Top 10 Children’s Books for Christmas

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Top 10 Children’s Books for Christmas

When it comes to buying a book as a present for a child it can be a difficult decision in deciding which one to choose, but with WHSmith’s Top 10 Children’s Books for Christmas they’re making it just that little bit easier.

Books make excellent Christmas gifts so why not keep your children reading all through Christmas and New Year with WHSmith’s Top 10 Children’s Book recommendations. From authors Jacqueline Wilson to Julia Donaldson, WHSmith have the perfect book for your child to enjoy this Christmas.

 

No.1

Book reviews for mums

 

Sapphire Battersea by Jacqueline Wilson

 Age Group 9+

 This is a fascinating, funny and moving Victorian-era novel featuring Hetty Feather. Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby by her mother. But she always longed to be called Sapphire, after her sapphire-blue eyes. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her new name, Sapphire Battersea, will also mean a new life! But life doesn’t always go as planned…Follow the twists and turns of Hetty’s adventure as she goes out to work as a maid for a wealthy man. She longs to be reunited with her childhood sweetheart Jem – but also finds a new sweetheart, Bertie the butcher’s boy, who whisks her away from her household chores to experience the delights of the funfair! But Hetty’s life may also take a darker path. Can she cope with the trials ahead?

No.2

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The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

 Age Group 9+

This is the second title in this number one, bestselling spin-off series from Percy Jackson creator, Rick Riordan. This crazy messed up world of gods and monsters is Percy Jackson’s reality, which pretty much sucks for him. Percy Jackson, son of Poseidon, God of the Sea, has woken from a very deep sleep and come face to face with two snake-haired ladies who refuse to die. But they’re the least of his problems. Because Percy finds himself at a camp for half-bloods, which doesn’t ring any bells for him. There’s just one name he remembers from his past: Annabeth. Only one thing is certain – Percy’s questing days aren’t over. He and fellow demigods Frank and Hazel must face the most important quest of all: the Prophecy of Seven. If they fail, it’s not just their camp at risk. Percy’s old life, the gods, and the entire world might be destroyed…

 

No.3

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Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick

 Age Group 11+

 The noise between Patch and Nora has gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past, bridged two irreconcilable worlds and faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for – and their love – forever.

No.4

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The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson

Age Group 5+

Give me your buns and your biscuits! Give me your chocolate eclairs! For I am the Rat of the highway, and the Rat Thief never shares!’ Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Clover from a rabbit; nuts from a squirrel – he even steals his own horse’s hay. Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck? A fabulous, rollicking rhyme, in the style of the famous Alfred Noyes poem, ‘The Highwayman’, from the authors of ‘The Gruffalo‘ and ‘Zog‘.

 

No.5

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Zog by Julia Donaldson

Age Group 3+

 Zog is the keenest dragon in school. He’s also the most accident-prone, flying into trees and even setting his own wing on fire. Luckily, a mysterious little girl always comes by and patches up his bumps and bruises. But will she be able to help Zog with his toughest test: capturing a princess?

No.6

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The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney

 Age Group 7+

 Greg’s dad, Frank, is on a mission – a mission to make this wimpy kid, well, less wimpy. All manner of ‘manly’ physical activities are planned, but Greg just about manages to find a way out of them. That is until military academy is mentioned and Greg realizes that he’s going to have to come up with something very special to get out of this one…

 

No.7

Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney

 Age Group 9+

It’s a brand-new year and a brand-new journal and Greg is keen to put the humiliating (and secret!) events of last summer firmly behind him. But someone knows everything – someone whose job it is to most definitely not keep anything embarrassing of Greg’s private – his big brother, Rodrick. How can Greg make it through this new school year with his cool(ish) reputation intact 

No.8

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Shadow by Michael Morpurgo

 Age Group 9+

 A powerful novel from Michael Morpurgo, the nation’s favourite storyteller! Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears — thin and war-ravaged — in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow, and that’s what Aman decides to call her. But life in Afghanistan becomes more dangerous by the moment. Eventually, Aman, his mother and Shadow find the courage to embark upon the treacherous journey from war-torn Afghanistan to the safely of a relative’s home in Manchester, England. But how far can Shadow lead them? And in this terrifying new world, is anywhere really safe!

 

No.9

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Horrid Henry and the Zombie Vampire by Francesca Simon

 Age Group 5+

 Four new stories in which Horrid Henry terrorizes his classmates at a school sleepover in the museum; plays with Perfect Peter and tricks him into handing over all his money; gets out of writing his own story for Miss Battle-Axe by adapting one of Peter’s; and meets the Nudie Foodie, a celebrity chef, who comes to the school to improve school dinners. No more burgers! No more chips!

No.10

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Billionaire Boy by David Walliams

 Age Group 9+

 A hilarious, touching and extraordinary new fable from the author of The Boy in the Dress and Mr Stink. Joe has a lot of reasons to be happy. About a billion of them, in fact. You see, Joe’s rich. Really, really rich. Joe’s got his own bowling alley, his own cinema, even his own butler who is also an orangutan. He’s the wealthiest twelve-year-old in the land. Yes, Joe has absolutely everything he could possibly want. But there’s just one thing he really needs: a friend!

 

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