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The Empty Stocking [Hardcover]

Richard Curtis , Rebecca Cobb
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Book Description

3 Oct 2013

The Empty Stocking - a brilliantly funny Christmas story by Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobb.

In this fantastically funny and heartwarming story by Richard Curtis, scriptwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral and Love Actually, it's Christmas Eve and there's one very important question on everyone's mind - have YOU been good this year? For twins Sam and Charlie this is a big worry. Charlie has been especially naughty and everyone is sure that she won't get any presents AT ALL. But when Santa makes a mistake, it's up to Charlie to put things right...

Rebecca Cobb graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2004. She has collaborated with the Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and Orange-Prize-winner Helen Dunmore. Rebecca has been shortlisted for the 2013 Waterstones Prize and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Mini Hardback edition (3 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0723286442
  • ISBN-13: 978-0723286448
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 14.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard Curtis is an award-winning and international film-director and script writer, and the creator of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones' Diary and Mr Bean.

Rebecca Cobb graduated from Falmouth College of Arts in 2004. She has collaborated with the Gruffalo author Julia Donaldson and Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore. Rebecca has been shortlisted for the 2013 Waterstones Prize and the prestigious Kate Greenaway Award.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 4 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback
When you hear that Richard Curtis has written a book you know it is going to deliver. And oh how this does deliver.

It is magical. It tells the story of Sam and Charlie, twins who are looking forward to Christmas and Santa delivering lots of presents. But Charlie has been particularly revolting this year so is very worried that actually there will be an empty stocking on Christmas morning.

There might have been had Santa not made a massive blunder. I won't tell you what happens as it will spoil the surprise but a great way of discussing right and wrong with littlies.

Brilliantly written with gorgeous illustrations this book is lovely.

But then did we expect anything else from Mr Curtis?!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stuffed full of festive cheer 24 Nov 2012
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Twin sisters Charlie and Sam are a little bit worried about Christmas. Sam is a good girl - she works hard at school, she's well behaved and polite. But her sister Charlie isn't always a good girl. She's a bit naughty every now and then, she's cheeky and school, and she's worried that it means that Santa won't bring her any Christmas presents. When the girls are asleep, Santa visits. But what the girls don't know is that this year, Santa is getting tough. Very tough. However, when Charlie wakes up in the middle of night, she realises something's gone horribly wrong. Is Charlie going to be able to make it all okay for her and her sister again?!

As an adult, you can probably guess exactly what's happened, but Harry didn't have a clue about what was coming for poor Sam and Charlie. As the story went on, I could see Harry's face starting to drop as he realised what was going on, and I liked that it draws out the emotions in children, and perhaps makes them think about their own behaviour as well! When we talked it through afterwards, he could explain what had gone on, why it had happened and I can see that Curtis has targeted this book perfectly for its age group. Harry knew that it was Charlie's behaviour that was the consequence of what Santa did, but he also recognised the good in her later actions too, and I think the story has a fantastic moral to it. It also goes to show how we judge too quickly, and even I was surprised at the twist with Charlie at the end.
As I mentioned, the illustrations in the book were perfect for it, and they are just as important to the book as the words, without a doubt. Cobb has really got into the heart of the characters, and they really come to life on the pages.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS 20 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Empty Stocking arrived in the post this morning as a Christmas present for my nephew. I couldn't resist having a read before I give it to him.
It has to be said, my expectations were pretty high as I love everything Richard Curtis writes, but I'm delighted to say that I wasn't disappointed.
The story is both touching and funny (I won't spoil it by telling you what happens!) and the illustrations are beautiful.
At 10 months old, my nephew will probably struggle to grasp the finer points of the plot, but I'm positive it will be a story he enjoys for many years to come.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely thing 24 Nov 2012
By Mark W
Format:Hardcover
I'm going to keep this book in the box with the Christmas decorations so it can come out every December with the one legged Robin and the nativity scence that's missing a Jesus.

It's that festive and feel good.

Warm, witty and with a glow about it that makes you want to cover it in cinnamon and devour it - this Curtis dude has the makings of a very decent writer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Christmas tale for children 6+ 18 Nov 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book to read in the run up to christmas with slightly older children. It's message would be lost on most children under five. I read it two two girls aged 4 and 6 and the older girl loved it but the four year old found it too long and complex. It would be ideal to read to a class of year 2 or 3 children with plenty of discussion guaranteed afterwards. Love the story and illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I think this will become a classic 13 Oct 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My kids love Christmas stories but I try to save them for just before Christmas, December at the earliest - though this rule does get broken.

A couple of weeks ago we got this from the library, because I wanted to see if it was a good fit with my pre-Christmas reading list. (others include: Lucy & Tom's Christmas, Harvey Slumfenberger's Christmas Present, The Little Owl and the Star) It was an instant hit and I've already ordered a hardback copy.

The story is two twins, a good twin and a 'naughty' twin. We're approaching Christmas and it looks like the naughty twin isn't going to get anything from Father Christmas (who appears in the book). But maybe the naughty twin can pull off a last minute act so good that she'll change his mind. Really, it's about sibling love and unselfishness.

I've tried a lot of books about siblings to try to get my kids to get on. They're two years apart and they argue daily. Those books never work, but this one struck a chord with both of them. I have to say that the last couple of pages always make me cry when I'm reading it. A couple of the contemporary references/in-Curtis-jokes are possibly a bit arch and annoying for some readers (eg the DVD shelf groans with Curtis movies) but it has been written with love and shimmers with love.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great wake up call for kids!
We all loved this story- it made my children think and was a welcome from the the usual Christmassy stories.
Published 2 months ago by sam gates
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful present.
My wife really enjoyed this book so much so that she could not put it down. Great entertainment reading. Excellent.
Published 3 months ago by Robert Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story for Christmas
This is a lovely book for Christmas and great for telling the children about right and wrong. Will def suggest to friends. Fast delivery too.
Published 3 months ago by nichola durent
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
What a lovely book. Think it will become a classic like Mog and The Tiger that came to Tea. Exactly what you'd expect from Richard Curtis. Loved it, loved it, loved it!
Published 4 months ago by Rebecca
2.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy
Not my kind of story, pity as until the end I enjoyed it in some way, but the naughty madam came good and had an instant reward! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alli
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a lovely heartwarming Christmas tale. It is great for teaching children about what it means to be kind and thoughtful to each other.
Published 5 months ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought to read to my grandchildren
Read a review about this book and decided to order it for my grandchildren for Christmas and was not disappointed.
Published 15 months ago by Rebecca Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully realistic story
As suitable for twins as for singletons who are sometimes naughty, and sometimes good - i.e. every little person out there getting excited about Christmas. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Children's Xmas Present
Enjoyable books liked by both grandchildren. Entertaining, easy to read & good value. Seasonal and a good read for Christmas.
Published 15 months ago by Pale Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Christmas stories I have read
This book is superb & is easy for children to relate to the characters. There are twin girls, one very good & one not so good. Read more
Published 15 months ago by DrummerBoy
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