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Books in the series: Young Reading Series 2

Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Alice Through The Looking-Glass

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/09/2021

The quirky sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. After returning from Wonderland, Alice's adventures continue when she steps through a looking glass and into the topsy-turvy world beyond. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Black Death

The Black Death

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones, Rob Lloyd Jones Illustrator: Daniele Dickman Format: Hardback Release Date: 08/02/2018

In October 1347, a terrible plague reached Europe from Asia. Seven years later, around half of the continent was dead. This is the gripping story of the 'Black Death' and how it changed the world, specially written for young readers who are growing in confidence. With accompanying illustrations, a timeline and links to carefully selected websites.

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones, Rob Lloyd Jones Illustrator: Daniele Dickman Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2016

On November 4th 1605, a traitor was caught beneath the Houses of Parliament with a plot to kill the king. This is the extraordinary story of the Gunpowder Plot from its daring beginning to its grisly end, specially written for young readers who are growing in confidence. With colourful illustrations on every page, a timeline and list of key people.

Stories of Thor

Stories of Thor

Author: Alex Frith, Alex Frith Illustrator: Natasha Kuricheva Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2016

Three dramatically illustrated stories about Thor, the Norse god of thunder, specially written for readers who are growing in confidence. Thor never backs down from a fight, and can't resist a challenge. Here he wrestles a huge sea serpent, faces a cave full of giants and has to fight a frost giant - without his magical hammer.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Author: Rosie Dickins, Rosie Dickins Illustrator: Christa Unzner Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/01/2014

Shakespeare's classic comedy retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Viola is left shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, she must disguise herself as a boy for protection. But when she becomes a page for Duke Orsino, things start to get a little complicated. English Learner's Editions are part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. They come with CD recordings in British and American English and downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes. With links to recommended websites for children to find out more about Shakespeare and the play.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Jane (EDFR) Bingham, Jane (EDFR) Bingham Illustrator: Adam Stower Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/01/2014

The classic tale of Phileas Fogg and his quest to travel around the world in just eighty days. Full colour illustrations throughout. English Learner's Editions are part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. They come with CD recordings in British and American English and downloadable worksheets and teacher's notes.

The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Author: Susanna Davidson, Susanna Davidson Illustrator: Katie Pamment Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/12/2012

The popular adventure by Mark Twain retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. In Tudor England, a young beggar boy passes the golden gates of Westminster Palace and by chance, meets the Prince. It is a moment that will change their lives forever. Beautifully illustrated by Katie Pamment. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Phantom of the Opera

Phantom of the Opera

Author: Kate Knighton Illustrator: Victor Tavares Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/12/2012

The famous gothic novel retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Deep below the Paris Opera House lurks a secret. Who is the mysterious phantom who haunts the stars of the stage? Hauntingly illustrated by Victor Tavares. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Serena Riglietti Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/11/2012

A delightful version of Shakespeare's play specially adapted for children. The enchanting story of magic and mix-ups, fairies and fools is retold in a captivating style, with beautiful illustrations that bring the characters to life. Internet links on the Usborne Quicklinks Website allow readers to discover more about Shakespeare and his plays.

The Story of the Olympics

The Story of the Olympics

Author: Minna Lacey, Minna Lacey Illustrator: Paddy Mounter Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2012

A brilliant introduction to the history of The Olympics, from the traditional games of Ancient Greece, to their revival by Pierre de Coubertin and the pomp and ceremony of the modern Games. Internet links to carefully selected websites allow children to access the very best sites to support this book and enhance their learning experience. Specially written for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2012

The enchanting classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Mary Lennox feels forlorn and lonely in her uncle's gloomy house on the moors. But behind an old ivy-covered wall is a garden, waiting to be discovered. Beautifully illustrated by Alan Marks, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Anna Claybourne Illustrator: Jana Costa Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2012

Attractively presented retelling of the story with fabulous illustrations. Clear, engaging text to encourage independent reading with direct speech and speech bubbles. With Internet links via the Usborne Quicklinks Website where readers can find out more about Shakespeare and listen to famous passages from the play. Usborne Young Reading has been developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, Senior Lecturer at Roehampton University. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/03/2012

The classic story retold for children growing in reading confidence. Mole, Ratty, Badger and the infamous Mr Toad love nothing more than messing around on the river. But when Mr Toad develops an obsession with motor vehicles, will his friends be able to help before he loses everything? Featuring the charming illustrations of Mauro Evangelista. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Perseus and the Gorgon

Perseus and the Gorgon

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones, Rob Lloyd Jones Illustrator: Simona Bursi Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2011

The traditional Greek myth specially retold for children growing in reading confidence. Perseus is determined to rescue Andromeda, even though it means facing the hideous Gorgon, Medusa, whose glare turns warriors to stone... Perfect for children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. Developed in consultation with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Hercules The World's Strongest Man

Hercules The World's Strongest Man

Author: Alex Frith, Alex Frith Illustrator: Linda Cavallini Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2011

A retelling of the action-packed story of Hercules as he completes his most famous set of challenges: the Twelve Tasks. Aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. Developed in consultation with reading experts from Roehampton University. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, now comprising over 250 books for children learning to read.

Adventures of Robin Hood

Adventures of Robin Hood

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones, Rob Lloyd Jones Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

An exciting retelling of how Robin Hood, England's most famous outlaw, outwits the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. The Sheriff of Nottingham is rich enough to become king. Only one man can stop him - the daring outlaw Robin Hood. Can Robin break into the Sheriff's castle and steal his glittering treasure? Beautifully illustrated by Alan Marks. Part of the Usborne Young Reading Level Two series for readers who have just started reading alone.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Author: Rosie Dickins, Rosie Dickins Illustrator: Christa Unzner Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/04/2010

Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Prospero and his daughter Miranda are stranded on a lonely desert island when a magical storm washes a royal ship ashore. Prospero finally has the chance to right old wrongs but can he conjure up a happy ending? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. With links to recommended websites for children to find out more about Shakespeare and the play.

The Firebird

The Firebird

Author: Mairi Mackinnon, Mairi Mackinnon Illustrator: Alida Massari Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2010

The Russian folktale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Prince Ivan sets off in search of the Firebird, which has been stealing his father's golden apples. A story of bravery, determination and magic that has captivated generations, and inspired iconic paintings, music and ballet. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Author: Rosie Dickins, Rosie Dickins Illustrator: Christa Unzner Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2009

Shakespeare's classic comedy retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Viola is left shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, she must disguise herself as a boy for protection. But when she becomes a page for Duke Orsino, things start to get a little complicated. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. With links to recommended websites for children to find out more about Shakespeare and the play.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Author: Susanna Davidson, Susanna Davidson Illustrator: Petra Brown Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2009

The Norwegian folk tale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. A young girl sets out with a great white bear on a journey to the ends of the earth. She visits enchanted castles, rides the wind and battles with a troll queen - all for the sake of true love. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Hamlet

Hamlet

Author: Louie Stowell, Louie Stowell Illustrator: Christa Unzner Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2009

Shakespeare's classic story retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When a ghostly figure appears to Prince Hamlet, he discovers the dreadful truth about his father's death. His quest for revenge leads him into a world of mayhem, madness and murder. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. With links to recommended websites for children to find out more about Shakespeare and the play.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Author: Louie Stowell Illustrator: Victor Tavares Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 26/12/2008

A timeless love story retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability. The Beast lives alone in his castle, enchanted by a wicked fairy and waiting for true love to break the spell. Could Beauty be the one to see through his ugly exterior? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Story of Heidi

The Story of Heidi

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 26/12/2008

Johanna Spyri's Heidi is beautifully retold, following the exploits of the orphaned girl sent to live in the Alps with her grumpy grandfather. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence, with clear, engaging text and stunning original illustrations. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

Macbeth

Macbeth

Author: Conrad Mason Illustrator: Christa Unzner Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2008

One of Shakespeare's greatest plays retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Macbeth is the bravest general in Scotland, and a loyal servant to King Duncan. But then he hears that one day, he could be king himself. Mad with ambition, Macbeth sets out on a bloody path to power. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. With internet links to find out more about Shakespeare and the play.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 26/09/2008

An attractive retelling of Lewis Carroll's story with evocative illustrations and clear, engaging text to encourage independent reading with direct speech and speech bubbles. An ordinary day becomes extraordinary when Alice follows the White Rabbit down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 25/07/2008

A re-telling of the classic E.Nesbit story for children growing in reading confidence. When their father is accused of spying, Bobbie, Peter and Phyllis' life is changed overnight by their move from London to the countryside. But will their father ever come back? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Author: Rosie Dickins, Rosie Dickins Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 25/04/2008

The classic story by L. Frank Baum, retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability, sumptuously illustrated by Mauro Evangelista. When Dorothy is whizzed to Oz in a tornado, she lands in a place where nothing is quite as it seems. Can she find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and be granted her wish to return to Kansas? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Author: Susanna Davidson, Susanna Davidson Illustrator: Katie Pamment Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2008

The popular adventure by Mark Twain retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. In Tudor England, a young beggar boy passes the golden gates of Westminster Palace and by chance, meets the Prince. It is a moment that will change their lives forever. Beautifully illustrated by Katie Pamment. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of Castles

The Story of Castles

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Teri Gower Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/12/2007

Six titles in the popular Young Reading series are re-issued with hardback covers with audio CDs inserted into a wallet inside the back cover, making the book and CD easy to store together. The Young Reading series is developed with experts at Roehampton University to help young readers grow in confidence and ability. The new packaging allows potential purchasers to view the inside of the book.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Gill Harvey Illustrator: Peter Dennis Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 01/12/2007

A re-telling of the classic Jonathan Swift story told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Gulliver sets off on the adventure of a lifetime - and meets miniature people, civil war and a price upon his head. Will he make it back in one piece? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Story of Ships

The Story of Ships

Author: Jane (EDFR) Bingham Illustrator: Colin King Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2007

The fascinating history of ships and the explorers who sailed in them told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Beautifully illustrated by Alan Marks, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2007

The enchanting classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Mary Lennox feels forlorn and lonely in her uncle's gloomy house on the moors. But behind an old ivy-covered wall is a garden, waiting to be discovered. Beautifully illustrated by Alan Marks, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of Hanukkah

The Story of Hanukkah

Author: Susanna Davidson, Susanna Davidson Illustrator: Gianluca Garofalo Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2007

A retelling of the story of Hanukkah for children growing in reading confidence. Tells the story of the Jewish festival of lights, from its beginnings in Ancient Israel to how modern day Jewish families keep the traditions and ceremonies alive. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Reading.

Jason and The Golden Fleece

Jason and The Golden Fleece

Author: Claudia Zeff Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

The classic Greek myth re-told for children growing in reading confidence. When Jason is sent on a quest for the Golden Fleece, he doesn't expect it to involve clashing rocks, man-eating birds and a murderous king. Featuring the colourful illustrations of Stephen Cartwright. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Author: Paul Stewart Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

An exciting and original story for children growing in reading confidence. Dom and Abi set out on a dangerous quest to discover the secrets of the magician Mesmo. Are they putting themselves in the line of fire? Featuring the atmospheric illustrations of Alan Marks. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Angela Wilkes Illustrator: Peter Dennis Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

The classic story re-told for children growing in reading confidence. Follows the adventures of Robinson Crusoe, who survives a shipwreck only to find himself stuck of a desert island! How will he manage alone? Featuring the colourful illustrations of Peter Dennis. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Fairground Ghost

The Fairground Ghost

Author: Felicity Everett Illustrator: Alex de Wolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

An amusing and original story for children growing in reading confidence. When the littlest ghost is deemed not scary enough by the Ghost Inspectors, he loses his job at the fairground. Can Jake help him be more scary and win his job back? Featuring the spooky illustrations of Alex de Wolf. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of Rome

The Story of Rome

Author: Rosie Dickins, Rosie Dickins Illustrator: Teri Gower Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2007

The story of the Roman Empire, retold as a story for children growing in reading confidence. Re-tells the history of Rome, from the myth of Romulus and Remus to the foundations of the vast Empire and the Emperors who ruled it and its eventual collapse. Colourfully illustrated by Teri Gower. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Carol Watson Illustrator: Nick Price Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2007

A collection of eight of Aesop's best-loved fables retold for children growing in reading confidence. Sly foxes, thirsty storks and greedy dogs all feature in these fun stories, each with its own moral at the end. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Story of Rubbish

The Story of Rubbish

Author: Katie Daynes, Katie Daynes Illustrator: Uwe Mayer Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2007

The story of rubbish told for children growing in reading confidence. From the recycling cavemen of prehistoric times to the landfill sites of today, find out how rubbish has been dealt with and disposed of throughout history. Humorously illustrated by Uwe Mayer. Developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Story of Flying

The Story of Flying

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Stephen Cartwright Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

The history of man-made flight for children growing in reading confidence. From Da Vinci to the Wright Brothers, find out how people dreamed of taking to the sky in complex flying machines , before inventions such as hot-air balloons, airships, helicopters and of course aeroplanes made it all possible. Featuring the lively illustrations of Stephen Cartwright. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Author: Gill Harvey Illustrator: Peter Dennis Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

A re-telling of the classic Jonathan Swift story told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Gulliver sets off on the adventure of a lifetime - and meets miniature people, civil war and a price upon his head. Will he make it back in one piece? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

A brand new addition to Usborne Young Reading Series 2 , aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, building confidence and ability. The Railway Children is a re-telling of the beloved E. Nesbitt story following the story of three children growing up after their father is wrongly accused of spying. It is evocatively illustrated by Alan Marks. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Carol Watson Illustrator: Nick Price Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 23/02/2007

A collection of eight of Aesop's best-loved fables retold for children growing in reading confidence. Sly foxes, thirsty storks and greedy dogs all feature in these fun stories, each with its own moral at the end. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Story of Football

The Story of Football

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones, Rob Lloyd Jones Illustrator: Paddy Mounter Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2007

A lively and engaging history of the beautiful game . Tells the story of football, from its beginnings in the Roman Army to the modern day premiership including how both American Football and Rugby were born. Humorously illustrated by Paddy Mounter. Usborne Young Reading has been developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Angela Wilkes Illustrator: Peter Dennis Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2007

When Jim Hawkins sets sail searching for buried treasure and adventure, he finds himself caught up in a deadly mutiny where he must outwit the cunning pirate Long John Silver in order to stay alive . The classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 24/11/2006

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about the wicked Snow Queen's attempt to kidnap a boy in the frozen north. Beautifully and atmospherically illustrated by Alan Marks, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

Adventures of King Arthur

Adventures of King Arthur

Author: Angela Wilkes Illustrator: Peter Dennis Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

The daring and bold adventures of King Arthur told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Arthur pulls a sword from a stone, he is proclaimed King of Britain. However many challenges lie ahead, including treacherous knights, a mysterious lady in a lake and a fight for his kingdom. Vividly illustrated by Peter Dennis. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Clumsy Crocodile

The Clumsy Crocodile

Author: Felicity Everett Illustrator: Alex de Wolf Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

Cassy the clumsy crocodile leaves a trail of destruction at the Everglades Department Store. But her clumsiness saves the store from a pair of greedy robbers. A comical story for children growing in reading confidence, part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Story of Castles

The Story of Castles

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Teri Gower Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

The fascinating history of castles told for children just beginning to read growing in reading confidence and ability. Explains in a lively way why castles were first built, what it was like to live in one, and the cunning tricks used to defend them. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

Mystery Mansion

Mystery Mansion

Author: Phil Roxbee Cox Illustrator: Sue Hellard Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

A chilling story for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When the worst nightmares of the villagers of Nether Bogey seem to be coming true, Harry suspects that something is amiss. Could Mystery Mansion and the shadowy characters who live there have something to do with it? Atmospherically illustrated by Sue Hellard. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz

Author: Rosie Dickins, Rosie Dickins Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2006

The classic story by L. Frank Baum, retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability, sumptuously illustrated by Mauro Evangelista. When Dorothy is whizzed to Oz in a tornado, she lands in a place where nothing is quite as it seems. Can she find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and be granted her wish to return to Kansas? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast

Author: Louie Stowell Illustrator: Victor Tavares Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2006

A timeless love story retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability. The Beast lives alone in his castle, enchanted by a wicked fairy and waiting for true love to break the spell. Could Beauty be the one to see through his ugly exterior? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2006

Attractive retelling of Lewis Carroll's story with evocative illustrations. Clear, engaging text to encourage independent reading with direct speech and speech bubbles. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Anna Claybourne Illustrator: Jana Costa Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/03/2006

Attractively presented retelling of the story with fabulous illustrations. Clear, engaging text to encourage independent reading with direct speech and speech bubbles. With Internet links via the Usborne Quicklinks Website where readers can find out more about Shakespeare and listen to famous passages from the play. Usborne Young Reading has been developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, Senior Lecturer at Roehampton University. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

The Fabulous Story of Fashion

The Fabulous Story of Fashion

Author: Katie Daynes, Katie Daynes Illustrator: Nilesh Mistry Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2006

The fascinating story of fashion - from cavemen's coats to the catwalk couture of the modern age. Beautifully illustrated and full of fabulous fashion detail, bringing the costumes alive through every fold, sequin and pearl. Developed in conjunction with reading experts from the University of Surrey. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

The Story of Heidi

The Story of Heidi

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2006

Johanna Spyri's Heidi is beautifully retold, following the exploits of the orphaned girl sent to live in the Alps with her grumpy grandfather. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence, with clear, engaging text and stunning original illustrations. Developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Swan Princess

The Swan Princess

Author: Rosie Dickins, Rosie Dickins Illustrator: Jenny Press Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/09/2005

A beautiful retelling of the poignant tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Appealing original illustrations by Jenny Press. A hardback giftbook with a colourful satin ribbon bookmark. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Serena Riglietti Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2005

A delightful version of Shakespeare's play specially retold for children to read themselves. The enchanting story of magic and mix-ups, fairies and fools is retold in a captivating style, with beautiful illustrations that bring the characters to life. Includes links to carefully chosen websites with video clips and activities. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

A Little Princess

A Little Princess

Author: Susanna Davidson, Susanna Davidson Illustrator: Kate Aldous Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2005

A gorgeous retelling of Frances Hodgson Burnett's poignant novel. The story of kind-hearted Sara Crewe and her struggles at boarding school, as she goes from riches to rags following the death of her beloved father. Elegantly illustrated by Kate Aldous. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Katie Daynes, Katie Daynes Illustrator: Mauro Evangelista Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2004

Beautifully illustrated retelling of this delightful children's classic retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Try as he might, Pinocchio just can't stay out of trouble. Is he doomed to be a wooden puppet forever? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2004

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about the wicked Snow Queen's attempt to kidnap a boy in the frozen north. Beautifully and atmospherically illustrated by Alan Marks, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Author: Susanna Davidson, Susanna Davidson Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2004

A thrillingly spooky tale based upon the story by Oscar Wilde for children growing in reading confidence and ability. The Canterville Ghost has been scaring away new residents in his castle for 500 years, but when the Otis family move in it becomes clear they are just as determined to make him leave. But who will succeed? Atmospherically illustrated by Alan Marks. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days

Author: Jane (EDFR) Bingham, Jane (EDFR) Bingham Illustrator: Adam Stower Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2004

The classic tale of Phileas Fogg and his quest to travel around the world in just eighty days, with full colour illustrations throughout. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Lesley Sims, Lesley Sims Illustrator: Alan Marks Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2003

The classic Dickens story retold for children growing in reading confidence. Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever. Part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

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