Secrets of a Christmas Box
Steven Hornby
Ecky Thump Books (2009)
ISBN 9780981588308
Reviewed by Bobbie Wilson (age 8) for Reader View (9/09)

 

I think “Secrets of a Christmas Box” would make a perfect bedtime-story book for the month of December, starting on December the first with twenty-four chapters and it’s full of Christmas.  This book is as important to the Christmas season as the story of the “Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”  Every chapter is an adventure that makes me want to jump right into the next.

The story opens with Mr. Ferguson and the children, Aaron and Emma, returning home from Christmas shopping, to the amazement of their mother, with a huge Christmas tree.  Then the tree is brought into the house, placed in the corner and trimmed with all the treasured decorations, including the special Christmas box.

Larry the snowman and his friend Tinsel come to life as soon as night falls and the house becomes quiet.  The adventure starts developing with all the many decorations as they come to life.  The two old friends have all sorts of adventures from the top of the tree to the bottom and then around the back to the dark side.

“Secrets of a Christmas Box” by Steven Hornby is a fun book and I’m going to tell my friends about it. Mr. Hornby’s writing kept my attention through the book.

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