Classics (150)

The Chimes

ISBN: 9781843915386

Author: Charles Dickens    Publisher: Hesperus Press

In the second of his series of Christmas books, Charles Dickens wrote The Chimes one year after A Christmas Carol. Tackling familiar themes of redemption, socia...


In the second of his series of Christmas books, Charles Dickens wrote The Chimes one year after A Christmas Carol. Tackling familiar themes of redemption, social injustice and family, it is a story of hope and contemplation and is a moving festive read well worth discovering. As Trotty's working day as a lowly messenger draws to a close, his daughter, Meg, arrives with her fiance Richard in tow, and they proudly announce their wedding for the following day. This is cause for celebration of course, although their happiness is tempered by the comments of an alderman and other well-off citizens on the rights of the poor to marry. During the night, Trotty hears the chimes of a church bell and ventures out to climb the belltower. At the top he is greeted by goblins who tell him that he died during the climb and must now spend his time watching his friends and family live out their lives. What he witnesses makes for grim viewing: Richard turns to drink and dies penniless, leaving a widowed Meg to cope with bringing up their child; Trotty's friend Will is in and out of prison, and Will's daughter Lilian ends up falling into prostitution. But the worst is yet to come. Destitute and desperate, Meg contemplates drowning herself and her young child. Wild with fear, Trotty cries out that he has learnt his lesson and suddenly his daughter is able to see him. At the last second, he rescues her from the brink of destruction. Trotty wakes as if from a dream to the bells chiming out the beginning of a new year, and finds that no time has passed and it is New Year's Day. But as he sees his daughter cheerfully preparing for her wedding day, he is baffled as to whether this is just a dream within a dream.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 160


Publication Date: 20-11-2014


Tags: November 2014   Classics
$21.99
The Nutcracker

ISBN: 9781843915324

Author: E.T.A Hoffman    Publisher: Hesperus Press

Best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker is a charming book in its own right. Full of magic and childish wonder, this coming-of-ag...


Best known as the inspiration for Tchaikovsky's ballet, The Nutcracker is a charming book in its own right. Full of magic and childish wonder, this coming-of-age novella by E.T.A. Hoffmann has something for everyone: beautiful dolls, ferocious battles and dark undertones. It truly has all the elements of a fairy tale. Younger readers will be enchanted by this children's classic, while older readers will be intrigued to discover the background to the famous ballet libretto. It is Christmas Eve and little Marie has tired of her new presents, happily playing with a nutcracker instead. So when her brother Fritz breaks it, she is horrified, tenderly bandaging the little nutcracker with her ribbon and putting him to bed. When the clock strikes midnight, Marie is stunned to see an army of mice advancing, led by a seven-headed Mouse King. Her very own nutcracker leads the dolls and toys against the mouse army and a violent battle ensues. Just as the nutcracker looks like he might lose, Marie throws her shoe at the mice, and injures herself as she falls over. When she wakes up, her arm is bandaged but nobody will believe her unlikely tale of how she came to hurt herself.Soon after, her godfather comes for a visit and tells her the story of the nutcracker. As the tale unfolds, Marie learns about the ongoing feud between the mice and their enemy Princess Pirlipat. It sounds fanciful, but could it be true? And if the fairy tale is true, shouldn't there be a Prince Charming in the offing for Marie? This timeless tale is full of the magic of Christmas, but is a delight to read at any time of the year. Its enduring popularity is testament to its originality and charm.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 112


Publication Date: 28-10-2014


$21.99
The Wouldbegoods

ISBN: 9781843915317

Author: E. Nesbit    Publisher: Hesperus Press

The Bastable children have been banished to the country in disgrace - following a particularly damaging re-enaction of a jungle scene featuring expensive stuffe...


The Bastable children have been banished to the country in disgrace - following a particularly damaging re-enaction of a jungle scene featuring expensive stuffed animals and a garden hose. In this sequel to E. Nesbit's The Treasure Seekers, itself published by Hesperus Minor in 2013 with a foreword by Julia Donaldson, the gang of six, Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel and Horace Octavius (H.O.), decides to turn over a new leaf. Spurred on by Dora's urgings, the children found 'The Society of the Wouldbegoods' - aiming to mend their ways by being good whenever possible. But the schemes they undertake to try to be good and make themselves useful never seem to quite go to plan. Even when they are attempting to be well behaved, they seem unable to endear themselves to adults, instead, amongst other things, they cause a fire, some flooding, get held hostage and find time to purchase a pistol along the way. It seems that despite their best intentions, they are destined to leave a trail of destruction in their wake - and to be, well, frankly, naughty.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 304


Publication Date: 28-10-2014


$21.99
Charles Perrault's Mother Goose Fairy Tales

ISBN: 9781841357270

Author: Val Biro    Publisher: Award Publications

A superb volume of favourite tales from Charles Perrault considered to be the father of the Fairy Tale genre! Retold and fabulously illustrated by Val Biro. Thi...


A superb volume of favourite tales from Charles Perrault considered to be the father of the Fairy Tale genre! Retold and fabulously illustrated by Val Biro. This collection includes: The Sleeping Beauty Puss In Boots Little Red Riding Hood Cinderella ...plus many more


Bind: hardback


Pages: 200


Dimensions: 206 x 270 mm


$29.99
Grimms Fairy Tales

ISBN: 9781841355054

Author: Val Biro    Publisher: Award Publications

This lavishly illustrated treasury contains eight of the classic fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, whose enchanting stories continue to delight child...


This lavishly illustrated treasury contains eight of the classic fairy tales collected by the Brothers Grimm, whose enchanting stories continue to delight children of all ages. This collection includes: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs The Elves and the Shoemaker Hansel and Gretel ...and many more


Bind: hardback


Pages: 198


Dimensions: 206 x 270 mm


$29.99
Treasury of Fairy Tales

ISBN: 9781782701675

Author: Val Biro    Publisher: Award Publications

Discover the magical world of fairy tales with this enchanting volume of best-loved stories from Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perraul...


Discover the magical world of fairy tales with this enchanting volume of best-loved stories from Hans Christian Andersen, the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, all beautifully illustrated and retold by Val Biro. Ideal for sharing together, and to develop a love of storytelling and reading, this collection with captivate any reader.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 200


Dimensions: 210 x 270 mm


$29.99
My Favourite Brer Rabbit Stories

ISBN: 9781782703303

Author: Joel Chandler Harris    Publisher: Award Publications

A classic collection of 17 of Joel Chandler Harris’s classic tales of the adventures of the mischievous Brer Rabbit, and his friends Brer Fox, Brer Wolf and B...


A classic collection of 17 of Joel Chandler Harris’s classic tales of the adventures of the mischievous Brer Rabbit, and his friends Brer Fox, Brer Wolf and Brer Bear. Beautifully illustrated throughout by Rene Cloke in her delightfully vintage style.


Bind: hardback


Pages: 80


Dimensions: 195 x 260 mm


Tags: August 2019   Childrens   Classics
$19.99
Te Rataka a Tetahi Kohine (Anne Frank's Diary)

ISBN: 9780473478247

Authors: Anne Frank, Te Haumihiata Mason (translator)    Publisher: Holocaust Centre of New Zealand

The world-famous Diary of a young girl was written by a Dutch Jewish teenager hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War 2. Over the last 60 years it ...


The world-famous Diary of a young girl was written by a Dutch Jewish teenager hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam during World War 2. Over the last 60 years it has sold more than 30 million copies and been translated into over 70 languages. Now it is available in Te Reo Māori! Anne Frank's masterpiece - her self-awareness, fears, frankness and humour - has been published in this new translation so that thousands of school, Kura Kaupapa Māori, and tertiary education institution students can enjoy it in Te Reo Māori. So can the growing number of adult learners who are studying the language.


Bind: paperback


Pages: 264


Dimensions: 152 x 229 mm


Publication Date: 14-06-2019


$25.00
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection

ISBN: 9781840227499

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle    Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Each box set contains seven books, together creating a comprehensive collection of the notorious detective’s best cases and adventures. Beautifully packaged ...


Each box set contains seven books, together creating a comprehensive collection of the notorious detective’s best cases and adventures. Beautifully packaged in a ridged, matt-laminated slipcase with metallic detailing, complete with strikingly attractive, bespoke artwork. Includes: 9781853260339 - Adventures & Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 9781853267482 - Best of Sherlock Holmes 9781853260704 - Casebook of Sherlock Holmes & His Last Bow 9781840224009 - Hound of the Baskervilles & The Valley of Fear 9781853260582 - Return of Sherlock Holmes 9781853267444 - Shadows of Sherlock Holmes 9781840224115 - Study in Scarlet & Sign of the Four


Bind: paperback


Pages: 2608


Tags: Coming Soon   Classics
$49.99
DUE > 31st Jul 2018
The Ultimate Children's Classic Collection

ISBN: 9781840225990

Publisher: Wordsworth Editions

Each boxset contains eight of the best classics ever written Beautifully packaged in a ridged, matt-laminated slipcase with metallic detailing, complete with s...


Each boxset contains eight of the best classics ever written Beautifully packaged in a ridged, matt-laminated slipcase with metallic detailing, complete with strikingly attractive, bespoke artwork. Includes: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland 9781853261183 The Wind in the Willows 9781853261220 The Little Prince 9781853261589 Treasure Island 9781853261039 Black Beauty 9781853261091 The Jungle Book 9781853261190 The Secret Garden 9781853261046 Peter Pan 9781853261206


Bind: paperback


Pages: 1904


Tags: Coming Soon   Childrens   Classics
$49.99
DUE > 31st Jul 2018
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