The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher
Published by Puffin, 2019
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
As with its predecessor, this is full of fun, festive loveliness. It touches on some topical themes (like blended families, fake media, and the true meaning of Christmas) without ever distracting from the magic or adventure of the core narrative. There’s good disability representation courtesy of the main character, and a story that is packed full of Christmas joy, suitable for pretty much any age.
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The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen
Published by Hutchinson, 2015 (first published in 1844)
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This isn’t my favourite of Andersen’s fairy tales, but there is some memorable imagery throughout, and I like the slight reversal from the norm when it comes to its use of gender roles, with the story following a young girl’s journey to rescue her friend from the influence of the eponymous – and enigmatic – Snow Queen.
This particular edition is greatly enhanced by Sanna Annukka’s gorgeous artwork, which is what drew me to it in the first place. A quick, timeless read, the book itself would make a lovely gift at this time of year.
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Wenceslas by Carol Ann Duffy
Published by Picador, 2012
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
This is one of Duffy’s annual festive poems, presented as a lovely little hardback. This particular offering is inspired by the carol of King Wenceslas, encouraging us to enjoy the indulgence of the season, whilst remembering to extend the hand of human kindness to those less fortunate than ourselves. I love this sentiment, and think Stuart Kolakovic’s accompanying artwork is beautiful, but the poem itself (in terms of language, structure, flow, etc.) didn’t do a huge amount for me.
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