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Top 10 1980s kids’ books

In among the yuppies, space hoppers and Spectrum Sinclairs, the 1980s also brought the world some of the most gnarly children’s books. Below you can watch our totally bodacious video about these books. It’s rad!

Janet and Allan AhlbergPeepo

Published in 1981, this book from the married couple was the winner of the Parents Magazine Best Book for Babies Award and is still enjoyed by thousands of families today.

Roald Dahl – The Witches

A fantasy novel from the master storyteller that was deliciously dark, this was adapted into a 1990 film starring Anjelica Houston that did not impress Roald Dahl; he called it ‘utterly appalling’.

Francine PascalSweet Valley High

Blending elements of soap opera, romance and even fantasy and thrillers, this worldwide-bestselling series consisted of a fresh 603 books. It also inspired a TV series that ran from 1994 to 1997.

Rod CampbellDear Zoo

One of the most recognisable picture books that remains a bestseller to this day, the lift-the-flap elements made Dear Zoo a hugely interactive treat for toddlers and it’s just perfect for sharing.

Sue TownsendThe Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾

Including the likes of J.K. Rowling and David Walliams among its fans, Sue Townsend’s classic coming-of-age tale spawned seven sequels. Did you know he was very almost called Nigel?

Joanna Cole and Bruce DegenMagic School Bus

A series of fantastical books about science, the Magic School Bus series followed the antics of Ms. Valerie Frizzle and her class as it changed into a spaceship, a submarine and much, much more.

Jill MurphyPeace at Last

A tale that resonates with many parents and guardians, this book was published in 1980 and followed the story of the Near family and Mr. Bear – who just wants some sleep. The picture book was written by Jill Murphy, who is also the author of The Worst Witch.

Judy BlumeTiger Eyes

A young adult novel that tackles important subjects, this book always ranks highly in polls of Judy Blume’s most popular books. It was adapted into a film directed by Lawrence Blume – Judy’s son – in 2012.

Janet and Allan AhlbergThe Jolly Postman or Other People’s Letters

Since first being published in 1986, this innovative book from the Ahlbergs has sold over six million copies. With envelopes including letters, cards, games and a tiny book, it took five years from the book’s conception before it hit the bookshelves.

Roald DahlThe BFG

An expansion of a short story first seen in Danny, the Champion of the World, The BFG was published in 1982 and dedicated to Roald Dahl’s late daughter, Olivia, who died in 1962. It was adapted into an iconic animated film featuring the vocal talents of David Jason and Amanda Root. Later this year, the Steven Spielberg-directed live-action film starring Mark Rylance will arrive in cinemas all over the world.


Top 10 Books from the 1990s

Who remembers the 1990s? From MC Hammer’s baggy pants and Macaulay Culkin’s star-making turn in Home Alone to the spectacle of Jurassic Park and the dominance of the Spice Girls, it was an incredible decade full of unforgettable moments – but what about the books? Well, thankfully these were just as amazing.

A Roald Dahl classic was brought back to the masses thanks to a magical feature film; children all over the world developed an abiding fear of ventriloquist’s dummies; and a certain bespectacled wizard hopped on a train at Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross for the very first time… watch our video below to see how many of our Top 10 Books from the ‘90s you can remember.

Roald DahlMatilda
Although published in 1988, the 1996 movie directed by and starring Danny DeVito made this essential for ‘90s kids. Mara Wilson is perfect in the title role and it also managed the unlikely feat of putting children off chocolate cake… almost!

K. A. ApplegateAnimorphs
Four humans stumble across a crashed spaceship and inherit the amazing power of being able to transform into any animal they touch. Published between 1996 and 2001, this series was adapted into a Nickelodeon show in 1998.

Ann M. MartinThe Babysitters Club
A group of friends set up a local babysitting service and deal with a host of serious themes ranging from illness and divorce to peer conflicts. This popular series spawned two spin-off book series, a graphic novel, a TV show adaptation and even a feature film.

Jacqueline WilsonThe Story of Tracy Beaker
This story became a big favourite with readers upon its publication in 1991. The star of the book, Tracy, has a wild imagination and makes up a series of stories about why she’s living in a children’s foster home, many of which revolve around her actress mother working in Hollywood.

Dav PilkeyCaptain Underpants
Running from 1997 until 2015, Captain Underpants follows the adventures of two children as they hypnotise their teacher and end up creating a superhero who has to battle the evil Dr. Diaper.

Lois LowryThe Giver
A dystopian novel that has sold over 10 million copies, this book was not afraid to tackle difficult and grown-up subjects. A controversial book that inspired many debates, it was adapted into a film in 2014.

Marcus PfisterThe Rainbow Fish
With shiny scales and a simple message of sharing, this book is still popular today and continues to add to its total of 15 million copies sold.

R.L. StineGoosebumps
Those embossed, colourful covers… the scary stories and those deliciously dark twists at the end! The Goosebumps books were a staple of schoolchildren’s bookshelves during the ‘90s and retain their popularity today!

Philip PullmanNorthern Lights
Also known as The Golden Compass, this book – the first in a trilogy – was published in 1995 and follows Lyra Belacqua as she heads to the Arctic in search of a missing friend and comes around all sorts of magical things.

J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
The bestselling children’s books in history, J.K. Rowling’s books have become iconic. The characters are unforgettable and the plot is full of surprises. A true phenomenon, wizards and witches all over the world are excited for the expansion of the wizarding world in new spin-off film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Our favourite reads straight from the jungle

Blog_PromoBanner_698x298_JungleBookWith the release of the new Jungle Book movie, we’ve gone on a safari to find our favourite jungle-themed titles!

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The Jungle Book: Colouring Book

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This beautifully intricate colouring book allows you to bring Rudyard Kipling’s story to life. From Baloo to Mowgli, you can colour from scene to scene while enjoying snippets of text from the original book.

 

Bear GryllsBear Grylls Collection

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For the younger reader seeking fast-paced action and excitement, this collection is ideal. Thirteen-year-old Beck Granger starts his journey searching for the legendary City of Gold in the Colombian jungle, but along the way must battle the elements and use his skills in order to survive in the wild.

 

Quest AdventuresQuest Adventure Collection

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Quest Adventure is a collection of 12 stories for younger readers that require them to put their history, maths and science skills to the test in order to complete their adventure. This incredibly interactive collection allows children to practise the important knowledge they gain at school in an enjoyable and exciting way.

 

Running WildRunning Wild

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Award-winning author Michael Morpurgo tackles contemporary issues such as deforestation and endangered animals in this gripping novel. The story follows a young boy’s journey through the Indonesian rainforest after his life was saved by an elephant.

 

 

 

Jungle Book CollectionThe Jungle Book Collection

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This list could not be complete without the Jungle Book Collection itself! First published in 1894, the story of the man-cub Mowgli and the sleepy brown bear Baloo is well loved the world over. This collection includes The Jungle Book, The Second Jungle Book, and Just So Stories – 12 magical tales full of animal revelations, including how the camel got his hump.


Spring Sale – Books in Bloom

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The sun is shining and so are the offers in our Spring Sale. With savings across all genres, what better time to pick up a new book and grow your bookshelves? Here are just a few highlights…

 

 
World's Best CakesWorld’s Best Cakes

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From cupcakes to cheesecakes, Roger Pizey – world renowned pastry chef – has compiled 250 of the best cakes from around the globe. Each recipe is fool proof and a guaranteed dessert success. Our mouths are watering already!

 

 

MBDSMy Ballet Dream Collection

Only £3.99, save £16.98!

This beautifully illustrated set of three stories is set within the world of ballet and follows the journey of a young dancer named Tilly. A perfect collection for any ballerinas in the making!

 
PATWPaper Towns

Only £2.99, save £10.00!

This bestselling novel, and recent movie hit, is high on a lot of teen reading lists. Lead character Quentin finds himself on a road trip across America in pursuit of the girl he loves who has gone missing.

 

 

Check out our Spring Sale Page for more great offers!

 


Week of Wonder 11th – 18th March

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With 2016 seeing the 150th anniversary of the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter, what better time to celebrate the Beatrix Potter books and their popular characters. Here is a round-up of our favourite stories and the animals that bring them to life.

TUE Peter Rabbit – published in 1902 – the 1st book in the collection

Inquisitive Peter is Beatrix Potter’s most memorable character, but his curious nature led him into danger when he explored Mr McGregor’s garden.

 

 

 

SAT_EXP Squirrel Nutkin – published in 1903 – the 2nd book in the collection

Squirrel Nutkin is a naughty squirrel who doesn’t like to play by the same rules as everyone else. His lack of manners soon lands him in hot water with the wise owl Old Brown.

 

 

 

WED Benjamin Bunny – published in 1904 – the 4th book in the collection

Benjamin Bunny is Peter’s cousin, and far more sensible in comparison. He leads Peter back into Mr McGregor’s garden, on a mission to retrieve Peter’s belongings from the last  visit.

 

 

 

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 Mrs Tiggywinkle – published in 1905 – the 6th book in the collection

Hidden in the hillside, Mrs Tiggywinkle takes a lot of pride in her cleaning duties and helping her friends.

 

 

 

FRI2 Jeremy Fisher – published in 1906 – the 7th book in the collection

Jeremy Fisher embarks on a fishing trip in search of minnows for him and his friends to eat, only to be put off by a large stickleback.

 

 

 

FRI_EXP Tom Kitten – published in 1907 – the 11th book in the collection

Tom Kitten is an excitable kitten who is too focussed on playing to keep his smart clothes clean, much to his mother’s dismay.

 

 

 

SUN_Offer Jemima Puddle-Duck – published in 1908 –  the 12th book in the collection

Jemima Puddle-Duck just wants some peace and quiet to lay her eggs, but can she trust Mr Tod’s offer of help?

 

 

 

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