Illustrator Michael Foreman
Author Roald Dahl
Year 1988 (first published 1964)
“Greetings to you, the lucky finder of this Golden Ticket, from Mr Willy Wonka! I shake you warmly by the hand! Tremendous things are in store for you!”
The Golden Ticket allows Charlie to fulfil his dearest wish, to have a specially conducted tour of the mysterious chocolate factory, and who wouldn’t want to wander in a place which made Whipple-Scrumptious Fudgemallow Delight or Cavity-filling Caramels or Strawberry-Juice Water Pistols or Lickable Wallpaper for nurseries? But there are dangers in store as well, especially for such unlovable characters as Veruca Salt, who disappears down the Great Rubbish Chute, or Augustus Gloop who is swept away in a river of hot melted chocolate, or Violet Beauregarde who … but it’s all here in this famous story, waiting ‘to entrance, delight, intrigue, astonish and perplex you beyond measure’ just as it has delighted and astonished more than two million paperback readers already.
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Illustrator Robert Henneberger
Author Eleanor Cameron
Year 1966 (first published 1954)
Chuck and David gasped. There, in the telescope, a tiny greenish dot appeared, shining through the vast black of outer space.
The mysterious little man spoke:
“I should like you two boys to set off this very night for the Mushroom Planet!”
“Tonight?” repeated Chuck faintly.
“But, how…” David began.
How, indeed, could they ever hope to reach that pale and ghostly moon. No other earth dwellers ever knew it existed!
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Illustrator Josh Kirby
Author Terry Pratchett
Year 1985 (first published 1983)
On a world supported on the back of a giant turtle (sex unknown), a gleeful, explosive, wickedly eccentric expedition sets out. There’s an avaricious but inept wizard, a naive tourist whose luggage moves on hundreds of dear little legs, dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course THE EDGE of the planet…
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Illustrator Jo Ann Dick
Author Claude Steiner
Year 1980 (first published 1977)
A WARM FUZZY TALE
The Warm Fuzzy Tale was first published in 1970 and has since been reproduced and translated hundreds of thousands of times by people all over the world. The Fuzzy Tale has become a true folk tale which has penetrated the lives of many people far removed from its author. This is the first time that A Warm Fuzzy Tale has been fully illustrated in its original version. Continue reading
Series Crimson Crystal Adventures (Endless Quest)
Illustrator Keith Parkinson (cover), Mario D. Macari, Gary Williams
Author Susan Lawson
ISBN 394-73979-5 / 0-88038-210-4
From the Producers of the DUNGEONS & DRAGONS® Game
PICK A PATH TO ADVENTURE™
RIDDLE OF THE GRIFFON
Forbidden to use your conjuring abilities, you now have the opportunity to rid your homeland of its oppressive ruler, Parthon. But to do so, you must leave the security of your father’s farm to face the gauntlet of the griffon and solve its riddle. Do you have the courage to pass this ultimate test of your new powers?
To help you on your quest, an old magic-user has given you a magical ruby, one of three powerful magic crystals. This special gem allows you to translate ancient messages, find hidden doorways, see through magical deception, and much more. It can show you many things, but take care or you might not see the truth that the stone reveals to you and find yourself in very real danger! Continue reading
Illustrator Jamie McKelvie
Author Mur Lafferty
A travel writer takes a job with a shady publishing company in New York, only to find that she must write a guide to the city – for the undead!
Because of the disaster that was her last job, Zoë is searching for a fresh start as a travel book editor in tourist-centric New York City. After stumbling across a seemingly perfect position though, Zoë is blocked at every turn because of the one thing she can’t take off her resume – human.
Not to be put off by anything – especially not her blood-drinking boss or death-goddess coworker – Zoë delves deep into the monster world. But her job turns deadly when the careful balance between human and monsters starts to crumble – with Zoë right in the middle.
Series Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators
Author Robert Arthur
Year 1971 (first published 1967)
THE THREE INVESTIGATORS
“We Investigate Anything”
When Mr. Silver dies he leaves a real ‘skull-buster’ for the Three Investigators to puzzle out. A valuable masterpiece must be found and the only clues the boys have to work with are seven parrots—who just won’t talk! And Huganay, the international art thief, is hot on the same trail! Continue reading
Illustrator Sidney Paget, Michael Coote (colour)
Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Year 1993 (first published 1921-1927)
This volume completes the canon of the illustrated Sherlock Holmes stories reprinted from The Strand Magazine. It contains the short story series Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, a sinister novella which appeared in 1914-1915, His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes and the last twelve stories The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.
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Illustrator Mark Salwowski
Author Michael Moorcock
Year circa 1970’s
Publisher Book Club Associates
Catalog CN 6926
The gods themselves feel fear. It is the time of the conjunction of the Million Spheres–and all things are possible. Beneath the bloody banners of the Dog and the Bear, the cruel Mabden are sweeping the Earth. The mystic Vadhagh are wiped out–all but one. Armed with the Hand of Kwll and his own thirsty sword, Prince Corum Jhaelen pursues his fate and his vengeance through all the fifteen planes of Earth, even to the very centre of Time–the still blue city of Tanelorn. Continue reading
Introduction Alfred Hitchcock
Alfred Hitchcock is a kindly man. It grieves him to think that a certain group of citizens don’t get the public attention their deeds merit. True, they prefer it that way… in fact the last thing they want is publicity. But Alfie knows best, and he’s devoted a long time to making known the special talents of these modest murderers.
Together with some friends Alfred Hitchcock has collected fourteen spine-tingling, knee-knocking, finger-biting stories to keep you in suspense. Continue reading
Illustrator C. E. Brock
Author E. Nesbit
Year 1960 (first published 1906)
Though published more than fifty years ago, the story of The Railway Children has become a favourite with children of today as a B.B.C. Children’s Television serial.
There were three of the ‘Railway Children’, Bobbie, Peter, and Phyllis, and life went along as happily as anyone could wish until Peter’s tenth birthday. Then an awful thing happened. Some men came and took away their father. They left London after that and went to live in a not-very-nice house in the country. With Father away, and Mother brave but plainly worried, and very little money, they all did their best, but it was undoubtedly a piece of luck to find that a railway line ran by, just down the hill from their garden. There were always things to do beside a railway in those days, and all sorts of people travelled by train. The Railway Children soon made friends with some of them, and with the station-master and the porter; and then one day Bobbie discovered what had happened to their father, and, keeping it a secret from the others, thought of a way to help him. And that’s what makes the story so exciting – that, and the fact that it all feels so truly possible that anyone can get right inside that awful situation and feel what it would really be like to have to live it. Continue reading
Cover “The Far King”
Illustrator Jack Gaughan
Editor George H. Scithers
Editorial Director Isaac Asimov
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Introduction Alfred Hitchcock
Year 1974 (first published 1967)
Nice people don’t do it. Of course not. That’s why the world is so safe. That’s why we all live to a ripe old age. So keep smiling and above all don’t get nervous.
Because that master of murderous mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock, is about to introduce you to as convincing a crew of keen killers and mangled victims as you’d never care to meet. Continue reading
Illustrator Linda Garland
Author Robert Foster
Year 1988 (first published 1978)
Publisher George Allen & Unwin
J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy works, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion have delighted millions of readers in recent years.
Middle-earth, the world in which the stories take place, is as real and complex as our own. Events, geography and names were created with care and loving attention by Tolkien, who wanted every single detail of his books to fit into their total pattern. A belief in perfection, the fun of the sub-creation and the desire to create something so totally convincing that the reader could believe in it (in a sense) as actual history, involved him in map-making, endless charts of dates and events and the development of his many invented languages. Continue reading
Illustrator Jules Feiffer
Author Norton Juster
Year 1975 (first published 1961)
“It seems to me that almost everything is a waste of time,” Milo remarks as he walks dejectedly home from school. But his glumness soon turns to surprise when he unwraps a mysterious package marked ONE GENUINE TURNPIKE TOLLBOOTH. Once through the Phantom Tollbooth Milo has no more time to be bored for before him lies the strange land of the Kingdom of Wisdom and a series of even stranger adventures when he meets the watchdog Tock who ticks, King Azaz the Unabridged the unhappy ruler of Dictionopolis, Faintly Macabre the not so wicked Which, the Whether Man and the threadbare Excuse among a collection of the most logically illogical characters ever met on this side or that side of reality.
‘This marvellous story about a spoilt boy’s somewhat Alice like journey into the world of words and numbers must be one of the most brilliant pieces of nonsense written in our time, and not so nonsensical either.’
Naomi Lewis, BBC World of Books
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