Title: The Christmas Surprise
Author and Illustrator: Steph Williams
Published by: The Good Book Company
Price: RRP £2.99 reduced to £2.54 or 10 for £2.10 each
Good for: a gift for young children unfamiliar with the Christmas story
Best bit: It’s funny! And it talks about what Jesus’ name means (rescuer)
Worst bit: Not really anything. I probably wouldn’t have put so much in the Notes for grown-ups section, and instead added some open-ended questions to help families explore what this story means for them.
My children love a funny book, and both the words and the pictures in this story are funny! I loved how each time there’s a surprise in the story (eg when the angel comes to Mary) their response is: WHAAAAAAAAT?! I wasn’t surprised to find that the author had also illustrated the stories, and the words and pictures are really in tune with each other, there’s not a lot of text on each page, and the pictures really tell the story.
If you’re looking for a gift for a young child, or you enjoy having fun as you read to your child, get this book!
You could even use it as a Christmas talk!