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Do you remember what your favourite book was growing up? Some stories are so wonderful and magical that they can stand the test of time and delight generation after generation.

09/11/2018
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Do you remember what your favourite book was growing up? Some stories are so wonderful and magical that they can stand the test of time and delight generation after generation. 

Passing on our favourite stories  has turned many beloved books into classics. These books become collectors items for nostalgic parents and grandparents while still capturing the imagination of little ones. Books like Alice in WonderlandThe Jungle Book and The Secret Seven series are still as popular as ever and because of this they get a new look or added sparkle to celebrate their continued success. There's nothing like reading an original so we've put together this list of some of the books that we'll keep reading over and over again.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

by Lewis Carroll

Book cover for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

This lavish paperback edition of Lewis Carroll's much-loved classic Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, is packed full of amazing exclusive extra material about the history of the book and Lewis Carroll's relationship with Macmillan, his original publisher.

Lewis Carroll's Alice has been enchanting children for over 150 years. A timeless heroine, Alice is quick-witted, determined and resourceful. In her extraordinary adventures she meets a series of unforgettable characters, from the bossy White Rabbit to the grinning Cheshire-Cat and the Mad Hatter, these characters are among the best loved, most iconic literary creations of all time.

Illustrated throughout with John Tenniel's dream like original illustrations, coloured up by Harry Theaker and Diz Wallis.

With foiled edges to the pages and a jacket, this luxurious edition of the classic book is perfect for all Alice fans.

Mystery of the Skull

by Pamela Butchart

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Solve the mystery with the Secret Seven - everyone's favourite detective club! A brand-new, action-packed Secret Seven adventure by prizewinning author Pamela Butchart.

When Peter discovers an old skull hidden in his bedroom, it's time for an urgent meeting of the Secret Seven. Setting off to investigate, the friends see a gigantic hole in the grounds of a local hotel. Could there be any connection between the two strange events? The Secret Seven are determined to solve the mystery.

It's time to look behind the green door of the Secret Seven's shed again. Enid Blyton's much-loved detective club are back in a superbly entertaining new adventure. Pamela Butchart is the bestselling and prizewinning author of the hilarious series that started with Baby Aliens Got My Teacher! A huge fan of Enid Blyton, Pamela has been inspired to create a new mystery for her favourite club, the Secret Seven, to solve.

Set in the same world and time as the original stories, this fantastic new mystery satisfyingly extends the series for fans old and new. The story is brought to life by Tony Ross's brilliant illustrations throughout. Join the Secret Seven for more mystery, excitement, friendship and FUN than ever before!

Read all 15 stories in the original Secret Seven series and don't miss Pamela Butchart's next Secret Seven mystery ...

Also look out for Secret Seven Brain Games - a fun and tricky puzzle book!

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Alice in Wonderland: A Colouring Transfer Book

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Children's Classics Collection

by Lewis Carroll

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Each gorgeous box set includes four beautifully designed, pocket-sized editions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll with original illustrations by John Tenniel, illustrated editions of Hans Christian Andersen’s Best Fairy Tales and Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector’s Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector’s Library are books to love and treasure.

Whether you want to chase after Alice into Wonderland or Mary into The Secret Garden, get caught up with Anne’s mischief in Green Gables or get lost in Hans Christian Andersen’s whimsical fairy tales, these classic stories will take you on unforgettable adventures.

The Jungle Book: A Colouring Transfer Book

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The Complete Jungle Book

by Rudyard Kipling

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A beautiful luxury gift book to cherish for years to come, The Complete Jungle Book is the ultimate edition for Jungle Book fans. With a foreword by award-winning writer and superfan Katherine Rundell, this book contains Rudyard Kipling's best loved classic animal stories: The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book, the bonus story The Cat That Walked by Himself and Kipling's most famous poem, If.

Step into Kipling’s wonderful jungle and join Mowgli, Bagheera, and Baloo on their adventures in this one-of-a-kind book, featuring stunning illustrations and colour plates by Stuart Tresilian, original illustrations by J. Lockwood Kipling and refreshed colour art based on Tresilian’s drawings.

Macmillan originally published the first edition of The Jungle Book in 1894 and remained Kipling's primary publisher his whole life. The Complete Jungle Book includes many illustrations by Stuart Tresilian, who illustrated these titles for Macmillan in the 1930’s. The final chapter is an illustrated account of the life and works of both Rudyard Kipling and Stuart Tresilian. The lively and authoritative non-fiction content draws on Macmillan's rich historical archive to tell the real-life story of how The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book, were published, making this a perfect gift for Jungle Book fans of all ages

With a luxuriously designed and foiled die-cut cover, head and tail bands, green foiled edges and a ribbon marker, this truly is a gift edition to treasure.

Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There

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Five Get Into Trouble

by Enid Blyton

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Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy. Together they are THE FAMOUS FIVE - Enid Blyton's most popular adventure series. All 21 titles also available as audiobooks!

In book seven, the Famous Five investigate spook trains in the dead of night. The trains seem to vanish into thin air, but where do they go? The Five discover an unusual underground tunnel system and a secret train-service.

If they follow the tracks, will they solve the mystery?

Fantastic new cover art by Laura Ellen Anderson will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.

Five On Finniston Farm

by Enid Blyton

Book cover for Five On Finniston Farm

Meet Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timothy. Together they are THE FAMOUS FIVE - Enid Blyton's most popular adventure series. All 21 titles also available as audiobooks!

In book eighteen, the Famous Five hunt for the lost dungeons of a ruined castle on Finniston Farm. The friends are determined to find them, and whatever they hide, but they are not alone.

Can the Famous Five get there first?

Fantastic new cover art by Laura Ellen Anderson will draw young readers into this accessible timeless classic.

The Secret Seven

by Enid Blyton

Book cover for The Secret Seven

Solve the mystery with the Secret Seven - everyone's favourite detective club! These timeless stories are perfect for young fans of mystery, adventure or detective series. Also available in audiobook!

It's their first adventure and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of a mystery! The gang are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house in the snow...

Solve the mystery!

Cover and inside illustrations are by the brilliant Tony Ross, illustrator of David Walliams's books. The story was first published in 1949. This edition features the classic text and comes with a Bonus Blyton section at the back with quizzes, puzzles and other bonus extras!

Enid Blyton ®, The Secret Seven ® and Enid Blyton's signature are Registered Trademarks of Hodder and Stoughton Limited. No trademark or copyrighted material may be reproduced without the express written permission of the trademark and copyright owner.