How Winston Delivered Christmas

How Winston Delivered Christmas : A Christmas Story in Twenty-Four-and-a-Half Chapters

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From Alex T. Smith, bestselling author of the Claude series, comes How Winston Delivered Christmas - the irresistible story of the brave little mouse who sets out on an adventure on Christmas Eve. Featuring beautiful colour artwork from the author and Christmassy activities to make-and-do throughout, this gorgeous book is sure to become a festive family tradition that will be enjoyed year after year.

Winston the mouse is on a Very Important Mission. On Christmas Eve, he finds a letter that has gotten lost on its way to Father Christmas - so, with no time to lose, he sets out to deliver it himself in time for Christmas Day! He has a lot of Very Exciting Adventures on his Very Important Mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way.

Each chapter includes it's very own festive activity for all the family to enjoy together - including writing a letter to Father Christmas, making mince pies, designing your very own Christmas cards, making presents, creating decorations, and so much more!

This beautiful hardback features a festively foiled jacket, a ribbon marker and head and tail bands, making it the perfect Christmas gift.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 176 pages
  • 214 x 262 x 28mm | 939g
  • Macmillan Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed.
  • 9781509851522
  • 38,917

Table of contents

Introduction - i: How to Read This Book Chapter - 1: A Very Important Mission Section - ii: Write a Letter to Father Christmas Chapter - 2: A Mysterious Flying Object Section - iii: Make a Winston Finger Puppet Chapter - 3: An Envelope Out of Place Section - iv: Make a Christmas Tree Paper Chain Chapter - 4: Winston Sets Off Section - v: Make a Snowflake Decoration Chapter - 5: Window Shopping Section - vi: Make Gingerbread Mice Chapter - 6: The Room in the Rafters Section - vii: Make a Paper Chain Decoration Chapter - 7: The Jolly Holiday Travel Agents Section - viii: International Christmas Traditions Chapter - 8: Thinking Big Thoughts Section - ix: Make a Pompom Robin Chapter - 9: Mince Pies and Movies Section - x: Make Christmas Gifts Chapter - 10: An Important Clue Section - xi: Make Mince Pies Chapter - 11: A Cosy Bed Made of Straw Section - xii: Make Stained-Glass Window Biscuits Chapter - 12: Splash and Splatter! Poem - xiii: Make Wrapping Paper and Gift Tags Chapter - 13: As Flat as a Pancake (almost) Section - xiv: Make Christmas Fairy Peg-Dolls Chapter - 14: You Aren't a Salmon Section - xv: Make a Party Invitation Chapter - 15: Purveyors of Fine Goods Since 1847 Section - xvi: Make Your Own Party Food Chapter - 16: Team Work Section - xvii: Make Your Own Christmas Tree Decoration Chapter - 17: Dilly-Dallying Section - xviii: Make Your Own Christmas Crackers Chapter - 18: Stinky and Therefore Tasty Section - xix: Make an Orange Pomander Chapter - 19: Eduardo Fromage Section - xx: Make a Christmas Jar Chapter - 20: A Night-Time Feast Section - xxi: Make Your Own Christmas Box Chapter - 21: Clockwork Section - xxii: Random Acts of Kindness Chapter - 22: The Great Flying Mouse Section - xxiii: Make a Snow Globe Chapter - 23: A Light in the Sky Section - xxiv: Make Christmas Table Decorations Chapter - 24: The End Section - xxv: Christmas Checklist Chapter - 25: Hot Buttered Toast Section - xxvi: Tips For Next Year Section - xxvii: We Wish You a Merry Christmas Section - xxviii: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas Section - xxix: Jingle Bells Section - xxx: The Twelve Days of Christmas Section - xxxi: Letter from the Author
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Review Text

The author and illustrator of the Claude series has written a good pre-Christmas gift - a story advent calendar with a chapter for every day. The final tale, ambitiously perhaps, is designed to be read on Christmas morning. Winston, a homeless must deliver a letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. Alex O'Connell The Times
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Gorgeously illustrated, this is a poignant and heart-warming story. * * Utterly gorgeous stuff. -- Fiona Noble * The Bookseller * Beautifully illustrated, a fantastic idea, a heartwarming story and a book that is destined to become a Christmas classic. * Carousel * This is the most sumptuous book . . . a perfect Christmas book, lovingly produced with a green bookmark ribbon, a fabric spine, and beautiful colour illustrations, through which the warmth of happiness radiates . . . Magical and heartwarming. -- Clare Zinkin * * Alex T. Smith's resplendently published Advent adventure . . . interwoven with creative activities is the sweet story of an intrepid and compassionate mouse delivering a letter to Santa. Illustrated with humour and elegance, this promotes kind, artistic Christmases. * Sunday Times *
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About Alex T. Smith

Alex T. Smith has drawn and written stories since he could hold a pencil. After considering several career options (space traveller, cake maker, professional rabbit), Alex decided to train to do the job he'd wanted to do since he was five - an illustrator specializing in the world of children's publishing.

Alex graduated with a first-class degree in Illustration in 2006 and also won second place in the Macmillan Prize for Illustration in his final year. Since then Alex has gone on to work for a wide variety of clients, not just in the publishing industry, as well as writing and illustrating his own picture books, many of which have won prizes and have been read on TV during the Bedtime Hour on the CBeebies channel. Alex is also the creator of the bestselling Claude series for early readers, which are soon to appear in their own TV series on Disney Junior.

When not working, Alex enjoys doodling in his sketchbook, reading, people-watching and eavesdropping. He is also a big fan of cake and a nice cup of tea. He lives with and under the constant 'supervision' of his canine companions in Warwickshire. How Winston Delivered Christmas is his first title for Macmillan.
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