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Robert Ingpen, born in 1936, is one of Australia’s most successful illustrators and has designed, illustrated and written over 100 published books. He was born in Geelong, Australia, and still works not far away in his studio in Barwon Heads. He studied illustration art and book design at The Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. In 1958, Robert was appointed by the CSIRO as an artist to interpret and communicate the results of scientific research. From 1968, Robert worked as a freelance designer, illustrator and author. In 1986 he was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Medal for his contribution to children’s literature and he has been honoured with Membership of the Order of Australia. Ingpen’s works include illustrated editions of Peter Pan and Wendy, Treasure Island, The Jungle Book, The Wind in the Willows, A Christmas Carol, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Secret Garden, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Around the World in Eighty Days.
The best-loved nonsense rhymes of Edward Lear including The Jumblies and The Dong with the Luminous Nose are beautifully presented in this handsome edition. Each of the nine rhymes is lavishly illustrated by the award-winning Australian illustrator. There is additional information about Edward Lear as well as recipe for Bong-fruit chutney to finish off!
This beautiful new edition of a christmas classic, perfect to read aloud to children both young and old, brings together the classic verse with enchanting illustrations by Robert Ingpen that perfectly capture the magic of Christmas for old and young alike. It is a must-have for any family at Christimas time, whether it is placed under the tree for Christmas Eve or given as a pre-Christmas treat. To view the many children's classics that Robert Ingpen has so beautifully illustrated click here.
Three timeless classics: The Jungle Book, Treasure Island and The Wind in the Willows all packaged together in a beautiful slipcased collection. Each of these children's favourites is complete and unabridged and illustrated by award-winning artist, Robert Ingpen. Publication coincides with Robert Ingpen’s 75th birthday.
Jules Verne's pacey and popular classic (complete and unabridged) is the latest addition to the Templar Classics series. Complemented by more than seventy wonderful illustrations by award-winning artist, Robert Ingpen, and lavishly produced with foil on the jacket it is a wonderful addition to any library.
Sally Nicholls, March 2012 Guest Editor: "I first came across The Secret Garden on story tape as a little girl. I think it's a near-perfect children's book – full of mystery and excitement, but grounded in a child's journey of self-discovery. Hodgson Burnett makes the most ordinary things extraordinary – a robin, a key, a skipping-rope. Brilliant." Michael Morpurgo says of this favourite: "I love this story of a girl's life being changed by nature." The Lovereading comment: An exquisite new edition of the heart-warming tale of Mary, whose life is transformed as she restores an abandoned garden to its former beauty. The book is illustrated throughout with some stunning artwork from the pen of Robert Ingpen. Coupled with various other classics that Robert has illustrated including Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island to name just four this is a terrific collection of collectible hardbacks for the nursery bookshelf. Click here to view all the classics that Robert has illustrated.
The classic story of how Alice falls down the rabbit hole and enters a strange topsy-turvy world in which nothing it quite what it seems to be is given a dreamy, soft focus in Robert Ingpen’s illustrations. What Alice finds when she meets the caterpillar, attends a mad tea party, takes part in the trial to find out who stole the tarts and much more is a remarkable piece of make-believe. From Philip Pullman: "Indispensable. The great classic beginning of English children's literature."
A favourite of Michael Morpurgo: "The first few pages were so engaging, Marley's ghostly face on the knocker of Scrooge's door still gives me the shivers." This gorgeous and sumptuously illustrated new edition of the completely unabridged A Christmas Carol is an absolute dream of a gift. The illustrations are by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen who has successfully captured the atmosphere of Victorian London and brings to life the unforgettable characters that Dickens created. In addition, Dickens' short story A Christmas Tree is included at the end of the book. Julia Eccleshare's comment: Christmas: everyone loves Christmas except for Ebenezer Scrooge whose name has become synonymous with a miserly outlook on life. Hating Christmas as usual and doing all he can to spoil everyone else’s fun, Scrooge is visited by three ghosts one year and between them they make him change his ways…The result is one of the most wonderful accounts of the fun and feasting that Christmas can bring. If you're looking for other timeless classics illustrated by Robert Ingpen then look no further than The Jungle Book.
This timeless tale has never been out of print and remains one of the best loved children’s titles in English literature. Grahame’s wonderful imagination and quiet humour continue to charm children and adults alike and this edition is beautifully complemented by some stunning illustrations throughout by award-winning illustrator Robert Ingpen. Other classics illustrated by Robert Ingpen and in a wonderful gift hardback edition include, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, and Peter Pan **** Parents might also be interested in Wild Wood, Jan Needle's richly comic re-telling of Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows, a book which can be read as political satire but there's much more to enjoy. Though the wood is cold and unemployment bleak it only takes a sea rat with an accordion and a nip of Daisy Ferret's special brew to get the stoats and weasels partying. Wild Wood is as funny, as relevant and as pleasurable in 2014 as it was on first publication in 1981.
This classic of which we are all familiar – the story of Mowgli the boy rescued and brought up in the jungle by wolves, of Rikki Tikki Tavi the mongoose amongst a number of other jungle stories – has been vividly brought back to life as much for grown-ups as for children by Templar Publishing. Stunning illustrations by award winning illustrator Robert Ingpen complement Kipling’s thrilling, fantastical, magical, mythical and vivid narrative, that is as relevant today as it was when published well over 100 years ago. This edition is an absolute must for every bookshelf in the land, to be treasured for its entertainment for a family curled up together to read aloud in the evenings or for a child tucked up in bed to read alone through the cold winter months as for its beauty on your bookshelf.
This complete and unabridged text of one of the classics of the high seas has been enhanced with over 70 original illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen, who has set his imagination loose on this breathtaking adventure, bringing the unforgettable characters and their thrilling escapades to life as never before. Robert is also responsible for a number of other lavish productions of classics incuding Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, Wind in the Willows and A Christmas Carol. Click here to view them all. June 2010 Guest Editor Michael Morpurgo says of Treasure Island: "I was not an avid reader at all. I liked comics and being read to, and listening to stories. This was the first real book I read for myself. Jim Hawkins was the first character I identified with totally. I lived this book as I read it."
Wonderfully lavish this substantial hardback edition is a perfect gift at any time of the year. The memorable J M Barrie story is beautifully complemented by lots of full bleed illustrations by the immensely talented Robert Ingpen. Robert is also responsible for a number of other lavish productions of classics incuding Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Treasure Island, Wind in the Willows and A Christmas Carol. Click here to view them all.
Originally published as part of Kipling's famous The Jungle Book, the story of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the little mongoose rescued by a family when he was half-drowned in a storm, has been an enduring favourite with young and old for more than half a century. Rikki, of course, grows to become a family pet and repays the kindness of his rescuers by defending them from the evil cobras that lurk in their garden. Like Kipling's other magical tales from India, Rikki Tikki Tavi has inspired Robert Ingpen to achieve some of his most amazing depictions of wildlife. Rikki and the other creatures are brought to life as never before although, as Robert says 'I have tried to tread as lightly as I can with my images and hope I have left enough space for the reader to continue to make the adventure that Kipling created during his time in India.' This new edition of Kipling's classic story includes many new illustrations by Robert Ingpen created especially for this book.
This timeless Charles Dickens classic has been a family favourite sever sinceit was first published in 1843. It is retold here in abridged form to allow confident young readers to enjoy it. It is also perfect for reading aloud. As a bedtime story, Dickens' uplifting, magical tale of Christmas spirits transforming the life of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is wonderfully illustrated by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.
When spoiled rich girl, Mary Lennox, is orphaned, she is shipped from India to live in her uncle's enormous manor in faraway England. The lonely girl is forbidden to play in most of the imposing house - struggling to adjust to her new surroundings, she goes out into the grounds every day. Before long, Mary finds a key to a secret garden that has been left untouched for ten years, and a whole new world of enchantment opens up to her. For the first time she learns to make friends - with the talented animal-charmer, Dickon, and her sickly cousin, Colin, who has been hidden away behind closed doors - and between them, the three children truly flourish as the garden reveals its haunting secrets. First published in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's story is one of the best-loved children's books of the early twentieth century. This beautiful new edition brings together the complete and unabridged text with over seventy evocative illustrations and botanical studies by the award-winning artist Robert Ingpen.
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. When the Mole leaves his spring-cleaning and heads up into the open air, he embarks on a series of exhilarating adventures with his new friends: the laid-back Ratty, the gruff yet kindly Badger and the self-satisfied, irrepressible Mr. Toad. The impulsive Toad leads the friends from one escapade to the next - from upturned gypsy caravans to stolen motorcars, a daring prison escape and, finally, to a heroic confrontation with the sinister inhabitants of the Wild Wood. This timeless tale has never been out of print and is one of the best-loved children's titles in English literature. Kenneth Grahame's wonderful imagination and quiet humour continue to charm children and adults alike.
This classic seasonal tale of self-discovery has become one of Charles Dickens's most famous and best-loved works. On Christmas Eve the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him that he will be visited by three spirits. During the night, the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas Yet to Come show Scrooge the scenes of his youth, the poverty-stricken Christmas currently being endured by his loyal clerk Bob Cratchitt and his crippled son Tiny Tim - and the lonely future that awaits him if he continues in his grasping ways. He awakes on Christmas morning chastened by his nocturnal experiences, and resolves to be a better man. This volume also includes Dickens's short story, 'A Christmas Tree', with its evocative description of the delights of the season, which provides perfect fireside reading once the gifts are unwrapped. With stunning, atmospheric illustrations that evoke Dickensian London at Christmas time, award-winning artist Robert Ingpen has worked his wonders on this timeless tale.
Then Peter knew that there was not a moment to lose. 'Come,' he cried imperiously, and soared out at once into the night, followed by John and Michael and Wendy. When Peter Pan flies in through the Darling children's nursery window in search of his shadow, the scene is set for a wonderful tale of adventure and excitement that has captured the imagination of children and adults for more than a century. Leaving their nursery far behind, Wendy and her two brothers join Peter on a journey to the Neverland, a magical place filled with fantastic characters like the Lost Boys, fairies, mermaids, and pirates, including, of course, their notorious leader Captain Hook. With its daring escapades and epic battles, Peter Pan and Wendy captures the spirit of childhood and has become one of the best-loved children's books of all time.
Kenneth Grahame's classic tale was first published in 1908, and children and adults alike fell in love with the timid Mole, the friendly Water Rat, the erudite Badger, the mischievous Toad, and a host of other unforgettable creatures. The quiet life they lead on the banks of the River Thames is interspersed with adventures, normally instigated by Toad, who has a propensity for trouble, and whose sudden and all-consuming passion for motor cars eventually results in his being kept 'a helpless prisoner in the remotest dungeon of the best-guarded keep of the stoutest castle in all the length and breadth of Merry England.' His escape dressed as a washerwoman and his journey home to Toad Hall are among the most familiar and best-loved escapades in children's literature. Over the years, the animals' adventures have been brought to life by many artists, including E. H. Shepard, who illustrated the original edition, and Arthur Rackham. This magnificent new edition brings the story to life with more than 70 new illustrations by award-winning artist Robert Ingpen, so fans of all ages can relive - or enjoy for the first time - this heart-warming tale.
Lewis Carroll's classic tale began as a story told to a group of children on a boating picnic in 1862 and was first published as Alice's Adventures Under Ground three years later. Its curious effect of half-dream, half-nightmare instantly captured the imagination of both children and adults, and it has been a favourite ever since. Alice's adventures down the rabbit hole, in particular the strange characters she meets there - the constantly grinning Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts - have become world-famous, as have many of Carroll's verses. Throughout the century and a half since its first publication, Alice's story has been illustrated in many editions. This anniversary edition, published in November 2015, brings together the complete and unabridged text with more than 70 stunning illustrations by Robert Ingpen, each reflecting his unique style and extraordinary imagination in visualising this enchanting story.
'All children, except one, grow up.' Robert Ingpen's beautiful illustrations breathe new life into this most famous of modern fairy stories. This classic tale of a boy who wouldn't grow up has retained its popularity since publication, first as a play and then as a novel in 1911. Following his death in 1937, J.M. Barrie left his royalties in perpetuity to Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and this magnificent edition was published to commemorate the centenary of first publication and to continue as a fundraiser. Robert first attempted illustrating this classic when he was only seven years old and, remarkably, still has his early drawings. The mature work demonstrated in this, his first classic of the series, captivates the reader as they embark upon the astonishing adventures of Peter Pan and Wendy, the Lost Boys, the mischievous fairy Tinkerbell and the notorious Captain Hook.
From the moment a little naked cub wanders into the lair of Father Wolf and Mother Wolf to the moment when the master of the jungle returns to his own people, Mowgli's adventures comprise a fable of human life. Along with these stories are other animal tales. This is a magnificent new edition of the best-loved story featuring over 80 beautiful illustrations by award-winning Australian illustrator Robert Ingpen.
It's Christmas eve and Marie and her family are enjoying the seasonal festivities. Drosselmeyer, the clockmaker and inventor, presents them with a nutcracker which Marie becomes very taken with. At the stroke of twelve that night the nutcracker comes alive before Marie's very eyes, and so begins the most wonderful adventure... Join Marie and her dear nutcracker on a journey through the mystical land of the Mouse King and Princess Pirlipat, with themes of magic, love, betrayal and redemption, beautifully captured by Robet Ingpen's exquisite illustrations.
On the grounds of Misselthwaite, her Uncle Archibald's estate near the Yorkshire moors, nine-year-old Mary Lennox finds a walled-in garden that has been locked securely for years. With the help of Dickon Sowerby, a young local boy who can charm animals, Mary cultivates the garden, an experiences that both improves her health and raises her spirits. Ultimately, the secret garden proves beneficial not only to Mary, but to her sickly cousin Colin. Nurtured with love and tenderness, the secret garden proves it has the power to heal the heart. First published in 1911, Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden is a much-loved classic of children's literature. This illustrated edition, with full-colour plates by Charles Robinson, features an elegant bonded-leather binding, a satin-ribbon bookmark, distinctive gilded edging, and decorative endpapers. Decorative, durable, and collectible, it's a book that will be cherished by readers of all ages.
Revel in the thrill and excitement of Christmas eve and Clement C. Moore's timeless poem with this lavish edition of the well-loved classic. Feel the warmth of the house and the tingle of anticipation as Robert Ingpen's award-winning illustrations bring the story of the most magical time of year to life.
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