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Top Christmas Gifts

29th November 2018

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Buying christmas presents for kids is sometimes harder than we anticipate. Though there is often a long list of requests, finding gift ideas beyond the obvious takes more time. Books in particular aren't always seen as 'cool' but once opened and devoured, these are often the presents we remember and revisit in adulthood. So this Christmas, we’ve picked four very special books that we feel will make the perfect gifts. And as part of the Toppsta community you get EXCLUSIVE access to win these books to read and review.

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The Restless Girls: A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist

A dazzling, feminist fairytale from the bestselling author of The Miniaturist and The Muse. An essential gift, this inspirational story about family, sisterhood, imagination and bravery is a modern classic to be handed down from mother to daughter for generations

For her twelve daughters, Queen Laurelia's death in a motor car accident is a disaster beyond losing a mother. Their father, King Alberto, cannot bear the idea of the princesses ever being in danger and decides his daughters must be kept safe at all costs. Those costs include their lessons, their possessions and, most importantly, their freedom.

But the eldest, Princess Frida, will not bend to his will without a fight and she still has one possession her father can't take: the power of her imagination. And so, with little but wits and ingenuity to rely on, Frida and her sisters begin their fight to be allowed to live.

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Hubert Horatio: How to Raise Your Grown-Ups

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton-Trent is back in this hilarious and gloriously illustrated book for ages six and up from the superstar creator of Clarice Bean and Charlie and Lola, Lauren Child.

The Bobton-Trent seniors certainly know how to make the most of their extravagant wealth - socialising, doing things, buying things and generally being more than a little bit ... irresponsible...

Luckily for them, their son Hubert Horatio is an exceptionally intelligent, talented and sensible child.

Unluckily for Hubert, this tends to mean that a lot of his spare time is spent steering his rather unruly set of grown-ups out of trouble.

Legendary children's writer and Waterstones Children's Laureate 2017-2019 Lauren Child revisits one of her most popular characters in these brand-new, laugh-out-loud stories about the rather unconventional Bobton-Trents! The perfect gift for children aged six and up.

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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World - Illustrated Edition

Set your sails east with this stunningly original new history of the world.

Peter Frankopan, number one bestselling author and historian explores the connections made by people, trade, disease, war, religion, adventure, science and technology in this extraordinary book about how the east married the west with a remarkable voyage at its heart - the journey along the Silk Roads.

From ancient world laws laid down by King Hammurabi and the mighty Persian empire, to terrifying huns, the rise of Europe, two world wars and politics today, The Silk Roads moves through time and history sewing together the threads from different peoples, empires and continents into a phenomenal history of the globe.

With stories from each and every corner of society, Frankopan's magnificent brand new text based on his literary triumph The Silk Roads, sumptuously illustrated by Neil Packer, is a must-have world history.

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Where's Wally? The Spectacular Spotlight Search

Just when you thought you'd mastered the art of finding Wally, along comes a whole new twist. Can you find Wally in the dark?

It's Wally like you've never seen him before! Use the paper spotlight searcher as a magic torch to illuminate the six classic scenes. The trick is to carefully move the magic slider around until the right spot is revealed. Each spectacular scene contains Wally and his friends, along with bonus hidden content and additional games on every page. The ultimate search-and-find book, with a night-time twist!

All light-up magic is designed from paper, and extra spotlight searchers are available to print from online. No batteries necessary.

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