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Best children's authors of 2015 - after David Walliams
Getting them the latest David Walliams and dealing with them is the simple way to buy Christmas book for them. Jakqueline Wilson's Katy (Puffin, 12. 99), a take on what Katy did who liked my daugher because the character is a Tom Boy; the latest'Tom Gates' by Liz Pichon (Scholastic, 10. 99), who is like O-type B., generally decent; or the new diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney (Puffin, 12. 99), as accustomed, dead heraldic.
Or, in fact, with the new legomanual - Awesome Ideas (DK, 16.99) - which is full of goodies. However, it is possible that they have not yet joined Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes (Puffin, £12.99). These are Kevin Crossley-Holland's interpretations of her history, with moving, detail led by Jane Ray (above).
It is located in Egypt around 2,500 B.C., and it is as fanciful an attitude towards this planet as you will get it. Barrington Stoke publishers design easily readable sets of text and a generous lay-out for kids with difficulties in learning to use them. Have a look at Christmas Eve at Mellops: charmingly.
The Prince and the Porker by Peter Bently and David Roberts (Ander-sen, 11.99) was another textbook that made me laugh: a smart, rhythmic look at the history of Prince and the Pauper, with a ravenous swine as the kingly doppelganger. However, Arthur Robins' poetry for T.S. Eliot's Skimbleshanks in a large, fat issue (Faber, 6.99) is the best way to get kids involved with Old Possum.
She has an extraordinarily tender, cute illustration and in Melissa's Octopus and Other Unsuitable Pets (Walker, 6.99) she also shows a fun side: think of Hilaire Belloc's The Bad Child's Book of Beasts. It is important to remind kids that both writing and reading are necessary, and there are some good leaders on the subject.
Usborne's My First Story Writing Book (Usborne, 7.99) gives younger authors all the encouragement they need to turn their readership into a writer. While I know this is a selection of new titles, let me crawl into two that have been around a little, but never failed.