The Time of Your Life

By: Imagined Worlds  05-Apr-2012

Tanya Batt
Craig Denham

For the last twenty years I have worked retelling traditional stories and sharing them with thousands of children all over the world. This is my first collection of original stories In these stories, classic characters of the "wonder tale" - dragons, pirate princesses, faeries and monsters are fused with modern life, creating a world of magical realism. At the heart of this world is the imaginative life of the child.

Musician Craig Denham has audibly illustrated these stories with his enchanting and often humorous musical scores. We hope as you listen, that the words and music will conjure a place of curiosity and delight, as you enjoy the age old tradition made new, the telling of and listening to a story.

The Time of Your Life

The gift of a watch, sets Ben's mind ticking. What is time? How much time do we get? And when is the most important time?

My Dad's a Dragon Catcher

Friendly one-up-man-ship sees Toby creating a story of fantastical proportions. But Toby discovers that there's more than one way to catch a dragon.

The South Pacific Pirate Princess

A lazy day at the beach turns into a perilous adventure. Or does it?

A Faery Strange Day

This old tale made new reminds us that you have to be careful what you wish for, because sometimes your wishes just might come true (and with a side serving of chips!)

Scary Dragon.s in the Orchard

On a balmy summer evening, the timeless game of hide and go seek is played. Who will hide and who will hunt? Let the counting begin!

The Terrible Queue

A misunderstanding leads Sam down the "wrong" aisle. As Sam's imaginings grow so do the shop monsters. You had no idea shopping could be so dangerous!

Catching Fish

When the fish on Jake's favourite shirt go missing, Jakes' family are full of advice. Jake discovers honesty is most likely to catch you that slippery fish.

This album was created with the generous assistance of Creative New Zealand.

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Books & CDs - Imagined Worlds

Old favourites such as Chicken Licken and the Gingerbread man as you've never heard them before, rub whiskers with the delightful Lishka the fox from the Czech Republic.Best suited for children 3 years plus. Meet Lulu and her bedtime menagerie, hear why stones are storytellers, discover the secret of the apple and laugh out loud at the foolishness of lazy Jack.Recommended for those 3 years plus.


Elemental - Imagined Worlds

Elemental has been created in response to the ever-decreasing opportunities many children have to play and grow up in natural environments and to listen to stories. Written versions of this story can be found in Eric Maddern's picture book 'Rainbow Bird' and Kevin Crossley Hollands, 'Young Oxford Book of Folk Tales'.


The Fairytale Tree - Imagined Worlds

This tale from Andalusia asks us all that binding question - Do we live a life that's safe, or do we take a risk for something precious. This story gives you a story to help pass those long hot summer nights, when mosquitos buzz and bite. On that island grows a magical tree, and cradled in its branches is a nest holding the story eggs. I first heard this story in Scotland but later discovered it was an old Chinese story.


Box of Foxes - Imagined Worlds

Chicken Licken's hasty mistake spells disaster for his feathered friends when Foxy promises them a short cut to find the King. People have been asking us for years to record our take on this Afro-American storytelling chant. You've heard of putting the fox amongst the chickens - well here's one rooster in a box of foxes. Horses, chickens, a hungry old woman and an alien all want a nibble of that gingerbread man.


The Story Sack - Imagined Worlds

If we listen to the stones they can tell us all that is secret, all that is sacred and all of our stories. A lively tale explaining why it is that we must all share our stories. Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack the Giant Killer, Jack and Jill.