Christmas at the Toy Museum by David Lucas

Christmas at the Toy Museum

Written by David Lucas

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Full of enchanting magic, all the excitement of Christmas is packed into this delightful story. It's Christmas Eve and the toys in the museum discover that there are no presents under the tree! How disappointing! Cleverly, they think of a plan. Wrapping each other up as gifts, they know they’ll all have something to unwrap. But when Bunting is unwrapped, there’s nothing left for him to open! Luckily, someone is keeping a special eye on the toys and soon Christmas is full of traditional sparkle.


Christmas at the Toy Museum by David Lucas

It's Christmas Eve at the Toy Museum and when the lights go out the magic begins! One very special Christmas Eve, Bunting and the rest of the toys in the museum are gathered around the tree - but what's this? There are no presents! What can they do? The normally reserved Bunting has a wonderful idea. Why don't the toys give themselves to each other as gifts? The toys learn about the true gift of giving in this gentle and affectionate picture book from one of Britain's brightest new talents. David Lucas is a rising star in children's picture books - in 2008 he was named as one of The Big Picture campaign's Best New Illustrators.


'a comforting bedtime read' - The Spectator

About the Author

David Lucas

David Lucas - As a child

"I was born in Middlesbrough, where my Mum was a teacher and my Dad worked in the steel works. I am the third of six brothers, and as children we were all dressed the same - same haircut, same jeans, same jumpers. When I was five years old we came to London (my Dad had decided to go to Art College) and at first we lived in a tent before moving to a council flat in Hackney. My parents both loved nature so I often spent holidays exploring forests and wandering on the moors in Yorkshire or by the seashore. I loved ruins and castles too - magical, haunted places. I always enjoyed drawing and in my teens I became fascinated by mythology and fairytales and folklore and began writing stories and inventing imaginary worlds and characters."

As an adult

"I live in east London, close to where I grew up, beside Victoria Park. My home is full of strange old books - books of magic spells and secret alphabets and half forgotten legends. I collect old toys too, and colourful folk art and carvings of scary tribal gods with staring eyes. I've always liked fancy dress parties - it's fun pretending to be someone you're not - and I enjoy being on my own in nature - I love places where I can escape the modern world and imagine I'm living centuries ago. I just feel very lucky to be able to make my living from writing stories and making pictures and mostly I live a very quiet life."

As an artist

"I believe the world is alive with magic - and it's that feeling that really inspires my work. My drawing is picture-writing - I never draw from life - I make patterns, as if I were knitting with ink. Writing, for me, is pattern-making too - putting words together as if they were simple shapes, making story-patterns that are a mixture of autobiography and myth and fairytale. I spend the mornings writing, looking out onto the park, listening to the birds singing and the canal boats chugging past. I paint and draw in my studio near London Fields. As well as making picture books I'm also working on an illustrated fantasy novel."

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32 pages
Interest Age: 3 years +


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Author's Website


Walker Books Ltd

Publication date

1st September 2011




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