CRACKING GOOD TALES

Derek Hook has been delighting young audiences across India for over a decade now, with his magical storytelling performances. Using music and percussion, Derek weaves stories that are packed with sound, colourful characters, twists in the plot and cheeky dark humour.
Here, for the first time in book form, is a collection of some of his favourite stories gathered from around the world, accompanied by vivid illustrations by Radhika Neelakantan and recordings of Derek's reading performances.

While many of the stories are intended for a young audience (8 years and above), adult readers will easily succumb to their universal charms.

Read on your own. Read along with Derek. Just sit back and listen. Or do your own dramatic performance. Whatever you choose, these are stories that will bring out the storyteller in you!
Video produced by The End of The Pier Films. &
Stars In The Night Sky animated by Sarah Waterhouse
Book design by Ideafixandco.
Web design: Francisco Mazza & M. Lommel.

Listen to all the stories, read by Derek

01 The Unlucky Man.mp3
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02 Friendship.mp3
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03 Mouse the Brave.mp3
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04 Stars in the Night Sky.mp3
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05 Death in a Nutshell.mp3
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06 Jack & His Adventure.mp3
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07 Lobster & Crab.mp3
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08 The Cobblestone Maker.mp3
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09 The Dark Knight.mp3
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10 Day of the Dead.mp3
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11 The Meaning of Dreams.mp3
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12 A Bag of Gold Coins.mp3
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13 The Boy Who Could Read.mp3
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14 Ghost of the Piper.mp3
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15 Seeds of the King.mp3
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16 Story Teller.mp3
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If you enjoyed the stories, please consider donating - money will go to support rural schools in India. You can also purchase the color illustrated PDF eBook edition of He Walked here. Or a hardcover library-quality color illustrated book edition here.