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Fantastical Fantasy booklist

Are you already dreaming up some exciting places you would like to visit this summer?
To help your imagination run wild, we have created a list of our absolute favourite fantasy books. These could be set in a fantastical world or have talking animals or mythical creatures within the story.

These Fantastical Fantasy books are to escape into.

You can get involved too – create your own fantasy setting and draw it! You can even get your family involved and ask them to do their own creations.

Take a look at some of our recommendations:


The Weaver by Qian Shi

Stanley is a spider, a weaver and a collector. On his web he collects seeds, twigs, leaves and all kinds of precious things he cannot name. Stanley is very proud of his collection, but what can one tiny spider do when it is washed away?

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Bartlett

The tiny town of Chewandswallow was very much like any other tiny town, except for its weather, which came three times a day—at breakfast, lunch, and dinner! Life for the townspeople was delicious, until the miraculous food weather took a turn for the worse.
The food got larger and larger, and so did the portions. The flood of huge food caused chaos, and the people feared for their lives.
Something had to be done…before it was too late!

How to Train your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

In the first How to Train Your Dragon book Hiccup must lead ten novices in their initiation into the Hairy Hooligan Tribe. They have to train their dragons or be BANISHED from the tribe FOR EVER!
But what if Hiccup’s dragon resembles an ickle brown bunny with wings? And has NO TEETH? The Seadragonus Giganticus Maximus is stirring and wants to devour every Viking on the Isle of Berk…
Can Hiccup save the tribe – and become a Hero?

Tin by Pádraig Kenny

Christopher is ‘Proper’: a real boy with a real soul, orphaned in a fire. He works for an engineer, a maker of the eccentric, loyal and totally individual mechanicals who are Christopher’s best friends. But after a devastating accident, a secret is revealed and Christopher’s world is changed for ever…  


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The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays in one place long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning.

For Marinka’s grandmother is Baba Yaga, who guides spirits between this world and the next. Marinka longs to change her destiny and sets out to break free from her grandmother’s footsteps, but her house has other ideas…

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Welcome to the Home for Wayward and Misbegotten Creatures, an institution run by evil Miss Carbunkle, a cunning villainess who believes her terrified young groundlings exist only to serve and suffer.
For the Wonderling, an innocent-hearted, fox-like eleven-year-old known only as number 13, it is the only home he has ever known. But when unexpected courage leads him to rescue a young bird groundling named Trinket, the Wonderling is given two incredible gifts: a real name – Arthur, like the good king in the old stories – and a best friend.
Using Trinket’s ingenious invention, the pair escape over the wall and embark on an adventure that will take them out into the wider world and down the path of Arthur’s true destiny.

We hope that you enjoy reading about these fantastic books – which book would you like to read first?

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