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The Weekly Top 10 Children’s Bestseller List

Better Reading Kids brings you the Top 10 bestselling children’s book list every Monday morning.

At the top of the list this week is the new instalment in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid #13 The Meltdown (#1).

When snow shuts down Greg Heffley’s middle school, his neighbourhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson. It’s a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighbourhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

In second position we have Wundersmith: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (#2) the eagerly awaited sequel to Nevermoor by Australian author Jessica Townsend.

Morrigan Crow has been invited to join the prestigious Wundrous Society, a place that promised her friendship, protection and belonging for life. She’s hoping for an education full of wunder, imagination and discovery – but all the Society want to teach her is how evil Wundersmiths are. And someone is blackmailing Morrigan’s unit, turning her last few loyal friends against her. Has Morrigan escaped from being the cursed child of Wintersea only to become the most hated figure in Nevermoor?

Worst of all, people have started to go missing. The fantastical city of Nevermoor, once a place of magic and safety, is now riddled with fear and suspicion…

Sarah J. Maas’s #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass seriesKingdom of Ash (#3) remains on the list.

Aelin Galathynius’s journey from slave to king’s assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world…

Aelin has risked everything to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation-and a better world.

The Bad Guys Episode 8: Superbad plus Trading Cards (#4) is up next and a firm favourite on the Weekly Top 10.

The International League of Heroes want you! But what are they looking for exactly? Gigantic muscles? Super speed? Mind power? Shape-shifting awesomeness? Possibly. But are they looking for a nude Wolf? An unconscious Piranha? A muffin-stealing Snake? And a… toaster with a fin and really big teeth? Duh! Why would you even ask that?! Knuckleheads Assemble. It’s Bad Guys Episode 8!

Aaron Blabey’s, Pig the Grub (#5) is still on the list this week. Pig isn’t just the world’s greediest Pug, he’s the dirtiest too. It’s high time he had a bath! But try telling Pig that . . .

Pig the Elf (#6) joins the list as we head towards Christmas.Santa was coming! ‘Twas bigger than big!

No one loves Christmas more than Pig. And the worlds greediest Pug will stay up all night to get his presents!

Another laugh-out-loud book filled with holiday cheer, from the award-winning creator of Pig the Pug.

Next up is Andy Griffith and Terry Denton with The 104-Storey Treehouse (#7).

The 104-Storey Treehouse is the eighth book of Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton’s wacky treehouse adventures, where you can join Andy and Terry in throwing some refrigerators, making some money with the money-making machine (or honey if you’d prefer-it makes that too), climbing the never-ending staircase and having a bunfight with them.

This fun story will delight children and adults alike. Keep turning the pages and find out what happens when you reach the end all over again, if you dare.

Hot Dog #5: Camping Time (#8) is new to the list Hotdog, Lizzie and Kev are going CAMPING!

There will be wood-chopping, campfire singalongs and an EPIC biscuit-eating competition. Its going to be awesome!

Can Hotdog, Lizzie and Kev learn the skills they need to survive in the bush?

Kids (and grandparents) are still loving Wonky Donkey and it is back on the list again.

In this very funny, cumulative song, each page tells us something new about the donkey until we end up with a spunky, hanky-panky cranky stinky dinky lanky honky-tonky winky wonky donkey, which will have children in fits of laughter!

There is much fun to be had by listening to the song and trying to predict the new word for each clue given. Craig Smith’s song, The Wonky Donkey, won an APRA Silver Scroll Award in 2008 for Best Children’s Song of the Year.

Last but not least we have Dav Pilkey’s, new addition to the Dog Man series Dog Man 5: Lord of the Fleas (#10). With Petey the Cat safely behind bars (for now) it’s time for the police force to get to the bottom of Petey’s evil ways. What drives him to do such misdeeds? Is it a history of grain-free kibble? Too much playtime with a laser light toy, perhaps? Or maybe he’s just tired and hasn’t had enough time to catnap. Petey’s talking, but is he coming clean? Dog Man and Li’l Petey are on the case and will soon find out whether the felonious feline is crafting a cat’s cradle of lies, or if he’s finally telling the truth.

You can also check out the weekly top 10 bestselling fiction list and top 10 bestselling non-fiction list on Better Reading.

  1. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney (Puffin)
  2. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (Hachette)
  3. Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury)
  4. The Bad Guys Episode 8: Superbad plus Trading Cards by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)
  5. Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)
  6. Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)
  7. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan)
  8. Hotdog! #5: Camping Time! by Anh Do (Omnibus)
  9. Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith (Scholastic)
  10. Dog Man #5 Lord of the Fleas by Dave Pilkey (Scholastic)

© Nielsen BookScan 2018 Week Ending 20/10/18


  1. Ali Syed

    i have bought the 39 storey tree house and am longing to go through it asap

  2. Tracey

    two is 2….not to

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