This is the seventh in the series of 'Short' stories, one of which was actually poems. The author wrote 'Short and Shocking' in 2002 and eleven years later has produced a similar book but this time all the tales have a festive flavour. They tend to have a twist in the tale and one that is more terror than tinsel and more shocking than stocking! As is to be expected with about forty short stories, some are successful and some are just odd and rather a waste of space. However, the ones that succeed are sometimes amusing, occasionally odd and at times, actually thought-provoking. If you prefer the unusual to the traditional, then this is the anthology for you and it is ideal for festive-fatigued teachers and those with seasonal strain as this book will bring a smile or a shiver to even the most excited primary school pupil who would rather be putting up classroom decorations than enduring the literacy hour.
These stories were just ok, some of them were plain silly and a lot of them were without any plot or heading anywhere - I wouldn't necessarily call them stories. They were most certainly aimed for the young reader but even so, my 13 year old gave up after the first 5 stories, finding them incredibly boring (echoing my own feelings although I did finish the book).