For 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 21st is Neil Gaiman’s ‘Odd and the Frost Giants’.
I’ve just got back from a wonderful three days event hopping at the Edinburgh International Book Festival. Now in its 30th year, the festival is almost (but not quite!) as old as me. But despite its agedness, it still knows how to keep its younger visitors entertained, with a jam-packed timetable of enticing things for children and teenagers to see and do.
A mysterious villain tasked with murdering an entire family finds his mission thwarted when the youngest family member, a toddler, escapes and becomes adopted by the ghostly residents of a nearby graveyard.
Long ago and far away, in a world rather like this one, three children decide to fill in the gaps left in reality by their lazy gods, who do nothing but lounge around on their clouds all day, sipping tea and eating cake.
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