Our Christmas Top Picks: Children’s Books

Our Christmas Top Picks: Children’s Books

Bad Dad – David Walliams

The new hilarious story from Number One bestselling author David Walliams, brilliantly illustrated by Tony Ross.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway

Get ready, Book 12 in the phenomenally bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series is coming! Join Greg on a family holiday he’ll never forget! To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating Christmas at home.

Tom Gates: Epic Adventure

The brand new hilarious and fully-illustrated instalment of the bestselling Tom Gates series! Having two sets of grandparents is turning out to be very good for me. The Wrinklies are keen on giving presents AND they’re planning a family outing which is going to be EPIC!

Guinness World Record 2018

The record-breaking records annual is back and packed with more incredible accomplishments, stunts, cutting-edge science and amazing sporting achievements than ever before.

Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2018

Following hot on the heels of last year’s Top 10 bestseller, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2018 offers a completely new assortment of strange-but-true facts and amazing stories!

The Creakers

The darkly magical new story about the monsters under the bed, from bestselling author of The Christmasaurus, Tom Fletcher. What silently waits in the shadows at night? What’s under your bed, keeping just out of sight?

Toto the Ninja Cat

Meet Toto: she’s no ordinary cat, and she can’t wait to have an adventure with you! Join Toto for a funny animal escapade written by one of the UK’s best-loved broadcasters.

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! This glorious new edition of Newt Scamander’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (considered a classic throughout the wizarding world) features an extraordinary array of magical creatures.

Hetty Feather’s Christmas

Cosy up for Christmas with this brand-new festive story, starring everyone’s favourite Victorian foundling, Hetty Feather! The perfect stocking-filler for every Jacqueline Wilson fan.

The Racehorse Who Disappeared

Clare Balding’s second brilliant adventure for Charlie Bass and her funny family of humans and animals.Life is slowly getting back to normal for Charlie after her reluctant racehorse, Noble Warrior, won the Derby and saved her family from financial ruin.

The Girl with the Lost Smile

The first children’s book from award-winning, bestselling author and comedian Miranda Hart. Packed with humour and happiness, this is a story guaranteed to make you laugh and cry!

F2: Galaxy of Football

The ultimate football adventure story from the world’s greatest football duo, The F2 When the evil Galaxico aliens steal the game of football from planet Earth, it’s up to Jez and Billy to assemble the greatest team to have ever played the beautiful game in the hope of stealing it back!

Father Christmas’s Fake Beard

Have you ever wanted Christmas to be different? Turkey and carols, presents and crackers – they all start to feel a bit . . . samey. How about a huge exploding mince pie, a pet abominable snowman, or a very helpful partridge in a pear tree?

Beyond the Sky: You and the Universe

So you want to go into space? WHY?! (No, really – it’s sort of a terrible idea. We humans are perfectly designed for life on Earth. UK and Ireland’s best-loved comedian Dara O Briain takes you on a journey from the safety of your comfiest chair to the furthest reaches of space (and beyond!)

Dork Diaries: Crush Catastrophe

Nikki Maxwell, Queen of the Dorks, is back in the twelfth instalment of the bestselling series! Now with over 30 million copies in print worldwide!

Frogkisser!

Holly Black Garth Nix is on hilarious form as he spins his very own fairy tale, featuring Princess Anya, who, with her loyal dog, must embark on a terribly important (capital Q) Quest to acquire the ingredients for a reversal lip balm.

Horrid Henry’s Jolly Holidays

Francesca Simon worked for 12 years as a freelance arts journalist, writing for the Sunday times, and The Guardian amongst others. Francesca wrote her first children’s book in 1989 and has gone from strength to strength ever since.

Supersaurs: The Raptors of Paradise

A thrilling new adventure series: what would the world look like if dinosaurs had never died out? Imagine a world where dinosaurs have survived and evolved as … SUPERSAURS.

Dynamo: The Book of Secrets

Can you keep a secret? Look inside this book and you will find many, from inside the mind of one of the world’s most talented magicians. Welcome to the world of Dynamo.

Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball

Welcome to the world of Nocturnia, where darkness reigns supreme, glitter is terrifying, and unicorns are the stuff of nightmares! Amelia Fang would much rather hang out with her pet pumpkin Squashy and her friends than dance at her parents’ annual Barbaric Ball.

Flying Fergus: The Wreck-it Race

A new coach is needed – but what can a wheelchair basketball champion teach Fergus and friends about cycling? Fergus is sure their new coach is going to be his ultimate hero so when Grandpa introduces Charlotte Campbell, the children are all less than impressed.

Guinness World Records Amazing Animals

Calling all animal lovers! Guinness World Records: Amazing Animals puts the spotlight on the world’s most fur-nomenal creatures, peculiar pets, wacky wildlife and cute critters.

The Saccone-Jolys and the Great Cat-Nap

Hello, Friends! Welcome to the world of the Friendliest Friends – six Maltese puppies on a mission to be the Best. Dogs. Ever! Inspired by the real-life SACCONEJOLY family, this children’s picture book is packed full of fun, adventure and mischief.

The Ugly Five

Inspired by real-life safari animals, Julia Donaldson’s brand-new picture book is a jubilant celebration of animals who are often rather unloved. The funny, heart-warming rhyme is a joy to read aloud, while bold, comical illustrations bring the savannah spectacularly to life.

Witch Snitch

Tiga and friends are famous throughout Sinkville for their part in the Witch Wars competition, but there’s so much more of Sinkville to discover!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter magic! An extraordinary creative achievement by an extraordinary talent, Jim Kay’s inspired reimagining of J.K. Rowling’s classic series has captured a devoted following worldwide.

The Wizards of Once

From the bestselling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series – set in an ancient, magical time, full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites.

My Little Pony: The Ultimate Guide

With fun facts, best-kept secrets, montages, quotes and MUCH more, this is the only companion that you’ll ever need to this amazing world of magic, friendship and fun.

Kid Normal

The first book in a laugh-out-loud funny adventure series for 8+ readers from popular radio personalities Greg James and Chris Smith. Perfect for fans of David Solomons, David Baddiel and Danny Wallace. Featuring brilliant illustrations by Erica Salcedo throughout.

Beetle Boy

Darkus is miserable. His dad has disappeared, and now he is living next door to the most disgusting neighbours ever. A giant beetle called Baxter comes to his rescue. . But can the two solve the mystery of his dad’s disappearance?

A Place Called Perfect

Violet never wanted to move to Perfect. Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time?

Clarice Bean, Utterly Me

The brilliantly original first novel from Children’s Laureate Lauren Child – starring the fabulously feisty Clarice Bean! Clarice Bean loves reading the adventures of Ruby Redfort, ace girl detective and secret undercover agent

I am Not a Loser

The first book in the brilliant Roald Dahl Funny Prize winning BARRY LOSER series. Perfect for readers aged 7-10 years old and fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and Dennis the Menace.

You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!

Shabba me whiskers! It’s that bestselling and award-winning first ever Mr Gum book by Andy Stanton. The Mr Gum books are only the craziest, funniest most best books for children in the whole wide world.

Dog Man

New from the creators of Captain Underpants, it’s Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL COP! George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers.

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

The Blythes are a big, warm, rambunctious family who live on a small farm and sometimes foster children. Now Prez has come to live with them. But, though he seems cheerful and helpful, he never says a word.

My Brother is a Superhero

Luke is a comic-mad eleven-year old who shares a treehouse with his geeky older brother, Zack. Luke’ s only mistake is to go for a wee right at the wrong time.

Witch Wars

When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH.

The Official Pokemon Encyclopedia Special Edition

Gotta catch ’em all! The ultimate guide to the Pokemon animated series – featuring exclusive bonus content!

Birthday Boy

A hilarious rollercoaster ride of pure entertainment for 9+ readers everywhere, Birthday Boy is the new Baddiel Blockbuster: featuring David’s inimitable and award-winning combination of wish-fulfilment, heart and hilarity.

Pointless Book 3

Just when you thought it was safe to put down your pens, Alfie Deyes is back with everyone’s favourite journal! This time it includes some brand-new challenges and activities – from Haikus to recipes and riddles to mindfulness.

Billy and the Minpins

The collaboration between Roald Dahl and Quentin Blake has captured millions of children’s imaginations for nearly forty years. Billy and the Minpins, this new interpretation of Roald Dahl’s very last story (originally published in 1991) is just as magical.

The Adventures of Dog Man: A Tale of Two Kitties

Dog Man, the newest hero from the creator of Captain Underpants, is still learning a few tricks of the trade. If only the Chief would throw him a bone every once and a while…

The Adventures of Eggbox Dragon

From the author of Watership Down, Richard Adams, comes an enchanting picture book about the adventures of a mischievous homemade dragon. Illustrated by Alex T. Smith, creator of Claude, the bestselling beret-clad canine hero.

Dragon Rider: The Griffin’s Feather

The last winged horses are on the brink of extinction. Three foals lie curled in their eggs in a sanctuary for threatened creatures, where a young dragon rider lives with his silver dragon.

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

Enter the Wundrous world of Morrigan Crow and Nevermoor – the most fantastical children’s debut of the year.Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day of the year, she’s blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks.

The 91 Storey Tree-House

The 91-Storey Treehouse is the seventh book of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s wacky treehouse adventures, where the laugh-out-loud story is told through a combination of text and fantastic cartoon-style illustrations.

When I Grow Up

This hugely exciting picture book collaboration by internationally celebrated musician-comedian Tim Minchin and award-winning illustrator Steve Antony is an absolute treat for all ages.

That’s not my Unicorn

The 50th title in the internationally bestselling That’s not my… series. This sparkly, touchy-feely book features a magical unicorn to talk about, and a little white mouse to spot on every page.

Chase

Get ready to run . . . an edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay, in his first novel for 9-12 year olds.Chipper is a very special dog.

Simply the Quest

Elliot Hooper’s troubles are far from over: his mum’s health worsens, he’s struggling at school, and a bunch of anarchic Greek immortals have moved into his home .

Stories of Wizards and Witches

Get ready for broomstick rides and bubbling cauldrons in these magical short stories from Enid Blyton – ideal for reading aloud, or for children over 7 to read alone!

The River Challenge

Jack loves all sorts of outdoor activities – but he just can’t stand getting wet. Can an adventure with Bear Grylls in a Chinese river gorge, rafting down the rapids, change his mind?

Charlie and Lola: A Dog with Nice Ears

A brilliant new Charlie and Lola picture book from multi-award-winning author and Children’s Laureate Lauren Child! Lola wants a dog – but the qualities of her perfect pooch seem oddly like those of a … rabbit! 

The Famous Five Treasury

This beautiful large-format anthology of Famous Five short stories and favourite scenes, plus fun activities, is fully illustrated in colour by Laura Ellen Anderson, who has reimagined the Five for young readers today.

Return to the Jungle

Could you survive in the jungle? Six months after his adventures in Spirit of the Jungle, Mak returns to the Wainganga River, where a conservation project is tracking the elusive wild elephant, endangered by loggers and poachers.

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