By Joan Aiken
Here are 8 gloriously imaginitive tales for 8 pleasurable classes of bedtime interpreting. There's a flying apple pie, a cat that's larger than an elephant, a home that lays an egg, storybook animals that jump out in their books at evening, and a wealth of different superb characters and concepts, all with the colourful, dreamlike caliber of some of the best fairy tales.
Joan Aiken's scrumptious prose is a pleasure to learn aloud to very younger listeners but uncomplicated adequate for the self reliant reader to delight in on his or her personal. Kevin Hawkes's illustrations -- approximately 60 of them -- catch with nice aptitude and enjoyable the mystical adventures and the triumph of the great over the bad.
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Author Name: joan aiken (Born: 1924/09/04 / Died: 2004/01/04)
Author Description: Joan Delano Aiken was once a far enjoyed English author who bought the MBE for companies quite to Children's Literature. This yr marks the fiftieth ANNIVERSARY of her most famed vintage children's e-book, THE WOLVES OF WILLOUGHBY CHASE, that is being celebrated with occasions at Cheltenham competition within the united kingdom and at a unique occasion in long island in October, and with the booklet of 3 fresh variants of the booklet and a brand new AUDIO recorded through her daughter Lizza.
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She was once born in Rye, East Sussex, right into a kinfolk of writers, together with her father, Conrad Aiken (who received a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry), and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge.
She labored for the United countries info workplace through the moment global war,and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy journal ahead of she begun writing complete time, mostly children's books and thrillers. For her books she got the parent Award (1969) and the Edgar Allan Poe Award (1972).
Her most well-liked sequence, the "Wolves Chronicles" which started with 'The Wolves of Willoughby Chase', was once set in an tricky exchange interval of background in a Britain within which James II used to be by no means deposed within the excellent Revolution,and so supporters of the home of Hanover constantly plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings. those books additionally function cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels everywhere in the world.
Another sequence of children's books approximately Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated via Quentin Blake, and feature been proven at the BBC as Jackanory and drama sequence. Others together with the a lot enjoyed 'Necklace of Raindrops' and award successful 'Kingdom less than the Sea' are illustrated through Jan Pieńkowski.
Her many novels for adults comprise a number of that proceed or supplement novels by means of Jane Austen. those contain 'Mansfield Revisited' and 'Jane Fairfax'.
Aiken was once a lifelong fan of ghost tales. She set her grownup supernatural novel The Haunting Of Lamb House at Lamb apartment in Rye (now a countrywide belief property). This ghost tale recounts in fictional shape an alleged haunting skilled by means of former citizens of the home, Henry James and E. F. Benson, either one of whom additionally wrote ghost tales. Aiken's father, Conrad Aiken, additionally authored a small variety of amazing ghost stories.
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A Necklace of Raindrops, and Other Stories by Joan Aiken