Booktopia Six to Twelve Buzz
Holiday Season 2009 | Edition Two
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HERE COMES CHRISTMAS
Hello readers!

Welcome to this Pre-Christmas Buzz.  I've been reading almost non-stop to pick out the best books for the present buying season.  My book of the month is a gorgeous story set in Paris (my favourite city in the world!).  I've also got a brand new Jacqueline Wilson, a whole host of Christmas themed books and an Audrey of the Outback giveaway.

This month sees what will hopefully be the first of many guest reviews from author Sandy Fussell.  Check out what she has to say about the latest Michelle Paver book hereThe Cloudchasers is another series you have got to dive into - these books are truly unique. 

At the bottom I've included a guide for any frantic gift-buying that comes up for that nephew you accidentally forgot! And Booktopia has put together a longlist of perfect presents for to keep kids happy these holidays. Just remember, that if you order any book before December 1st, we can guarantee to get it there by Christmas. We can also guarantee that if you order a book with the 'IN STOCK' bubble on site before December 13th we will get it to you by Christmas. And, as always, the books featured in this newsletter are 20% off, but for a limited time only so let's not waste any more time... on with the reading!

Amelia Vahtrick
Six to Twelve Buzz Editor
Booktopia     
BOOK OF THE MONTH: MADAME PAMPLEMOUSSE

Rupert Kingfisher

My book of the month for December is actually two books.  The Madame Pamplemousse series is my new favourite thing at the moment so I thought it only appropriate that I spread the word. The first book, Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles introduces a wonderful cast of characters.  Madame Pamplemouuse runs a food shop in Paris, which doesn't look like much from the outside, but look closer and you will find the most delicious, delectable, incredible foods you've ever tasted.  Don't be surprised to find Minotaur Salami with Sage and Thyme, Pterodactyl Bacon or Smoked Sabre-tooth Tiger.  Madame Pamplemousse  could be the most famous chef in all of Paris, but she is content to remain in the shadows with her (slightly magical) cat Camembert. 
Not far away, a young girl named Madeleine toils away in her Uncle's horrible restaurant, The Squealing Pig.  The owner of this restaurant, Monsieur Lard, aside from being an awful man, is also an awful cook.  He has always dreamed of the fame and fortune which would come if he were known as the best cook in all of France.  Unfortunately, the harder he tries, the worst his food tastes! 
One fateful day, Madeleine is sent to buy ingredients and finds herself in Madame Pamplemousse's shop.  A wonderful friendship springs up between the two, but will Monsieur Lard's jealousy threaten the survival of the quiet shop on Paris' left bank?

I was absolutely enchanted by this fairy-tale of a book, probably in part due to the mouthwatering descriptions of Madame Pamplemousse's delectable creations. I am just finishing the second book, Madame Pamplemousse and the Time-Travelling Cafe, wherein a silver steam-powered espresso machine produces a magical liquid which transports the drinker through time and space. 

To complete the package (food, Paris, magic... what more could a girl want?) these books make a beautiful pastel striped set - gorgeous and perfect as a present!  Ideal for readers aged 8+

Madame Pamplemousse and her Incredible Edibles

RRP: $12.99, Booktopia Price: $10.50 (paperback)
Madame Pamplemousse and the Time-Travelling Cafe
RRP: $19.99, Booktopia Price: $15.99 (hardback)

AUDREY OF THE OUTBACK SPECIAL OFFER

Christine Harris

One of the best new series of the past year has got to be Audrey of the Outback. Audrey is a girl who would get along famously with Anne Shirley and Pippi Longstocking.  Aside from the fact that they all have red hair, they are all plucky, imaginative girls who aren't going to let anyone tell them what they can't do.  In Audrey's case, this would be going to live as a swaggie, pack on her back, with only her friend Stumpy to keep her company.  What choice does she have when her older brother has decided he is too old to play games anymore, and her younger brother spends most of his time pretending to be a bird. 

In the second book, Audrey Goes to Town, our heroine is excited to visit the Town of Beltana, mainly because of the fact that there is a shop that sells only lollies!  But then Audrey's mum gets sick and she and her brother Dougie have to stay in town with Mrs Paterson, a horrible old lady with a nose sharp enough to open a can of peaches.  Audrey didn't ever think that she would dread staying in town for a month... but that was before she met Mrs Paterson.

Audrey's Big Secret is the third book out in this fabulous series.  In the middle of the night, Audrey looks out into the dark and sees a pale hovering shape.  Is it a ghost? An angel? A bunyip?!  You will have to read the books to find out. 

The Audrey of the Outback series, set in 1930s Australia, has been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Children's Peace Literature Award and the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year for Younger Readers.  It is easy to see why when you read the books - Audrey is a fantastic heroine and role model for young girls, and her adventures will keep you enthralled!

I have a special offer for all you Audrey readers out there - the first twenty people to buy an Audrey Book will receive an Audrey of the Outback t-shirt.  Just email me with your order number at marketing@booktopia.com.au and we will send a t-shirt to the first twenty people!

Audrey of the Outback (IN STOCK), Audrey Goes to Town (IN STOCK) & Audrey's Big Secret
Each RRP:$14.99, Booktopia Price: $11.99

GUEST REVIEWER: SANDY FUSSELL
Sandy Fussell is a mum, a computer programmer and a children's author.  Much to her surprise the three go well together.  Her first book was published in 2008.  She is the author of the Samurai Kids series, and Polar Boy, which was shortlisted for the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers award.  Jaguar Warrior, set at the end of the Aztec Empire, will be published in March 2010 by Walker Books Australia.  We are lucky to hear her thoughts on this fantastic historical adventure.

Ghost Hunter by Michelle Paver

Ghost Hunter is the sixth and final in the internationally best selling series The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness.  Action packed and suspenseful,  this historical series follows the Bronze Age journey of Torak, Renn and Wolf.  A boy, a girl and a wolf who stand against the Soul-Eaters, the forces of darkness who seek to control their world. 

I recently interviewed author Michelle Paver and asked her how it felt to have finished the series.  Did she feel sad? Was she tempted to write one more? 
"No," she said. "The story feels whole.  It feels complete."  And so it is.  With a thrilling conclusion.

Torak is twelve-years-old when his father is killed and the story begins.  The young boy has many special skills.  He can spirit walk outside his body.  He can communicate with Wolf, who he finds as a cub.  It is Torak's destiny to confront the most powerful Soul-Eater of all, the Eagle Owl Made, in the Mountain of Ghosts on Soul's Night.  But there are many decisions to be made along the way.  Will Torak allow Renn and Wolf to go into danger with him?  He knows he needs their help but wants to keep them safe.  Will Wolf choose his new wolf family or stay with his human pack-brother?  Will Renn follow her talents and duty to become a clan mage or follow her heart and Torak?  This is a book where final decisions are made.  For those who are wondering whether they need to read the whole series, Ghost Hunter is a complete story.  You could start here but would miss a wonderful journey and I don't recommend that.

The Chronicles of Ancient Darkness is a truly imaginative adventure that transports the reader into a time and place six thousand years ago.  It will appeal to children from age 8 to infinity, especially those that love history, action and fantasy.  Other books in the series are Wolf Brother, Spirit Walker, Soul Eater, Outcast and Oath Breaker

Ghost Hunter
RRP: $29.99, Booktopia Price: $23.99
EDIE AMELIA AND THE MONKEY SHOE MYSTERY   NATHAN ABERCROMBIE: MY ROTTEN LIFE
Sophie Lee

Edie Amelia is a very neat girl who has grown up in a house full of chaos. With an inventor for a father and a mother obsessed with the latest in macrobiotic, organic cooking she has had a colourful upbringing to say the least. The day before her ninth birthday party, Edie Amelia is checking and rechecking that her outfit for the party is ready when she discovers something awful... one of her favourite shoes is missing!  Enlisting the help of her friend Cheesy Chompster and her dog Mr Pants, Amelia is determined to solve the mystery of the missing monkey shoe.

The investigation takes our heroes from Chinatown to the tip, and involves purple paper, a red tassle and some very stale fortune cookies.  The girls must solve the mystery as well as finishing all the preparations for the party, including drying enough salmon skins to make a fish-skin marquee (don't ask!).  Sophie Lee's heroines are resourceful, spunky and determined to solve the mystery of the missing monkey shoe.  Perfect for girls aged 8+

Edie Amelia and the Monkey Shoe Mystery

RRP: $12.99, Booktopia Price: $10.40
  David Lubar

Nathan Abercrombie has always been a bit of an outcast at school.  He is never invited to the cool parties, he is the last one picked for P.E. and he is rubbish at video games.  One afternoon a girl at school takes him to visit her uncle's research lab where he is drenched in a strange experimental serum.  When he wakes up the next morning he discovers he has become part-zombie!
This seems great at first... Nathan doesn't need to sleep anymore, so staying up late has a whole new meaning.  Plus, he no longer feels pain so he doesn't have to worry about the school bully anymore.  After a while, Nathan misses being human (or fully human as it were)... but there is no known cure.  Will he have to stay part-zombie forever? 

This hilarious book is the start of a new series which will delight fans of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, and pretty much anyone who thinks that it would be funny if someone's fingers suddenly turned green and rotted off their hands!  Sounds gross to me, but who am I to judge the undead?

Nathan Abercrombie: My Rotten Life
RRP: $12.99
Booktopia Price: $10.40

THE CLOUDCHASERS
Steven Hunt

Once you read The Cloudchasers, you will never forget it. It's one of THOSE books.  A unique and powerful book that will leave its mark on you.  Part picture book, part illustrated novel - you do not want to miss out on this read...

Bankertown is a grey and miserable place.  Imagination is illegal and most of the population have forgotten how to imagine anyway.  All the books have been burnt,  the art galleries closed down and music is restricted to the marching beat that accompanies a Banker parade.  A young girl named Alice is discovered drawing a picture one day at school and is taken by the police for questioning.  When she gets home that night, the disapproval of her parents is too much to stand and she escapes to a visiting carnival.  Little does she suspect that lurking in the carnival is the evil Catcher.  Alice escapes in a stolen hot air balloon along with her brother Thomas, and a boy from the carnival named Spinner. The book documents their quest through the land of the clouds as they try to restore imagination and laughter to Bankertown. 

The illustrations in this book are unlike anything I have seen in a picture book before - computer generated, they perfectly portray the amazing world of clouds, the bleakness of Bankertown and the horrible, bug infested Catcher.  Book one came out last year, and book two has just been released, so you wont have to wait (like I did) to find out the conclusion to the thrilling saga of the Cloudchasers.  Aimed at readers aged 8+. 

The Cloudchasers and
The Cloudchasers: The East Wind
RRP: $39.99 each
Booktopia Price: $31.99
HIGH ACTION + HIGH EXCITEMENT = GREAT READS
H.I.V.E. 4: DREADOUGHT
  CONSPIRACY 365: JANUARY
Mark Walden

Otto, Wing, Lauren and Shelby are back and they've brought trouble with them.  A new term at the Higher Institute for Villainous Education beings with endurance training in the Arctic, known as the ninety-three-percenter (named because only 93% of students make it back alive).  However, en-route to the training, the students are caught in the middle of an uprising against Diabolus Darkdoom, the new head of  G.L.O.V.E., the most sinister criminal organisation  in the world.

Jason Drake, disappointed in the way Darkdoom is running the criminal empire has gone rogue, and has plans for a new world order, led by himself of course.  Having openly declared war against G.L.O.V.E. Jason Drake is a man with nothing left to lose - which makes him the most dangerous man in the world... and Otto has just put himself right in the line of fire.
This action packed series about student villains is fantastic for fans of the teenage spy genre - just picture Alex Rider turned criminal and you've got an idea of what Otto Malpense is like. Brilliant!

H.I.V.E. 4: Dreadnought

RRP: $16.99, Booktopia Price: $13.50
  Gabrielle Lord

"They killed your father. They're killing me!...You have 365 days!" 
When a crazy old man tackles Callum Ormond in the street on New Year's Eve, telling him he must go into hiding for a year, 15 year old Callum doesn't know what to think.  Things have been getting weirder and weirder since his father's death six months ago from a strange illness.  The old man's warning, coupled with the arrival of a letter written in his father's last days propel Callum into a life on the run.  Chased by police, relatives and more than one criminal organisation, Callum is fighting to survive - let alone discover the secret behind his father's death. 

This new series will consist of twelve books, each chronicling a month of Callum's 365 days - 365 days he must survive until the Ormond Singularity runs out - if only he knew just what the Ormond Singularity was! 
This book will have you on the edge of your seat, and will leave you hanging out for part two, coming early next year.  A thrilling read for kids aged 10+

Click here to watch an exclusive to Booktopia video of Gabrielle Lord talking about this fantastic new series.

Conspiracy 365: January
RRP: $9.99, Booktopia Price: $7.95
RUNNING WITH THE HORSES
Alison Lester

Alison Lester has got to be one of my all time favourite picture book authors.  If you've not heard of Magic Beach or The Journey Home then you'd better pick up your picture-book reading game because they are both amazing.  She has done it again with this marvellous picture book about the harrowing journey of a girl and her horse. 

Nina is a young girl who lives above the Royal Academy of Dancing Horses.  Her father is the stable master there and she has always delighted in watching the beautiful white horses.  Her favourite horse, however, is not one of the sleek Lipizzaners in the ring, but a cart horse named Zelda who she visits each day on her way home from school.  When Nina and her father are forced to flee the city in search of safety, she is determined to bring all the horses including Zelda to safety. But a perilous journey is ahead of them... will Zelda be strong enough to make it?

Lester's distinctive pen and ink illustrations are combined with watercolours and photographs to create mixed-media illustrations that bring to life her story.  Based on the rescue of the Lipizzaners from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during World War Two, this is a story that will delight readers both young and old.  While it is a picture book, there is enough text to keep older children entertained, as well as enchanting a younger audience. 

Running With The Horses
RRP: $29.95, Booktopia Price: $23.95
BOOKS TO MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD
WILLY WAGGLEDAGGER
  MASTER CROOK'S CRIME ACADEMY
Martin Chatterton

Imagine this - you are wearing a fake beard, hiding from the richest man in England, Sir Victor Vile, and you find yourself with nowhere to hide but in the Queen's petticoats!  Then to make matters worse, you accidentally tickle her majesty's bum with your fake beard (which has ended up on the TOP of your head in all the confusion)!  This is exactly what happened to Willy Waggledagger when all he wanted to do was see one measly play at the theater!  With a big burly tanner for a father, Will's artistic endeavours have never been encouraged, but this fateful day at the theater will change the course of history! 

Martin Chatterton's hilarious take on Shakespeare's life will entertain young readers for hours.  With titles like
By The Picking of My Nose
and A Belt Around My Bum you can see exactly what demographic these books are aimed at!  Who would have ever thought that William Shakespeare's greatest concern was an old witch who wanted to pick his nose!

By The Picking of My Nose
and A Belt Around My Bum
Each RRP: $14.99, Booktopia Price: $11.99
  Terry Deary

Smiff Smith (yes... that is his real name) has grown up in the poor part of Wildpool, stealing mop bucket after mop bucket for his mother (who has a bit of a strange obsession with mop buckets).  When he is approached by a mysterious stranger offering him a place at Master Crook's Crime Academy he knows his life will never be the same.  Meanwhile, on the rich side of town, Mayor Twistle, a man with a brain as large as a turnip but not as clever, has enlisted a new squad of policemen to crackdown on crime in Wildpool.  Luckily Smiff and his new partner in crime (literally!) Alice are freshly trained and ready to take from the rich and give to the poor!

This new series, set in Victorian England, is written by the author of the Horrible Histories series - so you can be sure Terry Deary has both comedy and history covered!  The first two books have just been released this month, Burglary for Beginners and Robbery for Rascals

Burglary for Beginners and Robbery for Rascals
Each RRP: $14.99, Booktopia Price: $11.99
FANTASTIC MR FOX
Roald Dahl

I'm sure you know all about this summer's upcoming family movie 'Fantastic Mr Fox'.  I've had many discussions about whether the film is going to be good or bad, and the only thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Roald Dahl's original story is awesome!  Whether or not the film does its noble origins proud remains to be seen, however use this opportunity to rediscover an old favourite. 

This is the story of Mr Fox, who when threatened with starvation and maybe even death by three evil farmers, starts an animal rebellion that will go down in history.  Mr Fox is a hero who will win over every reader, while Boggis, Bunce and Bean are three of the most vile villains ever created by Dahl (and smelliest! Bean doesn't wash once during the course of the book!).  Don't worry too much about the farmers though... do you think they could outwit the clever, handsome, sneaky Mr Fox? I didn't think so.
To celebrate the film's release, a new edition of this wonderful book has been brought out, illustrated in full colour, by Quentin Blake of course! Who else?  It is just FANTASTIC! (Sorry, I couldn't resist!)

Fantastic Mr Fox

RRP: $16.95, Booktopia Price: $13.50

ROALD DAHL'S COMPLETELY REVOLTING RECIPES   OLD POSSUM'S BOOK OF PRACTICAL CATS
Roald Dahl

This collection combines Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes and Even More Revolting Recipes in one great volume.  Feeling peckish? Why not try some Stink Bug's Eggs?  Or to keep you going for a while, snack on Mr Twit's Beard Food all day long!

Most of the recipes in this book can be traced back to Roald Dahl's well known characters like Mr and Mrs Twit, Willy Wonka and The BFG.  The directions are easy to follow and kids of all ages will be able to whip up some tasty (but not so tasty sounding) treats in no time.  Kids love to be messing about in the kitchen, and this book is the perfect one to encourage any budding chefs out there.  The directions are OF COURSE accompanied by Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations - these pictures will make you think you really are eating wormy spaghetti. 

Roald Dahl's Completely Revolting Recipes
RRP: $27.95, Booktopia Price: $22.36
  T.S. Eliot

T.S. Eliot originally wrote these whimsical poems in letters to his godchildren.  Writing as 'Old Possum', Eliot explores the nature and psychology of our feline friends.  This new edition couples Eliot's  timeless verses with new full colour illustrations by Axel Scheffler.  Scheffler is probably best known as the illustrator part of the team behind The Gruffalo

So come on in and meet Rum Tum Tugger, Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer.  Each cat is an individual - some mad, some bad, some cunning...
Oh and if these names sound familiar, its because Eliot's poems were the inspiration for Andrew Lloyd Weber's famous musical Cats.
This book is perfect for cat fans, poetry fans, fans of whimsy... which has got to be one of my favourite things!

Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats

RRP: $27.99, Booktopia Price: $22.39
 
STAND-ALONE FICTION
WOLVEN   RUNNING WILD
Di Toft

Nat is extremely excited the day his grandparents take him to pick out a dog.  Finally, a pet of his own!  The strange creature he finds at the farm, however, doesn't look much like what Nat had in mind. An animal that perhaps owed its origins more to Dr. Frankenstein than Mr Darwin. Something in Woody's face makes Nat want to take him home, not realising that he is about to bite off a lot more than he can chew.  Nat wakes up in the middle of the night to find Woody has turned into a boy!  Wolven, which are sort of like backwards werewolves, are almost extinct, but supposedly there are some scientists aiming to breed more - but then Woody and Nat discover that the scientists have a more sinister purpose than preservation of the species.  A thrilling fantasy adventure, great for readers aged 10+

Wolven
RRP: 14.99, Booktopia Price: $11.99
  Michael Morpurgo

After his father dies in Iraq, Will's mum takes him to visit Indonesia, her home country.  Will has always loved elephants and is excited that his Christmas present this year is a ride along the beach on an elephant named Oona.  Halfway through his ride on Oona, disaster strikes and Will doesn't know if he will see his mother again.  A great wall of water hit the beach and Oona took off into the jungle with Will clinging desperately to her back.  Lost in the jungle with only the clothes on his back, Will doesn't know how he will survive.  But he hadn't counted on the help he would receive from Oona.

Michael Morpurgo is the undisputed King of animal stories for children and Running Wild sees him at the top of his game.  Morpurgo's story of Will in the jungle handles its contemporary setting and events (such as the Boxing Day Tsunami) with delicacy and sensitivity in a truly moving book. 

Running Wild
RRP: $19.99, Booktopia Price: $15.99
HETTY FEATHER
Jacqueline Wilson

If you listen closely, you can hear the legions of Jacqueline Wilson fans cheering at the arrival of a new Wilson heroine.  Introducing Hetty Feather - Tracey Beaker for the Victorian era.  Hetty was abandoned at the Foundling Hospital as a baby and spends the first years of her life growing up with a happy foster family. Her adoptive brothers Jem and Gideon, while they tease her at times, are great fun!  Jem even saves up enough pennies to take Hetty to see the travelling circus with him.  At the circus, Hetty sees the beautiful Madame Adelaine who rides a beautiful white horse. Hetty is sure she has some connection to Madame Adeline - they both have the same shade of flame red hair for one. 

Life for an orphan could be a lot worse in 1876, but then Hetty's happiness is threatened when she has to return to the Foundling Hospital. The older girls are mean to her, she is separated from her foster brother Gideon and she is always getting into trouble with the horrible matron.  You'll enjoy reading about the plucky Hetty Feather as she tries to discover all she can about her past in order to make her way in the world.

Jacqueline Wilson is a master at making the unfamiliar familiar and Hetty Feather is no exception.  The plight of the poor in Victorian England is brought to life through an identifiable character who approaches life with enough humour and imagination to get by.

Hetty Feather
RRP: $34.95, Booktopia Price: $27.95

LAST MINUTE PRESENT IDEAS

GIFTS FOR GIRLS
  GIFTS FOR BOYS
Girls are Best by Sandi Toksvig

This book provides a crash course in female empowerment, profiling great girls throughout history from Amelia Earhart to Jane Austen.  Perfect for any girl out there who needs to know that Girls ARE Best.

Click here to buy Girls are Best
RRP: $14.95, Booktopia Price: $11.95


Dragonskin Slippers by Jessica Day George

A fairytale for older readers - Creel is abandoned at a dragon's cave but instead of waiting around for a Prince to come rescue her, she tricks the dragon into giving her magical slippers.

Click here to buy Dragonskin Slippers
RRP: $15.95, Booktopia Price: $12.75 IN STOCK

Pearlie in the Park Deluxe Edition by Wendy Harmer

Pearlie the fairy is a favourite for early readers and this sparkly deluxe edition is great for a present.  This book comes with fun picnic themed bonus material including a picnic treasure hunt and recipes for great picnic basket food!

Pearlie in the Park Deluxe Edition
RRP: $19.95, Booktopia Price: $15.95


Cathy Cassidy Dreams & Doodles Daybook by Cathy Cassidy

For all the day-dreamers out there, this book is the place to put pen to paper and get your thoughts pinned down.  With space to write, space to scribble and space to doodle, all you need is your imagination and a pen!

Click here to buy Cathy Cassidy Dreams & Doodles Daybook
RRP: $12.95, Booktopia Price: $10.36


For even more perfect gifts for both boys and girls, check out Booktopia's longlist selection here.
  Bumageddon: The Final Pongflict by Andy Griffiths

Its no secret that Andy Griffiths can make a joke out of just about anything involving bodily functions, and this book is packed full of them.  Great boy humour!

Click here to buy Bumageddon
RRP: $14.95, Booktopia Price: $11.95 IN STOCK


George's Marvellous Medicine
by Roald Dahl

For any young boy who has ever dreamed of making his grandmother grow taller than a house! Roald Dahl's classic about a boy who makes the most magical marvellous medicine ever is a sure-fire crowd pleaser! 

Click here to buy George's Marvellous Medicine
RRP: $14.95, Booktopia Price: $11.95


Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book
by Jeff Kinney

Once you've finished laughing yourself silly over Greg's life as a Wimpy kid, you can make your own Diary!  Some pages are blank, some have little cartoons or ideas to start your creative juices flowing.  Grab a pen and start writing!

Click here to buy Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Do-It-Yourself Book
RRP: $12.95, Booktopia Price: $10.40


Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys: The Wonders of the World
by Conn & Hal Iggulden

Packed full with information about our wild and wonderful world, this pocket edition of the Dangerous Book for Boys will delight any non-fictions buffs out there. You can dip into this miscellany at will, always sure to find out something you didn't know before.

Click here to buy Pocket Dangerous Book for Boys
RRP: $24.99, Booktopia Price: $19.99
   
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GREAT CHRISTMAS BOOKS
To get you prepared for the silly season, here are my pick of the Christmas themed books - including activity books, story books and gift sets. 

The Classic Christmas Collection by P.J. Lynch

I may as well start with my favourite (and most drool worthy).  This boxed set contains three classic Christmas tales all illustrated by P.J. Lynch, including A Christmas Carol, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey and The Gift of the Magi.  Just beautiful!

RRP: $49.95
Booktopia Price: $39.95


50 Christmas Things to Make and Do

50 spiral bound cards with Christmas themed activities, craft ideas, recipes and general entertainment for bored kids on holidays!  Part of the hugely popular Usborne series of activity books.

RRP: $12.99
Booktopia Price: $10.39 


From the same publishers, check out the
Christmas Art Ideas Mini Edition
This little hardback book is full of projects to get you in the Christmas mood, whether it is making sparkling baubles or fingerprint snowmen.

RRP: $12.99
Booktopia Price: $10.39


And now for some Christmas themed stories...

Go Girl! Best Christmas Ever
by Rowan McAuley
RRP: $9.95
Booktopia Price: $7.95 IN STOCK

Rainbow Magic: Chrissie the Wish Fairy
by Daisy Meadows
RRP: $15.99
Booktopia Price: $12.80

Deluxe Pearlie the the Christmas Angel by Wendy Harmer
RRP: $19.95
Booktopia Price: $15.95

Horrid Henry's Christmas Stocking


by Francesca Simon
RRP: $24.99
Booktopia Price: $19.99

For a longlist of children's books on the subject of Christmas, check out this selection.

Now any column on Christmas books obviously wouldn't be complete without the ultimate Christmas story: Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol of course!  I have not one but five editions of this magical story - do you think you could choose between illustrations by Quentin Blake or Robert Ingpen? I didn't think so.

Quentin Blake's A Christmas Carol
RRP: $29.99
Booktopia Price: $23.99

A Christmas Carol
 Illustrated by P.J. Lynch
RRP: $24.95
Booktopia Price: $19.95

A Christmas Carol Illustrated by Brett Helquist
RRP: $24.99
Booktopia Price: $19.99

A Christmas Carol

Illustrated by Martin Howard
RRP: $29.95
Booktopia Price: $23.95

A Christmas Carol Illustrated by Robert Ingpen
RRP: $34.95
Booktopia Price: $27.95