If your kids are like mine then Christmas is very much on their radar now. Around this time of year I like to get the Christmas books out to read to them. Little Man especially loves a Christmas story so I am always on the look out for new ones that are a bit different to the norm. We were very kindly sent Santa’s Wish by Samuel Langley-Swain to review and this book has definitely ticked a lot of my Christmas book boxes!
What’s it about?
The book is described in the blurb as a modern twist on the Christmas classic and this is the part that I think is very cleverly done. Based on the classic The Night Before Christmas the book tells the story of two children getting ready for Santa on Christmas Eve. In the middle of the night they hear a noise and of course it is Santa at the window, he takes the children on a trip in his sleigh and they land in the North Pole. The nicest part of the story for me is next; the reason Santa has come and picked up the children for this special ride is because in their letter to him they asked what he wanted for Christmas! Santa asks for things such as hungry people having full bellies at Christmas. When the children return to their house they go out into their town and fulfil Santa’s wish making sure everyone is well looked after.
What did I think?
I love a childrens book with a message and the message in Santa’s Wish did not disappoint. It promotes kindness at Christmas which is such an important lesson for children to learn at any time of the year but especially at Christmas. The book itself is written beautifully; I found it easy to read aloud because it is written in rhyme and both kids happily listened all the way through. The illustrations are beautiful and quite unusual which just adds to the magic of the book.
What did the kids think?
The kids loved this book; Little Lady brings it to me every day to read to her and Little Man has had a read of it himself too. It created a discussion with Little Man and I about helping other people less fortunate than us and also that it would be nice to ask Santa what he wanted for Christmas as he probably doesn’t get asked very often! It had so much of an impact on Little Man that he asked Santa himself in his letter.
Do we recommend Santa’s Wish?
We highly recommend Santa’s Wish. It is definitely being added to the Christmas book shelf. If you would like to pick up a copy then you grab one from the Owlet Press website for £5.99.
This book was sent to me in return for an honest review. As always all opinions are 100% my own.