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Beautiful new Vintage Children's Classics hardback edition, with colour illustrations by Anthony Browne, released for the 25th anniversary of publication of Ian McEwan's story of a young boy's weird and wonderful daydreams.

‘A classic’ Financial Times

The trouble with being a daydreamer who doesn’t say much, like Peter Fortune, is that people are likely to think you are rather stupid or dull. No one can see the amazing things that are going on in your head, such as swapping bodies with a cat, or a baby; vanquishing the school bully; or discovering a mysterious cream that makes your family disappear. Peter learns that the best thing to do, if he wants people to understand him, is to write down some of the things that happen to him while he is staring out of the window or lying on his back looking at the sky. So in this book you’ll find some of those strange and wonderful adventures, written down exactly as they happened.

Reviews

As far-fetched and funny as anything by Roald Dahl

Vogue

Clear and vivid prose . . . Read these aloud to your children and be unsettled by them

Evening Standard

Perfectly judged, scary, poignant, meaningful; he makes it look easy, but this is brilliantly achieved

Guardian

Brilliant...the quality of imagination at play here is something special

TES

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback

    9781784875985

    September 17, 2019

    Vintage Children's Classics

    112 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099470717

    November 10, 1995

    Red Fox

    112 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • Paperback

    9780099590613

    October 6, 1995

    Vintage

    144 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781409096337

    July 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    112 pages

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