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The Christmas Present

Written by Alexander McCabe

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LoveReading View on The Christmas Present

A cracking Christmas presentation box comprising a seasonal storybook and snow globe gift. This fully-illustrated seasonal storybook plus snow globe looks like a real labour of love, with no corners cut on the smart gift box packaging that comes replete with golden cloth lining. The story tells how Mrs Claus allocates a personal elf to each child, and it falls to the elf to watch over the child to determine whether they’ve been naughty or nice so Mrs Claus and Santa can “decide what gifts you will receive from your list”. The tale is told from the point of view of Gabriel, an almost-ten-year-old, who’s lost all sense of the magic of Christmas now his dad has a new family who have “everything I could ever want”, while he and his mum will be stuck making their own Christmas decorations and eating chicken. Monumentally disgruntled, Gabriel disobeys his mum and flees to find his dad’s new town. Then, in a strange and initially terrifying turn of events, he encounters one of Santa’s reindeers and – wait for it – his very own elf! The elf certainly has his work cut out persuading Gabriel that Santa is real, but with the help of a magical snow globe and through showing Gabriel the true spirit of Christmas much like the ghosts in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, he manages to do just that. With its mix of real-life worries and seasonal magic, this captures the feeling of being on the brink of not believing in Father Christmas and is underpinned by the message that love is the best gift of all. 

Joanne Owen, A LoveReading Ambassador

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The Christmas Present Synopsis

Did you know that at the very moment you were born Mrs Claus allocated you an elf? It's true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa and Mrs Claus so they can decide what presents you can have from your list.

Yet there are some people who don't believe in Santa. I know, it's crazy...but it's true! Once they stop believing in Santa, then their elf is banished from the North Pole and only allowed to return when they start believing in him again.

Gabriel the Elf is worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa isn't real. He doesn't want to be sent away from all his friends at the North Pole, but what can he do? There is only one thing he can do...

He must prove Santa is real.

The Christmas Present Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

A beautiful gift-box and an equally beautiful story about the meaning of Chrismas! Full review

Charlotte Walker (Age )

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ISBN: 9781912435012
Publication date: 16/10/2017
Publisher: AAS McCabe Limited
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781912435012
Publication date: 16th October 2017
Author: Alexander McCabe
Publisher: AAS McCabe Limited
Format: Hardback
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Indie Books We Love

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