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The High Street is a charming hardback picture book which takes the reader on a fantastic lift-the-flap journey of all the shops on the high street.

The little girl who takes us on the trip; Sally, has a list of ten things which she needs to buy. She goes everywhere from the pet shop to the tea shop and takes us on a trip down memory lane when there was a butcher and greengrocer on every high street. The lift-the-flap element of the book really gets the reader involved and they lift the flap to see inside the shop and look at what lovely little Sally is buying. Will she get everything on her list?

This really is very much a visual book, with each page so vividly detailed, it’s a joy to look through. If I could liken Alice Melvin’s illustrations to anyone in the current market it would be Emma Chichester-Clark but she really is so unique and I think that’s what the Booktrust loved about her when she was awarded The Booktrust Best New Illustrator Award.

So if you want an unique picture book that’s something a bit more traditional and every bit as beautiful, this is it.

THE HIGH STREET

Alice Melvin

Tate Publishing

9781854379436

£9.99 HB

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Shirley Hughes is one of our most-loved and sacred children’s picture book writers. No one else, to this day has retained that classic sense of storytelling which Shirley achieved in her illustrations and charming stories of very normal, very likeable and fragile characters. Think Lucy and Tom, Alfie and Annie Rose and now we spend Christmas with Bronwen and Dylan.

When Bronwen and Dylan hear ghostly sounds on a cold Christmas Eve night, they hurry next door into the welcoming arms of their neighbour Mrs O’Riley and together they learn to face their fears and discover all is not what it seems.

Set in 1930’s Liverpool, we could be painted with a cold, dreary picture. Instead, Hughes’s story, brings to life the magic of this time of year and the warmth and kindness of her characters remind us that we don’t always need the gluttony and glamour modern day Christmas may bring. Beautiful, just beautiful.

May Shirley Hughes never go out of print, and never fall out of a child’s hands!

THE CHRISTMAS EVE GHOST

Shirley Hughes

9781406331074

£7.99 HB

Walker Books

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A Christmas book for the little ones today. A lovely, beautifully illustrated collection of five short Christmas stories for ages 3-5.

There’s a tale for each of the themes of friendship, appreciation, giving, sharing and love and features lovely woodland creatures who can’t help but warm your heart. Each page is loving full of colour illustrations and glitter which will just add to the magic of Christmas when this is being read.

THE USBORNE BOOK OF LITTLE STORIES FOR CHRISTMAS

Sam Taplin

9781409535218

£9.99 HB

Usborne

www.usborne.com

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With the kids all finished for Christmas (lucky them) now is the perfect time to get in the kitchen, roll up those sleeves and start on your Christmas baking. And who shows them how better than Usborne?

Christmas Cooking is part of the Usborne Activties series and features lots of recipes; sweet and savoury to get you in the festive spirit. From crinkly Christmas pies to iced gingerbread hearts, this book has it all. It features step-by-step illustrated and photographed instructions on how to get the best result. If anything is considered too difficult or dangerous for a child to do, then in lets you know parents should help at that stage…brilliant.

I’ve tried my hand at the gingerbread biscuits and they came out beautifully. They were meant to be added to the decorations on my tree but not all of them made it…nom nom nom.

A fantastic activity cookbook to fill up those hours inbetwen The Polar Express and The Muppet Christmas Carol!

CHRISTMAS COOKING

Rebecca Gilpin & Catherine Atkinson

9781409509448

£4.99 PB

Usborne

www.usborne.com

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This is a beautiful book, one I absolutely, have to, definitely, must own. ‘A Sky Full of Kindness’ tells the story of two birds who are about to become parents. Told through stunning paper cut shapes against contrasting black and white ; this truly is a masterpiece. Rob Ryan has treated us before with his beautiful artwork but this story is somehow more poignant, more touching (if that is at all possible).

As one review pointed out, the contrast of the black and white paper-cut shapes allude to the uncertainty and changing feelings towards first time parenthood. It’s appropriate, delicate and moving. Simply, stunning. This would appeal to those looking to share with their children about having another child or just those who want to delight in the pictures with their child, or simply for us adults who want to own another individually, beautiful book.

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“I’m a real boy!”

Last year’s runaway bestseller in my children’s department was the pop-up sound book of Peter Pan. Publishedby Templar, they’ve deone a whole series including Aladdin and now Pinocchio. Open up each page to see a pop-up scene with fantastic, dramatic sounds to coincide with the magical story.

Films like Peter Pan and Pinocchio, I think, go hand in hand with Christmas and if you’re looking for something a little different which you know a child wont have, then this is it.

There’s an absolutely fantastic page which you open up wide to see Pinocchio’s nose extend right along the width of the book…and then some! He certainly hasn’t been telling the truth. A wonderful re-telling of a charming story…in a truly marvellous, original way.

PINOCCHIO

9781848773851

Templar

£14.99 HB Pop-up sound edition

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I can’t walk past this book at work without sending Santa on his merry way. ‘Pull-back Busy Santa’ is a lovely toy book which has a plastic Santa on his sleigh for children to whizz round on four different tracks. From a starry, fairy-light filled village, to a snowy mountain scene, Santa goes all round the track again and again until he runs out of steam and you just pull him back and away he goes again.

The illustrations are so full and festive, there’s so much to look at; this book never gets boring. It’s a very entertaining book. If it entertains a grown woman, I can’t imagine the sheer delight it will bring to children’s faces.

PULL-BACK BUSY SANTA

Fiona Watt

9781409536574

£14.99 HB

Usborne

www.usborne.com

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