Friday, October 8, 2010

Children's classics made new

Charlotte's Web, E B White (Puffin)

Always a favourite story for young and old, Charlotte's Web is now out in a beautiful hardback edition, with all the same Garth Williams illustrations - but now in colour.

Wilbur didn't want food, he wanted love. He wanted a friend - someone who would play with him.
One spring morning a little girl called Fern rescues a runt and names him Wilbur. But then Wilbur is sent to live on a farm where he meets Charlotte, a beautiful large grey spider. They become best friends and, when Wilbur is faced with a dreadful fate, Charlotte must find a very clever way to save him.

The Little Prince, Joann Sfar (Walker Books)

From the original story by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry comes this new graphic novelisation of the story of the little prince from the small planet with only three volcanoes who learns just where he belongs.

While I love the original story and think it is quite beautiful - the graphic novel is even better. The most important messages are highlighted and made simpler, while still retaining their poignancy. And it's very funny in parts, too.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (Puffin)

The wonderful story of Willy Wonka, Charlie and Grandpa Bucket and the Oompa Loompas is now in hardback - and in colour!

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