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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 Anne Booth’s beautiful series of animal-themed Lucy books.

Oxford Dictionaries
The Oxford Roald Dahl Dictionary takes young readers on a squiffling, frumptious journey deep into the language of Roald Dahl – from aardvark to zozimus. This dictionary of both the real and invented words used by Dahl, reveals what they mean, where they came from and how he used them in his stories. This splendiferous volume has everything you need to get gobblefunking (making up your own Dahl words) this Christmas!
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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 pugs wearing jumpers?! 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
Emily loves living on Funfair Moon - especially when she gets to help Jinks & O'Hare, the extraordinary repair team. But when chaos strikes during a crucial funfair inspection, Emily has to act fast. Can she deal with a violent fudgesplosion, a gravity inversion, and a marauding candyfloss creature? Or does this spell doom for Funfair Moon?
Find out in Reeve and McIntyre’s latest adventure that fans won’t want to miss!
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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 creating writing adventures and fun with your expert guides, Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!
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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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Maggie Pearson
This book may be smaller than the average elf but it is FULL of stories! Stories of Christmases past and present, near and far; stories to make you laugh and to make you think; new stories, old stories and stories you'll remember for ever - this little book has them all! And each no more than two pages long. These 40 very short stories are guaranteed to bring a sparkle to your Christmas!
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Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre
Astra's ship is in trouble. There's something very sinister lurking in the canteen. A cakey monstrosity is on the war path but no-one would describe it as sweet. And then there's the Poglites - a space salvage crew who have invaded the ship in their quest for spoonage! Can Astra and Pilbeam save the ship? Find out in this hilarious and quirky adventure from the minds of Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre!
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Jenny Overton (author), Shirley Hughes (illustrator)
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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