My Christmas books and stocking fillers for this week include a determined little bear, a young penguin with attitude, a wonderful Christmas Theatre and an award winning Victorian fantasy thriller. All in my weekly chilrens book review column in The South Wales Evening Post every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy
THREADBEAR BY MICK INKPEN
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Threadbear feels very sorry for himself because the squeaker in his tummy doesn't work. Frog suggests he asks Father Christmas to help and so starts a wonderful adventure about following his hopes and dreams. This classic story, accompanied by Inkpen's familiar illustrations, is full of gentle humour and sensitivity. As we follow the little bears adventure to magical places we are disarmed by his loving and bold character and determination. Full of Christmas cuteness.
ISBN 9781444924053 PB Hodder Childrens £6.99
PENGUIN PROBLEMS BY JORY JOHN
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Its not easy being a penguin you know! Its freezing, you could be eaten at any moment and how can you find your mother when she looks like every other penguin? With bold adorable illustrations by Lane Smith this follows the adventures of a young penguin with serious attitude. Maybe it's time he learnt to appreciate what he has and discover that really home is where the heart is. A wintry gift for a cold night
ISBN 9781406375992 HB Walker Books £11.99
SLOT TOGETHER THEATRE BY ANNA MILBOURNE
A chance for children and adults to be inspired by two classic Christmas shows. Including scenes, characters and a book of clear instructions you can put together a theatre and tell the story of the Nutcracker Ballet and Shakespeare's Midsummer Nights Dream with music. Simply slot the sturdy pieces together and the step by step guide with script and cast will be perfect for budding thespians and dancers to put on some great entertainment for the family.
ISBN 9781474916172 HB Usborne £25
THE LIE TREE BY FRANCES HARDINGE
YOUNG ADULT 13+
This Victorian fantasy thriller, which won the Costa Book of the Year, is beautifully brought to life by former children’s laureate Chris Riddell and his evocative illustrations. The captivating story of Faith who, trying to solve her disgraced fathers murder, discovers the mysterious Lie Tree. It thrives only on lies and in return will reveal truths. But Faiths quest for answers leads her spiralling into untold danger from which she may not escape. Darkly menacing and captivating.ISBN 9781509837557 HB Macmillan £12.99