Sibéal Pounder has written a brilliant and thoroughly enjoyable Christmas adventure about one young girl and her mission to invent Christmas.
Blanche despises Christmas. Her parents died long before her memories were properly formed and she has seen more orphanages than she’d care to mention, and with no-one to share Christmas with there really isn’t much to be cheerful about. There is little to enjoy from under the bridge she calls home and she can not wait for the dreaded day to pass - counting down the seconds until it will be over for another year.
But one Christmas Eve would change everything when a mysterious old woman gives Blanche a red bauble and uttered the words, “Never underestimate the gifts you are given.” The bauble is alive with magic and as Blanche stares into it she is met with the most remarkable of sights… a winter wonderland with tiny houses, colourful icicles and a giant dancing Christmas tree. The bauble is the start of a magical adventure and is the beginning of Blanche's journey to inventing the real Christmas…
Ooh, this is such a warm-hearted and big Christmas hug of a book that is guaranteed to get you feeling all christmassy. Pounder has written a wonderful adventure story that tells ‘the real story of how Christmas was invented’ and all of the traditions that go along with it, with two fabulous girls as the main protagonists.
Blanche finds herself going from the cold and desolate streets of London to the stately homes on Stratton Street before eventually finding her way to the North Pole and Carolburg. On the most magical of adventures she makes friends with a host of wonderful characters including Rinki - the founder of the mince-pie-picnic, Eggnog the Christmas tree, a lot of magical and rather confusing elves all called Carol and a boy called Santa. And of course, no Christmas read would be complete without the inclusion of a vile villain who is determined to bring a stop to all the Christmas merriment and magic…let me introduce Mr. Krampus.
Pounder has filled this book with girl power and can-do-attitude as Blanche, supported by RInki, Santa, the Carols and Eggnog, set about making Christmas a day for all and ensuring that every child around the world has a present to wake up to on Christmas morning. Blanche is a great role model - she is feisty, funny and determined to get what she wants even if the world doesn’t think she should have it.
Tinsel: The Girls Who Invented Christmas is a Christmas cracker and is a great twist on the traditional origins of Santa Claus. It comes with Christmas spirit by the bucketload, a lot of mince pies and is everything a Christmas book should be…fabulous, festive and fun.
Recommended for 7+.