Children’s Illustrated Classics from Europe

By Dino Buzzati, Carlo Collodi and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

RRP: £27.46

This collection includes seven great children’s classics from Europe, all presented with colour illustrations and extra material for young readers:

Belle & Sébastien: The Child of the Mountains by Cécile Aubry

First published in 1965 to coincide with the internationally successful television series of the same name, Belle and Sébastien is a heart-warming story of camaraderie, adventure and freedom.

The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzati

With a Reader’s Companion by Lemony Snicket. Includes colour illustrations by the author and fun activities for young readers.

The Adventures of Pipì the Pink Monkey by Carlo Collodi

Collodi wrote this story immediately after Pinocchio, and the little monkey’s adventures present clear similarities, both in terms of themes and characters, with his more celebrated masterpiece. Incredibly, they also share some characters, including a 10-year-old boy named Alfred who was once a wooden puppet. Illustrated by Axel Scheffler (the illustrator of the Gruffalo).

The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Here presented in a brand-new and lively translation by Stephen Parkin and illustrated beautifully by Peter Bailey, this edition of The Adventures of Pinocchio brings extra sparkle to one of the greatest and most celebrated works of children’s literature.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 

Now presented in a new translation by Gregory Norminton. This edition contains the original colour illustrations by the author

The Story of a Seagull and the Cat Who Taught her to Fly by Louis Sépulveda

A moving, uplifting and life-enhancing story with a strong environmental theme, Luis Sepúlveda’s instant children’s classic has been a worldwide best-seller and is presented here with new drawings by acclaimed illustrator Satoshi Kitamura.

Heidi: Lessons at Home and Abroad

A timeless classic of Swiss literature that has inspired many adaptations and has captured the imaginations of children the world over, Heidi: Lessons at Home and Abroad is here presented in a brand-new, unabridged translation by Peter James Bowman, with charming illustrations by Susan Hellard.

Dino Buzzati

The novelist, journalist and painter Dino Buzzati (1906–72) is one of the most important voices of twentieth-century Italian literature. He is best remembered today for his novel The Tartar Steppe and the story The Bears’ Famous Invasion of Sicily, which he illustrated himself and has become a classic of Italian children’s literature.

Carlo Collodi

Carlo Collodi (1826–90) was an Italian journalist, playwright and novelist who achieved worldwide fame with his children’s classic Pinocchio.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–44) was a French writer and aviator, who disappeared on a reconnaissance mission during the Second World War. The author of several novels about flying, he is best remembered today for the children’s book The Little Prince.