“ Author: Nicholas Allan / Format: Paperback / Date of publication: 06 October 2011 / Genre: Picture Storybooks / Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK / Title: Jesus' Christmas Party / ISBN 13: 9781849415262 / ISBN 10: 1849415262 „
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Jesus' Christmas Party is a nice little book for kids to help explain the origins of Christmas in a fun, light-hearted way.
The book cost us £4.19 and is a lightweight paperback book, the cover is beautiful and the illustrations throughout are pretty without being overbearing, at times when it is simply the innkeeper in the drawing they do occasionally look too simple, but overall I think it is a visually interesting book, not on a par with the Julia Donaldson stories or others for detail, but it is nicely drawn in an understated elegant sense.
The story itself is told from the viewpoint of the innkeeper, a man who running his inn has no room, but lets a couple sleep in his stables, as he tries to get a good nights sleep he is disturbed by wise men, kings and others knocking at his door, and dazzling stars shining through his window, eventually it all gets too much for this grumpy custodian who goes to see what all the kerfuffle is about and joins one of the most famous Christmas parties of all time.
The story is simple, not too wordy or complicated and looks at a famous story from an entirely new angle, I liked it and liked the fact that this grumpy old guy doesn't really fit with the joy of the original story, but has an integral part in it, it reminded me oddly of Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, the idea of the life of a character who appears in a famous story momentarily and then disappears from it.
The book looks good, the story is well told and good fun, it will be a book for bringing out during the festive season mainly but it is a decent tale and one well worth reading.
A special new enlarged edition of the bestselling Christmas story told from the point of view of the grumpy innkeeper. When a night of angels, shepherds and bright stars keeps him from his sleep, is there anything that will cheer him up?