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Short stories for kids are perfect for bedtime, quiet time, long journeys or any time! Ideal for parents to read to children before they sleep, for silent reading time at school, or for when a child simply wants to enjoy a good tale, our short stories for children are sure to keep them captivated.

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Short Stories for Kids

  • When we were Warriors

    Emma Carroll

    Product Code: BUGQD
    Paperback 9 years +
    A body washed up on the beach... Evacuation to an old house with forbidden rooms and dark secrets... An animal rescue service... Set in World War Two, Emma Carroll explores the resilience, resourcefulness and inventiveness of children when their lives fall to pieces. Introducing some compelling new characters, as well as revisiting some familiar settings, these adventures are sure to win over new readers, as well as fans of old favourites such as Letters from the Lighthouse and Frost Hollow Hall.
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  • Just Kidding

    Andy Griffiths

    Product Code: CBHLJ
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    Just Kidding is the first book in the Just series from the creators of the bestselling Treehouse series, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. Is this the right book for you? Take the JUST KIDDING TEST and find out! 1) Do you ever pretend that you are sick to get out of going to school? 2) Do you leave banana skins in the middle of busy footpaths? 3) Do you wish that every day could be April Fools' Day? SCORE: One point for each yes answer. 3 You are a practical joking genius. You will love this book. 1-2 You are a good practical joker. You will love this book. 0 You are not a practical joker. You will love this book. (Just Kidding was originally published as Just Tricking.)
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  • Just Annoying

    Andy Griffiths

    Product Code: CCCGH
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    Is this the right book for you? Take the ANNOYING TEST and find out! 1) Do you ask 'Are we there yet?' over and over on long car trips? 2) Do you like to drive people mad by copying everything they say and do? 3) Do you hog the shower and use up all the hot water? 4) Do you enjoy asking silly questions that have no real answers? 5) Do you swing on the washing line whenever you get the chance? SCORE: One point for each yes answer. 3-5 You are a practical joking genius. You will love this book. 1-2 You are a good practical joker. You will love this book. 0 You are not a practical joker. You will love this book. Just Annoying is the second book in this hilarious series of stories about the world's most annoying practical joker - from the creators of the bestselling Treehouse series, Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton.
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  • Funny Stories for 7 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AUDMC
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    Funny Stories For 7-Year-Olds is a bright and varied selection of wonderfully entertaining stories by some of the very best writers for children. Perfect for reading alone or aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from Dick King-Smith, Michael Bond, Philippa Gregory, Jacqueline Wilson and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • Funny Stories for 8 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AUDOF
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    Funny Stories For 8-Year-Olds is a bright and varied selection of wonderfully entertaining stories by some of the very best writers for children. Perfect for reading alone or aloud - and for dipping into time and time again With stories from Judy Blume, Anne Fine, Dick King-Smith, Morris Gleitzman and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost

    Pamela Butchart

    Product Code: AMQCV
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    Life at Wigglesbottom Primary is often lived on the edge. A class talent show becomes a thing of great mystery and intrigue, when it turns out that Jacob Barry's stinky shoe can PREDICT THE FUTURE! Or filled with peril when the boys' toilets become HAUNTED! And then there's the CURSE that lives in the story-time carpet and gives everyone ANTS IN THEIR PANTS...
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  • Marge in Charge

    Isla Fisher

    Product Code: ATHFN
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    "Isla Fisher is hilarious" David Walliams Jemima and Jake's new babysitter doesn't look too promising. In fact she looks very sensible, very old and VERY small (she only comes up to daddy's armpit!). But the moment their parents leave the house, Marge gives a mischievous wink, takes off her hat and reveals a marvellous mane of rainbow-coloured hair! Marge really is a babysitter like no other and the children spend a wild evening with her - racing snails, slurping chocolate soup and mixing potions in the bath! But if Jake and Jemima want her to babysit again it's time for them to take charge of Marge, tidy up and settle her down for a little sleep. Three hilarious, anarchic and charming MARGE stories from A-list actress, mother, writer and comedian Isla Fisher.
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  • Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! (Narwhal and Jelly 1)

    Ben Clanton (Author)

    Product Code: BXMIZ
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    'Hilarious and charming. The most loveable duo since Frog and Toad' - Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of Dogman and Captain Underpants Narwhal is a happy-go-lucky narwhal. Jelly is a no-nonsense jellyfish. The two might not have a lot in common, but they do they love waffles, parties and adventures. Join Narwhal and Jelly as they discover the whole wide ocean together. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three short stories and a super fun ocean fact page - and joke page too! In the first, Jelly learns that Narwhal is a really good friend. Then Narwhal and Jelly form their own pod of awesomeness with their ocean friends. And finally, Narwhal and Jelly read the best book ever! The perfect first book for young readers, just moving on from picture books, discovering the joys of friendship, working together and the power of imagination. PRAISE FOR Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: 'Undersea adventures have never been so darn cute .... The incessant charm and unabashed joy should make this an easy sell. Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker' - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews 'An utterly enchanting start to a series that's bound to be popular among young readers' - Starred Review, School Library Journal 'Geez, Narwhal and Jellyfish are adorable. There's no other word as appropriate for this duo... readers will likely clamour for the next outing' - Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 'Bantering dialogue entertains throughout, but the book's best moment might belong to the third story, when Narwhal lends Jelly his "favourite book in the whole wide water, which is blank...". "It's an imagination book, Jelly!" Narwhal explains. Readers ready for underwater goofiness of the non-SpongeBob variety will be eager for more adventures from this duo' - Publishers Weekly Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of the NARWHAL AND JELLY early graphic novel series as well as IT CAME IN THE MAIL, VOTE FOR ME!, and REX WRECKS IT. When Ben isn't doodling up stories (and often when he is) he likes to cook, explore outdoors, and play basketball. Ben lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, son and goldendoodle pup. Find out more about Ben at www.benclanton.com. And visit Narwhal and Jelly at their o-fish-al page www.narwhalandjelly.com
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  • Bedtime Stories for 6 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AZPFQ
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    Bedtime Stories for 6 Year Olds is a rich and varied selection of heart-warming stories, perfect for snuggling up with at bedtime, by some of the very best writers for children. Great for reading alone or reading aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from Rudyard Kipling, Joan Aiken, Dick King-Smith, Malorie Blackman and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • Bedtime Stories for 5 Year Olds

    Helen Paiba

    Product Code: AZPFP
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    Bedtime Stories for 5 Year Olds is a rich and varied selection of heart-warming stories, perfect for snuggling up with at bedtime, by some of the very best writers for children. Great for reading alone or reading aloud - and for dipping into time and time again. With stories from Berlie Doherty, Dick King-Smith, Joan G. Robinson, Adele Geras and many more, this book will provide hours of fantastic fun.
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  • EDGE: I HERO: Immortals: Dinosaur Hunter

    Steve Barlow

    Product Code: CCWKL
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    Exciting, choose-your-own-destiny adventure story in which YOU are the hero! In Dinosaur Hunter, you are called in to track down a T. Rex that is terrorising the Yucatan...will you accept the challenge and risk your life to save others? In each adventure the reader makes a choice that affects how the story progresses - it really is 'decide-your-own-destiny! Reading Age 6-8 years, Interest Range 7-10 years and printed using a font approved by the British Dyslexia Association Written by the award-winning duo Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore (more commonly known as the 2Steves).
  • Animal Stories

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: BUOCP
    Paperback
    A charming new bumper short-story collection from the world's best-loved storyteller. A fantastic collection of 30 stories about animals of all shapes and sizes, this will charm children aged 6 and up. From pet puppies to woodland wildlife, garden birds to pond-dwelling frogs, Enid Blyton was a devoted and knowledgeable animal-lover. Readers who feel the same way are bound to love her wonderful stories about our furry friends - and scaly, feathery or fluttery ones too! These delightful stories are ideal for newly confident readers and are the perfect length to be read aloud in the classroom or at bedtime. *** Enid Blyton and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder & Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.
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  • The Marble Crusher

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: ADUWA
    Paperback 9 years +
    This book contains three stories from Michael Morpurgo for young readers - The Marble Crusher; Colly's Barn; and Conker.

    In The Marble Crusher, does Mr. Manners, the headmaster, really have a machine that crushes marbles? Albert thinks so... In Colly's Barn, Colly the owl and Screecher the swallow band together to save the barn.

    In "Conker", Nick beats the bully, Stevie Rooster, and becomes Conker king. But can he rescue a mistreated dog while searching for the best conker?
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  • Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (Narwhal and Jelly 2)

    Ben Clanton (Author)

    Product Code: BXLHT
    Paperback
    'Hilarious and charming. The most loveable duo since Frog and Toad' - Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of Dogman and Captain Underpants Narwhal and Jelly are back in action for a SUPER adventure - join Super Narwhal and sidekick Jelly Jolt in three awesome underwater adventures! Happy-go-lucky Narwhal and no-nonsense Jelly find their inner superheroes in three new under-the-sea adventures. In the first story, Narwhal reveals his superhero alter-ego and enlists Jelly to help him figure out what his superpower is. Next, Narwhal uses his superpower to help a friend find his way back home. In the third story, Jelly is feeling blue and Narwhal comes to the rescue. A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three short stories and super fun ocean facts and jokes! The perfect first book for young readers, just moving on from picture books, discovering the joys of friendship, working together and the power of imagination. PRAISE FOR Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: 'Undersea adventures have never been so darn cute .... The incessant charm and unabashed joy should make this an easy sell. Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker' - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews 'An utterly enchanting start to a series that's bound to be popular among young readers' - Starred Review, School Library Journal 'Geez, Narwhal and Jellyfish are adorable. There's no other word as appropriate for this duo... readers will likely clamour for the next outing' - Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 'Bantering dialogue entertains throughout, but the book's best moment might belong to the third story, when Narwhal lends Jelly his "favourite book in the whole wide water, which is blank...". "It's an imagination book, Jelly!" Narwhal explains. Readers ready for underwater goofiness of the non-SpongeBob variety will be eager for more adventures from this duo' - Publishers Weekly Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of the NARWHAL AND JELLY early graphic novel series as well as IT CAME IN THE MAIL, VOTE FOR ME!, and REX WRECKS IT. When Ben isn't doodling up stories (and often when he is) he likes to cook, explore outdoors, and play basketball. Ben lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, son and goldendoodle pup. Find out more about Ben at www.benclanton.com. And visit Narwhal and Jelly at their o-fish-al page www.narwhalandjelly.com
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  • Marge and the Great Train Rescue

    Eglantine Ceulemans

    Product Code: BGOTN
    Paperback
    'Isla Fisher is hilarious' DAVID WALLIAMS 'Charming, funny, delightful: Marge is the babysitter all children would wish for' DAVID BADDIEL Whistles at the ready. Marge is off! Have you met Marge? She has rainbow hair, tells wild stories and she's the best babysitter in the whole world. Things do SOMETIMES go off the rails when Marge is around but Jakey and Jemima don't mind that. After all, no one else could rescue a train, help Jakey's wobbly tooth or cause chaos at the zoo! The third fun family story in the MARGE IN CHARGE series, written by actor & comedian Isla Fisher and illustrated throughout by Eglantine Ceulemans.
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  • Marge and the Pirate Baby

    Isla Fisher

    Product Code: AWORF
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    'Isla Fisher is hilarious' DAVID WALLIAMS 'Charming, funny, delightful' DAVID BADDIEL Yo ho ho, me hearties. Marge is back! This time there's a baby on the loose. Meet Zara, the naughty little cousin, who never sleeps and loves to steal treasure. Marge thinks she's a pirate and maybe she's right. But will the imaginative babysitter be on her best behaviour? And can Jemima save the day at her uncle's wedding? Three family-fun adventures written by actor and comedian Isla Fisher, who returns with all the energy and fun of her first book, MARGE IN CHARGE.
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  • Peanut Butter and Jelly (Narwhal and Jelly 3)

    Ben Clanton (Author)

    Product Code: BZISB
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    'Hilarious and charming. The most loveable duo since Frog and Toad' - Dav Pilkey, bestselling author of Dogman and Captain Underpants Narwhal and Jelly are back and Narwhal has a new obsession . . . peanut butter! He's so obsessed he even wants to change his name to . . . that's right . . . Peanut Butter! Ever-sensible Jelly isn't so sure that's the best idea, but is all for Narwhal trying new things (instead of just eating waffles all the time, no matter how delicious waffles are). A wonderfully silly early graphic novel series featuring three short stories about trying new things, favourite foods and accepting who we are. The perfect first book for young readers, just moving on from picture books, discovering the joys of friendship, working together and the power of imagination. PRAISE FOR Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea: 'Undersea adventures have never been so darn cute .... The incessant charm and unabashed joy should make this an easy sell. Swimmingly delightful and a guaranteed smile-maker' - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews 'An utterly enchanting start to a series that's bound to be popular among young readers' - Starred Review, School Library Journal 'Geez, Narwhal and Jellyfish are adorable. There's no other word as appropriate for this duo... readers will likely clamour for the next outing' - Starred Review, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books 'Bantering dialogue entertains throughout, but the book's best moment might belong to the third story, when Narwhal lends Jelly his "favourite book in the whole wide water, which is blank...". "It's an imagination book, Jelly!" Narwhal explains. Readers ready for underwater goofiness of the non-SpongeBob variety will be eager for more adventures from this duo' - Publishers Weekly Ben Clanton is the author/illustrator of the NARWHAL AND JELLY early graphic novel series as well as IT CAME IN THE MAIL, VOTE FOR ME!, and REX WRECKS IT. When Ben isn't doodling up stories (and often when he is) he likes to cook, explore outdoors, and play basketball. Ben lives in Tacoma, WA with his wife, son and goldendoodle pup. Find out more about Ben at www.benclanton.com. And visit Narwhal and Jelly at their o-fish-al page www.narwhalandjelly.com
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  • Charlie the Champion Pony and Other Pony Tales

    Jenny Dale

    Product Code: BQYBU
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    Come and meet some lovable characters in this special bind-up of four illustrated Pony Tales by Jenny Dale. Can Charlie the Champion Pony overcome his fear of jumping - especially when his jumping skills are the only thing that can rescue another rider who is in trouble? In Sam the School Pony, Becky and her friends are thrilled when a lovely pony, Sam, comes to live in the field next door to their school. But when danger threatens, only Becky can save her new friend. Shadow the Secret Pony has a mysterious past . . . Clare has always longed for a pony of her own, and she is thrilled when she finds Shadow in her garden one day. But where does the pony come from? Willow the Wild Pony loves being ridden out on the moors and dreams of running free with the wild ponies. One day she escapes to join the herd and has a wonderful time, but soon she begins to feel homesick. She wants to go home, but is she too late? Featuring some of the best ponies around, the adventures in Charlie the Champion Pony and Other Pony Tales are sure to become firm favourites with any horse lover!
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  • Natboff! One Million Years of Stupidity

    Andy Stanton

    Product Code: BPJUS
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    WELL, DIP ME IN HISTORY AND CALL ME A TIME TRAVELLER! It's the brand new book from the author of the award-winning and bestselling Mr Gum series! NATBOFF! is a hysterical collection of stories, all set in Mr Gum's hometown of Lamonic Bibber. Strap on your laughter goggles as you embark on a time-travelling journey through the funniest and maddest moments in history. From the Stone Age to Medieval times, from the Great Fire to the First World War, to one million years in the future, it's all here - and it's all completely crazy. Meet the town's most famous residents, including: Natboff the caveman! Princess Snowflake! A malcontent squirrel! Strange Mildred the witch! A talking grape called Plover! Cribbins, the mysterious Victorian inventor, who invented mysterious Victorian things! And plenty more besides! Packed full of stories, poems, an extremely odd history of the British monarchy, and even a `Shakespearian' play (penned by William's less-famous brother, Terry) - and with plenty of Easter eggs for Mr Gum fans to spot along the way - this book is perfect for fans of Horrible Histories, Roald Dahl and David Walliams. Plus it's the only one that's got the word `kingandqueeniest' in it, most likely. With hilarious illustrations by David Tazzyman. Have you collected all the well brilliant Mr Gum books? You're a Bad Man, Mr Gum! Mr Gum and the Biscuit Billionaire Mr Gum and the Goblins Mr Gum and the Power Crystals Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear What's for Dinner, Mr Gum? Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree Mr Gum and the Secret Hideout Praise for Mr Gum: `They are the funniest books ... I can't recommend them enough' - Stephen Mangan `Smooky palooki! This book is well brilliant!' - Jeremy Strong `Worryingly splendid' - Guardian Andy Stanton studied English at Oxford but they kicked him out. Before becoming a children's writer he was a film script reader, a market researcher, an NHS lackey, a part-time sparrow and a plum. Today he is best-known for the hilarious and much-loved Mr Gum books, which have sold over 3.6 million copies in the UK alone and have been translated into 32 languages. The series has won numerous awards, including the inaugural Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Children's Book Award and two Blue Peter Book Awards.
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  • Winnie-the-Pooh: The Best Bear in All the World

    Kate Saunders

    Product Code: BKGYE
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    Celebrate 90 years of Winnie-the-Pooh with The Best Bear in all the World, the official sequel to the classic children's stories by A.A. Milne. With brand-new stories from some of the most beloved children's authors writing today: Paul Bright, Brian Sibley, Kate Saunders and Jeanne Willis - each will transport you back into the Hundred Acre Wood for more adventures with Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin, Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and the rest of the gang. With decorations by Mark Burgess, in the style of the cherished illustrations by E.H. Shepard. This book will delight fans of the classic originals old and new. The short stories are perfect bedtime reading for ages six and up. Do you own all the classic Pooh titles? Winnie-the-Pooh The House at Pooh Corner When We Were Very Young Now We Are Six The nation's favourite teddy bear has been delighting generations of children for 90 years. Milne's classic children's stories - featuring Tigger, Piglet, Eeyore, Christopher Robin and, of course, Pooh himself - are both heart-warming and funny, teaching lessons of friendship and reflecting the power of a child's imagination like no other story before or since. Pooh ranks alongside other beloved characters such as Paddington Bear, and Peter Rabbit as an essential part of our literary heritage. Whether you're 5 or 55, Pooh is the bear for all ages.
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  • Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy

    Cassandra Clare

    Product Code: AZMTU
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    An illustrated collection of ten stories about Simon Lewis, star of Cassandra Clare's internationally bestselling series The Mortal Instruments. Ten illustrated stories following the adventures of Simon Lewis, star of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments, as he trains to become a Shadowhunter. Simon has been a human and a vampire, but after the events of City of Heavenly Fire left him stripped of his memories, he isn't sure who he is any more. When the Shadowhunter Academy reopens, Simon throws himself into this new world of demon-hunting, determined to find himself again. Whoever this Simon might be...Join him on his journey to become a Shadowhunter, and learn about the Academy's illustrious history along the way, through guest lecturers such as Jace Herondale, Tessa Gray and Magnus Bane. The series features characters from Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments, Infernal Devices, Dark Artifices and the upcoming Last Hours series.
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  • Mystery & Mayhem

    Katherine Woodfine

    Product Code: AYVWE
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    Twelve mysteries. Twelve authors. One challenge: can YOU solve the crimes before the heroes of the stories? These are twelve brand-new short stories from twelve of the best children's crime writers writing today. These creepy, hilarious, brain-boggling, heart-pounding mysteries feature daring, brilliant young detectives, and this anthology is a must for fans of crime fiction and detection, especially the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries, The Roman Mysteries and The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow.
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  • Half a Creature from the Sea

    David Almond

    Product Code: ASOCY
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    David Almond says of this unique collection, "Stories on the page are so beautifully neat. All that lovely black print; those lovely straight lines and paragraphs and pages. But stories are living things, creatures that move and grow in the imaginations of writer and reader. They must be solid and touchable, like the land, and must have fluid half-known depths, like the sea. These stories take place in a real world - but in fiction, real worlds merge with dreamed worlds. Real people walk with ghosts and figments. Earthly truth goes hand-in-hand with watery lies." Stories include: "The Missing Link", "Joe Quinn's Poltergeist", "Harry Miller's Run", "Slog's Dad", "Klaus Vogel and the Bad Lads", "May Malone", "Half a Creature from the Sea" and "When God Came to Cathleen's Garden".
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  • The White Horse of Zennor

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: AKTOA
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    Since the beginning of time, strange and mysterious things have happened here...At the furthest edge of Britain, where the sea gently washes over the land and myths brush against reality, lies Zennor. These are unforgettable tales where magic lies around every corner. This haunting collection of short stories by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo includes magical illustrations by award-winning illustrator Michael Foreman.
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Our short stories for kids will help children get to grips with the joys of reading. They're ideal for bedtime and perfect for kids who prefer shorter reads. We have short stories for children of various reading levels.

Great for newly-independent readers

As kids develop their reading confidence, they’ll love how rewarding it is to read a variety of tales from our collection of children’s short stories. Whether it’s adventure books for kids, animal books, funny children’s books or another genre that gets them excited about reading, you’ll find a range of short stories guaranteed to delight in our selection of brilliant books.

Well-known writers they’ll love

Our range of short stories for kids includes tales from many best-loved authors you’ll already know and love. You’ll find side-splitting stories in our David Walliams books, tales full of charm in our Enid Blyton books and wacky adventures in our Roald Dahl books, to name just a few!

Instil a love of reading in your kids

Our short stories for kids are sure to inspire a lifelong love of books in young readers. Packed with fun as well as important themes and morals, children are sure to learn lots of lessons whilst they enjoy a great story. Short stories are ideal for adults and children to share together, creating wonderful memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

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