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's Child

Tall 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.

The Lowry, Salford

Fri 6 Dec

Quays Theatre

£14–£18 / 08432 086000

Sat 7 Dec

Quays Theatre

£14–£18 / 08432 086000

Sun 8 Dec

Quays Theatre

£14–£18 / 08432 086000

…and 28 more dates until 12 Jan 2020

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.

Liverpool Empire Theatre

Wed 31 Jul

£13–£71.90 / 0870 606 3536

Thu 1 Aug

£13–£71.90 / 0870 606 3536

Fri 2 Aug

£13–£71.90 / 0870 606 3536

…and 13 more dates until 17 Aug

New Theatre, Oxford

Thu 22 Aug

0844 871 3020

Fri 23 Aug

0844 871 3020

Sat 24 Aug

0844 871 3020

…and 12 more dates until 7 Sep

Wembley Park Theatre, London HA9

Fri 18 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Sat 19 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

Sun 20 Oct

Prices to be confirmed

…and 27 more dates until 23 Nov

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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