I Killed Father Christmas review
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Out Now: I Killed Father Christmas

By author Anthony McGowan, with illustrations by Chris Riddell (‘Little Gems’ from Barrington Stoke)

It’s Christmas Eve when Dad, looking at Jo-Jo’s extensive Christmas list, tells him that due to the economy Father Christmas doesn’t have much money for presents this year.

Hiding under his pillow to avoid the argument that this sparks between his parents, Jo-Jo overhears Mum accuse Dad of “killing Christmas”. What does she mean? Then Jo-Jo realises Dad must have killed Father Christmas…and it’s all Jo-Jo’s fault.

With no Father Christmas to deliver presents, Jo-Jo decides that he alone will have to fill the Father Christmas-shaped hole in the world and Jo-Jo has a plan!

A tender-hearted and magical Christmas story by Anthony McGowan, with illustrations throughout by the equally magical Chris Riddell, this is an enchanting and delightful story full of kindness and love, reminding us of the true meaning of Christmas.