I Killed Father Christmas by Anthony McGowan, illustrated by Chris Riddell


It’s Christmas Eve, but Jo-Jo isn’t sleeping. He’s sat upstairs listening to his parents arguing and it’s all his fault. If only he hadn’t been so greedy, Father Christmas would still be alive! Jo-Jo does the only thing he can; he pulls off his pillow cases, sorts through his toys, borrows a coat and sets off to spread the magic of Christmas.

A touching tale about the true meaning of Christmas, beautifully told through the magical combination of Anthony McGowan’s words and Chris Riddell’s illustrations. I particularly loved the colour contrast of the illustrations throughout the story and the ending, which just begs a jolly good book chat, preferably with a mince pie or two!

One of the latest additions to Barrington Stoke’s fabulous Little Gems range, this is the perfect stocking filler for your little gems.

Huge thanks to Barrington Stoke for sending me a copy for review. It’s a very welcome addition to my school bookshelf.

About The Publisher…

Barrington Stoke books are designed to help dyslexic and reluctant readers, with:

  • Tinted pages to reduce visual stress, which may be more common in people with dyslexia and can make words seem to jump or dance on the page
  • A special font that helps prevent people with dyslexia confusing letter shape
  • Special spacing to help minimise confusing, blurring and switching
  • Thick paper to make sure words and pictures don’t show through from other pages and confuse the eye
  • Special editing to help minimise barriers to comprehension. This process was developed by dyslexia and speech and language experts in response to research and feedback from thousands of readers on hundreds of Barrington Stoke manuscripts over the years.



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