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The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch Hardcover
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The eagerly-anticipated sequel to Tom Fletcher's bestselling magical adventure, The Christmasaurus.
'She is the best-kept Christmas secret of all,' whispered Santa Claus. 'Which is surprising, because Christmas itself would not exist without her. She is older than time itself, yet still as young as tomorrow. She is known only as the Winter Witch.'
One year has passed since William Trundle's incredible adventure with the most extraordinary dinosaur: the Christmasaurus. Now, William is swept back to the magical North Pole, where he meets the mysterious, icy Winter Witch - whose power to control time allows Santa Claus to make the long journey all around the world every Christmas Eve.
And when they learn that the fate of Christmas itself hangs in the balance, William and the Christmasaurus must work with the Winter Witch to protect it...
Full of magic and music, humour and heart, and a friendship like no other, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch is the most enchanting Christmas read for the whole family.
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At 400 pages long its interminably long with some of the the clunkiest and unfathomable plot setting I've ever read. He's actually tried to lift chunks of the 'back to the future' story making it ridiculously convoluted. What's worse is that the main plot device makes precisely zero sense.
We're about 40 pages from the end after several months slogging through it, and just waiting for the main character to make use of the magical maguffin in his pocket that was agonisingly put there 300 pages ago. Given that its The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch, well the Christmasaurus hardly appears for the first 200 pages; the winter witch has barely featured at all
I feel like I have to say something nice; The only redeeming feature is the positive representation of a wheelchair using protagonist.
Aside from that, the illustrations aren't as bad as the book (so I don't feel like a liar because I can't give a 0 star review) and once you get to the end you aren't obliged to ever put yourself through anything as awful again.
Edit: we read the last 30 pages and it got even worse!
While still lots of fun with great illustrations it was a trickier read though.
You do have to have read the first to appreciate this sequel. It's a more complex story with William's extended family and time travel elements giving much more to keep a track of this time.
We read all of this one together where as he read quite a bit of the first to himself. This sequel took a bit more explaining as we went.
Also (a bit like his Christmas crazy characters) the author gets quite carried away with his story and it feels like many sentences, paragraphs and whole chapters are far too long.
It is a really fun read with many really touching moments overall.
We were never very in to the Tom Fletcher picture books (such as Dinosaur Poops...) but have been extremely impressed with Tom Fletcher's Children's novels. My son is now reading the Danger Gang and enjoying that.
I have purchased the Christmasaurus for friends this Christmas and like me they have been very impressed.