Classics For Children

This curation's for the parents!

Here you can find adaptations of classics, made appropriate for children to enjoy. These may appeal to those of you who are yourselves avid readers, and who hope to share stories you've loved with your child! And, perhaps more pragmatically, this curation's useful if you'd like to introduce literature to your child.

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A Shakespeare Story: Hamlet - Thryft
Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: Hamlet

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A Shakespeare Story: Hamlet could be a good read for someone interested in classic literature and captivating tales of tragedy and revenge. This retelling makes the story more accessible with engaging illustrations and notes on the Shakespearean era. Readers could review the book as a fascinating retelling of one of Shakespeare's darkest plays, vividly brought to life in an easy-to-understand format.

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Othello - Thryft
William Shakespeare, Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

Othello

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This book is a great choice for lovers of Shakespearean tragedies, exploring themes of love, jealousy, and betrayal. The book uses accessible language and engaging illustrations to bring the story to life, making it suitable for a wide audience. With added notes about Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, readers can deepen their understanding of the context surrounding the play.

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A Shakespeare Story: Antony and Cleopatra - Thryft
Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: Antony and Cleopatra

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Recommended for lovers of classic romance and drama. The accessible language and engaging illustrations make the story easy to follow for both Shakespearean experts and new readers. With notes on Shakespeare and the ancient world, readers will be transported to a time and place long gone, but not forgotten. Perfect for those who love to immerse themselves in a tale of forbidden love, power struggles, and political intrigue.

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Alice in Wonderland - Thryft
Lesley Sims

Alice in Wonderland

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Recommendation: This book is a perfect choice for parents who want to introduce their kids to the magical world of Alice in Wonderland. The charming and colorful illustrations by Mauro Evangelista will surely capture the attention of young readers. With just 24 pages, it's a quick and easy read that parents can enjoy with their children. Overall, this is an enchanting tale that will stretch the imagination of young children.

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Treasure Island - Thryft
Joyce Faraday, David Frankland, Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island

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Treasure Island is a thrilling adventure that takes you on a journey to find buried treasure but also introduces you to Long John Silver and his pirate crew, who are willing to do whatever it takes to get it. The story is full of danger, swashbuckling action, and memorable characters that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It's the perfect read for anyone who loves a good pirate tale and is a must-read for fans of classic adventure stories.

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Jack Holborn - Thryft
Leon Garfield

Jack Holborn

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A must-read for young readers who love pirate adventures with ghosts, treasure, mutiny, and secrets galore. Leon Garfield's Jack Holborn is the story of an orphan who stows away on the Charming Molly. While on board, he embarks on an incredible adventure with a pirate crew, all while trying to uncover the truth about his past. This book is perfect for children who love books filled with action, mystery, and adventure.

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A Shakespeare Story: Henry V - Thryft
Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: Henry V

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Recommended for history and theater enthusiasts. This retelling brings to life the classic story of Henry V with accessible language and vivid illustrations. Matthews' notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre make this book an engaging read. The unique feature of this book is its ability to make Shakespeare accessible to a wider audience.

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A Shakespeare Story: The Taming of the Shrew - Thryft
Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: The Taming of the Shrew

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A Shakespeare Story: The Taming of the Shrew is a delightful retelling of the classic Shakespeare play, perfect for young adults looking to explore the world of Shakespeare. The book's unique feature is its accessibility, with the use of simple language and engaging illustrations making it easy to understand and enjoyable to read. The book also includes informative Notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre and Love and Marriage in The Taming of the Shrew to further enhance the reader's understanding of the play. Overall, it's a great introduction to the works of Shakespeare and a fun and entertaining read.

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A Shakespeare Story: The Tempest - Thryft

A Shakespeare Story: The Tempest

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The Tempest can be a great read for those who are interested in stories about magic, power dynamics, and justice. It is a classic Shakespearean play that has been retold with accessible language and engaging illustrations, making it a great choice for readers of all ages. The book also includes informative notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theater, making it an educational read as well. Overall, readers would appreciate the book's unique retelling of the classic play and its culturally enriching story.

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A Shakespeare Story: Much Ado About Nothing - Thryft
Andrew Matthews

A Shakespeare Story: Much Ado About Nothing

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"If you enjoy classic love stories with witty humor, Much Ado About Nothing is a perfect fit for you. This book gives an exciting and lively retelling of one of the most famous love tragedies of Shakespeare. It also provides an informative explanation of Shakespeare's life, Globe Theatre, and context of the play. The Tony Ross's illustrations make the story more engaging and enjoyable. This book is ideal for Shakespeare lovers and those who are interested in exploring classic literature."

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A Shakespeare Story: As You Like It - Thryft
Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: As You Like It

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This book could be a good read for those who appreciate classic literature but struggle with the original language. The accessible language and engaging illustrations bring Shakespeare's As You Like It to life. Readers can also learn about the playwright and the Globe theatre, as well as the themes of love and death in Anthony and Cleopatra. If you enjoy this retelling, consider checking out other titles in The Shakespeare Stories series.

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Kidnapped - Thryft

Kidnapped

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Why it's a good read: With classic themes of betrayal and determination, "Kidnapped" is a thrilling adventure story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats. Robert Louis Stevenson's vivid descriptions of shipwrecks, murder, and pursuit will transport readers to another time and place. This book is perfect for those who love adventure stories with strong themes of resilience and justice.

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A Shakespeare Story: Romeo And Juliet - Thryft
William Shakespeare, Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: Romeo And Juliet

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Recommended for fans of classical tragedy. This retelling of the famous love story is written in accessible language and illustrated to bring the story to life. The book also includes additional notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, as well as themes of love and hate in Romeo and Juliet. Readers may appreciate the timeless themes of passion and sacrifice in this tragic tale.

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A Shakespeare Story: Macbeth - Thryft
William Shakespeare, Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: Macbeth

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This retelling of Shakespeare's classic play is perfect for anyone who enjoys a dark and thrilling story. The accessible language and engaging illustrations make it an ideal introduction to Shakespeare for younger readers, while also being a great read for adults. You'll be drawn into the twisted world of Macbeth as he and his wife succumb to their ambitions and descend into madness. The author's notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre add an extra layer of interest, making this a well-rounded and entertaining read.

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Richard III - A Shakespeare Story - Thryft
Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

Richard III - A Shakespeare Story

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Recommendation: If you're looking to introduce Shakespeare to your children, or if you're just looking for an easy read of Shakespeare's plays, then this book is definitely worth a read. Matthews has retold this historical tale in accessible language, making it easier for young readers to understand while still preserving the essence of Shakespeare's original work. Thanks to Tony Ross's illustrations that complement the story, it is also not only educational but entertaining.

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The Veiled Lodger (Easy Classics)

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The Veiled Lodger is a must-read for classic mystery fans, especially those who enjoy Sherlock Holmes stories. This illustrated adaptation is easy-to-read and perfect for readers of all ages. With a unique storyline and a surprise ending, readers will be invested in the identity of the veiled lodger until the very end. Additionally, the inclusion of a QR code for the audiobook adds an immersive element to the reading experience. Overall, the book is a great choice for anyone looking for a quick and engaging mystery read.

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Alison Jay

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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Recommended for young readers to spark imagination. Alison Jay's illustrations bring the Wonderland characters to life in a unique crackle-paint style, making it a visually appealing read for both children and adults. The simple descriptive verbs used for each scene make it easy for young readers to follow along and let their imagination run wild.

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Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: Twelfth Night

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This book could be a good read for someone interested in one of Shakespeare's most beloved comedies, but who may struggle with the language used in the original text. The book provides accessible language and illustrations that bring the story to life. The notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre add an extra layer of cultural enrichment to the story.

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Simona Bursi, Susanna Davidson

Pride and Prejudice

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This book is a timeless classic that explores societal norms and the complexities of relationships. With its beautiful prose and memorable characters, Pride and Prejudice appeals to readers of all ages. It's a great choice for those who enjoy historical fiction and are interested in the traditions of society during the Regency period.

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Rudyard Kipling

Junior Classic: Captains Courageous, the Ingenious Gentleman, Don Quixote of La Mancha, the Man in the Iron Mask, the Red Badge of Courage

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This book is a great choice for parents looking to expose their children to timeless literature. It includes four classics, carefully abridged and illustrated, making them easy to understand while maintaining the original essence of the stories. With a diverse selection of genres, this book is capable of satisfying any young reader's literary appetite. The colorful illustrations charm young minds, while the simple language and thoughtful storytelling help inculcate the love of reading in children. Overall, the Junior Classic is a valuable addition to any child's personal library.

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Joan Collins, L. Frank Baum, Angus McBride

The Wizard of Oz

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Recommendation: This timeless classic is a must-read for anyone who loves a good adventure story. Join Dorothy as she embarks on a magical journey filled with wonder and excitement. With its engaging storytelling and vivid descriptions of the land of Oz, readers of all ages are sure to be enthralled from beginning to end.

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Stephanie Baudet, Arianna Bellucci

The Sign of the Four (Easy Classics)

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This book is perfect for fans of classic detective fiction looking for an easy-to-read adaptation. The illustrations help bring the story to life and the QR code for the free audiobook is a great bonus. Readers will be captivated by the intricate web of betrayal that Holmes and Watson are tasked with solving, and the twists and turns of the plot will keep them engaged until the very end. Overall, it's a great option for those looking for a satisfying and engaging mystery novel.

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L.M. Montgomery

Anne of Avonlea

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Anne of Avonlea is a timeless classic that will leave readers feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Follow the mischievous Anne as she navigates her way through the challenges of teaching and growing up. The book is a must-read for anyone who loves heartwarming stories about the power of imagination and determination.

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Stephanie Baudet, Arianna Bellucci

The Blue Carbuncle (Easy Classics)

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"The Blue Carbuncle is a classic Sherlock Holmes mystery adapted into an easy-to-read format that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. This book is perfect for mystery lovers who are also looking for a heartwarming Christmas story. The inclusion of a QR code for a free audiobook makes it a great choice for those who prefer to listen to a story while going about their daily tasks. The most distinctive feature of this book is how it weaves a festive holiday spirit into a gripping mystery plot that is uniquely characteristic of the iconic detective, Sherlock Holmes."

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Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: The Taming of the Shrew

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A Shakespeare Story: The Taming of the Shrew is a perfect read for those who adore stories of love, relationships and transformation. This book's most unique feature is its portrayal of Petruchio, who seeks to soften Katharina's heart despite her disposition, with the help of his unconventional ways. Readers have praised this book for its simplified language and witty commentary, and felt that it made a complex story easy to comprehend and appreciate.

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Stephanie Baudet

The Red-Headed League (Easy Classics)

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The Red-Headed League (Easy Classics) is a perfect read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery and wants to read it at an easy level. The book is an illustrated adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes story, making it a great option for young adults and even adults who are new to Sherlock Holmes and want to start with an easy read. The inclusion of a QR code for a free audiobook is also a plus for audiobook lovers. The unique feature of this book is its easy-to-read level. Users would review the book as an enjoyable read that's perfect for beginners who are interested in mysteries.

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Junior Classics : Book 17

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Junior Classics: Book 17 is a great read for parents who want to introduce classic literature to their children. The book includes carefully chosen stories from different genres, making it an exciting and educational read for children. The colourful illustrations bring the characters to life, making it an engaging read for children. Users describe it as a fantastic resource for building their child's love for reading and an essential addition to their personal library.

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Stephanie Baudet

The Reigate Squires (Easy Classics)

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The Reigate Squires would be a good read for fans of classic whodunnit stories. With an easy-to-read format and illustrations to aid in the storytelling, this book is perfect for young readers looking to channel their inner detective. The addition of the QR code for a free audiobook also offers another level of engagement and accessibility for readers. The book's most unique feature is the incorporation of a classic story into a more digestible format for a wider audience.

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Stephanie Baudet

The Sussex Vampire (Easy Classics)

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The Sussex Vampire (Easy Classics) is a great read for anyone who loves mysteries and detective stories. This book offers an easy-to-read adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic Sherlock Holmes mystery. The inclusion of illustrations and QR code for the free audiobook is a great bonus. Readers will enjoy following the strange case of the distraught husband and his wife's bizarre behavior, as Holmes and Watson race to solve the mystery.

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Stephanie Baudet

The Three Students (Easy Classics)

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"The Three Students (Easy Classics)" is a perfect read for anyone who loves a good mystery, especially one that involves Holmes’ exceptional problem-solving skills. This book is easy to read and understand, so it is great for anyone of any age who wants to enter the world of Sherlock Holmes without feeling overwhelmed. The unique feature of the book is that it is an illustrated adaptation perfect for visual learners, and it also comes with a QR code for a free audiobook, which is ideal for those who love to listen to stories while on-the-go. Overall, readers will find themselves feeling thrilled by the suspenseful plot, and satisfied by the clever and satisfying resolution of the case.

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Charles Dickens, Lesley Sims, Alan Marks

A Christmas Carol

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A Christmas Carol can be a heartwarming read for those who enjoy stories of redemption and the transformative power of the holiday season. The book's most unique feature is its powerful message that even the most miserly person can become kind and generous if given the chance. Readers have praised the beautiful writing style and the timeless lessons of the story.

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Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: A Midsummer Night's Dream

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A Midsummer Night's Dream is an enchanting tale that transports the reader to a world of magical love. The impish fairy Puck adds a witty charm as he meddles with the love lives of Hermia, Helen, Demetrius and Lysander, culminating in hilarious consequences. This book is perfect for those who are looking for a light-hearted yet thought-provoking read, with accessible language making it suitable for all audiences. The illustrations by Tony Ross help to bring the story to life, making it a treat for both the eyes and the mind.

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Stephanie Baudet

The Speckled Band (Easy Classics)

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"The Speckled Band" is a great choice for fans of mystery and detective novels. This easy-to-read adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic story features illustrations that bring the characters and the setting to life. With a QR code for a free audiobook, it's perfect for readers of all ages who are looking for a thrilling and engaging adventure. The unique and distinctive feature of this book is the way it introduces Sherlock Holmes to a new generation of readers in a format that they can easily understand and enjoy.

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Stephanie Baudet

The Naval Treaty (Easy Classics)

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This book is perfect for fans of classic detective stories who love a good mystery. The story is intriguing and keeps the reader engaged throughout, with unexpected twists and turns. The characters are well-developed and the action takes place in a fascinating world of international diplomacy. The added bonus of a QR code for a free audiobook makes this a great option for those who want to enjoy the story in multiple formats.

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Andrew Matthews, Tony Ross

A Shakespeare Story: Henry V

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If you enjoy historical plays, A Shakespeare Story: Henry V is a great read for you. This retelling of the classic play is accessible and engaging, making it a perfect choice for readers of all ages. The book also includes notes on Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, adding to the cultural richness of the story. Tony Ross's illustrations bring the play to life, making it a great choice for visual learners. Overall, if you want to experience the historical drama of Henry V in an accessible and enriching way, this book is for you.

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Stephanie Baudet

A Study in Scarlet (Easy Classics)

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If you enjoy solving thrilling mysteries with a touch of classic sophistication, A Study in Scarlet is the ideal read for you. From the very first page, author Stephanie Baudet captures the interest of all readers with a gripping murder mystery that keeps them guessing until the end. With stunning illustrations and an easy-to-read format, this book is perfect for both young and older readers alike. A standout feature of this book is the free audiobook accessible via QR code, which immerses readers deeper into the story.

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