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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Where Art Thou, Mother Christmas? by Roald Dahl

Rebecca Davies

8 Ode to Mother Christmas credit FreeDigitalPhotosnet and James Barker 199x300 The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Where Art Thou, Mother Christmas? by Roald DahlFor 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 8th is Roald Dahl’s poem ‘Where Art Thou, Mother Christmas?’

A quickie today, but a goodie: Roald Dahl’s feminist ode to the person he suspects really does all the hard work come December, the elusive Mother Christmas. Father Christmas, he muses, probably lets his wife buy and wrap all the presents, before taking credit for them himself, the ‘rotten swine’. I’m not allowed to share the whole poem (I’m sure anyone who really wants to will manage to lay their eyes on it somewhere on the interweb) but suffice to say it ends on the damning lines:

And down with Father Christmas,

That unmitigated jerk.

Very festive!

Check back tomorrow to see which book is lurking behind the ‘calendar door’ for December 9th 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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