This is the third adventure with the Christmasaurus and settling down with my favourite festive dinosaur is rapidly becoming one of my favourite Christmas traditions. It is at the stage where Christmas doesn’t really feel like Christmas without an adventure with the Christmasaurus and this is possibly my favourite story yet.
The first of December and Christmas is fast approaching. At Christmas HQ - a snow ranch in the North Pole - Santa is busily going about his important duties and is carrying out a check of two very important lists…Naughty and Nice. And that’s when he spotted a very big problem.
There are far too many names on the Naughty List and if something, or someone, cannot correct the balance then it could spell the end of Christmas and leave him jobless. With Santa having sworn the Christmas Oath and unable to interfere, it is up to the Christmasaurus to save the day. But will he be able to turn naughty children into nice ones…
What is every child’s worst nightmare…Santa’s Naughty List and there are plenty of rotten children in Tom Fletcher’s new book. Bursting with magic, sparkle, festive-feels and some important life lessons, it is another absolute gem of a Christmas story. It is the perfect book for snuggling up with in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and remember, if you are on the Naughty List it isn’t too late to make a change, after all, as the song goes, Santa will be checking his list twice.
We all make mistakes but the important thing is that we realise the errors of our ways and put things right. Disappointingly, we may not all get a visit from the friendly, sprightly and loveable Christmasaurus so we will have to make do with the lessons we learn from the children that do. Several shorter stories combine to make one long story as the Christmasaurus has to visit greedy and spoilt princesses, a lunch-money-stealing bully, an older brother who has forgotten about his younger brother and even the boy who saved Christmas, twice…William Trundle - how on earth as he managed to get himself on the Naughty List. As the Christmasaurus goes about his work, he teaches valuable lessons and with a gentle nudge in the right direction he helps the children to do the right thing.
This would make the best Christmas present. It is brilliant fun and I raced through it in one afternoon, my heart feeling all warmed by the lovely messages around family, fun times, enjoying what you have, sharing, and one particular act of naughtiness that was nothing like it first appeared. Adding to the festive fun and bringing plenty of Christmas joy are the superb black and white illustrations of Shane Devries.
With huge thanks to Penguin Random House for the copy I received in exchange for an honest review.
Recommended for 7+.