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.

Lyric Theatre, London W1D

Tue 12 Dec

£17.25–£26.45 / 0844 482 9674

Wed 13 Dec

£17.25–£26.45 / 0844 482 9674

Thu 14 Dec

£17.25–£26.45 / 0844 482 9674

…and 17 more dates until 7 Jan 2018

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.

Alhambra Theatre, Bradford

Wed 14 Feb 2018

£27.50–£54 / 01274 432000

  • 19:30

Thu 15 Feb 2018

£27.50–£54 / 01274 432000

  • 14:00
  • 19:30

Fri 16 Feb 2018

£27.50–£54 / 01274 432000

  • 19:30
…and 19 more dates until 10 Mar 2018

Birmingham Hippodrome

Wed 10 Oct 2018

£45–£63.50 / 0844 338 5000

Thu 11 Oct 2018

£45–£63.50 / 0844 338 5000

Fri 12 Oct 2018

£45–£63.50 / 0844 338 5000

…and 19 more dates until 3 Nov 2018

Brighton Centre

Thu 25 Jan 2018

£63 / 0844 847 1515

Fri 26 Jan 2018

£63 / 0844 847 1515

Sat 27 Jan 2018

£63 / 0844 847 1515

…and 12 more dates until 10 Feb 2018

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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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