Friday, December 14, 2018

Perfect Gift for the Middle-Grade Reader: "The Christmasaurus," by Tom Fletcher


THE CHRISTMASAURUS
by Tom Fletcher
Ages 8–12 (middle grade)

Once upon a time -- long, long ago, when dinosaurs roamed the Earth -- an egg rolled away from its mother and landed in the ocean, where it froze solid and stayed peacefully for thousands of years. Then one day Santa and his elves discover the frozen egg, and Santa sits on it to see if it will hatch. But he can’t guess what’s inside ... a dinosaur!

Meanwhile, a young boy named William Trundle has only ever wished for one thing for Christmas: a dinosaur! So when Santa accidentally gives William the real Christmasaurus instead of a stuffed replica, it’s the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER! Until an evil man known as the Hunter decides a dinosaur will be the perfect addition to his collection.

THE CHRISTMASAURUS was first published in the UK, where it was then optioned for a movie and debuted as a stage play in London last fall.

“A satisfying feel-good Christmas caper.”
—SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

About the author: TOM FLETCHER (@TomFletcher | YouTube: tommcflytwitter | Instagram) is an award-winning songwriter, as well as a children’s author, YouTube star, daddy, and McFly band member. He has over one million followers on social media and his viral videos have been featured on Good Morning America. His picture book, There’s a Monster in Your Book, published in September 2017. His first middle-grade novel, The Christmasaurus, combines his love of Christmas and his love of dinosaurs. Tom is married to the author Giovanna Fletcher, and they have two children.

My thoughts: This is the perfect gift for a middle-grade reader. It combines two of kids' favorite themes -- Christmas and dinosaurs -- what genius! It also keeps children's attention with plenty of fun illustrations by Shane Devries and lots of CAPITAL LETTERS! There's also plenty of humor and funny made-up words, like "dinosawesome"! And the book's not over when the story's over because there's an interactive "Elves' Songbook" at the end, along with "Tom's Top 10 Things About  Christmas" (some of them may surprise you!). This magical book will entertain kids all year round!

Watch the book trailer!







Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through this link.

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