Three best-loved contemporary classics for boys: ‘Elidor’, ‘The Sword in the Stone’ and ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ in a gorgeous slipcased gift set.
The Phantom Tollbooth:
Milo’s extraordinary voyage takes him into such places as the Land of Expectation, the Doldrums, the Mountains of Ignorance and the Castle in the Air. He meets the weirdest and most unexpected characters (such as Tock, the watchdog, the Gelatinous Giant, and the Threadbare Excuse, who mumbles the same thing over and over again), and, once home, can hardly wait to try out the Tollbooth again. But will it be still there when he gets back from school
On a gloomy day in Manchester, Roland, Helen, Nicholas and David are lured into a ruined church, where the fabric of time and place is weak enough to allow them into the twilight world of Elidor. It is a place almost destroyed by fear and darkness, and the children are charged with guarding its Treasures while a way is sought to save the dying land.
Then the evil forces find a path through to this world…
The Sword in the Stone:
When Merlyn the magician comes to tutor Sir Ector's sons Kay and the Wart, schoolwork suddenly becomes much more fun. After all, who wouldn't enjoy being turned into a fish, or a badger, or a snake? But Merlyn has very particular plans for the Wart.
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“Funny and wise” Cressida Cowell, author of ‘How to Train Your Dragon’
Praise for The Phantom Tollbooth:
‘An altogether remarkable book, one that should delight any bright child, and that will be no burden for a parent to read aloud. Related with unflagging wit and a marvellous sense of the fun to be had with words, this book will be enjoyed by children for years to come.’ Spectator
Praise for Elidor:
‘Each detail, ordinary or sinister, establishes atmosphere, background or character exactly. Elidor is a remarkable book: intelligent, rich and terrifying.’
Praise for The Sword in the Stone:
‘One of the most significant books in my life…One of the greatest and most influential fantasy novels of the last hundred years.”
Norton Juster was born in New York State in 1929. His work includes The Dot and the Line, which was made into an animated film and The Phantom Tollbooth, his most famous book, which won the George C. Stone Center for Children’s Books Award.
Alan Garner was born in Congleton in Cheshire in October 1934. His first four books, The Wierdstone of Brisingamen, The Moon of Gomrath, Elidor and The Owl Service have become children’s favourites.
Terence Hanbury White was born in 1906 in India. The author of poems, books about hunting and other sports, and some detective stories, he found fame and success with ‘The Sword in the Stone’ (1939), the brilliantly imaginative retelling of King Arthur’s early life.
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