Princess Scheherazade’s tales of the Arabian Nights, composed over ten centuries ago, have captivated the imagination of generations of readers. These unforgettable tales of adventure, magic and fantasy come alive in this collection. In ‘Sinbad the Sailor’, the prosperous sailor narrates his seven incredible ship journeys. In each of these voyages he ends up shipwrecked and encounters gigantic snakes and birds, cannibals, mythical creatures and more. But he escapes each time using his wit, amassing great wealth in the process. In ‘Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves’, Ali Baba and his family discover a secret cave filled with glittering gems and gold. But who will rescue them when the thieves trap them in the cave? And, in a lesser-known gem of a tale, the brave and intelligent Princess Periezade goes in search of the singing tree, the talking bird and the golden fountain, all of which lead her to an even greater secret.
Dive into this collection, specially selected and introduced by Ruskin Bond, to enter a world full of wonder, enchantment and daredevilry.
When Professor Otto Liedenbrock comes across a strange code, he is convinced that it points the way to reaching the centre of the earth. With the help of his nephew Axel, he deciphers the code and with Axel at his side, sets off for Iceland. There, they venture down the crater of a volcano. Travelling further and further, deeper into the earth using a series of interconnected passageways, they have incredible adventures and close encounters with death. The discoveries they make inside the earth are as astounding as they are unbelievable. From the existence of an underground sea and echoing chambers, to prehistoric animals and much more, the explorers go from one exciting episode to another. But will they be able to find their way back to the surface of the earth finally?
As enthralling and electrifying today as it was when it was first published, A Journey to the Centre of the Earth remains an enduring classic that continues to inspire voyagers and readers alike. Let it come alive once more in this beautiful edition, with an introduction by Ruskin Bond.
Mowgli is found abandoned in the jungle by Father Wolf who takes him to his pack. The baby boy becomes a part of the wolf pack; he grows up and learns to live like any other animal in the jungle, playing with his wolf brothers and sisters and his friends Bagheera and Baloo. But Shere Khan the tiger cannot bear the thought of a human living in the jungle among them and is determined to get the better of Mowgli. Will the ‘man-cub’ accept defeat and go away, or will he fight for his place in the forest?
Rudyard Kipling’s immortal stories in The Jungle Book bring to life the forests and animals of India and the thrilling adventures of Mowgli have captivated the imagination of readers the world over. Fall under their spell once again in this edition, introduced affectionately by Ruskin Bond.
Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who comes alive and starts talking and running about. When Pinocchio is sent to school, he decides to sell his school books and join a puppet show. From there start his many adventures which take him all over the countryside, making enemies like the Fox and Cat, getting turned into a donkey, being swallowed by a whale and ending up with the Blue Fairy who promises to turn him into a real boy if he stops being naughty.
The story of Pinocchio has been read and adored by children for more than a century. With this new edition introduced by Ruskin Bond, the inquisitive and mischievous Pinocchio’s incredible adventures will entertain and amuse readers once more.
Chiddy and Gouri, two baby sparrows, are bullied mercilessly by their elder siblings. They are so traumatized that they absolutely refuse to learn how to fly. Instead, they run away, kindly assisted by Breaking Wind—a jovial breeze. But they quickly discover that the world is an unkind place; they are trapped, dyed red, caged and sold off.
A kind girl frees them, but the sparrows—still red and flightless—end up on the ‘hit list’ of the local cat mafia. From there, how do the timid little birds become the feared ninja sparrows? Will they be able to defeat the evil Siamese cats Ping-Li and Pong-La? Will they ever be able to return to their families? And will they finally realize that being a bird means being able to fly free?
In this delightful book, Ranjit Lal reveals the incredible drama that flourishes among bird and animal lives in the gardens and parks all around us. Clever, funny and full of non-stop adventure, The Little Ninja Sparrows is about finding your true place in the world—whether human or sparrow.
Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal creation Holmes sets forth to solve some of the most intriguing cases of his career in this collection of six stories.What was the mysterious ‘speckled band’ that a woman referred to with her dying breath? What do the dancing men signify and why do they bring death in their wake? Is there really a league of red-headed men, or is it a conspiracy so audacious that only Holmes can sense it? Will Sherlock Holmes meet his end at the hands of the evil Professor Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls?
The mysteries of Sherlock Holmes have held readers spellbound ever since they were first published. In 1927, the stories in this volume were chosen by the author himself as some of the best he had written. Introduced here by Ruskin Bond, The Very Best of Sherlock Holmes presents the great detective in all his brilliant glory for a new generation of readers.
When Peter Pan and his friend Tinker Bell come to visit Wendy, John and Michael, the three children are whisked away from their ordinary lives to the magical and hidden island of Neverland. In Neverland they meet the Lost Boys, the ticking crocodile, and Tiger Lily the Princess. With Peter Pan they have many adventures, including a final, thrilling showdown with Peter’s enemy, the cruel Captain Hook.
Funny, thought-provoking, and filled with action and adventure, the story of Peter Pan has been adapted for stage and film for over a century. In this original novel, he appears as he was first written—naughty, free spirited, the boy who never grew up. Introduced by Ruskin Bond, this classic edition will bewitch and enthrall readers all over again.
Long before he entered history books as Emperor Akbar, the Great Mughal, Prince Akbar was a brave young boy, growing up alone while his father Humayun was far away, fighting to win back the throne of Hindustan. But he had his faithful companions, a fierce black sheepdog and a clever snow-white cat, to protect him from demons and other dangers. Join him in The Adventures of Prince Akbar as he gets entangled in conspiracies and battles, foils his wicked uncle’s attempts to kidnap him and playfully chases a bear over the snow, into a hidden green valley. A timeless classic read by children across the years and countries, The Adventures of Prince Akbar comes now with an introduction by Ruskin Bond and will be a book to treasure for a lifetime.
Over 400 years ago, William Shakespeare wrote many memorable and beautiful plays and sonnets. These works have inspired generations of readers and writers, and continue to be read and performed even today. They have been recreated quite often but rarely for children. Keeping this in mind, in 1907, beloved children’s author E. Nesbit, rewrote twenty of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in simple, lively prose—from the comedies like Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew and the ever-popular Midsummer Night’s Dream to the tragedies of Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. Nesbit’s vivid retellings of these plays and her selection of Shakespeare’s famous quotes—along with an introduction by Ruskin Bond—are a perfect stepping stone for young readers into these great works of world literature.