The Accidental Father Christmas by Tom McLaughlin

The Accidental Father Christmas

Written by Tom McLaughlin
Illustrated by Tom McLaughlin

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October 2017 Book of the Month

In a nutshell: original madcap adventure with a seasonal feel

All Ben wants is for his dad to spend more time at home, surely that’s not too much to ask from Father Christmas? But when his letters are ignored, he begins to doubt Father Christmas and sets up a trap to find out if he’s real. This in turn triggers an extraordinary series of events involving a confused Santa trying to break into Buckingham Palace, a wild ride across the world’s skies, multiple UFO sightings and much, much more. McLaughlin has a brilliant line in madcap adventure but no matter how daft things get (very), his central characters always feel like real kids. This has laughs a-plenty, but a warm heart too. McLaughlin’s own illustrations add to the fun. ~ Andrea Reece

Reader Reviews

Some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review The Accidental Prime Minister. You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Ross Dawson, age 11 - 'Read this book to find out how a normal boy with an ordinary life, stands up one day to speak his mind and finds himself becoming Prime Minister of the country!'
  • Noah Hall, age 9 - 'Humourous, entertaining, silly.  An all-round great book.'
  • Cajsa Jonsson, age 9 - 'I give this book a staggering 10/10! It is great for kids my age and no words that are too complicated. It has a great storyline that includes hysterical characters. I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!'
  • William Longlands, age 11 - 'a wonderfully funny story of hope, glory, silliness, anti-silliness leagues and kids as Prime Ministers.'
  • William’s Mum - 'We read this book as a family bedtime story. My husband and I enjoyed it just as much as William. A brilliant, heart-warming, laugh out loud funny book.'
  • Lily Benner, age 10 - 'This book is exciting, funny and enjoyable.'
  • Liam Selwyn, age 11 - 'I loved this book. It is about a boy who has a passion about saving his local park and his mum’s job. This book is great and I would rate it 5 stars.'
  • Holly Wilkins, age 11 - 'Really funny.  A great book.'
  • Alexander Bisland, age 9 - 'I recommend this book to 8+ readers because it has a few difficult words in it. I give it 5 stars *****.'
  • Patrick John Griffith - 'Silly and funny, crazy and wild, this book is vastly enjoyable to read!'


The Accidental Father Christmas by Tom McLaughlin

Funny by name. Funny by nature. Ben has one important thing on his Christmas list, and it's the same thing every year. He wants his dad to be at home for Christmas. But his wish never comes true. And Ben's starting to get a bit sceptical about Father Christmas's existence, he needs proof. So, on Christmas Eve, he sets up an elaborate booby trap to capture the jolly bearded fella as he comes sliding down the chimney. Kicking off a sequence of hilarious events that makes this Christmas the most bonkers ever!


Praise for the Accidental Secret Agent:

Packed with laughter and fast-paced action The School Librarian

Praise for the Accidental Prime Minister:

A totally hilarious story, brilliantly written and amusingly illustrated - with clear undercurrents of reality Parents in Touch

About the Author

Tom McLaughlin

Before becoming a writer and illustrator Tom McLaughlin spent 9 years working as political cartoonist for The Western Morning News thinking up silly jokes about even sillier politicians. Then, in 2004 Tom took the plunge into illustrating and writing his own books. Since then he has written and illustrated picture books as well as working on animated TV shows for Disney and Cartoon Network.

Tom lives in Devon and his hobbies include drinking tea, looking out of the window, and biscuits. His hates include spiders, running out of biscuits, and writing biographies.

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240 pages


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Oxford University Press

Publication date

5th October 2017




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