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From the book: Ben longed for a dog, but he lived in London in a back street, far from any open spaces for exercise and adventure. His grandfather had promised him a dog for his birthday, but the promise was kept twistily; Ben found himself with what seemed a foolish woolwork picture of the smallest dog of the smallest breed in the world. That started something in Ben's mind. What about a dog so small you could see it only with your eyes shut? So begin the strange adventures that end with Ben's finding his own, true dog and also the green spaces, even in London, where they can roam together. This story, told by Philippa Pearce and illustrated by Antony Maitland, will be claimed by every child who has ever sought for a companion in adventure.
Familiar Here are stories of everyday life, as familiar as a piece of rope and ... as haunting as fear: Mike knows that he can't swing over the river on the knotted rope, but with everyone watching him, he has to try. ... as haunting as a stranger: Who is the frightened-looking girl stealing plums from Nicky's grandparents' precious tree? ... as haunting as cruelty: How can Joe escape from his mean cousin Dicky during a family reunion? Haunting And here are stories with a supernatural twist, as haunting as the eerie whistling from the hill above Burnt House in the middle of the night and ... as familiar as guilt: A boy forgets the mysterious bottle his cousin loaned him, but when he sneaks out at night to retrieve it, the shadowy whistlers close in on him. ... as familiar as loneliness: A ghost who's unbearably lonesome makes his neighbors suffer until a girl with a sense of the absurd shows him how things could be different. ... as familiar as love: The ghost of a boy comes back to save his father from dying in a ferocious storm. Peopled with vivid, unforgettable characters, this collection of thirty-seven stories is by turns mysterious, humorous, strange, and sad, but it is always familiar, always haunting, and always surprising.
"Lion At School" features a little girl and a lion; the lion knows just what to do about bullies. Brainbox the horse wants to find another horse to be his friend, but he can't remember what a horse looks like. Jimmy is too sick to go to school and must stay with a neighbor who worries much too much a bout her washing; and, before the day is over, she worries about Jimmy, too. With sharp scissors, an angry boy almost cuts his house to bits! A beautiful little mouse is saved by a brave boy. A little girl gets everything she wants just by bending her finger! Philippa Pearce says: "I wrote these stories as part of the oral tradition that should be every child's birthright." These stories are fun to read aloud.
A mesmerizing tale of a boy's journey across the boundaries of reality, this Carnegie Medal winner has the appeal of such works as Indian in the Cupboard and Behind the Attic Wall. If I were asked to name a single masterpiece of English children's literature . . . it would be this outstandingly beautiful and absorbing book. Sent to his boring uncle and aunt to escape the measles, Tom's worst nightmares were confirmed. A poky little flat, food that was too rich for any sensible boy, and nowhere to play. And worst of all, a crotchety old landlady whom one must avoid at all costs. Because of the rich food, Tom finds it difficult to get to sleep at night, and when the temperamental old grandfather clock, which never strikes the right hour anyway, strikes 13, the house seems to be holding its breath, waiting for him to discover its secrets. Just to prove it wrong, Tom steals down in the dead of night, and, opening the door into the poky back yard, he discovers instead a garden. A beautiful garden in the middle of summer, and instead of it being night, it's daytime here. Looking back into the house, he finds that it has stealthily changed. Now, instead of the horrible unwelcoming musty hallway, there is a gracious hallway, and a housemaid who can't hear or see Tom and who just vanishes. Tom spends every night in the garden, discovering a playmate, and a gardener who clutches his bible every time he comes near. As the summer progresses, Tom battles to understand the secrets of the garden, which, by day, is gone, and tries to find a way of staying there forever. And even when all is lost, something beautiful happens to make Tom realise that his nightly adventures were not just a dream. He even gets a souvenir to take back with him to remember those lovely adventures of the midnight garden.
Imagine children getting up in the middle of the night, making potato cakes, and convincing their little brother that he had been somewhere fantastic. Or, picture a small boy pushing his grandfather's wheelchair all the way across town in the wee hours of the morning so that Grandfather could prove his tall brother. Features: What The Neighbors Did, Fresh, In the Middle of the Night, Still Jim and Silent Jim, The Tree in the Meadow, Lucky Boy, The Great Blackberry Pick, and Turn to Air.
A collection of strange short stories. Great for camp out.