Father Christmas Goes on Holiday
by Raymond Briggs
No one needs a holiday more than Father Christmas, but where can such a well-known and easily recognized person go? A wonderfully illustrated book that celebrates the magic of Christmas.
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“There are a couple of levels on which it works well. He takes Father Christmas, a figure we know so well: he is big and jolly, he has reindeer, he lives on the North Pole, he has elves. But Raymond Briggs tells us that Father Christmas, in fact, lives in a terrace house with a dog and a cat and is a miserable old sod. So we begin with this brilliant bit of incongruity, the mixture of Father Christmas and just normal everyday life that we can all recognise. Then Briggs asks how might Father Christmas act in these ordinary situations. The reason I like Father Christmas Goes on Holiday so much is that, for example, putting him on a lilo a Las Vegas swimming pool is about as far from our conventional idea of Father Christmas as it is possible to get.” Read more...
Elys Dolan, Children's Author