Older people - a burden?
Armed police - necessary?
Cookery flops - your worst
We've got best Christmas reads, best Christmas gift books...but what about the younger members of the family? Would we forget them? Of COURSE not. So now <ta-da> a page just for them and a round-up of the best books for kids, from tots to teens.
When Granny Saved Christmas - Julia Hubery & Caroline Pedler. Bubble and Squeak are off to Granny's for Christmas. Only how will Santa find them? Plus when they finally get to Granny's house, there's no chimney! How will Father Christmas get in? It's up to Granny to save the day - and Christmas!
What the Ladybird Heard Next - Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks. Those crafty robbers Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len are out of jail, and they're heading back to the farm with another cunning plan to cause trouble. Join the cow, the goose, the horse, the sheep, the cat, and everyone's favourite ladybird in this much anticipated sequel to What the Ladybird Heard, which has sold over a million copies worldwide.
The Snow Beast - Chris Judge. Beast has been robbed! And so has the whole village. Without tools the villagers can't put on their legendary Winter Festival, so Beast sets off to solve the mystery. Discovering that a stranded Snow Beast is behind the robbery, Beast has to decide whether to help this odd-looking stranger.
Have You Seen the Elephant? - David Barrow. Elephant wants to play hide and seek. You can play too, but you'll have to try your best - he's VERY good! An absurd and heart-warming picture book from a brilliant storyteller with perfect comic timing. Watch out for the dog and the tortoise, too...
Busy Alice in Wonderland. A perfect introduction, for young children, to Lewis Carroll's magical story. Push, pull and turn mechanisms bring the story to life and introduce all the main characters, Alice, the White Rabbit, the March Hare, Mad Hatter, Dormouse and of course the Queen of Hearts.
One Thing - Lauren Child. A brand new and completely original Charlie and Lola classic picture book from the bestselling Kate Greenaway Medal winner, Lauren Child. Top negotiator Lola takes on numbers in everyday life and bends them to her endearing and unique will.
The Christmas Eve Tree - Delia Huddy & Emily Sutton. When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget.
The Snowball - Giuliano Ferri. What happens when you take a little snowball and try to make it bigger? You might roll it up a hill. You might even get some friends to help you roll it, until it's HUGE, What will happen next?
The Cat that Climbed the Christmas Tree - Elizabeth Clark. Reissued classics, written in lovely simple 1930s prose Elizabeth Clark's Story Books are faithfully brought back into print as beautiful hardcover editions which are perfect for reading aloud, or as early experiences in reading alone.
Vikings in the Supermarket - Nick Sharratt. Six Vikings on a shopping trip, one tartan-patterned cat, a clever little mermaid, a naughty vampire bat, the queen who's really fond of green, the pirate Tidy Clyde, open up this jolly book and meet them all inside!
Tough Guys Have Feelings Too - Keith Negley. Did you know Wrestlers have feelings? And Knights. Even superheroes feel sad sometimes. Children will love to recognize the feelings in these bold illustrations which accompany a fun-to-read aloud narrative.
Duggee's Christmas. It's Christmas time at the Squirrel Club, and all the little Squirrels are helping Duggee to decorate the tree and give out presents. Join everyone's favourite dog in this adorable festive board book for budding young Squirrels.
My Crazy Inventions Sketchbook - Andrew Rae. A book jam-packed with amazing drawings showing all sorts of real inventions that seem too weird to work. Plus plenty of inspiration to get kids' minds going, and plenty of room to add their own crazy inventions to the mix. Includes a patent certificate for their very own crazy invention!
What in the World? An amazing large-format photo book, full of real-life puzzling pictures. Patterns, colours, shapes, hidden animals, optical illusions, double-take photo comparisons, and much more will give your brain a workout and keep you coming back for more!
Daisy and the Trouble With Piggybanks - Kes Gray. Daisy's getting into more trouble than ever before! When her best friend Gabby turns up at Daisy's house with the most awesome, immense, water-squirting micro-scooter Daisy's ever seen, Daisy knows she's got to have one too! Trouble is, they cost a LOT of money. So Daisy and Gabby hatch a money-making plan...
Slot Together Victorian Dolls House. Build a historically accurate Victorian doll's house, complete with furniture, home accessories and a family of dolls. Press out the sturdy, foamboard pieces, slot together following the simple instructions and you're ready to play. Includes book about life in a grand Victorian house, providing an insight into the social history of the period.
The Jolley-Rogers and the Monster's Gold - Jonny Duddle. When Jim Lad and his Dad discover a treasure map inside an old bottle, they set sail to find the mysterious island. Only to end up in the belly of the dastardly Pirate Cruncher! Can Matilda, Grandpa and the rest of the Jolley-Rogers rescue them before it is too late? Or will they end up trapped there forever?
Historium - Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson. Welcome to the museum! Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial. As you wander from room to room, explore the magnificence of what civilisations have left behind over thousands of years of human history!
The Harry Potter Colouring Book. Calling all Potter fans! The official colouring book will provide hours of fun for anyone who enjoys the tales of Harry, Hogwarts and he-who-must-not-be-named.
Legendary - Dan Green and David Lyttleton. Wander through the minotaur's maze, find out what's up with Medusa's hair-do and much more in this essential guide to mythology from around the world. From the ancient American plains to the Greek underworld and beyond, classic characters and tall tales spring to life in this uniquely illustrated must-have for lovers of myths, legends and folklore.
First Class Murder - Robin Stevens. Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are taking a holiday on the world-famous Orient Express - and it's clear that each of their fellow first-class passengers has something to hide. Even more intriguing: there is rumour of a spy in their midst.
Lego - Awesome Ideas. Unlocking the secrets of Lego building and shows you how to create a world from your imagination. From beginners to accomplished builders, this book contains creative model ideas and visual tips and techniques that will inspire anyone to get building!
The Snow Queen - Hans Christian Andersen. Hans Christian Andersen's magical tale of friendship and adventure is retold through the beautiful and intricate illustrations of Finnish illustrator Sanna Annukka. Cloth-bound in deep blue, with silver foil embellishments, The Snow Queen is a unique work of art.
Middle School: Just My Rotten Luck - James Patterson. In this seventh Middle School episode, Rafe heads back to the place his misadventures began: the dreaded Hills Village Middle School, where he's now being forced to take 'special' classes... He also finds himself joining the school's football team – alongside his main tormenter, Miller the Killer!
The Person Controller - David Baddiel. Twins Fred and Ellie meet the Mystery Man, who sends them a video game controller, which doesn't look like any other controller they've ever seen. And it doesn't control any of their usual games. When the twins find out what it does control, though, it seems like the answer to all their problems. And the key to all their wildest dreams. At least it seems like that…
Get into Art - Susie Brooks. A gorgeous children's activity series that explores a wide range of artists' work while encouraging children to develop their own skills and techniques. The book features twelve artworks, superbly reproduced, with information about the work and the artist. Lift the flap to reveal an art project inspired by the work.
I Am Malala - Malala Yousafzai. Meet the girl behind the icon. This is the story of her passionate belief in every child's right to education, her determination to make that a reality throughout the world, and her hope to inspire other children around the world to stand up for their rights alongside her.
The Secrets of the Wild Wood - Tonke Dragt. This gripping, spellbinding sequel to The Letter for the King sees a hero facing his greatest test, surrounded by darkness in a world where good and evil wear the same face, and the wrong move could cost his life but where help comes from the unlikeliest of places.
The Wolf Wilder - Katherine Rundell. Feodora and her mother live in the snowbound woods of Russia, in a house full of food and fireplaces. Feodora's mother is a wolf wilder - the opposite of a tamer - and Feo a wolf wilder in training. A story of revolution and adventure, about standing up for the things you love and fighting back. And, of course, wolves.
Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella. From the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a story of humour, heart and heartache. Finding Audrey is Sophie Kinsella’s first novel for teens, sure to appeal to her legions of adult and young adult fans all over the world.. .
The 5th Wave - Rick Yancey. The Passage meets The Hunger Games, The 5th Wave is the bestselling first book in an epic new series from award-winning Rick Yancey. A major film of the book is coming soon.
Crow Mountain - Lucy Inglis. While on holiday in Montana, Hope meets local boy Cal Crow, a ranch-hand. Caught in a freak accident, the two of them take shelter in a mountain cabin where Hope makes a strange discovery...
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