Kids books you can buy and save money
Choosing kids’ books can be fraught with difficulty. Questions of challenge, suitability and general value for money all play an important role in deciding what literature to buy your children. Below are a few suggestions that might just help lighten the load.
Diary of Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book by Jeff Kinney
A companion to the author’s popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series featuring Greg Heffey and his best friend Rowley, the Do-It-Yourself Book offers kids the chance to create their own stories in diary form. It’s an innovative, engaging publication that’s sure to get your kids enthusiastic about both reading and writing.
Ratburger by David Walliams
David Walliams is an increasingly important figure in children’s literature and the sometime Little Britain star has penned another winner here. A colourful plot detailing the travails of Zoe as she comes to terms with the death of her pet hamster, it features rats, inedible burgers, a pest exterminator and, of course, a wicked stepmother. Recommended for anyone who enjoys the work of Roald Dahl.
Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilson
An excellent educational purchase which links its main plotline to key events in the early 20th century – most notably the First World War and the Suffragette Movement – Opal Plumstead also happens to be the author’s 100th book. Cleverly written and thoughtful, it highlights the alienating experience of dealing with having a parent in prison, and comes highly recommended by those who know best: that is, the kids themselves!
That’s Not My Tiger by Fiona Watt
A lovely board-book that will help toddlers to develop their linguistic and sensory skills. The repetitive text, colourful illustrations and carefully selected textures make it a delight to read. Second-hand copies are available online; and if you like That’s Not My Tiger, there’s a whole range of publications to explore from the same series.
Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom by Jill Smith
Perfect for fans of the Wimpy Kid series and a winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, Barry Loser and the Holiday of Doom details Barry’s seaside trip from hell. His best friend Bunky has only gone and fallen in love! Laugh out loud fun for all the family.
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