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The Classics never go out of fashion. Find new editions of old favourites, plus some abridged and re-told tales in this section.
One of Philip Pullman's favourites: "A great political story: democracy in action." If his mother had known the amazing adventures Emil was going to have in Berlin, she would never have let him go. But when his money goes missing on the train, Emil's determination to get it back leads him to team up with the detectives he meets in Berlin - and that was just the start.
A classic detective story told at a cracking pace, this features one of the first fictional child detectives. When Emil is robbed of his mother’s hard earned savings from right out of his pocket as he is asleep on a train, he takes swift action. Emil has no confidence in the police and so recruits his own assistant, Gustav. The two boys round up a group of friends and catch the thief. Emil is handsomely rewarded and all ends happily. Emil is charming and clever, the ideal hero of this terrific adventure. This edition is part of the Vintage Children's Classics series which is aimed at and shaped by 8-12 year olds, and the adults in their lives. It is a broad, affordable selection of books that will inspire a life-long love of reading; these stories that have secured a place in the hearts of thousands. They are all unabridged. To view all the Vintage Children's Classics titles click here. They are books to be given as gifts, and passed down the generations. In addition, story hungry children often don't want the adventure to end, so why not take a look at the fully interactive website - World of Stories - which contains lots of extra material - the backstory: with quizzes, activities and fascinating facts about the books and their authors.
Fans of Emil and the Detective will love this second adventure in which the characters, on holiday at the seaside, have a new adventure. Meeting the three Byrons, father and sons Mackie and Jackie, Emil and his friends soon get involved in a plot to abandon one of them and the exciting rescue the follows! Action packed and full of boyish energy, it also conjures up wonderful images of a previous period.
One of our Books of the Year 2014 The classic story of Lottie and Luise, two identical little girls who meet for the first time at summer camp and discover that they are twins, is famous as a film. Here, in this beautifully produced edition, Eric Kästner’s original is incomparably more subtle and touching while still being very funny. Having made friends, the two little girls decide they never want to be separated again and, what’s more, they want to get their parents back together. Swapping places, they each go and live with the other’s parent and try to adapt to an unfamiliar way of life. Can they keep up the pretence? And can they reunite their parents? A wonderful story brilliantly translated by Anthea Bell. A Piece of Passion from Gesche Ipsen, commissioning editor I love Erich Kästner as much now as I did when I was young. His books are so precious to me, that I will buy new copies for friends who ask to borrow them, rather than lend them my own. Even my best friends… As a child, I devoured them without coming up for air. His plots are without fail exciting, and Trier’s illustrations both handsome and subtle – but there is much more even than that to it: Kästner writes like a dream, is very, very funny, and (most importantly) never patronises his readers. His child protagonists are never ‘just’ children. They are resourceful and imaginative, clever, cheerful, funny and brave – as well as sad, anxious and fearful. They are, in short, just like adults. Which is the truth about children, and is what makes Kästner irresistible even to readers of a rather more advanced age.
A classic detective story told at a cracking pace, this features one of the first fictional child detectives. When Emil is robbed of his mother’s hard earned savings from right out of his pocket as he is asleep on a train, he takes swift action. Emil has no confidence in the police and so recruits his own assistant, Gustav. The two boys round up a group of friends and catch the thief. Emil is handsomely rewarded and all ends happily. Emil is charming and clever, the ideal hero of this terrific adventure.
One of the most haunting, complex and tragic love stories, Wuthering Heights tells the dark story that lies behind a remote and desolate house. Cathy and Heathcliff are powerfully and violently in love. When Cathy refuses to marry Heathcliff, he takes a terrible revenge leaving him, Cathy and those they love in great danger. Teen author S.E Hinton introduces the classic story admitting to its faults but celebrating its rawness and intensity. In this terrific pocket size Puffin edition there’s lots of additional material at the end of the book including an author profile, a guide to who’s who plus many activities beyond the book. Just click here to view our range of Children’s Classics, then click on the Paperback tab to view all the Puffin Children’s Classics.
This famous story of Heathcliff and Catherine will thrill you and chill you to the bone. Real Reads bring this and Jane Eyre to a new audience. Both of these retellings have been checked for accuracy to the originals by the Collections Manager at the Bronte Parsonage Museum in Haworth. The characters in both Wuthering Heights and in Jane Eyre - Rochester, Heathcliff, Jane and Catherine - will resonate with readers of all ages, whilst the atmospheric illustrations perfectly complement the narratives. This and the other retellings by Real Reads are a fantastic way to introduce children to some of the best-known and best-loved classics; beautifully presented and skilfully retold (and condensed – 64 pages in total) and illustrated, they are true to the original plot, capture something of the flavour and tone of the original work, while simplifying the narrative and dialogue. Most of them are aimed at readers aged around 8-13 but are also a great ‘quick fix’ for teenagers and adults. This one Wuthering Heights is definitely one best read at no younger than around 11 and is great for teenagers. To take a look at the other classic novels published by Real Reads click here.
'I absolutely adored The Little White Horse' - J K Rowling. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge is a timeless classic, a novel that has been a favourite of many a child since it was first published back in 1947, the year in which it won the prestigious Carnegie Award. It is also much loved by J.K. Rowling. It is the story of Maria Merryweather, a plain (ginger!) orphan sent with her dyspeptic governess to live with her only surviving relative, Sir Benjamin, in the picturesque Moonacre valley. There she discovers a mystery and an ancient wrong that only she, her friend Robin, and their variously magical animal friends must put right in order to bring peace to the land. The Little White Horse is also available in a beautifully bound hardback slipcased edition, and in a movie tie-in edition as The Little White Horse (The Secret of Moonacre).
'The Little White Horse was my favourite childhood book. I absolutely adored it' - J K Rowling. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge is a timeless classic, a novel that has been a favourite of many a child since it was first published back in 1947, the year in which it won the prestigious Carnegie Award. It is also much loved by J.K. Rowling. It is the story of Maria Merryweather, a plain (ginger!) orphan sent with her dyspeptic governess to live with her only surviving relative, Sir Benjamin, in the picturesque Moonacre valley. There she discovers a mystery and an ancient wrong that only she, her friend Robin, and their variously magical animal friends must put right in order to bring peace to the land.
This award-winning book is an outstanding collection of stories to inspire dreams and wonder. Eleanor Farjeon has put together an elegant collection of diverse stories that capture mystery and surprise from around the world and moments of homely magic too. The collection is ideal for reading aloud to all age groups.
Tim returns from a long sea voyage to find that his home is boarded up, a ‘To Let’ sign in the window, and his parents gone. He cries a little, but resourceful as ever, sets off to find them. Knowing they will be near the sea, he signs on as a cabin boy to search up and down the coast. His odyssey involves him in all sorts of adventures, until he’s shipwrecked one the beach by a small seaside town where he at last finds his mother. Young readers will be fascinated by Tim’s adventures and love the vicarious excitement of his tribulations and happy reunion while Ardizzone’s detailed illustrations are little worlds in themselves. ~ Andrea Reece Scan the QR code at the back of the book for the audio edition, read by Stephen Fry. Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal Chosen by Quentin Blake as one of his favourite stories. Ardizzone’s illustrations may seem a little dated now, but that’s the real joy of this one and the various other Tim stories. It’s a fantastic story that’s also wonderfully satisfying for parent and child alike. It won the Kate Greenaway Award in 1953 and has stood the test of time quite brilliantly. A wonderful story to read aloud.
Tim and Ginger are cabin boys on the S.S. Royal Fusilier when they find a puppy hiding in one of the lifeboats. They decide to hide it away, because they know Captain Piper doesn’t like dogs. Somehow keeping secrets from their shipmates causes all sorts of problems, and in fact the ship nearly sinks, before Tim and Ginger come clean. All ends well: Towser, as the boys call their dog, and ship’s cat Tiger become friends, and that seems to set the tone right for everyone on board. Ardizzone writes in a clear, perfect prose and his illustrations, black-and-white and colour, dazzle. It’s lovely to see these handsome new editions of these classic stories for children. As an added extra, a free QR code allows you to listen to Stephen Fry reading the story. ~ Andrea Reece