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Christmas

The Christmas Bear

by  Ian Whybrow, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

 

When Father Christmas sets off to deliver the presents, poor Bear is left behind in the workshop! How will he make it to Tom's house in time for Christmas morning? Lift the flaps to find out, as he chases Santa's sleigh through icy seas and snowy forests, all the way from the North Pole to Tom's cosy bedroom.

With a laugh-out-loud text full of witty rhymes and silly scenarios from Ian Whybrow, and illustrations by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, that are bursting with funny details, The Christmas Bear is a Christmas book with a difference - and there's a flap to lift on every page, so children can join in the fun!

A Boy Called Christmas

by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould

 

You are about to read 
THE TRUE STORY OF FATHER CHRISTMAS

If you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. 
(Because this book is FULL of impossible things.)
Are you still reading?
Good.

Then let us begin...

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould 

 

If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end?

When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas.

But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

But Amelia isn't just any ordinary girl. And - as Father Christmas is going to find out - if Christmas is going to be saved, he might not be able to do it alone . . .

Father Christmas and Me

by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould 

 

LET THE BATTLE FOR CHRISTMAS BEGIN

It isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.

For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.

But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late . . .

The Christmas Eve Tree

by Delia Huddy , illustrated by Emily Sutton 

 

A poignant, exquisitely illustrated Christmas story, with words by Delia Huddy and pictures by rising star Emily Sutton. When the ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. A Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.

Sproutzilla vs. Christmas

by  Tom Jamieson, illustrated by Mike Byrne 

 

Jack loves everything about Christmas. Except for one thing: he does not like Brussels sprouts. When Jack's parents bring home the largest sprout he has ever seen, things are about to get out of control. Sproutzilla is the meanest, greenest Christmas ruining vegetable ever and now he's heading straight towards Santa! It's up to Jack to save Christmas, and there's only one way to do it . . . He'll have to eat the sprouts!

Sproutzilla vs. Christmas is Tom Jamieson and Mike Byrne's first picture book with Macmillan. Their strikingly bold and funny story about a rampaging sprout will convince even the most reluctant eaters about the importance of eating their vegetables.

Alfie's Christmas

by Shirley Hughes

 

Join Alfie and Annie Rose for Christmas! Alfie opens his advent calendar and makes cards and presents. He sings carols and decorates the tree. And he writes a special letter to Father Christmas... But what will Father Christmas bring on Christmas Day? It's going to be such an exciting day!

The Christmasaurus

by Tom Fletcher 

 

The magical, moving and bestselling first children's novel from Tom Fletcher.

Forget everything you thought you knew about the North Pole, and set off on a Christmas Eve adventure with boy named William Trundle, an elf named Snozzletrump, Santa Claus (yes! The real Santa Claus!), a nasty piece of work called the Hunter, and a most unusual dinosaur . . .

Father Christmas Needs a Wee

by Nicholas Allen

 

"Father Christmas needs a wee.
He's been drinking drinks since half past three . . ."

At each different house that he visits Father Christmas drinks and eats all the goodies left out for him. Before long he really, really, really needs a wee. So much so that he even forgets to leave the presents behind. But he dashes back, delivers all the pressies and flies home at high speed to avoid an embarassing accident . . . there's just one tiny problem . . . he's lost his house key!

Find out what happens and whether Father Christmas ever gets to relieve himself in this brilliant and fabulously funny counting book from the talented author/illustrator Nicholas Allan!

The Christmas Miracle

by  Susan Wojciechowski, illustrated by P. J. Lynch 

 

A stunning 20th anniversary edition of a Kate Greenaway winning Christmas classic, this is the poignant tale of Jonathan Toomey. Although Jonathan is the best woodcarver in the valley, he is always alone and never smiles. No one knows about the mementos of his lost wife and child that he keeps in an unopened drawer. But one early winter's day, a widow and her young son approach him with a gentle request - a request which leads to a joyful miracle. This moving, lyrical tale which unfolds with mastery, humour and emotional force, has been widely hailed by critics and readers as a true Christmas classic, and is gloriously illustrated by the inimitable P.J. Lynch.

Norman the Slug Who Saved Christmas

by Sue Hendra

 

When a sack of presents lands - THWACK - right by Norman's stocking he is overcome with excitement. He really must have been a very good slug this year. But after a frenzy of unwrapping he spots a label - and realises that none of the presents were meant for him, but had in fact fallen off Father Christmas's sleigh. Norman knows he has to get the presents to the family they're meant for - but how can he manage it on time? Can one little slug save Christmas?

Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle

by Julia Donaldson

 

From Julia Donaldson, the bestselling author of The Gruffalo, comes Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle. This special hardback edition contains two stories illustrated by Lydia Monks and some festive things to make and do. Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle is perfect for fans of this bestselling picture-book team who are beginning to read on their own.

Ellen gets a big shock when her reflection climbs out of a mirror. But Mirror-Belle is a double with a difference! She is a princess, and a very mischievous one at that. Join Mirror-Belle as she sweeps Ellen into hilarious Christmassy escapades - from joining in with the Christmas ballet show to attending Ellen's friend's fancy dress party and trying to catch Father Christmas! You can always guarantee that wherever Mirror-Belle goes, trouble will follow.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

by  Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg 

 

It's Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called 'Beware' for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc. Everyone's favourite postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale . . . and into everybody's hearts.

The Jolly Christmas Postman

by  Allan Ahlberg and Janet Ahlberg 

 

It's Christmas Eve and the JOLLY POSTMAN is delivering greetings to various fairy-tale characters - there's a card for Baby Bear, a game appropriately called 'Beware' for Red Riding Hood from Mr Wolf, a get-well jigsaw for hospitalised Humpty Dumpty and three more surprise envelopes containing letters, cards, etc. Everyone's favourite postman keeps on peddling his bicycle up hill and down dale . . . and into everybody's hearts.

The Accidental Father Christmas

by  Tom McLaughlin

 

The latest hilarious caper from author Tom McLaughlin. Funny by name. Funny by nature. 
Ben has one important thing on his Christmas list, and it's the same thing every year. He wants his dad to be at home for Christmas. But his wish never comes true. And Ben's starting to get a bit sceptical about Father Christmas's existence, he needs proof. So, on Christmas Eve, he sets up an elaborate booby trap to capture the jolly bearded fella as he comes sliding down the chimney. Kicking off a sequence of hilarious events that makes this Christmas the most bonkers ever!

The Turkey that Voted for Christmas

by Madeleine Cook and illustrated by Samara Hardy

 

The animals of Pear Tree Farm love a vote - they'll vote for almost anything - but when it comes to Christmas the turkeys always vote 'No!' Only Timmy Turkey is different. He really wants to bring festive cheer to the farm. And how's he going to do it? Through a free and fair democratic electoral process, of course! An appealing, timely, and funny seasonal story, perfect for families preparing for Christmas.

The Turkey that Voted for Christmas

by Madeleine Cook and illustrated by Samara Hardy

 

The animals of Pear Tree Farm love a vote - they'll vote for almost anything - but when it comes to Christmas the turkeys always vote 'No!' Only Timmy Turkey is different. He really wants to bring festive cheer to the farm. And how's he going to do it? Through a free and fair democratic electoral process, of course! An appealing, timely, and funny seasonal story, perfect for families preparing for Christmas.

Christmas in Exeter Street

by Diana Hendry, illustrated by‎ John Lawrence

 

A charming story which captures the true spirit of Christmas and a must for every Christmas library!

It’s Christmas Eve, and the house in Exeter Street is full to bursting! There’s a guest in every nook and cranny from top to bottom – and even a baby sleeping in the kitchen sink! Will Father Christmas be able to find them all? This gorgeously illustrated and atmospheric picture book about a house packed full of guests perfectly captures the sense of excitement and sharing that goes with this very special time of year.

Christmas in Exeter Street

by Diana Hendry, illustrated by‎ John Lawrence

 

A charming story which captures the true spirit of Christmas and a must for every Christmas library!

It’s Christmas Eve, and the house in Exeter Street is full to bursting! There’s a guest in every nook and cranny from top to bottom – and even a baby sleeping in the kitchen sink! Will Father Christmas be able to find them all? This gorgeously illustrated and atmospheric picture book about a house packed full of guests perfectly captures the sense of excitement and sharing that goes with this very special time of year.

The Cat Who Ate Christmas

by  Lil Chase, illustrated by‎ Thomas Docherty

 

A funny, heart-warming Christmas story about one little kitten and a very big turkey!

It's Christmas, and everyone in the Hudson family is very excited - including their kitten. First he knocks the Christmas tree over, then he shreds the presents, and finally he eats the entire Christmas turkey! Mum gets cross, and the kitten runs away. But when he doesn't come back, the Hudson family have to venture out on Christmas Day to find their naughty kitten. Can they have a merry Christmas after all?

This gorgeous book is illustrated in two-colour throughout, with a special section at the back for Christmas facts, jokes, craft activities and recipes.

Bah! Humbug!

by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Tony Ross

 

This Christmas, join Michael Rosen and Tony Ross with their unforgettable retelling of Charles Dickens' beloved classic. In a school theatrical production of "A Christmas Carol", the boy who plays Scrooge is extra nervous because his very busy father is in the audience. However, it's likely his father won't stay for the duration, due to business. As always. Will the classic story's message of Christmas cheer and family love reach his father's distracted heart?

Mog's Christmas

by Judith Kerr

 

The house is full of strange bustling, there are new noises and new smells, and where is that tree going? Disconcerted by all the unusual activities, Mog escapes to the roof, and there she stays…until, unexpectedly, she returns with a bump!

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express

by Maudie Powell-Tuck, illustrated by‎ Karl James Mountford

 

Mia misses her Daddy. Without him, Christmas has lost its magic. But when Mia discovers a world within a mysterious post box, she is whisked away on a truly wonderful adventure over sparkling seas and streets of paper stars. But what will Mia find at the end of her journey?

A magical tale of love and adventure, brought to life by peep-through pages, lift-the-flaps and breath-taking illustrations from Karl James Mountford (The Curious Case of the Missing Mammoth). Last Stop on the Reindeer Express is a wonderful way to help children articulate their feelings when spending Christmas away from a parent, grandparent or sibling

Dear Father Christmas

by  Alan Durant, illustrated by‎ Vanessa Cabban 

 

Celebrate Christmas with this delightful book full of lift-the-flap letters from Father Christmas and a special surprise gift.

When Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas, she decides to write him a letter: “Dear Father Christmas – is it snowing in Lapland? Please answer. Love Holly.” And so begins the start of a touching penpal friendship with Father Christmas himself in which Holly learns about the magic of elves, reindeer and life in Lapland, as well as getting some very special Christmas surprises. This gift book comes with letters to read and and a special silver ticket from Father Christmas!

The Greek Who Stole Christmas

by Anthony Horowitz

 

Once again, Tim Diamond and his younger brother Nick are flat broke. So when they're hired to investigate an anonymous death threat made to world-famous pop singer and movie actress Minerva, they jump at the chance. However, the Greek celebrity seems to have plenty of enemies – so the question is, which one actually wants her dead? Meanwhile, Tim needs to resist Minerva's amorous advances and focus in the matter in hand...

The More the Merrier

by Anne Fine

Christmas comes but once a year. Luckily ...The Christmas holiday is, traditionally, a time when families gather together. In Ralph's case this means ten or more relatives coming to stay, including assorted aunts and uncles, nutty Great-Aunt Ida (the Home tells them to be careful not to let her out) and his ghastly cousins: Titania in her silly, sick-making frilly fairy dresses and the twins Sylvester and Sylvia (it took until Easter last year before the family dog got over them). Jammed into one small house for three days of merriment and family fun, with the tv on the blink and Mum on the verge of a breakdown, it soon becomes obvious that, in this house, more definitely does not mean merrier ...

The Invasion of the Christmas Puddings

by Jeremy Strong

It's Christmas! Laugh your socks off with Invasion of the Christmas Puddings by Jeremy Strong.

'Tis the season to be jolly tra-la-la-la-la ... BUT WAIT!

Father Christmas's EVIL brother, Bad Christmas, is plotting to take over the world.

His poisonous Christmas puddings that turn humans into zombies are pouring through from The Other Side in their millions. Millions of Christmas puddings, all made of deadly sticky matter!

But four children from Plumpot Primary have escaped the puddings. Are they in time to stop Bad Christmas and save the world?

Prepare to be ... puddified!