Tag: Children’s Books

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.


The Railways Series: 10 Facts about Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine books collection

Everyone’s favourite Really Useful Engine – Thomas – turned 70 years old last year and he’s more popular than ever. He even has his very own theme park in Japan (as well as Thomas Land in Drayton Manor)! At Book People, we have an incredible 26-book collection of Rev W Awdry’s original Railway Series for only £20. Displayed in an incredible engine shed box, it features all the classic stories that inspired the worldwide phenomenon and works out at a bargain 77p a book!

Before you buy this amazing collection that will keep your children’s early reading skills ‘on track’, why not read the following facts about all that goes on around the Isle of Sodor. How many do you know?

Rev W Awdry Thomas the Tank Engine author Railway Series booksRev W Awdry was inspired to write the stories after his son (and later, author) Christopher caught measles and was cheered up by a train-themed rhyme.

The Three Railway Engines book collection Rev W Awdry Thomas

The original story in The Railway Series – The Three Railway Engines – was published in 1945. It didn’t feature Thomas and was based around Edward, Gordon and Henry.

The Railway Series books Rev W Awdry Thomas the Tank Engine collection

There were 26 books in The Railway Series published between 1945 and 1972 – and they’re all featured in our collection!

Thomas the Tank Engine original book Rev W Awdry

For their time, the books were unusually published in full colour and in an unusual landscape format.

Ringo Starr Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Railway Series TV show narrator

The first TV series premiered in October 1984 and featured Beatles drummer Ringo Starr as the storyteller.

George Carlin Rufus Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends The Railway Series books

Celebrated stand-up comedian (and Rufus in the Bill and Ted films) George Carlin replaced Ringo as storyteller and as the voice of Mr. Controller in the United States.

Alec Baldwin Jack Donaghy Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends Railway Series books facts

Alec Baldwin has also played the role of Mr. Controller.

Billington E2-Class 0-6-0T locomotive Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends The Railway Series books collection Rev W Awdry

Thomas is based on a Billington E2-Class 0-6-0T locomotive.

The Railway Series books Rev W Awdry book collection Thomas the Tank Engine Watercress Line Alresford

You can meet Thomas in ‘real life’ on the Watercress Line in Alresford, Hampshire.

Thomas the Tank Engine The Railway Series Rev W Awdry books Marvel Ant-Man Marvel Cinematic Universe Paul Rudd

After his appearance in Ant-Man, Thomas could officially be considered part of the all-conquering Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Book People’s bestselling book collections for 2016

Many of you would have made New Year’s Resolutions to read more books (or to encourage your children to…), but we know that January is tight for money. However, as part of our commitment to providing you with products you love at prices you won’t believe, Book People has some incredible value collections that will save you money and keep you reading throughout the first few months of 2016.

In our hand-picked selection, you’ll find children’s classics and contemporary reads for adults we’re sure you’ll love. Below, we offer a quick look at some of our favourites, but you can find even more in our Collections category.

 

Thomas Classic 70th Anniversary Edition

Twenty-six books for £20! You will not find a better bargain than this… Featuring all of the Rev W. Awdry’s original stories in one beautiful box, each little hardback book has a traditional tale about Thomas and all his engine friends.

 

Roald Dahl Collection – 15 Books

Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG… The list of Roald Dahl’s children’s novels is bursting full of phizz-whizzing classics – and you can own them all in our brilliant slipcase for just £21.99.

 

Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection – 10 Books

With her flowing, rhyming text accompanied by bright and bold artwork from the country’s top illustrators, Julia Donaldson’s stories are a sheer delight for toddlers. This collection contains ten of her best!

 

Beasts of Olympus Collection – 3 Books

These three books provide children with an entertaining insight into the world of Ancient Greek mythology. As well as the quirky stories about a boy named Demon and his new role as Official Beastkeeper to the Gods, the books are full of illustrations.

 

Valentine’s Day Collection – 3 Books

Love it or loathe it, Valentine’s Day is coming around quickly – what better way to mark the occasion than with some novels that will make your heart swoon? These three hand-picked books are full of relationships, romance and escapism.

 

The Little Village School Collection – 3 Books

Gervase Phinn is a big favourite with Book People customers and this collection brings together three of the perennially popular Little Village School books. Charming and funny, they’re warming reads for the cold nights ahead.

 

School of Life: How to… Collection – 3 Books

These three self-help books are packed with advice that could prove itself very useful over the course of 2016. There’s a handbook full of hints on how to increase your creativity; a book about whether the digital age is a good thing; and an examination of just how much meaning we attach to money.

 

Man Booker Prize 2015 Collection – 6 Books

 

Including Marlon James’ winning entry A Brief History of Seven Killings, this collection brings together the six books that made up last year’s Man Booker Prize Shortlist – and they’re all in beautiful, keepsake hardback format!


Santa is Coming to Your Town with our hand-picked collection of festive books

Santa is coming to your town book

‘He’s making a list, he’s checking it twice, he’s gonna find out who’s naughty and nice, Santa Claus is coming to YOUR town…’

With a Christmas tree going up in our office and our festive hand-picked favourites flying out of our warehouse, all of us at Book People are very excited about the most wonderful time of the year.

The adverts are now on your TV, the lights are going up in your local shopping centre and you’ll soon be thinking about your own decorations. As we head towards the big day, we have found the perfect book for your children to read over and over again in the build-up – Santa Claus is Coming to Town.

Localised books which find the big man setting the Santanav (who knew?) for 26 towns and cities throughout the UK, your children will love joining him on his magical sleigh ride and seeing the delightful sites of everywhere from Basingstoke to Blackpool and Southampton to Sheffield.

Illustrated throughout, Santa and the reindeer fly over the city as the distinctive features of each location or area are replicated in the gorgeous artwork. A brilliant gift either for Christmas or to get people excited about the big day, these books are sure to raise a smile and inspire suitable levels of festive excitement.

There are even colouring books based around some specific locations, too!

The cities, towns and counties where Santa is coming to town in 2015:

Basingstoke

Blackpool

Bournemouth and Poole

Bradford

Brighton

Cardiff (Colouring)

Chelmsford

Cheshire

Chesterfield

Edinburgh (Colouring)

Colchester

Devon

Newcastle (Colouring)

Dundee (Colouring)

Lancashire

Lincoln

Liverpool

Manchester

Reading

Redbridge

Sheffield (Colouring)

Southampton

Wiltshire

Winchester

Wolverhampton

Yorkshire


Roald Dahl Day – Top 10 Roald Dahl Quotes

Book-lovers around the country celebrate the life of the nation’s favourite storyteller, Roald Dahl, on 13 September every year. On what would have been his 99th birthday, we can’t see any reason why not to indulge in a swishwhiffling whale of a time this year, too. Every one of his children’s novels has become a classic and we’d love to hear all about your favourite Roald Dahl stories.

To mark one of the best literary occasions of the year, we’ve brought together ten of our favourite Roald Dahl quotes.

Roald Dahl quote Don’t gobblefunk around with words The BFG

‘Don’t gobblefunk around with words.’

The BFG

 

Roald Dahl quote ‘If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’ The Twits

‘If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.’

The Twits

 

Roald Dahl quote ‘All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.’ Matilda

‘All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.’

Matilda

 

Roald Dahl quote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory WIlly Wonka ‘I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ‘I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!’ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

‘I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!’

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

 

Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn't be exciting if they didn't.’ Danny, the Champion of the World Roald Dahl quote book

 

‘Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.’

Danny, the Champion of the World

 

James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl quote ‘There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven't even started wondering about yet.’

‘There are a whole lot of things in this world of ours you haven’t even started wondering about yet.’

James and the Giant Peach

 

Esio Trot Roald Dahl quote ‘He thought for the thousandth time how pretty she was, how sweet and gentle and full of kindness, and his heart ached with love.’ book

‘He thought for the thousandth time how pretty she was, how sweet and gentle and full of kindness, and his heart ached with love.’

Esio Trot

 

‘It doesn't matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.’ The Witches book Roald Dahl quote

‘It doesn’t matter who you are or what you look like, so long as somebody loves you.’

The Witches

 

‘I understand what you're saying, and your comments are valuable, but I'm gonna ignore your advice.’ Fantastic Mr. Fox Roald Dahl quote

‘I understand what you’re saying, and your comments are valuable, but I’m gonna ignore your advice.’

 Fantastic Mr. Fox

 

‘Never grow up...always down.’ George’s Marvellous Medicine Roald Dahl quote book

‘Never grow up… always down.’

George’s Marvellous Medicine


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