A spa stay turns into a homicidal holiday.... A bit snobbish and a trifle high strung, Sybil Foster prides herself on owning the finest estate in Upper Quintern and hiring the best gardener. In fact she is rapturous over the new asparagus beds when a visit from her unwelcome stepson sends her scurrying to a chic spa for a rest cure, a liaison with the spa's director...and an apparent suicide. Her autopsy holds one surprise, a secret drawer a second.
On his ninth birthday, Gwyn is given a brooch and told to cast it into the wind. Later he discovers the wind has sent something back: the snow spider.So begins Gwyn’s journey as a magician. Against the shimmering backdrop of a magical domed city, Gwyn has to battle evil and heal a fractured family... A spine-tingling story, full of magic and power, from acclaimed author Jenny Nimmo.
A young Jane Asher stars in this full cast performance of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Just So Stories - Amusing and fanciful answers to questions of how animals obtained their individual characteristics. "How the Alphabet Was Made"; "How the Camel Got His Hump"; How the First Letter Was Written"; "The Butterfly That Stamped"; "The Cat That Walked by Himself"; "The Crab That Played with the Sea"; "The Elephant's Child"; "The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangeroo"; "How the Leopard Got His Spots"; "How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin"; "How the Whale Got His Throat"; "The Beginning of the Armadillos".
Abigail would love to have a pet parrot, but they're too expensive. So she decides to teach one of her father's chickens to talk instead. To the amazement of Abigail's family, she succeeds. Soon, they have to stop Polly being quite so chatty.
We are taken to peculiar lands where all the magical things that only seem to happen in dreams really do happen. We meet strange creatures by going the wrong way up a one-way street. We learn about what a peculiar muddle your presents can get into when your birthday cake is baked with a wishing spoon. And if you manage to save the king of grasshoppers from drowning in your soup, what wonderful rewards may come your way! A magical collection of short stories from best-selling author Joan Aiken.
A young Jane Asher stars in this full cast performance of Lewis Carroll's Through The Looking Glass.
Pantomime Stories – "Babes in the Wood"; "Cinderella"; "Dick Whittington"; "Jack and the Beanstalk"; "Puss in Boots"; "The Sleeping Beauty". Brothers Griimm Fairy Tales – "Rapunzel"; "Rumplestiltskin"; "The Frog Prince"; "The Three Musicians". Hans Andersen Fairy Tales – "The Nightingale"; "The Emperor's New Clothes"; "The Little Match Girl"; "The Tinder Box"; "The Ugly Duckling"; "Thumbelina".
An original take on the Red Riding Hood story. Lucy Jones is walking through the forest wearing her red anorak when a wolf leaps out and tells her: 'I am your destiny, and you are my dinner'. Lucy assures him that she is not Red Riding Hood, but the wolf doesn't believe her. He follows her all the way to London, where her granny and granddad live in a tower block. The wolf decides to stay and pretend to be a dog and causes chaos on the estate in his desire to make sure everyone he meets 'lives happily ever after'.
All these delightful stories are concerned with sleeping and waking, dreams, and night time, and around each tale is woven the theme of a familiar lullaby or bedtime song. There are also many memorable characters - helpful crows, a malicious kelpie, Gladiolus the invisible cat, and a girl who dreams of her future brother. This is a very special collection of goodnight stories, combining real life, magic, and fantasy, from acclaimed author Joan Aiken.
Deliliah - huge, fluffy, grey, wide-golden-eyed - is a cat who specializes in dogspells. When dogs start shrinking - and worse - Annie steps in, but she has a soft spot for Delilah. The author's other books include The Snow Spider, winner of the Smarties Grand Prix.
Helly Johnston is miserable. Her mother is thinking of marrying again but Helly doesn’t want a stepfather, certainly not this one. She sobs her way out of the classroom all the way down to the cloakroom and the depths of despondency. There, forceful Kitty Killin comes to the rescue. Kitty’s not known for sensitivity or tact but she’s been through it all herself - her mother married the silver-haired, chocolate-bearing, goggle-eyed Gerald.
Lucy’s friend the wolf, 2.15, has met a female wolf with whom he is determined to spend the rest of his life. The only problem is, she is a free wolf. He must rescue her...but causes mayhem in the process. Environmental issues and fun abound in this second story of Lucy and the wolf.
Tabby Jack watched the hooded stranger. Could he believe what he was seeing? Slowly she uncurled her fingers and there, on her crinkly pale palm, were two tiny creatures, as small as grasshoppers, so delicate a shiver might break them, but undoubtedly dogs! When the dogs arrive there is only one thing the cats can do - fetch Delilah, whose knowledge of magic is a match for anyone...
Tatty Apple enters Owen-Owen’s life all of a sudden, one cold spring day when the wind is high on the wild mountainside. Owen has never seen such an extraordinary rabbit before - green and brown, like an apple that’s waited too long.‘A mischief maker!’ says Mrs Owen, when she finds the family sitting room turned upside down. ‘Stop thief!’ cries Mrs Price as the shiny box of chocolates vanishes from her shop. Only Owen-Owen knows the secret of the green rabbit’s extraordinary powers....
Matilda Beany, youngest of four, just does not want to be ordinary old Tilly Beany. Not all the time. There are too many other people she has to be. But when Tilly becomes the mysterious Windstar, Jellybear or Matilda Seaflower, it can be hard on the rest of the family. So when they find Cindertilly scrubbing the doorstep, things have really got out of hand...Wonderfully warm, funny stories about a five-year-old girl who longs to be somebody else, from bestselling author Annie Dalton.
Now that Lucy's friend 2.15 is the father of three little cubs, he has gone soft and become a vegetarian - not something usually associated with wolves. Then he becomes concerned with acid rain and he's determined to make a safe home for his family.
Alice Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There is a marvellous piece of children’s literature by Lewis Carroll. It is also marvellous entertainment for adults. The sequel to the yet more famous Alice in Wonderland makes no reference to the earlier work yet displays an equally vivid imagination.