Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, 2019.
The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland is an absolutely stunning book. It’s inspired by the world of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as well as the original Clement Clarke Moore poem.
It’s the night before Christmas and Santa Claus is just about to head out on his present-laden sleigh when an elf runs up clutching a letter addressed to Father Christmas. It’s a very old letter from the Princess of Hearts and has been lost for years. Santa resolves to make up for the undelivered present and sets course to Wonderland.
However so much time has passed since the letter was written that the princess is now grown up. Ever since her letter went unanswered, the Queen of Hearts has been bitter at the non-arrival of her longed-for present and she has hated Christmas. Under her rule, Christmas is banned; nobody gets any presents. Will Santa be able to save Christmas in Wonderland?
There’s lots of humour – both in the text and the illustrations – I think my favourite line is about Prancer who’s “on his absolute last final warning, since biting four elves on their bottoms that morning.”
Kate Hindley is one of our favourite illustrators and the illustrations in The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland are glorious – full of character, detail, charm and humour. All your favourite Wonderland characters are here – the Cheshire Cat, Alice, the Mad Hatter and the March Hare – and it’s great fun spotting all the brilliant Wonderland references. I also loved the Art Deco inspired interiors in the palace and the stylish vintage tea sets.
The Night Before Christmas in Wonderland fast became a favourite bedtime story in our house this December; I’ve loved reading it aloud – the jaunty rhythm and rhyming text make it lots of fun. This book is going to be part of our Christmas traditions for many years to come.
Suitable for children aged 3+
Thank you to Macmillan Children’s Books for sending me this book to review.