Narrated by Stephen Fry

2018 Odyssey Honor
2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording

Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.
 
Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he’s happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. 
 
Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .
 
Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.

"Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!" --Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library

“The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it.” —Yann Martel, bestselling author of Life of Pi
 
“The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades.” —Stephen Fry

"Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." --Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump

"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories.”—Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book

Stephen Fry stars as spoof investigative journalist David Lander in all four series of the BBC radio comedy

Delve Special ran for four series on BBC Radio 4 from 1984-1987, later transferring to TV as This is David Lander. A parody of the popular genre of investigative reporting, it stars Stephen Fry as inept crusader David Lander, alongside some of the biggest names in comedy including Tony Robinson, Andrew Sachs, Jan Ravens, Felicity Montagu, Harry Enfield and Dawn French.

In the first series, Lander presents a four-part exposé into irregularities over plans to site a new London airport near Birmingham. Series 2 finds him reopening the investigation into the Archibald Gallery (was the key suspect framed?), reporting on revolutionary methods of baby production, probing MI5 about dirty tricks, purple herrings and mauve sheep and interviewing a double agent in his luxury home in Bulgaria. In Series 3, Lander examines the new ‘Sea Snake’ torpedo, looks into Britain’s cowboy builders, investigates an alarming new food additive, and exposes shady shenanigans in London's Square Mile. Finally, Series 4 sees the intrepid reporter looking at unorthodox religions, asking if farming is in crisis, wondering why the police believe crooked informers and charting the rise and fall of a Caribbean despot.

Consumer champion, seeker of justice and turner of unturned stones, he confronts conmen, uncovers dodgy dealings and exposes the naked truth by fearlessly whipping the towel of falsehood away and pointing. There is truly no other journalist quite like David Lander ...




Written by Tony Sarchet
Produced by Paul Mayhew-Archer

Starring Stephen Fry
With Tony Robinson, Jack Klaff, Brenda Blethyn, Mark Arden, Steve Frost, Peter Wear, James Griffiths, Hilda Schroder, Monica Grey, Jon Strickland, Scott Cherry, Andrew Sachs, Moray Watson, Jan Ravens, Phil Nice, Felicity Montagu, Brett Usher, Colin Starkey, Arthur Smith, Robert Bathurst, Carole Boyd, John Bott, Julia Hills, Harry Enfield, Dawn French, Philip Pope, Janine Duvitski, Clive Mantle

First broadcast BBC Radio 4: 3-24 August 1984 (Series 1), 6-27 September 1985 (Series 2), 5-29 September 1986 (Series 3), 28 August-18 September 1987 (Series 4)

“Roald Dahl sometimes shared a tonal kinship with Ogden Nash, and he could demonstrate a verbal inventiveness nearly Seussian…[His] stories work better in audio than in print.” –The New York Times


FANTASTIC MR. FOX

Nobody outfoxes Fantastic Mr. Fox!

Someone's been stealing from the three meanest farmers around, and they know the identity of the thief—it's Fantastic Mr. Fox! Working alone they could never catch him; but now fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don't know is that they're not dealing with just any fox—Mr. Fox would rather die than surrender. Only the most fantastic plan can save him now.


ESIO TROT

An ancient spell, 140 tortoises, and a little bit of magic…

Mr. Hoppy is in love with his neighbor, Mrs. Silver; but she is in love with someone else—Alfie, her pet tortoise. With all her attention focused on Alfie, Mrs. Silver doesn’t even know Mr. Hoppy is alive. And Mr. Hoppy is too shy to even ask Mrs. Silver over for tea. Then one day Mr. Hoppy comes up with a brilliant idea to get Mrs. Silver's attention. If Mr. Hoppy's plan works, Mrs. Silver will certainly fall in love with him. After all, everyone knows the way to a woman’s heart is through her tortoise.


THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE

The Enormous Crocodile is a horrid greedy grumptious brute who loves to guzzle up little boys and girls. But the other animals have had enough of his cunning tricks, so they scheme to get the better of this foul fiend, once and for all!


THE GIRAFFE AND THE PELLY AND ME

Who needs a ladder when you’ve got a giraffe with an extended neck?

The Ladderless Window-Cleaning Company certainly doesn't. They don’t need a pail, either, because they have a pelican with a bucket-sized beak. With a monkey to do the washing and Billy as their manager, this business is destined for success. Now they have their big break—a chance to clean all 677 windows of the Hampshire House, owned by the richest man in all of England! That’s exciting enough, but along the way there are surprises and adventures beyond their wildest window-washing dreams.

Delight in a collection of famous children's stories performed by our favourite celebrities. From a fantastic edition of Beauty and The Beast, read by the brilliant comedian, writer and actor Rik Mayall, to an awe inspiring and captivating retelling of Sleeping Beauty by the renown Lenny Henry, and many, many more...

This collection includes:

Aladdin, Beauty and The Beast, Sinbad the Sailor, The Gingerbread Man, Three Little Pigs (Rik Mayall)
Hansel and Gretel, The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland, Rapunzel, Rumpelstiltskin, The Hare and the Tortoise (Bobby Davro)
Sleeping Beauty, Emperors New Clothes, Ugly Duckling (Lenny Henry)
Get Me Out Of The Jungle Book (David Van Day)
Goldilocks and The Three Bears, Jack and the Beanstalk, Safety First at Home and Play, Safety First at Home and Play (Phillip Schofield)
Cinderella, Beepo Bear (Anita Harris)
The Princess and the Pea, Princess Ballett Slippers, The Girl Who Lived in a Glass Castle, The Princess Who Never Laughed (Emma Forbes)
Puss in Boots (Tony Robinson)
Billy Goats Gruff, Snow White (Andy Crane)
The Pirate, The Parrot, & The Genie & The "Magic Way" Explained, Beat The Parrot, Multi Tablo, The Parrot Does It, Tables Rap (Stephen Fry)
Joseph and His Coat of Many Colours, David and Goliath, The Good Samaritan, The Prodical Son (Alan Titchmarsh)
Space- Episode One, Space Episode Two (Patrick Moore)
Reginald J Wolf Wins the Race Against Time, Summer Time At Bigley-On-Sea (Bill Oddie)
Roger And The Rotten Trolls (Colin Baker)
Wild Animals to the Rescue, The Environment Under Threat (Terry Nutkins)

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