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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.

Once again at the top of the list 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?

The new book by David Walliams The Ice Monster is up next (#2). When Elsie, an orphan on the streets of Victorian London, hears about the mysterious Ice Monster – a woolly mammoth found at the North Pole – she’s determined to discover more… A chance encounter brings Elsie face to face with the creature and sparks the adventure of a lifetime – from London to the heart of the Arctic!

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes in David Walliams’ biggest and most epic adventure yet!  Caution: May make you laugh your head off!

Queen of Air and Darkness (#3) joins the list this week.

Cassandra Clare fans have been eagerly awaiting the final instalment in the Shadowhunters trilogy so it’s no surprise that it has hit the list soon after release.

Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the Council Hall, the sacred stronghold of the Shadowhunters. In the wake of the tragic death of Livia Blackthorn, the Clave teeters on the brink of civil war. One fragment of the Blackthorn family flees to Los Angeles, seeking to discover the source of the blight that is destroying the race of warlocks.

Meanwhile, Julian and Emma take desperate measures to put their forbidden love aside and undertake a perilous mission to Faerie to retrieve the Black Volume of the Dead. What they find in the Courts is a secret that may tear the Shadow World asunder and open a dark path into a future they could never have imagined.

Caught in a race against time, Emma and Julian must save the world of Shadowhunters before the deadly power of the parabatai curse destroys them and everyone they love.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (#4) joins the list this week and J.K. Rowling’s five-film Fantastic Beasts adventure series continues with this original screenplay.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured in New York with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escapes custody and sets about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all nonmagical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists Newt, his former Hogwarts student, who agrees to help once again, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

On the lead up to Christmas Pig the Elf (#5) is on the list. 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.

Wundersmith: The Trials of Morrigan Crow remains on the list (#6) 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…

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.

Macca’s Christmas Crackers (#8) is a firm favourite as as Christmas creeps closer.

Christmas is here! Christmas is Macca’s favourite time of year. He loves thinking up amazing presents for his friends. But when he looks in his piggy bank, he finds he has no money!

Macca and his best friend Al have to come up with a plan to make the best Christmas surprise for all their friends, and in doing so, discover the true spirit of giving.

Pig the Grub(#9) is back on the list. Eww! What a stinker! 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 . . . Over two million Pig books are now in print around the world!

Funny Kid Get Licked (#10) remains on the list this week. Max is the funny kid … and there are endangered animals to save! Putting the fun in fundraising, launching a puppy-smuggling operation, fighting the great Redhill canteen war and planning a secret theme park are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure!

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. The Ice Monster by David Walliams (HarperCollins)
  3. Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare (Simon and Schuster)
  4. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (Hachette)
  5. Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)
  6. Wundersmith by Jessica Townsend (Hachette)
  7. The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton (Pan)
  8. Macca’s Christmas Crackers by Matt Cosgrove (Omnibus Books)
  9. Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey (Scholastic)
  10. Funny Kid Get Licked by Matt Stanton (HarperCollins)

© Nielsen BookScan 2018 Week Ending 24/11/18


  1. Ali Syed

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

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