Sunday, December 2, 2018

Booky Advent Calendar Day 2: "The Night I Met Father Christmas" by Ben Miller and Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini (Simon and Schuster Children's Books)

We're not just covering picture books in our #BookyAdventCalendar this year. Oh no, this year we're pleased to open up the field to cover festive chapter books.

Comedians seem to be natural shoe-ins for producing hilarious and entertaining middle grade fiction (and that's not said as any kind of insult, writing for middle grade is as TOUGH as heck).

So a new contender has arrived. One Ben Miller, yes he of Armstrong and Miller fame.

Turning his comedy props to a new festive chapter book, gorgeously illustrated by Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini, here's "The Night I met Father Christmas".

Jackson has always wanted to meet Father Christmas. He knows all about the reindeer, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the magic that allows Father Christmas to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there's one thing he doesn't know

How did Father Christmas become Father Christmas?

One Christmas Eve, Jackson’s wish comes true and not only does he get to meet Father Christmas but he also hears his incredible story. 

So begins an enchanting fairy-tale journey into the world of Torvil – a mean-spirited and miserly elf who, on one magical night, discovers the true meaning of Christmas. 

This might not have been the story Jackson was expecting but, as Father Christmas tells him, no good story ever is...

It's a wonderfully heartwarming story that will remind everyone of the true spirit of Christmas and prove once and for all that Father Christmas really does exist! (S'yeah, like there was ever any doubt!)

"The Night I met Father Christmas" by Ben Miller and Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini is out now, published by Simon and Schuster Children's Books (kindly supplied for review).