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.

Artsdepot, London N12

Tue 4 Dec

Times vary / £14–£16 / 020 8369 5454

Wed 5 Dec

Times vary / £14–£16 / 020 8369 5454

Thu 6 Dec

Times vary / £14–£16 / 020 8369 5454

…and 31 more dates until 6 Jan 2019

The Gulbenkian, Canterbury

Tue 18 Sep

£1–£12.50 / 01227 769075

Wed 19 Sep

£1–£12.50 / 01227 769075

Thu 20 Sep

£1–£12.50 / 01227 769075

…and 3 more dates until 23 Sep

Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield

Tue 25 Sep

£13 / 0114 249 6000

Wed 26 Sep

£13 / 0114 249 6000

Thu 27 Sep

£13 / 0114 249 6000

…and 2 more dates until 29 Sep

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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

Milton Keynes Theatre

Wed 19 Sep

£22.40–£66.90 / 0844 871 7652

Thu 20 Sep

£22.40–£66.90 / 0844 871 7652

Fri 21 Sep

£22.40–£66.90 / 0844 871 7652

…and 13 more dates until 6 Oct

New Victoria Theatre, Woking

Sat 18 Aug

£22.40–£61.90 / 0844 871 7645

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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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