The Christmas season is here and our resident book worm has scourced some magical festive reads for the whole family.
In this edition we have a new book from David Walliams to delight younger readers and we hope to help you stay organised in 2020 with the F.R.I.E.N.D.S inspired weekly 2020 planner.
Read on to find out more!
Here Comes Christmas is a playful touch-and-feel book, full of energy, fun and of course, lots of cute festive friends!
Toddlers will laugh, shout, clap their hands and join in the fun as the simple text encourages them to point, count, match and talk about the friendly pals playing on every page. With textures to feel on every page and a matching game page at the end, everyone will want to clap hands for the favourite Christmas friends!
Sing your heart out with a whole choir of characters, in the showstopping new picture book from number one bestselling author David Walliams, illustrated by the artistic genius, Tony Ross!
There’s more than one star of the show… In fact, there’s a whole choir of them!
Warble the walrus LOVES to sing.
Unfortunately, she is not very good at it! And when her atrocious warbling causes an avalanche, the other walruses leave her all alone.
But when you SING like no-one is listening, SOMETIMES, they start to hear you…
The perfect story for anyone who loves to laugh or sing, this brand-new story from David Walliams is a delightfully wonderful warble about doing what makes you HAPPY, and being LOUD about it!
"It was Christmas, and Alice had promised to stay in bed until 7 am.”
Alice doesn’t end up keeping her promise. She fully intends to, but a strange sound wakes her up on the night before Christmas… how can a junior detective resist the lure of trying to catch Santa doing his job?
Except… Santa is nowhere to be found. Armed with her smarts and a new friend, Alice has a mystery to solve!
Alice is a smart little girl, a bit of a detective really, waiting patiently for her Christmas presents. She is sleeping peacefully in her bed on Christmas Eve, not aware that Santa is right below her! When a strange noise in the house wakes her up, she sneaks out of bed hoping to be able to see Santa Claus, but isn’t expecting to be catapulted in the middle of a mystery involving Santa’s biggest night of the year. Meet Santa’s newest helper!
Alice, the girl who saved Christmas is a heartwarming Christmas story to read by the fire! Lovingly illustrated, it’s a beautiful, short fairy tale about a smart girl who helps Santa Claus believe in himself and saves Christmas for everybody.
The battle for Christmas, and the world itself, is about to begin.
When Christmas Carol, a Defender of Claus, is suddenly yanked into a portal by her Elven grandmother, she doesn't immediately understand what's happening.
But all becomes clear when she and the Ancient One emerge on the other side of the portal in what's supposed to be the North Pole: everything's changed.
Carol's father is gone. The Defenders of Claus don't exist. The Elf kingdom has been destroyed. And Santa's a broken shell of himself.
The jolly world Carol knew has turned into a terrifying place, where the magic of Christmas has been eliminated and everyone lives in fear of the all-powerful Supreme Leader. Someone has traveled back in time to change history, and Carol's pretty sure she knows the culprit.
Carol and her grandmother, with the help of two ragged boys who have lost everything in the rebellion against the Supreme Leader, track down the only Elf capable of helping their enemy travel through time. The bitter, shimmering creature reluctantly agrees to send Carol back, and she lands in the mid-1800s, when Santa was just getting started and the very first Defender of Claus was found. She must protect Santa and the original Defender and undo the damage her enemy has done or risk returning to a present day that has never known Christmas.
Before A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens meets three ghosts out of time... Christmas Eve. 1842. New Street, Birmingham. The present and the future haunt the past when a pair of reluctant time travellers find themselves stranded in Victorian Britain.
Fred Smith is a young man caught in a street riot in 1934. Mrs Hudson is an old lady who can't remember why she's at the station in 2019. Fred wants to change the world, Mrs Hudson wants to protect time. Can they work together to get back to the future?
Is the secret to their timeslip something to do with Belle, the young orphan girl staging the Christmas pantomime for the city’s poor children? Or the ‘Worst Man in Birmingham’, notorious miser and vicious businessman, Ebenezer Swingeford? Is it oppressed clerk, Bob Cratchit and his rebellious son, not-so-tiny Tim?
Or could it be something to do with Charles Dickens, the young author visiting the city on secret business, on the verge of bankruptcy and desperate for his next big literary success?
Whoever holds the answer, the city’s notorious criminal gang, the precursors to the Peaky Blinders, are out to rob a fortune, and they will murder anyone who gets in their way... just like their leader, Slogger Pike, murdered old Jacob Marley on this very night, eight years ago.
As the snow falls on Christmas Eve, ghosts lost in time haunt the dark heart of the city in search of the true meaning of Christmas.
Becky Brandon (née Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same – Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers.
And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites – if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted!
But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong?
With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper – surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . .
Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas?
Christmas can be murder…
After a busy year fighting crime, DCI Ryan and his team of murder detectives are enjoying a festive season of goodwill, mulled wine and, in the case of DS Phillips, a stottie cake or two—that is, until a freak snowstorm forces their car off the main road and into the remote heart of Northumberland. Their Christmas spirit is soon tested when they’re forced to find shelter inside England’s most haunted castle, where they’re the uninvited guests at a ‘Candlelit Ghost Hunt’. It’s all fun and games—until one of the guests is murdered. It seems no mortal hand could have committed the crime, so Ryan and Co. must face the spectres living inside the castle walls to uncover the grisly truth, before another ghost joins their number…
Murder and mystery are peppered with romance and humour in this fast-paced crime whodunnit set amidst the spectacular Northumbrian landscape.
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