Christmas Books

Books make great presents for Christmas and birthdays - and the receiver will never know what you spent!


SNOWMAN SPECIAL EDITION DVD

One of the most beautiful and charming films ever made adapted from Raymond Briggs' bestselling book and nominated for an Oscar in 1982, it is the story of a boy whose snowman comes to life at midnight. The two embark on a series of magical adventures high in the sky. The 26 minute colour DVD film has extras: Snow Business Documentary - The Story of a Snowman, Storyboards, Animatic, Alternative Introduction by David Bowie and An Audio Narration by Mel Smith. Featuring the beautiful soundtrack made famous by Aled Jones. This special edition comes with a sticker sheet and bonus colouring in booklet. By Universal Pictures, PG rated.
Bibliophile price: £6.00
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SANTA'S HOUSE: Multi-Purpose Money Tin

'My Letter to Santa' is a 24 page colour story book which includes press-out models to make story time magical. Join Santa, his reindeer and the others in an adorable Christmas adventure. Standing at approximately 5" high is a colourful embossed square "wooden" looking tin house, decorated for Christmas, with a brass carry handle and chimney pot ready to slot in coins. In this way the toy play tin doubles as a money box and MINI PLAY HOUSE. Ages 3+, super quality, gift boxed.
Bibliophile price: £8.50
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CHRISTMAS FOR BEGINNERS

Romance, quirky humour and animals, here is a charming festive story full of quirky characters and it's often laugh-out-loud funny. Publisher's Weekly: 'Ornery llamas, attack sheep and a wealth of colourful country characters (including a spectacular hairdresser-to-the-stars who coifs alpacas in his down time) electrify Matthews's charming tale...perfect for lovers of small-town romance.' Owner Molly Baker is organising a festive fundraiser, but with an anti-social sheep, awkward alpacas and a seriously sequined Santa Claus to assemble, she is feeling overwhelmed and in desperate need of some Christmas spirit. Despite the chaos of the farm interfering with her event planning, Molly is looking forward to a family Christmas, hopeful that the holidays will bring the family together, but Shelby it seems has ideas of his own. As the fundraiser draws near, the team are working hard to pull off a spectacular festive fete, and make sure the animals and humans remain on their best behaviour. 401pp, paperback.
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TALE OF PETER RABBIT (Holiday Edition)

The much-loved character of Peter Rabbit originated with a Christmas Card, and this edition of the classic tale includes Christmas endpapers, as in the original version. The naughty Peter Rabbit has no intention of following his siblings Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail down the lane to gather blackberries. Before she goes out to buy currant buns, his mother warns them that on no account are they to go into their neighbour Mr McGregor's garden, because Mr McGregor has previously caught Mr Rabbit and put him into a pie. But Peter is unable to resist, gorging himself on lettuces, radishes and parsley, and when Mr McGregor spots him he hides in a watering can and other nooks and crannies in one of the great classic chases of literature, losing his shoes and jacket in the process. Back home, he is sent to bed with camomile tea, while Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail enjoy their blackberries with milk. Gorgeously illustrated with Potter's own inimitable watercolour drawings. 70pp.
Bibliophile price: £2.50
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DO-AHEAD CHRISTMAS: Stress Free Cooking

The food and cookery writer for The Guardian, The Times, The FT, Sainsbury's Magazine and many others, James Ramsden's Secret Larder is one of the most popular supper clubs in London with a reputation for exciting, trendy and tasty food without the gaga gourmet. With a light-hearted and enticing style, here is practical staged cooking, batching and organising of drinks, party bites, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, time plans, side dishes, cakes and other treats, leftovers and edible presents. See 90 fresh and modern recipes for making festive food well in advance, ideas for scaling up, menu planning and storage. Champagne Truffles and Pickled Pears are among the gifts, and to jangle your tastebuds are Goose-Fat Fried Christmas Cake with Stilton, Rumbledethumps, the Scottish equivalent of Bubble and Squeak with leftover veg and potatoes, and in desserts Marmalade and Ginger Cake, Bourbon and Maple Mince Pies; in sides are delicious gravies, Horseradish and Roast Garlic Cream; try Roast Cauliflower with Spiced Almonds, the Successful Roast Potato, much simpler than you think by parboiling in advance, Figgy Pudding with Brandy Butter is finger licking good in the colour photograph, and there is Roast Turkey Crown with Confit Legs. Plan what to do up to three days ahead, one day ahead, three hours ahead, 90 minutes ahead right through to serving, carving and trimmings. On the lighter side there is a salad of chicory, orange with walnuts and goat curd, plus a delicious Roast Onion, Potato and Blue Cheese Pie, Coffee-Roasted Beetroot with Horseradish and Buttermilk Dressing and toasted hazelnuts, a Prawn and Mango Salad, Salmon Ceviche Toasts, and to drink Prosecco with Elderflower, Orange and Rosemary or the bawdy sounding Slogasm, a perfect union of sloe gin and champagne or Cava. With a few menu suggestions, approximately 100 full page colour photos in a beautifully designed 200 page large perennial hardback.
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CHRISTMAS ACTIVITY SET: SANTA

Measuring 30cm x 27cm at the widest, this embossed silver tin has a dark blue lid featuring a happy moustachioed Santa with a massive bobbly white moustache and beard, red hat, outstretched little hands and surrounded by holly leaves. Inside the tin is a neat package containing six colour felt tip pens, six colouring pencils and one HB pencil, an eraser, a pencil sharpener with the same Santa design on top, a sticker book with black and white designs for colouring in and decorating with your colour stickers, a doodle pad which is a 32 page unlined notepad measuring 14cm x 20cm tall with a very pretty knitted fun family of robins decorating the borders, and last but not least, a colouring book of the same dimensions with outline drawings of a Christmas pud, Christmas crackers, snowmen, children, Christmas trees, a Christmas fairy, a snow globe with reindeer and more. 30 designs for mindful colouring. Ages 3+.
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New CHRISTMAS BOOKS

Each of these short stories was written specifically for Christmas. They combine concern for social ills with the myths and memories of childhood and traditional Christmas spirit-lore. The stories include 'A Christmas Carol', 'The Chimes', 'The Battle of Life' and 'The Cricket on the Hearth.' 400 page Wordsworth paperback.
Bibliophile price: £4.00
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MAKE AND PLAY CHRISTMAS

Over 40 colourful press-out pieces of Winnie-the-Pooh, a spotty Dalmatian, Buzz Lightyear, Woody and friends, characters from Toy Story, Vanellope, create your own very magical scene and place your characters around your decorative Christmas tree. Eight big board pages, 40 pieces all in colour and fun for all the family at Christmastime. Ages 3+, CE safety approved.
Bibliophile price: £6.50
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MY CHRISTMAS JIGSAW BOOK

Three jigsaws each with 48 pieces tell the stories of the Christmas Wish with a busy street scene, huge Christmas tree being decorated, market stalls and café, snowman and people in the run up to Christmas. It is the story of Julian who goes shopping with his Mum and Dad for a new winter jacket. Oscar the dog wants to join in. Dad has set up a huge Christmas tree right next to his basket with lots of colourful baubles. There are four rooms in the house within one of the jigsaws with Mother wrapping presents, the children playing, another Julian in his bedroom and Grandad playing guitar to the family in the living room. For ages five and up for fun and games in the lead up to Christmas, all the family will love these colourful, busy jigsaws. CE safety approved.
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SANTA'S LITTLE HELPER BOX NOTECARDS

With big trusting brown eyes and looking straight at the camera, an adorable Boston Terrier pug sits on his hind legs wearing a bright red Santa outfit, floppy hat with white pompom almost over one eye and sits patiently at the foot of a decorated Christmas tree surrounded by presents and holly berries and baubles. Inside are the words in red simply Merry Christmas! 20 identical cards, 20 envelopes in a box, each card measures 5.6" tall.
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SANTA COOKIE PLATE AND MILK MUG

Securely wrapped in polystyrene are two pieces of quality cookware, a ceramic plate in the shape of a ruddy cheeked happy Santa Claus complete with holly berry and leaf, red Santa hat and in the main oval area of the plate the words COOKIES FOR SANTA. The second item is a 7" high mini milk churn with red trim, identical holly leaf design and Santa face and the words MILK FOR SANTA across the front. Glazed porcelain decorative set to leave something very special for Santa and his reindeer every Christmas. Limited stocks from liquidated items at The Book People.
Bibliophile price: £10.00
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SANTA AND CHRISTMAS TREE NOVELTY LED DECORATIONS

A jolly Santa in red glitter carrying the sign Santa's Workshop is the design on the front of this sturdy card festive decoration. Approximately 5" high with red satin hanging ribbon attached on a brass hook, five little half inch white poles to keep the front and back of the ornament separated to give it a 3D look, simply move the switch from off to on and a pretty LED light will change colour from blue to red to green and then start flashing. The second item in your box is an equally glittery Christmas tree in red and green with a golden star on top and the words Merry Christmas at the base. Identical size and double sided design with LED light and hanger. LED bulbs included, swing these pretty items from the chandelier, the banister and stairs, a big Xmas tree, or anywhere to add brightness and joy to your festive display.
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MY NAUGHTY LITTLE SISTER AND FATHER CHRISTMAS

For ages 3-6 years a classic Christmas story about one naughty but entertaining little sister with Shirley Hughes' beautiful illustrations with their enduring appeal of their relatable characters. Wasn't she stubborn? Wasn't she silly? Wasn't she naughty? My naughty little sister is always getting into trouble. She is caught up all the excitement as Christmas draws near, but she does not like Father Christmas. She calls him a horrid old man! Whatever will happen when she has the chance to meet him? Dedicated to all the long-suffering older siblings, this is a classic tale retold for a new generation in huge 32 page softback, 24.4 x 27.5cm.
Bibliophile price: £3.75
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WOODEN ROBIN LED STRING LIGHTS

Insert two AA batteries (not included) and brighten up any room, particularly at Christmas time, with this string of ten approximately 2" double sided wooden robins. On the side of their breast is an eight-hole flower design to reflect the lights from the LED string running through their little bodies to make a most delightful decoration of robin shapes. A quality product from the liquidated stock of our friends at The Book People. The length from battery case to the last robin is 66" or 168cm. Boxed.
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FIRST NOEL: A Christmas Pop-Up

Rare and collectable magical Christmas book telling the story of the Nativity through five exquisite pop-up scenes. Jan Pienkowski sadly died in 2022 and was a renowned silhouette artist. Here the paper engineering is on white card revealing a red background, the cutaway characters of the angel, Joseph and Mary on their way to Bethlehem and the Three Wise Men told in five double page exquisitely produced pages with golden borders.
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NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS & OTHER FESTIVE FAVOURITES

Clement C. Moore's classic A Night Before Christmas or Account of A Visit From St Nicholas begins ''Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; the stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads...' Exquisitely drawn silhouette illustrations show the house with the spinning wheel in the attic, a child kneeling in prayer, the rocking horse, the parents in their room. Each room is beautifully decorated, the tree in the hallway by the sweeping staircase and the stockings hanging on the mantlepiece over the chimney, the church and bare trees in the background. With sometimes black night-sky pages, Santa and the reindeer with their beautiful antlers, a half moon and spiny trees cutaway in white turn to black and red on white on the next page as we read 'Now, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! On, Comet! On, Cupid! On, Donner and Blitzen!' The second story is The Nutcracker page 35 and finally Jingle Bells on page 61 by James Lord Pierpont, and all three stories in these exquisite silhouette black and white illustrations with flashes of bright green for the Christmas trees and red for presents, gold for clock faces and decorations and lit windows. Natee Puttapipat was born in Thailand and is one of our finest book illustrators, here capturing all the magic and excitement of Christmas. For youngsters or adult collectors, 78 page Walker Book.
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A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old skinflint. He hates everyone, especially children. But at Christmas three ghosts come to visit him, scare him into mending his ways, and he finds, as he celebrates with Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and their family, that geniality brings its own reward. This finest of all Christmas stories is beautifully illustrated with Arthur Rackham's superb line drawings. 160pp. Paperback.
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