Top children's books on sale for Christmas

Top children's fiction on sale for Christmas

Jacqueline Wilson

New titles from Jacqueline Wilson, Julia Donaldson, Francesca Simon and David Walliams

While the December market is traditionally slow for adult fiction, when it comes to kids books, it’s a ripe old time of year. This winter there are books from some familiar names and favourite characters which won’t look bad popping out of a woolly stocking come the end of December. Jacqueline Wilson hit paydirt with the hardback version of Lily Alone (Random House) and the festive timing of this paperback couldn’t be better. When her mum heads off on holiday with a new boyfriend, Lily is left to hold the fort, looking after her three younger siblings. Chaos ensues.

The world continues to go Gruffalo crazy and the knobbly creation of Julia Donaldson gets interactive with The Gruffalo’s Child Magnet Book (Macmillan) as puzzles, activities and 60 magnets make up a neat little package. Jeanette Winterson tries her hand at an alternative nativity story with The Lion, the Unicorn and Me (Scholastic) featuring a kingly lion, a proud unicorn and a humble donkey, while Francesca Simon also gets seasonal by letting her money spinning rascal loose with Horrid Henry’s Christmas Play.

You can hardly blame Michael Morpurgo for cashing-in on the upcoming Spielberg movie version of his moving War Horse (Egmont) while David Walliams tries to steer clear of the Daily Mail moral crusaders for a bit with Gangsta Granny (HarperCollins) in which a kindly old lady turns out to be an international jewel thief.

The Gruffalo

  • Directed by: Olivia Jacobs
  • Written by: Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler (book), Julia Donaldson (book)

Theatrical adaptation of Julia Donaldson's clever and colourful book about a resourceful mouse and, of course, the terrible Gruffalo.

The Hawth, Crawley

Mon 25 Jun

£13 / 01293 553636

  • 14:00
  • 16:30

Tue 26 Jun

£13 / 01293 553636

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Hertford Theatre

Fri 29 Jun

£13 / 01992 531500

  • 10:30
  • 13:30

Sat 30 Jun

£13 / 01992 531500

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Lighthouse: Poole's Centre for the Arts

Wed 30 May

£14.25 (Children £12.50 under 18s) / 0844 406 8666

  • 14:00
  • 16:30

Thu 31 May

£14.25 (Children £12.50 under 18s) / 0844 406 8666

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Fri 1 Jun

£14.25 (Children £12.50 under 18s) / 0844 406 8666

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

Sat 2 Jun

£14.25 (Children £12.50 under 18s) / 0844 406 8666

  • 11:00
  • 14:00

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War Horse

  • Directed by: Toby Sedgwick
  • Written by: Michael Morpurgo (book)

The National Theatre's staging of Michael Morpurgo's novel about a farm horse called Joey caught up in the horrors of WWI.

Birmingham Hippodrome

Wed 10 Oct

£45–£63.50 / 0844 338 5000

Thu 11 Oct

£45–£63.50 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 12 Oct

£45–£63.50 / 0844 338 5000

…and 19 more dates until 3 Nov

The Lowry, Salford

Wed 13 Jun

£18.50–£105.50 / 08432 086000

  • 19:30
Lyric Theatre

£18.50–£105.50 / 08432 086000

Thu 14 Jun

£18.50–£105.50 / 08432 086000

  • 14:00
  • 19:30
Lyric Theatre

£18.50–£105.50 / 08432 086000

Fri 15 Jun

£18.50–£105.50 / 08432 086000

  • 19:30
Lyric Theatre

£18.50–£105.50 / 08432 086000

…and 15 more dates until 30 Jun

Mayflower Theatre, Southampton

Mon 21 May

£18–£59.50 / 023 8071 1811

  • 19:30

Tue 22 May

£18–£59.50 / 023 8071 1811

  • 19:30

Wed 23 May

£18–£59.50 / 023 8071 1811

  • 19:30
…and 15 more dates until 9 Jun

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War Horse: Fact & Fiction

An interactive display that explores the history behind Michael Morpurgo's novel War Horse, which tells the story of the horses that supported the British armed forces.

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