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The Empty Stocking by [Curtis, Richard]
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4.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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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 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 26054 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (3 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CMYM8D4
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #505,379 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Dec. 2015
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This has easily become both mine, and my daughter’s, favourite Christmas story. Sam (Samantha) and Charlie (Charlotte) are twins who are identical in every way apart from their behaviour – for while Sam is generally well behaved, Charlie has been, well, quite bad this year. So bad in fact that her parents are a little concerned that Santa won’t leave her any presents when he comes because, as we know, he is perfectly aware of who is naughty and who is nice...

As you would expect from Richard Curtis, this book is an utter delight. From those munched hedges on Christmas morning, to his perfectly captured picture of family life, he weaves an utterly magical story. Santa, though, makes a mistake and this causes a change of heart in more than one person.

This is a picture book for older children. My niece, who is five and my eight year old daughter, were utterly entranced. I think it is perfect for 4+ and, possibly, will be loved by adults reading it aloud as much as by the children they are reading it to. A really lovely story; clever, thought provoking and heart warming.
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