A masterpiece of storytelling with evocative and stunning illustrations, destined to be read for years to come.
The wishing stars burn bright tonight,
the air is thick with dreams,
And a deeply sleeping dinosaur is waking up,
it seems . . .
In a town by the seaside, Marianne is often seen foraging on the beach. But she isn’t playing with children her own age. Instead Marianne is alone, and digging for dinosaur bones to build a special sort of companion.
Then, one night, she goes to sleep wishing with all her heart that her dinosaur might come to life . . .
A very rare and special book where the words and pictures take you on a magical journey far beyond the page.
The Girl and the Dinosaur is available in hardback for £10.99.
A magical adventure to delight the imagination. The curl-up-on-the-sofa snuggle of a series from a uniquely talented author.
Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly’s powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc . . .
On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after? The second enthralling tale in the bestselling Pages & Co. series.
Pages & Co.: Tilly and the Lost Fairy Tales is available in hardback for £12.99.
As expectation mounts on Christmas Eve, a boy hears sleigh bells ringing and looks out of the window in time to see Santa arrive. Santa comes down the chimney (this is a fun picture as the book is tall and thin) and delivers the presents while pretending he does not notice the boy watching. Off he rides with all his favourite reindeer, and it’s time for Christmas to begin! Told in verse that’s perfect to recite aloud with all the family gathered around, this poem has stood the test of time since it was first written almost 200 years ago.
A beautiful edition in a traditional style, for the newest family member to cherish.
The Night Before Christmas is available in hardback for £12.99.
By Alex T. Smith
This is a beautifully written story book which will make a lovely addition to the Christmas countdown. I have been reading this to my 4 year-old and every day she is excited to find out what happens next on Winston’s Christmas adventure. I can see she will be enjoying this for many years, long after she has become a confident independent reader herself and it will become a much-loved family tradition. At the end of each chapter are lovely ideas of festive activities – the Christmas rocky road recipe was delicious!
From Alex T. Smith, bestselling author of the Claude series, comes How Winston Delivered Christmas – the irresistible story of the brave little mouse who sets out on an adventure on Christmas Eve. Featuring beautiful colour artwork and Christmassy activities to make-and-do throughout, this gorgeous book is sure to become a festive family tradition that will be enjoyed year after year.
Winston the mouse is on a Very Important Mission. On Christmas Eve, he finds a letter to Father Christmas that did not make it to the post box – so, with no time to lose, he sets out to deliver it himself in time for Christmas Day! He has a lot of Very Exciting Adventures on his Very Important Mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way.
Each chapter includes its very own festive activity for all the family to enjoy together – including writing a letter to Father Christmas, making mince pies, designing your very own Christmas cards, making presents, creating decorations, and so much more! This flapped paperback features a festively foiled cover and artwork on beautiful paper, making it the perfect Christmas gift.
How Winston Delivered Christmas is available in paperback for £9.99.
Having two small children at home I read a lot of picture books and this one was a real treat! A unique, feel-good and clever Christmas story which I’m sure will help keep the magic alive for some children just a bit longer.
The big red suit was ironed and ready. The elves had stuffed the final teddy, when from the bathroom came a yelp, ‘Ho Ho, oh no! Quick, someone HELP!’. When Santa accidentally shaves off his famous beard, the elves all rally round to help. Can they glue it back on? Maybe the answer is whipped cream or candyfloss.
Or perhaps it’s mashed potato . . .
Will they be able to sort him out before Christmas Eve? Things are not looking too good until the littlest elf has a bright idea! Festive and fun, this is destined to become a seasonal favourite.
Santa’s New Beard is available in paperback for £6.99.
I love a good fairy tale, and an even better retelling. My favourite fairytale, however, is a lesser-known one, often forgotten under its more well-known sisters: ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon.’
North Child is a retelling of that very story, about a girl called Rose. Rose is an unusual child, a North Child. For Rose was born facing north, and the old stories say she is destined to travel far from home on a dangerous journey. Making a pact with an enormous white bear, Rose travels on his back to a mysterious castle that holds a dark enchantment, a darker temptation, and the key to her true destiny.
North Child is available in paperback for £7.99.
By Mac Barnett
We all know a curious child, that always asks questions. Mainly ‘why?’ Well, this book answers all those questions…. Just not exactly correctly!
Why is the ocean blue? What is rain? What happened to the dinosaurs? It might be time for bed, but one child is too full of questions about the world to go to sleep just yet. Little ones and their parents will be charmed and delighted as a patient father offers up increasingly creative responses to his child’s night-time wonderings.
Just Because is available in hardback for £12.99.
The case is closed. Five years ago, schoolgirl Andie Bell was murdered by Sal Singh. The police know he did it. Everyone in town knows he did it. But having grown up in the same small town that was consumed by the crime, Pippa Fitz-Amobi isn’t so sure. When she chooses the case as the topic for her final project, she starts to uncover secrets that someone in town desperately wants to stay hidden. And if the real killer is still out there, how far will they go to keep Pip from the truth . . . ? This Christmas, take a rollercoaster ride by reading another of Holly Jackson’s YA thrillers, leaving you shaking, blubbering, dizzy, confused but also happy and smiling all at the same time!
Available in paperback for £7.99.
Sucker for dogs on a front cover? “I, Cosmo is a “woof – tastically” heart warming story, full of life, and will be sure to make your heart strike whenever you next see a Golden Retriever. Cosmo’s family is falling apart and it’s up to Cosmo to keep them together. He knows exactly what to do. There’s only one problem – Cosmo is a Golden Retriever. A moving, beautiful, hilarious story of one dog’s attempt to save his family, become a star, and eat a lot of bacon.
Available in paperback for £6.99.
Celebrate the dawning of a new decade with the fully revised Guinness World Records 2020. The electrifying new cover with thousands of new, updated and classic superlatives, hundreds of never-before-seen images, and a selection of eye-opening photo-composites that put a new spin on record-breaking will make sure that you go into the new year knowing some fun and crazy facts about the diverse and dedicated record breakers located all over the world.
Available in hardback for £20.