Archive for October, 2014

Christmas stories for children

What better way to spend the build-up to Christmas than by reading your way through a festive collection of Christmas stories with your son or daughter? Perfect for sharing with a child, the Book People has many Christmas books which not only explain what Christmas is about but also will help build excitement for the most wonderful time of the year. Whether you want to introduce children to the nativity or explain just who Father Christmas is, we have a Christmas book for you – many feature familiar characters and there are also new friends to make… Here are some of our favourite festive stories – and you can buy them all from the Book People for a great price!

The Mr. Men and Little Miss characters are getting ready for their Christmas Party and everyone’s invited – but Little Miss Shy is feeling nervous… Will she be too shy to go? A fantastic story starring Roger Hargreaves’ characters, this will help children who are a little bit wary of the huge event  enjoy Christmas.

With a beautiful plush toy included, young readers will love meeting Pip, The Polar Bear Who Saved Christmas as he heads off to the North Pole to meet Santa, while young readers who are excited about the visit of Father Christmas will be delighted with the funny, interactive Santa’s Beard. Santa has had enough of his itchy, fluffy beard during summer so the beard decides to fly off – he tries various different faces (and maybe a bottom or two) but soon realises there’s no place quite like home…

Frozen is still phenomenally popular with children of all ages and what better accompaniment to their Anna doll, Elsa dress and Olaf cuddly toy than two books about the land of Arendelle! We have a beautiful hardback that tells the famous Disney story inspired by The Snow Queen and an Essential Guide to all the beloved Frozen characters. Another book inspired by the serene beauty of winter time is our very beautiful edition of Walter de la Mare’s poem Snow. A gift book of the highest quality, it’s an ode to winter and delightfully festive.

We also have classic stories in the shape of Janet and Allan Ahlberg’s The Jolly Christmas Postman, Shirley Hughes’ Alfie’s Christmas and the 10 books featured in our Big Box of Christmas Stories.

Guest blog: 5 best animal books for children


These days, children seem to be up to speed with technology, with little ones as young as a year old able to use a tablet to play games and watch programmes without supervision. Whilst these tablets educate, they don’t have the same effect as a book. There’s something special about reading a book with your child before bedtime; getting them to turn the pages and taking it in turns to read sentences. Not only are books educational and fun, they are filled with attractive pictures too! Take a look at five of the best animal books for children.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle’s much loved classic tells the tale of a ravenous caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then transforms into a beautiful butterfly. Gorgeously illustrated with brightly coloured pictures of the greedy little caterpillar and the fruits he devours, this book teaches children the life cycle of a butterfly.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar | The Book People

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

This wonderful picture book is an endearing short story about a very remarkable experience: a tiger who randomly shows up at the front door! Sophie and her mother are having afternoon tea when they hear the doorbell ring. The tiger politely invites himself in and the story unfolds from there. This classic story is a fun read that demonstrates just how big a tiger’s appetite is!

The Tiger Who Came to Tea | The Book People

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

Children’s favourite foods and animals are featured in this funny tale that dances across the page in delicious rhyming phrases. Good manners are not on the menu at this meal; however this humorous story teaches children all about dining manners and etiquette but in the most fun way possible. A dinner party with these impolite animals provides endless entertainment that’ll have you laughing until you’re crying!

Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose

Mog the Forgetful Cat

This particular story in the series of Mog books is about how the forgetful tabby cat lands herself in trouble through her forgetful ways. However the story takes a turn for the better and Mog manages to come out as a hero! Children will adore this happy ending as they feel sorry for Mog, a family favourite cat in literature. This realistic read should be on every child’s bookshelf.

Mog the Forgetful Cat

The Snail and the Whale

When it comes to exploring the world, one snail in particular wants to do just that. The snail hitches a lift on a whale’s tail and together they embark upon an amazing journey that sees them travelling past spectacular sights from icebergs and volcanoes to sharks and penguins. The little snail feels even smaller in the vastness of the world but when the whale is beached in a bay, the tiny snail is the one to save the day! This heart-warming story teaches children an important message about friendship whilst offering enchanting pictures and an enjoyable read for story time!

The Snail and the Whale

So there you have it, 5 of the best animal books for children. Fancy seeing these animals in reality? Visit Folly Farm for the day. This adventure park and zoo is a fun and educational day out for the whole family.


There’s scary books for all ages at the Book People

Looking to get stuck into some spooky books this Halloween? Look no further than the Book People, because we’ve got all sorts of great books for readers of all ages in our dedicated Halloween Shop. From scary scrapes involving much-loved children’s characters to thrillers from leading authors, there really is something for everyone at the Book People this Halloween.


Among the titles currently on offer in the Book People’s Halloween Shop is Peppa’s Halloween, starring none other than Peppa Pig. Priced at just £1.99 and suitable for readers aged three and over, Peppa’s Halloween is packed with spooky stories and amazing Halloween-themed activities. Fans of the TV show are sure to be thrilled by the activities and puzzles, while the simple text makes the book perfect for budding young readers.


For readers aged nine and over, there’s Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase – available for only £6.49, a saving of more than 50 per cent on the recommended retail price – by Jonathan Stroud. The first book in Stroud’s new Lockwood & Co. series, The Screaming Staircase follows young psychic investigations agent Lucy Carlyle and her charismatic partner Anthony Lockwood as they try to escape from one of England’s most haunted houses after a case goes wrong.


Readers aged 11 and over, meanwhile, are sure to enjoy House of Secrets – the debut novel from acclaimed filmmaker Chris Columbus, famous for his work on films such as The Goonies, Mrs Doubtfire, Home Alone and the first three Harry Potter films.


We’ve also got a gripping thriller from one of the true masters of the genre – Stephen King. Joyland, priced at only £6.39 from the Book People, follows college student Devin Jones as a vicious murder and a dying child dramatically alter his life in 1970s North Carolina.


You’ll find all that and more in the Book People’s Halloween Shop – so why not take a look and see what’s on offer?

Richard Flanagan wins the Man Booker Prize 2014 – buy the shortlist for £30!

Australian author Richard Flanagan was announced as the winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 last night – and all of us here at the Book People send our congratulations to him for this stunning achievement. Beating off fierce competition from Karen Joy Fowler, Joshua Ferris, Howard Jacobson, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith, the compelling novel is a deeply personal tale about prisoners and captors on Burma railway.

Following in the footsteps of Hilary Mantel, Yann Martel and Margaret Atwood, Flanagan won £50,000 and will experience a huge increase in worldwide book sales… But with the Book People, you can own the entire six-book shortlist for just £30! All presented in a keepsake hardback format, this is the perfect collection for any fan of contemporary fiction.

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014 shortlist:

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves – Karen Joy Fowler
  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour – Joshua Ferris
  • J – Howard Jacobson
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan – WINNER
  • The Lives of Others – Neel Mukherjee
  • How to be Both – Ali Smith

The Book People Recommends…

At the Book People, we know there is so much choice when it comes to book buying… Although we believe you can never read too many books, we know time (and space) constraints mean that many people have to make a choice when it comes to buying books. In this blog post, we’ve put on our thinking caps and will highlight books from our hand-picked range that will be suitable for your friends, family and loved ones – whatever their taste!

Books for cooks

From the healthy recipes featured in Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall’s River Cottage to the more indulgent food that Jamie Oliver cooks up in Comfort Food, there’s something for every kind of foodie in our Cookery range. We also have tantalisingly tasty cookbooks from Lorraine Pascale and Tom Kerridge.

Books for bakers

Can you remember a time before the Great British Bake Off took over everyone’s autumn viewing (and baking!)? We can’t – and wouldn’t have it any other way. As well as her trademark bakes, Queen of Baking Mary Berry shows off her impeccable cookery skills in Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect, while her fellow GBBO judge Paul Hollywood focuses on the best bakes our nation has to offer in Paul Hollywood’s British Baking. Of course, we also have the official Great British Bake Off book which allows you to make up some of this year’s most memorable bakes from the GBBO tent while popular chef Rachel Allen also looks to delicious desserts in All Things Sweet.

Books for crafters

Whether you want to make your own Christmas decorations this year or dress your dog up for a trip down the catwalk, we have books for every type of hobby. From knitting to sewing head-turning projects using left-over pieces of fabric, our books can help you achieve brilliant craft projects.

Books for young adult readers

Young adult fiction is amongst the most popular book genres right now and the success of The Hunger Games, The Maze Runner and The Fault In Our Stars in cinemas shows there is no sign of it slowing down anytime soon. We have amazing young adult books from in the shape of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking Trilogy, Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle and Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar.

Book collections for kids

The Book People’s collections are simply amazing. Amazing stories, amazing artwork – amazing value! We love to bring our little readers the best new books and introduce them to classic children’s books and what better way than bundling them all together for one low price? Whether you have a fiction fan who loves War Horse author Michael Morpurgo and wants to discover his other novels, a little one who adores Thomas the Tank Engine or just want to treat a child to a whole-load of Mr. Men or Little Miss stories, you’ll find a perfect present here!

Film and TV favourites

Have you been watching Professor Brian Cox’s latest BBC show Human Universe? We have been glued to our screens – and the book is just as fascinating… If you’ve always dreamed of being on QI and want to astound your friends with the kind of facts Stephen Fry loves to present, then 1,411 QI Facts to Knock You Sideways will keep you highly entertained – and be the perfect stocking filler for fellow QI fans! Marvel is taking over the world and the updated Marvel Encyclopedia will delight any Marvel fan with its facts about all the famous superheroes, while little fans of Iron Man, Captain America and Spider-Man will love finding out about their favourites in the 15-book Marvel Readers Collection.

Winter warmers

We’re now at the time of year when it’s just perfect to cosy up by the fireplace and snuggle up with a good book… You can trust the Book People when it comes to buying fiction books of the highest standard. The Miniaturist  is a compelling story about the joys of love and horrors of obsession, while Philippa Gregory’s The King’s Curse  is her latest bestseller. People who like historical fiction will also enjoy our six-book collection from Man Booker winner Hilary Mantel. And if you still want more contemporary fiction, you can enjoy working your way through the Man Booker 2014 Shortlist. For some contemporary stories you may have seen in the cinema, you can’t go wrong with our Blockbuster Collection – for £4.99 you can read the books that inspired Philomena, The Lovely Bones and The Silver Linings Playbook.

We also have some great novels in our 10-book Winter Warmer Collection, which includes Elizabeth Jane Howard’s The Light Years, Emma Donoghue’s Room and Catherine Dunne’s Set in Stone.

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