I Killed Father Christmas by Anthony McGowan
  

I Killed Father Christmas

Written by Anthony McGowan
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

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November 2017 Book of the Month | Interest Age 5-8

In a nutshell: Ho, ho … oh?

It’s Christmas Eve and Jo-Jo’s parents are arguing again. After a particularly upsetting outburst from his mum, the idea lodges in Jo-Jo’s mind that he is responsible for ‘killing Christmas’ and that it’s therefore his duty to step into Father Christmas’s shoes and distribute presents, at the very least to people in his street. So far so interesting, touching and festive – Jo-Jo really has discovered the true meaning of Christmas. But this is Anthony McGowan, an author who is always ready to surprise readers and to subvert expectations, and there’s a delicious if dark shock in the final scene. Chris Riddell’s unmistakable illustrations are the perfect match to this witty, original story. Andrea Reece

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Synopsis

I Killed Father Christmas by Anthony McGowan

A delightfully witty and tender-hearted Christmas story like none other, introducing a unique author and illustrator collaboration in Anthony McGowan and Chris Riddell.

Jo-Jo is convinced that Christmas is cancelled - and it's all his fault. To make amends, he decides he must become Father Christmas. An old coat of his mum's, a sack of outgrown toys and a sudden snowfall are all he needs - along with a little help from some very Christmassy magic.

High quality cream paper and a special easy to read font ensure a smooth read for all.

About the Author

Anthony McGowan

Anthony McGowan has written several young adult novels including Hellbent, Henry Tumour, The Knife That Killed Me, the last of which was adapted into a highly acclaimed flm in 2014. Anthony has also written widely for younger children, including the award-winning Donut Diaries series, and Einstein’s Underpants, which was short-listed for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize. His upcoming novel, The Art of Failing, is due to come out later this year. He lives in London.

Q & A video: Anthony answers questions about his book, Willard Price: Leopard Adventure.

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Format

Paperback
96 pages

Author

Anthony McGowan
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Author's Website

http://anthonymcgowan.com/H...

Publisher

Barrington Stoke Ltd

Publication date

22nd October 2017

ISBN

9781781127100

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