Translated Children’s Classics


We’re focusing on children’s classics in translation this year, bringing the best of children’s literature from around the globe to UK readers. The three titles below showcase the world of literature which children, as much as adults, should be exposed to; they will broaden children’s horizons, revealing other cultures, characters and ways of being. This is of course just the beginning, and we intend to bring many more children’s books in translation to British shores – so watch this space!



The Story of a Seagull
and The Cat
who Taught Her to Fly

Illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura
Translated by Margaret S. Peden

Caught up in an oil spill, a dying seagull scrambles ashore to lay her final egg and lands on a balcony, where she meets Zorba, a big black cat from the port of Hamburg. The cat promises the seagull to look after the egg, not to eat the chick…
By: Luis Sepúlveda
ISBN: 9781846884009




The Bears’ Famous
Invasion of Sicily

Illustrated by Dino Buzzati
Translated by Frances Lobb

Starving after a harsh winter, the bears descend from the mountains in search of food and invade the valley below, where they face fierce opposition from the army of the Grand Duke of Sicily….
By: Dino Buzzati
ISBN: 9781847495723




The Adventures of Pipì
the Pink Monkey

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Adapted and expanded
by Alessandro Gallenzi

Pipì isn’t like his four brothers or the other young monkeys living in the forest of Hullabaloo: he has bright-pink fur, a mischievous character and a rebellious streak that lands him into all sorts of scrapes…
By: Carlo Collodi
ISBN: 9781847495594




The Little Prince

Having crash-landed in the Sahara desert, a pilot comes across a young boy who introduces himself as the “Little Prince” and tells him the story of how he grew up on a tiny asteroid before travelling across the galaxies and coming to Earth…
By: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
ISBN: 9781847494238