Children's Choice

By The Holt Bookshop

By The Holt Bookshop

A beautiful range of fiction and non fiction titles for children of all ages

Jumbo: The Most Famous Elephant Who Ever Lived

Alexandra Stewart and Emily Sutton

£12.99 £12.08

Roll up! Roll up! And meet the incredible, the colossal, the world-famous JUMBO! Our story begins in 1860, in the mountains of East Africa, where a baby elephant struggles to his feet and takes his first shaky steps . This is the deeply touching story of an elephant who captured the world's imagination, brought beautifully to life with enchanting storytelling and gorgeous artwork. Discover how Jumbo's remarkable life and legacy transformed our understanding and treatment of these magnificent creatures. With a page-turning narrative by Alexandra Stewart and breathtakingly beautiful artwork by Emily Sutton, the true story of Jumbo's incredible life will fascinate young and old alike.

The Ickabog: A warm and witty fairy-tale adventure to entertain the whole family

J.K. Rowling

£20.00 £18.60

The Ickabog is coming... A mythical monster, a kingdom in peril, an adventure that will test two children's bravery to the limit. Discover a brilliantly original fairy tale about the power of hope and friendship to triumph against all odds, from one of the world's best storytellers. The kingdom of Cornucopia was once the happiest in the world. It had plenty of gold, a king with the finest moustaches you could possibly imagine, and butchers, bakers and cheesemongers whose exquisite foods made a person dance with delight when they ate them. Everything was perfect - except for the misty Marshlands to the north which, according to legend, were home to the monstrous Ickabog. Anyone sensible knew that the Ickabog was just a myth, to scare children into behaving. But the funny thing about myths is that sometimes they take on a life of their own. Could a myth unseat a beloved king? Could a myth bring a once happy country to its knees? Could a myth thrust two children into an adventure they didn't ask for and never expected? If you're feeling brave, step into the pages of this book to find out. A beautiful hardback edition, perfect for sharing and gift-giving. Brought to life with full-colour illustrations by the young winners of The Ickabog Illustration Competition.

Magical Creatures and Mythical Beasts: Includes magic torch which illuminates more than 30 magical beasts

Emily Hawkins, Professor Mortimer, et al.

£20.00 £18.60

Discover the fantastical creatures that inhabit famous historical landmarks around the world using the UV flashlight included with the book. Shine the light on 18 real-life locations to reveal a unicorn at dawn in the Harz Mountains of Germany, come face-to-face with Bigfoot in Yosemite National Park, and watch a Pegasus soar over the Parthenon in Greece. With more than 30 mythical beasts from around the world, this collection is perfect for any fantasy fan or history lover!

Snow Day

Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobb

£7.99 £7.43

A snowy day, a deserted school and the teacher you least want to see. Welcome to Snow Day, the most magical day of the year . When Danny goes to school one quiet, snowy morning, the last thing he expects to find is a deserted school and his least favourite teacher. But that's exactly what he does find. And what starts as the worst day imaginable, ends as the most life-affirming and magical day of the year. An incredibly moving story about finding friendship in the most unexpected of places from Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobb.

Where Snow Angels Go

Maggie O'Farrell and Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini

£14.99 £13.94

Have you ever woken up suddenly, in the middle of the night, without knowing why? Best-selling and award-winning master storyteller Maggie O'Farrell weaves an extraordinary and compelling modern fairy tale about the bravery of a little girl and the miracle of a snowy day. Sylvie wakes one night, suddenly, without knowing why. Then she sees the most spectacular sight - a pair of wings, enormous in size, made of the softest snow-white feathers imaginable. An angel in her bedroom a SNOW angel! He tells her that he is here to look after her, for Sylvie is not as well as she seems. Many months later, as Sylvie recovers from her illness, she longs to see her snow angel again. He saved her life! There is so much she wants to tell him, so much she wants to know! Will he ever come back to her? And how can Sylvie make sure that everyone she loves has their own snow angel, to keep them safe, too?

The Robin and the Fir Tree

Jason Jameson

£14.99 £13.94

The Fir Tree grows in a forest far away from the bustle of the town. It is a beautiful place, but he dreams of the excitement of the outside world. His friend the Robin tells him stories of the places she has seen, and the forest animals dress him up with berries and leaves, but he is still not happy. One day he is cut down and taken away to be a beautiful Christmas tree in the middle of town. He thinks his dreams have come true, but what will happen when his decorations are put away? A lyrical story of friendship and new life with an ultimately uplifting ending. Jameson's pre-Raphaelite inspired illustrations make this a Christmas picture book of great beauty.

How to Be More Paddington: A Book of Kindness

Michael Bond and Peggy Fortnum

£12.99 £12.08

Welcome to the wise and wonderful world of everyone's favourite bear. Paddington Bear is a beacon of happiness - well meaning, funny and always kind. Explore Paddington's unique and universal take on life in this very special collection of warm words about friendship, family, love, laughter and everything in between.

The Atlas of Great Journeys: The Story of Discovery in Amazing Maps

Philip Steele and Christian Gralingen

£17.98 £16.72

The Atlas of Great Journeys allows readers to follow in the footsteps of the most daring adventurers as they set out to explore the unknown. Fascinating original map illustrations show the world's greatest journeys, and lavishly illustrated fact pages tell the stories of each expedition - what dangers they faced, how long they travelled, and much more. As well as amazing illustrated maps and stories, this book has a unique Augmented Reality component that magically brings these journeys to life. Use your tablet or phone on each map spread to trace the routes they took and read about every stage of their journeys.

A Sprinkle of Sorcery

Michelle Harrison

£7.99 £7.43

From the bestselling author of A PINCH OF MAGIC comes another spellbinding Widdershins adventure that will take your breath away and make you believe in magic. A missing sister, a secret island and a sprinkle of sorcery.

Amelia Fang and the Trouble with Toads

Laura Ellen Anderson

£6.99 £6.50

A brand-new adventure in the bestselling and much-loved Amelia Fang series! Perfect lockdown reading for little vampires of 7+ and all fans of Isadora Moon and The Worst Witch. When Amelia Fang's baby brother, Vincent, accidentally enters a mysterious land - the place where all squished toads go - Amelia has to embark on a daring adventure to rescue him. But even if Amelia and her friends do find Vincent, will they be able to find their way home? Or will they be trapped in the toad afterlife FOREVER?

Blue Planet II

Leisa Stewart-Sharpe and Emily Dove

£14.99 £13.94

With a foreword from David Attenborough. This is our Blue Planet: a beautiful blue marble suspended in a sea of stars. Dive into these incredible stories from BBC Blue Planet II. Unlike billions of other worlds in the Milky Way, 71 per cent of our Blue Planet is covered by ocean. It's home to the greatest diversity of life on Earth but is our least explored habitat; we've better maps of Mars than of the ocean floor. With so much more to discover, take a deep breath and dive into a wondrous world beneath the waves.

The Grinny Granny Donkey

Craig Smith and Katz Cowley

£6.99 £6.50

The Grinny Granny Donkey is the third book from Craig Smith and Katz Cowley, the creative team behind the Scottish Granny internet sensation, The Wonky Donkey! Meet the latest addition to the phenomenal donkey family and get ready to hee haw with laughter! A brilliantly funny story by Craig Smith and beautiful illustrations by Katz Cowley guarantee that The Grinny Granny Donkey will become your new favourite picture book.

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