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Four Tales

ISBN 
9780385619196
Format 
Hardback
Recommended Price 
R320.00
Published 
November 2010
About the book: 
Four Tales brings together four of Philip Pullman's classic fairy tales for younger readers: The Firework-Maker's Daughter, I Was a Rat!, The Scarecrow and his Servant and Clockwork. This beautiful gift edition contains a prologue and epilogue from the author, as well as stunning illustrations from Peter Bailey. The Firework-Maker's Daughter: Lila is determined to become a firework maker like her father. But can she convince Razvani, the Fire Fiend who lurks in Mount Merapi, that girls have what it takes, too? I Was a Rat!: When a small boy turns up on the doorstep of old Bob the cobbler and Joan the washerwoman, all he can tell them is 'I was a rat!'. But who is he really, and where has he come from? A wonderful, surprising and sharply-observed re-telling of Cinderella. The Scarecrow and his Servant: After a bolt of lightning hits him, a scarecrow is brought magically to life... but without many brains. Young Jack becomes his faithful ally, and an exciting and adventure-packed journey begins. Clockwork: A tormented apprentice, a deadly mechanical knight, a girl with a perhaps too-tender heart, and an inventor who some say is the devil... all wrapped up in a Gothic story-within-a-story, as elegantly crafted as the most intricate clockwork.
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About the Author
PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass , The Subtle Knife , The Amber Spyglass ), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek  and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly . He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass  (and the reader-voted “Carnegie of Carnegies” for the best children’s book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass ; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass ); Parents’ Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife  and The Amber Spyglass ); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
 
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust , the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts.
 
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford , Once Upon a Time in the North , and The Collectors . For younger readers: I Was a Rat! ; Count Karlstein ; Two Crafty Criminals ; Spring-Heeled Jack  and The Scarecrow  and His Servant . For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke , The Shadow in the North , The Tiger in the Well , and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes ; and The Broken Bridge .
 
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. Photograph © Michael Leckie