- Publisher: Red Fox Picture Books
- Format: Paperback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 234mm x 286mm x 6mm | 200g
- Publication date: 10 September 2012
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1849410496
- ISBN 13: 9781849410496
- Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
- Sales rank: 10,076
In this book and CD edition of "Father Christmas Needs A Wee", Bernard Cribbins brings to life the excruciating dilemma that Santa faces every Christmas Eve. On Christmas Eve every child leaves out a drink and a snack for Father Christmas. Before long he really, really needs a wee but what can he do about it? There's a long time to wait before he can get home and when he finally does he's lost his house key! A hilarious take on a dilemma that every toddler will identify with, this picture book now includes a CD complete with music and sound effects.
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Nicholas Allan studied Fine Art at the Slade and has completed an MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His highly original picture books have won him several awards including the Sheffield Children's Book Award for The Queen's Knickers and the Federation of Children's Books Best Picture Book Award for Demon Teddy. He is also the author of Hilltop Hospital, a book that has been adapted into a BAFTA-winning television series. Nicholas Allan is the author/illustrator of over thirty children's books.
By Melanie Crase 11 Dec 2011
This book is one of the most poorly written children's books I've ever read. I bought it to use with my class of 5 year olds and also to read to my son in the build-up to Christmas. I will not be keeping it to use next year. The concept is that Fther Christmas needs a wee as he's been drinking drinks since half past three (who's ever heard of Father Christmas starting deliveries during the day?). At house number one he has hot chocolate but then at house number two he has two plates of stew. Since when is stew a drink? Just because stew rhymes with two doesn't mean it makes sense. He has tea at three of the houses (3, 4 and 10) which doesn't seem very creative. At house number 7, he has milk but no word is used to express the plural concept of this uncountable noun - i.e. the sentence is:
At number 7 milk, SEVEN, pure heaven
...when it should read...
At number 7 milk, SEVEN glasses, pure heaven.
There were a lot of other things about the book that I didn't like on top of these obvious problems. The book might be cheap, but it's not worth buying at all of. There are plenty of other much better Christmas books out there to spend your money on instead.
"A Christmas counting book that's sure to be popular with younger children - watch them giggle with delight as Father Christmas helps himself to tasty treats as he delivers the presents, only to find that he really, really, really needs a wee..." The School Run blog "Written in a jolly rhyming text that also encourages counting skills, this is an ingeniously original Santa Claus story packed with silly humour that will appeal to children" Junior "This rhyming counting book will appeal to youngsters with a practical turn of mind or those who like toilet humour" -- Sarah Kingsford Sunday Express "There can be few more arresting titles on the market this year than Nicholas Allan's Father Christmas Needs A Wee ... Perfect for all, pretty much from birth" -- Katy Guest Independent "Big, bold pictures and wonderful facial expressions make this a must for Christmas and ever afterwards" -- Sally Morris Daily Mail