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Laugh-out-loud with the delightful and aptly named Penny Dreadful! Every child who has felt that awful things just unexpectedly happen around them will love Penny and catastrophes that she just can’t help! And none of them are her fault, of course. In these three short stories Penny comes up with some ingenious ideas as she tries to put right some of things she have happened. It’s easy to see why her father gave her the nickname - Penny Dreadful! The first Penny Dreadful book, Penny Dreadful is a Magnet for Disaster, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2011. Click here to see the whole series.
February 2013 Book of the Month Three lively stories for newly- confident readers matched by eye-catching illustrations are gathered up in this one volume. Of course, Dreadful is not Penny’s real name but it fits her well, as these stories about how she decides to track down a vampire, give her miserable neighbour a makeover and ends up being a record breaker easily demonstrate. Attractively presented and fun to read.
A beautifully illustrated collection of one hundred of the best-loved stories ever told, from Grimm's Fairytales to Aesop's Fables, from Arthurian Legends to Greek Myths and from Hans Christian Andersen's Ugly Duckling to Aladdin from the Arabian Nights. Perfect for parents to read to younger children as bedtime stories as none of them are more than 6 pages long, or for older children who can discover the wonder and magic of these classic tales for themselves. Beautifully presented with enchanting full colour illustrations on every page that capture the warmth and wonder of these classic tales.
June 2012 Book of the Month. Brilliantly written, each of the stories in this thought-provoking and surprisingly entertaining collection asks what happens next? Award winning authors including Malorie Blackman, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Philip Ardagh and Keith Grey explore the question, what is death? How does it make us feel? And speculates on what do those who have died feel? Never mawkish although at times sad, this collection will set your mind into overdrive as you consider life after death.
Perfectly pitched for younger readers, this is a timely collection of stories about an urgent matter that will affect everyone’s future. The stories have a global perspective with different authors tackling the different consequences of the world warming up. Crucially, although there are terrible things that happen as a result of climate change – as in Candy Gourlay’s story How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle which shows how an island in the Philippines is threatened by the temperature rise – this collection also shows that there is hope as children take action to make changes. From the effects of rising sea levels to changes in animal behaviour and human lifestyles, these powerful stories portray the issues surrounding climate change in personal terms and so bring them vividly to life. Timely and hugely relevant these stories are as full of warmth and humour as they are providing warnings and inspiration and whether read from cover to cover or dipped into for one or two stories, will enlighten and inspire everyone to consider how climate change will affect us all unless we do something about it, and now.
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.
Ten stories from different times and different places demonstrate the importance of looking after the earth and the creatures that live on it. Each story tells how mutual respect will lead us to have the planet we want and guide us in how to take care of it. Rich in detail, Jane Ray’s stunning illustrations capture the magic of our world and enormous importance of nurturing it.
Discover a whole wealth of extraordinary stories and letters in this new collection of animal tales from Toon Tellegen. Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg's delicate illustrations, these charming stories will captivate readers of all ages. A Piece of Passion from David Bennett, Publisher, Boxer Books When I read the first story in a French edition of the original Dutch volumes of these tales written by Toon Tellegen, I hunted down the English rights and bagged them. When it comes to Toon's writing, it is not an overstatement to say unique, extraordinary, singular, touching, remarkable, exceptional, unforgettable...(one could go on) Combined with Jessica Ahlbergs stunning miniature watercolours - magnificent! What a claim! And so true.
A collection of nine absolutely charming short stories about friendship, dancing, memories, and lots of cake, all set in a wonderful world created by the author. This delightful title contains a forest, a river, an ocean, an oak tree and lots and lots of animals and of course a world of imagination where anything is possible. These wonderful whimsical animal tales are perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate illustrations in this collection of lyrical stories that will captivate readers of all ages. A sister book to this beautifully packaged little gift hardback isLetters to Anyone and Everyone. A message from Wendy Cooling, children’s books author and editor:‘Toon’s stories are beautifully told, quirky, and delightful, and have the warmth of the wonderful Pooh stories. Jessica Ahlberg’s illustrations perfectly complement the mood of the writing, they’re a joy!’
Winner of the 2011 Marsh Award for Children's Literature in Translation [translated by Martin Cleaver]. Discover an extraordinary treasury of letters in this wonderful collection of short stories from Toon Tellegen and beautifully illustrated with Jessica Ahlberg’s delicate touch. Whether it’s a letter from Elephant to snail inviting him to dance or the squirrel’s letter to a table or the mole who writes letters to himself, you’re sure to find that the letters between all these animals and the world around them will capture the imagination of children and adults alike. A sister book to this beautifully packaged little gift hardback is The Squirrel’s Birthday and other Parties and the eagerly awaited third one in the series, Far Away Across the Sea will be published in September 2011. Of the win: Martin Cleaver said “I am honoured to receive the Marsh Award and delighted at this recognition. It has always been my dream that English-speaking children and adults should be able to enjoy literature and films from other cultures and language areas. Subtitling and literature in translation has a major role to play in this.” Publisher, David Bennett, expressed delight at the award and said “it is made all the more significant being a small, independent publisher, and being able to choose extraordinary texts - Toon’s work is a vault of gems.” The shortlisted books for the Marsh Award in Translation 2011 were: The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhofel, translated from German by Chantal Wright Letters to Anyone and Everyone by Toon Tellegen, translated from Dutch by Martin Cleaver No and Me by Delphine de Vigan, translated from French by George Miller David's Story by Stig Dalager, translated from Danish by Frances Osterfelt and Cheryl Robson
A terrific collection of richly imaginative short stories. These tales reflect Neil Gaiman’s innovative storytelling and his ability to play with material that is already familiar – as in his new take on the story of Humpty-Dumpty in which a hard boiled detective gets on the case.
What better way to learn the craft of storytelling than from one of the best known storytellers around. Michael Morpurgo has deftly entwined in Singing for Mrs Pettigrew a delightful, even eclectic mix of short stories, for the most part written during his time as Children’s Laureate from 2003-2005, alongside some lessons in the craft of storytelling – how he creates character, plot, sources and inspiration in his tales. Be inspired, he says from everything and everyone around you, from memorable events, from moments in history. Believe in your own ability, be confident and if like him you aren’t doing or didn’t do well at school then don’t forget, it is not a barrier to telling tales. Everyone can do that if they want to.
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