Welcome to day 16 of Blogmas. Can you believe that we are at day 16 already? I can’t! Anywho, since it is Saturday it is time for another festive book review. this week it is the turn of The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher. Let’s do this.
I actually really liked this book. I nearly brought this one last year, but couldn’t make up my mind about it. I kept erming and erring about it, purely because I knew that this book is very much at the lower end of the 9-12 bracket. And I was worried that, as an adult, I wouldn’t enjoy it. that I would find it too juvenile. But I this year I finally caved and brought it and, you know what, I actually really liked it.
This is a brilliant story. I loved this take on Santa and the North Pole. It was magical and fantastical, but also had elements of normal life in it, which made it feel more real. I can see that kids would absolutely love this. This has got to be one of the best North Pole’s that I have ever read about. I also loved this version of Santa. He had all the elements that we know and love, but he was also a fresh take on this famous character. And the elves.
And I really liked the story. It was fun and magical and full of Christmas wonder, but it also had some really deep messages woven throughout that I think would really resonate with the younger audience. For instance, it projects the idea of accepting who you are and loving yourself. Of not being ashamed of your weaknesses. It also projects the idea of everyone having more going on in their lives than meets the eye. And so on. so many messages that it is so important for children to learn.
But what I really liked about this story was how it was written. It was like you were being told a story, which was so good. The narrator would get distracted, leave things out, suddenly remember things and talk to you directly. You don’t come across many books like this but I think that in a story like this, this works brilliantly. I can see kids really loving this as it kind of makes it feel like the reader is included in the story. that you are part of what is happening. I also liked the sing song, rhyming elements of the book. It just added to the Christmassy magic.
All in all, I did really enjoy this book. A lot more then I was expecting to. I can see why so many children love it and I can honestly say, that as an adult, I still really enjoyed it. if you want a really fun, quick, easy Christmas read, pick this one up.
4.5 out of 5
And there we have it. have you read this one yet? What did you think about it? I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again tomorrow.