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How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith

How Winston Delivered Christmas – An Advent Story in twenty-four-and-a-half chapters is a beautifully illustrated story to read in the countdown to Christmas. Winston, a poor, hungry little mouse, is a determined character who is on an important mission to deliver a letter to Father Christmas. But it’s not an easy task, first he needs to find a way to locate The North Pole…

The Book: On Christmas Eve cold, hungry Winston is knocked over by Oliver’s letter to Father Christmas. Realising the importance of the letter Winston sets out to deliver it. He navigates his way through the busy city with the help of new friends, Edna, George and Lady Prudence who lead him to Fortesque’s Department Store. Once inside Winston makes another new friend, Eduardo, who helps him find a way to get to The North Pole. But it’s snowing hard and very dark. Will Winston be able to find Father Christmas and complete his important mission…

How Winston Delivered Christmas is full of action, danger and page turning moments but throughout the story Winston is helped by animals and birds that he meets on the way. Their kindness and generosity embody the spirit of Christmas and the story leaves you with a warm glow.

Alex has captured all the sights and smells of Christmas with the most delicious descriptions and sumptuous illustrations, the story is a feast for all senses. The dolls house, which plays an important role in the story, is absolutely beautiful and the gingerbread castle in the bakery is awesome but my favourite illustration shows Winston in the stable with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.

Despite the desperation of Winston’s circumstances there is also a lot of humour in the story. I laughed at the description of George the robin after he had eaten too many mince pies, ‘flat on his back with his two stick-like legs poking up in the air’ and loved the description of Winston having a bath, ‘Suddenly a great dollop of floral-smelling cream landed in his head.’

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How Winston Delivered Christmas isn’t just a story book and a beautifully illustrated index introduces us to chapter headings and a daily activity. Every day there are instructions for baking, making gifts or other Christmas crafts to keep children busy throughout December. Christmassy recipes include gingerbread mice, stained glass windows and ideas for making your own party food and there are so many great seasonal activities. I love the ideas for Random Acts of Kindness at Christmas and enjoyed reading about International Christmas Traditions. A Christmas Scavenger Hunt sounds fun and my favourite crafts are Make a PomPom Robin and Make Christmas Fairy Peg-Dolls, they’re the kind of crafts that I enjoyed as a child.

Tips for next Christmas, a selection of carols and our favourite Christmas poem come at the end of the book, Alex really has thought of everything – this is the ultimate Christmas handbook!

How Winston Delivered Christmas is the perfect present to help a child count down to December 25th and the story is so full of action that I think it may be hard for us to stick to just one chapter a night! Winston’s important mission is action packed and extremely perilous at times but also leads to a very satisfying and heartwarming ending 🙂

Alex wrote a Twitter thread ‘“: BEHIND THE SCENES”’ which takes a fascinating look at how he created the book.

Author / Illustrator: Alex T. Smith

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*How Winston Delivered Christmas has not been given my daughter’s seal of approval as I will be wrapping it up and giving it to her on December 1st but I have absolutely no doubt that she will enjoy reading the book as much as I do 🙂

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36 responses to “How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T. Smith”

  1. Jo avatar

    Love the look of this one.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s gorgeous and we’re finding it really hard reading just one chapter a night!

  2. Kate Eccles avatar

    I’ve had my eye on this one Catherine and your review has made me want it even more!!! #triedtested

    1. Catherine avatar

      I think that reading Winston during December could become an annual tradition – it’s a great story 🙂

  3. BookBairn avatar

    This sounds like a great book – love the concept! I’ll look forward to sharing it with BookBairn when she’s older! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a brilliant concept and the story is a perfect mix of action, kindness and festive fun 🙂

  4. jo avatar

    I miss my kids being small for Christmas stories.

    1. Catherine avatar

      There is something magical about snuggling up with a small child to read Christmas stories 🙂

  5. Gemma Stringer avatar

    Awww What a lovely review and very apt for this time of year. I love discovering new books the kids will love.

    1. Catherine avatar

      There are so many wonderful books for children, I’m really looking forward to reading this one during December 🙂

  6. Acorn Books avatar

    This sounds like such a sweet book, I love all the ideas for crafts and activities too. #Readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I love the way that so many of the crafts are timeless – there are several that I also enjoyed doing as a child 🙂

  7. Bec @IshMotherBec avatar

    What a great idea! Although I don’t think my bookworm would be able to stop at one chapter a day!! I like the idea of having activities although one a day would be a lot to keep up with. I’ll look out for this book in the run up to Advent. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I read the story in one go and I’m not sure whether my daughter will be able to stand the suspense either! I think the activities are more ideas, if you’re not having a Christmas party you wouldn’t need to write invitations.

  8. Linda Hofke avatar
    Linda Hofke

    The book sounds like a great countdown to Christmas.
    I hope your daughter enjoys it.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I can’t wait until we can start reading it together 🙂

  9. mummy here and there avatar

    This looks a fantastic christmas story perfect for Chrismtas just around the corner X #mmbc

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s lovely to count down to Christmas with a story 🙂

  10. Colette avatar

    Oh I love the idea of an advent story! How special!

    1. Catherine avatar

      We have Advent stories in Germany and they often include window stickers so you can create a scene on your window during December.

  11. Shell Louise avatar

    Oh, I have to buy this. I’m a bit Christmas mad and I love Christmas books especially. It’ll be a great one to add to our collection.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely story and I can imagine us getting it out and reading it every year 🙂

  12. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    I’ve always like Alex T Smith and it sounds like he’s excelled himself here! I love the idea of all the extra Christmas activities.

    1. Catherine avatar

      There’s something for everybody in this book, so much thought has gone into it 🙂

  13. Jo (A Rose Tinted World) avatar

    This sounds like such a lovely book, and the perfect countdown to Christmas #TriedTested

    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a fabulous way to countdown to Christmas. I can’t wait to start!!

  14. nic@nipitinthebud avatar

    This sounds like a great story to build the Christmas excitement. We have the Kindness Elves visit us and they always recommend ”reading a story to someone” and provide a new Christmas themed book. I think this would be perfect for my 6 year old.

    1. Catherine avatar

      I miss the days when our little men, Snowy and Christmas, used to visit during Advent. I think this would be a great book for the Kindness Elves to bring you 🙂

  15. Cheryl | TimeToCraft avatar

    I think this is the best sounding countdown to Christmas idea I’ve seen. A chapter and an activity, with such sweet illustrations. What a great idea. #MMBC

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is lovely. I can’t wait to give it to my daughter 🙂

  16. Anne avatar

    What a fabulous book, I adore Christmas book and this looks like a real bonus with activities included too. This might just appear on my Little Man’s bookshelf on December 1st.

    1. Catherine avatar

      It is well worth the money and is packed with fabulous Christmas ideas as well as being a great story 🙂

  17. Chantelle Hazelden avatar
    Chantelle Hazelden

    Oh I love this, one Christmas is just my favourite time of year and two I love how interactive this book is!! Thank you for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It can be really interactive, there are so many great Christmas activities and ideas to keep children busy in the run up to Christmas 🙂

  18. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a lovely Christmas themed storybook. I love how it counts down to the big day and
    I hope Winston makes it! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x

    1. Catherine avatar

      You’ll have to read the story to see whether Winston makes it – it’s such a magical story to read in the count down to Christmas 🙂