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Dear Father Christmas [Hardcover]

Alan Durant , Vanessa Cabban
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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17 Oct 2005
Sequel to the hugely popular "Dear Tooth Fairy", this is a Christmas gift book full of magical treats! It is December and Holly sees a man who looks like Father Christmas. So she writes to Father Christmas to find out if it is really him. They become festive pen pals and Holly learns about the magic of elves, reindeer and life in Lapland, as well as getting a very special Christmas surprise.;Featuring a series of exciting detachable letters, a calendar, a tree decoration, a joke book and a shimmery lenticular surprise!;"Dear Tooth Fairy" sold out its entire first print-run in twelve weeks and was shortlisted for the Red House Children's Book Award.

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  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Walker Books Ltd (17 Oct 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0744583403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0744583403
  • Product Dimensions: 27.8 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 520,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

My first books were about teenage life and came from my own experiences and concerns - I was fourteen when I discovered the immense and liberating power of writing and it was my main stay during my largely unhappy teenage years. I wasn't that interested in writing at primary school - I wanted to be a footballer - but I always loved reading. I was a big fan of The Narnia books by C S Lewis, Michael Hardcastle's football stories and Enid Blyton's Famous Five series My favourite books of all were a Mannchester United Football Year Book from 1969 signed "To Alan from George Best" (my all-time hero) and Meriol Trevor's The King of the Castle that I came across quite by chance looking along a library shelf one day. These books are still my most treasured possessions and were the biggest inspiration to me to become a writer.

I've written nearly eighty books now and most of them started as stories I made up to entertain my three children and their friends. I've won a number of prizes, most recently The Royal Mail Award for Scottish Children's Books for the picture book Billy Monster's Daymare. I write lots of different styles of books and for a wide age-range - from teenage thrillers to picture books. I also write poetry for children and adults. I've written spooky books, science-fiction, school stories, funny stories, horror (but not much because it scares me!), thrillers, football... Writing different styles of story about all sorts of different subjects keeps me on my toes and helps to entertain me. That's the first rule of being a writer: you have to entertain yourself - otherwise how can you hope to entertain anyone else?

My work was featured in the BBC series English Express, which won a Children's Bafta Award. I also appeared in two programmes in the award-winning Let's Write A Story series. I am a National Reading Campaign Reading Champion and a frequent visitor to schools, libraries and festivals around the UK and abroad where I give talks and readings and run writing workshops. I am a member of NAWE and The Society of Authors. I used to do all my writing in a garden shed, but I moved to Brighton in January 2010 and had to leave my shed behind. Maybe I'll find a beach hut to scribble in...

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Book Description

Celebrate Christmas with this delightful book full of real letters and Christmas presents. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Alan Durant is the author of over 50 novels and picture books for children of all ages, including the Bad Boyz football series and "Mouse Party". He lives in Surrey. Vanessa Cabban has an MA in Illustration from the Royal College of Art. She is the illustrator of "Bringing Down the Moon" and "No Place Like Home". She lives in Northumberland.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little treasure 22 Sep 2009
The description of this book is what sold it for me. It is enchanting and I am really looking forward to reading it with my 2 young children this coming Christmas. The letters and little extras that are included, just give this charming book that extra sparkle.
My only niggle, is the size of the book. It's fairly small, and so the enclosed letters are also small. It would be lovely in a bigger size, but still a fantastic buy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This book is so sweet with a beautiful story about a little girl writing to santa and santa responding. Every page has a little envelope with a letter in it answering the questions the little girl asks. Its magical and so cute. The pictures are lovely with a jolly santa and there are additional bits on various pages such as a christmas tree decoration and list of the reindeer and their names. A great present for any child. I bought it for my 5 yr old niece and she loves it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 27 Nov 2013
By Josie
Fantastic book. Bought 2, 1 for my nephews and another for my best friends little girl. Loved by all children. In fact my nephew wanted to go away and read it by himself as soon as he saw it! The first book he has ever wanted to try and read himself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely Christmas read 10 Dec 2011
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This is one of the Alan Durant 'letter' collection - books written about a young girl called Holly and her pen pal relationships with various hard to find friends ie the Tooth fairy, Mermaids and in this book, Father Christmas. There are little letters to pull out of every other page, often with little gifts too - there is a card Father Christmas cut out to hang on the tree and a miniture advent calendar. Not as good as Dear Mermaid, where I think the humour and gifts were better, but still a really good buy for the festive period, lovely to read as a bed time story on the nights bulidng up to Christmas.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely christmas book 7 May 2014
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I bought this for my 2 year old to help him understand christmas. It's a beautiful book but a little to old for him at the moment. It's probably more suited for age 4+
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very sweet 2 Mar 2014
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Really cute story, lovely pictures and includes letters for the little ones to read along the way. I'd recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, beautifully presented! 15 Feb 2014
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This is a really nice book with a great story and its beautifully drawn and presented. The kids loved it and it provided a nice build up to Christmas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great christmas book 9 Jan 2014
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Third time I have bought this book my grandchildren love it. Lovely Christmas book. Lovely letters and cards with the hardback version
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Santa
Dear Father Christmas is a very good children's story.
The letters in the book that can come out make the child feel a part of the story.
Published 7 months ago by dazzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Year 3 and 4 Literacy text
Wonderful book that is accessible to most readers in my class. Those who struggled to read it were able to remember huge sequences of events, as it runs on familiar lines to their... Read more
Published 7 months ago by liz kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars review
Book went down well better for older children 4and above as younger ones find it to long to sit through.. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Maxine Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story for under 5's!
My nieces loved this story… kept them entranced for the entire story…thank you! Perfect Christmas story for them! Buy and enjoy!
Published 7 months ago by Moi
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought to read my son at Christmas
My son loves this book. I have to read it to him every night before he goes to bed. Good quality book and delivery was prompt.
Published 8 months ago by Willowhayne (Allan)
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely!
what a beautiful book! lots of little letters and envelopes to open and brilliant story perfect for christmas eve would reccomend
Published 8 months ago by stephanddavid
5.0 out of 5 stars Dear Father Christmas
I love this book
I read it at school
So so cool
I'm loving it so much
Dear Father Christmas is cool
Published 8 months ago by Amy
5.0 out of 5 stars A winner!!
My daughter lived this book from the moment we opened it! She reads it everywhere!!letters on each page to be opened, making it entertaining and fun at the same time!
Published 8 months ago by Marisa
3.0 out of 5 stars more suspence than story
I was rather disapointed with the story... the letters are lovely but at the end they just go for a ride.. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mrs S Tumalty
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