When Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert of Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, send for a boy orphan to help them out at the farm, they are in no way prepared for the error that will change their lives. The mistake takes the shape of Anne Shirley, a redheaded 11-year-old girl who can talk anyone under the table. Fortunately, her sunny nature and quirky imagination quickly win over her reluctant foster parents. Anne's feisty spirit soon draws many friends - and much trouble - her way.
Penguin presents Roald Dahl's Matilda, read by multi-award-winning actress Kate Winslet. Matilda Wormwood is an extraordinary genius with really stupid parents. Miss Trunchbull is her terrifying headmistress who thinks all her pupils are rotten little stinkers. But Matilda will show these horrible grown-ups that even though she's only small, she's got some very powerful tricks up her sleeve....
Penguin presents Roald Dahl's The BFG, read by actor, writer, and Britain's Got Talent judge David Walliams. This audiobook features original music and sound design by Pinewood film studios. The BFG is a nice and jumbly giant. In fact, he is the only big friendly giant in Giant Country. All the other giants are big bonecrunching brutes, and now the BFG and his friend Sophie must stop them guzzling up little human beans - with some help from Her Majester, the Queen.
"The best book ever"
This set includes five tales of extraordinary heroism, marvelous intrigue, and exceptional courage that have inspired and amazed people for generations.
Have you ever wondered how and why the animals came to be as they are? In these magical tales, drawn from stories he heard as a child in India as well as on folk traditions he later collected all over the world, Rudyard Kipling gives some wonderfully imaginative explanations.
"Where are the verses?"
Penguin presents a brand new recording of Roald Dahl's classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, read by the actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in the hit musical adaptation of the book. Charlie Bucket desperately wants to eat more than cabbage soup every day. But even more than that, he longs to see Wonka's enormous chocolate factory! Now Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, has hidden golden tickets inside his delicious creamy chocolate bars.
"Charlie is a classic treat for kids"
The Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter are now available as a downloadable, digital audiobook, complete and unabridged! The 23 tales in this set have never lost their popularity, and sell in their millions all over the world. Meet again the famous characters that children love and adore: Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, The Flopsy Bunnies, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher, Jemma Puddle-Duck and many more. These stories are beautifully brought to life by a talented cast of readers.
"complete Beatrix Potter"
For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.
"A enjoyable story, well read"
Penguin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, read by Green Wing actor Julian Rhind-Tutt. The audiobooks features original music and '3D' sound design by Pinewood film studios. James Henry Trotter's parents have been eaten by a rhinoceros, so now he lives with his two repulsive aunts. One hot day something peculiar happens and an enormous peach grows in their garden.
"Classic story, good narration, poor audio"
Here are eight exciting Famous Five adventure stories dramatised with music and sound effects. Includes "Five Have A Puzzling Time", "When Timmy Chased the Cat", "George's Hair Is Too Long", "Good Old Timmy", "A Lazy Afternoon", "Well Done Famous Five", "Five & a Half Term Adventure", and "Happy Christmas Famous Five".
"A winner as usual"
Penguin presents a marvellous new recording of Roald Dahl's The Twits, read by IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade. The audiobook features original music. Mr Twit is a foul and smelly man with bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard. Mrs Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye. They've kept Muggle-Wump monkeys caged in the garden for far too long, and now the monkeys want to take their revenge....
Penguin presents a brand new, downloadable audiobook recording of Roald Dahl's classic George's Marvellous Medicine. George Kranky is eight-years-old and wondering what sort of mischief he might get into. George's Grandma is a grizzly old grouch and George wants to teach her a lesson . . .And when Grandma's finished drinking George's marvellous medicine, she'll really have something to grumble about.
"Roald Dahl is the best"
Having sold millions of copies in print, Bernard Evslin's classic retelling of the Greek myths captures the excitement and enchantment of these stories that have influenced many of today's popular films and novels. Easy to understand and fun to read for both adults and children, it is no wonder this book has been taught in schools all over the world.
"Certainly the best of its kind I have seen"
The much loved Famous Five books are now available as unabridged audio downloads for the first time! There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail - looking for clues - but they're not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will get to the treasure first?
"Great family listening"
Puffin presents the new, unabridged audiobook edition of Roald Dahl's best-selling autobiography Boy, read by Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey. Throughout his young days at school and just afterwards, a number of things happened to Roald Dahl, which made such a tremendous impression he never forgot them. Boy is the remarkable story of Roald Dahl's childhood; tales of exciting and strange things - some funny, some frightening, all true.
"This is EXTRAORDINARY ! ! !"
Penguin presents Roald Dahl's classic Danny the Champion of the World, read with real warmth by the actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz. Danny thinks his dad is the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had - but Danny's dad has a very big secret. This secret leads them both into the strangest adventure of their lives, and a daring plot that makes Danny the champion of the world.
"Excellent for all ages."
Mary Lennox, a spoiled, ill-tempered, and unhealthy child, comes to live with her reclusive uncle in Misselthwaite Manor after the death of her parents. With the help of a robin, Mary finds the door to a secret garden, neglected and hidden for years. When she decides to restore the garden in secret, the story becomes a charming journey into the places of the heart, where faith restores health, flowers refresh the spirit, and the magic of the garden brings happiness to Mary.
Penguin presents a brand -ew recording of Roald Dahl's classic The Witches, read by Miranda Richardson. The Witches have a motto: One child a week is 52 a year. Squish them and squiggle them and make them disappear. The Grand High Witch of All the World is the scariest of the lot, but one boy and the grandmother he adores have a plan to get rid of the witches for good.
"Really good to listen to"
Puffin presents a marvellous new celebrity reading of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox. The audiobook features original music and 3D sound design by Pinewood film studios. Mr Fox steals food from the horrible farmers Boggis, Bunce, and Bean - one fat, one short, one lean. These three crooks concoct a plan to dig Mr Fox out of his home, but they don't realise how truly fantastic Mr Fox is, or how far he'll go to save his family....
"Kids love it. We love it"
A wonderful adaption of Winnie the Pooh, featuring an all-star cast including Stephen Fry and Dame Judi Dench. Story 1: In which we are introduced. Story 2: In which Pooh goes visiting and gets into a tight place. Story 3: In which Pooh and Piglet go hunting and nearly catch a Woozle. Story 4: In which Eeyore loses a tail and Pooh finds one. Story 5: In which Piglet is entirely surrounded by water. Story 6: In which Christopher Robin gives a Pooh Party, and we say good-bye.
The Fall of the House of Usher is a gothic novel by Edgar Allen Poe. The story tells of a mysterious house and an unnamed narrator's horrific experience with it.
"The Thanksgiving of the Wazir" is an Indian fairy tale in The Lilac Fairy Book. The story follows two kings ruling neighboring kingdoms. They were fierce rivals in power and wealth, constantly trying to defeat one another. At last they came up an agreement to stop useless bloodshed. But this fragile balance will be shaken by a little accident....
"The Mink and the Wolf" is a fairy tale in The Orange Fairy Book, which was published in 1906. In a big forest in the north of America lives a quantity of all sorts of wild animals. They are always very polite when they meet; but, in spite of that, they keep a close watch upon each other, as each is afraid of being killed and eaten by somebody else. But their manners are so good that no one would ever guess that.
The story is about three pigs and a bad wolf. The first pig built a house of straw; the second one built a house of sticks. Both of these houses were blown down by the wolf, and the owners were eaten by him. The third pig built a house of bricks, and the wolf was not able to blow it down. The wolf was trying to outwit the pig somehow, but he failed. Then he decided to come down the pig's chimney. Whether he ate the pig or not, you will know when you listen to the whole story.
Hans Christian Andersen's classic "The Little Mermaid" read by award winning narrator, Mike Vendetti. Sit back relax, and escape for an hour to the world of bittersweet happy endings.
Once, the town of Hamel in Germany was invaded by bands of rats, the likes of which had never been seen before nor will ever be again. The government asked the ratcatcher to help save the town. Did the ratcatcher come to the town's rescue? Listen to this gripping story in order to find out!
Once upon a time there lived a boy. He was about six years old. He had a good heart, but a poor memory, so he forgot his father's and mother's admonitions and often got into trouble and went on adventures. But, above all, he was brave; he hunted wolves.
A herdsman had three daughters. The youngest was the most beautiful. One day the emperor was passing through with his attendants. The oldest daughter said that if he married her, she would bake him a loaf of bread that would make him young and brave forever; the second one said if he married her, she would make him a shirt that would protect him in any fight, even with a dragon, and against heat and water; the youngest one said that she would bear him twin sons with stars on their foreheads.
Once upon a time, there lived a youth who wasn't happy unless he was prying into something that other people knew nothing about. After he learned to understand the language of birds and beasts, he accidentally discovered that a great deal took place under cover of night, a great deal that mortal eyes never saw. From that moment, he felt he could not rest until these hidden secrets were laid bare to him, and he spent all his time wandering from one wizard to another, begging them to open his eyes.... Listen to the story to find out what happened next!
>"The Headless Dwarfs" is entered in The Violet Fairy Book, which was published in 1901. There was once a minister who spent his whole time trying to find a servant who would undertake to ring the church bells at midnight, in addition to all his other duties. But the strange thing was that the servant disappeared during the service and never came back. Indeed, there were even those who whispered that the minister himself had murdered the missing man!
Once upon a time, there was a man who lived near a forest with a son. One day the old man sent his son to a miller to get some ground corn. He went for a long time, and finally he found the miller. The miller told him a story about his apiary. Every day he went around the bee gardens and counted the bees in their hives. One day he counted his bees and discovered that the best one was missing. The miller aimed to find the bee at any cost.... What happened next? Listen to the story to know!
"Sylvain and Jocosa" is a fairy tale that was published as a part of The Green Fairy Book in 1892. It tells us a story of two little kids - Sylvain and Jocosa. The children live in the same village and love each other despite the fact that their families are enemies. The children get help from a fairy who loves them and makes gifts for them. But one day the fairy has to leave....
One day a king decided to attack tribes, which were near the kingdom. He gathered the army and gave orders kill everybody who could harm his soldiers. One by one he won struggles. It was easy for him. But one day he came to a mountain pass, where was a large army waiting for him. His soldiers were afraid and ran away the battlefield and the king was jailed into the prison...What happened next? Listen to the story to know!
Once upon a time there was an old man who lived with his wife in a village. He went to a forest and found there a lot of gold and silver coins. He rejoiced, but instantly a devious plan appeared. He went to the market and bought there a hare and a fish....What happened next? Listen to the story to find out!
The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales by Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, first published in 1812, is a collection of 62 classic folk stories including "Rumplestiltskin", "Little Red Riding Hood", "Hansel and Gretel", "Snow White and Rose Red", "Iron Hans", "The Golden Goose", "Clever Hans", "The Frog Prince", and many more. These classic tales will keep you entertained for hours to come!
The Son of God Walks Upon the Water is a cute little bible story about faith. One day, Jesus told his disciples that they needed to spread the gospel in Capernum. He led his disciples to a little boat and Jesus told his friends that he would meet up with them later.Jesus climbed a hill and began to speak with his father. All of a sudden, the skies became as dark as night and the wind began to howl.
A long time ago, animals could speak. They had enough food to feed themselves. Because of this there were a lot of rats and mice who destroyed many fields of corn. Cats were lazy but rich. They had enough money to buy everything. One day a poor woman left her house and said that she wanted to live with cats.... What happened next? Listen to the story to know!
The classic tale of fidelity and courage, witchcraft and true miracles, The Wild Swans has always stood apart all other Andersen's tales because of its tense atmosphere and lots of horror moments. Beautiful and kind princess Elisa is ordered mute by witchcraft, her 11 brothers are turned into swans and can be saved only by her knitting stinging nettle shirts for them. The young victim, bloody wounds, spells and signs of innocence, executions and strong religious notes.
The Groac'h of' the Isle of Lok is a fairy tale that was published as a part of The Lilac Fairy Book in 1910. It tells us a story of two kids, a boy and a girl, who were supposed to get married when they grew old. But eventually their parents died, all the plans were ruined, and the boy went away to seek his fortune.
The story tells of a homely little bird born in a barnyard who suffers abuse from the others around him until, much to his delight (and to the surprise of others), he matures into a beautiful swan, the most beautiful bird of all. The story is beloved around the world as a tale about personal transformation for the better, which is why this legend is one of the most popular fairy tales of the whole world of stories, so it's absolutely a must-listen for everyone.
"As good as the book"
"A great adventure story"
"Swallows and amazons forever!"
"Charming childhood adventure on the high seas"
For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly enjoyed by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.
In Missee Lee, the original cast of the famed series is sailing under the stars and the command of Captain Flint in the South China Sea when Gibbet, their pet monkey, grabs the captain's cigar and drops it in the fuel tank. In minutes, the ship is ablaze (and doomed), and our seven luckless protagonists are adrift in two small boats. They make their way to land, only to find themselves the captives of one of the last remaining pirates operating off the China Coast. However, Missee Lee, as it turns out, is no ordinary pirate....
"Better than Swallows and Amazons!"
For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the twelve books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old. Jibbooms and bobstays!
For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published over a half-century ago, the 12 books are still eagerly read by children and adults alike - by all those captivated by the world of adventure and imagination. Such longevity is not only due to Ransome's unparalleled gift of storytelling, but also his championing of qualities such as independence and initiative; virtues that appeal to every generation, whether young or old.
Here are some of the finest fairytales from around the world - most of them old favorites: "Sleeping Beauty," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Cinderella," three from "The Arabian Nights," and many more. Andrew Lang was one of the most famous literary critics around 1900. He also edited a series of children's fable books that preserved and illustrated a host of tales which are still used extensively today.
In this (more or less) sequel to the adventures of Coot Club, Arthur Ransome returns once more to his beloved Norfolk Broads where trouble is again brewing for Joe, Bill, and Pete, the three boatbuilders' sons who live aboard the Death and Glory, and the three Coots, Tom, Dorothea and Dick. The problem seems to be that boats are constantly being set adrift and all the evidence points squarely at the three Death and Glories. In a clever bit of detective work, the Big Six manage to exonerate themselves and catch the villains.
Great Northern? is the 12th, and final, book in Arthur Ransome's acclaimed series. Once again, the children set out on an adventure (this one off the coast of Scotland) with a minimum of parental advice and interference. Here, the story centers on a desperate race to thwart the efforts of pernicious egg collectors threatening the survival of a pair of rare birds not previously known to nest in British waters.
One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice in Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year's most anticipated films (The Dark Knight Rises), lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.
This is George Dasent's classic collection of Scandinavian folklore. This is not about Norse mythology per se; so if you are looking for tales of Odin, Loki, and Freya etc., you will have to look elsewhere. Rather, this is an anthology of folk tales, similar to the Grimm Brothers', or Campbell's Popular Tales of the West Highlands. All of the usual suspects are in place, including giants, trolls, witches, evil step-siblings, magical boons and tasks, and anthropomorphic animals.
While fairy tales were not originally intended for children, they have become a staple of children's literature since the early 19th century. Here is a collection of English fairy tales, including many stories you will remember from childhood.
This volume contains a collection of fairy tales from a wide array of classical works. These immortal tales include "The Enchanted Stag", "Twelve Brothers", "Puss in Boots", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Light Princess", "Beauty and the Beast", "Hansel and Gretel", "Jack the Giant Killer", "The Second Voyage of Sinbad the Sailor", and "The Story of Aladdin, or the Wonderful Lamp".
"Too American for me"
India is often reputed to be the home of the fairy tale. Here are some of the best from the sub-continent, from the Jatakas to the folktales of Kashmir. You'll hear stories about the evil magician Punchkin, the magic fiddle, and more.
Compiled by American essayist, editor, critic, and lecturer Hamilton Wright Mabie, here is a fantastic collection of classic legends from ancient mythology, The classical work of Hawthorne has been generously drawn upon. Included are "Three Golden Apples"; "Pomegranate Seeds"; "Chimera"; "Golden Touch"; "Gorgon's Head"; "Dragon's Teeth"; "Miraculous Pitcher"; "Paradise of Children", and more.
Young Reader's Shakespeare returns, with another visually stunning and brilliantly rewritten version of one of the Bard's classic plays. Julius Caesar has become such a part of our culture that many people even quote from it without realizing they are doing so: phrases such as "the dogs of war," "it's Greek to me," and "the evil that men do" have become part of everyday English.