Tick, tock, tick, tock! Some stories are like that. Once you've wend them up, nothing will stop them ...
A tormented apprentice clock-maker, a deadly mechanical knight in armour - and the sinister Dr Kalmenius, who some say is the devil ... Wind up these characters, fit them into a story on a cold winter's evening, with the snow swirling down, and suddenly life and the story begin to merge in a peculiarly macabre - and unstoppable - way.
Almost like clockwork ...Details
Count Karlstein: or The Ride of the Demon Huntsman
Who would dare venture outdoors on All Souls' Eve knowing that Zamiel the Demon Huntsman is on the prowl? But evil Count Karlstein has struck a bargain with Zamiel - and his two young nieces Charlotte and Lucy stand to lose out in the pact. What can the girls do to escape their fate?
Brilliantly informed by a variety of classic, and not so classic, sources, this tale gallops along at high speed and is a highly visual and very unusual book.Details
Grimm Tales: For Young and Old
Philip Pullman has chosen his fifty favourite stories from the Brothers Grimm and presents them in a'clear as water' retelling, in his unique and brilliant voice.From the quests and romance of classics such as 'Rapunzel', 'Snow White' and 'Cinderella' to the danger and wit of such lesser-known tales as 'The Three Snake Leaves', 'Hans-my-Hedgehog' and 'Godfather Death', Pullman brings the heart of each timeless tale to the fore, following with a brief but fascinating commentary on the story's background and history. In his introduction, he discusses how these stories have lasted so long, and become part of our collective storytelling imagination.Details
How to be Cool
The plot of How to be Cool revolves around a young man named Jacob who finds out the truth about the sinister plans of the National Cool Board and hits upon an idea to beat them at their own game. It was adapted for television in the United Kingdom by Granada Television for ITV, and starred Roger Daltrey and Freddie Jones. Three 50-minute episodes aired between 3–17 December 1988.Details
I Was a Rat!: Or, the Scarlet Slippers
"I WAS A RAT!"
So insists Roger. Maybe it's true. But what is he NOW?
A terrifying monster rampaging in the sewers?
The Daily Scourge is sure of it.
A money-spinning fairground freak?
He is to Mr Tapscrew.
A champion wriggler and a downy card?
That's what Billy hopes.
Or just an ordinary small boy, though a little ratty in his habits? Only three people believe this version of the story. Only one of them knows who Roger really is. And luckily a story about her can sell even more newspapers than one about a rat-boyDetails
A revived version of this well-known story, which has been written especially for today's children. It is one of a number of stories, within a series, that have been rewritten and re-illustrated by a selection of award-winning authors and illustrators to celebrate the 1998 National Year of Reading.Details
Puss in Boots
Imagine how Jacques feels when he learns that his older brothers have inherited the mill and the donkey, and all he's got is the CAT!
Well, he's not fed up for long, because he soon discovers that Puss is no ordinary cat... Not only can he talk (which is pretty unusual for a cat), but he's also got brains. And he's got a plan - a plan that involves Jacques, a Royal Princess and a very large fortune!
However, there are some things that Puss hasn't included in his plan, such as a very hungry Ogre, some sleepless Ghouls and more than a touch of magic . . .
A glorious picture book from Philip Pullman, illustrated by Ian Beck!Details
The Adventures of John Blake
Far out at sea, and hidden by the fog of time, sails the Mary Alice and her crew – searching for a way home.
But the mysterious ship is being hunted by a villain who will go to ANY lengths to track her down . . .
When a storm hits a small family yacht throwing a young girl overboard, John Blake dives in to save her and brings her aboard the so-called ghost ship. But trying to return her to her own time means going back to the one place where they run the greatest risk of being completely annihilated.
Join Philip Pullman’s John Blake and the crew of the Mary Alice in an unforgettable time-travelling adventure on the high seas. With art by Fred Fordham.
The Broken Bridge
Sixteen-year-old Ginny’s life is secure. Her mother is dead, but she’s inherited her outstanding artistic talent, and she loves her life with her father in a seaside village in Wales. But the day a social worker arrives and old files are re-opened, Ginny’s world cracks apart. Everything her father has told her about her family is a lie. And Ginny must uncover the hidden secrets of the past on a journey that will ultimately lead her to the mother she’s never known.Details