GREMLINS (1984) -- I watched this (little bit dated) movie with my kids and appreciated the funny-scary (may be a little bit scary to younger kids) plot and scenes -- and of course the cute little Gizmo! I especially enjoyed the concept -- a "pet" is purchased as a Christmas gift from an exotic, out-of-the-way pet shop. It comes with special instructions but what happens when those instructions are not followed to the letter? Fun!
The Midnight Witch by Paula Brackston -- Spanning the opulence of Edwardian London and the dark days of World War I, The Midnight Witch is the third novel from New York Times bestselling author Paula Brackston.