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Robbers Nearly Ruined Christmas

Written by Julianah Adegbemisoye

Illustrated by Sarah-Leigh Wills

Activity and Puzzle books Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 5+ readers

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Part picture book, part illustrated young fiction, this crime-themed Christmas story sees siblings Jack and Sarah head to school where their Granddad, a retired multi-award-winning writer, has been invited to read one of his stories to the pupils. The tale he tells is the eponymous Robbers Nearly Ruined Christmas, in which (you’ve guessed it!) some (Milton Keynes-residing) robbers almost spoil Christmas, but - thankfully - Dancer the reindeer steps up to save the day.

This could make a fun tale to read-aloud to young children in the run-up to Christmas, but there’s something of a mismatch between the illustration style and picture book format - both of which are better suited to young toddlers - and the story level, length and language, which are more appropriate for older readers. Also, there’s no integration of the framing story (the siblings going to school) with the seasonal story Granddad reads to the pupils. This would be improved by working-up a real-life story around the tale Granddad tells, or else leaving out the framing elements and simply focussing on the Christmas story itself, which is peppered with peril, elves and action. As a lovely bonus, there are some pages to colour-in at the back. 

Joanne Owen

Robbers Nearly Ruined Christmas Synopsis

Robbers nearly ruined Christmas... but for the help and assistance of Dancer, the reindeer who saved the day.

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ISBN: 9781999344917
Publication date: 13/12/2018
Publisher: Okiki-Industries Limited
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781999344917
Publication date: 13th December 2018
Author: Julianah Adegbemisoye
Illustrator: Sarah-Leigh Wills
Publisher: Okiki-Industries Limited
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 5+ readers
Genres: Puzzles / Activities, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Indie Books We Love

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