Reading Corner

Work your way through these wonderful winter reads…

Thomas and Friends: Thomas’ Big Pop-Up Journey £14.99 published by Egmont UK

Where is Thomas going today? Join Thomas and Friends and turn the pages to follow Thomas’ travels around the Island of Sodor; through the station, over the level crossing, under the bridge and past the water tower, docks and windmill. Then fold out the pages to create and amazing 3D play mat. And with nine impressive pop-ups and lots of play pieces of all your favourite engines, readers can make up their own adventures for Thomas and his friends!

Miles & Mia A to Z by Michaela Alexander & Sarah Croker £8.99

Take on the traditional ABCs with a twist inspired by real life brother and sister, Miles and Mia. Author Michaela Alexander decided to create these books as she found it difficult to answer Miles and Mia when they asked why there were not many books with children that ‘looked like them’. With inclusions from ‘A’ is for Afro hair to ‘Z’ is for Zephyrosaurus, Michaela ensures a representation of personal themes suggested by her children, while capturing the diversity of their upbringing and background of blended Caribbean and British culture.


The Twelve Days of Christmas by William Morris & Liz Catchpole £14.99 published by Penguin Random House Children’s UK

Combining handpicked patterns from the V&A’s William Morris archive with stunning new illustrations in keeping with the timeless designs, this beautiful book brings the words of the classic Twelve Days of Christmas song to life. With a gilded fabric cover, thick matte pages full of gorgeous finishes, and brilliantly bold endpapers, this edition is made to be treasured by children and parents of all ages, and all who are fans of art and design. The Twelve Days of Christmas would make a striking and impressive addition to any coffee table, fireplace or bookshelf this Christmas.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney £12.99

Double the laughter this Christmas with the eleventh book in the phenomenally successful children’s book series. The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley – his mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she wants her son to put down the controller and explore his ‘creative side’. When Greg discovers a bag of gummy worms, it sparks an idea. Can he get his mom off his back by making a movie… and will he become rich and famous in the process? Or will doubling down on this plan just double Greg’s troubles?

LEGO® Star Wars™ Build your own Adventure £17.99, published by DK, dk.com

The perfect gift for any LEGO or Star Wars fan this Christmas, this set combines over 50 inspirational building ideas with exciting stories. A Rebel Pilot minifigure and exclusive Y-wing Star fighter come with the set for readers to build, plus there are plenty of tips and ideas on how to build other inspiring LEGO Star Wars models. From a podracer to junk recycler, there’s an appropriate mix of easy, medium and hard models to help children of all building abilities create scenes. The book also includes ‘what else will you build’ prompts to encourage children to have a go at creating their own stories using LEGO sets.  © & TM 2016 LUCASFILM LTD. ©2016 The LEGO Group. Manufactured by Dorling Kindersley under licence from the LEGO Group.


Prom King: The Fincredible Diary of Fin Spencer by Ciaran Murtagh £5.99 published by Piccadilly Press

Another laugh-out-loud ‘Fincredible’ adventure. When US exchange student Blake suggests a Prom Night for the end of term, everyone is buzzing about it. But to be in the running for Prom King Fin has to be on the committee and help organise a big party in only two weeks! He already has extra chores at home to help Mum during her pregnancy and save up for the key ingredients to his success: the tux, the limo and a ticket for Claudia, the Prom Queen of his dreams. Fin’s going to use the diary again to help him, but on the night will he remember what’s really important?

The Magic Show Book £16.99 published by DK, dk.com

This fun book is full of pop-ups, pull-outs and props to perform flawless tricks – turn the pages to amaze your audience whilst secretly following hidden instructions! With over 12 different tricks, The Magic Show Book is the perfect place to begin your “trick training” and become a great magician. Based on the original trick of slicing a lady in half, this paper adaptation slices a snake into pieces but without harming the animal at all. With tricks simple enough for a child to perform but clever enough to elude their audience, this book will lead to hours of family fun. It is time to make the ordinary, extraordinary.

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