Wishin' and Hopin' Wally Lamb Swindon, Dymocks Looking for a quick laugh? Start by reading Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin'. Taking you back to the past, the author writes about how 10-year-old Felix Funicello tries to survive fifth grade in a decade where Meet the Beatles is playing in every house. Suddenly, a French substitute teacher from Quebec and a feisty Russian student show up, turning everything upside down. Felix learns about French kissing, cultural misunderstandings and tableaux vivant, giving him an unforgettable Christmas. How to Talk to Santa Alec Greven Swindon, Page One, Dymocks The young author Alec Greven, who became famous through his debut book How to Talk to Girls, is giving readers of all ages advice this Christmas in How to Talk to Santa. Providing ideas on getting your desired presents from Santa, he also touches on the greater meaning of the festival. Russell's Christmas Magic (Mini Edition) Rob Scotton Dymocks, Page One Russell the sheep saves the day once again. This time, he saves Christmas from being cancelled by using hard work and imagination to help stranded Santa fix his broken sleigh in Firefly Wood. This mini picture book is guaranteed to be one of the favourite bedtime stories this Christmas. The Great Reindeer Rebellion Lisa Trumbauer, Illustrated by Jannie Ho Dymocks, Page One Inspired by the reindeer who pull Santa's his sleigh, Lisa Trunbauer whips up an entertaining children's book called The Great Reindeer Rebellion which is a playful take on The Night Before Christmas. Santa's reindeer go on strike forcing Santa to audition the most unlikely animals to help him pull his sleigh. With cats darting away from time to time to chase mice and elephants falling through the roof, Santa is desperate for his reindeer to come back - but on what terms? Richard Scarry's Favourite Christmas Carols Richard Scarry Dymocks, Page One What's Christmas without music? Have your children sing along to the well-loved classic Noel tunes of We Wish You a Merry Christmas and Silent Night. The kids can also show off their musical abilities on the keyboard provided without a lot of skills required; they only have to match the letter printed under each note to the letters on the keyboard. Nigella Christmas: Food, Family, Friends, Festivities Nigella Lawson Swindon, Dymocks, Page One Christmas is a time of joy but it is not too joyful if you have to cater to a mass of family members, buy the presents and everything else that needs doing by yourself while your husband and kids refuse to help out. Don't worry, Nigella Christmas is here to help out amid the chaos. It provides directions for easy-to-make recipes, presents and edible Christmas tree decorations to ease your heavy workload. I Am Scrooge Adam Roberts Dymocks Do you want to stay at home during the holidays but still be in a festive mood? Get a copy of I Am Scrooge by Adam Roberts, a rewrite of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol featuring the well-known Ebeneezer Scrooge along with the ghosts of Christmas Past Present and Future fighting against the zombies who invaded the streets of London. Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas Kes Gray Dymocks, Swindon, Page One Christmas is most probably the most well-loved festival for children when they get presents, not to mention playing in the snow! Daisy in Daisy and the Trouble with Christmas feels the same. She loves carols, sparkly lights and snowmen and can't wait to be in the Christmas school play but things starts to go wrong with the play. Best of Christmas Ideas: Wreaths, Garlands, Ornaments, Stockings, Tabletops, Food, Decor & Gifts Better Homes & Gardens Swindon, Dymocks It's that time of the year again when you go to the shops to look for Christmas decorations in an attempt to make your home more lively than it was last year. However, everything looks the same, causing you to think: 'Wasn't that the Christmas wreath I hung over my door last year?' Look for ways to make your own decorations in the Best of Christmas Ideas which includes easy-to-make ornaments and themed ideas for your home. There are also project ideas for home-made cards and gifts. Beautiful Christmas Cards Alexandra Adami & Helen Taylor Swindon Do a good deed this Christmas. Instead of buying presents for only your family and friends, help out less privileged children by purchasing a selection of 60 home-made Christmas Cards. These cards were taken from Alexandra Adami's personal collection, all of them original. Part of the proceeds from this book will be donated to CLIC Sargent - Caring for Children with Cancer charity. Merry Christmas Even If You Don't Buy This Book Brook Lundy and Duncan Mitchell Dymocks Christmas is all about love, family and happiness, or so everyone says. But not everyone is necessarily happy during the festival. Here is a book of holiday postcards for all you grouchy people. These postcards are not like any you can pick up at a card store, they stand out by expressing people's cranky thoughts, instead of the sweet and cliched greetings. The Gift Cecelia Ahern Swindon, Dymocks, Page One Warning to those who have sensitive tear glands, The Gift by Cecelia Ahern is a tear jerker. This famed author who wrote P.S. I Love You, sets out to soften the hardest hearts with a story of a successful businessman, Lou. Lou never has time for anything else apart from work, even during Christmas, until he meets a homeless man called Gabe. Gabe shows Lou the gift of time which may be the greatest Christmas gift the businessman has ever received.