Top Texts for December

This month’s Top Texts have been chosen by Jo Cummins, a primary school teacher and English manager who works in Hampshire.

Father Christmas and Me

This is the final book in the ‘A Boy Called Christmas’ trilogy so you’d expect everything to be wrapped up neatly in a big red Christmas bow. But no, Amelia is discovering it’s very difficult being accepted into the elf community as one of only three humans who live there, despite the fact that she had once saved Christmas. When the jealous Easter Bunny (and evil elf Father Vodol) plot to stop Christmas, Amelia and her new family must once again save Christmas. A sparkling end to the tale, full of drimwickery, spickle dancing and chocolate coins.

Last Stop on the Reindeer Express

I’d coveted this gorgeous book from the moment I saw its cover and was equally enchanted by the contents when I read it. Mia misses her Daddy and wishes she could be with him at Christmas. When she steps through a magical post box, she’s whisked away on a marvellous adventure aboard the Reindeer Express to make a very special delivery and realises there are lots of families who can’t be together at Christmas either. With doors to open up and step through and cut-outs to peek through, this truly is a sparkling jewel of a book.

Beauty and the Beast

This stunning 3D version of the beloved classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ would be the ideal purchase for anyone who is looking for something slightly different. The glistening foil highlights hint at the treasures which lay within this very special hardback book. Each page of the story is richly illustrated by Mirtalipova, featuring intricate cut-outs and three-dimensional papercut scenes which allow the reader to peek inside the Beast’s castle and beautiful rose garden. This tale about not judging by appearances is faithfully retold with the magical language and melancholic sadness you would absolutely expect. It’s really something very special!


About this month's reviewer

Jo Cummins is a primary school teacher and English manager who works in Hampshire. She has over 15 years teaching experience and is a passionate believer that all children should have access to high quality books of all genres. She blogs here and can be found on twitter as @BookSuperhero2