I’m really excited that it is my turn on the blog tour for this lovely, beautifully illustrated book.
My four young grandchildren of various ages all loved the book and were very caught up in the story when the book was read to them. My two older grandsons of six and eight want to collect the series.
In this, the second book in the series, Zak and Jen’s astronomical adventures are in Tinsel Town just in time for Christmas!
The series is written by Natalie Page and illustrated by Chris Rivers Nuttall.
A guest post from author Natalie
My Favourite Christmas Stories
In the spirit of Christmas, I wanted to take some time to share my favourite Christmas stories with you. Aside from the original nativity story, I have two favourite Christmas stories. The first is A Christmas Carol by the great Charles Dickens and the second is Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
The reason I love both these tales is because I am a bit of a traditionalist at heart and both choices also stem from childhood memories. When I was a young girl, I read Little Women and I instantly fell in love with the coming of age story. I always saw myself as a combination of the responsible Meg and the feisty Jo. Then, when I was older, my family and I used to watch a film adaptation of the book starring Elizabeth Taylor and Janet Leigh. It was perfect comfort viewing and I often went back to the book as a result. In fact, now is probably the first time in years that I don’t actually own a copy!
There are several reasons why I love this story so much, and if you haven’t had the chance to read it, I strongly recommend you do so. The book is set in America at the time of the civil war and tells the story of four sisters and their progression into adulthood. The strong family bond that exists within the March family is the thing that attracted me to the story initially as it was something I share with my own family. Similarly, the closeness of the sisters was something I shared with my own sister although at the time I do recall thinking that 3 sisters would have been a couple too many! Finally, I loved the characters. In particular, I really related to Jo’s desire to be a writer. Jo was so full of determination and guts, she struck out on her own and I really admired her for doing that. Fast forward a few years and I would never have thought I would be able to say I had published two books, but there you go!
My second choice, A Christmas Carol, is a Christmas classic. Who doesn’t love a little Christmas ghost story? I am a big fan of Dickens in general, but I particularly love how the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future coach Ebenezer Scrooge into a softer existence. I think it does us all good now and again to take a little time to reflect on our actions and how what we do affects others. I have often wondered what I would be shown if the three ghosts came to visit me, which is an intriguing and yet also slightly unnerving idea!
So there you go, these are my favourite Christmas stories, perhaps a little traditional, but for that reason they will always have a special place in my memory and they are certainly ones I will be sharing with my daughter as she grows!
You can now pre-order the book HERE