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The Reptile Room
Violet, Klaus, and Sunny Baudelaire are intelligent children. They are charming, and resourceful, and have pleasant facial features. Unfortunately, they are exceptionally unlucky.
In the first two books alone, the three youngsters encounter a greedy and repulsive villain, itchy clothing, a disastrous fire, a plot to steal their fortune, a lumpy bed, a deadly serpent, a large brass reading lamp, a long knife, and a terrible odour.
In the tradition of great storytellers, from Dickens to Dahl, comes an exquisitely dark comedy that is both literary and irreverent, hilarious and deftly crafted. Never before has a tale of three likeable and unfortunate children been quite so enchanting, or quite so uproariously unhappy.
About The Author
To the uninitiated, his name may sound more like dessert than good reading; but Lemony Snicket (known to communicate through emissary Daniel Handler, shown here) is a star author to readers who are hooked on his gloomy A Series of Unfortunate Events books. You never know what will happen to those poor Baudelaire orphans next -- only that whatever it is, it's going to be a head-shaking shame.
There's A Sea In My Bedroom
David is frightened of the sea, but when he finds a conch shell, he can hear the sea trapped inside. This beautifully illustrated story takes the reader into a child's fantasy world. 1985 CBC Book of the Year Award Shortlisted.
About the Author
Margaret Wild is one of Australia's best-known and best-loved authors for young people. She has published around 50 picture books for young children, and two verse novels for teenagers. Ron Brooks is an acclaimed illustrator of classic picture books, some of which have stayed in print for over 30 years.
Maigret Takes A Room
'What he thought he had discovered, in place of the joyful candour that she usually displayed, was an irony which was neither less cheerful nor less childish, but which troubled him . . . He wondered now if his exultation wasn't down to the fact that she was playing a part, not just to deceive him, not just to hide something from him, but for the pleasure of acting a part'
When one of his best inspectors is shot, Maigret decides to book himself into Mademoiselle ClÃ©ment's well-kept Paris boarding house nearby in order to find the culprit.
About the Author
Georges Simenon was born in Liege, Belgium, in 1903. He is best know in Britain as the author of the Maigret novels and his prolific output of over 400 novels and short stories have made him a household name in continental Europe. He died in 1989 in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he had lived for the latter part of his life.
A Child's Book Of Miracles
A Diffused Room
Selected from the works spreading over a decade, the poems explore the world and phenomenon of material and transformed reality that play in the depth of our being, our existence very silently: these are solitary musings captured enigma of time and space; the mirror imageries of Vedanta and modern science; living and nonliving entity; perceptions of singlehood and love, which are both way magical and ordinary; romantic and surreal; meditative and reflective of various forms and subjects in their rich interplay. Here is a different new voice that creates an aura of uncanny perceptions compel you to read them time and again, for their very mundane and extrasensory journey.
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