An enormous escaped rhinoceros from London Zoo has eaten James’s parents. And it gets worse! James is packed off to live with his two really horrible aunts, Sponge and Spiker. Poor James is miserable, until something peculiar happens and James finds himself in the most wonderful and extraordinary journey he could ever imagine…
Roald Dahl - Matilda (angol)
Matilda is an extraordinarily gifted four-year-old whose parentsa crass, dishonest used-car dealer and a self-centered, blowsy bingo addictregard her as "nothing more than a scab." Life with her beastly parents is bearable only because Matilda teaches herself to read, finds the public library, and discovers literature. Also, Matilda loves using her lively intelligence to perpetrate daring acts of revenge on her father. This pastime she further develops when she enrolls in Crunchem Hall Primary School, whose headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, is "a fierce tyrannical monster . . . ." Adults may cringe at Dahl's excesses in describing the cruel Miss Trunchbull, as well as his reliance on overextended characterization at the expense of plot development. Children, however, with their keenly developed sense of justice, will relish the absolutes of stupidity, greed, evil and might versus intelligence, courage and goodness. They also will sail happily through the contrived, implausible ending. Dahl's phenomenal popularity among children speaks for his breathless storytelling charms; his fans won't be disappointed by Matilda. Blake's droll pen-and-ink sketches extend the exaggerated humor. Ages 9-11.
Neil Gaiman - Stardust
In the sleepy English countryside of decades past, there is a town that has stood on a jut of granite for six hundred years. And immediately to the east stands a high stone wall, for which the village is named. Here in the town of Wall, Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve that star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran through the only gap in the wall, across the meadow, and into the most unforgettable adventure of his life.
Roald Dahl - Matilda
Matilda különleges lány, de a szülei sajnos komplett idióták. Az apja szélhámos, az anyja meg sötét, mint egy belső zseb. Ki nem állhatják a lányukat, azt szeretnék, ha többet tévézne, és kevesebbet olvasna. Czukor kisasszony, a tündéri tanárnő viszont hamar rájön, hogy Matilda zseni. Az iskola rettegett igazgatónője azonban mindkettőjük életét megkeseríti… Még szerencse, hogy Matilda elképesztő trükköket tartogat a tarsolyában, és nem fél megmutatni a szörnyű felnőtteknek, hogy vele jobb nem ujjat húzni! A Matilda a Kolibri Kiadó Roald Dahl-életműsorozatának második darabja, amelyet új fordításban, Totth Benedek tolmácsolásában olvashatunk. „Dorong kisasszony a tanári asztal mögött ült, és rémülten, megbűvölve meredt a pohárban vonagló gőtére. Matilda szintén a pohárra szegezte a tekintetét. És akkor lassan, nagyon lassan, valami roppant különös, egészen szokatlan érzés kerítette hatalmába. A szeme viselkedett a legfurcsábban. Mintha elektromossággal telítődött volna. Mintha egy rettenetes erő forrt, buzgott volna föl a szeme mélyéről. És közben valami egészen mást is érzett, de nem tudta megmondani, mi az. Mintha villámokat szórt volna a szeme. Igen, ez az! Szó szerint apró villámok cikáztak — egyenesen a szeméből!”
Roald Dahl - Fantastic Mr Fox
Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox–Mr. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.
Neil Gaiman - Csillagpor
Neil Gaiman könyve is úgy kezdődik, ahogyan a legjobb történetek általában: egy fiúval, egy lánnyal meg egy beteljesületlen szerelemmel. De aztán egyáltalán nem úgy folytatódik, ahogyan a mesék folytatódni szoktak. Neil Gaiman ezzel a regényével is bebizonyítja, hogy nem véletlenül tartják őt a modern fantasy egyik legnagyobb alakjának. Falva falva egy aprócska település Angliában. Arról a falról kapta a nevét, amely a falu határában húzódik, és elválasztja az emberi világot a varázslatok birodalmától. Egy hűvös októberi estén a fiatal Tristran Thorn hullócsillagot lát a falon túl a földre zuhanni, és hogy elnyerje a gyönyörűséges Victoria kezét, megígéri a lánynak: elhozza neki a lehullott csillagot. Tristran elindul hát élete nagy kalandjára a falon túli varázslatos világba, amelyet a legfurcsább teremtmények és soha nem látott lények népesítenek be. Hűséges társak, halálos ellenségek várják, és ha Tristran elég kitartó, olyasmit találhat meg, amire egyáltalán nem számított.
Roald Dahl - The Witches
Witches really are a detestable breed. They disguise themselves as lovely ladies, when secretly they want to squis and squelch all the wretched children they despise. Luckily one boy and his grandmother know how to recognize these vile creatures - but can they get rid of them for good?
Julia Donaldson - The Gruffalo
This rhythmic read-aloud par excellence follows a clever mouse on a walk through the deep dark wood, where he encounters several hungry inhabitants who want to make him their main course. Lacking size or strength as defenses, quick-witted Mouse instead taps the powers of his imagination to create the gruffalo, a "terrible creature with terrible claws, and terrible tusks in his terrible jaws." But will Mouse's frightful description be enough to ruin the appetites of his determined foes? After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo. Oh, no??
Roald Dahl - George's Marvellous Medicine
In this popular Dahl story, George creates a very special medicine to cure his grandma of her nasty habits. It features a great new Quentin Blake cover as well as a whole new exciting end section about Roald Dahl and his world. George’s grandmother was a grumpy and selfish old lady. Whenever his parents were at home, his grandmother would treat him nicely. However when his parents went out, she would ill treated him. One day, his grandmother forced him to eat cabbages four times a day with bugs. George did not like his grandmother. In fact he hated her. So he decided to make a medicine to change his grandmother’s attitude. He added things such as a bottle of golden hair shampoo, super foam shaving soap, vitamin enriched face cream, nail varnish, hair remover and many others into the medicine he was making. Then he poured the deep blue mixture into a saucepan. As his grandmother medicine was brown in colour, he added a tin of brown paint into it. The colour blended so well that his grandmother drank it without noticing it. . All of a sudden, she floated into the mid-air and then began to swell. Then, she started growing taller and taller till her head came out of the roof. When George’s parents came back, they were shocked! After.George explained what had happened, his greedy father quickly bought all the ingredients that George used to make the medicine from a shop. He wanted his son, George, to be famous by selling the marvellous medicine he made. When George’s father came back, they started to make more medicine. But George could not remember what he had added into the medicine. George’s grandmoher was so impatient that she snatched the medicine and drank it. Immediately, she shrank back to her normal height. BUT…… she continue to shrink because she had taken fifty spoonful instead of one!!! Then she was no bigger than a pin, then the size of a pumpkin seed. Finally she continue to shrink till she disappered !!! .
Alan Alexander Milne - Winnie-the-Pooh
,,You're the Best Bear in All the World,' said Christopher Robin. 'Am I?' said Pooh hopefully. Meet the world's favourite bear in this delightful collection, in which Pooh gets into a tight place, nearly catches a woozle, and discovers the wrong sort of honey — amonpst other things!"
Roald Dahl - The Twits
Mr and Mrs Twit are really disgusting. They smell because they never wash, they fight because they play tricks on each other, AND they hate children. But worst of all, they keep monkeys in their back garden. In cages. It's time for the monkeys to get their revenge on these two most revolting creatures...
Neil Gaiman - Farkasok a falban
Lucy biztos benne, hogy farkasok élnek a házuk falában, és ahogy mindenki mondja: ha a farkasok egyszer kijönnek a falból, akkor vége. A családja azonban nem hisz neki... amíg egy nap a farkasok tényleg ki nem jönnek a falból. De itt még nincs vége. Sőt, Lucy harca a farkasokkal csak most kezdődik. Egy kellemesen ijesztő, furcsa és féktelen történet felnőtteknek és gyerekeknek egyaránt, Dave McKean különleges rajzaival.
Roald Dahl - More Tales of the Unexpected
Roald Dahl can stand on your head, twist you in knots, tie up your hands and leave you gasping for more. In this, his latest selection of short stories the surprises are as wicked and witty as ever. Taken from "Someone Like You", "Kiss Kiss" and "The Wonderful World of Henry Sugar", plus four brand new stories, they lure you into a world as full of unease, coincidence and black humour as you could wish. This title covers stories including: "Poison"; "The Sound Machine"; "Georgy Porgy"; "Genesis and Catastrophe"; "The Hitch-Hiker"; "The Umbrella Man"; "Mr Botibol"; "Vengeance is Mine Inc."; and, "The Butler".
Maurice Sendak - Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child and a grown-up. If you disagree, then it's been too long since you've attended a wild rumpus. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. Sendak's color illustrations (perhaps his finest) are beautiful, and each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder. The wild things--with their mismatched parts and giant eyes--manage somehow to be scary-looking without ever really being scary; at times they're downright hilarious. Sendak's defiantly run-on sentences--one of his trademarks--lend the perfect touch of stream of consciousness to the tale, which floats between the land of dreams and a child's imagination.
Giles Andreae - Giraffes Can't Dance
All the jungle's got the beat, but Gerald the giraffe has four left feet. Such is the dilemma in this British team's bouncy if didactic picture book about self-esteem. As a multitude of fleet-footed beasts eagerly "skip and prance" at the annual Jungle Dance in Africa, Gerald feels sad "because when it comes to dancing/ he was really very bad." Jeered by waltzing warthogs and cha-cha-ing chimps when he attempts to cut a rug, Gerald hangs his head and leaves the celebration behind. Luckily, a friendly cricket appears in the moonlight, chirping a morale-boosting song of self-confidence that soon sets Gerald in graceful motion. Andreae's rhyming text has a jaunty rhythm that's likely to spark interest in the read-aloud crowd, in spite of a heavy-handed message. Parker-Rees's kicky depictions of slightly anthropomorphic animals boogying on the dance floor are the highlight here. His watercolor and pen-and-ink artwork exudes a fun, party vibe. Ages 3-6.
Julia Donaldson - The Gruffalo's Child
Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler team up again to create this funny and adorable sequel to The Gruffalo. One night, the Gruffalo’s child wanders into the woods to search for the Big Bad Mouse. But instead, she comes upon a small mouse in the woods . . . and decides to eat him! But wait, what is that? A shadow of a very large, scary creature falls on the ground. Could it be the Big Bad Mouse after all?
Roald Dahl - The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me
The masters of wackiness dish up a giant portion of literary and artistic wit in this saga of T the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company. Ages 7-10. When Billy joins the Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company, he gets a lot more than a new job. First he makes three new friends, then it's time to get to work cleaning all 677 windows of the Duke of Hampshire's house. The Duke is not only the most wealthy man in the country, he's also the most generous. Can he make Billy's lifelong dream come true? "A captivating story and a wonderful read-aloud."-- The Horn Book
Roald Dahl - The BFG
Every night, when the world is sleeping, big gruesome giants guzzle up whoppsy whiffling human beans. And there's only one giant who can stop them - the BFG. He's the kindest giant there is and, with his friend Sophie in his top pocket, he sets out to rid the world of the Bloodbottler,the Heshlumpeaterand all their rotsome friends forever...
Neil Gaiman - Coraline
Coraline családjának új lakásában huszonegy ablak és tizennégy ajtó van. Tizenhárom ajtó nyílik és csukódik. A tizennegyedik zárva van, mögötte csak egy téglafal, amíg egy nap Coraline ki nem nyitja, és egy átjárót nem talál egy másik házba, amely a sajátjuk mása. Csak mégis más… Eleinte a másik lakásban minden csodás. Jobb a kaja. A játékdobozban felhúzható angyal van, amely körbe-körbe repül a szobában, a könyvek képei mozognak, a dinoszaurusz-koponya csattogtatja a fogát. És van itt Coraline-nak másik anyja és másik apja is, akik azt akarják, hogy velük maradjon. Legyen az ő kislányuk. Meg akarják változtatni, és többé el nem engedni. Ebben a lakásban a tükör mögött még más gyerekek is csapdába estek. Coraline az egyetlen reményük. Be kell vetnie minden ravaszságát, hogy megmentse az elveszett gyerekeket, a szüleit és saját, normális életét.
Stephenie Meyer - The Host
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed. Wanderer, the invading 'soul' who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too-vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind. Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves - Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.