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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs

Rebecca Davies

6 Father Christmas The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Father Christmas by Raymond BriggsFor December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 6th is Raymond Briggs’s ’Father Christmas’.

It’s good old St. Nick’s day today, so what better way to pay my respects than by recommending a book all about the world’s most generous man – except Raymond Briggs’s Father Christmas isn’t quite the jovial character one has come to expect from Coca-Cola adverts.

Cosy, comic-book style illustrations show Santa Claus get up on Christmas morning and go about his annual present delivering, griping all the way about the ‘blooming snow’, the ‘blooming chimneys’ and the various other ‘blooming’ obstacles he encounters on his rounds. He’s also less than impressed about having to find his way into caravans, lighthouses, igloos and even Buckingham Palace.

Ultimately, though, this story is guaranteed to leave you with a warm glow inside – which is probably why it has remained so popular since it was first published 40 years ago. That plus it’s one of the few Raymond Briggs books in which nobody melts or dies – hurrah!

Check back tomorrow to see which book is lurking behind the ‘calendar door’ for December 7th and catch up on my previous recommendations here

Rebecca Davies is a journalist and children’s author. She is currently working on a Young Adult fantasy novel set in Hackney. You can follow her on Twitter as @TheStoryMonster

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