18 Dec 2015


The second 'children's' book read for the Visions Of Sugarplums level of this years Christmas Spirit challenge. (You can read my first review here).


BACK COVER BLURB: The last thing Tom wants for Christmas is another of Granny McColl's bright and badly knitted jumpers.

Tom is longing for a pet and has shown he is ready to take care of one, but has anyone else noticed?

The snow is starting to fall; could a warm wooly jumper be the best gift of all? 

FIRST SENTENCE: Granny McColl was warm like a jumper,
fierce like a tiger,
very good with animals
and very bad at knitting.

MEMORABLE MOMENT: In the morning Tom was woken up by the sound of jingling bells and raced downstairs to find Mum, Dad and Granny already up. They all seemed excited, as if they were bursting with a secret they couldn't wait to share.

SOURCE: A GoodReads win.

MY THOUGHTS: Take one young boy desperate not to receive yet another of his granny's knitted jumpers for Christmas. Like many a child all Tom longs for is a pet of his own.

Gently done so as to be appropriate for young readers. I thought this an imaginative and innovative way of introducing animal welfare issues wrapped in a delightful, festive story with fun full- colour illustrations by Sarah Waterfield.



Suko said...

Tracy, this book looks and sounds adorable. I enjoyed your review. Granny McColl sounds, um, interesting. Have a terrific weekend!

Sherry Ellis said...

I love the description of the Granny! Sounds like such a cute book!

Kelly said...

This looks like a sweet story and I'm guessing from what you said about animal welfare that Granny must knit the sweaters from wool. (I personally like cotton since wool "eats me up")

Brandi Kosiner said...

Imaginative and inventive sounds great

Natasha Hill said...

This sounds like a really interesting and lovely read for kids - the illustration on the front grabs me straight away. - Tasha

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Sounds cute, but I bet he would want a jumper from her when he gets older. :) Also love anything that helps bring about animal welfare issues!

Stephanie Faris said...

Sounds like an important topic, handled well by a talented author!

Arti said...

Absolutely love the art-illustration, sounds like a lovely book apt for the season. Would love to pick this one! Thanks for the wonderful review as always, Tracy.

Literary Feline said...

This sounds like an adorable book with a good message. I love the illustration you shared, Tracy.