Now all this year’s 2020 annuals are on sale – with the Strictly Come Dancing annual released just this week – here’s your guide to what’s on offer in bookshops and supermarkets across the country…
Sadly, there definitely doesn’t seem to be a single Marvel related annual on offer this year – a sign of the times? We didn’t get a reply from past publishers to queries about this, unfortunately.
Older readers will, of course, also bewail the dearth of comic strip-dominated annuals of old. Although Egmont did experiment with a range of “heritage” annuals a few years back, there’s nothing like that this year, so no Whizzer and Chips for us… With a distinct lack of newspaper strips now being published, there’s no collections of the year’s strips to savour either – although we do of course get another Giles collection, assembling a variety of strips of many years now past.
But if you’re a football fan, there’s definitely no shortage of choice on the shelves – and who hasn’t picked up the deeply disturbing Scarfolk Annual yet, if it’s 1970s (warped) nostalgia you’re after?
Any links below are for AmazonUK (Affiliate Links which help support downthetubes – thanks) all information about the annuals is as provided by publishers. Do note that while most publishers list their annuals with a 2020 date some, such as Private Eye, list them as 2019. The publication dates for these are listed as this year’s releases
The Aladdin Annual 2020 captures all the magic and excitement of the brand new live-action movie! Including the story of the film with photos of favourite scenes, beautiful posters of the stars, and lots of activities and quizzes. It’s perfect for Aladdin fans aged six and older.
Disney’s live-action Aladdin retells the beloved animation through a modern lens, bringing these once animated characters to life. For the first time ever, meet a real life Aladdin and come on an adventure with a genie, three wishes and a very evil villain.
Fun-filled annual with puzzles, activities, doodling and colouring. Great stories too with Baby Shark and all his family, plus his friends. Featuring the well-loved sharks, Mummy, Daddy, Grandma, Grandpa and of course BABY SHARK!
Beano Annual is back for 2020! Beanotown is the place to go for mischief and mayhem because it’s the place where kids rule! The parents and the teachers of Bash Street School might think differently, but the kids from the longest-running weekly comic in the world know the truth… as they’ll prove in 112 pages of brand new, awesomely funny stories!
Whether it’s going on the run with an elephant in Dennis & Gnasher, or leaping through dimensions in Rubi’s Screwtop Science, they’ll prove there’s no such thing as a normal day in Beanotown!
The Beano & Dandy gift book is back for 2020! The Beezer, The Topper, Sparky, Nutty, The Dandy, Beano, and more! This giftbook takes you along on the hilarious exploits of a range of zany classic characters from all across the DC Thomson archives! Go bananas with Nutty’s Bananaman, get spicy with The Beezer s Ginger, read at your peril with The Topper’s Beryl, and even share a tasty cow pie with The Dandy’ s Desperate Dan! Featuring the work of great British comic artists like Davey Law, Bob Nixon, Leo Baxendale and many more, you re sure to chortle with our chums!
How do animals survive in baking hot deserts? Where is the best place to shelter in a blizzard? What is it like to climb the highest mountain in the world?
Get ready for the wildest experience of your life! With stories of famous adventurers, as well as insights into Bear Grylls’ own experiences in the wild, this annual contains everything you need to explore different environments around the world. This book is packed with fascinating facts, top tips and fun activities – word searches, puzzles, spot the differences, dot to dots and more – from the king of survival, Bear Grylls.
The Broons Book is back for 2020! The Broons have entertained readers of all ages over the past eight decades and now Maw, Paw and the family are back this year with a collection of brand new comic strips. Scotland’s happy family that makes every family happy!
Perfect for kids and adults alike, the latest Cbeebies annual from the BBC is a must! Find all your favourite characters and programmes in one exciting Annual! It’s exploding with brand new pictures, stories and fun crafting ideas which will engage and entertain children of all ages. Catch up with all the latest action from Hey Duggee, Charlie and Lola and Waffle the Wonder Dog. It’s jam-packed with familiar faces, exciting quizzes and fun games that will both educate and delight the whole family.
Dandy Annual is back for 2020! Join Desperate Dan, Winker Watson, Cuddles & Dimples, Corporal Clott and all their friends as they team up for 112 pages of brand new, hilarious comic strips. This is the perfect gift for kids (of all ages)!
The universe is calling . . .
Join the Doctor for another adventure in the TARDIS alongside her friends Yasmin, Ryan and Graham!
This amazing annual is packed with Stories, Puzzles, Games – and amazing facts about the Doctor’s travels, triumphs and enemies!
Have you been naughty or nice? Nice of course! Get set for Christmas with our brand new magical Annual! Santa’s little helper has been a hit with children and adults alike since 2005 and is as much a part of Christmas as stockings and mince pies. Enjoy Elf-themed activities, stories and makes in this charming new Annual and help make it the best Christmas holiday ever!
The Official England Soccer Annual 2020 has absolutely everything a Three Lions supporter could want to know about the national team. From in-depth player profiles and England’s other youth teams, from interviews with Dele Alli, Adam Lallana, Jermain Defoe, Kyle Walker and more, to the ultimate guide to Wembley Stadium… this annual has it all! And with amazing stats on the Three Lions, a feature on England’s Women’s teams, behind the scenes pictures from England training and, of course, an opportunity to test your knowledge with plenty of quizzes, it makes essential reading for any fan of the beautiful game.
Note – this cover may not be the one in the shops, but it’s the only one I’ve found – including on the official FA web site
The Fireside Book is full of inspirational thoughts, poems & paintings from The People’s Friend to last all year round. Compiled into a nice handy-size, you can easily slip it into your handbag or pocket and keep your mind stimulated on the go.
Ever since it burst onto our screens in October 2017, Fortnite has been in a state of constant evolution. From meteor showers to pirates, the Cube to the Ice King, the narrative of the game is dynamic and ever-changing. This collectable yearbook features all the most exciting in-game and real-world highlights from Fortnite’s first nine seasons, taking in the changes to the island and the best new developments in gameplay. Take a trip down memory lane, and revisit Battle Royale’s most momentous moments!
The Disney Frozen Annual 2020 is filled with stories and exciting activities featuring all your favourite characters including Elsa, Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven. The annual includes story content from the brand new movie, Frozen 2! As well as colouring, character profiles, and mazes! It’s the perfect Christmas stocking filler!
• Game On! 2020– note: on sale 7th November
Learn all about the hottest games coming in 2020, how they were developed and how to beat them in Scholastic’s annual gaming guide!
Get ready for another awesome year of gaming with this ultimate guide to all your favourite games, including a definitive list of the biggest games of the past year and hot new ones coming in 2020!
Game On! 2020 is the most comprehensive guide to all the best games, tech and streamers, featuring some of the year’s greatest gaming moments and exclusive interviews with Twitchstars, YouTube legends and game developers.
This complete guide is packed with top gaming secrets, stats, tips and tricks for all your favourite games. All games featured in Game On! 2020 are rated T for Teen or younger, keeping it appropriate for young gamers.
Giles enthusiasts will delight in this brand-new collection of classic cartoons filled with his inimitable style of dry wit and British eccentricity.
The 2020 annual takes a look at the tiny details which the 20th century’s leading cartoonist filled his artworks. Mischievous parrots, tortured teddy bears and hapless hounds can all be found getting into the oddest of scrapes to the side of the main action. Centring on the archetypal dysfunctional cartoon family, Giles expert John Field encourages you to look beyond the main action and revel in the detail.
Fans of Giles will be delighted to receive the latest annual compilation featuring 150 cartoons to enjoy from the archives of one of the most celebrated cartoonists of the once biggest selling daily newspaper in the world, the Daily Express, whose work led to him being voted the best cartoonist of the 20th century.
Celebrate the dawning of a new decade with the fully revised Guinness World Records 2020. To kick off the ’20s, we’ve created an electrifying new cover and curated a record-breaking edition packaged with thousands of new, updated and classic superlatives, hundreds of never-before-seen images, and a selection of eye-opening photo-composites that put a new spin on record-breaking…
A new decade means it’s time for a fresh approach, so starting with our front cover, we’ve re-booted record-breaking with an all-new design. There’s a new look inside, too, and thanks to our team of digital artists, we’ve created mind-blowing poster pages that will reveal some of our classic record holders in a whole new light.
Our ever-expanding pool of international consultants and experts help us make sense of the world around us, so join us as we explore the vast spectrum of record-breaking in 11 superlative-packed chapters. As always, we’re committed to bringing you record-breaking from the cutting edge of science, and this year we’ve produced a feature chapter on remarkable robots with the help of award-winning tech blogger Evan Ackerman. We’ve also been out on the road, adjudicating records at events as diverse as the UK National Pet Show, Skill Con in Las Vegas and BubbleFest in Wales.
Guinness World Records is nothing without its dedicated record-breakers, so we’ve also selected the best of the newly approved claims from the 50,000 applications received from the public over the past 12 months. If you want to be one of those lucky few, look out for the Do Try This At Home challenges in the VIRAL SPORTS chapter – you might even make it into next year’s edition!
It’s Horrid Henry’s world — you’re just living in it! Join Horrid Henry, his friends and family in this activity-filled annual that will entertain every Horrid Henry fan for hours on end!
Full of mazes, word-qames, puzzles, jokes, extracts, facts and much, much more, this annual has something for everyone. Find out how to avoid bedtime, fool your family, and tame your parents. Just make sure there aren’t any sneaky peeking little siblings around…
Hiccup and Toothless are back in the brand new movie How to Train your Dragon: Hidden World. Fans can relive all the action from the upcoming movie with this awesome annual, filled with fun activities, cool posters, dragon profiles and the story of the new movie.
Including Fishleg’s Dragon Trading Cards for the ultimate fan!
Brand-new exclusive activity annual from the best-selling author Jacqueline Wilson. It contains exclusive interviews and tips from inspirational heroes, Jacqueline Wilson and artist Nick Sharratt. The perfect buy for children who love to read, write, create and dream!
Get ready to head off on amazing magical adventures in this LEGO Disney Princess Annual! Inside you’ll find fun activities, comics and a story. There’s a whole LEGO Disney Princess world just waiting for you to explore!
Calling all Lego fans! Discover a world of fun inside this Annual with puzzles, activities, comics and more! Plus build your own awesome minifigure. Complete the challenges on every page and enjoy the laughs and jokes along the way! This annual features a mixture of the most popular Lego brands and will even include characters from Lego Movie 2!
Calling young heroes everywhere… Get ready for the galactic adventure of a lifetime in this action-packed LEGO Star Wars book! Join the rebel pilots as they soar across the galaxy, reading comics and completing missions as you go.
The most popular dolls in the world are back! The LOL Surprise! phenomenon just goes from strength to strength. Grab a piece of the action with this all-new, action-packed Annual, featuring all of your absolute favourite characters. Unwrap layers of surprises, get messy with exciting makes and get all the latest lowdown on your favourite clubs. Don’t miss out, it’s going to be the number one stocking filler this year!
From the makers of the UK’s best football magazine!
MATCH is the UK’s bestselling football annual and is top of Christmas wishlists for footy fans everywhere.
Inside the Match Annual 2020 you can find the ultimate guide to Euro 2020, epic interviews with the stars, plus the UK and Ireland dream team and also discover everything you need to know about Messi, Ronaldo, Kane, Salah, Mbappe, Maguire, Hazard, Pogba and all the other top footballers.
Plus, it’s packed with the women’s World Cup scrapbook, legendary Prem No.7s, craziest hair of 2019, brain-busting quizzes, the greatest Premiership team ever, bonkers pics, footy stars emojis, cool cartoons and more!
The 2020 Match Attax Annual is a must have for Match Attax fans and football fanatics alike! Featuring Premiership, League One and Two Teams as well as all the facts and results from the 2019 season you’ll be sure to impress your mates with your football knowledge!
It’s coming home…
From the UK’s number 1 football magazine, the very best footy annual is back!
Crammed full with fun football trivia, quizzes, games, puzzles, top 10s, cartoons and more, this is the only annual fans of the beautiful game will need.
Featuring Gary and all of the MOTD presenters, Paz, Ketch, and the planet’s top teams and players, Match of the Day Annual 2020 is the best around – it will be on the top of your Christmas list!
2019 is Minecraft’s tenth anniversary. The official Minecraft Annual 2020 is a celebration of how far Minecraft has come since 2009, and the amazing community that has helped make it what it is today. Inside you’ll find build ideas, challenges and games, as well as exclusive interviews with several members of the Mojang team and a sneak peek inside their amazing offices.
Join Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Pinkie Pie in the My Little Pony Annual 2020 as they bring the magic of friendship to Equestria. Enjoy brand-new stories from season 9 of Friendship is Magic, fascinating facts on your favourite ponies, meeting new characters and making your own paper rainbow decorations! With lots of exciting activities, puzzles and drawing fun, this is the must-have gift for My Little Pony fans.
The My Weekly Annual is packed with short stories for lovers of great fiction. Fun, easy puzzles, fantastic facts and recipes are all included in this annual. It is the ultimate feel-good read with plenty of love and laughter.
The Nationwide Football Annual is now in its 133nd year and is still the most comprehensive soccer yearbook in the market, living up to its billing as ‘soccer’s pocket encyclopaedia.’ As usual the book is packed full of information vital for the football fan; from team line-ups to international results; from international appearances and goal scorers to the sort of trivia to keep a pub quiz in questions for another 132 years! The book contains everything anyone needs to know about the game league and non-league in Britain, Ireland and throughout Europe.
The publication of the latest edition of the annual is always a major event in the soccer calendar. Included are: results and review from the 2019 European Nation League finals in Portugal, results from the 2018-2019 season (including domestic and European cup competitions and international matches involving British teams); full fixture lists for the 2019-2020 season; all major European and world football awards; a day-by-day diary highlighting the season’s biggest stories; players and their appearances for each and every league club. Stuart Barnes is in his 20th year as compiler and editor.
Official 2020 annual for the hit Cbeebies show!
Numberblocks features different characters each made up of a different number of blocks; characters can separate and combine to create bigger and smaller characters.
This annual features the brand’s delightful characters, engaging storylines, bright colours and abundant humour to help children learn in an interactive and engaging way.
Perfect for children aged 3+ who are learning how to count.
A classic collection of Scottish stars and international icons! Since gracing the pages of The Sunday Post in 1936, The Broons and Oor Wullie have had various encounters with, and paid homage to, several Scottish stars and legends, as well as famous folk from around the world and even beyond!
From Rabbie Burns to Harry Lauder, Joe Davis to The Bay City Rollers, The Broons and Oor Wullie have had ample opportunity in their eighty year run to meet and greet the biggest Scottish icons throughout the decades. But, of course, the mischievous dungaree clad scamp and Glebe Street residents are themselves great Scots and they have a wealth of family history to prove it.
A must have for all Paw Patrol fans! Packed with puzzles, games, stories and activities for hours of paw-some entertainment. Featuring all your favourite Paw Patrol characters!
The People’s Friend Annual is back for 2020! 176 pages packed with exclusive fiction, plus poems, nostalgia, Scenic Britain and Magical Olympic Moments. The feel-good fiction will make you want to dip into the stories again and again!
The People’s Friend Annual makes a wonderful gift for friends or family or you can keep it as a treat for yourself. Either way, the stories from well-known Friend authors are sure to keep everyone entertained.
The Official Peppa Pig Annual will keep all Peppa fans entertained for hours! It has three brand new stories, loads of fun activities, awesome games and brilliant pictures to colour. It is packed full of things to make and do!
By day, they are Connor, Greg and Amaya, but by night they are Catboy, Gekko and Owlette, the PJ Masks.
Discover a year of PJ Masks fun with the official annual. Jam-packed with super puzzles, games and activities, the annual has everything you need to know about the PJ Masks. Can you help the PJ Masks to defeat the baddies? It’s time to be a hero!
A must-have gift for PJ Masks fans of any age.
The Pokémon phenomenon continues in the Pokémon Annual 2020! Packed with stories, fun facts, puzzles and games for all budding Trainers. Join Ash and Pikachu on Ash’s quest to become a Pokémon master and meet the mysterious Ultra Beasts in the Alola A-Z. With stories from the latest TV series, puzzles and games including Professor Kukui’s quiz, step-by-step instructions for drawing Poipole, mazes and island challenges, the Pokémon Annual 2020 is the ultimate gift for Pokémon fans.
The Disney Princess Annual 2019 is packed full of content that all princess fans will enjoy. Including nine of your favourite Disney Princesses: Belle, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Aurora, Jasmine, Snow White, Ariel, Tiana and Mulan, it features inspiring stories, entertaining activities, beautiful colouring pictures, fact-filled princess profiles, magical mazes, gorgeous princess posters and cool creative things to make! It also features an eye-catching sparkly holographic cover.
The Disney Princess Annual 2019 makes the perfect Christmas stocking filler!
The Private Eye Annual 2019 presents the year’s best cartoons, jokes, parodies and topical sketches from the UK’s most successful satirical news and current affairs magazine. The Private Eye Annual remains a perennial Christmas bestseller, the perfect secret Santa gift for under a tenner!
Now in its seventh year, the Racing Post Annual is firmly established as the perfect Christmas gift for any horseracing fan. This exciting review of 2019 from the Racing Post has 208 colour pages packed with the best stories of the racing year and is beautifully illustrated with stunning images by award-winning photographer Edward Whitaker and others. The Racing Post s top writers look back on the best of the Flat and jumps seasons; the big names both equine and human; the moments to treasure and unusual stories of the year; plus a look forward at the top prospects for 2020. With a glittering line-up, this large-format, magazine-style publication is a must for any horseracing fan to enjoy at the end of the racing year.
Ripley’s is back! This year’s blockbuster annual contains over 1,200 of the scariest, weirdest and funniest stories from around the world, including:
– The man who lived in a sand castle for twenty years
– The cat who was born with twenty-eight toes
– The restaurant that served a burger made out of worms
. . . and much, much more.
Brimming with mind-boggling stories and eye-popping photographs, Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 2020 is the perfect gift for anyone who is fascinated by the stranger side of life on earth.
An official retrospective look at the past year on Roblox, the world’s largest entertainment platform.
Discover everything there is to know about the Roblox universe. Explore the most popular games, meet talented members of the community, check out the coolest items in the Roblox Catalog, and get an exclusive sneak peek behind the curtains at Roblox’s HQ.
This comprehensive book is packed with insider info from the Roblox team and some of your favourite game developers from the platform.
In this year’s annual, Rupert has many more adventures with a Skylark, a runaway kite and a windmill! Enjoy a brand-new story ‘Rupert and the Bearcycle’ originated and illustrated by Stuart Trotter plus much-loved favourite tales illustrated by John Harrold and Alfred Bestall.
The Scarfolk Annual, as we previously cautioned here, is the facsimile of a book discovered in a charity shop in the north west of England in August 2018. The shop, and indeed town, do not wish to be identified as they are keen to “discourage the ‘occult-totalitarian tourism’ that as afflicted other areas of Britain” as people hunt for further socio-archaeological traces of the mysterious, missing town of Scarfolk – Britain’s own Brutalist Atlantis.
Apart from the archive of Scarfolk materials which was sent anonymously to the late Dr Ben Motte and formed the basis of the book Discovering Scarfolk, this children’s annual is, to date, the only complete artefact from Scarfolk ever to be unearthed ‘in the wild’.
It’s clear The Scarfolk Annual was not written to entertain children at Christmastime; its purpose was to indoctrinate young minds; in fact, one might go as far as to say destroy young minds, to an end that has been lost to us.
Get the official lowdown on The Beautiful Game from The Voice of Football. Shoot has been keeping footy fans on the ball since 1969 and this year’s must-have annual remains essential reading! Catch up with all your favourite teams, male and female players and on-pitch action. Packed with exclusive interviews, profiles, stats and trivia this edition rounds up all the latest news from the Premier League, Europe and International divisions.
This Annual is the perfect gift for Star Wars fans this Christmas!
Taking a look back at the 40-year saga, this book contains story moments from all the films, including The Last Jedi and Solo, plus fun facts from The Clone Wars and Rebels. Relive your favourite scenes, read about the most influential characters, the top ships and droids, and recap on four decades of Star Wars adventures.
This Annual includes activities, colouring pages and puzzles to complete, plus posters of favourite characters.
Dah dah dah dah dah dah dah, dah dah dah dah dah …
Go behind the sequins on the new series of Strictly …
Strictly Come Dancing sashays onto our screens again with a fantastic new cast of stars ready to brave the dance floor. Swot up on your dance expertise and discover how the Strictly magic is created. With exclusive interviews with the pro dancers, their celebrity partners and the fabulous judges, this is your perfect partner for this year’s Strictly extravaganza.
Thomas fans will love the latest annual packed full of stories about their favourite engines, mazes, puzzles, games, lots of colouring plus posters. In this year’s annual Thomas and the steam team meets lots of animals from around the globe so this book is perfect for both animal lovers and anyone who is mad about trains.
The official Top Wing Annual is the perfect gift!
This brilliant book is packed with stories, activities, colouring, puzzles and games!
There’s plenty to entertain any reader, and is full of exciting adventures from Team Top Wing. Find out how the cadets all met each other, solve Speedy’s tricky puzzles and colour in your own Top Wing vehicle.
It’s totally primo!
Woody and the gang are back in brand new movie Toy Story 4!
The Toy Story Annual 2020 is packed with activities and stories featuring everyone’s favourite toys. Filled with games, posters, colouring and activity pages, this annual is perfect for any Toy Story fan. Plus, new content from Toy Story 4!
Toy Story 4 sees the return of our favourite toys Woody, Buzz and Jessie plus a few new and familiar faces. Discover how the Toys lives have changed with their new child Bonnie and come along on their latest adventure!
1979 was a year of momentous events. In Britain, it began with the so-called Winter of Discontent, as rubbish piled high in the streets and the dead went unburied. Later, guerillas stormed the US Embassy in Tehran, Margaret Thatcher entered Downing Street, and Sid Vicious died of a heroin overdose while on trial for stabbing his girlfriend to death. Elsewhere, murderous dictator Saddam Hussein rose to power in Iraq, America’s Three Mile Island nuclear plant went into meltdown, and there was an anthrax epidemic in Russia following an accident at a biological weapons plant.
But it’s all swings and roundabouts, because 1979 also saw the first issue of Viz Comic going on sale. And now, with a rousing brass fanfare to celebrate its 40th year as the country’s most flatulent magazine, Viz is puffing out its cheeks to release its latest annual – The Trumpeter’s Lips.
Within the 226 pages of this lavishly produced hardback you will find the very best bits from issues 262-271, including
* Cartoons: The Fat Slags, Sid the Sexist, Mrs Brady Old Lady, Roger Mellie, Eight Ace, Buster Gonad, Big Vern and many, many more
* Informative features: Let’s Go Dogging!, Secrets of the White House Shite House, How Did Henry VIII Mow His Lawn?, Who’s Who at a Car Boot Sale, and A Day in the Life of a Model Railway Enthusiast
* Edge-of-your-seat adventures: In Search of the Giant Squid of Sumatra, The Crown Jewels Mystery, Wally Walton’s Emergency Scorpion Squad and Wall to Wall Carpet Warehouse, Ballet Nurse on a Pony, Pip of the Peloton, and Bad Bob the Randy Wonder Dog
* More articles, spoof ads, Readers’ Letters and Top Tips than you could shake a really big stick at
Just like our rubbish and dead were piled up in the streets four decades ago, Viz – The Trumpeter’s Lips will be piled up in shops and internet retailers this Christmas, guaranteeing a “Winter of This Content” (as specified above) for everyone.
Enter the WWE Universe with this explosive all-new title. Prepare for the read of your life as the world of WWE explodes off the page! This year’s Annual is packed with all the latest news on your favourite Superstars and Legends as well as the latest in-ring news and behind-the-scenes action. Following another sell-out UK tour starting in May and with millions of worldwide viewers read all about this year’s jaw-dropping battles, including the Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE…
In addition to the annuals listed above, there’s are Broons and Commando calendars on offer, and a host of official annuals focused on just one top flight football team, including Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and more.
There are lots of these, but the formats are so similar , so I’m not listing them in detail (it takes quite a long time to put this feature together to highlight what’s on offer as it is) – follow the links for more information!
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