I’ve been struggling to get into the festive spirit this year, but this has definitely done the trick. Catherine Doyle’s modern re-telling of A Christmas Carol is magical, humorous, hopeful and warm, and while clearly based on the literary classic, feels fresh and original. An exciting and, at times, poignant, adventure, it has great characterisation, witty dialogue and a few nods to the big man himself (Dickens, that is, not Santa). It’s a perfect fit for stockings, Christmas Eve bags or Jólabókaflód gifting, and would make a brilliant family festive read-aloud over the holidays. I absolutely loved both the story and the beautiful cover art/illustrations by Pedro Riquelme.
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