Father Christmas (Picture Puffin) Paperback – 25 Sep 1975
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..."one of the most irrestibile yuletide books to appear in many years."--"The Horn Book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Raymond Briggs studied at Wimbledon School of Art, the Central School of Art and the Slade. Many of his books are now classics and some: THE SNOWMAN, FATHER CHRISTMAS, FATHER CHRISTMAS GOES ON HOLIDAY and WHEN THE WIND BLOWS, have been made into highly successful films. Raymond Briggs lives in Sussex.
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It's a BD-style comic-strip book, like the "Asterix" books. Father Christmas is reinvented as a grumpy old man who lives somewhere up north, apparrently as a man in the north of England several decades ago. It's Christmas Eve, and the busiest night of the year for him. We see him wake up, have his breakfast, load up the sleigh, put on his outfit, fly all around the world delivering presents, avoid cats and television aerials and cookers and puzzle how to get into caravans, finally stopping off at Buckingham Palace after a quick chat with the milkman. Then, as the sun rises, he sleepily makes his way home, cooks his own Christmas dinner, relaxes in front of the television in his wooly socks, and goes to bed, worn out.
This has led to a conversation with my daughter about people who work the night shift.
The illustrations are beautiful and full of wit, and Father Christmas is very believable. It means my daughter now believes that this is the real Father Christmas, rather than the Americanised Coca-Cola version, but seeing him as a real person also means she has extra incentive to be good for him. Which is great for me!
Lovely but not really what I wanted or expected.
The description should be a bit clearer.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Classic book from my childhood, purchased for my 2 month old at Christmas. He's no idea at the moment but he'll grow to love it I'm sure.Published 7 months ago by Baltimix
The picture shows the 40th anniversary special edition but this was not the edition received. Also arrived a day late despite paying more for postage.Published 8 months ago by LJG