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Now is the time for the really festive books and so here is my favourite book of all time, A Christmas Carol. It brings me joy, happiness and a reminder of how lucky I am and how grateful I should be.

There are countless editions of A Christmas Carol and wouldn’t I love to own them all, but for now my favourite edition is illustrated by Quentin Blake. It’s a beautiful, vintage looking hardback book full of jolly and at times, scary illustrations as we follow Scrooge on his journey of goodwill.

I think everyone should read this once a year. We get caught up in life so easily and understandably so but sometimes it’s so important to stop and take stock and look after ourselves and those around us (including Tiny Tim).

A Christmas Carol is very close to my heart. It’s a book of redemption and love and I love Charles Dickens for bringing it into our lives and very much changing the way we celebrate and look at Christmas.

If you’re lacking in Christmas spirit, then get a copy of this book. If that doesn’t work then …

“Expect the first ghost when the bell tolls one…”

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Charles Dickens, Illustrated by Quentin Blake

9781843651215

£12.99 HB

Pavilion Children’s

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‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”

Well I did it, my Christmas advent of festive books is over and what fun I’ve had picking my favourites. I hope you’re all in a warm place, with a good book and excited for the festive times ahead, what ever you may be doing, whomever you may be with.

I’m signing off for a blog break over Christmas and until the New Year. I’ll be back at the beginning of January and I’ve got some amazing books to review, from the first publication by new published Nosy Crow, to the new world of werewolves…it will all be here. Merry Christmas and I leave you with one final book and by far, my favourite. Actually, I leave you with two books. The first, ‘The Night Before Christmas’ because well, it’s the night before Christmas and the second, ‘A Christmas Carol’ because this is my favourite book of all time and I think we all need a reminder of the things we have the people we should appreciate and care for.

‘The Night Before Christmas’  by Clement C Moore is published by HarperCollins, £5.99

9780007167111

‘A Christmas Carol’ is published as a beautiful hardback brought back to life through Quentin Blake’s cult illustrations. A faultless story. Enough said.

Published by Pavillion, £14.99

9781843651215

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I have finally found a free moment to myself to share with you what I think, are great Christmas titles to read this festive season.

Christmas, for me is a time to wallow in the joy that such a time can bring. The joys of christmas range from that familiar scent of mulled wine, to the classic Christmas Carol tale but most importantly, it is making the effort to spend time with friends and family, most of whom we lose touch with throughout the busy year.

Christmas is that opportunity to stop (after all the shopping and preparations have been made of course) and relish the wonderful moments, not least of all those wonderful moments and memories we create when reading a book, whether this be alone or with a mass of kids surrounding you.

I truly believe that the written and spoken word is the most powerful thing we have to our disposal in this world. Words have the power to make us smile, to make us cry and to inspire. Most of all they create memories and nostalgia in the form of the written word. For that reason, many of the books in my ‘Christmas Top 10’ list have a traditional feel that relates back to times gone by that many would love to wallow in once again.

Whether you read a children’s book to relish in your childhood memories, take a book to the local hospital to share or are gathered round a big fire with the family…whatever you’re doing, and wherever you are; enjoy these books for what they are. Pure joy, happiness and escapism.

CHRISTMAS BOOKS TO READ AND SHARE- We start the countdown with:

10. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Illustrated by Quentin Blake

I adore Quentin Blake. His illustrations for Roald Dahl fill up most of my memories about my childhood books and I relish looking through all the books he has illustrated in. There is something so comforting and familiar about his art and he will always be a national treasure in my heart. This book is formatted as a hardback and has a very authentic traditional feel to it, which is fitting for the tale of A Christmas Carol. Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas without re-visiting this tale and I think we will all appreciate the tale in this lovely gift style book. ISBN:9781843651215Quentin Blake's a Christmas Carol

 

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