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Children's books for magic and fantasy fans

Christmas is such a magical time, and deserves to be accompanied by the most magical of stories! From the mishaps of our favourite witch, Winnie, to sinister events at the school for Children of Limitless Ability, these fantastic children's books will hold young readers under their spell. For your reluctant reader, hook them in with Tom’s Midnight Garden in graphic novel form, or tempt them in with the Boxtrolls of silver screen fame in Here Be Monsters.

Magical books for under 5s


Valerie Thomas, Korky Paul
It's Christmas Eve and Winnie and Wilbur are super excited. They've posted their letters to the North Pole and made everything festive. But then disaster strikes. Santa gets stuck in their chimney! He desperately needs help with his deliveries otherwise Christmas just won't happen. It's a jingle all the way Winnie and Wilbur adventure with a spectacular pop up surprise!
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Activity: Winnie's Christmas wordsearch [PDF]
Activity: Write a letter to Santa [PDF]

Valerie Thomas, Korky Paul
Winnie and Wilbur are getting ready for the magic show but Winnie's wand has gone through the washing machine and now it just won't work. Kerplunk! Will Winnie and Wilbur be defeated by dodgy domestic appliances? Or will they be ready to step onto the stage and steal the show?
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Magical stories for ages 5 - 7 year olds


Michael Morpurgo
Award-winning children’s writer Michael Morpurgo has gathered together his favourite magical stories from around the world in this beautiful illustrated edition. From tiny heroes and talking frogs to meddling fairies and mysterious sea creatures, all the wonders of the magical world are here, including a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk by Michael himself.
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Activity: Create your own magical character [PDF]

Fantasy books for ages 9+


Lorraine Gregory
Dumped as a baby, Mold has only ever been looked after by potion-maker Aggy, and when she’s wrongly arrested for poisoning the king, he’s determined to rescue her. With his strangely huge nose, Mold can sniff out the ingredients of any potion—and he knows his Aggy couldn’t have harmed anyone. So what can be going on at the royal palace?
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Read an extract [PDF]

Philippa Pearce, Edith
Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce is one of the great children’s classics. Loved by generations, it has been continuously in print since first published in 1958. Now this entrancing and magical story has been adapted into a graphic novel by top French illustrator Edith. A real Christmas treat for graphic novel and comic fans, as well as all story lovers, this luxury hardback edition makes a perfect gift.
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Ali Sparkes
Surviving a lightning strike makes Alisha and Theo see life differently. It also makes them notice Doug and Lizzie. Struck by lightning in the same place in 1975, the two teenagers have been hanging out there ever since. A fun and fast-paced ghostly mystery with lightning strikes, floating phantoms, and four fantastic friends just trying to get on with their everyday lives . . . or deaths . . .
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Ali Sparkes
The Children of Limitless Ability can do all sorts of amazing things. Terrifying things too. Some can move things with their minds. Some can make themselves vanish. Dax Jones can change his form; can hurtle through the sky at 200km an hour, or swim underwater for minutes on end. But when things take a sinister turn at school, Dax has to turn to his little sister for help ... and what she does next is quite extraordinary.
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Gillian Cross
The Demon Headmaster is back with a brand new adventure... Everyone is good at something. But at Lizzie’s new school this has been taken to extremes and everyone is brilliant! Where have these amazing skills come from? And why can’t they talk about them? Could this be something to do with the mysterious new headmaster?
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Read an extract [PDF]

Alan Snow
The book that inspired the film Box Trolls.
There's an emergency in Ratbridge! Only orphan Arthur and his new friends Willbury Nibble QC, Marjorie the inventor, a timid cabbagehead, and some very excitable boxtrolls can save the day! But are they really up to the job?
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Download doodle sheets [PDF]

Hacker Murphy, Lucie Ebrey
Drip . . . Drip . . . DOOM. Does the water taste a bit funny to you? A creature is on the loose, a half-man-half-plant hell-bent on taking over the world and putting vegetation back in charge. He's in people's homes, tampering with the taps, and things are starting to get mossy. Maybe reading the Creeper Files will keep you safe. Maybe it'll keep you alive.
Fun, accessible fiction, ideal for readers who want action-packed excitement full of B-movie scares and tongue-in-cheek humour. Find out more

Geraldine McCaughrean, David Wyatt
Something is wrong in Neverland. Dreams are leaking out - strangely real dreams, of pirates and mermaids, of war paint and crocodiles. For Wendy and the Lost Boys it is a clear signal - Peter Pan needs their help, and so it is time to do the unthinkable and fly to Neverland again. But back in Neverland, everything has changed-and the dangers they find there are far beyond their dreams. . .
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Also available: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

Lewis Carroll
On a normal day Alice notices a white rabbit and follows him down a rabbit hole. Falling to the bottom she encounters a strange new world where curious things are normal, and normal things are . . . curiouser! With a cast of characters like no other, from the Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat to the Queen of Hearts, you’ll never forget the original story of Alice in Wonderland.
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L. Frank Baum
Already a Christmas classic on the screen, discover the original story of Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion as they hit the yellow brick road. Dorothy and her friends know there's only one person who can help make their wishes come true and that's the Wizard. But as they set off to find him, the Wicked Witch is never far behind ...
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