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One Christmas Wish

Written by Katherine Rundell

Illustrated by Emily Sutton

Classic Fiction Featured Books for 7+ readers

LoveReading View on One Christmas Wish

Nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 | Nominated for the CILIP Greenaway Medal 2019

Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers, Wolf Wilder and The Explorer, fills her first picturebook with the wit, verve and touches of whimsy that distinguish her novels, as well as with a series of typically striking images. Theo is spending a lonely Christmas Eve at home while his parents work late, when four battered old decorations he’s just discovered and added to the tree, suddenly come to life. The robin, tin soldier, angel and rocking horse are a demanding bunch, particularly the horse which eats anything and everything. Following their orders, Theo takes them outside and helps each find what they need, before they in turn transform his Christmas. Emily Sutton’s illustrations are perfect for the story, matching both its sense of tradition and anything’s-possible-magic and adventure. A story that is just right for Christmas but worth reading any day of the year.

Andrea Reece

One Christmas Wish Synopsis

It's Christmas Eve and Theo - left at home with a babysitter - sees an odd-looking star out of his window and decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc ... Written with generous helpings of warmth and humour, this is a timeless Christmas story about treasuring the people and values that really matter at this time of year.

With breathtaking illustrations by Emily Sutton capturing the magic of the season in stunning detail, this modern classic from master storyteller and bestselling children's author Katherine Rundell makes the perfect Christmas gift.

One Christmas Wish Press Reviews

A witty story of a lonely boy, four mischievous tree decorations and a wish on an unlikely star, complemented perfectly by Sutton's intricate, luscious illustrations - Guardian

Engaging and poignant: the Christmas spirit in 64 pages - Spectator

A very, very funny Christmas story with echoes of The Nutcracker ... It's fun all the way in this magical story - Irish Examiner

One Christmas Wish will inspire adults and children in the run-up to festivities ... A moving, witty and magical tale about love and sadness, delectably illustrated by Emily Sutton in enticing detail - Sunday Times

Rundell's story is the platonic form of Christmas - and the illustrations by Emily Sutton are mini masterpieces - The Times

Christmas magic combines with beautiful illustrations - Sunday Express, Mini Must-Reads

Rundell's magical story has a timeless quality, and Emily Sutton's densely detailed illustrations are a joy ... A book that will be treasured forever - Irish Times

One of our most talented writers for children - Observer

Praise for The Wolf Wilder;

A triumph    Philip Pullman 

The Wolf Wilder has everything: it's a truly compelling read it's beautifully written, it's totally original and yet has the familiar feel of an established classic    Jacqueline Wilson

The kind of novel that reminds you why books are worth reading and life is worth living   Lauren St John

 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781526603678
Publication date: 03/10/2019
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781408885734
Publication date: 05/10/2017
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526603678
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Katherine Rundell
Illustrator: Emily Sutton
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 64 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers
Genres: Classic Fiction
Recommendations: Christmas Books

About Katherine Rundell

Katherine Rundell spent her childhood in Africa and Europe and is now a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, where she works on Renaissance literature. She is the bestselling author of The Girl Savage, Rooftoppers, The Wolf Wilder and The Explorer. She won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the Blue Peter Book Award in 2014, and the Costa Children's Book Award in 2018. Her writing – mostly on books, but also on climbing, on art and on wolves – has appeared in the London Review of Books, The New York Times, the Telegraph and Intelligent ...

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