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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2012
We bought The Firework Maker's Daughter from the school fete on Saturday and were so gripped by it we had to buy more Philip Pullman stories. This compendium includes three other stories in the same modern fairy tale vein and is excellent value compared to buying the books seperately. It is however quite a large book so not suitable for travelling. The stories use language quite precisely and introduce lots of ideas, so I spent as much time explaining things to my nine year old as they did reading the books, which is no bad thing, but do expect to have some parental involvement.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Each of the four stories contained in this edition are worthy of detailed and glowing reviews. They're all told in Pullman's signature narrative voice, charmingly simple, but playing with big themes and interesting ideas. 'Clockwork' was one of my favourite books as a child, and it retains a special place to this day. It is the edition itself that I wish to review most of all, however. It really is quite wonderful. The dustcover is beautiful to look at, capturing the magic and excitement to be found within each tale. Page quality and binding are all of high quality, impressive considering the low price of this volume. The stories are interspersed by the original illustrations by Peter Bailey, which are charming and relevant to the stories being told. I was pleased to see that the original font size of the first editions has been retained, making this perfect reading for both young and old alike. There is both a newly written prologue and brief epilogue by Pullman, displaying his usual dry wit. Though short, I felt they were a pleasant addition.

I would urge anyone who hasn't yet experienced the magic of Pullman's 'fairy tales' to buy this collection. For me, he is one of the best storytellers ever, and I'd happily read these tales again and again. When combined in such a beautiful edition, they'll look just as good on your bookcase as when you're curled up reading them.
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on 30 April 2013
Good read for adults and children. Excellent value for money, and very well packed. I love the author and all his books.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2012
this is alovely book to look at and hold It will be an eighth birthday present for my granddaughter and I am sure will give her pleasure for many years to come
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on 27 November 2014
Everything went according to expectation and the book meets all expectations, too.
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on 24 May 2015
Gorgeous book. My 9 year old daughter absolutely loves it.
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on 13 December 2014
Perfect gift.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2013
My 8 year old cant put this book down.

We all love His Dark Materials and were drawn to this book after reading the trilogy. Not in the same league and Pullman's best known trilogy, but a very nice read and good for encouraging young readers to put down their iPads.
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2011
An excellent book which is a great introduction to Philip Pullman for younger readers. It came promptly and in excellent condition.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Was a bit disappointed. Great stories yes, BUT why all the explanation of their origin, an erudite study, but a bit boring
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