The Christmasaurus

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Hello everyone! Before I begin this very special review, I’d like to thank all of you for following me this year and wish you all a fantastic holiday (no matter what you believe or how you spend it). In honour of the occasion, I’ve decided to take a look at a story befitting the season.

The Christmasaurus was written by Tom Fletcher and first published in 2016. It tells the story of a young boy who has a magical Christmas Eve adventure with an unusual festive creature. Although the novel does hint at the possibility of a sequel, at the time of writing no further instalments have been announced.

William Trundle has not had the easiest of childhoods. He lost both his mother and the use of his legs in a tragic accident and has recently become the target of Brenda Payne, the meanest bully in school. His father sees that he’s miserable and encourages him to write a letter to Santa, asking for the one thing that he really wants. For William, the answer is simple. The one thing that he’s always wanted is a dinosaur.

Meanwhile, at the North Pole, Santa’s elves have come across something remarkable. Buried beneath the ice is a huge egg. When they thaw it out, it hatches into the very last dinosaur. Naming it the Christmasaurus, they allow the magical creature to live with them and experience their Christmassy way of life. However, the dinosaur is still lonely. It feels out of place and dreams of flying like one of Santa’s reindeer, yet all its attempts to do so fail.

When Santa receives William’s letter, he sets out making the boy the perfect present – a stuffed version of the Christmasaurus. When the Christmasaurus sees it, he immediately falls in love. It’s the closest thing to another dinosaur he’s ever seen and he doesn’t want it to go to some spoiled little boy. Reluctant to part with his new friend, he sneaks into Santa’s sleigh and unwittingly finds himself left behind in William’s living room. Naturally, William is overjoyed to meet the Christmasaurus but he soon realises that the dinosaur was not left for him. Yet how will they ever get him back home to the North Pole?

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The Snow Sister

The Snow Sister

Well, the summer’s over and so it’s that time of year when advent calendars and baubles start to appear in shop windows. To celebrate the fact that there are only 110 more sleeps to go until Christmas, today I’m going to be looking at The Snow Sister by Emma Carroll. This short novella is due for release in October and is a stand-alone story, so you don’t need to read any of Carroll’s other novels to fully appreciate it.

It’s been three years since Pearl’s sister, Agnes, passed away and she’s never really had a chance to mourn. Her parents simply put all of her things into storage and have continued by seemingly ignoring the fact that they ever had two daughters. However, Pearl has never forgotten and every winter she dresses a snowman in one of Agnes’s shawls to pretend that her sister is still with her.

Everything changes on Christmas Eve when her father gets a letter. Her Uncle Silas has died and named her father as the sole beneficiary of his will. Her excited mother sends Pearl to town to buy the ingredients for Christmas pudding to celebrate the change in their luck.

Pearl’s trip is riddled with disaster as she is accused of a thief and then caught in an accident. Unable to walk, she winds up spending the night with the rich Lockwood family. While observing the behaviour of the Lockwood’s spoiled children, Pearl gradually learns that perhaps money isn’t the most important thing in life.

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