Christmas Books

Christmas Books

Christmas Books

Christmas Books

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

New 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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WENCESLAS - A Christmas Poem

The prize-winning author reimagines the much-loved carol of King Wenceslas in a wonderful new poem of festive cheer celebratng what is truly important about this special time of the year - simple acts of kindness. Beginning with the King's Cook, who is preparing a sumptuous Christmas Pie, Wenceslas takes us to a medieval feast. Lords and ladies are at their places, the wine is in full flow, the musicians are playing in the gallery, and the entertainment has begun. All should be perfect, but when the good King looks up from his table, he sees something more than just snow, deep and crisp and even... 'The Swan, once bride of the river, half of forever, six Cygnets circling her, lay scalded, plucked, boned, parboiled, salted, peppered, gingered, oiled...' Holly, ivy, mistletoe, shredded silver, hung from the rafters and the King's Fool pranced beneath five red apples, one green pear, which danced in the air. Another perfect stocking filler in this set of three. 36pp. colour illus.
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WREN-BOYS

Inspired by the many myths of the wren and the Irish tradition of hunting it, Carol Ann Duffy's beautiful new Christmas poem takes us on a chase through a snowy, rural landscape and ends with a merry celebration. It is a cold day in Ireland, the 26th December. A man walks the just-waking village, banging on every door, summoning the boys. Today is St. Stephen's Day, when legend has it that the Saint was betrayed by a wren's call. The boys are off to the forest where they hope to find the traitorous bird and capture it by nightfall, but what will they do if their prey escapes them? The Wren-Boys boozed and danced at the Inn... Later the snow settled, a star in the east. Gorgeous colour illus by Dermot Flynn. 36pp.
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GIANT ADVENT STOCKING

Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas. A special way to countdown the days until Christmas is to insert tiny presents in each of the 1 to 24 sewn on red pockets of our 2ft 3" tall felt stocking, red and green on one side. The double sided design features Santa and a snowman on the Ho Ho Ho side with green background, fir tree, white snow and the jolly characters themselves in 3D because they are actual felt characters with buttons and eyes and bows and costumes waving happily. 100% polyester, 70cm x 46cm, rope drawstring top with small candy cane hanging decoration, even the simplest Santa sacks sell for over £15, and we have never seen one before of such quality. Please hurry your order to avoid disappointment.
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Bibliophile price: £6.00
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BARRY MANILOW CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ALBUM CD

16 original recordings produced by Barry Manilow and his band and on Sony Music CD, the festive spirit begins with Silver Bells, Happy Holiday/White Christmas, Jingle Bells in a duet, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Violets for your Furs, The Christmas Waltz, Christmas Is Just Around the Corner from Cranberry Christmas, Because It's Christmas (For All the Children), Silent Night/I Guess There Ain't No Santa Claus, Joy to the World/Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas and A Gift of Love among them. Joyful!
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MY FAVOURITE CHRISTMAS SONGS CD

A festive mix of 26 tracks beginning with Jingle Bells and ending with Walking in the Air, the theme from The Snowman. Tiny tots at Christmas will adore jumping around and singing to their favourite tracks with Jive Bunny's Merry Christmas Everybody, Shaun the Sheep with Life's A Treat (Festive Fleece Mix), Jess the black cat with When Will the Snow Come?, Roary the Racing Car with Roary Winter Rock and Lazy Town with Bing Bang (Christmas version). And then there are classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, All I Want for Christmas Is You, Frosty the Snowman, Merry Christmas Everyone, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bell Rock and Sleigh Ride among them. Festive fun at a bargain price.
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RED ROBIN: 10 Christmas Cards and Envelopes

Reminiscent of the style of Eric Ravillious, the background is a blue countryside stylised scene of trees with bare black branches, snow falling onto the fields and in the foreground a colourful red breasted Robin with brown plumage and cream belly and yellow feet and beak. The inside of the card has been left blank for your own festive message. 4" square, ten bright white envelopes, great quality and value for money.
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CHRISTMAS CAT: 10 Christmas Cards and Envelopes

Close up gorgeous tabby with long whiskers and dark eyes stares directly at the viewer, wearing a red Santa hat and with the white pompom dangling just above his nose. Our Tina here at the Bibliophile office has the spitting image of this cat which she affectionately calls 'Little Bugger'. That's why we chose this design! Ten 4" square quality envelopes which inside has the greeting 'Wishing you a very Merry Christmas' simple, great quality and value for money.
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NATIVITY: 10 Christmas Cards and Envelopes

An exquisite medieval style colourful stained glass design depicts the Nativity scene complete with angels and donkeys, Mary and Joseph and the baby Jesus and rich colours of emerald green, ruby red, blues and magenta. The cards are 4" square and blank for your own message and ten white envelopes. Great quality and bargain price.
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New TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: And Other Christmas Stories

Here is a book no Christmas stocking should be without, a book that positively distils the spirit of the season. The title poem, familiar to children and adults the world over, introduces a collection of stories and verse with a Christmas theme, guaranteed to engage and amuse readers young and old. Likely to provoke laughter and sometimes to bring a sentimental tear to the driest eye, this festive treasure trove is ideal for reading aloud or curling up with in a comfy corner. Scrooge himself would have found it difficult to resist distributing copies on Christmas morning! Authors include Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Hans Christian Andersen and Olive Thorne Miller. 320 page paperback, new from Wordsworth with b/w illus.
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KING OF CHRISTMAS

The prize-winning author Hs teamed up with talented illustrators to produce these beautiful decorated small square gift books. Inspired by the medieval tradition of appointing a Lord of Misrule, her warm and enchanting new poem takes us into a topsy-turvy world of festivity, feasting and mischievous Christmas fun. On a frosty winter evening, the Baron watches the snow fall. Bored and worried it will soon be Christmas and everything is too quiet, so what can he do to bring excitement to the Manor? His wife the Baroness has an idea - he can appoint a King of Christmas, a peasant to take his place and rule in his stead, and so begins twelve days of revelry, anarchy and merriment. Colour illus, 36pp.
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CHRISTMAS POEMS: Set of Three

Set contains King of Christmas, Wren-Boys And Wenceslas - A Christmas Poem. Buy all three beautiful stocking fillers and save even more.
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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.
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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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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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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.
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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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SANTA'S BUSY CHRISTMAS (WITH WINDUP TOY)

Wind up Santa's little red truck laden with presents with his little head peeping out and watch it whizz round the track. The big board book cleverly folds out once, twice, so that the four big card pages make an actual grooved race track with two big loops. A novel way to go around the houses starting at the North Pole with happy children and very cute looking reindeer, Santa going down the chimney head first, his black boots sticking out, past the snowflakes, decorated trees and happy snowmen, inside the house leaving presents under the tree and back on his way to the North Pole. On the left side is the story book as children get excited that Christmas is coming. Everyone is busy in Santa's workshop. '...up to the Christmas tree he tiptoes, with presents wrapped in ribbons and bows. Santa's happy and so are the reindeer. There's nothing more to do, until next year now it's time to party.' An ingenious activity book and red toy sleigh car for children ages three and up. Colour illus.
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PORRIDGE: THE CHRISTMAS SPECIALS DVD

A BBC classic comedy special, the box cover image may vary. Running time 83 minutes in colour, the two episodes originally transmitted on Christmas Eve 1975 and Christmas Eve 1976 are 'No Way Out' and 'The Desperate Hours'. In the first episode, Godber (Richard Beckinsale) is looking forward to Christmas, but Fletch (Ronnie Barker) just wants a quiet sojourn in the prison hospital. Just as his old knee injury wins him a trip to local civilian hospital for a full check up and an x-ray, genial Harry Grout decides to call in a favour. In the second episode, Christmas behind bars might not be so bad after all. Fletcher and Godber have spent months fermenting their illicit cell-brew liquor (Chateau Slade) and it is ready for tasting. But things are about to take a turn for the worse - Mackay has discovered the brew and then they find themselves caught up in psychotic Reg Unwin's attempt to take Mr Barraclough hostage. Will Fletch be the hero of the day even if it means helping out a 'screw'? With special feature entitled Britain's Best Sitcom Featurette. Great Christmas fun behind bars and with our favourite lost comedians.
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BUMPER BOOK OF CHRISTMAS JOKES

Over 500 jokes, Christmas crackers, Father Christmas, life at the North Pole, chilly chuckles, eating and drinking, knock knock at Christmastime, festive animals, cracker classics, food funnies, dippy dinosaurs, doctor doctor, creepy crawlies, pirate puns and more, the book is stuffed full of seasonal silliness. What did one snowman say to the other? Ice to meet you. What kind of photos do Father Christmas's helpers take? Elfies. What's the largest kind of ant? A giant. What do you call a skeleton at the North Pole? A numbskull. Geddit? 232pp, illustrated paperback.
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SANTA'S SUPERSTAR COLOURING BOOK ACTIVITY MULTIPACK

Ten colourful, washable fibre-tip pens are provided in this bumper Christmas fun pack which includes a 3" square book for tiny tots entitled Rudoph, a giant size 80 page softback depicting Christmas scenes of Santa, with reindeers and helpers and boxing and dancing with snowmen and children and on a space rocket, surrounded by presents and snowy winter scenes ready for youngsters to colour in. Also included is an activity book for colouring, games and puzzles like dot-to-dot. Super value it will keep little ones entertained for hours. Bumper value pack.
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FABER BOOK OF CHRISTMAS

With a truly luxurious Liberty cloth binding and tipped in title, here is a festive collection of stories, carols, prose and poetry that is guaranteed to spread Christmas cheer. This collection of spirited stories and vibrant poetry will brighten your mood as it brings together Charles Dickens and Philip Larkin, W. H. Auden and Wendy Cope, Jilly Cooper and Dylan Thomas. From tales of carolling and snatched mistletoe kisses to 'The Worst Christmas Dinner, Ever', there's something here to amuse and interest Christmas lovers, grinches and everyone in between. Pagan roots, the Christmas tree, carols, cards, legends, Father Christmas or Santa Claus, presents, food, family, entertainments, grouses, gossip and greetings, Christmas at sea, white Christmases, animals, war including a short piece by Edmund Blunden from the Undertones of War called Ypres, and Thomas Hardy's Christmas 1924 'Peace upon earth was said.' A beautiful Liberty London Citronella design based on a classic tree of life print which includes colourful citrus fruit and exotic flower motifs. Pagemarker, 274pp.
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REINDEER'S ACTIVITY BAG: Two Festive Books and 100 Stickers

A companion to Snowman's Activity Bag code 92229. Resealable bag containing a colouring book with over 40 festive pages to colour in a Christmas stocking, Santa with his sack full of presents, little elves helping out, a teddy tucked away in bed his Christmas stocking bulging, snowmen and of course Reindeer and his friends helping to spread Christmas cheer. Reindeer's Christmas Activity Fun includes a snowball challenge to decorate the pictures, and pages of colour games like rapid wrapping to match the toys to their wrapped pairs, a cosy cocoa maze, ice fishing by following the line to see which character catches which fish or a tin can, a penguin puzzle, Speed Skate, and you will need a dice and coins for counters and land on a picture and follow the instructions in the box on a double page game. Jingle balls, and thankfully answers at the back, get your pencils at the ready and race to the finish in a book bursting with puzzles and games. Finally, 100 teeny weeny colour stickers and four small colouring pencils in green, blue, red and yellow. All CE Safety approved and for ages 3+.
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SNOWMAN'S ACTIVITY BAG: Two Festive Books and 100 Stickers

Resealable bag containing a colouring book with over 40 festive pages to colour in - Santa in front of his fireside reading thank you notes with his cat, his little helpers wrapping presents, snowflakes, a Christmas pud, a child skiing downhill, snowmen and more. Snowman loves Christmastime and wants us to help him celebrate the festive season with his book perfect for little artists everywhere. The second book is Snowman's Workshop: Christmas Activity Fun with puzzles, games and activities like the conveyor belt chase with the cheeky elves, a painting pickle, a sleigh sprint through an obstacle course and using the patterns to work out which toys are missing from each row; match the silhouettes to lost items and count how many of each item you can find in one double page scene and if you can spot all ten elves in it; spot the difference, and luckily answers at the end. Finally, 100 teeny weeny colour stickers and four small colouring pencils in green, blue, red and yellow. All CE Safety approved and for ages 3+. A companion to Reindeer's Activity Bag code 92228.
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