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  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
    (41)
    • £12.99
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    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

    Format: Paperback
  • The World of David Walliams: Best Boxset Ever - 5-Book Collection - Collection - 9780007532216 - David Walliams
    DWBB 9 years +
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £19.99
    • RRP £34.95
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    • Just £4.00 per book
    David Walliams is one of the greatest storytellers around at the moment and his stories are inspired by the devilish humour of Roald Dahl.

    Presented in a keepsake slipcase, this collection includes his first five novels. We start with The Boy in the Dress, a book all about a boy who just doesn't fit in. When he tries on a dress, his life changes. But should he keep this a secret? Mr Stink follows and this is a book about a stinky tramp who has a surprising past.

    Billionaire Boy is a book all about how money can't buy you everything, especially friends; and Gangsta Ganny proves that grandmas may have hidden traits - including being a jewel thief. Finally, Ratburger follows Zoe as she tries to keep her beloved rat safe from Burt of Burt's Burgers.

    Books that will make children think, cry and laugh (a lot!), these belong on every young reader's bookshelf. Don't be surprised if you end up enjoying them just as much as your children!

    Format: paperback
  • DIL2 3 years +
    Faustin Charles
    3 years +
    • £3.99
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    Brilliant illustrations from Mike Terry, a witty storyline from Faustin Charles plus a CD of the story combine to make The Selfish Crocodile a lovely book to share with toddlers.

    The jungle animals are all terrified of the bad-tempered and greedy crocodile, so when they hear him shrieking in pain no one dares get too close. Only one little creature has the temerity to approach the selfish crocodile...

    This is a stunning picture book with a very satisfying moral message.
  • EGN2 11 years +
    Christopher Paolini
    11 years +
    (2)
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    Overnight, the simple life of young farm boy, Eragon, is changed forever. After finding what appears to be a polished stone in the forest, a dragon is born and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic and power. With only a sword and the advice of an old storyteller to guide him, Eragon and the dragon must navigate dangerous terrain and battle the dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a evil king. Can Eragon become the next legendary Dragon Rider? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands...

    A tale of affection, adventure and ancient magic, Christopher Paolini's Eragon is a compelling and action-filled story brilliantly suited for readers aged 11 and up.
  • SXD2 3 years +
    Inga Moore
    3 years +
    (3)
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    Six Dinner Sid is a clever cat who has craftily acquired six owners and six comfy beds. Purr-fect! Or it is until one day he catches a bad cat cough and has to go to the vet...

    Witty illustrations and a clever story with lots of alliteration make this a great book to read aloud. Fans of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy will love Inga Moore's Sid!
  • JOR2 9 years +
    Eva Ibbotson
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    A huge favourite with us at Book People and described by the Sunday Times as 'the most perfect children's book', Eva Ibbotson's Journey to the River Sea is an enchanting read that proves that every kid should live their life full of adventure.

    The story of an orphan shipped to her distant relatives, Maia is disappointed when she is not welcomed with the open arms she was expecting... but the wonders of the Amazonian rainforest soon make up for this!

    When she meets a mysterious boy who lives alone on the wild river shores, things become even more extraordinary. A beautiful, traditional adventure story, we just know you will adore this book.
  • GGG2 7 years +
    Chris Riddell
    7 years +
    • £6.99
    • RRP £10.99
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    Deliciously dark but also ghoulishly good, Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is a Costa Children's Book Award-winning and CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal-shortlisted novel from the Children's Laureate, Chris Riddell.

    Ada Goth lives unhappily with her father, Lord Goth, in the gigantic Ghastly-Gorm Hall. The Lord believes that children should be heard but not seen, so Ada is forced to wear clumpy boots so he can hear her coming... this makes it hard for her to make friends.

    When William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the Hall - along with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael - Ada is relieved to have some company and find her loneliness drifting away. But that's just the start, soon, the new friends find themselves unravelling a dastardly plot that the gamekeeper has planned...
  • AAJLE 8 years +
    Brian Selznick
    8 years +
    • £13.59
    • RRP £16.99
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    Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlock with an eccentric girl and her grandfather, Hugo's undercover life and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
  • PJA2 9 years +
    Rick Riordan
    9 years +
    • £3.99
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    A previous winner of the Red House Children's Book Award, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief was the first book in a thrilling fantasy series that has inspired two hit Hollywood films.

    Taking as its hero, the unlikely character of Percy, a troubled kid who has dyslexia and ADHD, the story rapidly moves from a school outing for mortals from the 21st century to a quest to reach the gates of the Underworld with a satyr and a daughter of Athena.

    Fast-paced fantasy and adventure that will appeal to children from 9+.
  • HOZ2 11 years +
    Louis Sachar
    11 years +
    (2)
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    Award-winning author Louis Sachar is a terrific storyteller who always has an original and interesting perspective.

    Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, whose family has a history of bad luck. Stanley's not too surprised when he's sent to a juvenile detention centre in Texas for a crime he didn't commit, but even he can't believe that all he and the other boys have to do is dig holes all day.

    Before long, Stanley realises that what he must actually uncover is the truth... Readers from 11+ who love a good story will find this totally unputdownable.
  • BRZ2 9 years +
    Louis Sachar
    9 years +
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    Louis Sachar always writes with acute insight and thoughtfulness, no matter who his central character is, and this novel is no exception.

    There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom is about Bradley Chalker, an unfriendly and aggressive boy who torments other children and is disliked by pupils and teachers alike. The new school counsellor is the only one to see a different side in Bradley...but is she for real?

    This funny, sensitive and fascinating book will have a lasting effect on its readers. It's suitable for children aged 9 and over.
  • SRH2 9 years +
    Frances Hodgson Burnett
    9 years +
    • £2.99
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    What are you looking for?

    Friendship! Mystery! Adventure! Secrets!

    When spoiled, selfish orphan Mary Lennox is sent to live at lonely Misselthwaite Manor in Yorkshire, she discovers a magical world on the other side of a locked garden door. Mary decides to bring the abandoned garden she finds there back to life; and in doing so, changes her own forever.

    Written by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden is a children's classic that has enchanted generations.
  • The Secret Seven Collection - 16 Books - Collection - 9781444936285 - Enid Blyton
    SVCC 7 years +
    Enid Blyton
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £15.99
    • RRP £111.84
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    Written by Enid Blyton - one of the world's favourite children's writers and the author who brought the world The Famous Five, Malory Towers and The Naughtiest Girl series - The Secret Seven are a group of friends who meet in a shed and solve some startling mysteries.

    Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara make up the Secret Seven. They meet in a shed with 'S.S' on the door and to get in you'll need to know the password and wear the right badge. Peter is head of the society and he makes jolly well sure that everyone abides by the rules...

    While the gang eat cake and drink lemonade, they puzzle over the peculiar goings-on in their local community and make it their mission to put things right. To do this, they have to keep watch, search for clues and ask the right questions. From burglaries to stolen animals and missing children, there's always a case to be cracked!

    Book People and Enid Blyton - A Lifetime of Adventure
    Format: Paperback
  • AWZXE 12 years +
    12 years +
    (2)
    • £16.00
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    Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy is one of the most compelling and influential series of modern times and now the acclaimed author is returning to the world of these novels with The Book of Dust, the first book in a new set of three.

    Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn, near Oxford. Just across the River Thames is the Godstow Priory, where the nuns live. Malcolm knows the River Thames well through his canoeing (his boat is called La Belle Sauvage) and soon learns the priory has a guest staying - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua...

    An intelligent read that touches on all the vital and important themes Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass, if you prefer), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass covered, this is a must-have for readers of all ages who enjoy thought-provoking fiction.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's British Book Award Children's Book of the Year and the YA Book Award.
  • 6BLB 9 years +
    Anna Sewell
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
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    Fans of Watership Down and Charlotte's Web will love this classic tale of a spirited horse, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

    A handsome, sweet-tempered animal with a strong spirit, Black Beauty lives a life of luxury in the fresh green meadows with his beloved mother, Duchess, and their kind master. But when his owners are forced to sell him, Black Beauty goes from a life of comfort and kindness to one of hard labour and cruelty. Can Black Beauty survive in the hands of men who treat animals so cruelly?

    Winner of multiple awards and professional accolades, Black Beauty is a must-have title for every bookshelf for children aged nine and up.
  • ABKRF
    Lauren Oliver
    • £7.89
    • RRP £7.99
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    They say 'live every day as if it's your last' - but you never actually think it's going to be. At least I didn't. The thing is, you don't get to know when it happens. You don't remember to tell your family that you love them or - in my case - remember to say goodbye to them at all. But what if, like me, you could live your last day over and over again? Could you make it perfect? If your whole life flashed before your eyes, would you have no regrets? Or are there some things you'd want to change...?
  • TRX2 5 years +
    Dr Seuss
    5 years +
    (1)
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    Dr Seuss's The Lorax features all the zany language, eccentric characters and bouncy rhyming verses of his well-loved favourites, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, but it also has an important environmental message to convey.

    Even though The Lorax is 30 years old, it's a fresh and fantastic book that still resonates today. The animated film, starring Danny DeVito in the title role, brought the tale to a new generation and now they can enjoy it in its original form!
  • 6HMH 5 years +
    Jeremy Strong
    5 years +
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    The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog is a Red House Children's Book Award winner and a popular choice for keen young readers.

    It's the Easter holidays and Trevor's mum bribes him to walk Streaker the dog every day. Thirty pounds is a big bribe but Streaker can out-accelerate a torpedo, so this is not a doddle of a job. Trevor finally agrees to the deal, little realising that this won't be the only problem of the holidays...

    Yelps of laughter abound in Jeremy Strong's hilarious book for readers aged 5+!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • WZW2 5 years +
    Jill Murphy
    5 years +
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    The Worst Witch managed to keep entire generations of young readers spellbound and now your child can read where it all began with this book, the first in the series.

    Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy, the book tells the story of how Mildred Hubble became a trainee at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, despite being one of the most clumsy children around - constantly getting her spells wrong and crashing her broomstick... Things get even worse when she turns Ethel, the teacher's pet, into her worst enemy. Funny, chaotic and easily readable, this is a great first chapter book for young readers!
  • TMX2 9 years +
    Philippa Pearce
    9 years +
    (3)
    • £3.99
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    A Carnegie Medal-winning children's book from Phillipa Pearce, Tom's Midnight Garden is a haunting and evocative tale that will stay in the reader's memory for a long, long time.

    Tom is packed off to stay with relatives when his brother catches measles. Boredom and loneliness plague Tom until one night he hears the clock strike thirteen and something magical starts to happen.

    An enchanting and beautiful tale that will live with you for a very long time.
  • HET2 9 years +
    Jacqueline Wilson
    9 years +
    (3)
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    Warm, moving, funny and totally fascinating, Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson is the perfect book for young readers aged 9 and over.

    It's London, 1876, and Hetty Feather is just a tiny baby when her mother leaves her at the Foundling Hospital. The Hospital cares for abandoned children - but Hetty must first live with a foster family until she is big enough to go to school. Life in the countryside is hard but with her 'brothers' Jem and Gideon, she helps in the fields and plays imaginary games. Together they sneak off to visit the travelling circus and Hetty is mesmerised by the show, especially Madame Adeline and her performing horses. But Hetty's happiness is threatened once more when she is returned to the Foundling Hospital. The new life of awful uniforms and terrible food is a struggle for her. But now she has the chance to find her real mother. Could she really be the wonderful Madame Adeline? Or will Hetty find the truth is even more surprising?

    Jacqueline Wilson will surprise and delight old fans and new with this utterly original take on a historical novel. Set in Victorian times and featuring a brand new feisty heroine, Hetty Feather, this is a Tracy Beaker-esque tale that will thrill young readers.
  • AYETT 13 years +
    Alex Wheatle
    13 years +
    • £7.19
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    THE NEW NOVEL FROM THE WINNER OF THE GUARDIAN CHILDREN'S FICTION PRIZE 2016 Round these ends, it's hard to hold on to your dreams Life's a constant hustle for Mo. Her mum's boyfriend Lloyd is just another man who likes to beat down women; the South Crong streets are fraught with hazards and nasty G's; and when it comes to matters of the heart ...she's still hung up on Sam. No wonder she's vexed so much of the time. Thank god her sistrens, Elaine and Naomi, are on her side: if one of them falls then they all fall. But when badness goes down and a life is left hanging in the balance, Mo has to face her hot urge for revenge ...and she might end up losing more than she wins.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's YA Book Award.
  • Julia Donaldson Activity Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509878475 - Julia Donaldson
    JDAC 4 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    4 years +
    (3)
    • £11.99
    • RRP £49.90
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    • Just £1.20 per book
    Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's picture books including The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom and What the Ladybird Heard are hugely popular with little ones and these 10 books are full of activities inspired by the stories.

    This collection contains three colouring books (each with over 20 scenes to decorate); four sticker books (with over 100 stickers each); and three activity books (with over 30 puzzles in each one).

    Your little ones will love completing the puzzles and joining in the fun.
    Format: paperback
  • AZOXS 14 years +
    Patrick Ness
    14 years +
    • £10.39
    • RRP £12.99
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    The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. The most personal and tender novel yet from Patrick Ness, the twice Carnegie Medal-winning author of A Monster Calls. It's Saturday, it's summer and, although he doesn't know it yet, everything in Adam Thorn's life is going to fall apart. But maybe, just maybe, he'll find freedom from the release. Time is running out though, because way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake...This uplifting coming-of-age novel will remind you what it's like to fall in love.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's CILIP Carnegie Medal and YA Book Award.