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Orphaned Pip lives a humble life with his sister and her husband, until a fateful encounter causes his life to change irrevocably. Will his great expectations be fulfilled? The classic Charles Dickens novel retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

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Hardback with ribbon marker
ISBN: 9780746085547
Extent: 64 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Retold by Lesley Sims
Barry Ablett

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“Great Expectations”
I liked Pip because he was a kind and generous boy. I liked how he tried to help Miss Haversham and Magwich. It was a happy ending because Estella and Pip were never parted again. I read it to my Dad and he thought it was brilliant.
“An Amazing Book”
I really enjoyed this book as it was full of emotions and details. My favourite character was Pip because he was a nice person and very brave in trying to resue Miss Havisham. It was a sort of sad ending.
“Great Expectations”
I liked the book because it was scary and good. My favourite character was Magwich because he was scary.
“Great expectatations”
This book is wonderful for children and adults. There is a young boy called Pip who lives with his older sister, and Joe the blacksmith. Barry Ablett the illustrator has drawn very impressively to my point of view for this book because the pictures almost look like they are telling the story themselves. My favourite character is Miss Havisham, because I like the description of her house. Hope you enjoy this book.


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  • Retelling a classic story
    Visit the See Inside Usborne blog to read how the writer, Mary Sebag-Montefiori, creates her retellings of classic stories.
  • Usborne Reading Programme
    Find out more about the Usborne Reading Programme, download a chart of the seven levels and watch an interview with reading consultant Alison Kelly.