The longer sequel, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, which won the Newbery Medal, is trickier to get hold of, especially if you’re after a pretty edition. The recent Child's Play edition is a board book with holes. This new edition, with drawings by David Roberts, is unusual in hiding a little detail on every page. Concerning a lonely hippo who is visited at home by various hippo comrades, this jolly counting book goes down as well as up. Slim and perfectly formed, the tale of There and Back Again. The best book about Christmas by some margin, featuring an extremely grumpy Santa. Akin to Enid Blyton's young sleuths, St John's modern heroine is a fearless adventuress, probing around her uncle's Cornish town for mysteries (which she certainly finds). One of the best books about the alphabet, from Thames and Hudson's The Ministry of Letters series. The visuals are created with Polly Borland's photographs of a miniature dolls’ house. A busy fleet of woolly mammoths operate the levers and pulleys of everyday machinery. As sensuous as anything Dahl ever wrote: who could forget James eating his way into the sweet, giant peach, or his perfectly named aunts — Spiker and Sponge? The first novel in the much-awarded Chaos Walking trilogy, set in a dystopian world wherein all creatures can see and hear each other's thoughts. Initially, it's rather a shock to them both but under Tom's hesitant care Willy thrives and Tom melts at the waif's gratitude. Great to read to a child at bedtime, or for young readers to try for themselves. A A Milne, illustrated by EH Shepard (published originally in 1926). Although written in German in 1935, it was only published in English 10 years ago. Now a vast franchise, the Horrible Histories phenomenon emerged in the early Nineties. The first in a dizzying series that imagines a counterfactual England in which the Jacobites rule into the 19th century while the nefarious Hanoverians plot on the sidelines. We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism. Andrew Lang’s fin de siècle collections of fairy tales are great, but this illustrated collection of Hans Christian Andersen's stories would make a good starter.

This boxed set contains all four books about the bear of very little brain. Despite naff modern covers and inferior novels churned out by the deceased author's estate, the original adventures of Hal and Roger deserve to be rediscovered.
In 2015, a team of experts put together this list: broken down into four age groups, with 25 books … Though undoubtedly more famous for her Charlie and Lola series, Lauren Child’s retelling of this classic fairy tale is wildly inventive. A once-cherished little girl is left orphaned and paupered; her headmistress turns sour and enslaves her as a starving servant at the school. Three stories by the great chronicler of farmyard animals. Scarry’s immensely detailed books about everyday life can lead to some good conversations, and are great for children who need to know how things work (more or less all of them). A beautifully drawn story from the former children’s laureate about a lonely girl who finds company in a gorilla. Terry Deary, illustrated by Martin Brown (1994). This charming verse story about how different animals behave is less well known than Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but more fun. Some of them have now fallen out of print, but this one, the second, is as good a place as any to start. It may now be over-familiar, but it’s hard to imagine a library without one of Donaldson’s catchy rhyming tales. The Finnish novelist is best known for her series about the Moomins. Learn about authors, read exclusive content and discover stories! Set in a future England under occupation, Meg Rosoff's brilliant novel predated the current vogue for dystopian teenage fiction but has yet to be bettered. A perfectly soporific bedtime story. The new Oneworld edition is sumptuously illustrated with paintings by Aldo Galli. Enid Blyton, illustrated by Eileen A Soper (1951). An excellent single-volume history of Britain, in simple and elegant language, warmed by an uncomplicated national pride. According to this novel, they are casing the joint, tracking lost relatives and dodging that cruel fate – PDS (Permanent Doll State). The first in a series set between the wars at a time when children mucked about in boats and built camps by themselves – or at least we like to think they did. A recent collection of stories. Revised from the hit 1988 version, this is a highly entertaining guide to physics. My son was depressed and suicidal. From the current Children's Laureate, a thought-provoking novel: young Kaspar joins the non-violent Guardians of his city, working to keep the rebels out. The slim books adopt a subversive, jokey voice but the historical points they make are serious. This edition contains seven stories, including the beguiling Billy’s Beetle — you have to find the beetle hiding somewhere on each spread. Whereas Kipling ommitted any mention of God, Ted Hughes's elegant and amusing creation tales bring the Divine Maker back into the story. You need to be a subscriber to join the conversation. 10,000 cut roses and 7,000 potted plants: meet the man who grew the original Secret Garden, The photographs revealing some of Nasa’s most exclusive ventures. Not quite a parody but certainly a burlesque, it remains profoundly amusing 75 years later. Based on a draft found after the author’s death in 2010, this loveable story concerns a girl stolen from her Himalayan campsite by a yeti and taken to a secret paradise in a volcanic crater. Her loveliest story about Lily and her favourite toy. This first instalment of McKay's marvellous series about the Casson family won the Whitbread Prize in 2001, but remains underrated and underread. This is the first book in the series. So begins this whimsical adventure, already a modern classic. The resourceful brothers quest rare animals the world over to take back to zoos, and avoid maiming or death only narrowly on each page. Find out more, The Telegraph values your comments but kindly requests all posts are on topic, constructive and respectful. He decides to drive through it in his toy car: chaos, of course, ensues. A sophisticated narrative by the art historian which runs up to the First World War, written in language any child can understand. says the bear. The story of Barney and Stig, who lives in the quarry at the bottom of the garden. In the vein of Kipling's Just So Stories. This boxed set contains all seven novels. A bored boy named Milo comes by a magic tollbooth one afternoon.

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