Children’s Books set in Cornwall include fabulous books such as Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo; The Mousehole Cat; The Adventure Island series and Cornwall – An Alphabetical Adventure. Browse below for your choice.
The Mousehole Cat, by Antonia Barber
This is the stunningly illustrated story of the seaside village of Mousehole Cornwall, where Mowzer the cat lives happily with old fisherman Tom – Tom who rocks the rocking chair just right, and catches fresh fish for dinner every night.
Their life is a happy one – until one terrible winter, the Great Storm-Cat comes clawing and snarling and leaping at the harbour walls, so that no boat can go out to sea to fish. Soon, with Christmas coming, there is no food left in Mousehole. It is then that Mowzer and Tom set out to brave the fury of the waves together, and discover that it might just need a cat’s perspective to understand – and tame – the ferocious ways of the Great Storm-Cat sea…
Gently yet powerfully told, this incredibly moving story of bravery, sacrifice and companionship inspired by Cornish legend is sure to connect with readers of all ages, new and old alike.
Cornwall – An Alphabetical Adventure
Described by Dawn French as “A Cornish Delight”, this 40 page full colour illustrated hardback book will take explorers of all ages on an alphabetical adventure through Cornwall.
Written, designed Illustrated and printed in Cornwall, this is a quality hardback book, printed on heavyweight FSC certified paper.
Locals and tourists alike will find delight in discovering all the hidden gems that this book has to offer.
The Adventure Island series, by Helen Moss
With just some of the series of Adventure Island books below, this is a wonderful set of books for 8 to 12-year-olds, giving a modern take on traditional Enid Blyton-style adventures for children.
Book 1: The Mystery of the Whistling Caves
When Scott and Jack Carter have to stay with their great aunt for the summer they steel themselves for the most boring holiday ever. But then they meet Emily Wild and her loveable dog, Drift. Emily shows them the lighthouse, the castle – and the amazing whistling caves. Legend has it that when the caves stop whistling the castle will be attacked – and that’s exactly what happens!
Priceless treasures are stolen and Emily and the boys are determined to investigate. But how was the treasure smuggled out of the castle? Why did the caves stop whistling? And can the friends solve the mystery in time to catch the thief?
Cornish Folk Tales for Children, by Mike O’Connor
JOIN JAMIE, the son of a travelling droll teller, as he journeys across Cornwall, a land steeped in myth and legend.
Along the way you will hear mysterious and exciting tales like what happened when Bodrugan took his soldiers to capture Richard Edgcumbe, why the ghost of Lady Emma was never seen again, what proper job King Arthur gave the Giant and how St Piran came to settle in Cornwall.
These stories specially chosen to be enjoyed by 7- to 11-year-old readers sparkle with magic and explode with adventure. As old as the moors and as wild as the sea, they have been freshly re-told for today s readers by storyteller Mike O Connor.
Why the Whales Came, by Michael Morpurgo
An exciting adventure from Britain s best-loved children s author and the man behind War Horse, Michael Morpurgo.
Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought. They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they don t know whether to believe the birdman s story that the island is cursed. Set on a remote island against the backdrop of World War I this story will captivate and delight young readers.
Former Children s Laureate and award-winning author of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, again demonstrates why he is considered to be the master story teller with yet another of his beautifully crafted war stories for children.
Midnight Pirates, by Ally Kennen
Three children, whose parents have gone to America, try to run a secluded West Country beach hotel on their own.
The chaos mounts as they pretend there are adults in charge. A sinister guest brings danger. A ship is grounded off the beach, and crates of washed-up cargo are there for the taking.
But the wreck was no accident…