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"
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 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.
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"
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"
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 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"
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."
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"
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"
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"
Here is an award-winning production with an all-star cast, bringing to life one of the best loved and recognised children's books of all time. This is a full dramatisation with specially composed music.
"Brilliant!!!! Adults also can enjoy"
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.
Penguin Audiobooks presents Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, read by the actor Douglas Hodge, who plays Willy Wonka in the hit musical adaptation of the book. Charlie Bucket and his family are rushing around the Earth at 17,000 miles an hour in a great glass elevator.
It belongs to the fantastic Mr Willy Wonka, and the adventure becomes even greater upon discovering they're not the only ones orbiting the Earth at that particular time....
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"
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.
Written after The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe but designed by C.S. Lewis to be read first, this enchanting prequel, with its story of time travel, sorcery, and magic rings, is essential reading for anyone who wants to learn the backstory to the biggest movie release of the year. Hurled back in time to the birth of a new world, two young friends get caught in the epic struggle between Aslan and his nemesis the White Witch.
"I think it's great!"
The complete "box set" of T. H. White's epic fantasy novel of the Arthurian legend. The novel is made up of five parts: "The Sword in the Stone", "The Witch in the Wood", "The Ill-Made Knight", "The Candle in the Wind", and "The Book of Merlyn".
"The Birthday of the Infanta" is a fairy tale from the collection From A House of Pomegranates, published in 1891. The story tells of the young Spanish princess Infanta, who is celebrating her 12th birthday. An ugly dwarf is invited to dance and entertain the princess and her guests during the celebration. The guests dislike him, but the beautiful, elegant Infanta laughs and smiles. The dwarf becomes captivated by her. She gives him a flower and the dwarf decides that the princess loves him.
One of the best The Brothers Grimm stories about honor and self-confidence aiming to help your friends, relatives, everyone you are taking care...without hesitations and fear. A young prince had to go for searching the 'water of life' in order to cure his dying father. On his way he finds an enchanted castle, a lovely princess, and even treachery from his older brothers.
The beginning of The Golden Goose is quite typical of many other fairy tales: a man had three sons, the first son was smart, the second one was not so smart, and the third one was... ergh... dumb. So was his name: Dummling. One day the elder brother went to hew wood and got punished for his greed. Then the middle brother went and got punished as well. But when the younger brother went to hew wood, he showed not greed but generosity and was rewarded... with the golden goose.
Welcome to the magical and fascinating world of Hans Christian Andersen's Fairytales. New H.C. Andersen's Fairytales audiobook series takes the pleasure of enjoying your favorite childhood stories to the new level! Let your children go into dangerous and romantic adventures with the dearly beloved characters! Enjoy The Butterfly, one of the most popular tales written by H.C. Andersen!
This is a story about both young and awkward son who makes too many mistakes but finally proves himself as a winner to his father. However, his disobedience slows him down on his way. A king gives his son a task to find the golden bird because every month it robs apples in the castle's garden. On his way, he meets a fox which helps him to recover a golden horse and a golden bird.
A ghost has begun to appear at night in Hilton castle. While the servants sleep, he makes a mess in the kitchen. Yet one time, when the servants left a cake for him, he helped them tidy things up. But ultimately the ghost proved to be more trouble than he was worth, so the servants found a way to get rid of him.
A widow had two daughters: one was beautiful and diligent, the other was ugly and lazy. But the lazy one was the widow's favorite daughter, while the other was forced to do all the housework. One day, the beautiful daughter dropped a shuttle into a well and jumped down the well to fetch it. The girl arrived at a lovely meadow. She came to a little house, where an old woman lived. The woman was Mother Holle.
A unique, brief story about The Fox and The Wolf, who lived together in a cave near the seashore. They might have lived together forever had it not been for the slyness and greediness of the fox, who tried to over-reach his less clever companion. One day, the two friends went to the seashore to find something to eat. The wise, greedy, sly fox didn't want to share his food with the wolf. What did the fox do? Find out at the end of the story.
One man with a long bow sat upon the top of a little hillock. He was waiting for the chieftain's men to spy him. He heard far voices: "He is the avenger come to shoot the red eagle!" Soon four strong men ran forth from the center wigwam toward the hillock, where this man was sitting with the long bow. They reached the side of the stranger, but he didn't pay attention to them. He just looked at beautiful wigwams that were beneath him. These four men took and brought him to a chieftain.
An entertaining selection of some of Potter's best loved animal tales.
This book contains the first three short stories from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. These stories tell the exciting adventures of Mowgli - a boy raised by wolves in the jungles of India.
This memorable tale written by the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz follows a mannequin who is brought to life by a mischievous elf. More modern stories bear a resemblance to this story as audiences are encouraged to suspend belief and follow the lives and times of inanimate objects.
Once upon a time in far Africa was an elephant, who had no trunk. He had only ugly nose which looked like boot. This elephant was curious and asked many questions. He was the most curious creature in whole Africa! He asked her aunt, the Ostrich, why she has many feathers on his tale. The Ostrich spanked him. He asked his uncle, the Giraffe, why his skin so spotty. The Giraffe punched him too. He asked questions about everything that he saw, or heard, or felt, or smelt, or touched, and all his uncles and his aunts spanked him.
Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales are attributes of a happy childhood for many people from many countries.
A king and a queen were childless for a long time, but finally, God sent them not a baby, but a donkey. The king decided to bring him up as a prince and his heir. The donkey grew up well-mannered and polite, but as he saw his reflection, he decided to follow his nose. He came to the next kingdom and caught the fancy of its king, who decided to marry him to his daughter. How will the donkey prince rule?
"Kidd the Pirate" is a short story based on legends of Captain William Kidd, from Washington Irving's Tales of a Traveller collection. The story begins with the words, "In old times, just after the territory of the New Netherlands had been wrested from the hands of their High Mightinesses, the Lords State-General of Holland by Charles the Second". This "unquiet state" is said to have led to an increase in adventurers, buccaneers, pirates, and privateers.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"Swallows and amazons forever!"
"Better than Swallows and Amazons!"
"As good as the book"
"A great adventure story"
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.
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.
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 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.
"Charming childhood adventure on the high seas"
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.
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.
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.
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....
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!
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"
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.
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.