The lights are in house windows, the trees are on display and the decorations are making everything look festive and wonderful. That could only mean one thing. It’s officially Christmas!!! With only 9 days, I repeat, 9 days till Christmas Day, I thought it was finally time to review one of my most anticipated books this year… The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher!
The Christmasaurus is a story about a boy named William Trundle, and a dinosaur, the Christmasaurus. It’s about how they meet one Christmas Eve and have a magical adventure. It’s about friendship and families, sleigh bells and Santa, singing elves and flying reindeer, music and magic. It’s about discovering your heart’s true desire, and learning that the impossible might just be possible.
I’ve been a huge McFly fan since I was about 9, and I’ve always followed the multi-talented Tom in whatever venture he chooses next. Picture books, TV performances or festive novels; I love it! This is no exception. I was so excited when he announced this book, and I was even more excited when it was in my hands! I bought the book when I was in Manchester with Sarah and Sophie from The Little Contemporary Corner. (It was reduced to £6 in WHSmiths and I was over the moon!) That was a couple of months ago, and I managed to resist reading it until this month. I’m so glad I did because it really put me in the Christmas spirit!
“‘Well, bless my kringles,’ Santa said with a tear in his eye. ‘It’s a baby DINOSAUR!'”
Before getting started with this book, I was ready to think of constructive criticism. I didn’t want to sugarcoat the story and say “It was great!!!”, when really I was thinking “It was dismal and I hated the lot”. But when I turned the last page, I couldn’t think of a single flaw. I was happy but also wanted to cry a bit; I was shocked but very pleased with the way it ended.
When it comes to Christmas, I’m such a massive child. I love the excitement of the build up to Christmas Day, with the present buying and wrapping, and not knowing what I’m going to get from other people. (I even like to play up to the whole Santa thing sometimes. What do you mean he’s not real?!) The Christmasaurus was great for someone like me, who loves a bit of Christmas magic! The book put a whole new spin on Santa, his elves and the North Pole. It was so much fun to read because it was all new! Forget what you already think you know about Santa, because this book will change that! (This Santa does backflips and everything.) If you want to see what I mean, you can read the first chapter of the book on the official Penguin website.
“You see, the thing about William was that William couldn’t walk. William was in a wheelchair.”
There is an aspect of the story that made it different to most children’s books: William is in a wheelchair. We learn that he was in an accident a few years ago which killed his mother, and left him disabled. In the back of the book, Tom explains that a lot of research went into William’s disability, and it showed. There were a few elements that were a little far-fetched (for example, when something hit William and he was sent flying backwards in his chair) – but it’s a kids’ book, after all! It’s not meant to stick too much to reality!
The best part about the story, though? It’s about a dinosaur! You don’t often see dinosaurs in the same story as Santa, but this one is a wonderful combination of the two. In the story, William is a dinosaur fanatic and all he wants for Christmas is a real dinosaur. He doesn’t know that when he wakes up in the middle of the night on December 25th, he’ll be met with an actual Christmasaurus!
Want to know how a real dinosaur ends up in William’s house? You’ll just have to read the book and find out!
To be 100% truthfully honest, I loved The Christmasaurus. The characters, the magical, festive setting and William’s love of dinosaurs – I really loved everything about it. It’ll probably end up being one of those books I read every single year around Christmas!
What did you think of The Christmasaurus? Let me know!