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Christmas & New Year 2017

Cuddle up with a cracking new read this Christmas…

Boogie Bear by David Walliams
HB £12.99, published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

AGE 3+

The outrageously funny tale of a big furry polar bear who finds herself unexpectedly drifting far from home… and into some rather unfriendly company! A hilariously heartwarming story that embraces difference and celebrates friendship. With pictures from superstar illustrator Tony Ross this is a perfect festive treat for younger children.

Father Christmas Heard a Parp by Olaf Falafel
PB £6.99, published by Harper Collins Children’s Books


AGE 4+

The side-splitting festive follow-up to Old MacDonald Heard a Parp, from hilarious picture book superstar Olaf Falafel. Father Christmas is getting ready to deliver the presents – but he keeps getting distracted by some VERY rude noises! Who keeps PARPING? Could such a big noise actually be coming from someone rather small? Fans of The Dinosaur That Pooped series will love this tongue-in-cheek windy Christmas tale.


Flying Fergus 7: The Wreck-It Race by Sir Chris Hoy
PB £4.99, published by Piccadilly Press


AGE 5+

In the seventh book of the fantastically fun, magical cycling series when Fergus gets a new coach, the successful captain of the Paralympic wheelchair basketball team, he’s not so sure about her new training methods. She gets the team doing yoga and wheelbarrow races, and even enters them in the Wreck-It Run, a charity race where everyone creates their own adapted bikes from parts. Fergus is sure Charlie is off her rocker… but is he right?


Wonder: Film-tie in edition by R J Palacio
PB £7.99, published by Puffin

AGE 9+

Wonder is the unforgettable, life-affirming and internationally bestselling story of August Pullman, a boy who’s desperate to blend in, but is destined to stand out because of the way he looks. First published in 2012, Wonder was the biggest children’s debut hardback that year and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Younger Fiction. This special edition is packed with extra content including an introduction from director Stephen Chbosky and a full-colour photo insert from the newly released movie starring Oscar-winner Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay as August.

Father Christmas’s Fake Beard by Terry Pratchett
HB £12.99, published by Penguin Random House


AGE 9+

A collection of Christmas stories from the fantastically funny Terry Pratchett with wonderful illustrations from Mark Beech. 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? What if Father Christmas went to work at a zoo, or caused chaos in a toy store, or was even arrested for burglary? Dive into a fantastically funny world for a festive treat like no other. These ten stories will have you laughing, gasping and crying (with laughter) – you’ll never see Christmas in the same way again.


AGE 10+

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
HB £9.99 V&A Puffin Classics


Share a classic with a new generation with this exquisite special edition from Puffin and the V&A with its beautiful cover, inspired by the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collection of the work of Arts and Crafts pioneer William Morris (1834 – 1896). The much-loved period novel is set against the backdrop of a country torn apart by the American Civil War, following the lives of four sisters, from childhood to adulthood, as their father is away fighting. The girls tackle what it means to be young women and the story touches on issues ranging from gender roles to sibling rivalry, first love, loss and marriage. Look out for the glittering adaptation starring Michael Gambon and Emily Watson which is to be shown on BBC One over the Christmas period.

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