Catherine Storr (21 July 1913 – 8 January 2001) was an English author best known for her novel Marianne Dreams and for the series of books about a wolf ineptly pursuing a young girl, beginning with Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf. Married to psychologist Anthony Storr for over 20 years, her books often involve children confronting their fears.
General Children’s Fiction
Stories for Jane (1952)
Polly, the Giant’s Bride (1956)
Lucy Runs Away (1962)
Catchpole Story (1965)
Puss and Cat (1969)
Kate and the Island (1970)
The Chinese Egg (1975)
The Story of the Terrible Scar (1976)
Who’s Bill? (1976)
Winter’s End (1978)
The Bugbear (1981)
February Yowler (1982)
Castle Boy (1983)
Two’s Company (1984)
It Shouldn’t Happen to a Frog (1984)
The Boy and the Swan (1984)
Cold Marble and Other Ghost Stories (1987)
The Underground Conspiracy (1987)
Daljit and the Unqualified Wizard (1989)
The Spy Before Yesterday (1990)
Finn’s Animal (1992)
The Mirror Image Ghost (1994)
Watcher At the Window
Christian Children’s Fiction (Selected)
People of the Bible (1982)
The Birth of Jesus (1982)
Jesus Begins His Work (1982)
Joseph and His Brothers (1982)
Noah and His Ark (1982)
Adam and Eve (1983)
Jonah and the Whale (1983)
Miracles By the Sea (1983)
The Prodigal Son (1983)
The First Easter (1984)
Abraham and Isaac (1985)
David and Goliath (1985)
Jesus and John the Baptist (1985)
Moses and the Plagues (1985)
St. Peter and St. Paul (1985)
The Trials of Daniel (1985)
POLLY AND THE WOLF AGAIN – Buy it here
The stupid wolf is still trying to outwit clever Polly. And his disguise as Father Christmas nearly works! But by now even Polly’s little sister Lucy is a match for him.
PUBLISHER: Jane Nissen Books
PUBLICATION DATE: 1st April 2011
THE IF GAME
What if …? Stephen is bursting with questions. What if his mother was still around? What if he knew what had happened to her? What if his father would just tell him the truth? Then he starts finding keys – keys which lead him through secret doors, into a strange world where he doesn’t recognize anyone, but everyone seems to know him. Perhaps he can find out what he wants to know in the world behind the doors. But what if hearing the truth turns out to be worse than not knowing at all?
Published: BLOOMSBURY READER, 1st December 2011
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MARIANNE DREAMS – Buy it here.
‘I could get in,’ Marianne thought, ‘if there was a person inside the house. There has got to be a person. I can’t get in unless there is somebody there. ‘Why isn’t there someone in the house?’ she cried to the empty world around her.
Marianne is no child prodigy at drawing. Confined to her bed with an illness she finds a pencil in her great-grandmother’s workbox, but the house she draws is as unsatisfying as always – like a shaky doll’s house with grass as unlike anything growing as ever. But that night she dreams and rediscovers her drawing in a completely new world.
Returning to this world night after night, Marianne encounters a strange but familiar boy and the house takes on an increasingly ominous significance for both of them . . .
Funny, unusual, indefinable, the spirit of Marianne Dreams lingers long after the final page.
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2006
RIGHTS CONTROLLED: TRANSLATION
THE MIRROR IMAGE GHOST — Buy it here
Lisa is certain she has seen a ghost in the reflections of her Mother’s bedroom mirror. There is no one she can confide in: not her grandparents, who are oddly secretive about the subject of ghosts and the past; nor her mother who seems preoccupied since her recent marriage to Laurent; and she definitely won’t tell her new step-brother and sister they are French and she hates them! As her war with Pierre and Alice gets fiercer, Lisa finds herself drawn into the world beyond the mirrors and realises that the events of fifty years ago cannot be ignored. What she does now might change things for her whole family: her grandparents, her mother, Pierre, Alice and, most importantly, for Lisa herself.
CLEVER POLLY AND THE STUPID WOLF – Buy it here
Once upon a time the front door bell rang and Polly went to open the door. There was a great black wolf who said he had come to eat her up. This collection of stories feature a wolf trying to catch a little girl: the wolf takes his always impractical subterfuges from fairy tales, but is outmatched by Polly every time.