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Christmas books for 7–9 year olds

Have a whizzpopping Christmas with our selection of books for 7–9 year olds. Includes the splendiferous Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary and Joshua Davidson's exciting Night Zookeeper series.

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
Kevin the flying pony blows in on a magical storm and – DOOF! – crashes into the balcony outside Max's flat. As the storm waters rise and the town is besieged with creatures, Max and Kevin set about putting things right. There's nothing this heroic duo can't achieve!
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Activity: Make your own comic [PDF]
Activity: Create your own legendary pet [PDF]

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
Famous pop star Misty Twiglet has moved to Bumbleford and she wants to meet roly-poly flying pony, Kevin. But when Kevin is captured in Misty's back garden, things become serious. Kevin's best friend Max must come to the rescue. Free Kevin!
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Activity: Make your own comic [PDF]
Activity: Create your own legendary pet [PDF]

Compiled by Susan Rennie
This is a phizz-whizzing thesaurus of words invented by No.1 storyteller, Roald Dahl and hundreds of real synonyms gathered together in themes. It's jammed full of words, Quentin Blake's illustrations, and language snippets to inspire children to write about anything!
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Activity: Write a limerick like Matilda [PDF]
Activity: How to insult like Miss Trunchbull [PDF]
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Maria Farrer, Daniel Rieley
There are times when only a polar bear will do… When Mister P crash lands (literally!) into Ruby's life she really doesn't have the time to deal with him. Her life is complicated enough trying to look after mum, baby brother Leo, AND go to school. Mister P simply cannot stay… but how do you persuade a polar bear to leave?
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Oxford Dictionaries
For the first time in paperback, this Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary takes readers ages 8+ on a phizz-whizzing, splendiferous, fantabulous journey deep into the language of Roald Dahl's bestselling children's stories.
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Activity: Back-to-front word puzzle [PDF]
Activity: Mystery gobblefunk activity sheet [PDF]
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Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
And they're off! But who will win the Race to the Top of the World? Helga Hammerfest and her polar bears, cheat Sir Basil-Dumpling Shackleton Jones with his robot-powered sled, or two kids riding a sled pulled by 66 jumper-wearing pugs?! Shen and Sika are making a dash for it and are joined by snow trolls and hungry yetis along the way in this irresistible snowy adventure from Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. A festive treat for readers who love adventure stories.
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Activity: Knit your own Polar pug [PDF]

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
Get your pens out and step into an amazing world of pugs, sea monkeys, killer cakes and more, for a whole host of drawing and creative writing adventures and fun with your expert guides, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!
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Activity: Drawing instructions, comics, spoons and more [PDF]

John Dougherty, David Tazzyman
It’s Christmas in Great Kerfuffle, but something’s not quite right. Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face have been extra good this year, but there aren't any presents. They know Father Christmas wouldn’t forget them, so something must have happened… Where is Father Christmas? And are there badgers involved? Will Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face be able to save Christmas? Or at least find their presents?! Find out in their latest anarchic adventure.
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Jenny Overton, Shirley Hughes
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree…
We all know this classic Christmas song, but what if someone really did send you all of those gifts? Where would you put all the geese a-laying? Not to mention the lords a-leaping! Find out in this charming story which is perfect for all the days of Christmas.
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