The Christmasaurus and the Naughty List | Book Corner
Glancing over this year’s Naughty List, Father Christmas is surprised to see so many names on there – and some of children he only knows to be good. Fortunately, the Christmasaurus is on hand to help them to turn their negative actions around and make amends for their wrongdoings. The story acknowledges that there is good and bad in all of us and that everyone deserves the chance to right their wrongs. An uplifting and festive tale filled to the brim with Christmas spirit, The Christmasaurus and The Naughty List is the perfect title for this magical season.
The Christmasaurus and The Naughty List
Written by: Tom Fletcher
Illustrated by: Shane Devries
Age range: 6+ years
What we love about the book
Written by number one bestselling author, Tom Fletcher, The Christmasaurus and The Naughty List is a sweet and engaging tale encapsulating the true meaning of Christmas – love, understanding and forgiveness. Sure to be a favourite in your choices of Christmas story books for kids, it is full of adventure and excitement to keep young readers engaged throughout with its witty narrative and valuable life lessons. The book provides endless examples of how important it is to right your wrongs, to learn from those wrongdoings, and to be able to extend forgiveness to others who have wronged you. A truly uplifting journey that appreciates the good (and the naughty) in all of us and acknowledges that we are all a work in progress.
Why it should be on your bookshelf
- A perfect choice for the festive season, this book is sure to bring joy and heaps of Christmas spirit to children everywhere.
- The book serves as a beautiful reminder to us all that we are only human – we can all slip up but we can also choose to make amends.
- Great for independent young readers to enjoy themselves and equally delightful for children to listen to as an adult reads it to them.
Q&A with Tom Fletcher
In only three words, how would you describe The Christmasaurus and The Naughty List?
Three words? OK…So, it is Christmassy, it is adventurous, and…happy-making. I think it’s going to make you feel happy and Christmassy. Happy-making, Christmassy and adventurous.
What inspired you to carry on with the story of The Christmasaurus?
I guess I just can’t leave that dinosaur alone. You know, because when you write a book, you create this world, all these characters and then it’s sad when you finish the book. You feel like, ‘What happens next?’, especially with Christmas because you obviously have Christmas every year so every year I’m like, ‘well, what are they doing this Christmas? I want to know!’ So I just thought of this title - The Christmasaurus and The Naughty List - I just thought, ‘that’s a really cool title’ and so I wanted to write that, I wanted to find out what the book was for that title. So I wrote it.
Did a young Tom at any point ever think he was on Santa’s Naughty List?
I think young Tom was probably never on The Naughty List! I was quite a good kid – too good, in fact looking back. Suspiciously good. Grown up Tom…I’ve probably done a few things that should get me on The Naughty List but, you know what, who hasn’t? I think that’s the moral of The Christmasaurus and The Naughty List though, it’s that you’re not good or bad or naughty or nice, we’re all a bit of everything. We’re all flawed – we all do some bad things, we all do some good things. That’s what the book is about.
What will Christmas look like in the Fletcher household this year?
It will look Christmassy – there will be a Christmas tree. Last year we had dinosaurs on our Christmas tree so I’m hoping I’m allowed to put the dinosaurs back on the Christmas tree again this year. That would be fun, I like the dinosaur Christmas tree!
From writing songs to writing books, where does the creative gene come from?
Well my parents are both creative, but I don’t know if it’s a creative gene or if it’s just pure luck.
What advice can you give to aspiring young authors and songwriters?
OK, serious advice would be just to persevere because it’s so hard. I’m so lucky and I don’t take that for granted. I know both my jobs – being a musician and being in a band, and being an author – they’re one in a million chances of being able to do those so I’m so lucky. It’s really easy to get disheartened and give up, so if you have an idea and you believe in yourself, then don’t give up. Just keep going. Persevere.
Who has inspired you and your work the most over the years?
I’m inspired by so much. My family – my kids are really inspiring. They come up with some brilliant ideas actually, I just steal all my kids’ ideas! I’d say my kids probably inspire me the most.
What is the favourite book you’ve written and song you’ve composed?
The Christmasaurus is probably my favourite book because it was my first novel and I’ve always wanted to write a novel. It was really hard and it had this amazing sense of achievement at the end of it that I hadn’t had in quite a while.
Song – probably All About You because it was never intended to be a song for my band, or even to be released. I wrote it as a Valentine’s Day present for my girlfriend (who is now my wife) and it just went on to become our biggest song for my band. It was the Comic Relief song so it raised a load of money for an amazing charity. So, this one song that I never even intended to be released ended up becoming everyone’s song, in a way. It’s amazing hearing people sing that song and have it as their first dance at their weddings and all that stuff – that’s incredible. So that song, I think. All About You.
You’ve achieved a lot already but are there any other life ambitions still to achieve?
I would like to see a UFO and make contact with aliens, that would be really cool. I don’t know if I’m the best qualified person in the human race to do that so maybe I’d just like to witness that happening. I don’t know what else I’d like to achieve, I’ve got lots that I want to do. I’d like to write a movie and write a musical…Some things that I’m already working on but just haven’t come into fruition yet. So yeah, I’ve got a lot of things still to do.
Finally, do you have a life motto?
A life motto? What’s my life motto? I feel like I should have a motto, I haven’t come up with one yet – I don’t know why that is. Maybe something like, ‘It will be alright. It will all be alright in the end. Everything will be OK’, that’s probably my motto.
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