We love Father Christmas And Me and once we started reading we couldn’t put it down! Told by Amelia, The Girl Who Saved Christmas, it’s full of page turning drama, intrigue, Christmas magic and humour. It’s the perfect festive read.
The blurb on the back of the book says ‘Let The Battle For Christmas Begin…’.
The Story: Amelia lives with Father Christmas and goes to Elf School. She struggles to understand the elves’ curriculum and can’t wait until she’ll be allowed to drive a sleigh but unfortunately her first sleigh driving lesson ends in disaster. In an attempt to redeem herself she teams up with The Truth Pixie and together they uncover a deceitful plot which threatens Christmas and the whole of Elfhelm. Does it have anything to do with The Daily Truth spreading Fake News? What is in the mysterious hole in the ground? Can Amelia save Christmas against the threat of The Easter Bunny and his rabbit army?
Amelia is joined by the characters that we met in the previous stories – The Truth Fairy, elves including Father Topo, Father Vodol, Noosh and Kip and, of course, Father Christmas. We also meet Pippin, The Letter Catcher, who receives all the children’s letters from his vantage point on Very Big Mountain and The Easter Bunny, whose history with the elves is revealed.
Amelia’s struggle with being different and her feelings as an outsider play a central part in the story, many of her actions result from her sadness and frustration at being a human in an elf village. Her attempts to make amends for some of her actions lead her to ask for The Truth Pixie’s help but they discover far more than they expect when they decide to investigate a hole in the ground. The events that follow had us turning the pages and we just had to keep reading…
Chris Mould’s illustrations add to the drama and the humour in the story, we love the illustration of the elves in the bank and also the chocolate making machine. The expressions on the characters’ faces are wonderfully portrayed, particularly grumpy Father Vodol and The Easter Bunny, we absolutely love The Easter Bunny’s outfit!
Father Christmas And Me is a magical story and, despite villainous characters and dastardly secret plots, the messages of hope, kindness, forgiveness and giving are powerfully portrayed.
Age Range: 8 +
The Father Christmas trilogy including A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas and Father Christmas And Me would make a fabulous Christmas present!
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