Jesus' Christmas PartyPaperback
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- Publisher: RED FOX
- Format: Paperback | 32 pages
- Dimensions: 108mm x 140mm x 4mm | 41g
- Publication date: 16 December 1996
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0099725916
- ISBN 13: 9780099725916
- Illustrations note: colour illustrations
- Sales rank: 6,521
One of a series of small-format paperback editions of popular picture books, this is a retelling of the Christmas story through the eyes of a grumpy innkeeper.
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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.
"The funniest, most endearing version of the nativity story for many years" The Sunday Times "When we read this story to the children they were immediately engaged by the strong repetition in the storyline" Nursery World "Wonderfully original" Sunday Express
"There was nothing the innkeeper liked more than a good night's sleep," begins this amusing account of the Blessed Event from his point of view. Having given Mary and Joseph two blankets and sent them "round the back," he becomes progressively more riled by the interruptions - a request for a third, smaller blanket, an unaccountable bright light, shepherds, kings. The heavenly hallelujahs are the last straw: stomping out to the stable, the poor man is roundly shushed ("You'll wake the baby!") and promptly succumbs ("Isn't he lovely!"). The simple text is as approachable as Allan's deft, affectionately humorous cartoon-style illustrations, but this is not a trivialization. It's a gentle nudge to the reader's imagination: What would it really have been like to be there? Charming. (Kirkus Reviews)
Back cover copy
Perfect mini picture books to collect and to treasure. The story of the very first Christmas is hilariously told from the point of view of the innkeeper, who just wants a good night's sleep.