#BlogTour! Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur (@fredarthurbooks) @authorrightukpr

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Blurb.

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives.
Twenty-Four Days to Christmas is an Advent
Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

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What does TWG think?

What a brilliant Christmas book for children! If you have children yourself, or have young ones in the family, you’ll probably be aware that their patience is somewhat…non- existent. As soon as the shops bring out their Christmas goodies…in August, cough, children are led to believe that Christmas will be tomorrow. Rightly so, they’re only children and trying to teach them when Christmas is without ruining their dream, is a task in itself. Well, it was, until now. Fred Arthur has written a children’s book in the style of an advent calendar; 24 days to Christmas, with Poppy being the voice for young children everywhere. The book can be read a page a day as a count down, or, it can be read all at once. The choice is yours. Poor Poppy is devastated to hear that she has to wait 24 days until the big man in red gets stuck down the chimney, how can you tell a child they need to wait for goodies?

Well, just like Poppy’s parents, you get them doing Christmas themed activities every single day in the run up to Christmas Day. For example, baking mince pies, going to see Christmas shows, Christmas shopping; anything to keep their little minds full of Christmas joy ready for the big day itself. I thought the idea that Poppy’s parents had was GENIUS, they took her upset and devastation at waiting 24 days, and  turned it into something much more positive.

The writing itself is very child proof due to the fact it’s written in rhymes, brilliant idea. Also, illustrations are unbelievably cute and extremely innocent in the sense it made me feel as though I was able to bring out my inner child as I read it. I believe that Twenty Four Days to Christmas will be such a big hit for both children and parents alike; especially if you’re struggling to keep the little ones occupied and happy in the run up to Christmas. Who knows, you might turn the book into your very own tradition.
Fred Arthur, you’re a genius! Thank you Authoright!

About the author.

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy. Leaving school at the age of fifteen Pincher Martin entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and now holds the rank of Commander. Living with his family in Plymouth but working in Portsmouth writing creative emails and text messages to his young daughter has become part of his daily life. Mike Dineen graduated from St Andrew’s University before joining the Royal Navy, and he too holds the rank of Commander. Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire and
works in Scotland. Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches. Their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries, satisfy their passion for writing and foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.

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Fred Arthur’s Top 11 Christmas Films

1. Scrooged –Bill Murray – Just love Bill Murray and the idea in this modern
adaptation.
2. Love actually – A great Christmas Family film, full of stars.
3. It’s a wonderful life – A beautiful Christmas Film and the Mother in Law’s
favourite!
4. Scrooge – Muppets and Michael Caine – Daughter loves it, and MC is brilliant!
5. Miracle on 34 th street – The original and modern day are both as good – a real
feel good Christmas film.
6. Nativity – Who would like to meet Mr Poppy?
7. Home Alone – This is a family favourite
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Always funny!
9. White Christmas – One for the older generation – Fred loves it.
10. Elf- Who can drink that much coke in one go?
11. Trading Places – An 80’s classic and one of Fred’s all-time favourites – not
just at Christmas!

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