The Talking Parcel

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First edition (publ. Collins)
Cover art by Liza James
AuthorGerald Durrell
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication date

The Talking Parcel (also published as The Battle for Castle Cockatrice) is a 1974 book by Gerald Durrell in which children are transported to the fantasy land of Mythologia to save it from cockatrices. They are aided by a talking parrot and encounter many other magical creatures, including a mooncalf.

The book has been translated into a number of languages, including Czech, Estonian, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Ukrainian.[1]

Film adaptation[edit]

The Talking Parcel
Directed byBrian Cosgrove
Produced byBrian Cosgrove
Mark Hall
Written byGerald Durrell (novel)
Rosemary Anne Sisson (writer)
Music byRavid Rohl
Woolly Wolstenholme
Edited byJohn McManus
Dave Street
Release date
26 December 1978 (UK)
Running time
(US) 60 min
(UK) 40 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was made into an animated feature for television by Cosgrove Hall Films in 1978, debuting on ITV. However, the film differs from the book mainly by introducing only one human protagonist, the girl Penelope.

Voice cast[edit]

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "The Talking Parcel > Editions". GoodReads. Retrieved 16 January 2019.