Started: January 22, 2017
Finished: February 4, 2017
Rating: 5/5 stars
‘I’m pretty sure the elves can’t make real dinosaurs.’
You should have seen my face when Tom Fletcher announced this book on his YouTube channel last year. I’ve been a fan of Tom’s since McFly begun (I blame my sister, who introduced me to the band) but I haven’t read any of his previous books – mainly because they are aimed towards younger kids and by the time they started appearing on the shelves all of my younger cousins were too old for bedtime stories (according to them). This book is different. It works for both adults and children, as a book you read by yourself or aloud to others. And it is amazing!
Not only does this book have fabulous writing, but it also has some amazing characters and deals with a lot of personal things. The main character, William Trundle, is wheelchair bound after an accident that killed his mother. This has never really bothered him until, one day, when there’s a new student in school – Brenda – who decides to make William’s life miserable. And gets the whole school to side with her instead of remaining friends with William. For the first time in his life William realizes that he is different – and he hates it. Despite not really believing in his father’s stories about Santa and the North Pole anymore (did I mention William’s father loves Christmas?) William writes a letter to Santa asking for the one thing that might make him happier: a dinosaur.
And it turns out that that is exactly what Santa has.
In short: prepare for the most Christmas-y adventure of your life!