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Books for Christmas from the Gutter Bookshop

Our booksellers have picked out their favourite books to give as presents this Christmas (and also the ones that they’d quite like to receive themselves!) So do have a browse of our Christmas picks online and in our bookshops and remember – if you prefer, you can order online here and pick them up from either of our stores using the ‘click and collect’ option at checkout and you won’t have to pay any postage! Can’t see the books your looking for? Use our Book Search option in the dropdown menu above to let us know what you want, and we’ll come back to you with the price and an expected delivery time. FINAL POST-OUT DATES FOR CHRISTMAS ARE THURS 19TH DECEMBER FOR IRELAND, MONDAY 16TH DECEMBER FOR UK/EUROPE.

  • "Dream big. You can't put a limit on your dreams because nothing is impossible" Katie Mullan, Ireland Hockey Captain. Are you ready to be inspired? Open this book and discover a world of courage, bravery and adventure. Adventurers, explorers, inventors, dreamers... for a small country Irish people have had a huge impact internationally. From helping street children in India, to saving Jewish children during World War II and exploring new worlds, their reach has been worldwide. From Michael Collins to Rosie Hackett, Lady Gregory to Tom Crean, this book celebrates the brave and daring Irish. Be inspired by some of Ireland's most daring and fearless men and women. ISBN 9781788491273 Great for Ages 7-12
  • They call me Yanka the Bear. Not because of where I was found - only a few people know about that. They call me Yanka the Bear because I am so big and strong. Found abandoned in a bear cave as a baby, Yanka has always wondered about where she is from. She tries to ignore the strange whispers and looks from the villagers, wishing she was as strong on the inside as she is on the outside. But, when she has to flee her house, looking for answers about who she really is, a journey far beyond one that she ever imagined begins: from icy rivers to smouldering mountains meeting an ever-growing herd of extraordinary friends along the way. Interwoven with traditional stories of bears, princesses and dragons, Yanka's journey is a gorgeously lyrical adventure from the best-selling author of 'The House With Chicken Legs'. ISBN 9781474940672 Great for Ages 9-12
  • The Taylor Turbochaser is a road-trip rollercoaster... with a twist. At its heart is the unforgettable Amy Taylor. Amy loves cars, and dreams of being a driver. But there's a major catch: her slow old wheelchair with its broken wheel. When Amy finally gets a new electric one, it's exciting at first... But standard engines only have so much power. And that's where Rahul comes in - Amy's best friend and genius inventor. Soon Rahul turns a wheelchair into a supercar! And so the Taylor TurboChaser is born. But when it all goes suddenly wrong Amy is going to have to hit the road - and drive... ISBN 9781474948623 Great for Ages 7-10
  • Suzy can't wait to return to the Union of Impossible Places on the Impossible Postal Express. But when she arrives, she overhears a dastardly plan to destroy Trollville from a shadowy and unexpected villain. Suzy and her friends must race from magical cloud-worlds to secret caverns to catch the culprit, before Trollville comes crashing down... Welcome to the Impossible Places... Where there's fuzzics not physics, where adventure meets magic and where the journey will never, ever take you where you expect it to! ISBN 9781474948623 Great for Ages 7-10
  • When Harold is invited to a fancy dress birthday party, he and his friends must come up with some fantastic outfits. The party is going really well but when the birthday boy's cake is stolen during a game in the dark, everyone is a prime suspect in the mystery of the missing cake. Can Harold piece the clues together to solve the mystery and save the party? A funny story which encourages honesty and sharing, this is set to become a family favourite. ISBN 9781849766500 Great for Ages 0-6
  • It looked like love. It felt like love. But this isn't a love story. Amelie fell hard for Reese. And she thought he loved her too. But she's starting to realise that real love isn't supposed to hurt like this. So now she's retracing their story, revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn how to get over him ISBN 9781474949521 Great for Teens and Young Adults
  • A festive picturebook classic! Father Christmas awoke from his dream of summer in the sun, and there is was on the calendar, December 24th, Christmas Eve - the start of his longest night's work of the year... This book was awarded The Library Association's Kate Greenaway Medal and is a firm favourite with generations of Raymond Briggs fans. ISBN 9780723277972 Great for Ages 0-6
  • Oleg and Emma entered their den to find a cardboard spaceship standing exactly where they usually sat. Slowly, the front door opened and out stepped a boy.'My name's Sebastian Cole,' he said. 'But you already know that.'When Oleg and Emma invent a new classmate called Sebastian, they are amazed when he appears - very much real - in their secret den. Sebastian isn't like the rest of their classmates. He's never eaten pizza, he's not sure what goosebumps are, and he has a satchel that seems to hold an endless supply of hot ice cream. But as the trio begin their adventures, more impossible things keep happening, from a runaway goat appearing at school to a sighting of some snowwomen walking down the road. Things soon take a turn for the dangerous when the three friends are pursued by the mysterious Institute of Unreality, who want to capture and erase Sebastian, restoring order to the world. With the help of a cowboy gardener, an imprisoned scientist, and the rest of their class, can Emma and Oleg protect their new friend and keep the magic of the impossible alive? After inspiring countless young readers with tales of extraordinary people in the world around them, Ben Brooks' first children's novel is a magical adventure that celebrates friendship, the power of imagination, and ice cream. ISBN 9781786540997 Great for Ages 7-12
  • The story of Greta Thunberg, the schoolgirl who inspired a worldwide climate change movement. It's 20 August 2018, late summer in Stockholm, and it feels incredibly hot in the city. The TV news reports rising temperatures, and there have been numerous fires throughout Sweden. Fifteen-year-old Greta Thunberg decides she can't wait any longer: politicians have to do something to save the environment. Instead of returning to school, Greta takes a placard and goes on strike in front of Sweden's parliament building. Greta's protest began the Fridays for Future - or School Strike 4 Climate - movement, which millions have now joined around the world. Greta has spoken at COP24, the UN summit on climate change, and has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is her story, but also that of many other girls and boys around the world willing to fight against the indifference of the powerful for a better future. ISBN 9781471190650 Great for Ages 7-12
  • Franklin the dragon loves stories and loves reading stories to people too, but everyone is too scared to even look at him. One day he meets a girl named Luna who, far from being scared, is fascinated to meet Franklin, having recently read all about dragons in one of her books. They instantly become friends and talk non-stop about what they've read: books about rollerskating, King Arthur, spiders and how to do kung fu. Together, they hatch a plan to share their love of books with others by opening a bookshop - a flying bookshop, that is - right on Franklin's back! ISBN 9780500651711 Great for Ages 0-6
  • Enjoy a festive treat from Teddington's wildest family - packed with jokes, puzzles and activities! Who hides in the bakery at Christmas? A mince spy! What happened to the hyena who swallowed an Oxo cube? He made a laughing stock of himself! Merry Christmas! The Bolds are back with a bumper book of jolly japes. It's packed with rib-tickling jokes and puzzles including wordsearches, crosswords, mazes, riddles and spot the differences to keep kids entertained long after the Christmas presents are unwrapped! ISBN 9781783448425 Great for Ages 6-10
  • Meet Kevin: ordinary slug by day, fearless, shell-wearing Super Snail by night. The superhero you didn't know you were waiting for - from the acclaimed creator of Weasels and Steven Seagull, Elys Dolan. Kevin must prove his worth to the legendary League of Heroes - all with the power of slime! When disaster strikes and the Snail Signal shines, it's time for him to step up... Will he figure out how to get his pants on outside his clothes, even though he doesn't have a bum? Will he discover his true, slimy superpower and defeat the evil villain, Laser Pigeon? Will he even get there in time?! ISBN 9781444940404 Great for Ages 0-6
  • Soar into space with this glorious love story of alien folk, from the creators of The Gruffalo and Stick Man. The Smeds (who are red) never mix with the Smoos (who are blue). So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love, their families strongly disapprove. But peace is restored and love conquers all in this happiest of love stories. There's even a gorgeous purple baby to celebrate... With fabulous rhymes and breathtaking illustrations, this book is literally out of this worl ISBN 9781407188898 Great for Ages 0-6
  • Today is a very special day. It is the President's birthday and everyone is preparing a birthday surprise for him. So while the President is sent out to the Phoenix Park to walk the dogs, preparations get underway. The pigeon helpfully puts up the bunting, the postmistress delivers the birthday cards, Mrs Mullins dusts down the pictures and the cheeky cat tastes the freshly whipped cream! Meanwhile, the President enjoys tea and scones at Farmleigh House and even does a spot of yoga on the fifteen acres. But will our forgetful President enjoy his day out in the park too much to remember his own birthday party? Or will it be his turn to surprise everyone instead? ISBN 9780717184811 Great for Ages 0-6
  • Things are quiet in the town that used to be Perfect until Violet and Boy uncover more trouble brewing. Five scientists are missing and Town is about to be taken over by a huge zombie army. Can Violet and Boy save their friends? It's a matter of life or death! A highly charged finale to the series that began with A Place Called Perfect. Fans of Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman and Tim Burton will love this quirky, creepy and unforgettable adventure series. ISBN 9781474964371 Great for Ages 9-12
  • You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting... In Griselda Bone's gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog Herb, is it possible that, just when things seem at their bleakest, magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air? Join them on an enchanting adventure in this beautifully moving story by the bestselling author of Sky Song and The Unmapped Chronicles, Abi Elphinstone, and renowned illustrator Fiona Woodcock. ISBN 9781471172465 Great for Ages 0-6
  • It is 1870: opening night at the Royal Opera House in a freezing city by the sea, where a huge, crystal chandelier in the shape of a galleon sparkles magically with the light of 750 candles. Celeste, a theatre rat, wakes up in a costume basket from what she hopes is a bad dream, to find that everyone at the theatre where she works thinks she is someone else. When the chandelier falls, she is haunted by a strange girl who claims to know Celeste's past and why she must risk playing a game called the Reckoning to try to save the people she loves. From the award-winning author of 'I, Coriander', this is Sally Gardner's first middle grade novel in 14 years and it soars with the imagination of a master story-teller. ISBN 9781786695222 Great for Ages 9-12
  • One little girl is counting down to Christmas with her unicorn friend. There's lots to do before Christmas day, but her unicorn is a bit mischievous... He munches all the mince pies, scribbles on the Christmas cards, makes a lot of mess and when the carol singers arrive - cover your ears, because unicorns REALLY can't sing! But as the big day grows closer and closer, will the two friends get their Christmas wish? Join in the song and count each gift on the page as you go along, ending with a grand festive finale full of unicorn celebrations. Full of humour, warmth and family fun, this is the perfect picture book for fans of Oscar the Hungry Unicorn and Ten Minutes To Bed Little Unicorn. ISBN 9781405295277 Great for Ages 0-6
  • The gods of the Myriad were as real as the coastlines and currents, and as merciless as the winds and whirlpools. Then one day they rose up and tore each other apart, killing many hundreds of islanders and changing the Myriad forever. On the jumbled streets of the Island of Lady's Crave live Hark and his best friend Jelt. They are scavengers: living off their wits, diving for relics of the gods, desperate for anything they can sell. But now there is something stirring beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it. Something valuable. Something dangerous. Nothing is quite as it seems, and when the waves try to claim Jelt, Hark will do anything to save him. From Frances Hardinge, the Costa Award-winning author of 'The Lie Tree' comes 'Deeplight' - an underwater adventure as dangerous as the gods themselves... ISBN 9781529014570 Great for Teens and Young Adults
  • From the bestselling author of THE GIRL OF INK & STARS comes a paperback edition of this gorgeous wintry folk tale for young and old alike - an exciting adventure to the frozen north, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman. Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they've gone - taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back - even it means going north, crossing frozen wildlands to find a way past an eternal winter. 'This gorgeous story of bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings is a must for everyone.' JESSIE BURTON. ISBN 99781912626076 Great for Ages 9-12
  • From the multi award-winning picture book maker of 'A Bit Lost', 'Oh No, George!', 'Shh! We Have a Plan' and 'Goodnight Everyone' comes a bold new picture book about building up the courage to try something new. In the rockpool above the sea, live two crabs: Big Crab and Little Crab. Today, they're going for a dip in the sea. "This is going to be so great!" says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water... Oh... The waves! They're ENORMOUS. "JEEPERS!" Will Little Crab be brave enough to go in? ISBN 9781406385519 Great for Ages 0-6
  • A magical adventure to delight the imagination. The curl-up-on-the-sofa snuggle of a series from a uniquely talented author. Tilly Pages is a bookwanderer; she can travel inside books, and even talk to the characters she meets there. But Tilly's powers are put to the test when fairytales start leaking book magic and causing havoc... On a wintery visit to Paris, Tilly and her best friend Oskar bravely bookwander into the land of fairytales to find that characters are getting lost, stories are all mixed-up, and mysterious plot holes are opening without warning. Can Tilly work out who, or what, is behind the chaos so everyone gets their happily-ever-after? ISBN 9780008229900 Great for Ages 7-10
  • Mean, green Sproutzilla is back and he's determined to destroy Christmas. But watch out... this time he isn't alone! Jack and Ruby are getting ready for Christmas when suddenly, Santa's little elves arrive with terrible news - poor Santa's been kidnapped! Can Jack and Ruby rescue Santa from stinky Sproutzilla and his menacing sidekicks Broccolisaurus and Tyrannoparsnip rex, before the villainous vegetables ruin Christmas for everyone? And can Sproutzilla ever be shown the true joy of Christmas? The Return of Sproutzilla is the fantastically funny sequel to Sproutzilla vs. Christmas, written with wit and humour by hilarious picture book author Tom Jamieson, and filled with illustrations from the hugely talented artist, Mike Byrne. ISBN 9781509894611 Great for Ages 2-6
  • A stunningly presented modern-day fable from world-renowned talent Oliver Jeffers. "In an age of exquisite picture books, this is possibly the most beautiful of the year..." The Observer. There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his. "You are mine," Fausto said to the flower, the sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea... Working for the first time in traditional lithography, world-renowned talent, Oliver Jeffers, combines spectacular art with powerful prose, hand set using traditional lead type, to create a poignant modern-day fable to touch the hearts of adults and children alike. ISBN 9780008357917 Great for Ages 0-99
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