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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.
Anthony McGowan, Guest Editor June 2015 chose Animal Farm as one of his favourite short novels.. "Garner has a good claim to be our finest living children’s writer (although he baulks at such restrictive definitions). His work has always interwoven fantasy and a grittily-rendered reality, but here realism comes to the fore. Four very short linked stories take us through four generations of one family in a Cheshire village. You could say that the stories are ‘about’ the nature of craftsmanship, the importance of geography in our psychic development, how wisdom is passed down through the generations, about how seemingly simple people lead lives of depth and resonance. Yet somehow it’s not really what its about that gives The Stone Book Quartet its power: it’s what it is: a self-contained, perfect work of art, as heavy in the hand as a granite rock."
This enchanting collection, retold by writer and critic Naomi Lewis, contains twelve of Hans Christian Andersen's magnificent stories. It includes Thumbelina, a little girl no more than a thumb-joint high, The Emperor's New Clothes , the tale of a man who cares only for his appearance and The Little Mermaid, who longs to one day marry a human prince.
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