The Story of the Blue Planet Wins UKLA Award

Andri Snær Magnason‘s The Story of the Blue Planet (translated by Júlían
Meldon D’Arcy and illustrated by Áslaug Jónsdóttir) has won the UKLA Book
Award in the 7–11 Year Old Category. The prize is judged exclusively by
teachers, who were wowed by this magical modern fairy tale and the
fantastic reaction it received from teachers and schoolchildren – click
here to see what they said. Magnason’s success also marks the first time
that a book in translation won the award and adds to his previous
achievement of winning the prestigious Icelandic Literary Prize.

Find out more about the book here.

Click here to see our study pack for the book.


Take a flight with the author of The Little Prince…

 ‘Sís’s works are less picture books than little miracles of design… A compelling, multilayered visual treat’
Booklist, Starred Review

‘Sís’s handling of the aviator’s last flight and disappearance strikes just the right notes of mystery, majesty and quiet wonder. Brilliant bookmaking’
School Library Journal, Starred Review

‘Extraordinary and wonderful’
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

‘A sumptuous allegory, magnificently drawn, by another poet who has wandered far from his home in order to find his own horizon’
Le Monde

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 This 3rd July will see the publication of Peter Sís’s remarkable book, The Pilot and the Little Prince­—a journey for young and old through the fascinating life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of the beloved children’s classic, The Little Prince. This wonderful book, beautifully illustrated with gorgeous watercolours, is sure to enchant children and adults alike.

Already published in France and America to great acclaim, Pushkin Children’s Books are now making this unforgettable story of adventure, bravery and discovery available to readers in the UK. Find out more here.

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‘The Pilot and the Little Prince is a thing of beauty for both eye and spirit’
Brain Pickings

‘Sís spared no detail in his stunning 48-page picture book biography, which, like its inspiration, can be read on many levels’

 ‘As always, Sís’s illustrations are all just so spot on and exquisitely expressive’
The Children’s War

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The Letter for the King paperback – out now!

A young messenger. A secret mission. A kingdom in peril.

The Letter for the King paperback is out now!

‘Brilliant, extraordinary’ – The Times, Books of the Year

‘Gripping, delightful’ - Guardian

‘A fast-moving, wonderful old-style adventure’ – Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy’s battle against evil, set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage and true friendship. Available for the first time in English, this classic children’s book by Tonke Dragt has sold over a million copies worldwide, and was named ‘Best Children’s Book of the Last 50 Years’.

Buy your copy here.


Save the Story on Stage at Crouch End ArtHouse

The Ossian theatre collective is coming to ArtHouse, Crouch End, to bring Pushkin Children’s Save the Story series to the stage. See Antigone, Gulliver, Captain Nemo and Don Juan come to life before your eyes as Ossian and Pushkin Children’s retell four of the world’s greatest stories.

This wonderful event is taking place at 10am and 2pm on both Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 May. For more information or to book tickets, click here.

Want to know more? Click here for information about our ten-book Save the Story series.


Save the Story takes to the stage

Summer events to mark the world's best stories

Jonathan Coe and Alessandro Baricco are coming to the London Review Bookshop to talk about their retellings of great stories. Come and see them talk about The Story of Gulliver and The Story of Don Juan on 2nd June at 7pm. Tickets are available here.

And tickets are now on sale for the Hay Festival’s Save the Story event for children: come and see Ossian, a theatre collective, give their versions of the classic stories. ‘The Pushkin Storytellers’ is on 1st June at 4pm. Tickets are available here.


Saving More Stories

The greatest stories from around the world, retold for children by the most talented writers, illustrated by some of the world's foremost artists...

The Story of Gilgamesh

The Story of the Betrothed

Out Now!

‘Beautifully designed… gorgeously stylish’ – Marcus Sedgwick, writing in the Guardianis a fan of the Save the Story series.

So is everyone else:

‘Brilliantly told by top-flight novelists… fresh, idiosyncratic and winning’ - Observer

‘An amazing new series from Pushkin Press in which literary, adult authors retell classics (with terrific illustrations) for a younger generation’ - Daily Telegraph

‘Vivid, accessible first encounters with some literary heavyweights’ - Metro

‘Perfect for readers old, young or in-between’ - Huffington Post


The Pointless Leopard

What good are kids anyway?

A walk in the woods turns into a funny, philosophical and irresistibly charming mini-adventure.



Oksa Pollock: The Forest of Lost Souls

Oksa Pollock has made some pretty incredible discoveries in the last few months, not least that she’s the queen of the lost magical land of Edefia. As if that wasn’t enough for any thirteen-year-old to be dealing with, her mother is still desperately ill after being attacked by Edefia’s unscrupulous enemies, and now her best friend in the whole world, Gus, has become trapped in the Forest of Lost Souls.



Oksa Pollock: The Last Hope

A new paperback edition of the first book in the phenomenal Oksa Pollock series!

Oksa Pollock is a normal thirteen-year-old girl, starting a new life in London. New lives, new friends, a new school and new adventures. But bizarre things start happening around Oksa she finds she can produce fire from her hands, move objects with her mind, and even fly.



The Letter for the King: Book of the Year

"The Letter for the King" is a Book of the Year in the Sunday Times, Times and Metro

The Letter for the King will get pulses racing… Pushkin Press deserves every praise for publishing this beautifully translated, well presented and captivating book”
Amanda Craig, The Times

“This 1962 pulse-pounding epic follows Tiuri, a young knight-candidate who breaks hits sacred vigil to heed a desperate cry for help. Translated from the Dutch for the first time, this old-school quest story will keep all high-fantasy addicts riveted from the first page”

“A fantasy about a 16-year-old medieval squire who finds danger, true friendship and first love on a mission to deliver a letter that can save a kingdom. The award-winning translator Laura Watkinson conveys its rich symbolism, vividness and economy of style”
Sunday Times

Click here to buy the book now!



Launching The Letter for the King

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands cordially invite you to celebrate the first English translation of The Letter for the King by 
Tonke Dragt – “the best Dutch children’s book of the 20th century”


All children are welcome to join us on Tuiri’s secret mission to deliver the letter to the King at

the Inner Temple Church 
on Saturday 23 November from 11.00 till 13.00

Feel free to come dressed up as a princess, king or knight to join in with the festivities. Have a drink and a bite to eat, win great prizes in the quiz, get your face painted and listen to Tuiri’s adventures in on one of our reading sessions. There will also be free copies of the book, courtesy of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.

Please send your RSVPs to

Click here for directions to the venue


Out Now: The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

A young messenger. A secret mission. A kingdom in peril...

“Gripping from its opening moment onwards, this award-winning book doesn't miss a beat from its thrilling beginning to its satisfying ending” Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

The Letter for the King is the thrilling story of one boy’s battle against evil, set in an enchanted world of chivalry, courage and true friendship. Available for the first time in English, this classic children’s book by Tonke Dragt has been highly acclaimed, and a perennial bestseller, in the Netherlands and Germany.


It is the dead of night. Sixteen-year-old Tiuri must spend hours locked in a chapel in silent contemplation if he is to be knighted the next day. But, as he waits by the light of a flickering candle, he hears a knock at the door and a voice desperately asking for help. A secret letter must be delivered to King Unauwen across the Great Mountains – a letter upon which the fate of the entire kingdom depends.

Tiuri’s journey will take him through dark, menacing forests, across treacherous rivers, to sinister castles and strange cities. He will encounter enemies who would kill to get the letter, but also the best of friends in the most unexpected places. He must trust no one. He must keep his true identity secret. Above all, he must never reveal what is in the letter…

“A fast-moving, wonderful old-style adventure… cinematic in its visual detail… a European classic… far loftier than Harry Potter and beautifully presented in this most attractive edition” Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

Click here to read the first pages.

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Save the Story with Pushkin Press

Save the Story is a library of favourite stories from around the world, retold for today ’s children by some of the best contemporary writers.  The stories they retell span cultures (from Ancient Greece to nineteenth-century Russia), time and genres (from comedy and romance to mythology and the realist novel), and they have inspired all manner of artists for many generations.

Save the Story is a mission in book form: saving great stories from oblivion by retelling them for a new, younger generation.

The Scuola Holden (Holden School) was born in Turin in 1994. At the School one studies “storytelling”, namely the secret of telling stories in all possible languages: books, cinema, television, theatre, comic strips—with extravagant results.

Save the Story: The Series

Out now:

The Story of Antigone by Ali Smith
The Story of Gulliver by Jonathan Coe
The Story of Don Juan by Alessandro Baricco (trans. Ann Goldstein)
The Story of Captain Nemo by Dave Eggers
The Story of the Betrothed by Umberto Eco
The Story of Gilgamesh by Yiyun Li
The Story of Cyrano de Bergerac by Stefano Benni
The Story of the Nose by Andrea Camilleri

9781782690153  9781782690160  9781782690184  9781782690191  9781782690221  Gilgamesh  Cyrano  The Nose

Out later in 2014:

The Story of King Lear by Melania G. Mazzucco
The Story of Crime and Punishment by A. B. Yehoshua

King Lear  Crime


The Adventures of Shola

By Bernardo Atxaga

Illustrations by Mikel Valverde

Small dog. Big Dreams.

Stuffed with charisma and fierce ideas Bookbag

“The most clever and ridiculous dog you’ve ever heard of … fantastic” Guardian Children’s Books (reader review)

“[Shola] made us laugh, think, nod knowingly and then giggle with surprise … a glorious read-aloud book” StorySeekers

“Charmingly different and full of charisma, Shola will amuse readers young and old” Lancashire Evening Post

Shola may look like an ordinary white pet dog but, as her long-suffering owner Señor Grogó knows only too well, she is in fact a highly cultivated creature and the world is her playground – or rather, her jungle. (more…)


The Good Little Devil and Other Tales

By Pierre Gripari

Illustrations by Puig Rosado

Absurd fairy tales, very sensibly told

'A wonderful book. Funny, tender and daft.' David Almond



A House Without Mirrors

By Mårten Sandén

A moving ghost story that explores the overcoming of loss, and how to move on

'A classic story that has it all' Dagens Nyheter

Thomasine has spent months living in her great-great-aunt’s dusty, dark house with her father, and her aunt, uncle and cousins. While her father’s siblings bicker about how much the house must be worth, her distant, elderly aunt is upstairs, dying, and her father has disappeared inside himself, still mourning the death of Thomasine’s little brother.



Vitello Becomes a Businessman

By Kim Fupz Aakeson

Illustrations by Niels Bo Bojesen

A charming, funny adventure with the irrepressible mischief-maker Vitello.

'Full of quirky humour and an anarchic sense of fun that children will love.' Booktrust

Vitello sets out to make a million pounds with the help of his friends Max and Harry, and the little squirt William. But what are the four businessmen going to sell? And does Vitello have a nose for business or just for trouble?



Vitello Wants a Dad

By Kim Fupz Aakeson

Illustrations by Niels Bo Bojesen

A charming, funny adventure with the irrepressible mischief-make Vitello.

'Full of quirky humour and an anarchic sense of fun that children will love.' Booktrust

Vitello’s dad is a good-for- nothing and he never gets to see him. So what he needs is to find a decent dad, just to show off to his friends. But where will he find a dad to borrow?



Vitello Gets a Yucky Girlfriend

By Kim Fupz Aakeson

A charming, funny adventure with the irrepressible mischief-maker Vitello

'Full of quirky humour and an anarchic sense of fun that children will love.' Booktrust

A new family moves in near Vitello, only they don’t have a cool boy for him to play with, just a yucky girl. And it won’t be fun to play with a yucky girl and her crazy hamster. Definitely not.


Vitello Scratches a Car

By Kim Fupz Aakeson

Illustrations by Niels Bo Bojesen

A charming, funny adventure with the irrepressible mischief-maker Vitello.

"Full of quirky humour and an anarchic sense of fun that children will love." Booktrust

Vitello and his mum have a new car. Well, nearly new, anyway. And mostly Mum’s. But the important thing is that it mustn’t get scratched, not if Vitello doesn’t want to be grounded, or sent to the children’s home, or worse… (more…)


The Story of the Blue Planet

By Andri Snær Magnason

Illustrations by Áslaug Jónsdóttir

An eco-fable with heart—and humour

“A Seussian mix of wonder, wit and gravitas” The New York Times

Brimir and Hulda are best friends, living on a beautiful blue planet where there are no grown-ups, life is wild and free, and each day is more exciting than the last. Until, one day, a rocket ship piloted by a strange-looking adult named Gleesome Goodday crashes on the beach. (more…)