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Winter 2017

Wonderful winter stories to snuggle up with…

Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers
HB £14.99, published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

Pre-school+

Inspired by the birth of his son, Harland, Belfast-born renowned picture book maker Oliver Jeffers takes the reader on a journey through a series of heartfelt notes introducing planet Earth. Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (you are here), or a guide to all of the animals (they can’t speak but that’s no reason not to be nice to them), Oliver’s signature wit and humour combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.


The Little Book of Ocean Animal Sounds
HB £12.99, published by Fine Feather Press

AGE 3+

Did you know an Emperor Penguin sounds like a Formula 1 racing car or that an Atlantic Puffin makes a noise like a disgruntled chainsaw? Featuring beautiful photography and fascinating facts, the solid board book gives a double-page spread to each of the twelve animals. Designed to be held by even the smallest hands, together with a sound bar enabling the reader to identify the call of each species, this interactive book brings to life the sounds of ocean mammals and birds that will delight children and adults of all ages.

Explore Dinosaurs! In association with the Natural History Museum
HB RRP £9.99, published by What on Earth Publishing.

AGE 7+

What was the oldest dinosaur? Why did they grow so large? What did they eat? Would they have eaten us? Why did they die out? These are just some of the intriguing questions that have passed the lips of curious children for generations – and this book answers them all. Containing an eight-page pull-out timeline filled with fascinating facts about these extraordinary creatures that lived 230 million years ago, plus a 32-page illustrated explorer journal and dinosaur brain-teasers.



Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney
HB £12.99 & Wimp-ebook, published by Puffin

AGE 7+

Fans will not be disappointed with the much anticipated twelfth book in the series. In this new adventure, readers won’t be able to stop laughing as they join Greg and his family on a holiday trip to remember. To escape the stress of Christmas, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of spending Christmas at home. But what’s billed as stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare. Filled with Kinney’s trademark hilarity and pure fun, this latest Wimpy Kid instalment is sure to delight fans once again.


Bad Dad by David Walliams
HB £12.99, published by Harper Collins Children’s Books

AGE 9+

Walliams’ award-winning books have become an eagerly anticipated part of every family’s festive season and his latest novel, Bad Dad, illustrated by the amazing Tony Ross, delivers all the hallmarks of a Walliams classic and will no doubt be at the top of everyone’s Christmas wish list. When Frank’s dad is thrown into prison for driving the getaway car in a bank robbery, Frank hatches a daring plan to break him out for the night so they can put the stolen money back. A fast and furious, heart-warming, rags-to-riches story that will have readers on the edge of their seats, roaring with laughter and holding back the tears.

La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One by Philip Pullman
HB, £20, published by David Fickling Books

AGE 11+

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust. Malcolm Polstead’s life in the pub beside the Thames is safe and happy enough, if uneventful. But during a winter of unceasing rain the forces of science, religion and politics begin to clash, and as the weather rises to a pitch of ferocity, all of Malcolm’s certainties are torn asunder. Finding himself linked to a baby by the name of Lyra, Malcolm is forced to undertake the challenge of his life and make a dangerous journey that will change him and Lyra forever. Twenty-two years after the publication of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman returns to this epic parallel world in a masterful new novel: the long awaited The Book of Dust.

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