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Twelve Days of Christmas: Correspondence Hardcover – 1 Jan 1999

4.8 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; 1 edition (Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031220163X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312201630
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 1 x 22 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,279,165 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A reissue of the hilarious bestselling Christmas book --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A delightful spoof of the old favourite carol ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ which records the daily thank-you letters from one increasingly bemused young lady to her unseen admirer: from initial gracious gratitude for the delightful partridge in the sweet little pear tree through to dismay and distress and a final threatening solicitor’s letter as a bacchanalia of pipers, scantily clad dancers and the full percussion section of the Liverpool Philharmonic create mayhem outside her door. The witty full colour drawings by Quentin Blake are a perfect accompaniment to the irrepressible humour of this sparkling little book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
It's no wonder that this little hardback is often out of stock, for it has to be the ideal Christmas stocking filler for anyone who enjoys books. Even as a child I remember singing this Christmas classic and thinking how ludicrous it was that anyone should send a gift of "eight-maids-a-milking". John Julius Norwich has transported these oddball lyrics into the 21st century and the female recipient of these peculiar Christmas presents responds as any sane person might. Buy this little gem as a gift for someone, and I guarantee you'll want another copy for yourself!
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This has to rank among the very best of Christmas stories. It is fun; it has wit and is wonderful to read aloud to a large number of people. Highly recommended, partly for the wonderful illustrations by Quentin Blake!
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Format: Hardcover
How would post-feminist modern woman really respond if given A Partridge in a Pear-Tree, or any of the other absurd presents in the list?

I was wondering what I was going to give Noel and Ellen...
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Surely, like me (and evidently the author) everyone has wondered: just what DOES a woman do with French hens, swans, milkmaid and drummers?

Well, it's not a fairytale ending. But it's a brilliantly subversive one. Though be warned - it's only 12 pages of text (but some priceless illustrations too).

Quentin Blake perfectly conveys the wickedness and hilarity of the poem. Emily writes back to we betrothed each day, become less as less enamoured of her romantic Christmas gifts.

My favourite days were days 9 and 10 - I loved Norwich's interpretation of the ladies dancing and the naughty, naughty Lords... Be ready to snort!

I'll be purchasing copies next Christmas. I know a few people who will share my glee at this irreverence.

P.S. While children will enjoy this, I think it's best appreciated by us grown ups.
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When I received this copy to review I couldn't wait to share it with my class. They all know the song the 12 days of Christmas and felt they could join in with parts of the book.

They loved the illustrations by the wonderful Quentin Blake, they are familiar with his drawings from reading other stories with his illustrations in.

This is a very funny version of the song and we follow Emily and what she receives from her admirer,in letter versions. The children found it very funny to imagine actually getting the gifts from the song. They were giggling throughout the story and I also found it funny.

I think this is a great little book in the run up to Christmas as a stocking filler or as a gift to yourself. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a little chuckle and this should be a firm book on everyone's bookshelf to share around this time of year!

I would like to thank the publisher for sending me this copy.
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Everyone knows "The twelve Days of Christmas", but not as rewritten by J J Norwich in this delightful correspondence which records the daily thank-you letters fromone increasingly bemused young lady to her admirer. Quentin Blake fully exploits the comic possibilities of the story with his typically brilliant illustrations.
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Love love love. Great take on this traditional song/story and, of course, Quenington Blakes illustrations make this extra special. Read this several years back and just never got round to getting a copy - never letting this one go !
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I had a hard copy of this book many years ago and loved it, but I must have lent it out as this year I could not find it. I therefore bought the e -version in order to share my pleasure with others. It is an easy read and as a literacy tutor, I wanted something for the children to read in the run up to Christmas. Every child who read it thought it very funny. I still find it great after many readings. It is an enduring book.
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