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The Twelve Days of Christmas Grandma is Overly Generous

Written by Alex T. Smith

Illustrated by Alex T. Smith

Early Years Key Stage 1

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Hilarious twist on the traditional carol makes this a must have for any Christmas collection

Dedicated to his own ‘utterly bonkers’ grandma’s and demonstrating his relish for all things Christmas related, Alex T Smith and Macmillan have lovingly produced this top-notch seasonal offering. In a lovely author note at the end we are told he started humming the tune and could not remember all the words and started making them up and so the carol starts traditionally up to five and from there things get more outlandish than even the original. I cannot decide which is my favourite: the eight bears a-balancing or the eleven penguins parping! Set firmly in the Edwardian era, when the original lyrics were first set to music, allows for gorgeous detail to pore over in the costumes worn by our increasingly amazed black heroine, Eloise Jingles, and the eponymous overgenerous grandma we meet at the end. But even more delight is found in all the lovely postage and packaging detail that we see before the contents are revealed. The Each Peach Pear Plum Home Orchard Co and Ms Trudy Truelove’s Lovebirds of Distinction can be easily matched with the gift, but it is the Extra Large Parcel Company’s huge box that holds the laugh out loud conclusion. This could inspire lots of creativity in making up your own versions of the song and designing your own stamps and packaging. A real delight for any home or classroom.

Joy Court

The Twelve Days of Christmas Grandma is Overly Generous Synopsis

A gorgeously illustrated Christmas classic re-written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith, The Twelve Days of Christmas, or Grandma is Overly Generous, is the creator of the Claude series and How Winston Delivered Christmas.

On the first day of Christmas my Grandma sent to me . . . Grandma's presents may start off sensible - a partridge is easy enough to take care of - but her generosity soon gets wildly out of hand . . . The Twelve Days of Christmas: Or Grandma is Overly Generous is a witty new take on the festive classic The Twelve Days of Christmas, accompanied by beautiful full-colour illustrations, this is the perfect Christmas present for any child.

The Twelve Days of Christmas Grandma is Overly Generous Press Reviews

A seasonal classic gets a new twist with a touch of Christmas chaos and beautiful illustrations. -- Charlotte Heathcote - The Express

The perfect Christmas present for kids of all ages - I hope there's one under the tree for me! -- Nina Pottell - Prima

Book Information

ISBN: 9781529043372
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Alex T. Smith
Illustrator: Alex T. Smith
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 56 pages
Year Groups: Early Years, Key Stage 1

About Alex T. Smith

A World Book Day Author 2019   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, ...

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