Tag: David Walliams

Books for Joy from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

With the release of Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out finally upon us, children all around the world – and some adults too – are getting excited to meet the characters of the film: Disgust, Anger, Joy, Sadness and Fear. This made us think… which books would the characters from the Inside Out film love, being the personification of such raw emotions? Well, we’ve hunted through the cellar and attic at Book People Manor to find just the right books for the Inside Out characters.

Disney-Pixar Inside Out Joy books

Books for Joy from Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out

Guinea Pigs Online Collection – 3 Books
Guinea Pigs Online is a hilarious series of books that will appeal to those who own the popular pets and fans of Mr Gum, Atticus Claw and Humphrey the Hamster. Written by the talented duo of Jennifer Gray and Amanda Swift, the books are very funny and follow internet-savvy Fuzzy and his incredibly posh hutch-mate Coco.

The Scarecrows’ Wedding
A fabulous love story with drama, laugh-out-loud moments and – of course – a happy ending, all encompassed by the classically rhyming prose of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s glowing colour illustrations, The Scarecrows’ Wedding will be returned to and enjoyed again and again!

A touching read full of zany humour, raw emotion and wonderful observations, Ratburger sure to appeal to David Walliams’ ever-growing legion of fans and draws from the gruesome, anarchic and hilarious humour of the Twits and Mr Gum. A joy for children aged 9 and above.

Tom Gates: Yes! No. (Maybe…)
If your kids are yet to experience the joy of reading Tom Gates’ diary-format books yet, we strongly recommend that they start now – they’re wonderful! This ninth book in the Tom Gates series shows that books can not only be laugh-out-loud funny, but also hugely appealing to even the most reluctant of readers! 

Children’s Book Week: 10 Facts about David Walliams

David Walliams facts

David Walliams is one of the biggest names in children’s literature today. Already a household name after the all-conquering and award-winning TV series Little Britain, which he both co-wrote and starred in with Matt Lucas, ever since his first book was published Walliams has enticed many children into reading with his heart-warming and funny stories. As part of Children’s Book Week, we thought we’d reveal 10 facts about him that you might not know:

  • David Walliams was born in Merton, London on 20 August, 1971
  • Between 1995 and 1997, he wrote for the Ant and Dec Show
  • His first children’s book, The Boy in the Dress, was published on 1 October, 2008
  • Walliams’ novels Ratburger and Demon Dentist have both won the prestigious National Book Awards Children’s Book of the Year
  • Walliams first two books – The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink – were both illustrated by Roald Dahl’s collaborator Quentin Blake
  • All his subsequent children’s books have been illustrated by Horrid Henry illustrator Tony Ross
  • Walliams famously swam a 140-mile length of the River Thames for Sport Relief in 2011, but did you know he also saved a dog that had fallen in while en route?
  • David Walliams has also made the move into picture books for younger readers. We highly recommend The Slightly Annoying Elephant, The First Hippo on the Moon and The Queen’s Orang-utan
  • Walliams’ literary hero is Roald Dahl
  • In 2014, David Walliams’ book sales made more than £7 million!

Cyber Monday 2014: The best Cyber Monday deals from the Book People…

We’re continuing our Bigger, Better Book Sale this Cyber Monday, offering our customers an additional 10% off all sale prices with code SALE10. This offer expires midnight Monday 1 December 2014 (Cyber Monday 2014).

Some of the wonderful Cyber Monday offers we have today include:

Brian Cox’s Human Universe

Awful Auntie by David Walliams

Tom Kerridge’s Best Ever Dishes

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (with a Book People-exclusive film-themed hardback cover)

Mary Berry Cooks the Perfect

Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food

Who We Are: Our Autobiography by One Direction

Mrs. Brown’s A-Y of Everything

Mr Men & Little Miss All-New Story Collection by Adam Hargreaves

… and many, many more (hundreds more, in fact)!

Remember, this Cyber Monday offer ends midnight tonight. And many of these titles are selling fast, so don’t miss pout on these wonderful Cyber Monday book deals – visit www.thebookpeople.co.uk today!

The Book People | Bigger, Better Book Sale - Black Friday 2014 & Cyber Monday 2014

What should I read next? Books you’ll love…

At the Book People, we love books and know you do too. But we’re also aware that not everyone has the same time to discover new authors and books in the area they love. That’s where we can help. Below are some of our suggestions for books you may enjoy if you’ve loved some of our previous bestsellers or a particular TV show or genre. We hope you find it useful and feel free to ask us for more suggestions via Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus.


If you enjoyed The Hunger Games, you may like these…

The Hunger Games was already a hugely successful series in print before Jennifer Lawrence arrived on the big screen to establish herself as Katniss Everdeen in the hugely successful films (Mockingjay, Part1 will arrive in cinemas in November). If you like young adult fiction with a dystopian edge, you’re sure to be just as gripped by Veronica Roth’s Divergent, which was also adapted into a film starring the Fault in Our Stars’ Shailene Woodley. Set in a near-future, supposedly idyllic Chicago that is separated into different factions, Tris is the heroine who discovers not everything is quite as it seems. Patrick Ness has long been a favourite with teen readers all over the world and his Chaos Walking trilogy is a fast-paced, relentlessly addictive series that won all sorts of awards and will satisfy any fan of young adult books – no matter what their age… The Giver is the next film adaptation that will wow the teen market and finds 12-year-old Jonas discovering a secret that could change the world.


If you enjoyed the Fault in Our Stars, you may like these…

The next huge weepie based on teen fiction is set to be If I Stay, a heartbreaking story that will star Kick-Ass, Carrie and Hugo’s Chloe Grace Moretz (who is also set to take the lead role in the film version of Red House Children’s Book Award winner The 5th Wave). After a car crash which leaves her alone, Mia has to examine the potential of her future and make one of the most difficult decisions… Written by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist is a zesty slice of teen fiction that focuses on a burgeoning relationship that starts with a bet and then threatens to become something more over the course of one wild night in New York City. Written by Fallen author Lauren Kate, Teardrop focuses on one girl, Eureka, who can’t cry – even after her mother’s death. When she meets Anders, she starts to discover more about herself…


If you enjoy the Great British Bake Off, you may like these…

Everyone is so excited that the nation’s favourite baking show is back, but how are you when it comes to making savoury and sweet treats? With our hand-picked selection of baking books, you could be impressing Mary and Paul in 2015 with your very own creations. The Big Baking Collection will make sure whatever you want to bake is ace. Step-by-step recipes are included alongside helpful photographs for all kinds of baked treats. Although Mary Berry may have taken the crown of ‘Queen of Baking’, Delia Smith remains a national treasure and her Cakes book has a recipe for every occasion. From bite-sized treats to cakes to feed a family and even gluten-free recipes, you’ll love both baking and tasting the things you make. For something a little different, why not try your hand at making a cake without an oven? No-Bake Baking has a selection of delicious cake recipes that can be made in a fridge, freezer, microwave or blender! Quick to make, simple to follow and delicious to eat – it’s everything a would-be baker who can’t bake could ever want.


If you enjoy thrilling fiction with a historical edge, you may like these…

The Eagle Has Landed was a worldwide bestseller for author Jack Higgins, but he also wrote a number of other high-octane novels that were just as exciting – and covered everything from Nazi Germany to al-Qaeda killers. Our 10-book Bernard Knight collection will transport you back to the time of Richard the Lionheart and a number of startling murder mysteries that will shock you to the bone. M. C. Scott’s Rome trilogy is equally captivating. Bringing to life the passion, tension and intrigue of this famous era, the exciting stories, very much in the vein of Simon Scarrow, are unputdownable!


If you enjoy Roald Dahl, you may like these…

David Walliams has firmly established himself as the modern-day Roald Dahl, with his heartfelt, wacky and touching stories getting so many children into reading. From Mr. Stink, the nicest hobo you could ever meet, to the Billionaire Boy who finds out money is no substitute for friends and a deadly Demon Dentist, his books will make readers of all ages laugh out loud. Alongside his books, we also have an audio collection which contains five of his bestsellers across 14 CDs – told by Walliams with a little help from his Little Britain comedy partner Matt Lucas and former Bluetones frontman Mark Morriss on soundtrack duty. After so many successful picture books for toddlers, Jonny Duddle has turned his attention to fiction and The Jolley-Rogers and the Ghostly Galleon is a hilarious story about the spooky things that happen off the coast of Dull-on-Sea. Finally, many children who enjoy Dahl’s stories will probably be familiar with Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, a series from the States that has managed to entice many reluctant readers and if your child enjoys the adventures of Greg Heffley, then they’re sure to find Barry Loser just as amusing. Written by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner Jim Smith, Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom finds Barry and his friends ‘enjoying’ a caravan holiday…

The Book People on YouTube – Ultimate Top 5 Book Heroes

Who’s your favourite hero from literature? Books are full of wonderfully inspiring characters, from the flawed anti-heroes of Holden Caulfield, Raoul Duke and Artemis Fowl to more everyman types like Atticus Finch and Alex Cross  and then the reluctant heroes like Katniss Everdeen and Tris Prior who appear in dystopian young adult fiction. You also have fantastical characters from the minds of Roald Dahl, George R. R. Martin and Terry Pratchett, or those who appeared in text written by everyone from William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to Stephen King and David Walliams. No matter what genre, adult or children’s books – a strong character can live with you for a lifetime…

One of our latest videos on YouTube finds our resident BookTuber Sophie describing her favourite five characters of all time, covering characters from the likes of Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, Fredrick Backman’s A Man Called Ove, Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging series and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series – but maybe not the boy wizard you were expecting. Watch the video, like and subscribe and let us know if you agree with Sophie’s choice(s)?

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