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Do you want to build a snowman? Disney’s Frozen soundbook – £7.99 at the Book People!

‘Do you want to build a snowman?’ is a question many families have been asked over the past twelve months, regardless of whether the white stuff has fallen on the ground or not! One of the standout tracks on the brilliant Frozen soundtrack, it’s been responsible for many impromptu sing-alongs throughout the world and also played a great part in establishing the relationship between sisters Anna and Elsa in the opening moments of Disney’s modern classic, Frozen.

Now your children can have a smile as big as Olaf’s by playing the ‘piano’ along to this classic song with the Frozen sing-along soundbook! With noise-making piano keys embedded into the book and easy-to-follow instructions, it’s a great first taster of playing a musical instrument and is packed with artwork of everyone’s favourite Frozen characters. As well as ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’, the book is packed with other Frozen-themed songs that children will love to learn to play and sing along to!


Available for just £7.99, a saving of £5 off the RRP, Disney’s Frozen: Do You Want to Build a Snowman? is a cool, cool interactive piano book that will have everyone singing along. You won’t be able to resist.

Who is A. A. Milne?

Best known as the author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books, A. A. Milne is surely one of Britain’s most respected children’s authors.



When was A. A. Milne born?

A. A. Milne was born in Hampstead on 18 January, 1882. He died on 31 January, 1956 at the age of 74.


What books did A. A. Milne write?

A. A. Milne was the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and also wrote a number of children’s poems and the famous novels Once on a Time and The Red House Mystery.


Who was A. A. Milne inspired/influenced by?

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A. A. Milne’s son Christopher Robin Milne’s teddy bear inspired the character of Winnie-the-Pooh, while Christopher Robin also made appearances in the book. All of Christopher’s soft toys were included in the stories!

Oscars 2015: Academy Award-nominated films inspired by books

Let’s forget the snub of The LEGO Movie (we’re pretty angry too!), the 2015 Oscar nominations are now in and we thought it’d be great to take a look at this year’s shortlist and highlight the films and performances that have been inspired by fiction and non-fiction books.

Oscars 2015

Best Picture Nominees

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American Sniper – based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

The Imitation Game – based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking


Best Actor in a Leading Role Nominees

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Steve Carell as John du Pont in Foxcatcher – based on the book Foxcatcher by Mark Schultz

Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle in American Sniper – based on the book American Sniper by Chris Kyle

Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game – based on the book Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges

Eddie Redmayne as Prof. Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking


Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominees

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Felicity Jones as Jane Hawking in The Theory of Everything – based on the book Travelling to Infinity by Jane Hawking

Rosamund Pike as Amy Dunne in Gone Girl – based on the book Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in Wild – based on the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed


Have you read any books that have inspired the Academy Award-nominated films in 2015? If not, visit and shop for books that films are based on today.

Oscars 2015: The books that inspired the films

As we eagerly await the Oscar nominations here at the Book People, we thought we’d credit those books that have inspired the films likely to be vying for the biggest honour in the film industry.

Jane HawkingTravelling to Infinity (The Theory of Everything)

Travelling to Infinity

We reckon both Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones might be in with a shout for Best Actor and Best Actress for their portrayal of Stephen Hawking and his first wife Jane in The Theory of Everything. Based on Jane’s bestselling memoir Travelling to Infinity, the film follows Jane’s wonderful, heartbreaking and tough experiences as she first falls in love with Stephen while studying at Cambridge and then cares for him as he battles motor neurone disease. The film made you laugh and cry – and you’ll need those tissues once more when you read through Jane’s open, honest and funny real-life experiences.

Gillian FlynnGone Girl

Gone Girl book

When Gone Girl was first published in 2012 it quickly became one of the most talked-about thrillers of recent times. A dark, twisting tale of the lies and paranoia that engulfed the desperately unhappy-in-love Amy and Nick Dunne, it arrived on the big screen in late 2014 in a film directed by David Fincher with Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike (in scintillating form – she could be our favourite for Best Actress) playing the couple. If anything, the book is even more gripping and we highly recommend you read (or re-read!) it to see if you can catch the clues…

Cheryl StrayedWild

Wild book

Arriving in cinemas this weekend, Wild stars Reese Witherspoon and is directed by the Dallas Buyers Club’s Jean-Marc Vallée. Based on an extraordinary true story from Cheryl Strayed, it follows Cheryl as she decides to embark on a journey of redemption at the age of 26 when her life begins to fall apart. Walking 1100 miles along the West Coast of America – from the Mojave Desert to Washington State – alone, the book captures the extraordinary nature of Cheryl’s quest and how she began to enjoy life again. We recommend you read it and watch the film.

Andrew HodgesAlan Turing: The Enigma (The Imitation Game)

Benedict Cumberbatch

One of the surprise hits of the year, The Imitation Game starred Benedict Cumberbatch as code-breaker Alan Turing and told the true story of how he broke the German Enigma code and helped bring an end to World War II. Set around Bletchley Park – Britain’s best code-breaking centre – the film celebrated Turing’s achievements and we expect Sherlock star Benedict to be in with a chance of Best Actor. The book the film was based on – Alan Turing: The Enigma – shows how Turing’s work and legacy lives on and covers the appalling treatment he faced after the end of the War.

Mark Schultz Foxcatcher

Starring Steve Carell in a truly career-defining role, Foxcatcher tells the true story of brothers Mark and Dave Schultz, Olympic gold medal-winning brothers who are invited to train at billionaire John du Pont’s state-of-the-art Foxcatcher ranch. Supported by mesmerizing performances from both Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher explores the relationships the Schultz brothers had with du Pont and cleverly presents du Pont’s catastrophic break from reality – which led to tragedy. Written by Mark Schultz himself, the man who knows the inside story of Foxcatcher better than anyone else, the book must be read!

Why not let us know which film adaptations you have enjoyed over the past twelve months?

Top New Year’s resolutions NOT for bookworms

When the clock strikes 12 on New Years Eve, a world of pain awaits us as we embark on our journey of self-discovery – attempting a New Year’s resolution. But not all New Year’s resolutions are for us book lovers, so we have listed a few that you may want to avoid when trying to think of one for 2015…

Getting fit

A fit and healthy lifestyle is something that we should all hope to abide by. Our bodies are temples and need looking after and treating right. A great way to treat your body is to allow it a little exercise every now and then. And that’s the stumbling block: we don’t have time for exercise. I mean, we could sit on an exercise bike or similar and read our books, but it’s not quite the same as having our feet up in front of the fire. And what if the characters in the book aren’t performing exercise? We’re supposed to slog away dripping in sweat, looking less than appealing while the Mr Darcy’s of the literary world continue being suave, clean and well rested? I don’t think so!

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Learning something new

New skills are great and all, but why would we want to learn something new when we already have the best skill ever, EVER: the ability to read. Learning a new skill is just going to take far too much time and eat into our precious reading time. Time is precious, so use it wisely. A good book is the natural choice!

Drink less

This New Year’s resolution is a pretty standard one for everyone. New Year’s Eve gets a bit heavy, the Merlot gets hit a bit harder than any normal night, the morning headache proves over-indulgence of our plum-coloured friend was a terrible mistake. But what is a good book without one measly glass of wine? Just one… no need to be silly. And if we’re not going to be silly with our alcohol consumption, what’s the need for a New Year’s resolution dedicated to it? Nah!

Travel to new places

Travel broadens the mind, but we won’t be seeing anything when we travel. We may enjoy some peripheral greenery and such like, but our heads will be so deeply buried within the pages of our favourite novel we won’t have any time to take in the scenery. Don’t waste your efforts. Stay home, stick your feet up, pour the aforementioned glass of red and get stuck in to your book. It’s not like a train could take you to Middle-earth or Mars anyway…


Unless we’re volunteering to read brilliant books to those less fortunate, we’ve got reading to do and can’t spare the time. Sorry!

Be less stressed

Be less stressed? BE LESS STRESSED? How can we be less stressed when these stupid characters keep doing stupid things that get them deeper and deeper into trouble. I won’t be calm until the thrillers stop thrilling and the action-packed adventures stop action-packing. And then there are the times when we’re not reading but we’re deep into a brilliant book. What happens next? What do you mean we have to wait until we finish work? We can’t wait that long!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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