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  • Magic Ballerina Collection - 22 Books

    Darcey Bussell

    Product Code: MGCB
    Collection 7 years +
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    Beloved ballerina and former Strictly judge Darcey Bussell takes you on a captivating journey to a faraway land of ballet and magic where you'll meet Delphie - a girl who just wants to dance - in these 22 enchanting stories.

    Delphie's wish comes true when she joins a new ballet school but there's more to Madame Zarakova's class than meets the eye and, with the help of some very special ballet shoes, Delphie finds herself spinning into a whole new world!

    These simple, illustrated stories combine dancing with fairy tale-style magic and will delight children aged 5 and over.
    Format: paperback
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    Emily Windsnap Collection - 8 Books

    Liz Kessler

    Product Code: EMWI
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Explore a glorious underwater world with Emily Windsnap!

    Emily Windsnap lives on a boat but her mother has always been anxious to keep her out of the water. When Emily has her first swimming lesson at school, she finds out why: as soon as she gets in the water, she grows a tail!

    Emily loves heading underwater and discovering a world full of fishes, coral, shipwrecks and mermaids. With her new best friend Shona Silkfin by her side, Emily uncovers a surprising family secret. Will she now be able to reunite her mum and dad?

    Liz Kessler's enchanting fantasy series deals with themes of family, friendship, love and justice with an irresistible lightness of touch.
    Format: paperback
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  • Happily Ever After Collection - 6 Books

    Tony Bradman

    Product Code: HEAF
    Collection 7 years +
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    Find out what happens after 'happily ever after' with these fantastic twists on your favourite fairy tales...

    The Three Little Pigs are going on a camping trip, but the Third Little Pig is planning a bit too much; The Wicked Stepmother is determined to make amends for her past; and Mr Bear is anxious following Goldilocks' break-in...

    These fun twists on fairy tales will encourage independent reading and are full of points to discuss and morals to learn from.
    Format: paperback
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    Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

    Rick Riordan

    Product Code: PJA2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the first book in a thrilling fantasy series that has inspired two hit Hollywood films.

    Taking as its hero, the unlikely character of Percy, a troubled kid who has dyslexia and ADHD, the story rapidly moves from a school outing for mortals from the 21st century to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena.

    Fast-paced fantasy and adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.
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    Icarus Was Ridiculous

    Pamela Butchart

    Product Code: ICQ2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Pull up a plinth and enjoy all the drama of the original Greek myths!

    Pamela Butchart's book introduces Izzy, a girl who loves hearing all of the stories about myths and legends in Ancient Greece. The latest character she's heard about is Icarus, a total numpty, and the trojan horse that managed to end a war despite not even being real.

    Published in collaboration with the British Museum, this engaging story features striking artwork from Thomas Flintham and stories history-obsessed children will love to devour.
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    Outlaw

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: OUL2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    A vivid re-imagining of a legendary folk tale by the bestselling author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo's Outlaw is a compelling retelling of the Robin Hood story which will keep fans of Beowulf and Private Peaceful reading late into the night.

    After a fierce storm, a boy discovers a human skull buried beneath the roots of an ancient tree. A skull with a legendary story... Homeless and lost in a dark, strange forest, young Robin is rescued by a motley crew of misfits. He yearns to avenge his father and seek justice against the Sheriff of Nottingham once and for all. Will Robin Hood find the courage to become a legendary hero..?

    A former children's laureate and a multi-award winning author of children's books, Michael Morpurgo seems to be able to do no wrong when it comes to writing great books for children aged 9 and above, and in the case of Outlaw, he triumphs once more!

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

    Christopher Paolini

    Product Code: EGN2
    Paperback 11 years +
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    Overnight, the simple life of young farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever. After finding what appears to be a polished stone in the forest, a dragon is born and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power.

    With only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller to guide him, Eragon and the dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and battle the dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a evil king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    A tale of affection, adventure and ancient magic, Christopher Paolini's Eragon is a compelling and action-filled story brilliantly suited for readers aged 11 and up.
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    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: SGJ2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Michael Morpurgo offers his take on the classic Arthurian legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

    Sir Gawain is King Arthur's greatest night and he finds himself battling the Green Knight in a challenge that strikes fear and dread into Arthur's court...

    This is a thrilling and enchanting read about an incredible quest.
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    The Girl of Ink & Stars

    Kiran Millwood Hargrave

    Product Code: CCY3
    Paperback
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    Winner of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize & the British Book Awards Children's Book of the Year 'Absolutely loved it from start to finish' TOM FLETCHER 'I read it, I loved it' MALORIE BLACKMAN 'Kiran Millwood Hargrave creates a spellbinding world of magic, myth and adventure' EMMA CARROLL Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her cartographer father once mapped. When her friend disappears, she volunteers to guide the search. The world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland - and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself. Beautiful, thrilling and magical, Kiran Millwood Hargrave's debut novel has all the makings of a modern classic.
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    Twisty Tales Collection - 10 Books

    Product Code: TWST
    Collection 5 years +
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    Puss in Football Boots, The Boy Who Cried Sheep, The Ninjabread Man... This collection offers quirky new twists on the world's favourite fairy tales.

    Each book has bright and bold artwork and vibrant, easy-to-follow text. The familiar tales will make them instantly appealing and these different takes cannot fail to leave young readers in hysterics.

    Puss in Boots starts playing football for Fabchester United; Sleeping Beauty wakes up in the modern world and is frightened by mobile phones and the sound of traffic; and the Three Little pigs welcome a wolfy new neighbour...

    Format: paperback
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    Rapunzel

    Bethan Woollvin

    Product Code: FFS3
    Paperback
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    Golden-haired princess Rapunzel is kept trapped in her lofty tower by a wicked witch, who lops off locks of her beautiful hair and sells them for her own profit. Can Rapunzel ever figure out a way to escape? From creator of Little Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book 2016, comes another witty twist on a favourite fairy tale. This bold and funny story removes the handsome prince altogether, making Rapunzel the mistress of her own destiny. Printed with stunning pantone inks, Bethan Woollvin's unique and striking art style and drily comic voice make this the perfect gift for fairy tale fans of all ages.
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  • Hansel, Gretel, and the Dastardly Dinner Lady

    Isabel Thomas

    Product Code: AGZ2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    This funny book brings classic fairy tale characters into a contemporary setting and is perfect for encouraging children who wouldn't normally pick up a book to start reading.

    Harry and Greta love dessert but Mrs Maggot, a dastardly dinner lady, won't let them eat any. But then they follow a trail of chocolate sauce right into a kitchen where they find so many puddings... But the sweet treats soon turn into something more sinister.
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  • The Reluctant Dragon

    Kenneth Grahame

    Product Code: CCH3
    Paperback
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    A classic retelling of St George and the Dragon from the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame. `Now, dragon,' said the Boy imploringly. `You've got to fight him some time of other you know, 'cos he's St George and you're the dragon. Better get it over, and then we can go on with the sonnets.' Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won't fight St George? The Reluctant Dragon is a funny story of bravery, friendship and derring-do. This children's classic is made even more collectable thanks to the beautiful illustrations by E.H. Shepard, the artist behind the original illustrations for The Wind in the Willows and the man who drew Winnie-the-Pooh. A classic childhood fantasy for everyone who loved Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Peter Pan. Perfect for early readers aged 8 and up. Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859. He told his son stories about water rats and moles which became The Wind in the Willows, the book for which he is best known. He died in 1932.
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    Sleeping Beauty, Magic Master

    Stephanie True Peters

    Product Code: AOC2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Princess Aurora had a curse put upon her from a very early age that meant she was forced into a never-ending sleep. Luckily, a kind fairy also cast her own spell - granting the Sleeping Beauty a gift of magic.

    Aurora now has the chance to wake up people by concocting a potion made from rare ingredients. She meets all kinds of creatures and visits strange places as she aims to succeed in an epic quest.
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    My First Fairy Tales Collection - 4 Books

    Product Code: MYFF
    Hardback 3 years +
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    Four first fairy tales for little readers to learn and love! All of these books have bright and engaging artwork and retell each story with simple, flowing text.
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    Jak and the Magic Nano-beans: A Graphic Novel

    Carl Bowen

    Product Code: AJC2
    Paperback 6 years +
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    Jak and her robotic servant, Cow, are in a pickle; Mom wants Jak to sell Cow for scrap, but Cow and Jak have become best friends. So instead of selling the rusty old robot for spare change, Jak strikes a bargain with the scrap collector: if Jak and Cow can visit the Cloud Kingdom via the Space Elevator and get hold of some magic nano-beans, Jak can keep Cow safe and sound. But what they find in space is anything but safe--and its sounds are far from soothing . . .
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  • Emma Peror's New Clothes

    Isabel Thomas

    Product Code: AEX2
    Paperback 3 years +
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    Emma Peror is is an absolute terror in the ballet class and new pupil Trixie Tailor has had enough. She gives Emma a tutu that she claims only the best ballet dancers can see. But is it even there?

    Giving a contemporary twist to a famous tale, this book is fun, funny and perfect for newly independent readers.
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    Werewolf Skin

    Michael Dahl

    Product Code: AQA2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    Two brothers head off on a hunting trip in the woods when they hear a bizarre legend about a werewolf. Could that shadow they see in the trees be the beast?

    Professor Igor's tale of terror reveals the dark truth behind this family curse. Werewolf Skin is engaging and exciting and sure to appeal to those who wouldn't normally pick up a book.
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  • Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2

    Elena Favilli

    Product Code: DDK3
    Hardback
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    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 is the sequel to the sensational New York Times bestseller, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. The authors, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, will take you and your kids on an empowering journey through 100 new bedtime stories, featuring the adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. Good Night Stories For Rebel Girls 2 is the sequel to the sensational New York Times bestseller, Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. The authors, Francesca Cavallo and Elena Favilli, will take you and your kids on an empowering journey through 100 new bedtime stories, featuring the adventures of extraordinary women from Nefertiti to Beyonce. The unique narrative style of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls transforms each biography into a fairytale, filling the readers with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 boasts a brand new graphic design, a glossary and 100 incredible new portraits created by the best female artists of our time. "This amazing book shows girls they can be anything they want." - Melinda Gates "Essential reading for girls and indeed boys; children who read this at bedtime are guaranteed some big and inspirational dreams." - Fiona Noble, The Guardian "The anti-princess book teaching girls to rebel." - Georgina Rannard, BBC News
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Luke Feldman

    Product Code: AAZ2
    Paperback 8 years +
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    In a dark forest, a merchant picks a rose for his daughter Beauty. It belongs to a terrible beast. To save his life, the merchant promises that his daughter will visit the creature. When she does, Beauty grows to like the beast. But can she ever love him?
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  • Arthur High King of Britain

    Michael Morpurgo

    Product Code: CCN3
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    An enchanting take on the legend of King Arthur from War Horse author and former Children's Laureate, Michael Morpurgo. Marooned on a sandbank, a boy faces certain death. With the sea closing in and the current about to drag him to a watery grave, his final wish is to see heaven. Waking in a strange bed, the boy meets an old man sitting by the fire with his dog. It is Arthur, the great warrior king of legend, and from his lips the boy hears of Camelot, chivalry, magic, evil and betrayal. Arthur, High King of Britain is a gripping historical adventure from the master storyteller of An Eagle in the Snow, Listen to the Moon, Shadow, and An Elephant in the Garden. Michael Morpurgo has written more than forty books and won the Whitbread Award, the Smarties Award, the Circle of Gold Award, the Children's Book Award and has been short-listed for the Carnegie Medal four times.
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    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Alison Reynolds

    Product Code: CQK2
    Paperback 9 years +
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    The course of true love never did run smooth ... Demetrius loves Hermia, but Helena loves Demetrius. Hermia loves Lysander but has been promised to Demetrius. When the young people run away to the forest and the fairies also get involved, mix ups and confusion follow. Can it all be sorted out before morning?
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    The Ugly Dino Hatchling

    Stephanie Peters

    Product Code: APV2
    Paperback 7 years +
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    Stephanie Peters and Otis Frampton's The Ugly Dino Hatchling offers a contemporary - and rather roar-some - twist on the Hans Christian Andersen fable, The Ugly Duckling.

    In this version, a dinosaur egg tumbles through a time vortex into a duck's nest. As soon as it hatches, it's clear the hatchling Rex is the odd one out. Will he be able to find his rightful place?
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No matter the age of the person you're buying for, fairy tale story books are always firm favourites. Whether you're looking for princesses and happily-ever-afters, authentic Greek mythology or modern classics from the likes of Michael Morpurgo, there's a huge range of spellbinding books to explore above.

Introducing magic

Magic and legends are breeding grounds for the imagination. Fuel their wonder and creativity with our range of traditional story books for an early years audience (and perhaps be entertained along the way as well!).

Old and modern classics collide

Whether you're in search of traditional fairy tale stories that even early readers can have a go at themselves, or more sophisticated tales for older children, there's a wide array of options here. Explore new worlds, meet dragons and enjoy some traditional storytelling along the way.

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