day she takes a large spoonful of thick brown medicine, but it doesn't seem to do her any good. She's always just as horrid after she's taken it as she was before. So when George is left alone to look after her one morning, it's just the chance he needs...
A splendiferous new hardback of Matilda, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs. Matilda - Roald Dahl's best-loved story - though now over 25 years old, is as fresh, funny and poignant as when it was first published in 1988. The story of a child genius, it has been adapted into film and, most recently, a hugely successful, award-winning musical with music and lyrics by Tim Minchin.
A splendiferous new hardback of The Twits, part of a collection of truly delumptious classic Roald Dahl titles with stylish jackets over surprise printed colour cases, and exquisite endpaper designs. Mr and Mrs Twit are possibly the vilest of all Roald Dahl’s creations. They are ugly on the inside, as is evident from the cruel tricks they play on each other and the way they treat the Muggle-Wump monkeys, and utterly disgusting on the outside! The very thought of Mrs Twit’s cooking is enough to make grown-ups turn green, and as for Mr Twit’s beard … ~ Andrea Reece
One of the best-loved stories about what makes a child’s toy ‘real’ and how becoming real is the dearest wish of all toys in the nursery. When the handsome Velveteen Rabbit, with his spotted brown and white coat and ears lined with pink sateen, arrives in the Boy’s stocking on Christmas morning he looks charming. But the Velveteen Rabbit soon discovers that looking good isn’t what really matters. What matters is to be Real. How the Velveteen Rabbit learns what real is and how he becomes real himself is a lyrically told story of the importance of make believe for children. ~ Julia Eccleshare This lavishly illustrated version of Margery Williams' classic tale is the first in a series of Nosy Crow classics, created with high production values and beautiful art, to bring old favourites to a new generation.