Joy to the word

Want to get the kids even more ex­cited for Christ­mas? Try some fun and fes­tive bed­time read­ing

Bath Chronicle - - FAMILY MATTERS -

Emily Brown and Fa­ther Christ­mas by Cres­sida Cow­ell, il­lus­trated by Neal Ley­ton, Hod­der Chil­dren’s Books, £12.99

From the au­thor of How To Train Your Dragon, comes a charm­ing story about young girl Emily Brown and her old grey rab­bit Stan­ley who are set­tling down to sleep on Christ­mas Eve.

Sud­denly there’s a cry of “HO-HO-HELP!” from out­side the win­dow. It’s only Fa­ther Christ­mas, who has got him­self into a spot of bother thanks to his new climb­ing equip­ment. Emily and Stan­ley come to Fa­ther Christ­mas’ aid...

It won’t be the only time that night, thanks to the man in red’s ef­forts to drag him­self into the 21st cen­tury.

His bang-up-to­date sleigh breaks down while his smart­phone and sat-nav are no use at all.

Can Emily and Stan­ley con­vince Fa­ther Christ­mas that good old- fash­ioned magic is the best way to get the job done af­ter all?

The Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza Ho­tel by Tracey Corderoy, il­lus­trated by Tony Neal, Lit­tle Tiger, £10.99

THIS fab­u­lously fes­tive tale sees Bear set­tling down for a nice sim­ple Christ­mas at home when a sur­prise vis­i­tor turns up on his doorstep.

Frog thinks he’s ar­rived at The Christ­mas Ex­trav­a­ganza Ho­tel, but sadly he’s read his map all wrong and couldn’t be fur­ther from his de­sired desti­na­tion. Will Bear step up and give frog a Christ­mas to re­mem­ber? And will it be a patch on what the real ho­tel has to of­fer?

This is a lovely story to get you and your lit­tle ones in the mood for the fes­tive sea­son, with won­der­ful il­lus­tra­tions of Bear and Frog’s ad­ven­tures. This is a story packed full of com­pas­sion, kind­ness and gen­eros­ity too, which are per­fect qual­i­ties to spread at Christ­mas time. The Night Be­fore the Night Be­fore Christ­mas by Kes Gray and Claire Pow­ell, Hod­der Chil­dren’s Books, £6.99, MANY par­ents will be fa­mil­iar with Cle­ment C. moore’s clas­sic fes­tive poem The Night Be­fore Christ­mas.

In this twist on the tale, it’s the day be­fore Christ­mas Eve and Santa is ever so busy… he’s got presents to wrap, rein­deer to wake and a sleigh to start. But has he for­got­ten some­thing? This hi­lar­i­ous, rhyming pic­ture book is sure to have you gig­gling!

Santa’s Won­der­ful Work­shop, writ­ten and il­lus­trated by Elys Dolan, Ox­ford Chil­dren’s Press, £6.99

IF you’ve ever won­dered what re­ally goes on in Santa’s work­shop then this is the story for you.

With more toys to make than ever be­fore it’s go­ing to be the busiest year yet, but luck­ily Santa and the elves have ev­ery­thing un­der

con­trol... ex­cept for a ram­pag­ing po­lar bear, a toy fac­tory that only makes toast­ers and some pesky pen­guin vis­i­tors.

This pic­ture book is full of laughs with lots go­ing on across every page. Right from the start – where the naughty and nice list has been lost, but on closer in­spec­tion a rein­deer is us­ing them as toi­let pa­per – you know you’re in for a good chuckle.

Younger read­ers may strug­gle with the struc­ture as there is quite a lot go­ing on on al­most every page, how­ever this would still make for a great read in the run up to the big day. Last Stop on the Rein­deer Ex­press by Maudie Pow­ell-tuck, il­lus­trated by Karl James Mount­ford, Lit­tle Tiger, £7.99

Mia is dis­ap­pointed when she finds out her dad won’t be com­ing home for Christ­mas. She de­cides to send a card to him, which sets Mia off on a mag­i­cal jour­ney into a mys­te­ri­ous post­box, where a new rein­deer friend whisks her across snow-cloaked moun­tains and ex­otic streets lit by pa­per stars. But will she reach her dad in time for Christ­mas?

This cel­e­bra­tion of the fes­tive sea­son fea­tures lots of peek-through pages and hid­den flaps mak­ing a lovely read to be shared by all the fam­ily.

One Cosy Christ­mas by M Christina But­ler, il­lus­trated by Tina Mac­naughton, Lit­tle Tiger, £7.99

Lit­tle Hedge­hog is de­ter­mined to have the per­fect Christ­mas with his an­i­mal friends, but there’s some­thing mys­te­ri­ous go­ing on... some­thing that could spoil all his fes­tive plans. Bis­cuits have been eaten, hats have gone miss­ing and some­one has been snor­ing all night! Who is to blame? The 11th Lit­tle Hedge­hog book fea­tures charm­ing il­lus­tra­tions and touch-and-feel el­e­ments which com­bine to give the story an ex­tra cosy feel, just right for wind­ing down at bed­time.

Christ­mas Fairy Tale Mix Up by Hi­lary Robin­son and Jim Smith, Hod­der Chil­dren’s Books, £7.99 OH no! Santa has got stuck down the chim­ney while de­liv­er­ing presents to the Three Lit­tle Pigs...

Now you can cre­ate your own hi­lar­i­ous fes­tive fairy tales with this in­ge­nious, split-page, spi­ral bound book.

en­joy hun­dreds of nov­elty sto­ries from the cre­ators of the pop­u­lar Mixed

Up Fairy tales.

Curl up with a good book this Christ­mas

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