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Children's Books for Grown-Ups

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The Solitaire Mystery
The Solitaire Mystery
"Rainbow Fizz, dwarves, and playing cards that come to life... a wonderful, crazy reflection on the nature of reality"
The Giant Under the Snow (Puffin Books)
The Giant Under the Snow (Puffin Books)
"Old English mythology meets 1970s urban decay. Chilling."
Watership Down (Puffin Books)
Watership Down (Puffin Books)
"Brilliant allegory about ecology and oppression. And you thought it was just about a bunch of rabbits?"
Fire and Hemlock
Fire and Hemlock
"Evil fairy queens are alive and well and living in Middle England. You have been warned!"
The Dragons of Kilve
The Dragons of Kilve
"Enchanting, life-affirming stories. Like Winnie-the-Pooh but with scales and wings and fiery breath. Best bedtime reading ever!"
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
"The original and - well, original. Spank yourself with a Quidditch broom and do three weeks in detention if you haven't read this yet."
Momo (Puffin Books)
Momo (Puffin Books)
"Absolutely chilling fantasy from the writer of 'The Neverending Story'. Way too scary for kids!"
Elidor
Elidor
"This is the man who really invented Magical Realism. What really lurks in the rubble of inner-city Manchester...?"
The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
The Annotated Alice: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass
"Logic puzzles, nonsense poetry, and a brilliant satire on 'Victorian values'. The original subversive children's classics, with copious footnotes."
The Marvellous Land of Snergs
The Marvellous Land of Snergs
"Somewhere between 'Alice in Wonderland' and 'The Lord of the Rings', this is the book which first inspired Tolkien to write about Hobbits."
The Box of Delights (Classic Mammoth)
The Box of Delights (Classic Mammoth)
"'The Wolves are running, Master Harker'... and they still send a shiver through me every time."
The Flight of Dragons
The Flight of Dragons
"Cambridge scholar and cult author sets out to prove that dragons really DID exist - and inspires a classic film at the same time!"