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The Giant Print Library

Magic and fairy stories

Updated: November 2012

Any UK member of our library service may borrow up to a maximum of 6 books per service for a 3 month loan period.


Most of the books have been produced by the National Blind Children's Society and are in 24 point type with identical covers to the ordinary print versions of the books.
Please be aware that due to their size, many of the books are split into two or more volumes, and these will have the same covers.
For details on borrowing any of the titles listed or for further information regarding the Giant Print collection please contact Liz Farrell or Hazel Sharrock, Children's Librarians at RNIB National Library Service on 0161 429 1975.


Magic and fairy stories




Adams, Georgie.

The real fairy storybook. 1999. Suggested reading age 5+. 1v.


It's nearly midnight and there's still a thousand pearls to be sewn on to the Fairy Queen's dress. Eavesdrop on Blossom, the Royal Dressmaker, and her assistants, as they chat to each other and tell their favourite stories.

Andersen, Hans Christian.

Tales from Hans Christian Andersen. 2005. Suggested reading age 7+.


Here is a wonderful toy-box overflowing with sparkling new translations of Hans Christian Andersen stories.

Banks, Lynne Reid

The fairy rebel. 1989. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.

Jan is moping in the garden when Tiki the fairy is accidently 'earthed' and can be seen by humans. Jan wants a special magic favour but Tiki risks the fury of the fairy Queen.


Barrie, J.M.

Peter Pan. 1909. Suggested reading age 9+. 2v.


Go with Peter Pan and the Darling children to a place called Neverland, a strange country where the lost boys live and never grow up, a land with mermaids, fairies and pirates - and of course the terrible, evil, Captain Hook.

Baxter, Nicola

The first little fairy. 1998. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


This collection contains twelve stories. In each story there are new friends to meet and fun to share.

Bentley, Sue

Double trouble. 2006. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


Part of the Magic Kitten series (Other books in this series are also available).

Kim can't wait for her cousin Mia and her cousin's Siamese cat to visit. But when they turn up neither cousin nor cat are half as nice as Kim remembers and proceed to make Kim's summer really horrible. But when Kim discovers a tiny silver tabby kitten with emerald green eyes looking up at her in her garden shed, things seem to magically get better.



Black, Holly.

The field guide. 2003. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


Book 1 of the Spiderwick Chronicles. Lucinda's secret - Things at the Grace residence are getting out of hand. Could their crazy Aunt Lucinda help the children work out why the faeries are stalking them? The Ironwood tree - The Grace children face their greatest challenge yet when a shape-shifter shows up and Mallory disappears.

Blyton, Enid.

The enchanted wood. 1939. Suggested reading age 7+. 2v.

Book 1 of The Faraway Tree series (other titles in this series are also available). Jo, Bessie and Fanny move to a new home with an Enchanted Wood on their doorstep. Join them as they discover which new land is at the top of the Faraway Tree.


Burgis, Stephanie.

A most improper magick. 2010. Suggested reading age 11+. 2v.


At twelve years old, any proper young lady in Regency England should be sitting quietly at home, practising her embroidery and keeping her opinions to herself. But Kat Stephenson is no ordinary young lady. Kat's father may be a respectable vicar, but her late mother was a notorious witch and Kat herself is the newest target of an ancient magical Order.

Bussell, Darcy

Magic ballerina: the magic dance. 2010. Suggested reading age 5+. 1v.


Holly must find someone special to hand the magic ballet shoes to

- could Jade the street dancing girl be the one?



Colfer, Eoin.

Artemis Fowl. 2002. Suggested reading age 9+. 2v.


Book 1 of The Artemis Fowl series (other titles in this series are also available). Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious

criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom. But he's taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit).



Coville, Bruce.

Juliet Dove, Queen of Love. 2004. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.


Part of the Magic Shop series. Juliet doesn't want anyone to notice her, but the amulet round her neck seems to be having the opposite effect - and worse still she can't take it off!

Coville, Bruce.

Russel Troy, monster boy. 2003. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.

Part of the Magic Shop series. Mr Elives' Magic Shop seems to appear from nowhere - and disappears again just as fast! Never in the same place twice, it sells only the most exclusive wares...A talking toad, anyone? A dragon's egg? There's plenty to choose from.


Dahl, Roald.

The magic finger. 1966. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


The little girl in this story is very unusual. When someone makes her angry, and when she can't stop herself, she flashes a punishment on them with a magic flashing finger. The results are fantastic, magical and very funny.

Dahl, Roald.

The Minpins. 1991. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


In the Forest of Sin, Little Billy meets the extraordinary Minpins, who live in terror of the most awesome creature invented: the Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher! And it is Little Billy who comes up with a plan to defeat the dreaded monster, and finds himself proclaimed a hero!

Don, Lari

First aid for fairies and other fabled beasts. 2008. Suggested reading age 9+. In processing.


Helen has absolutely no interest in becoming a vet like her mother. So she isn't best pleased when asked to help an injured horse. Only this horse isn't entirely normal…

Eager, Edward.

Half magic. 2000. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.


Book 1 of the Magic series (other titles in this series are also available). Four children discover a magic coin which only grants half wishes - the children end up half invisible and half on a desert island and have many more adventures with the magic coin.

Fairy poems. Chosen by Gaby Morgan. 2006. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v. Non-fiction (poetry).


A magical collection of classic and brand new poems about fairies.

Gardner, Sally.

I, Coriander. 2005. Suggested reading age 9+. 2v.

The story is told by Coriander, daughter of a silk merchant in

1650s London. Her idyllic childhood ends when her mother dies, leaving Coriander with her stepmother, a widow who is in cahoots with a fundamentalist Puritan preacher. She is shut away in a chest and left to die, but emerges into the fairy world from which her mother came, and where time has no meaning…


Hector, John A.

Grandma Lillian's fairy garden. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


John Hector and his granddaughter Chloe have written down the fairy stories which were told by Grandma Lillian to the many children in her family, so they can continue to be enjoyed by other young children.

Hoban, Russell

The mouse and his child. 2005. Suggested reading age 7+. 2v.


The mouse and his child is a mechanical toy, and for 5 Christmases the mouse swings his son round, up and down in a slowing circle as the key unwinds. Then the toy is broken, and a tramp rescues it from the dustbin and repairs the mechanism but now the two move straight ahead, not round and round. The tramp winds up the strange pair and sets them on the road.

Ibbotson, Eva.

Which witch? 1979. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.


Arriman the Awful, a wizard looking for a suitable witch to be his wife, sponsors a Great Hallowe'en Competition to find the witch who can perform the foulest, darkest deed.

Impey, Rose.

Titchy Witch and the magic party. 2004. Suggested reading age 0-4. 1v.


Titchy Witch is having her first party, but it isn't going very well, until she starts to wave her magic wand.

Kingfisher, Rupert.

Madame Pamplemousse and her incredible edibles. 2008. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


Madeleine is forced to work in her unpleasant uncle's horrible restaurant, The Squealing Pig. By chance she comes across the most marvellous shop, run by Madame Pamplemousse, which is quiet, discreet, yet full of delicious and otherworldly 'edibles'.

Kingsley, Charles.

The water-babies : a fairytale for a land-baby. 2008. Suggested reading age 9+. 2v.

When Tom, an ill-treated chimney-sweep, jumps into a clear, cool stream to clean himself, he is turned into a tiny water baby by the fairies. He enters a strange magical world, and travels beyond the world's end on a voyage of discovery he will never forget.

King-Smith, Dick.

The queen's nose. 1983. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


Harmony's uncle sends her on a treasure trail - which ends in finding a 50p piece. But the coin is a magic one, and when you rub the queen's nose, your wishes will come true.

Levine, Gail Carson.

Ella enchanted. 2003. Suggested reading age 9+. 2v.


In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her.

McCaughrean, Geraldine

Peter Pan in scarlet. 2006. Suggested reading age 9+. 2v.


Official sequel to Peter Pan. Something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out - strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of warpaint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal - Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again.

Masefield, John

The midnight folk. 1927. Suggested reading age 9+. 2v.


Determined to recover the long-lost family treasure, Kay finds himself in a race against the evil Abner Brown. Abner has his witch friends and his dark magic to help him, but Kay has the very special Midnight Folk. In a breathtaking, magical quest, which side will find the treasure first?

Meadows, Daisy.

Bethany the ballet fairy. 2007. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.

Rainbow Magic series (other titles in this series are also available). Jack Frost's naughty goblins have stolen the Dance Fairies' magic ribbons and are hiding in the human world. Everywhere dance is being ruined. Rachel and Kirsty must help Bethany but the goblins' new powers won't make it easy.


Murphy, Jill.

The worst witch. 1978. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


Mildred Hubble was a trainee witch at Miss Cackle's Academy and she was making an awful mess of it. She couldn't even ride a broomstick without crashing it and she was always getting her spells wrong. But she managed to get by until she turned Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her deadly enemy...

Norton, Mary

Bedknob and broomstick. 1957. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.


With the powers they acquire from a spinster who is studying to be a witch, three English children have a series of exciting and perilous adventures travelling on a flying bed that takes them to a London police station, a tropical island, and back in time to the seventeenth century.

Owen, Laura.

Mini Winnie. 2008. Suggested reading age 5+. 1v.


In these stories, Winnie and Wilbur have to deal with a fussy relative, Winnie helps out at the local school, the two win a poetry competition, and there's an unusual solution to a laundry problem.

Owen, Laura.

Winnie's big catch. 2009. Suggested reading age 5+. 1v.


we find Winnie and Wilbur up to their usual mischief. Whether they are setting up at a car-boot sale, putting

out to sea on a fishing trip, responding to a gap in the market for broomstick-friendly pants, or showing some team spirit on the football pitch, one thing is certain - nothing will go to plan!



Ripley, Marion.

Private and confidential. 2003. 1v.

When Laura gets a letter from Malcolm, her new Australian penfriend, she is excited and shows his letter to all her friends at school. But when the letters suddenly stop, Laura discovers Malcolm is blind. Can they still be penfriends, and how can their letters be...private and confidential.

Rowling, J.K.

The tales of Beedle the bard. 2008. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.


Each of the five tales in this book reveals a lesson befitting children and parents alike: the strength gained with a trusted friendship, the redemptive power of love, and the true magic that exists in the hearts of all of us. Rowling's new introduction also comments on the personal lessons she has taken from the Tales.

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de.

The little prince. 1943. Suggested reading age 9+. 1v.


A pilot forced to land in the Sahara meets a little prince. The wise and enchanting stories the prince tells of his own planet with its three volcanoes and a haughty flower are the result.

Thomas, Valerie

Winnie's magic wand. 2006. Suggested reading age 5+. 1v.


Part of the Winnie the Witch series (Other books in this series are also available). Winnie is getting ready for the Witches' Magic Show. She can't wait to show off her favourite spells. But when Winnie puts her wand in the washing machine with her party dress, it comes out crumpled, soggy, and certainly not in working order!

Thomson, Emma

The big book of magical mishaps. 2004. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.


Part of the Felicity Wishes series (other books in this series are also available). Things always seem to go wrong for Felicity Wishes, even though her intentions are good. But with her optimistic attitude and fantastic friends, she always manages to come out on top.

Thurber, James

The 13 clocks. 1950. Suggested reading age 7+. 1v.

The 13 Clocks is a revamped fairy tale in which a wicked Duke who imagines he has killed time and the Duke's beautiful niece, for whom time seems to have run out, both meet their match, courtesy of an enterprising and very handsome prince in disguise.


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