Thursday, 26 November 2015

Find the perfect gift this Christmas

Christmas is only a month away, and to celebrate we're running a giveaway! We've hand-picked a selection of our favourite new Christmas books, perfect for snuggling up and reading together during the chilly festive season. We have three goody bags to giveaway, each including copies of the books below, along with stickers, posters and activity sheets!

Here are our top picks this Christmas:

The Christmas Eve Tree by Delia Huddy and Emily Sutton

When an ugly little fir tree is taken to the city, no one wants to buy him; they prefer the big tall trees. But a homeless boy asks the shopkeeper if he can take the tree, and down by the river in a cardboard box, decorated with a few candles, the tree finds itself at the centre of a magical Christmas Eve it will never forget. This is a special Christmas tale with a classic feel but a modern theme at its heart.

Blue Penguin by Petr Horáček

A heart-warming fable about a friendship and belonging, from award-winning author/illustrator Petr Horáček. "I feel just like a penguin," says Blue Penguin. "But you're not like us," said the other penguins and they left him all alone. Poor Blue Penguin. Will he be able to convince the other penguins he is one of them after all? A moving and beautifully illustrated story from Petr Horáček, described by the Washington Post as "the thinking tot's Eric Carle".

The Nutcracker by Niroot Puttapipat 

The Nutcracker story is a much-loved part of Christmas celebrations around the world, and this beautiful edition captures the excitement of Christmas Eve and the magic of Marius Petipa's classic ballet. Exquisitely illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, this charming retelling follows Clara's magical journey with the Nutcracker Prince and ends with a stunning pop-up of the Land of Sweets! 

Dear Father Christmas by Alan Durant

When Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas, she decides to write him a letter: “Dear Father Christmas – is it snowing in Lapland? Please answer. Love Holly.” And so begins the start of a touching pen-pal friendship with Father Christmas himself in which Holly learns about the magic of elves, reindeer and life in Lapland, as well as getting some very special Christmas surprises! This lovely book comes with letters to read and a special silver ticket from Father Christmas!

Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont and Pauline Siewert

Press the button to hear “Jingle Bells” play as you follow the story of an adorable bear family enjoying a festive sleigh ride! Pauline Siewert's gorgeous illustrations capture the magic of the Christmas season, and with the lyrics on each page children will love to sing along!


We have three fun-filled goody bags to give away, each including copies of the above books, plus a selection of stickers, posters and activity sheets. For your chance to win, just answer the following question:

What colour is the penguin in Petr
Horáček's Christmas book?

a)   Blue
b)   Brown
c)   Purple

Email your answer along with your name and address to with 'PBP Christmas' in the subject line for your chance to win. Competition closes on 14th December 2015. Terms and conditions apply.

Plus, we’re running a half-price offer across all our books at until 18th December. You can pick up these books, and more, at 50% off! Happy shopping!

Monday, 23 November 2015

I Want My Hat Back at the National Theatre

Last week, a few of us from Walker HQ were lucky enough to get tickets to see I Want My Hat Back on stage at the National Theatre. We were all VERY excited and intrigued to see how the picture book that we all know and love would be transformed into an hour long show!

For those who don't know, I Want My Hat Back is a brilliant, witty picture book about a big bear on a quest to find his missing hat. Jon Klassen's deadpan illustrations run throughout the story and lead the reader towards a hilarious and surprising ending... Check out the animated trailer for the book:

So the verdict? We all loved the show! The performance was packed with great music by Arthur Darvill, quirky and creative costumes and lots of surprises (which we won't spoil for you). We quickly lost count of how many times we laughed out loud - and we weren't alone; the audience was packed with captivated kids who were all giggling, clapping, pointing and yelling "he's behind you!"

Photograph by Richard Davenport

We were all impressed with how the play remained true to the book, from the beautiful, muted colour palette to the quirks and mannerisms of the characters. Added touches like the retro, homespun set and a soundtrack that flicked effortlessly from cool jazz to head-bopping rock kept the parents as entertained as their children.

Photograph by Richard Davenport

I Want My Hat Back is a treat for everyone aged 3 – 300, and we think it's the perfect Christmas show for all the family. It's on until 2 January but we hear from our friends at the National Theatre that the tickets are selling out fast, so don't miss out! You can book yours here.

You can buy a copy of the book (and all Jon Klassen's books) in the National Theatre bookshop.

Check out the brilliant reviews the show has had in The Guardian and Time Out. 


We have a family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) to see I Want My Hat Back up for grabs, courtesy of our friends at The National Theatre. Five runners up will get a copy of the book I Want My Hat Back. To enter the competition, just answer this simple question:

Who wrote the music for the National Theatre's play of I Want My Hat Back?
a) Arthur Darvill
b) Jon Klassen
c) Walker Books

To enter the competition, just email your answer to along with your name and address before 30th November.

Terms and conditions:
1. This prize draw is promoted by Walker Books Ltd. incorporated in England under registered number 1378601 (the “Promoter”) and is not open to employees of the Promoter or their families. 2.  Entrants must be residents of the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. 3. There will be 1 prize winner and 5 runners up, who will receive the prizes stated. All prizes are non- transferable and there is no cash alternative. 4. The closing date is 30th November 2015. 5. Winners will be notified by 10th December 2015. 6. Only prize claims received on or before the closing date will be honoured; the Promoter accepts no responsibility for claims received after the Closing Date. 7. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are late, lost, damaged, illegible or corrupted in transit. Proof of entering is not proof of receipt. 8. The Promoter’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. 9. Any personal data obtained and/or gathered by the Promoter shall be used only for the purposes of the competition. All personal details shall be held in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. 10. Only one entry will be accepted per email address used. 11. The first prize is five tickets (two adults and three children) to see I Want My Hat Back at the National Theatre. 10 runners up will receive a copy of the book, I Want My Hat Back. 12. There is no cash alternative. 13. The prize is not transferable.  14. Travel to The National Theatre is not provided. 15. The tickets are subject to availability and the National Theatre reserves the right to alter the prize if necessary. 16. The tickets must be used by 2 January 2016. 17. Tickets are valid for any performance until 2 January 2016, subject to availability. 18. The rules of this prize draw are governed by UK law and entry is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions which may be amended at any time by the Promoter.