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  • Published: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573678
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $16.99

Emil And The Three Twins




'This must be one of the most delicious children's books ever written' Daily Express

'Password Emil!'

Emil and the detectives are on holiday by the seaside when they meet the three acrobat twins, the three Byrons. One Byron is the father and the other two are the sons, Mackie and Jackie. Jackie is bigger than Mackie and Byron Senior is very annoyed about it. But what is Jackie to do? When Emil and the detectives discover that the father is planning to desert poor Jackie they are determined to come to the rescue but not before they've been cast away on a desert island...

  • Pub date: 3 September 2012
  • ISBN: 9780099573678
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 240
  • RRP: $16.99

About the Author

Erich Kästner

Erich Kästner was born in Dresden in 1899, the son of a saddle maker and a maidservant. He was drafted into the army in 1917, and his experiences there were to influence his later pacifism. He published Emil and the Detectives in 1928 to great success. A sequel, Emil and the Three Twins, appeared in 1933, but soon afterwards his books were labelled "contrary to the German spirit" and burned in public by the Nazis. He was interviewed by the Gestapo several times, but remained in Berlin until 1945, when he fled the city to avoid the Soviet assault. After the war he continued to write and remained committed to anti-war movements until his death in 1974.

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Praise for Emil And The Three Twins

“Emil and the Three Twins is that very rare thing - a successful sequel”

Observer

“Emil's Berlin, and the Baltic resort of its sequel Emil and the Three Twins, were as vivid to me as Arthur Ransome's English Lakeland”

Philip Pullman, Independent

“This must be one of the most delicious children's books ever written”

Daily Express

“So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!”

National Association for the Teaching of English


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