David Walliams Tops Christmas Book Chart for Second Year Running

David Walliams has broken quite a few records this year, and is celebrating quite the year in writing and has now become only the second ever author (the other being Jamie Oliver) to top the Christmas Book Charts in the UK for the second Christmas running.

That’s right, Bad Dad by David Walliams takes the top spot in the book charts for Christmas week, beating Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients to take the top spot. Walliams Bad Dad has been a favourite with children, topping the Amazon wish list for children’s books, and selling more than 60,000 copies to date.

Last year it was Walliams The Midnight Gang in the Christmas number 1 spot, making quite the accolade for the author to have two consecutive Christmas number 1s. It’s been quite the magical year for the comedian turned children’s author. Walliams has twice broken his own opening week record this year, had the biggest selling week for a lone World Book Day title since the event began, seen three of his books crash through the 100 million copies sold mark and scored his 100th children’s number one.

Walliams is now one of the best known children’s authors of all time, but is less well known outside the UK. His Dahlesque tales are loved by school aged children, girls and boys and it seems the comedian has finally found his niche as a successful children’s author.

It’s common for both children’s books and cookery books to top the children’s chart, and Walliams beat Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients to the top spot. In number 3 is Darker by E. L James, beating the Guinness World Records (a popular Christmas gift) in number 5. Another children’s book completes the top 5 with Jeff Kinney’s The Getaway, the latest from the Wimpy Kid series. Completing the top 10 in the final five spots are Origin by Dan Brown, Blue Planet II, La Belle Suavage, the latest in the Northern Lights series by Philip Pullman, the biography of David Jason, Only Fools and Stories, and Lee Child’s The Midnight Line.

Are you hoping for any of these titles in your stocking this Christmas?

Some Surprising Facts about J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan

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J. M Barrie (9th May 1860 – 19th June 1937) was a Scottish novelist and playwright, best remembered today as the writer who brought us Peter Pan, the boy who refused to grow up.

After being born and educated in Scotland, Barrie moved to London where he wrote more plays and novels. It was here he met the Llewelyn Davies boys who inspired him to write about a baby boy who has magical adventures in Kensington Gardens (The Little White Bird), and to write Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up, a fairy play about an ageless boy and an ordinary girl named Wendy. Read More

9 year old’s story about a refugee child is a competition winner

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9 year old Frasier Cox won The Book People’s 2017 Bedtime Story Competition with his beautiful poem inspired by the theme of friendship.

The Book People ran the competition earlier last year and from the 1300 entries a shortlist of 3 stories were chosen from different age ranges- 5-7 years, 8-9 years, and 10-11 years. The shortlisters were respectively Jackson Mendoza, Frasier Cox, and Amy Chick. From those three winners one final overall winner had to be decided upon by three judges.

Frasier’s story was written in the style of a poem and is about a hypothetical friendship between himself and a refugee boy. His warmth, empathy, and humanity shone through and won him the coveted prize of having his book illustrated and published. After being told of his success, Frasier told The Book People:  “I’m really pleased and very excited to have won The Bedtime Story Competition and can’t wait for my story to be made into a real book. I love reading and writing stories and to know that my book will be read by children all over the country makes me very proud.”

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What keeps Judith Kerr writing after 50 years of success?

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Judith Kerr is a writer and illustrator who is best known for her debut children’s book The Tiger Who Came To Tea. Published in 1968, The Tiger Who Came To Tea is so popular that it has never been out of print. 30 books have been created- all written and illustrated by Judith- and 50 years have passed, but Judith is still drawing and writing every day.

What makes a successful artist keep working well into their 90s?

The Telegraph gave some answers in an exclusive interview with Kerr at her home- the one with the very same kitchen as featured in her debut book The Tiger Who Came To Tea. 

Here are some of our favourite quotes from that interview.

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Original Winnie the Pooh ‘Hundred Acre Wood’ Map up for Auction

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The original map of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood will be unveiled by Sotheby’s auction house today before it goes on sale later this year. The map, which is the original EH Shepard drawing hasn’t been seen for 50 years and will accompany various other illustrations in the sale.

The sale, one of the most exciting Southeby’s has seen for a while is likely to attract worldwide interest as the original Hundred Acre Wood map and four other illustrations go up for sale this July.
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George R.R. Martin’s ‘The Ice Dragon’ Movie Adaptation Announced

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George R.R. Martin may be best known for his A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy books, but the author has written a number of stories not related to the gritty world of Westeros. The Ice Dragon is one such book, a fantasy story for children originally published in 1980 in the Ace Books anthology Dragons of Light. Following the massive success of Martin’s fantasy series, and the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones, The Ice Dragon has since been released as a standalone children’s book with beautiful illustrations. Read More

Neil Patrick Harris Announces That the Final Season for ‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Has Finished Filming

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Last year, Netflix released the first season of its adaptation of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. The show was well received upon its debut and many fans praised Neil Patrick Harris’ portrayal of the evil Count Olaf. The second season was released earlier this year in March and the third and final series is set to be released next year. Read More

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