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A Christmasaurus Carol by Tom Fletcher, illustrated by Shane Devries – Book Review

Dec 5th 2023

‘A Christmasaurus Carol’ by Tom Fletcher is a fantastic festive read; a dino-sized adventure mixed with the classic tale ‘A Christmas Carol.’ Building on the success of Fletcher’s previous work where readers have already met the Christmasaurus (a very special blue dinosaur who is enchanted with Christmas), this lovable beast embarks on a magical adventure with his best friend William Trundle with his family by his side, of course!

 

This imaginative tale follows Scrooge as he embarks on a mission to cancel Christmas, and, with evil spirits on his side, manages to do a pretty good job – even the King of England announces that Christmas this year is cancelled… Bah Humbug! Fortunately though, William Trundle is on hand to muster help from his best dino-pal, the Christmasaurus, who naturally enlists the support of the big man, Santa himself. And thereafter follows a most Christmassy adventure with elves, reindeers and William’s friends and family battling to save the true spirit of Christmas for one and all.  Throw in intricate illustrations, meticulously drawn by Shane Devries, which complement the story beautifully, and an extra layer of magic is added as each page is turned.

Not only is this a fabulous Christmas adventure in its own right, but it is the perfect opportunity to also introduce children to the writings of Charles Dickens and his classics, specifically A Christmas Carol. There are so many beautifully illustrated children’s versions of this traditional tale for families to share at this time of year.

If you would like festive planning to go with the classic A Christmas Carol you can find ours here.

As for Tom Fletcher, his popular children’s books are highly accessible for KS2 readers but also make for festive class book reads across all primary ages. Budding authors who are interested in Tom Fletcher’s journey can follow Waterstone Kids on Instagram or YouTube to see an interview with Tom talking about this latest Christmasaurus adventure!

Teachers can also access the Tom Fletcher Story Maker Show from Puffin Schools – a 30-minute story-making mission with Tom retelling stories, leading a Christmasaurus draw-along with accompanying free resources and lesson plans.

Merry Christmas!

 

‘For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas…’

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol