Today, after more than a year of dipping in and out of its pages, I finally finished The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher for the 2017 Reading Challenge. Despite being a children’s book, I had difficulty in reading the prose, (I think due to its musically-lilting writing style) so I switched to audiobook yesterday, and devoured the remaining 50% of the book in just a few hours.
Title: The Christmasaurus
Author: Tom Fletcher
Category: #36 A book written by someone you admire
“‘Believing has to come first. People who don’t believe in things will never see those things. Believing is seeing.'”
This magical Christmas tale stars dinosaur fanatic, wheelchair-bound William Trundle, his festive-loving father, Bob, Santa Claus and his elves, and a mysterious unknown dinosaur, dubbed The Christmasaurus. As far as a children’s story goes, this was full of fun and surprises, and makes a wonderful wintery read (I listened to the audiobook and it was fantastic!)
There are some important themes explored in the novel, including bullying, friendship and bravery. Written by McFly and YouTube star, Tom Fletcher, the book also incorporates some beautiful Christmassy prose and elf-sung tunes, adding to the magic of the tale.
I definitely think that I would have enjoyed this book more had I listened to the audiobook in its entirety. Despite not being its target audience, the novel was full of festive fun and adventure, which was certainly intensified by hearing it read aloud: and there can be no doubt that only days before Christmas is the ideal time to cosy up with this story.
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