Children's · Christmas

The Christmas Competition – Mel Taylor-Bessent ★★★★

Blurb; The Christmas-crazy Carrolls are back – and this time, they have an ice-skating baby penguin!

There’s a new family in town determined to steal the Carrolls’ tinselly crown. Can Holly and her family win the Christmas Chronicle’s competition for the Most Festive Family? Or will they discover that there is more to life than perfect Christmas decorations, a personal toboggan run, and more pressies than you can shake a candy cane at?

My Review; I loved book one of this, I would recommend reading these in order as does refer to the previous book and gives a good background into this family and characters. It is illustrated throughout, a perfect children christmas read. Funny. Christmassy. Festive. It is a competition for who has the best christmas, so ofcourse the Carrolls are in with a chance of winning but with Holly getting older and wanting to celebrate Halloween this year do they have a chance to win? The competiton is mega and the other family is quite rude and very different from the Carrolls as they have their own Christmas village. It’s a race against time who will win? Parts had me laughing away, perfect for all children (and big kids like me). Highly recommend. A well deserved four stars from me. Did I also mention? This book has the most adorable little penguin who likes to escape, so it’s a must buy from me.

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Children's · Christmas

The Christmas Carrolls – Mel Taylor-Bessent. ★★★★★

Blurb; Wish it could be Christmas every day? Well, for nine-year-old Holly Carroll and her family, it is! Living her merriest life in a house with year-round fairy lights and Christmas trees, a carol-singing toilet and a diva monkey who thinks he’s a reindeer, home-schooled Holly tries to spread cheer wherever she goes.

But when she goes to a new school with a singing Santa backpack and first day Christmas cards (during a heatwave in September!), she realizes not everyone shares her enthusiasm for spreading cheer. In fact, when the neighbors try to remove the Carrolls from the street and Holly discovers a group of children that may not get a Christmas at all, her snow globe world begins to crack. Is the world’s most Christmassy girl about to lose her Christmas spirit?

My Review; First up this is a children’s Christmas book but who cares? It was brilliant! Devoured this in hours. It is beautifully illustrated throughout and I fell in love with this family who are Christmas obsessed and love to spread cheer. But not everyone understands that they believe its Christmas everyday… With Holly starting school will she be able to fit in with her peers and spread cheer?

A very festive, uplifting read. Heartwarming ending. I cannot wait to see what lies ahead for this family in book two. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars from me. One to Pop on your children’s Christmas list.

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