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Sunday 19 December 2010

Review: Dear Father Christmas

The first thing I love about this book is that the man in red is called Father Christmas, not Santa! I love this reference to a man I once knew as a child. I know times - they are a moving... but how whimsical to read those Father Christmas words.

The next thing I love about this book is the absolutely beautiful sentiment, that prickles the eyes with tears surprisingly early into the book.

When our little heroine writes her Wish List letter to Father Christmas, she makes it clear she has plenty of teddies and fluffy slippers and toys and games and books - and is in no need of a bike.
Instead, she would like some very special presents for Christmas...
A spray to scare away the night monsters.
Shoe laces that tie themselves.
A ladder to reach sweets too high on the shelf.
A hamster that will live forever.
A Grandma to come live with her for always.
It's just all too precious. I adore this sweet little book - beautifully written and sweetly illustrated - it is a must-have Christmas book, in my opinion. And you'll just love the surprise ending. Adorable.

Title: Dear Father Christmas
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrators: Rosie Reeve
Publisher: Puffin, A$19.95RRP
Publication Date: 27 October 2008
Format: Soft cover
ISBN: 9780141502090
For ages: 2 – 6
Type: Picture Book