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The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel by Tracey Corderoy & Tony Neal

We’d love to go and spend the festive season with Frog and Bear at The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel! This heartwarming, humorous story introduces a new friendship and celebrates the kindness and sharing that is part of the festive season. 

The Story: Bear is planning a quiet Christmas when an excited Frog turns up on his doorstep. Frog is looking for The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel but he’s travelled to the wrong side of the world so Bear invites Frog to spend Christmas with him.

Kindhearted Bear reads the Christmas Extravaganza Hotel brochure while Frog is sleeping but although he can’t offer a supersonic sleigh ride or a Christmas tree that sings he decides to make Frog’s Christmas as magical as possible.

After starting the day with a tasty alternative to the all-you-can-eat North Pole breakfast bar, Frog and Bear head outside where Bear finds wonderful, natural alternatives to the activities in Frog’s brochure.

The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel - Northern Lights - Story Snug

Bear introduces Frog to real snow, reindeer and finds the most magical Christmas lights, each experience that the new friends have is a wonderful, natural contrast to the flashy, commercial experiences that are offered at The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel.

Tony Neal’s fabulous illustrations are full of Christmassy details, we love Bear’s living room with its natural decorations and roaring fire. We need to turn the book sideways to look at our favourite illustration which shows a snow covered Christmas tree, Frog’s expression is adorable as he watches the ‘interactive singing decorations’! We also love the way that the endpapers are the same pattern as Bear’s Christmas jumper.

Frog’s enthusiasm for Bear’s Christmas experiences is infectious and encourages the reader to turn the page to see what they will do next. The story ends with a visit from Santa who brings the perfect present and ensures that the two new friends have lots of fun on Christmas Day.

We love The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel, you get a really warm Christmassy feeling as you read it ?

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Tracey Corderoy / Illustrator: Tony Neal

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel. It’s a funny, festive, feel good story which is perfect to read in the run up to Christmas.


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20 responses to “The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel by Tracey Corderoy & Tony Neal”


  1. Claire Rocks avatar

    I’m so glad I came across your blog! Im always on the look out for childrens books!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for visiting Claire, I hope you find lots of books that you and your family will enjoy 🙂


  2. Colette avatar

    I do love a good Christmas story!


    1. Catherine avatar

      So do I! I can’t wait to get all our Christmas picture books out again this year 🙂


  3. Emma - Life According to MrsShilts avatar

    What a lovely book, this looks perfect for this time of year #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a story with all the right Christmas ingredients 🙂


  4. Louise Fairweather avatar

    This sounds like a lovely Christmassy story #triedtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is! I can’t wait to get the rest of our Christmas books out now 🙂


  5. Jenny avatar

    What a beautiful Christmassy book. I want to sit along bear and watch the Northern Lights too! I’m sure my bear-mad little girl would love this one. #triedandtested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s a lovely Christmassy story – the bear / frog partnership is absolutely adorable 🙂


  6. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! This sounds like such a sweet story! I love all the Christmassy books for little ones. It makes this time of year extra special x


    1. Catherine avatar

      There are so many wonderful Christmas picture books. I can’t wait to get the rest of our collection out on December 1st 🙂


  7. Jayne @ Sticky Mud and Belly Laughs avatar

    What a lovely festive storybook. I think this would be perfect for popping into a Christmas Eve box!

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. x


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s the perfect story for Christmas Eve 🙂


  8. Kim Carberry avatar

    Aww! What a lovely looking book. It sounds perfect for Christmas x #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It is, it’s heartwarming, festive and funny 🙂


  9. nic@nipitinthebud.co.uk avatar

    This is another lovely sounding Christmas story. I’d already leapt over to Ebay to buy last week’s recommendation ‘How Winston delivered Christmas’ – I’ll be broke by Christmas at this rate (but surrounded by lovely festive tales!) #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s great to hear that my posts are helping you with your Christmas reading 🙂


  10. Fiona Cambouropoulos avatar

    I think I’m a little jealous that the bear sees the Northern Lights! It sounds delightful #TriedTested


    1. Catherine avatar

      Seeing The Northern Lights is on my wishlist too! Maybe I should check in to The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel!

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