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Jeff Kinney introduces Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul video

Greg Heffley is back – and this time he’s heading on the road with his family… Could there be anything worse? Zoo-wee-mama! The ninth book in the worldwide bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series will have the whole family howling with laughter – and in the video below you’ll be able to watch an introduction to the new book in the Wimpy Kid series from no other than the series’ author, Jeff Kinney.

Jeff Kinney introduces Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul

Hi Red House readers,

I’m Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and I’m here to tell you about my new book, The Long Haul.

In The Long Haul, Gregg Heffley and his family leave the comforts of their home and head out on the open road.

This book’s got it all: marauding seagulls, a biting pig, two car accidents, a gnarly gas station bathroom, deep-fried butter on a stick, a foulest footwear contest, and a rival family for the Heffleys – the Beardos.

This book is really different from the others in the Wimpy Kid series. All five Heffleys are in almost every scene and a lot of the action takes place inside their over-stuffed minivan.

I’ve heard that the best way to write is to throw obstacles at your characters and then to keep piling on. Well, I’ve thrown everything I had at the Heffleys and by the end of the trip they’ll have a lot of digging out to do.

I had a lot of fun writing this book and I think it’s the best one in the series; I really hope you’ll agree!

The funniest books you’ll ever read.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul | The Book People


Girl Online | Zoella | Exclusive Book Trailer

The debut novel from award-winning YouTube phenomenon Zoella (or Zoe Sugg), Girl Online is a semi-autobiographical tale of romance that tackles many of the issues that modern teens have to deal with today – and below you’ll be able to check out our YouTube book trailer for this record-breaking YA title.

Girl Online | Zoella | Exclusive Book Trailer

Hey, I’m Penny.

I’ve got a secret. A big, juicy secret. I’m Girl Online. I blog about everything. I’m in NYC, and I’ve met a boy. But does he have a secret too?

Girl Online by Zoella

Girl Online by Zoe Sugg | The Book People


Imagine Children’s Festival 2015, Southbank Centre, London – buy tickets now!

Imagine Children's Festival

Sponsored by the Book People, Imagine Children’s Festival  takes place at London’s iconic Southbank Centre from Monday 9 February to Sunday 22 February – and we just can’t wait! Two weeks of books, music, shows, activities and events that are sure to bring a smile to any child’s face, it’s one of the highlights of the February half-term.

Run by children for children, not only does the festival play host to the prestigious Red House Children’s Book Awards ceremony (hosted by former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton) but the likes of Russell Brand, Ruby Redfort author Lauren Child and Alex Rider author Anthony Horowitz will all be making appearances to discuss their popular books. There will also be a very special appearance from The Tiger Who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr – a must-see for anyone who loves classic children’s books.

Imagine Festival 2015

Other must-see events include child-friendly classical concerts by world-famous orchestras, a children’s opera and even a live performance by Charlie and Lola! There are specially tailored events for those children under 5, too – no one misses out on the fun at Imagine Children’s Festival!

A huge part of 2015’s Imagine is the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and there will be plenty of opportunities to celebrate the special anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s classic – the Imaginarium of Alice will provide children with a great dance adventure, fancy dress will be encouraged, interactive installations will be displayed and kids will even be able to try their hand at Flamingo Croquet!

In fact, there’s so much to see and enjoy during the two weeks of Imagine we’re running out of space to list them all here. Head over to Southbank Centre’s site today to buy your tickets and see the free events you’ll also be able to enjoy!


Guest blog: Classic children’s book characters

Abi has been on work experience with us at the Book People for a week and in this guest blog, she tells us about some of the children’s book characters she adored while growing up and falling in love with reading. You can find a hand-picked selection of the best children’s books in our Red House Shop – where we have books that guide children every step of the way of their reading journey –  from the brightest baby and picture books to the latest thrills in young adult fiction. Here is what Abi had to say!

‘I strongly believe that my love of reading was inspired by the great books I was read as a child; after all, those were my first impressions of any sort of literature!

Some of my first memories are those of reading ‘The Gruffalo’, a book which had just been released as I began to discover the magic of the English language, and still to this day I can reel off a fair few lines of the book. I think the book has been so successful due to the way in which it allows a child to use their imagination, rather than simply showing them pictures; the whole book leads up to revealing the ‘Gruffalo’, as children build their own image of what to expect. In the 15th year since its release, we should definitely celebrate ‘The Gruffalo’; I’m sure it will be a popular children’s book for many years to come.

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’ was also one of my childhood loves; it’s easy to argue that all children have a sense of adventure, a desire to explore more and more of the world, and this book captures that perfectly. For 25 years this book has been inspiring children to run around their gardens on their own bear hunt (I know it did for me!), and it’s easy to predict it will be doing so for another 25 years. The illustrations for this story, while not being the usual super colourful and bright ones of children’s stories, are lovely, and something I always enjoyed spending time looking over.

On the other hand, the books that are bright and colourful were always something I personally really enjoyed. Books such as Elmer the Patchwork Elephant and The Very Hungry Caterpillar were always visually appealing, and definitely inspired me to get out the paints pots (much to my parents’ dismay). Some of my other favourites were The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Six Dinner Sid– there always seemed to be a feline theme running through!

The popularity of these classic children’s books shows that children still have just as much of an interest in reading as they did when I was beginning to learn, or even 40 years ago, when some of them were first being published!’


The Book People’s new look website

If you’ve been on the Book People’s website today – www.thebookpeople.co.uk – you will have been in for a pleasant surprise… We’re thrilled to unveil our new-look website! With a fresh new look that is clearer and more accessible than ever before, we’re offering you thousands of great books at our trademark brilliant prices, all hand-picked especially by us. You’ll notice a few changes throughout which we hope will make shopping with the Book People easier than ever before!

You can now find our thousands of books far easier than ever before and you’ll also be able to check out our range of shops – Red House has the best children’s books for all ages, the Summer Holiday Shop has activity books and summer reads, our DK Travel Shop has travel guides and more for when you’re planning a summer holiday and the LEGO Shop has everything from The LEGO Movie to LEGO Friends and activity books to keep any Master Builder or fans of Minifigures entertained. FaberShop has the best books from our friends at the publishers Faber & Faber, while the Manor Mystery Shop has whodunits to keep cosy crime fans reading all year long. You can also go ape with the Bananas Clearance Shop – books at rock-bottom prices that have to be seen to be believed.

Whether you’re a fan of fiction, non-fiction, have a young reader who loves children’s books or want to buy one of our famous collections either as a present or to share out in party bags, find an entire world of books and reading at the new-look www.thebookpeople.co.uk.


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