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  • Published: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780099595335
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $37.00

The Big Green Book


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A story of magic and mischief...unforgettable pictures by a master illustrator...a long-forgotten classic - what could be more delightful?

THE TIMES CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK

The little boy Jack discovers a big green book of magic in the attic, and learns all sorts of spells – spells to change the look of things, spells to make him old and grey, or disappear entirely! Of course I can't tell you how all these things were done, because this was a long time ago and the big green book has now disappeared. But if you want to read about what Jack did with his new magic powers, and how his poor old aunt and uncle were quite bewildered, then take a look inside...

An enchanting, strange and sometimes chilling tale, masterfully illustrated by Maurice Sendak.

  • Pub date: 29 May 2017
  • ISBN: 9780099595335
  • Imprint: Vintage Children's Classics
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 64
  • RRP: $37.00

About the Author

Robert Graves


Robert Graves was born in 1895 in Wimbledon, the son of Irish writer Perceval Graves and Amalia Von Ranke. He went from school to the First World War, where he became a captain in the Royal Welsh Fusiliers. After this, apart from a year as Professor of English Literature at Cairo University in 1926, he earned his living by writing, mostly historical novels, including: I, Claudius; Claudius the God; Count Belisarius; Wife of Mr Milton; Sergeant Lamb of the Ninth; Proceed, Sergeant Lamb; The Golden Fleece; They Hanged My Saintly Billy; and The Isles of Unwisdom. He wrote his autobiography, Goodbye to All That, in 1929, and it was soon established as a modern classic. The Times Literary Supplement acclaimed it as 'one of the most candid self portraits of a poet, warts and all, ever painted', as well as being of exceptional value as a war document. Two of his most discussed non-fiction works are The White Goddess, which presents a new view of the poetic impulse, and The Nazarine Gospel Restored (with Joshua Podro), a re-examination of primitive Christianity. He also translated Apuleius, Lucan and Suetonius for the Penguin Classics, and compiled the first modern dictionary of Greek Mythology, The Greek Myths. His translation of The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám (with Omar Ali-Shah) is also published in Penguin. He was elected Professor of Poetry at Oxford in 1961 and made an Honorary Fellow of St John's College, Oxford, in 1971.

Robert Graves died on 7 December 1985 in Majorca, his home since 1929. On his death The Times wrote of him, 'He will be remembered for his achievements as a prose stylist, historical novelist and memorist, but above all as the great paradigm of the dedicated poet, 'the greatest love poet in English since Donne'.'

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Praise for The Big Green Book

“Fantasy value here for power-hungry young imaginations. Maurice Sendak's delightful pictures add a winning note of gaiety”

Kirkus Review

“Graves's fable of childish triumph over grownup rules and regulations is lent extra joyousness by Maurice Sendak's original line drawings”

Washington Post

“First published in 1962, it remains a delight”

New York Times

“A top-class read.”

Alex O'Connell, The Times


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