Beautifully giftable and collectable hardback edition of this Mary Norton classic – including the original artwork by Diana Stanley and a high-quality cloth-bound cover with ribbon feature.
First UK publication
Not exactly a reissue because, as far as I’m aware, this title hasn’t before this year (2016) been available in the UK. The text is copyrighted 2005 and received favourable reviews in America including being chosen as a Newbery Honor title. Told entirely from the dog’s point of view.
This edition contains a short Q&A with the author (best known for her Babysitters-Club series) at the back.
Published just over 30 years ago in 1985, this story of love, commitment and the flowering of the human spirit against the background of South Africa’s apartheid fully deserved the description ‘Modern Classic’. Includes a special “Why You’ll Love This Book” introduction by Michael Rosen.
The first (1967) in a sequence of Gumbles books created by Australian author S. A. Wakefield.
“Without ever becoming didactic, Wakefiled implies that as long as litter persists ‘Snikes will pulklute the landscape. Happily there will be a Gumble not too far away.”
CAMBRIDGE GUIDE TO CHILDREN’S BOOKS
This was Silverstein’s first children’s book, originally published in 1963 and now reissued by Pushkin Children’s Books.
This edition of T.H White’s classic story includes a special “Why You’ll Love This Book” introduction by bestselling author, Garth Nix.
First published in 1938 with line drawings by the author, then revised for republication in 1958.
“White’s characterisation of Merlin, who lives backwards in time and can foresee the futire but scarcely remembers what has just happened, is a masterpiece, rivalling Tolkien’s Gandalf.”
OXFORD COMPANION TO CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
Robert Cormier, pre-eminent author of young-adult fiction, is the standard by which all YA should be judged. Wonderful to see this tense hostage drama included in Penguin’s Original series.
Other titles, all with striking modernist covers, include The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig, Buddy by Nigel Hinton, Across the Barricades by Joan Lingard, The Twelfth Day of July by Joan Lingard, No Turning Back by Beverley Naidoo, Z for Zachariah by Richard C. O’Brien, The Wave by Morton Rhue, The Red Pony by John Steinbeck.
This outstanding story of teenage rebellion, written when the author was only 17 years old, is included in Penguins classic series, The Originals, all giving striking modernist graphic design covers. Highly collectible.
Other titles include I Capture the Castle – Dodie Smith, Postcards from No Man’s Land – Aidan Chambers, After the First Death – Robert Cormier, Dear Nobody – Berlie Doherty
Flambards and The Edge of the Cloud by K. M. Peyton were both reissued and rejacketed by Oxford Children’s Books this year.
First published in the late 1960s and set around the period of WW1, this pair of novels will appeal to readers who fancy a change of tempo and mood from brash contemporary teen fiction. They can also be appreciated by adults who enjoy reading Edwardian period fiction filled with horse riding and plane flying. Peyton’s writing is immaculate. The second book was awarded the Carnegie Medal.
A third Flambards novel appeared soon after, and a fourth title a few years later.
In an excellent recent Guardian feature, it was said: “There are shades of Downton Abbey in Peyton’s sweep from the top of the social scale to the bottom…”
Here is a chronological list of her titles:
- Sabre, the Horse from the Sea – 1947
- The Mandrake, A Pony – 1949
- Crab the Roan – 1953
- North to Adventure – 1959
- Stormcock Meets Trouble – 1961
- The Hard Way Home – 1962
- Windfall – 1963
- Brownsea Silver – 1964
- The Maplin Bird – 1964
- The Plan for Birdsmarsh – 1965
- Thunder in the Sky – 1966
- Flambards – 1968
- The Edge of the Cloud – 1969
- Flambards in Summer – 1969
- Pennington’s Seventeenth Summer – 1970
- Fly-by-Night – 1971
- The Beethoven Medal – 1972
- A Pattern of Roses – 1972
- Pennington’s Heir – 1974
- The Team – 1975
- The Right-Hand Man – 1977
- Prove Yourself A Hero – 1978
- A Midsummer Night’s Death – 1978
- Marion’s Angels – 1979
- The Flambards Trilogy – 1980
- Flambards Divided – 1981
- Dear Fred – 1982
- Going Home – 1982
- Who, Sir? Me, Sir ? – 1983
- The Last Ditch – 1983
- Pennington– A Trilogy – 1984
- Frogett’s Revenge – 1985
- The Sound of Distant Cheering – 1986
- Downhill All the Way – 1988
- Plain Jack – 1988
- Who Sir, Me Sir ? – 1988
- Skylark – 1989
- Darkling – 1990
- No Roses Round The Door – 1990
- Late To Smile – 1992
- Poor Badger – 1992
- The Boy Who Wasn’t There – 1992
- The Wild Boy and Queen Moon – 1993
- Mr. Brown – 1995
- The Swallow Tale – 1995
- Snowfall – 1996
- The Pony That Went to Sea – 1997
- Windy Webley – 1997
- Unquiet Spirits – 1997
- Danger Offshore – 1998
- Firehead – 1998
- Swallow Summer – 1998
- Swallow the Star – 1998
- Blind Beauty – 1999
- Pony Stories – 1999
- The Paradise Pony – 1999
- The Pied Piper – 1999
- The Scruffy Pony – 1999
- Horses – 2000
- Pony In The Dark– 2001
- Stealaway – 2001
- Small Gains – 2003
- Greater Gains – 2005
- Blue Skies And Gunfire – 2006
- Minna’s Quest – 2007
- No Turning Back – 2008
- Far From Home – 2008