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I Killed Father Christmas


FORMAT: Paperback PRICE: £6.99 PAGES: 96 Pages PUBLICATION DATE: 21/10/2017 ISBN: 9781781127100

I Killed Father Christmas

Anthony McGowan, illus by Chris Riddell

Barrington Stoke

A delightfully witty and tender-hearted Christmas story like none other, introducing a unique author and illustrator collaboration to make for a very special Little Gem.

Jo-Jo’s mum and dad are arguing again – but this time it’s on Christmas Eve and Jo-Jo’s convinced it’s all his fault. He’s been spoiled, selfish and greedy – and his badness has actually killed Father Christmas. To make amends, Jo-Jo decides that he must be Father Christmas – and so he fills sacks with his old toys and puts on Mum’s long red coat. But then a magical encounter with the real Father Christmas shows Jo-Jo that the true message of Christmas is the giving of love, not of gifts.

Selling points

  • An incredibly high-profile, award-winning author and illustrator, paired together for the first time which is sure to be a favourite of the book trade
  • A perfect seasonal story for young readers
  • The acclaimed Little Gems are gorgeous first chapter books, by the cream of children’s talent, with super readable layouts and design, a chunky friendly format, high spec finishes and packed with fun extras – sales for the series are nearly 250k since the launch in 2012


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