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Don't buy them chocolate for Easter – feed their minds instead! We've got a selection of books which will delight any child and many an adult too! If this isn't enough to satisfy your book cravings, check out our other top tens.

Chick by Ed Vere

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Here at Bookbag we love Ed Vere. Forget all about pretty books with tepid stories for the younger child and let yourself be taken into a world where the colours are all robust and sometimes shout at each other. Forget about too many words and expect there to be few but for every one to speak volumes. Forget about sighing when a book has to be read again and again - because adults love Ed Vere books just as much as the children. This pop-up book comes highly recommended by every child who has seen it. Full review...

The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett

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One of our Top Ten Picture Books of 2008, this is a book to keep and treasure. Every bird has an egg except duck - until he finds the biggest one of them all. The Odd Egg is a beautifully-illustrated visual joke which will entertain adults and children alike. Definitely recommended. Full review...

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

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Is it a duck? Is it a rabbit? Is it Superman? (No, it's either a duck or a rabbit). A fun and quirky picture book that introduces children to a gentle optical illusion. Highly recommended. Full review...

Favourite Nursery Rhymes by Brian Wildsmith

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Over eighty of the best nursery rhymes presented in a glorious compendium, with delightful illustrations to pore over. Every young child should have this book. Full review...

Beyond the Barricade by Deborah Ellis

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An excellent issue-based novel about the plight of coca growers in South America. A crisp, no-nonsense prose style makes its theme central, but the central character is also tremendously well-drawn. Recommended. Full review...

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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An utter tour de force. This scary Alice in Wonderland style novella has surrealism in spades, a perfect ear, a wonderful central character, plenty of shivers, and a detail to pore over again and again. Full review...

If You're Reading This, It's Too Late by Pseudonymous Bosch

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A good, fun adventure romp for 10s and up, with a great styling only adding to the intrigue and mystery created by some evil villains and a lovely pair of heroes. If you're looking to buy two books the first also cam highly recommended. Full review...

Skulduggery Pleasant: The Faceless Ones by Derek Landy

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More wise-cracking high jinks from the skeleton detective and his newly-magical sidekick. Things are beginning to darken in this series, as Stephanie/Valkyrie begins to fully understand the tensions between her two lives. Full review...

Blade: Playing Dead by Tim Bowler

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A book for the older confident reader and teenagers. A short, sharp thriller with a cliff-hanger ending. Cliff-hangers usually irritate Bookbag, but in this case it works exceedingly well. Pacy and tense and frighteningly credible, this is good stuff. If you want to buy more than one book this is the first in an excellent series. Full review...

Bloodline Rising by Katy Moran

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Beautifully-realised second book in the Bloodline series. 7th century life is vividly described and the supernatural elements are kept subtle. Highly, highly recommended. If you're looking to buy more than one book, the first in the series also came highly recommended. Full review...

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