Competition – Great Literary Bake Off

“If I were a giant…” children’s drawings


A family of giant friends? One giant eye? An infinite supply of cupcakes?

These are just some of the creative responses we received when asking a year two class to describe what they’d do if they were a giant.

To celebrate the release of Disney’s upcoming adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG, we wanted to really get into the creative spirit. So we decided to ask a class of six- to seven-year-olds to tell us what they’d look like, and what they’d do if they suddenly found themselves to be of giant proportions. And from helping people celebrate their birthdays to creating some pretty wacky flavours of ice cream all the live long day, we were totally blown away with the imaginative responses!

The class gave their giant selves some pretty awesome features too. Some highlights include long rainbow hair, the ability to change colour when eating cherries, and huge fluffy wings! You can find a collage of the creative designs just below:


Inspired by the children’s creative minds, we’ve brought a couple of our favourite designs to life. Just below you’ll find Phoebe Finneran’s exceptionally huge giant, complete with horns, spots and the ability to lift houses; as well as James Hirst’s creative creature, with six arms, one enormous eye and unmistakably huge ears – brilliant!


Phoebe Finneran, 2016


James Hirst, 2016

Mrs Greenbank, a year two teacher at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Birstall tells us just how much the children loved this project: “The children really enjoyed designing their own giants and it was amazing to see the different traits of each one. 

We have always enjoyed reading Roald Dahl books here at school, especially The BFG as all the children love how creative the story is and how he plays around with language and makes up new words.

Roald Dahl’s The BFG tells the heart-warming story of young Sophie, and her adventures with the BFG (Big Friendly Giant, for those that are unfamiliar). Sophie soon learns that the BFG is a one-of-a-kind, and from snozzcumbers to whizzpoppers, the film follows the trials and tribulations they must face in order to avoid the not-so-friendly giants out there – all with the imaginative language and creative twists you can expect from Roald Dahl.

If your children would like to try their hand at drawing their own terrifying (or not-so-terrifying) giant, download our template below and get creative!


Would you like to introduce your child to the magic of Roald Dahl? If so, check out our full range HERE.

The Book People’s Week of Wonder pantomime, November 2014 – competition time!

The curtain has been raised and the doors are now open – the Book People’s Week of Wonder pantomime is in town for a limited time only. Sure to please you with various deals and discounts, keep an eye on from now until Sunday 16 November to enjoy a new offer every day.

To celebrate the launch of this latest Week of Wonder, we’ve come up with a competition – and it’s sure to be the hottest ticket around! All you have to do is watch the video we’ve embedded above and head over to our Facebook page or subscribe to our YouTube channel and comment with your answer to the question Genie poses!

Good luck –we hope you enjoy the show!

Calling all book clubs!

Being part of a book club is a wonderful thing. A regular meeting where people from all walks of life can gather to discuss and evaluate a set book, sometimes you’ll be lucky enough to discover a new favourite author, while tensions can also run high when people have differing views on the book that is the topic of conversation. But this is soon forgotten when the tea comes out and the next book is brought out to be discussed in four weeks’ time.

In 2014, the Book People will be selling many books we hope will be discussed at book clubs around the country. With our low prices, we’re the perfect place to buy your book club books. From Debut Fiction Choices to classics just crying out to be revisited, we hope you will find something suitable over at

To celebrate a new year full of great reading, we’re offering one book club the chance to review our new favourite debut novel – Fiona McFarlane’s The Night Guest. A powerful psychological tale that offers a superbly drawn portrait of two distinctive and particular women, there’s plenty to talk about after reading this book and we’d just love to hear your book club’s views… We’ll even publish them on our site.

To be in with a chance of winning 13 copies of this book for your book club*, just tell us why you think your book club should win this fantastic prize and send your entry to

The Night Guest Fiona McFarlane

*Terms and Conditions
This competition is open to those aged 18 or older.
The Book People reserves the right to ask for verification of your book club.
You and your book club will agree to provide a review for the Book People after reading the book and discussing it together.
We may ask to film you and members of your book club’s views for a promotional video to appear on our social channels.
Competition closes 31/01/14.

Red House Young Writers’ Yearbook 2013 now available to buy

Red House passionately believes that a child’s reading journey from early development through to adulthood is one of the most enlightening, challenging, and memorable they will ever take. Alongside our enthusiasm for encouraging children, whatever their age, interest and ability, to read for pleasure and share the joy of reading with friends, family and schoolmates, we also believe in the importance of nurturing the creativity reading a great book can inspire.

Red House Children’s Books runs an annual competition to offer aspiring young writers the chance to have their work published in print for the very first time and every year the team of judges and editors are overwhelmed by the response. With hundreds of entries pouring in and the standards growing ever higher and higher, it’s a tough job whittling down the longlist of entries, and an ever tougher one picking the children who will have their poems, articles and stories featured in the book itself.

Divided into categories for children aged 7+, 9+, 11+ and 13+, this year’s Red House Young Writers’ Yearbook will take you on a journey to faraway worlds, enchanted forests and forgotten times. You’ll meet tigers, ghosts, dinosaurs and robots, and you’ll read about the issues and themes that motivate the young writers of today.

2013’s new format sees the book published in paperback for the first time, meaning you can buy it for just £3.99. The front cover illustration was the winning design from a budding young artist as part of a competition run by children’s newspaper First News, so from the first page to the very last, this book truly is a compilation of creativity and imagination from children and children alone.

Take your copy home today and remember the names of the authors between the pages, you’re sure to recognise them in years to come.
Red House Young Writers' Yearbook 2013

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