The Empty Stocking Paperback – 3 Oct 2013
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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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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?!
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice, a bit tricky for my 3 year old to get the idea of two identical twins though.Published 6 months ago by Julia
Sure to be a well loved favourite every year the illustrations and story are both charming and good fun 3 year old and 6 year old loved thisPublished 7 months ago by Rachel C
Cute story. My year 2 children hung on every word and you could see the emotion on their faces! Good introduction to the festive season and the need for good behaviour lol. Read morePublished 7 months ago by billywade
A classic Christmas story to read together at bedtime in the run up to Christmas. We all loved it.Published 21 months ago by Miss J