Christmas Gift Guide: The Book Hive

A true gem of Norwich Lanes, The Book Hive is a must for any literary purchase! As well as a wealth of wonderful books for grown ups, there is also a cute children’s room jam packed full of imaginative tales. The cuddly Moonmin was a hit with our little one too!

We caught up with Rory at The Book Hive to find out his gift / book recommendations for children and grown ups.

Younger Kids (picture books) 

Custom Fast Wheels by Joe Currie

Custom Fast Wheels is an exquisitely hand drawn and water-coloured book for children and adults alike, sure to excite and entertain those who love good storytelling, stunning art work and fast cars!

When a young boy (puppy!) finds an old poster advertising the big ‘Race Day’ his grandpa (an old dawg) is taken back to his heyday as one of the great drivers in the Custom Fast Wheels road race. Together they go back in time, with us the reader, and re-live the thrills and spills of the ultimate auto-adventure! Told with minimal text, this is a story which is brought to life purely through the electricity of the illustration – funny, exciting and cool beyond words…

How Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? by Jan Van Der Veken 

How fast is 120 kilometers per hour? How heavy are 4 tons? Units of measure are abstract—until, that is, they are contrasted with other quantities. The entertaining juxtapositions inHow Big Is Big? How Far Is Far? make dimensions and measurements more comprehensible for children.

The book features amusing comparisons that make units of length, distance, weight, speed and time easier to grasp. The Queen of England’s crown, for example, weighs more than 100 portions of cotton candy. It would take eight days of travel in an elevator through the Earth’s center to reach the other end. When the world’s oldest living tortoise was born, there were no electric lights, telephones, cars, or airplanes.

Fiction Age 6/7+

Secrets Of The Wild Wood by Tonke Dragt Pushkin Press

‘There’s no place you can lose your way as quickly as in the Wild Wood…’ One of the King’s knights has gone missing. Sent to explore the mysterious Wild Wood, which no-one dares visit and some say are enchanted, he has vanished in the snow. Tiuri – now Sir Tiuri after carrying out his last perilous mission – has to find him. With his best friend and squire, Piak, he must journey into the heart of a terrifying, secret forest realm, where danger is all around and every path leads you astray. It is a place of lost, overgrown cities and ancient curses; of robbers, princesses and strange Men in Green; of old friends and treacherous new enemies – and a secret plot that threatens to bring down the entire kingdom.

This gripping, spellbinding sequel to The Letter for the King sees a hero facing his greatest test, surrounded by darkness in a world where good and evil wear the same face, and the wrong move could cost his life – but where help comes from the unlikeliest of places.

The New Illustrated Harry Potter series!

Prepare to be spellbound by Jim Kay’s dazzling depiction of the wizarding world and much loved characters in these full-colour illustrated editions.

Beautiful Books for everyone!

Historium by Richard Wilkinson and Jo Nelson

Welcome to the museum! Here you will find a collection of objects from ancient civilisations. Objects of beauty, functionality, war, life, death and burial. As you wander from room to room, explore the magnificence of what civilisations have left behind over thousands of years of human history!

If you are still unsure and need more gift ideas, well how about A Book Hive Year? The Book Hive will hand pick one book every month for a year and post it to the lucky recipient. Children who join will also get a card from us on their birthday, designed by one of a few well-known illustrators especially for The Book Hive. A Book Hive Year has all kinds of categories, in Children’s there is the paperback fiction, hardback fiction and babies/toddlers board or picture books ranging from £100 – £150. You can also purchase a package for teenagers and adults too. What a wonderful gift to receive throughout the year!


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