Saturday, 14 December 2013

ReaditDaddy's Booky Advent Calendar Day 14 - 14th December 2013 - "The Unpleasant Tale of the Man-Eating Christmas Pudding" by Leyland Perree and Stuart McGhee (Ghostly Publishing)

Booky Advent Calendar Day 14
The Unpleasant Tale of the Man-Eating Christmas Pudding
Written by Leyland Perree
Illustrated by Stuart McGhee

Published by Ghostly Publishing

My Welsh Grandma made a mean christmas pud. Every year she'd begin it around...january 1st, and she'd spend an entire day mixing, mashing, coaxing, splashing and topping off an evil mixture with more cooking sherry than is humanly allowable. Then the mixture was allowed to steep (and some might even say 'fester') until it was ready to be steamed in a gigantic white muslin, in the same pot Grandad used to steam his army socks (for rambling in), until it was ready to serve on Christmas Day.

Perhaps puddings like this were the inspiration for Leyland Perree and Stuart McGhee's latest hilarious book "The Unpleasant Tale of the Man-Eating Christmas Pudding" because surely no pudding born into the world in such a way could ever be anything but evil. It could certainly knock you on your back with one spoonful.

The man eating christmas pud is a thoroughly caddish curranty criminal, stopping at nothing to ruin christmas for the poor family who end up playing hapless hosts to it. But as scary and mean as a man eating christmas pud can be, can it possibly stand up to Mr Claus himself?

We loved this, the twist in the middle and then a suitably satisfying end as Mr Christmas Pud meets Mr Saint Nick and...well we won't spoil it for you, you'll have to read the book and find out what happens. Just watch out you don't break your teeth on the sixpence in the middle!

Nab your copy of "The Unpleasant Tale of the Man-Eating Christmas Pud" from Ghostly Publishing.

Charlotte's best bit: Is a man-eating christmas pudding any match for a man in a red coat and a white beard?

Daddy's Favourite bit: Love the sheer mayhem in this at the start! ROARRRR!

(Kindly sent to us for review in digital form by Leyland Perree)