23rd November '16
Well it took u a while to read (sorry Toppsta!) but it was so worth it! We read this as a family, so it took longer as we all had to be around to read a chapter (that included Daddy). To start with the girls were a little 'jolly' and didn't get into the book quite as quickly as I had liked. It took a while for the story to grab hold and suck them in, but when it did it was amazing! We went from Eleanor, standing on her head balancing against the wall whilst trying to listen, and Scarlett picking her nose, concentrating more on my earings than listening, to them both, leaning over the book waitin with baited breath for the next sentence!
They adored the first chapters on the hatching of the egg. They cried tears of laughter when 'snozzletrump' the elf 'trumped' with excitement when the egg hatched, they loved that Santa had to hatch the egg by sitting on it and they were quickly drawn into the story waiting to see what happened next!
Then the book moves on to the story of William Trundle. A young boy who is wheelchair bound. This part of the story really touched the girls emotions as it describes how William was bullied by a nasty girl called Brenda Payne. Both girls were horrified at how nasty Brenda was to William and it provoked lots of conversations on bullying and making people feel grotty. They were both very sad that William didn't have a mummy as well.
As the story moves on you read that William writes his Christmas list for Santa and asks for ......( I won't spoil it but the title gives you a clue!). Then the story really starts to get going! It involves a nasty hunter and Williams adventures with the Christmasaurus. Brenda Payne ends up not being quite as much as a pain as she first was, and you see William help her out and make her see the error of her ways.
We all thought the story was great. Lots of twists and turns and excitement. Lots of screams of laughter from the girls and even mummy and daddy thought it was a great book. The illustrations were fantastic and added to our imagination and the rhymes sung by the elves were really catchy! As we read the book we stopped and Scarlett read the rhymes. It was a great way to get her involved and she loved bring able to help read the book.
If you don't have this book for Christmas then you need to order it now! We are in the full Christmas swing now and it's not even December!