Ursula Huber of Dymocks Sai Kung recommends good reads for children.
1. The Nights Before Christmas by Tony Ross
Twenty-four classic tales to read at bedtime before Christmas, including extracts from books such as A Christmas Carol, festive poems and fairy tales, all beautifully bound in a special hardcover edition.
2. The Fairytale Hairdresser and Father Christmas by Abie Longstaff & Lauren Beard
It’s Christmas Eve and someone has stolen all the presents. Can Kittie Lacey, the Fairytale Hairdresser, come to Santa’s aid? Also look for the Fairytale Hairdresser Playbox, which includes the original picture book, hair accessories and a large playmat.
3. Yikes, Santa-Claws! by Pamela Butchart & Sam Lloyd
4. Hong Kong ABC by Diana Wu-David, illustrated by Margaret Jung
Celebrate the delights of Hong Kong, with 26 aspects of culture and everyday life, and learn the ABC’s.
5. The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems
Wonderful illustrations and lots of humour make this pigeon one of our favourites. This Mo Willems tale is fun for parents and children alike. What does the pigeon want this time?
1. The Pony Mad Princess; Princess Ellie’s Christmas by Diana Kimpton & Lizzie Finlay
Princess Ellie orders a special Christmas present for her best friend Kate, but when it arrives on Christmas Eve she discovers there has been a terrible mix-up. Now what can Ellie get for Kate?
2. Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas by Kes Gray
Daisy and Gabby are super- excited when they are given roles in the school nativity play. However, when they decide to “improve” the baby Jesus doll to make it less boring, trouble is bound to follow.
3. Horrid Henry’s Tricky Tricks by Francesca Simon & Tony Ross
4. Paddington by Michael Bond
With Paddington due to open in Hong Kong cinemas on Christmas Day, look for books about the marmalade-loving, duffel-coat-wearing bear from Peru. There’s a movie tie-in sticker book and storybooks, plus collections for different age groups, including eight picture books presented in a smart suitcase.
1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Released just in time for Christmas, the new Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a must-have for fans and followers of Gregory. Life continues and new adventures are just a page away. Now with two bag tags inside.
2. Awful Auntie by David Walliams
David Walliams’ books are classics in the making. Awful Auntie is another masterpiece to add to your collection. See what secret weapon Stella has up her sleeve while she tries to save Saxby Hall from Aunt Alberta and her giant owl.
3. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
A wonderfully illustrated, unabridged edition of the classic story of pirates and buried treasure that follows young Jim Hawkins as he sets sail for an adventure on the high seas with Long John Silver and the crew of the Hispaniola.
1. Heroes of Olympus: Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
The fifth and final book in the Percy Jackson series is sure to be one of this season’s bestsellers. What will become of Jason and the crew of the Argo II on their final quest?
2. Wonder by R.J. Palacio
The touching story of a disfigured boy, August Pullman, who just wants to be normal. The latest edition features an extra chapter from his chief tormentor, Julian.
3. If I Stay by Gale Forman
After a terrible car accident, Mia must decide whether to hold onto life, with its bitterness, loss and love. Now a major motion picture.