Father Christmas - Story Snug
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Dec 7th: Emma Graham chooses Father Christmas

Author / Illustrator: Raymond Briggs

The Story: Picture based book telling the story of Father Christmas’ Christmas Eve.

Why is Father Christmas your favourite Christmas book?

This is a cherished book, I still have my original 1st edition with dog-earred edges. It reminds me of childhood Christmas eves tucked up snug with Mum and Dad on the sofa, fire lit, fairy lights on the tree, mince pie and a glass of milk, for me and for Father Christmas. I still get it out every Christmas even though my parents are long gone, I am instantly transported back to those magical childhood times, makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Can you describe a favourite illustration or give a favourite quote from the story and tell us why you chose it.

My favourite page has to be a double page spread of Father Christmas tiny in his sleigh, flying above Buckingham Palace with a speech bubble ‘Good! The flag’s flying. They’re in’. It is beautifully drawn, great composition, but as a child it made me wonder which chimney did he choose to use at the palace. Raymond Briggs was a huge influence on my wanting to be an illustrator, his ability to tell a story through just images really struck me as a child.

About Emma

Emma Graham - Story Snug

Emma Graham is a freelance children’s book illustrator. She was a Hook finalist at the 2016 SCBWI BI conference and a finalist in The Stratford Literary Festival picture book competition in 2017. Her first book, Symphony Hollow, has just been published.

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Which book is on your Christmas wishlist this year?

Ah! So many! Oi Cat just because I have laughed so much at Oi Dog! And Oi Frog! Written by Kes Grey and illustrated by Jim Field. And also (am I allowed two, oh go on!) Care for Our World by Karen Robbins with the delightful illustrations by Alexandra Ball.

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