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* Lead title A magical story that weaves together fifty world tales, by a renowned poet, and illustrated by 2002 Greenaway Medal winner Chris Riddell. * well-known author and prizewinning illustrator * lavishly illustrated with full colour plates and black and white line drawings by Chris Riddell, a book to treasure. * Fantasy -- most popular genre for children of all ages * for adults and children to share, a perfect gift book
Brian Patten was born in Liverpool in 1946. His poetry for adults has been published in many languages and his collections include Love Poems, Storm Damage, and Grinning Jack. His work for children includes the poetry collections Gargling with Jelly and Thawing Frozen Frogs as well as plays and the award-winning novel Mr Moon's Last Case.
* Every child in the land should be given this book, a true gift book if ever there was one! Fiona Waters Books for Keeps * A wonderful book of traditional tales from many cultures. This extraordinary book, is packed with dreams, magic and stories, and comes with evocative line drawings from Chris Riddell. Wendy Cooling, The Bookseller * a wonderful variation on The Arabian Nights and a book that can be used for many age groups Lyn Gardner, Guardian * The book is a beautiful package Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times * Patten's poetic multi-layered narrative offers a thoughtful child an exploration of the meaning of fiction, along with some outlook-changing stories. Independent *