Wednesday, November 18, 2009

By Steven Hornby

OVERVIEW:  British author, Steven Hornby brings to life this wonderful children's novel.

In the secret world of the Christmas "Tree-Dwellers", Larry, a glass snowman, wakes up from the long sleep in the Christmas box, to find his brother missing from the tree. With friends, he escapes into the house to search for  him, and embarks on a series of fantastical adventures.

Praise comes easy for this book: "A flawlessly executed piece of imagination...Larry, Debbie and Splint will become Christmas icons, just like Frosty and Rudolph." B.B. Blog Review, Katrina Hall, "With suspenseful and surprising moments, Secrets of a Christmas Box makes for a great read during the holidays." 5 MinutesForBooks, Dawn Mooney  "Guaranteed to put a smile on your face every year as you prepare for the holiday season. A very creative and imaginative tale with memorable characters." BookPleasures Chris McCllister said, "Evolves into a truly riveting adventure...this story is a treasure. I will keep it, I will share it, I will re-read it and it will always live in my memory." Bobbie Wilson, age 8 said, "This book is as important to the Christmas season as the story of the 'Grinch Who Stole Christmas'." And Cherise Everhard remarked, "You will never look at decorating the Christmas tree in the same way again. This is a story that is meant to be shared and enjoyed by all ages. I highly recommend it."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Steven Honby is a multi award winning animator and has been storytelling for over 15 years in visual effects and animated movies. He was born in Preston, England and attend Lancaster University for Design Communication. He is best know for his award winning animation, bringing to life J.R.R. Tolkien's fictinal character, Gollum on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy. He initially planned 'Secrets of a Christmas Box' as a screenplay after spending several years having the story running around in his head, but instead turned it into his first children's novel.

MY REVIEW: The Secrets of a Christmas Box is delightful in every way. In a few days I am going to be reviewing a wonderful adult Christmas book--but this one is for children. So if you have young children at home or grandchildren, then you want to get a copy of this delightful and gorgeous book. Young children will enjoy just sitting looking at the beautiful dust jacket. The same full color picture is just inside the book covering two pages. There are black and white drawings of the marvelous characters throughout the book. I never buy a book just for the cover--but this one is tempting.

If I had young children in my home or living near by, I would follow the words found on the inside cover of the book: "From the start of December, to Christmas Eve night, one chapter an evening, wrapped up with delight."

My only interest in having you buy a copy of this book is the joy I would get from knowing you and your loved ones were spending some quality time together with smiles on your faces and joy in your hearts. You can find out how to purchase the book at


Mary said...

Thanks for the review and the link to buy it, Clif...I'm so glad you're reviewing these books for us...I would be standing in the book store, reading for hours, looking for just the right are so kind to do the reading for us! Of course, I know you love every minute of it, but your love of books touches all of us here in blogland...thank you!

God bless,


Heart2Heart said...


You've got me sold! What a great way to bring in the Christmas spirit all December long! Love your idea of one chapter a night.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

SmilingSally said...

What a lovely review, Clif.

Loren said...

i ordered both of these...but had to from amazon because I tried and tried with standard publishing last night for the special edition and could not get it to work but I am sooo looking forward to receiving both of these books!!

Thanks so much