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"
In this classic children's book by E. Nesbit, three children are suddenly uprooted from their happy suburban life to move to the country with their mother. Their new house, "Three Chimneys", is near a railway line, and Roberta (Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis (Phil), find amusement in watching the trains and waving to the passengers. They become friendly with Albert Perks, the station porter, and with the Old Gentleman who regularly takes the 9:15 down train. The children get involved in all kinds of good deeds, while their mother is busy writing children books.
"I love this"
The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be.
This is the timeless tale of Dorothy and her friends, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion, in the enchanting land of OZ. Those who have only seen the movie are in for a real treat, as much of the book did not make it into the classic 1939 film.
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 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"
Curious to see if people on the other side of the globe walk upside down, Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane, and their baby brother start digging a hole to Australia. They don't get too far, however, before they dig up a furry brown creature with bat's ears. It is a Psammead, an ancient sand-fairy. The Sammyadd, as the children call it, grumpily tells them that he is obliged to grant their wishes, because making people's wishes come true is what Sandfairies do. However, there is one catch: The wishes come undone at sunset.
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.
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."
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"
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"
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.
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"
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 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....
"Good but not brilliant"
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"
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.
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.
There are plenty of adventures to be had in Darrell's first term at boarding school. Life at Malory Towers is full of excitement - if only she can keep her terrible temper under control! Darrell's back at boarding school and her classmates are full of surprises. Just who does new girl Daphne think she is? And is there really a thief at Malory Towers? Two new girls have arrived at Malory Towers - and they couldn't be more different!
"We know all the words"
Peter Pan, the boy who never grows up, is a tale of a mischievous boy that can fly and spends his time on the small island of Neverland. Some of the other characters from J. M. Barrie's classic novel include Peter's friends, Tinker Bell, Wendy, John, and Michael, and Peter's nemesis, Captain Hook.
This is a story of an animal Camel, who didn't want to work for Man at all. The Horse, the Dog and the Ox all asked him to join their work, but his only answer was "Humph". Then they came to the Man and complained. The Man answered that he was sorry but they had to work longer hours to make up for it. In the desert they met Djinn and complained to him. Djinn came to the Camel and told him to work, but his answer was "Humph" as always.
French fairy tales introduce you to the folklore of Western Europe. Apart from epic narratives and songs of trouvere and troubadours, fairy tales rank number one in French folklore. The genre became popularized by Charles Perrault, whose fairy tales "Bluebeard", "Cinderella", "Little Red Riding Hood", and "Puss in Boots" are famous all around the world, and Marie Catherine d'Aulnoy, who ivented the term fairy tale.
A fairy-tale hero invariably enters into combat against evil, not forgiving his enemies. A fairy tale is never limited to censure. It is easy to say , "This is bad", but you teach how to make it good! And the power of the fairy tale is that it invariably shows when you sow good, you'll reap happiness; when you sow wind, you'll reap whirlwind!
The word that means "fairy tale" in Russian is transliterated into English as skazka. This term is used for a lot of literature forms; there could be a magic skazka, which resembles a fairy tale, an animal tale. Some Russian fairy tales do not include anything magical and tell tales of everyday life. Others, however, are rather like ballads.
Believe it or not, there was a time, long ago, when a bear had a lovely long, furry tail. And all bears were truly proud of their beautiful tails. The story is about a bear that wouldn't stop talking with everyone about his long and gorgeous tail. Everything was still until the bear decided to catch some fish using his beautiful and furry part of the body. What could possibly go wrong? This funny story will help you to discover why the bear lost his tail.
The Top and the Ball or The Sweethearts was first published in 1843. This story was inspired by Andersen's relationship with Riborg Voight, who rejected his proposal of marriage. The main characters of the fairy tale are the top and the ball, who met in a box of toys. The Top loved the Ball and wanted to marry it, but the Ball thought too much of itself and refused. You will find out what happened next when you listen to the whole story.
From Rudyard Kipling's classic The Jungle Book, Rikki Tikki Tavi is the story of a mongoose and two cobras. Taken in after being washed into the garden of a British family in India, he protects the house from the devious cobras Nag and Nagaina with help from his friends and mongoose cunning.
Once upon a time there lived an old, quite rich woman who had a small cottage near the forest. She never felt lonely, but she had a bad illness and thought that it would be nice to have someone to speak to. At this moment, she heard of the death of a shepherd's family and a boy left alone. She adopted him. But he made friends with rude people who terrorized everyone.
The Enchanted Shell is the story of a poor family, who really wanted to have children. They were assiduously asking God to send them a child, even so small as a shell. One day, the woman gave birth to a son, and even when he grew up, he was not bigger than the largest shell, which can be found on the beach. So, he was named Shell.
Once upon a time there lived a stonecutter, who went every day to a great rock in the side of a big mountain and cut out slabs for gravestones or for houses. He was a good stonecutter and understood the kinds of stones which were suitable for different purposes. He was happy and satisfied. One mountain dweller told him that there is a spirit who lives in the mountain.
The sea queen Otohime was very ill. The best doctors from every country under the sea tried to treat the queen, but their treatment was in vain. Everyone had almost given up hope, when one day the doctor, who was cleverer than the rest ones, arrived and said that the only thing that would cure her was the liver of an ape.
These stories came before the more famous "Winnie the Pooh", but point to the master storyteller A. A. Milne always was. In this beloved tale, the unnamed uncle describes correspondence with his niece Margery. The young girl has as unique a perspective on life as her uncle and has derived her own unique spelling of words.
The shepherd lived in a forest. He always rested at the foot of one tree. One day the tree said to him, "If you pour milk every day at my roots, I will grant you a boon." So the shepherd every day poured milk at the roots of the tree, and after some days he saw a crack in the ground. He thought that the roots of the tree cracked the earth, but when the crack was wide enough, he saw a big buried snake. The snake said, "I was closed in the subterranean world, and your kindness has rescued me."
One day the Marquis of Coat-Squiriou was returning home and he saw a little boy who was four or five years old. He picked the child up and asked what he was doing there. The little kid answered all questions with the response, "I don't know." The Marquis adopted the boy and called him "N'Oun Doare" (in English "I don't know"). The boy became a tall, handsome youth. One day, the Marquis took him to the town to search a suitable weapon.
A long time ago there were three houses where a tailor, a carpenter, and a smith lived. They were all married, and their wives were friends. Every Sunday they went together to church to have a regular gossip. On the way home, they always stopped at a tavern to drink some brandy. Half a pint of brandy cost three pence, so that was just a penny from each of them. But the brandy went up in price - four pence for a half a pint. None of them was willing to pay the extra penny.
The Mysterious Ship is a fascinating and sinister story about the ship. The ship is enigmatic because when it appeared - one person would disappear. The captain of the ship should be caught to solve that mystery. But who is he? Maybe, he is not even a human. Listen to the book to solve the mystery of the ship.
The children always played in the Giant's garden. But when he returned after years away, he said, "What are you doing here?" and the children fled. "My own garden is my own garden", said the Giant. "Anyone can understand that, and I will allow nobody to play in it but myself."
How the Farmer Deceived the Demon is the Filipino tale of farmer's big family, who lived happily on an island without knowing any needs until the seven-day flood happened, which destroyed their crop. The farmer has realized that his family would starve if he does not solve this difficulty. One day, he made a long journey, found a tree with red fruits and ate a few. But suddenly the owner of the tree came. It was a demon.
Every version of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".
"Better than Swallows and Amazons!"
"Charming childhood adventure on the high seas"
"As good as the book"
"A great adventure story"
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.
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.
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.
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....
"Swallows and amazons forever!"
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!
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
Witches with magical omens. Murder most foul. The quest for power at all costs. Bloody and spectacular battles. This modern retelling of Macbeth captures all the drama of Shakespeare's classic play. Written by an outstanding scholar, the language is simple yet eloquent, and draws young readers into the story with superb dialogue, vivid description, and careful attention to the flow of events.
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.
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.