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Ten reads to inspire young; Time Off The family entertainment guide.

EVERYONE loves a good read, but which books will wow the younger members of the family this Christmas? Janet Tansley asked Waterstone's to give us their top ten tips for the festive season.

? The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, Alison Green Books (pounds 10.99) Give me your buns and your biscuits! Life is not safe for the other animals, as the villainous Highway Rat gallops along the highway, stealing their food. Will he finally meet his comeuppance, in the form of a cunning duck? A rollicking rhyme from the authors of The Gruffalo and Zog.

? The LEGO Ideas Book by Daniel Lipkowitz, Dorling Kindersley (pounds 16.99) Packed full of tips from expert LEGO builders on how to make jet planes reach new heights, swing through lush jungles, have fun on the farm and send space shuttles out of this world! It's divided into six themed chapters, with more than 500 models and ideas - perfect for any LEGO fan, young or young at heart.

? Octonauts Monster Map: A Lift-the-Flap Adventure, Simon & Schuster (pounds 5.9) Always ready to embark on a new and exciting mission, The Octonauts follow an old map in this adventure. Kwazii believes it will lead them to treasure guarded by a sea monster, but instead they meet a playful octopus with all kinds of surprising abilities! With a flap to lift on each page. Don't Worry Douglas by David Melling, Hodder (pounds 5.9) This second book about Douglas the little brown bear is as funny and compelling as the first. It combines brilliantly imaginative illustrations with an endearing sense of what it is like to be a small child learning about the world. Douglas' Dad gives him a wonderful new woolly hat and he races outside to show it off. In his excitement, he doesn't realise that it is unravelling ... and it is left to the little bear to work out the best thing to do.

? Sapphire Battersea by Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt, Doubleday (pounds 12.99) This is a fascinating, funny and moving Victorian-era novel featuring Hetty Feather. Hetty Feather is a Foundling Hospital girl and was given her name when she was left there as a baby by her mother. But she always longed to be called Sapphire, after her sapphire-blue eyes. When she is reunited with her mother, she hopes her new name will mean a new life! But life doesn''t always go as planned ... can she cope with the trials ahead? ? Natalie the Christmas Stocking Fairy 2011 by Daisy Meadows, Orchard Books (pounds 5.99) Naughty Jack Frost never gets anything in his Christmas stocking, so this year he''s decided nobody else will either! He''s stolen the three magical objects that Natalie the Christmas Stocking Fairy needs to make sure children all over the world get their presents. Can Kirsty and Rachel find the precious items in time to keep Christmas magical? . Horrid Henry''s Christmas Play by Francesca Simon & Tony Ross, Orion (pounds 4.99) Horrid Henry is desperate to be Joseph in the school Christmas Nativity play. The trouble is, Miss Battle-Axe has made him the inn-keeper. There''s only one thing for it - Henry''s got to make his own part BIGGER!

? Gangsta Granny David Walliams, HarperCollins (pounds 12.99) Another hilarious and moving novel from Walliams. A story of prejudice and acceptance, our hero Ben is bored beyond belief after he is made to stay at his grandma''s house. All she wants to do is to play Scrabble, and eat cabbage soup. But there are two things Ben doesn''t know about his grandma. 1) She was once an international jewel thief. 2) All her life, she has been plotting to steal the crown jewels, and now she needs Ben''s help!? Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, Doubleday (pounds 18.99) Not so very long ago, Eragon - Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider - was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, a blue stone in the forest. Now, the fate of an entire civilisation rests on their shoulders. They must confront Galbatorix. When they do, they will have to be strong enough to defeat him. And if they cannot, no-one can. This book brings the Inheritance cycle to a breathtaking conclusion? Marshmallow Skye - Chocolate Box Girls by Cathy Cassidy, Puffin (pounds 10.99) Skye and Summer Tanberry are identical twins, but while Skye loves her sister Summer more than anyone else in the world, she's been feeling like second-best. When her friend Alfie confesses he''s fallen not for her, but for Summer, it hurts. Skye wants to be her own person, but with an effortlessly cool twin, how can she ever step out of Summer''s shadow and find her chance to shine?
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Date:Dec 5, 2011
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