Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, totally worn out and screaming,
"WOO HOO, what a ride!"

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Review: Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby

From the start of December,

to Christmas Eve night,

one chapter an evening,

wrapped up with delight.

Enter the magical festive world
of the Christmas 'Tree-Dwellers', as Larry, a Christmas snowman, wakes up after the long sleep in the Christmas box, to find his brother is missing. Desperate to find him before Christmas, Larry, along with his girlfriend Debbie, a newcomer Splint, and Larry's companion Tinsel, break the laws of the 'Tree-Elders' and escape down the tree and away into the house, to look for clues. Away from the safety of the tree and in an unfamiliar world, the Dwellers stumble upon a dark and sinister secret that threatens their entire world. Can Larry and the group make it back to the tree in time to warn the others, and finally uncover the truth behind the 'Secrets of a Christmas Box'?

With it's colorful cover, 56 charming black and white illustrations on heavy weight paper and entertaining story this book could be a family favorite. There are 24 chapters that would be fun to read a chapter a night for the month of December. While some of the dialogue felt out of place and didn't appeal to me - the parents constantly called each other "Love" and said things like "Goodness", the ornaments had an exciting adventure that kept me interested. Larry the Snowman (my favorite) along with his dog Tinsel, girlfriend Debbie an elf/reindeer and their new friend Splint the wooden soldier go off in search of Larry's brother. The last chapters are a bit scary for younger readers but overall I think this story would really appeal to children. I passed it on to my 5 and 9 year-old nephews and they were thrilled with it, especially the drawings. I think this is a book meant to be shared.

Debut novel for multiaward winning animator Steven Hornby. He is currently working on sequel.

Thank you to the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher: Ecky Thump Books
Release date: 9/1/09
Pages: 248
Price/format: $18.95/hardcover
Age: 8-12


  1. That's a wonderful idea to read a chapter a night. You are just so clever, Debbie!

  2. I second the thoughts already shared in the comments before me! Reading a chapter a night leading up to the holidays sounds like a wonderful idea! We try to keep a selection of "quick-read" books on hand just for that very purpose...thanks for sharing! Happy reading!

  3. I am attracted to the cover every time I see it. I must add this to my holiday list for next year.

  4. I just won this book so I'm so excited for when it arrives. From what I've read from reviews it sounds similair to Jim Henson's Th Christmas Toy.

  5. Looks good. Is it time for Christmas yet? ;)


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