The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch

Please note that this review may contain spoilers for The Christmasaurus. You can read my review of this novel [here].

The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch was written by Tom Fletcher and first published in 2019. It is a fantasy story that focuses on a young boy and his friendship with the magical blue dinosaur that helps to pull Santa’s sleigh. The novel follows on from where The Christmasaurus (2016) left off and so I would recommend reading them in sequence in order to fully appreciate them.

It has been a year since William first met the Christmasaurus and he can’t wait to see his magical friend again. When Santa shows up early to invite William on a tour of the North Pole, he is thrilled to finally get to share the fun with Brenda, Pamela and Bob. Santa is excited to show off the Elf Village and the first ever Christmas Tree. However, when Santa asks the Tree to grant each of the children one of its magical present-making beans, Brenda is annoyed that the Tree seems only willing to give one to William.

On returning home, Brenda convinces herself that she would make better use of the bean than William and steals it from his pocket. However, she soon realises the error of her ways when it falls into the hands of her Christmas-hating father. Barry Payne is the owner of a huge toy store and, with bean in hand, may finally have the power to put Santa out of business for good.

As belief in Christmas begins to fade, Santa and the elves slowly begin to vanish. The only way to save him might be to use the magic of the Winter Witch – a being who is able to control time – to change the past and restore the belief of children everywhere. However, meddling with time is dangerous and William and his friends need to be careful not to cause irreparable damage to the future…

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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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