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I'm disappointed, for one thing to be writing this review the way I am and for another - I guess that's obvious - by the book. "The Danger Gang" was brilliant - a great concept, funny, sweet and interesting. And I have to admit that we haven't read the first Christmasaurus book so I can't compare this one with its precursor, but it is just not very good. The story is quite complicated and meandering - and frankly boring and long-winded in places - and it just doesn't hang together. When reading it to my children I found myself vetting it and skipping chunks - particularly the multi-verse ditties - and parts of it I found almost embarrassingly silly. And there is the odd really unnecessary and annoying nod to political correctness - why on earth do we need to know in a light-hearted 'fairy story' that the 'stardust' (or whatever it's called - I can't check it because the book has gone to charity) is eco-friendly? All I can say is I'm really glad that most people enjoyed it.
I write this as a primary school teacher. Two classes and myself both loved the first book and The Creakers. It’s an entertaining book full of vivid imagery but unfortunately it doesn’t live up to the first. The story isn’t quite as simple to pick up and seems lengthier than necessary.
Now it really irks me to write this, I love Tom and Gi and fell in love with the Christmasaurus and the magic it gave to me and my kids. I was so excited to see a sequel. Sadly, I was disappointed. It felt a little forced, and simply beyond the realms of possibility to point where my 9 and 7 year old looked plainly puzzled at points when I was reading it to them. It was lacking that special magic that the first one had, but is passable as let’s face it, a story with Santa, a boy who loves Christmas and a magical blue dinosaur can’t be that bad can it?