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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!

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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.


Christmas activity books!

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of the year but many children will find themselves getting restless as the excitement of the build-up becomes too much. What better way to calm them down then by getting them to take part in some delightfully fun and festive activities? The Book People has activity books for all ages – from the fun of designing a placemat for Christmas Dinner to finding festive things to draw, it’s a quite sparkling selection we’re sure you’ll agree.

My Big Book of Christmas Activities is a huge book packed with pocket-money projects that will inspire the creativity of any little one this Christmas time. Children who love to colour in will find plenty to enjoy in our 3-book Christmas Colouring Collection, which comes with plenty of stickers and our Christmas Activity Placemats book has also quickly established itself as a Book People favourite! A great way to keep children entertained during any Christmas meal, they’ll love adding their personal touch to the fill-in designs that will decorate the table in time for Christmas lunch in style!

From snowmen to presents and penguins, the Winter Wishes Sticker Book gives children the perfect chance to add a touch of originality to their cards and gift tags this year. Santa’s Beard  is also another awesome original Christmas book. With a velcro beard to try on a variety of faces and a final spread where it gets back to its rightful place, it’s perfect for anyone excited to put the mince pies and carrot out on Christmas Eve. To help children learn the traditional Christmas story, My Nativity Colouring and Sticker Book has activities that help children learn about Joseph, Mary, the baby Jesus and the Three Wise Men – there are even press-out characters included.

Another bumper book of puzzles and activities is Bloomsbury’s My Christmas Activity and Sticker Book. Full of brightly coloured characters and amazing activities, it will help warm up anyone on a cold winter night! Christmas Things to Draw is bursting with wintry inspiration and Toddler Christmas has plenty of festive activities, puzzles, games and stories to enjoy – all complemented by Katie Sanders’ beautiful artwork.

Make Christmas 2014 a Christmas full of activities!


World Book Night 2015 – list of books announced

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Now an annual tradition throughout the country and beyond, the next World Book Night takes place on 23 April 2015. This may seem a long time away, but as soon as the final decoration off the Christmas tree has been taken down it will come around quick!

World Book Night is a celebration of books that aims to share the joy of reading throughout local communities by putting books into the hands of those who wouldn’t or can’t normally go into a bookshop. Every year, passionate volunteers take special World Book Night editions of some famous books to give out for free and to try to inspire a lifelong love of reading in those lucky enough to receive them.

Full of bestselling books, this year’s World Book Night list has been announced – and there’s something for everyone, from Book People favourite M. C. Beaton’s cosy crime to Lynda La Plante’s original Prime Suspect and ponderings on life from the one and only Karl Pilkington. You can apply to be a volunteer at www.worldbooknight.org today.

 

World Book Night 2015 – the list:

Chickenfeed by Minette Walter

Prime Suspect by Lynda La Plante

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Honour by Elif Shafak

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M. C. Beaton

My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher

Essential Poems from the Staying Alive Trilogy by Neil Astley

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden

The Moaning of Life by Karl Pilkington

Dead Man Talking by Roddy Doyle

Spring Tide by Cilla and Rolf Borjland

Skellig by David Almond

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson

When God Was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman

The Martian by Andy Weir

Queen’s Gambit by Elizabeth Fremantle

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

After the Fall by Charity Norman

Street Cat Bob by James Bowen


Film and TV books from the Book People

2014 has been a brilliant year for film and TV – and what could make a more perfect Christmas gift that ties in with someone you know’s favourite programme or movie of the year? The Book People has all the best film and TV books of the year – and they’re all available with huge savings off the price you’d be paying in the high street shops.

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Starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, David Fincher’s Gone Girl was a brilliant adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s much talked-about novel and we have the hardback edition of the book (complete with a jacket from the film) available. Already a bestseller, the film not only attracted many more fans to this most twisting and twisted of thrillers but is also attracting some awards buzz.

Following in the footsteps of Katniss Everdeen and The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner has been one of the highest-grossing young adult fiction novels of the year. Telling the story of Thomas, a young teenager who wakes up in a strange place with no memory other than his first name, we have the trilogy available so that fans of the film who were blown away by the film’s cliffhanger ending will be able to read on!

Every film fan is eagerly awaiting December 2015 when The Force Awakens in the seventh Star Wars film. Starring the original cast, it’s bound to bring the story of ‘A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ to an entire new generation of Jedis. We have so many great Star Wars books to help children (and grown-ups) learn all about the history of the likes of Luke Skywalker, Yoda and R2-D2 – from sticker books to enyclopedias and annuals.

Frozen is still one of the biggest films around and many families will be settling down for a Christmas Day sing-along of ‘Let It Go’ come 25 December. We have so many great books featuring the likes of Elsa, Anna and Olaf the Snowman – sure to warm the hearts of any Frozen fan over Christmas! Disney now also owns Marvel and with the second Avengers film released in cinemas in 2015, the comic book superheroes are showing no signs of slowing down in popularity – our huge encyclopedia has all the information any Marvel fan will need to learn about this huge universe!

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This Christmas Day after the turkey’s been devoured and the family are playing all sorts of games, why not bring the Pointless Quiz Book out and see if you can beat Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman? And then when it’s time for the traditional Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Day special, you can enjoy the 2015 Strictly annual – packed full of all the glitz, glamour and gossip from the hit show. Another festive tradition is the Christmas Day Doctor Who special (with Peter Capaldi making his first appearance in a festive edition this year) and we have many books about the Doctor and his friends including Clara Oswald and foes including Daleks and the Cybermen.

Many Doctor Who fans also love Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in BBC’s Sherlock series and with the show not back until its Christmas special in 2015, the Sherlock Chronicles will help ease the pain of missing Baker Street’s most famous detective. Another extremely clever man is Professor. Brian Cox and in his Human Universe documentary, he tried to examine who we as the human race are, where we came from and why we do what we do. The hardback edition of Human Universe is simply beautiful – one of the best books for Christmas 2014.


Paddington Bear film in cinemas this Friday – buy Paddington books to see how it all began!

One of the most famous bears in literature has his first big-screen adventure this weekend when the long-awaited Paddington movie is released. Based on Michael Bond’s famous Paddington stories, the film features an all-star human cast including Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, Blue Jasmine’s Sally Hawkins and award-winning Nicole Kidman as villainess Millicent. Skyfall, Nathan Barley and Cloud Atlas actor Ben Whishaw is the voice of Paddington (replacing Colin Firth who dropped out during pre-production). At the Book People, we have some amazing Paddington books for any fans of the marmalade-loving bear – from picture books to fiction novels and tie-ins of what’s set to be a huge film!

Brought to you by Red House, Jeanne Willis’ Story of the Movie finds the popular children’s author bringing the story kids of all ages will love seeing on the big screen to the page. Bringing Michael Bond’s traditional tales to the latest, modern audience it is laugh-out-loud funny and will make a great gift for anyone who falls for Paddington. We also have a Paddington Movie Sticker Book in our Red House shop. Full of puzzles, activities and stickers, it’s packed full of fun and features stills of many entertaining scenes from the film.

The Book People has two huge-value collections of Michael Bond’s original stories – both Paddington picture books and older fiction books. The Paddington Bag Collection comes in a clear carry bag that has its own Paddington gift tag – a perfect Christmas present for any little one, especially as it contains the delightfully festive story Paddington and the Christmas Surprise! With R. W. Alley’s illustrations featured through every story, you’ll be laughing just as much as the child you’re sharing the books with as you read through the Peruvian bear’s hilarious antics in and around London!

For children aged 7 and over who have grown up with Paddington, we have a 13-book collection available for just £14.99 (saving over £62 off the RRP). Also suitable for keen readers who are a little younger, the books feature Peggy Fortnum’s original illustrations and provide a more in-depth look at the antics of the trouble-attracting but loveable little Peruvian bear who arrived at Paddington station with just an old hat, duffel coat, suitcase and note that said: ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you’ attached.


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