In the newest edition to the Claude series our hero Claude, accidentally handcuffs Santa, who he thought was a robber! Who will deliver the presents to the children on Christmas Eve? Well Claude of course and his faithful companion, Sir Bobblysock save the day with hilarious consequences. Santa Claude is a must for any Christmas stocking, even adult ones, who will appreciate Alex T Smith‘s puns and jokes. Gloriously illustrated throughout with a stella line up of Alex’s clever characters, including PC Ann Cuffs, Beverly Clematis the florist, Percy Package the postman and a gorgeous plump Santa Claus.
Santa Claude is published in hardback by Hodder Children’s Books and can be bought from Waterstones, although other online retailers are available, as well as your local bookshop, where the friendly staff will help you find just the right book.
“Dear Santa, I’d like a book for Christmas.”
We’d love to see those words on every child’s Christmas wish list. Books are an inexpensive present that can change a child’s life, expanding their minds, exploring new worlds, finding out about life, all that and more. We love books and we pride ourselves on working on some of the most beautiful, absorbing and creative ones for children. Here’s our suggestion list from the very young to the older reader: perfect gifts for Christmas stockings.
Board books for little ones
Thomas Flintham’s animal board books bright and colourful animal characters, perfect for toddlers to start learning about numbers, noises, colours and babies.
Picture Books for Pre-School Children
Kristyna Litten’s wonderful story of friendship Blue and Bertie, with glorious giraffes and a beautiful jungle setting or a special Christmas story, illustrated by Kristyna and written by Kirstie Rowson, about the day the Christmas decorations went walkabout, Angel’s Great Escape is available exclusively on Amazon or as an interactive app from MeBooks
Nautical themed, Claude All At Sea by Alex T Smith, featuring our lovable hero Claude, his sidekick Sir Bobblysock and Nigel the sea monster, or for more confident readers a super-sparkly Christmas mystery adventure with Santa Claude.
An hilarious new partnership Neal Layton and Andy Stanton with the whacky picture book Danny McGee Drinks the Sea or a new adventure series for older readers by Neal Layton, The Invincible Tony Spears out of this world, a great Christmas present for imaginative children.
Books with Facts
For dinosaur lovers Joe Lillington’s story of Neffy and the Feathered Dinosaurs based on scientific discovery told through a story about Neffy a young microraptor who’s about to take her first flight.
Spike Gerrell has illustrated a great book called Football School, packed with awesome true stories, real science and fascinating facts about Football. Perfect for reluctant readers to dip in and out of.
Collections for older readers
More wonderful stories for older readers illustrated by Levi Pinfold, The Secret Horses of Brair Hill by Megan Shepherd is set during World War Two in a TB hospital where the patient, Emmaline can see magical winged horses in the mirrors. Another story of another world, written by A.F. Harrold where a song leads Frank and Nick to uncover the mysterious secret hidden in the basement in The Song Form Somewhere Else.
Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed, written by Michael Rosen with riotous illustrations by Neal Layton was the overall winner of the Sheffield Children’s Book Award 2016.This award is very special as it is voted for by the children and young people of Sheffield through schools and local libraries
Congratulations to Neal and Michael, we can’t wait to see more from this award winning team.
Can a boy drink the sea? Surely it’s impossible! But Danny McGee does just that – and now he has his sights on other things. Soon he’s swallowing trees, flies, fleas, peas, mountains … where will it end?!
You can watch Andy Stanton discussing Danny McGee Drinks The Sea with Sunday Times journalist, Nicolette Jones on her video blog here.