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    Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: NROJ
    Collection 7 years +
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    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable - and they're gathered together here in one box set!

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection is packed with Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

    Format: paperback
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    The Shakespeare Stories Collection - 16 Books

    Andrew Matthews & Tony Ross

    Product Code: NSHK
    Collection 7 years +
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    From the tragedy of Macbeth to the humour of Much Ado About Nothing, this superb collection of paperbacks makes an excellent introduction to Shakespeare's books for younger readers. The full list of stories in the collection is:
    • Julius Caesar
    • King Lear
    • The Merchant of Venice
    • The Taming of the Shrew
    • Twelfth Night
    • As you Like it
    • A Midsummer Night's Dream
    • Much Ado About Nothing
    • The Tempest
    • Henry V
    • Macbeth
    • Othello
    • Richard III
    • Romeo and Juliet
    • Antony and Cleopatra
    • Hamlet
    The tales have been retold using accessible language and with the help of Tony Ross's engaging black-and-white illustrations, each play is vividly brought to life, allowing these culturally enriching stories to be shared with as wide an audience as possible.

    Format: paperback
    Please note that although these books are suitable for children aged 9 and over to enjoy independently, the themes they cover mean they may be considered more suitable for shared reading with children aged 7 plus.
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    The Famous Five Collection - 22 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: FFCC
    Collection 7 years +
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    With mysteries, adventure and lashings of ginger beer, The Famous Five have entertained generations of young readers. In fact, the books have never been out of print!

    Here, in a keepsake box, you can enjoy all 22 novels that follow Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog as they visit some thrilling places and explore and uncover all sorts of secrets. To complete the set, there's a book of short stories about our favourite would-be detectives.

    From Kirrin Island to the lighthouse at Demon's Rocks and farms, castles, caves and secret passages galore, the gang outwit thieves, seek hidden treasure and encounter spook trains in their exciting journeys. Illustrated by Eileen Soper, this complete set of books shows how courage and determination can always help children achieve great things.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: paperback
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    The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: SVCC
    Collection 7 years +
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    Written by Enid Blyton - one of the world's favourite children's writers and the author who brought the world The Famous Five, Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl series - The Secret Seven are a group of friends who meet in a shed and solve some startling mysteries.

    Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara make up the Secret Seven. They meet in a shed with 'S.S' on the door and to get in you'll need to know the password and wear the right badge. Peter is head of the society and he makes jolly well sure that everyone abides by the rules...

    While the gang eat cake and drink lemonade, they puzzle over the peculiar goings-on in their local community and make it their mission to put things right. To do this, they have to keep watch, search for clues and ask the right questions. From burglaries to stolen animals and missing children, there's always a case to be cracked!

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: Paperback
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  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books

    Beatrix Potter

    Product Code: WOPR
    Collection 3 years +
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    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect birthday or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

    Format: hardback
    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm
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    St Clare's Collection - 9 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: ENID
    Collection 9 years +
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    Featuring all nine books from the wonderful St Clare's series, our Enid Blyton St Clare's Collection contains the multi-million-selling author's six original stories and pairs them with Pamela Cox's three fabulous, continuative tales.

    When twins Pat and Isabel O'Sullivan finish their time at the elite school Redroofs, they expect, like their friends, to go on to the similarly elite and very expensive secondary school Ringmere. But their parents have different ideas for the twins as they find themselves attending St Clare's. Furious at their parents' decision to not send them to Ringmere, Pat and Isabel promise to be as difficult as possible at their new school...

    Eventually making friends at the school, the series follows the comic capers of the twins as they play tricks on unsuspecting classmates and teachers.

    Packed with the pace, fun and wit of her Malory Towers and Naughtiest Girl series, our Enid Blyton St Clare's Collection is essential reading for all budding Blyton-ites and children aged 9 and over who love a good prank!

    Format: paperback
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    Malory Towers Box Set - 12 Books

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: MLRY
    Collection 9 years +
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    Join Darrell Rivers and her friends as they work hard and play harder while studying at Malory Towers boarding school. This exclusive-to-Book People collection brings together all 12 books in the classic series, which was written by Enid Blyton (the first six books) and continued by Pamela Cox.

    Darrell starts studying at the prestigious boarding school by the sea and it's not long before she's forming close friendships and working and playing hard. These charming novels follow Darrell from her first term all the way to her last term.

    With beautifully traditional (and specially commissioned for Book People!) cover artwork and a superb slipcase, this exclusive collection follows Darrell as she makes new friends and enemies, gets up to all kinds of mischief and prepares for a Christmas concert.

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: paperback
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    Eva Ibbotson Collection - 3 Books

    Eva Ibbotson

    Product Code: EVIB
    Collection 10 years +
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    Eva Ibbotson's gentle adventure stories have enchanted so many young readers and this collection, including the all-time classic Journey to the River Sea, provides the perfect introduction to her work.

    Journey to the River Sea is an award-winning adventure story that follows the orphan Maia as she travels all the way from England to the Amazon with her governess. Set in 1910, it celebrates the exotic worlds this intrepid duo visit while on their epic journey.

    The Dragonfly Pool takes place during the Second World War and finds 11-year-old Tally finding adventure, romance and a handsome prince while on a boarding-school trip; completing the set is The Star Kazan, an enthralling story about family and identity that takes place in turn-of-the-century Vienna.
    Format: Paperback
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  • The Roald Dahl Audio Collection - 16 MP3 CDs

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: RDCD
    Audio 7 years +
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    Listen to the master storyteller's favourite tales!

    Roald Dahl is the most beloved children's author and his stories have entertained and inspired generations of readers. This MP3 CD collection contains unabridged adaptations of 16 of his classic books including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG.

    It also includes his autobiography Boy and shorter stories including Billy and The Minpins and The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me. All of the stories are read by big-name celebrities and actors including Hugh Laurie, Kate Winslet and David Walliams.
    Please note this collection contains CDs that can only be played on MP3-accessible CD players, computers and laptops. The majority of post-2001 car model stereos are MP3 CD accessible. Please check your CD player is MP3 accessible before placing an order. To listen to the audio, import into iTunes or any other media player, then transfer to your MP3 device or player. Suitable for smartphones, iPads and tablets.
    Format: MP3 CD. Unabridged
    Stories in this collection: The BFG - Read by David Walliams, Billy and the Minpins - Read by Bill Bailey, Boy - Read by Dan Stevens, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Read by Douglas Hodge, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator - Read by Douglas Hodge, Danny and the Champion of the Word - read by Peter Serafinowicz, Esio Trot - Read by Quentin Blake, Fantastic Mr Fox - Read by Chris O'Dowd, George's Marvellous Medicine - Derek Jacobi, The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me - Read by Hugh Laurie, Going Solo - Read by Dan Stevens, James and the Giant Peach - Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, The Magic Finger - Read by Kate Winslet, Matilda - Read by Kate Winslet, The Twits - Read by Richard Ayoade and The Witches - Read by Miranda Richardson.
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    My Classics Reading Library- 30 Books

    Product Code: MCRL
    Collection 6 years +
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    A big box set of classic stories for every young reader to enjoy!

    From the swashbuckling adventure of Treasure Island to the family tale of Little Women and so much more, this collection brings together a library full of unforgettable stories for your children to discover - and you to rediscover.
    Format: paperback
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    Famous Five on a Treasure Island Colour Gift Edition

    Product Code: CF0135
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    This is a very special edition of Enid Blyton's classic novel, Five on a Treasure Island. It includes a selection of beautiful, full-colour illustrations by Babette Cole.

    A wonderful gift, this is the book that introduced Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog and it follows the gang as they search for treasure on a shipwreck off Kirrin Island. However, they're not alone...
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    Enid Blyton's Wishing-Chair Audio Collection - 12 CDs

    Enid Blyton

    Product Code: WCCD
    5 years +
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    This unabridged audiobook collection brings the magic of Enid Blyton's Wishing-Chair stories to you, wherever you are. It's entirely enchanting, whether you're listening in the comfort of your own home or while on the go.

    Mollie and Peter come across a chair that can fly and grant wishes while out looking for their mother's birthday present and it's not long until they are whisked away to faraway lands and meeting pixies and even Santa Claus!

    Approximate running time: 11 hours 18 minutes. Unabridged. 12 CDs.
    Audiobooks in this collection: The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair, The Wishing-Chair Again, More Wishing-Chair Stories
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    Just William Collection - 8 Books

    Richmal Crompton

    Product Code: JWLM
    Collection 9 years +
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    There is only one Just William. This lovable trouble-maker has been harassing his unfortunate family and delighting hundreds of thousands of readers for decades and now he is ready to entertain and exasperate a whole new audience with this eight-book collection.

    Each of these gorgeous books features at least nine Just William stories. Your young readers will love meeting the Outlaws as they set about causing chaos and the marvellous frilly-dressed Violet Elizabeth who not only expects to play fairies with William, but also expects a kiss!

    Each book also features eye-catching cover artwork by a different talented illustrator. Lauren Child, Chris Riddell and Adam Stower are among those to have contributed.
    Format: paperback
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    War Horse

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: WAM2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    In War Horse, award-winning children's author Michael Morpurgo allows readers to understand the horror of the First World War by recounting the experiences of a farm horse who is commandeered to join the front line.

    The unbeatable storytelling skills of Michael Morpurgo make War Horse a stunning, unputdownable tale that won't fail to move all readers from 9+.

    As Steven Spielberg's epic film version gained a whole new audience for this stunning novel, there's never been a better time to read the book.
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    E. Nesbit Collection - 3 Books

    E. Nesbit

    Product Code: NSBT
    Collection 9 years +
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    Are you ready for a journey of discovery, friendship and adventure? This enchanting collection brings together E. Nesbit's original Five Children and It trilogy - complete with refreshed and contemporary artwork by Ella Okstad.

    Author E. Nesbit is one of the most influential authors of all time, with her works inspiring everyone from Jacqueline Wilson to J.K. Rowling and Neil Gaiman - and Five Children and It is a timeless tale that has entertained generations.

    A classic adventure story, it follows five friends as they discover 'It': a grumpy creature known as the Psammead. This sand fairy has the power to grant the children one wish a day - but they'll have to be careful what they wish for...

    The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet continue the story of Anthea, Robert, Cyril, Jane and their baby brother as things get even more magical...
    Format: paperback
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    Green Eggs and Ham

    Dr. Seuss

    Product Code: GEH2
    Paperback 4 years +
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    Green Eggs and Ham By Dr Seuss is more than 50 years old but this wacky, rhyming romp of a book continues to grow in popularity every year.

    The simple language, small vocabulary and irresistible rhymes of Green Eggs and Ham were created specifically to encourage beginner readers.

    The success of the book has spread far beyond the original brief, however, and not only is this great for inspiring young readers, it has accumulated a cult following bridging several generations, too. Buy this book and join in the fun.
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  • Emily of New Moon Collection - 3 Books

    L.M. Montgomery

    Product Code: ENWM
    Collection 11 years +
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    The Emily of New Moon trilogy is a timeless, charming and unforgettable series from L.M. Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables.

    Emily Starr has never known what it is to be unloved. But when her father dies, she is left in the care of her mother's family. Emily is a stranger to the proud Murrays, none of whom think they can cope with such a heartbroken, headstrong girl...

    They decide to draw lots to see who should look after her and Emily is sent to live at New Moon with her stern Aunt Elizabeth, kind Aunt Laura and eccentric Cousin Jimmy.

    Although Emily is enchanted by her new home, she can't believe she will ever belong there. But then she makes some close friends and everything starts to make sense...

    Format: paperback
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    James and the Giant Peach

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: JGH2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Phizz-whizzing new branding for the world's No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl! Exciting, bold and instantly recognisable with Quentin Blake's inimitable artwork. James Henry Trotter lives with two ghastly hags. Aunt Sponge is enormously fat with a face that looks boiled and Aunt Spiker is bony and screeching. He's very lonely until one day something peculiar happens. At the end of the garden a peach starts to grow and Grow and Grow. Inside that peach are seven very unusual insects - all waiting to take James on a magical adventure. But where will they go in their Giant Peach and what will happen to the horrible aunts if they stand in their way? There's only one way to find out. "A true genius...Roald Dahl is my hero". (David Walliams). Now you can listen to James and the Giant Peach and other Roald Dahl Audiobooks read by some very famous voices, including Kate Winslet, David Walliams and Steven Fry - plus there are added squelchy sound effects from Pinewood Studios! Also look out for new Roald Dahl apps in the App store and Google Play- including the disgusting Twit or Miss! and House of Twits inspired by the revolting Twits.
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    Skellig

    David Almond

    Product Code: LIG2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    David Almond won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children's Award for his stunning story of a young boy who discovers an amazing secret.

    In Skellig the author expertly combines magic and realism to create an absorbing story for readers aged 9 and over. Michael is lonely and struggling to cope as his baby sister battles for survival and the family moves into a dilapidated new house. But his incredible discovery looks set to change everything...
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    Matilda

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: MTV2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    From the genius mind of Roald Dahl, Matilda Wormwood is a heroine with a love of books and some truly magical powers. Her parents may call her terrible things all the time, but the truth is she's a very special little girl.

    Forming a special bond with her caring teacher Miss Honey, both her parents and the angry, spiteful headmistress Miss Trunchbull soon find out they were wrong to underestimate Matilda so much...

    In 1996, this magical book was adapted into a popular film directed by and starring Danny DeVito and it's also now an award-winning musical across the world. Complete with Quentin Blake's illustrations, Matilda is a timeless classic that will be returned to again and again.
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    Running Wild

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: RWI2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Running Wild, by award-winning author Michael Morpurgo, tackles some big, contemporary issues including the destruction of the Indonesian rainforest and illegal animal trafficking.

    At the centre of the story is a boy's heart-warming friendship with an elephant who saves his life and a group of orphaned baby orang-utans who see him as a surrogate mother. Readers aged 9 and over will love this adventure story, although there are some sad themes.
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    The Indian in the Cupboard

    Lynne Reid Banks

    Product Code: IND2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    The Indian in the Cupboard is the first of five gripping books about Omri and his plastic North American Indian - Little Bull - who comes alive when Omri puts him in a cupboard For Omri, it is a dream come true when the plastic American Indian he locks into the old cupboard comes to life. Little Bull is everything an Indian brave should be - proud, fearless and defiant. But being in charge of a real, live, human being is a heavy responsibility, as Omri soon discovers. And when his best friend, Patrick, is let in on the secret, he soon realises that life-changing decisions lie ahead.
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    The Orchard Book of Aesop's Fables

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: ORF2
    Hardback 7 years +
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    Award-winning War Horse author Michael Morpurgo retells some of his favourite Aesop's fables in this fun collection.

    Beautifully illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, of I Love You Blue Kangaroo fame, the stories include The Hare and The Tortoise, Town Mouse and Country Mouse and The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg.

    Perfect for reading aloud, each simple story has a gentle message little bookworms can learn from.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    The Witches

    Roald Dahl

    Product Code: THH2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Roald Dahl's wickedly dark and devilish children's stories have sold over 55 million copies in the UK alone, so it's no wonder they continue to inspire and entertain generation and generation.

    The Witches is one of his most entertaining, yet disturbing, reads. The inspiration for a hit film starring Anjelica Huston, it reveals to young readers how Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, but secretly they want to squish and squelch all the wretched children they despise.

    Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognise the vile creatures, but can they get rid of them for good? With Quentin Blake's iconic artwork also featured, The Witches surely ranks amongst Dahl's finest work.
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What makes a classic?

Whether they've been around for decades, tell valuable lessons or simply have characters that have stood the test of time, our classic children's literature titles and collections feature some of the most popular. In our extensive range, you'll find wonderful works from authors such as Enid Blyton, A.A. Milne, Roald Dahl and Dr. Seuss. These are the kinds of stories adults will love to read to their children, just as much as the children love to hear them! They make ideal bedtime stories, as well as a great way to encourage your child's imagination.

A choice for all

Classic children's books are great for a range of ages. Younger readers will appreciate titles such as the Little Miss Collection by Roger Hargreaves, while older readers will enjoy getting stuck into J.K.Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Take a look

Browse our collection of classics above and find a brilliant, timeless story to read with your children.