No tricks, only treats with these October reads!

It's the month of dressing up and feeling magical and we have just the right books to do the trick!

12/10/2018
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It's the month of dressing up and feeling magical and we have just the right books to do the trick! 

This October we've made a list of some of our favourite books to inspire dress-ups, make-believe magic and loads of fun for various ages. From rhyming witches to delicious and healthy magic potion smoothies, these books will keep your little one entertained for hours. Let them discover the wonderful world of Cressida Cowell or create their own fairy dream land with a pop-up carousel book. There are more than enough sparkles, spells and surprises to share with friends and family!

Room on the Broom

by Julia Donaldson

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How the cat purred and how the witch grinned,
As they sat on their broomstick and flew through the wind.

A very funny story of quick wits and friendship, Room on the Broom is another smash hit from the unparalleled picture book partnership of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, creators of The Gruffalo.

The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before . . . SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals better think fast.

This edition features the captivating classic story with a stunning, redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans – big and small!

Also available with redesigned covers are: The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.

There's A Spider In This Book

by Claire Freedman

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There's a spider in this book. Are you brave enough to take a look?

Eric the spider can't understand why people scream and run away from him. He only wants to say hello. But Fluffy the cat wants to eat Eric, so he's hiding. It's up to the reader to find Eric on every spread and maybe finally catch a glimpse of him with the surprise lift the flap ending . . .

A funny and engaging story written by internationally bestselling author, Claire Freedman, and brought to life by Mike Byrne's hilarious and colourful illustrations.

The Room on the Broom Cookbook

by Julia Donaldson

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The Room on the Broom Cookbook is jam-packed with spellbindingly delicious treats, healthy snacks and simple meals – all inspired by the bestselling picture book Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Make your own cheese wands, creepy crawly crackers, roasted dragon or even witch and chips. With twenty-three recipes specially designed for adults to use with children, easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and lots of hints and tips on what to do next, The Room on the Broom Cookbook is a great way to inspire an interest in cooking and baking.

Treat your friends with homemade fruity magic potion smoothies, bake some delicious party treats and wow everyone with the showstopping horrible beast cake. Packed full of magical recipes, this cookbook is perfect for holidays, rainy days or celebrating Room on the Broom day with a Halloween party!

Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony

by Chris Riddell

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There are musical goings-on at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and another spooky mystery for Ada Goth to solve in Goth Girl and the Sinister Symphony, the fourth book in the Goth Girl series by Chris Riddell, Children's Laureate 2015-2017.

Lord Goth is throwing a music festival at Ghastly-Gorm Hall, with performances from the finest composers in the land. Ada can't wait, but it's quite distracting when her grandmother is trying to find her father a fashionable new wife, there's a faun living in her wardrobe and Maltravers is up to his old tricks. Ada must make sure everything goes to plan, and luckily help is at hand from a very interesting house guest . . .

The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic

by Cressida Cowell

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The No.1 Bestselling Series

Enter a land of wizards, warriors, mythical creatures and powerful magic in an exciting fantasy adventure from the author of How To Train Your Dragon.


Witches are creating havoc in the Wildwoods and danger lurks behind every tree trunk.

Wish is in possession of a powerful, Magic Spelling Book; Xar has a dangerous Witchstain on his hand. Together they can save the Wildwoods from the curse of the Witches but they are separated by the highest wall imaginable, and time is running out ...

It was unlikely that these heroes should meet in the first place. Is it possible they are destined to meet TWICE?

'The detail of Cowell's world is a delight ...This one will run and run' The Observer

Discover the magic of Cressida Cowell.

Fairy Forest

by Ag Jatkowska

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Flutter into the secret world of fairies in this beautiful Fairy Forest pop-up carousel!

Fairies Pip, Blossom and Dewdrop are busy making gifts for Princess Flora’s birthday, but Bumble can’t think what to give. Press out the play pieces and join in all the fun with the three stunning pop-up play scenes illustrated by Ag Jatkowska. This magical pop-up storybook has a special envelope for safe storage of the 25 play pieces and a pretty ribbon closure.

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How to Train Your Dragon

by Cressida Cowell

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Read the books that inspired the DreamWorks How to Train Your Dragon films.

THE STORY BEGINS in the first volume of Hiccup's How to Train Your Dragon memoirs...

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn't always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you'd ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet... It's time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.