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The Christmas Carrolls

Written by Mel Taylor-Bessent

Illustrated by Selom Sunu

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The Christmas Carrolls Review

Books of the Month Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny School Stories Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

A festabulous, totally christmariffic read!

November 2021 Book of the Month

The Carroll family love Christmas. They love it so much they celebrate it every day and in the most over-the-top way possible; Mrs Carroll has even changed her name to Snow by deed poll. Daughter Holly (of course), our central character, loves it too and does everything possible to spread good cheer wherever she goes. When the family move into their dream home, in Sleigh Ride Avenue, Holly stops being home-schooled and enrols at the local primary. Her arrival in Dickens class causes quite a stir, her new classmates don’t know what to make of her. Sadly, for a while it looks as though Holly will have all that ho-ho-ho happiness knocked out of her. Don’t worry though, she bounces back, and takes the whole community with her. There’s so much joy, happiness and laughter packed into this book that it’s certain to leave readers feeling full of festive spirit, whatever the time of year – it certainly had your normally bah-humbug reviewer whistling Jingle Bells. Holly is an irresistible character, her family a delight, there’s a guest appearance by a very distinctive donkey, and you know what, wouldn’t things be better if we did act like it was Christmas every day?

Andrea Reece

The Christmas Carrolls Synopsis

Wish it could be Christmas every day?

Well, for nine-year-old Holly Carroll and her family, it is! Living her merriest life in a house with year-round fairy lights and Christmas trees, a carol-singing toilet and a diva donkey who thinks he's a reindeer, home-schooled Holly tries to spread cheer wherever she goes. But when she goes to a new school with a singing Santa backpack and first day Christmas cards (during a heatwave in September!), she realises not everyone shares her enthusiasm for spreading cheer. In fact, when the neighbours try to remove the Carrolls from the street and Holly discovers a group of children that may not get a Christmas at all, her snowglobe world begins to crack.

Is the world's most Christmassy girl about to lose her Christmas spirit? 

The Christmas Carrolls Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids 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 funny, festive read about the true meaning of Christmas! Full review

Emily Welbourn (Age 10)

I absolutely loved this book, it is funny, exciting, energetic and makes you really excited for Christmas. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Christmas. Full review

Lachlann Summers (Age 7)

This book is full of fun, friendship and Christmas magic. Full review

Alex Urban (Age 9)

The Christmas Carrolls Press Reviews

'A Christmas book about kindness and cheer to make even Scrooge's heart melt' Dame Jacqueline Wilson

'As warm and cosy as drinking hot chocolate in your favourite Christmas jumper. A festive feast of fun.'   Maz Evans, bestselling author of Who Let the Gods Out

'Fizzing with energy and festive cheer, The Christmas Carrolls is a heart-warming must-read for the Christmas period. Mel's writing sparkles like the star on top of a Christmas Tree.' Jennifer Bell, author of The Uncommoners trilogy

'The Christmas Carrolls is just fabulous! I laughed solidly throughout the whole thing. It's gloriously festive, brilliantly funny and utterly endearing, too. Holly's inventions made me chuckle, as did Mr Bleurgh, while Holly and Archie's friendship was a joy to read. Also, Mel wrote one of the most beautiful descriptions of Christmas Eve I've ever read. The story is warm and wonderful and I loved it.'  Abi Elphinstone, author of The Unmapped Chronicles series

Well known in the children's book world as the creator of Authorfy, Taylor-Bessent makes her debut with the story of the world's most Christmassy family. Full of festive giggles and a message about what really matters.  - Fiona Noble, The Bookseller

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ISBN: 9780755503629
Publication date: 14/10/2021
Publisher: Farshore an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780755503629
Publication date: 14th October 2021
Author: Mel Taylor-Bessent
Illustrator: Selom Sunu
Publisher: Farshore an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Festive Fiction, Funny, School Stories, Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Mel Taylor-Bessent

Founder of the hugely successful Authorfy and Little Star Writing, Mel Taylor-Bessent has made her career connecting readers to their favourite authors and encouraging children to write for pleasure. After gaining a Creative Writing degree, Mel launched her first business at the age of 22 and ran creative writing workshops for thousands of children aged 6-12. As a result, she also arranged hundreds of author events and witnessed first-hand the positive impact these interactions had on her students. In 2017, she decided to replicate this via online 'Author Masterclasses' on a website she created called Since then, Authorfy has gone ...

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