Top children's books on sale for Christmas

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

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This article is from 2011.

Top children's fiction on sale for Christmas

Jacqueline Wilson

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.

This article is from 2011.

The Gruffalo

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

A musical adaptation of the beloved picture book by Julia Donaldson.

Lyric Theatre, London W1D

Sun 4 Dec

£18–£28 / 0844 482 9674

Part of Family Arts Festival.

Wed 7 Dec

£18–£28 / 0844 482 9674

Part of Family Arts Festival.

Thu 8 Dec

£18–£28 / 0844 482 9674

Part of Family Arts Festival.

…and 23 more dates until 8 Jan 2017

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.

Brighton Centre

Thu 25 Jan 2018

£15–£52.50 / 0844 847 1515

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£15–£52.50 / 0844 847 1515

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£15–£52.50 / 0844 847 1515

…and 12 more dates until 10 Feb 2018

Bristol Hippodrome

Wed 18 Oct 2017

£22.40–£63.40 / 0844 847 2325

Thu 19 Oct 2017

£22.40–£63.40 / 0844 847 2325

Fri 20 Oct 2017

£22.40–£63.40 / 0844 847 2325

…and 19 more dates until 11 Nov 2017

Edinburgh Festival Theatre

Wed 18 Apr 2018

£26.50–£61 / 0131 529 6000

Thu 19 Apr 2018

£26.50–£61 / 0131 529 6000

Fri 20 Apr 2018

£26.50–£61 / 0131 529 6000

…and 19 more dates until 12 May 2018

Also on at:

The Gruffalo's Child

all Stories presents Julia Donaldson's Gruffalo sequel, following the adventures of his child as she sneaks out in the night to see if the Big Bad Mouse really does exist.

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.

Elsewhere on the web

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