Folk tales allow us to enter the magical world of a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation for hundreds of years. Including magic, adventure, love, laughter and ghosts, these fifty stories will delight readers, young and old alike. Frances Castle’s striking black-and-white illustrations make this a collection to be treasured.
Fairy tales have always fascinated Cornelia Funke and this anthology is her personal selection of tales from around the world. Lesser-known stories from Russia, Japan and Native America sit alongside traditional classics, each with comments by Cornelia.
Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book is the starting point for Katherine Rundell’s enchanting tales for younger readers. The enigmatic Bagheera, the kindly Baloo and the headstrong Mowgli feature in five new stories accompanied by Kristjana S. Williams’ wonderful jungle illustrations.
You’ll never find the island where Betty lives because it was left off the map of the world. The daughter of a mermaid and an ice-cream maker, she sets off on a quest with a circus-owning tiger to find berries that grow when the moon is blue and ice-cream that grants wishes. All at the request of a toad. A magical, enthralling tale of imagination.
For Clarry the ‘skylark summers’ were idyllic, long wonderful weeks spent with her brother and cousin at their grandparents’ home in Cornwall. The outbreak of the First World War changes life for everyone, bringing previously unimaginable horrors to the Skylarks but also independence, bravery, courage and love. An enthralling coming-of-age tale.
Tabetha is one of the best mudlarks on the Themse, searching for treasures like mermaid’s scales to sell to the tailors of Londra, a city that is a little more magical than London. Tiny Hubs work in the city, while Thumblings are more adept at thievery than any human pick-pocket. One day a stranger with three silver teeth gives Tabetha a challenge she can’t refuse.
Le Petit Prince has captured the hearts of millions of readers since it was first published seventy-five years ago. Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo describes it as ‘one of the greatest stories ever written’ and his new translation will introduce it to a new generation of lucky readers.
Ever since her mother mysteriously disappeared, eleven year-old Tilly has lived with her grandparents. She spends most of her time in their shop, a bookshop with five floors of cosy corners and cubbyholes. Here she discovers the magic of ‘book-wandering’ when Anne and Alice, her favourite characters, come out of their books and appear in the shop. With their help she enters the world of fiction to solve the mystery surrounding her mother.