Sunday, 21 December 2014

"a story of hope in a dark place, a super book that is to be highly recommended."

"My reaction to reading these three stories was to marvel at the breadth of Sue's imagination. In the first story, from which the book takes its title, a young boy feels different from his classmates, he suffers from name calling and is quite unhappy with his part in the school nativity play. The story leads him through wonderful adventures of his imagination - or is it reality? I was not sure and it didn't seem to matter anyway - to a very satisfying conclusion. The second story was first published in this newsletter after Sue read it for our crib service. I was again moved by its great joy and laughed at the humour. The third story "Bootee for Etta" is a story of hope in a dark place for a young girl whose mother is rushed into hospital and she is bundled off to spend Christmas with her family’s cleaning lady. She is worried
about her mother, her father stranded at New York airport, hostility from the cleaner’s son and the unfamiliarity of the home she is staying in. But as with the first story, imagination runs riot, or is it reality and does it matter? A beautiful tale shot through with humour that can be read many times. As a Christmas story book I think it will work for a younger child and be read many times by an older child, a super book that is to be highly recommended."
Christina Billington, Diocesan Lay Minister

About the book Sue Hampton captures the spirit of Christmas with three warm-hearted stories full of humour, mystery and magic – starring a boy who’d rather be an angel than a globalob, a donkey called Trouble and a girl with a cracker-sized lamb. With illustrations by children from schools Sue has visited, this is a book to make you smile at any time of year.

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