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Five illustrated books that every kid will enjoy reading this Christmas

Parents who are wobndering what to fill their kids’ socks with this Christmas, fret not. We’ve got you covered. Here we present to you this season’s most successful young children’s books that will make for the perfect gift for your little one this holiday.

books Updated: Dec 05, 2016 12:05 IST

The book cover of The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz.
The book cover of The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz.(Dutton Books for Young Readers)
         

Parents who are wobndering what to fill their kids’ socks with this Christmas, fret not. We’ve got you covered. Here we present to you this season’s most successful young children’s books that will make for the perfect gift for your little one this holiday.

I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda

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Author: Steve Anthony

Anthony’s 2014 debut children’s book, The Queen’s Hat won an Oscar’s First Book Prize and was adapted into a concert by the London Symphony Orchestra. This latest offering has already been selected as a London Times Pick of the Week and a Barnes & Noble Book of the Month.

Anthony both writes and illustrates his picture books, which have a large following among parents and kids alike, teaching lessons without a sniff of moralism.

Spinderella

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Author: Julia Donaldson

Illustrator: Sebastien Braun

The author of the award-winning The Gruffalo (which sold over 13 million copies and has been made into plays on both Broadway and the West End), Donaldson’s text combined with Braun’s illustrations have created some of the most recognizable and loved picture books in the world. Spinderella is her latest offering, and it has not disappointed fans in the slightest.

Little Babymouse and the Christmas Cupcakes

Author:Jennifer L Holm

Illustrator: Matthew Holm

The popular Babymouse graphic novel series is making its first foray into the full-color picture book genre with this special Christmas edition for a younger reader. Despite the different format and target audience, Holm’s humor and imagination remain just as vibrant.

Before Morning

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Author: Joyce Sidman

Illustrator: Beth Krommes

Beth Krommes’s unique and magical drawings are perfectly complemented by the sparse yet beautiful poetic language of Joyce Sidman in this not-quite-a-picture-book that captures the magic of a snow day as well as touching on more grown-up ideas that parents will pick up on, such as gender equality and work-life compromise.

The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog

Author: Adam Gidwitz

Illustrator: Hatem Aly

For a slightly older reader than the previous selections, this book nevertheless uses illustrations to focus attention and ignite the imagination. Part superhero tale, part “holy” quest, Gidwitz (who has elements of Dahl in his approach) doesn’t disappoint his middle-grade fan group with this unexpected, rebellious and un-put-downable novel. Parents might not always approve, but the kids do.

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