At Space on the Bookshelf we campaign the Man in Red every year to try and get him to put a book in every child's stocking. However we know that there are so many great books out there and so many different children that it can be difficult to match books to children. We therefore try to give him a helping hand by asking people to writer a letter to Father Christmas suggesting a stocking filler.
Today we welcome back to SOTB author and assistant editor Robin Stevens whose début novel Murder Most Unladylike was featured as a 3D review in the summer Press Here to read. This is also Robin's second Book in Every Stocking letter, as she also contributed last year, press here to read her letter from 2013.
This year, the book that I think should be in stockings all over the world is Flora and Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo. Kids are always being told what kind of books they should read, because grown-ups are not always as smart as they think they are. I hope this book teaches those grown-ups a lesson. Flora and Ulysses is a beautifully written, touching story about a little girl with divorced parents trying to work out her place in the world – and it’s also a totally brilliant comic book about a flying squirrel who loves doughnuts. It totally confounds expectations, it’s crazy, and it’s sheer fun to look at and read. There’s something for everyone, and I think it could just perform the ultimate Christmas miracle – turning a kid into a reader.
So good luck, Santa – and merry Christmas!