The Happy Christmas by Jenny Colgan

The Happy Christmas

Written by Jenny Colgan
Illustrated by Thomas Docherty
Part of the Polly and the Puffin Series

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In a nutshell: gentle, heart-warming story of a little girl and her puffin

Christmas is coming but Polly can’t seem to get in the right mood: Neil her puffin friend is preoccupied with his girlfriend who is hatching their egg, and when she and her mum make a special trip from their island home to Edinburgh to see Father Christmas, Polly takes the wrong list with her and then loses her puffin toy. Jenny Colgan understands all the ups and downs of being a child, and how frustrating it is when nothing is really in your control, and describes it very well here. Fortunately, reading the Christmas story with her mother cheers Polly up and then on Christmas day, the puffling hatches. With its short text, lively adventure and charming illustrations this is particularly good for newly confident readers, but lovely for sharing too. ~ Andrea Reece


The Happy Christmas by Jenny Colgan

The fourth children's book featuring Polly and her puffin Neil, from bestselling adult novelist Jenny Colgan. With gorgeous two-colour illustrations throughout, Polly is perfect for reading aloud - especially at Christmas!

Polly and her puffin friend Neil have wrapped presents, practised for the village nativity and written their lists for Santa. But Christmas is taking a very long time to arrive. And Polly isn't enjoying the wait.What's worse, Neil is busy helping to keep an egg warm, so he hasn't got much time to play. Will it EVER be Christmas? And will a tiny little puffling hatch in time for the big day?

Perfect for bedtime stories and early readers. From the bestselling author of The Little Beach Street Bakery.

Contains lots of fun festive recipes and activities in addition to the story.


Praise for the series:

Colgan's emotional intelligence and the charming illustrations by Thomas Docherty make this a great gift A sweet tale of a puffin with a broken wing and the little girl who puts him to rights. -- Charlotte Heathcote Sunday Express

An absolute joy, beautifully written and charmingly illustrated, a delight for children and adults alike

Such a nice read

A great gift for kids of four and above New Statesman

A gentle, heart-warming tale The Herald, Glasgow

About the Author

Jenny Colgan

Jenny Colgan is the bestselling author of over sixteen novels including Little Beach Street Bakery, Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams and Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe. Her last four novels have all been Sunday Times Top Ten paperback bestsellers.

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96 pages
Interest Age: From 6 to 11 years


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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers an imprint of Hachette Children's Group

Publication date

19th October 2017




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