Book Advent – Day 1 – ‘The Christmas Carrolls,’ by Mel Taylor-Bessant, illustrated by Selom Sunu.

I cannot think of a more wonderfully Christmassy book to start off my festive book advent. And I have a copy for one of you lucky people to WIN over on Twitter. Visit my pinned tweet and follow the instructions.

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?

Don’t be fooled that this is just another book about Christmas jollity. It has real depth of emotion and explores the complexities of making friends whilst also being true to yourself. I think all readers will recognise the feelings of self-doubt that Holly experiences when she moves school. I can only hope that they have a friend as good as Holly did!

As well as being possibly the most Christmassy of Christmas books I’ve ever read, The Christmas Carrolls is such a wonderfully heart-warming, life-affirming read. It is also packed with brilliantly funny illustrations by Selom Sunu which readers will just love! I would unreservedly recommend it to anyone looking for something to give to any readers aged 9+

Library Girl.

*Many thanks to Farshore for providing this amazing giveaway prize*

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