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Fairy Tales [Hardcover]

Terry Jones
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Book Description

24 Mar 2011
This amazing collection of wonderful stories, written by the hilarious Terry Jones and illustrated by Michael Foreman, will have both children and parents rolling with laughter. Sail to the moon with a brave and beautiful princess. Swim around the world with a talking fish. Meet a boy who has a dinosaur in his shed. Other titles in the series: Animal Tales and Fantastic Stories.

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Pavilion (24 Mar 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843651610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843651611
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,508 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'The whole family will ... not want to turn off. My recommended favourite of the season.' (Angela MacPherson BOOKSELLER )

'These highly inventive, delightful stories are to be reissued on CD. Hurrah! All the ingredents of good stories are there - fantasy, humour, morality, magic, silliness and mystery. Don't miss them.' (Angela MacPherson PUBLISHING NEWS )

'agreeably quirky.... What a lucky (and topical) find.' (Sue Arnold THE GUARDIAN )

'well-told tales ... tailor-made fro bedtime reading.' (Simon Evans Park & Holiday Homes )

'hilarious stories.... a side-splitting cast each reading a separate story in their own characteristic way.' (www.writeaway.org.uk )

'a resplendent roll-call of narrators: the irresistible Joan Greenwood ("Dahling!"), rough-and-tough Bob Hoskins, calming Helen Mirren and tweedy Michael Hordern.' (Christina Hardyment THE TIMES ) --The Times

About the Author

Terry Jones is perhaps best known as a scriptwriter and member of the Monty Python team. He is a successful historian, performer, director and writer for film, radio and television. His children's books have been enormously popular, including Bedtime Stories, The Knight and the Squire, The Lady and the Squire, Nicobobinus and The Saga of Erik the Viking.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
If reading to your child seems a chore, you need to buy this book; it's fabulous for children and parents. You will never tire of the stories. This is just the best; it's a great read for parent and child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply amazing 16 Mar 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
i was about 4 when this originally came out, and was lucky enough to be invited to a reading by Terry Jones himself (which i still remember!). My illustrated and signed copy was my favourite book as a child, and i used to love having my sister and parents read me the different stories, until i was old enough to read them to myself.

I'm now reading these stories to my niece, and she loves them just as much as I did. Although they are suitable for a range of ages (5-11), none of the stories are dumbed down, they're infact very intelligent and some even quite frightening (be warned!). The thing I like most is that every story contains a hidden moral message about life which me and my niece usually discuss afterwards!

All in all probably the best childrens book ever written.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get it! 3 Feb 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a wonderful, exciting, sweet, gripping and memorable bag of stories! Have you got children? Go and get it, you cannot find a better book to read out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars completed my childhood! 13 Jun 2006
By daisy
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this is one of the best most entertaining books i ever read as a child. it certainly completed my childhood and makes me feel warm and nostalgic whenever i think about it. i still recall the first time i was introduced to the collection when our primary school teacher read us tales from it. the entire class listened in rapt silence and looked forward to ever storytime session. not only is the collection exceedingly entertaining, but it also has subtle morals to each tale. no child should be without it-my children certainly won't!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant for eading out loud. 20 April 2014
By hw
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this , my second copy of this book , as the first one was falling apart after 26 years of heavy use ...
That first copy was purchased when I started primary teacher training , and needed a strategy to fill in if a lesson sped to an end before its allotted time was up . So I read each of the stories out loud at home to the cat , and noted the time taken at the top of the page !
As well as saving my bacon when timings went wrong , I used several of the stories as a basis for plays , humanist assemblies , and simple reassurance : 'Brave Molly' read aloud to a class having a panic due to a loud thunderstorm for instance .

But mostly the tales are just great fun ( albeit some have a clear moral should you wish to notice it ) The Glass Cupboard , The Silly King , Simple Peter's Mirror and The Sea Tiger are often requested by classes who have heard them before , but the absolute favourite , most popular one is The Beast with a Thousand Teeth ( only beaten by 'The Very Slow Ogre' in the companion book ) The children do not tire of these stories , and neither do I : they are cleverly written with wacky humour , great characters and an obvious but lightly worn understanding of the folk tale tradition .

Recently working as a supply teacher I've read some of the favourite stories to hundreds of children , and that original book began to fall apart : it has been passed on to a teaching assistant who I taught when she was 8 years old , and who recalled the stories with affection and wants to read then to her children .
You can't get a better recommendation than that !
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Wonderful...what more can I say? read aloud or to self, to a group or individual. Some tales have moral stories attached to them (The Glass Cupboard), but most are just great fun to hear and read. BRILLIANT!
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