4 Dec 2020



Delighted to once again be celebrating all things Clink Street Publishing with the 12 Days Of Clink Street Publishing Blog Tour. 

Today I shall be bringing you not one, not two but three of their Christmas themed books for younger readers AND as if this isn't enough, I shall be bringing you a further two books in Let's Celebrate 12 Days Of Clink Street Publishing 2020 (PT 2) on Tuesday 8th December AND what's more there are all these other wonderful readers (for the full Tour Schedule see below) celebrating all manner of books published by Clink Street Publishing.


MY THOUGHTS ... Featuring the adorable six year old Chantelle whose mummy tells her 'We are all the same but different but still the same'.

With any number of friends, all of them quite different from herself (there's Abigail who is Jewish and celebrates Hanukkah, there's Ade who is a Muslim and celebrates Eid and then there's Uncle Winston who, well, celebrates every day), Chantelle longs to celebrate with all of them.

A  great read whether it be for home or an educational setting, I thought Chantelle Celebrates Christmas with its sweet story, fun illustrations and memorable catch-phrase a lovely introduction to the topics of diversity and acceptance.


MY THOUGHTS ...  'Ho, ho, ho! I’m Father Christmas and, as everyone knows, I fly all around the world every Christmas Eve, delivering presents in time for Christmas Day morning.

But what about those special children who have two Christmases? One with their Mummy and one with their Daddy?' (Synopsis)

Exactly, what about all of those children, who have two Christmases, one with their mummy and one with their daddy? 

A lovely little book that goes some way in exploring how Christmas might be for children whose parents have separated in a story that sees how Father Christmas with the aid of Eddie the Elf, fairy magic and pixie dust at the ready, ensure all such children receive an extra present from Father Christmas on day two of their Christmases.


MY THOUGHTS ... An Advent Book! What a wonderful idea.

Whether read a 'day' at a time in the 24 days leading up to Christmas or, as I did, the 24 days in one day, Twenty Four Days To Christmas (penned by Fred Arthur, the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen) is the charming story of the 24 Christmas themed activities Poppy's parents plan for the 24 days leading up to the 25th of December. 

Told in rhyme (my one small niggle being that at times the verse was too complex and thus the narrative didn't always flow as smoothly as it might have), the chapters/days (some of them longer than others) are ideal as a quick bedtime read, the illustrations bold and cheerful. That it provides some ideas for entertaining children in the lead up to Christmas, well, that has to be a plus.

A magical read, wonderfully nostalgic, it brought back many happy memories of my own childhood; of making mince pies with my nana and great gran, of creating pine cone figures to hang on the tree, all of which will no doubt lead to endless conversations about what my childhood Christmases were like.


Title: Chantelle Celebrates Christmas

Summary: This book is part of a character series aimed at 5-7 year olds and is based around a lovable fun 6 year old called "Chantelle". This book supports positive personal development and has a catchy educational storyline, which will get any young reader practicing patience. What do you do when your friends don't celebrate Christmas? 6 year old Chantelle Whyalot is so excited... It's the Christmas holidays. After learning about different festive holidays, Chantelle finds herself in a dilemma which she solves with a miraculous idea..!

Author: Nicola Tenyue ~ Release Date: 1st December 2015 ~ Genre: Picture Book ~ Page Count: 24 ~ Publisher: Clink Street Publishing ~ Links: GoodReads ~ Amazon

Title: Two Christmases

Summary: 'Ho, ho, ho! I’m Father Christmas and, as everyone knows, I fly all around the world every Christmas Eve, delivering presents in time for Christmas Day morning.

But what about those special children who have two Christmases? One with their Mummy and one with their Daddy?

Well, there happens to be a secret that I have never shared...'

Experience the joy of Christmas times two with author Sharon France. Little ones whose parents live separately can learn just how special Christmas can be, with a little help from Father Christmas.

~Author: Sharon France ~ Release Date: 2nd November 2017 ~ Genre: Picture Book ~ Page Count: 24 ~ Publisher: Clink Street Publishing ~ Links: Goodreads ~ Amazon

Title: Twenty Four Days To Christmas

Summary: Poppy is in agony - it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy's parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days To Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

Author: Fred Arthur ~ Release Date: 3rd November 2015 ~ Genre: Picture Book ~ Page Count: 76 ~ Publisher: Clink Street Publishing ~ Links: GoodReads ~ Amazon

TOUR SCHEDUE ... Tuesday 1st December: Tea Party Princess ~ Jazzy Book Reviews ~ Donna’s Book Blog ~ Wednesday 2nd December: Twirling Book Princess ~ Rambling Mads ~ Thursday 3rd December: Book, Blog and Candle ~ Stuck in the Book ~ Friday 4th December: Pen and Paper ~ Echoes in an Empty Room ~ Saturday 5th December: Bookworm and Theatre Mouse ~ Jazzy Book Reviews ~ Sunday 6th December: Fantastic Feathers ~ Novel Kicks ~ Twirling Book Princess ~ Monday 7th December: Marie’s Book Boutique ~ Rambling Mads ~ Tuesday 8th December: Stuck in the Book ~ Pen and Paper ~ Wednesday 9th December: Novel Kicks ~ Jazzy Book Reviews ~ Julz Reads ~ Thursday 10th December: Stuck in the Book ~ Donna’s Book Blog ~ Julz Reads ~ Friday 11th December: Echoes in an Empty Room ~ Julz Reads ~ Saturday 12th December: Novel Kicks ~ My Bookworm Life ~ Marie’s Book Boutique ~ Kraftireader


The Liberty Belle said...

Such a nice selection of good books for young readers. Thank you for sharing. Best wishes for a wonderful weekend!

Kelly said...

What a great trio of books! All have their purpose, but I can especially see how nice the one about "two Christmases" might be for some children.

Even though he's not really old enough for them yet, I did get my youngest grandson not one, but two Advent countdown books. I'm hoping he'll grow into them. :)

nightwingsraven said...

Judging from your review(s)
these three books are all good
and lovely books for very young
readers. With heartfelt and sincere
messages like the book about

Yvonne@fiction-books said...

Hi Felicity,

My great nephew has just started school, although because of when his birthday falls, he is already five. Therefore, he is probably quite forwards in his reading and storytelling abilities, so I can see this little selection really appealing to him.

I like the idea of something a little more original than chocolate for Advent too! Both Joshua and his younger sister had a traditional chocolate Advent calendar each, however I bought them a wooden 3D 'Santa's Workshop' jigsaw puzzle, which they can keep for a couple of years until they grow out of it!

I am also intrigued as to how you came by Clink Street Publishing, as they seem like quite a niche publisher. I had great fun checking out their site.

Thanks for an interesting feature post and I hope that all is well with you both :)

Yvonne xx

Gina said...

Oh these sound delightful! Loads of holiday spirit and subject matter that kiddos can definitely apply.