Monday, 30 November 2015

A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story - A Review


Read this one to youngsters at Christmas time and start a new tradition or read it yourself for the warm fuzzies and smiles it is sure to evoke.  Granted, the concept has been done many, many times … toys and Christmas decorations with an “awareness” slowly being left behind as the household grows up … but really, does it ever get old?  And, “A Fairy Extraordinary Christmas Story” does have a very touching and yet amusing twist at the end. 

Tallulah is a Christmas Fairy tree-topper.  Ever since she was manufactured she had an awareness of being.  On her first Christmas atop a tree a shooting star blazes outside the window and with that magical occurrence Tallulah realizes that she and all the other decorations are “alive”.

As we meet all the other decorations and ornaments we hear the story about how they are brought out every year and then, sadly, have to be returned to the attic when Christmas is over.  But, maybe not so sad after all since the attic is where all the decorations for all the holidays reside and soon enough Tallulah meets the Easter (Bunny) and Halloween (Skelly and Witch) decorations as well.

As must happen, the children grow up and move out and then one year the parents decide that decorating is too much trouble.  Confused by the sudden quietness of the house and the fact that it’s Christmas and they are still in the attic the decorations decide to take matters into their own hands.  The result is an adventure that warmed my heart and made me smile.

Definitely 5 bookish Christmas Trees for this charming little story.

  * I received this book at no charge from the publisher, Nova Sky Books,
via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review *

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (from the website)

A. J. York is the author of the middle grade fantasy series called The Delilah Dusticle Adventures. Born in Gothenburg, Sweden and raised in the UK, A.J. York's first love was telling stories through drama.

"I have always enjoyed making up characters and their life stories, therefore I jumped at the chance to study theatre at the University of Brighton.  I later trained as a drama teacher and I have a Master's degree from Goldsmiths. I have gone back to my roots and I now live in Gothenburg. People have told me they love reading my stories and I hope you have fun reading them too!" A.J. York

ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR (from the website)

Hailing from the north of England, Gavin Childs is a Design teacher at an International School in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In his spare time Gavin illustrates The Delilah Dusticle Adventures. He is currently working on an animated trailer, and you can find examples of his work by visiting his website:

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