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The Advent Calendar The Advent Calendar

Steven Croft
ISBN 9780232526806 (023252680X)
Darton, Longman & Todd, 2006

Category: Seasonal
Subcategory: Advent & Christmas

This is a great story to be read day by day, if you can refrain from reading ahead. I have to admit I struggled with restricting myself to one bit at a time - it's even more tempting than chocolate!

This is also a great story to be read together as a family or even by yourself. Hopeless uncle Sam, who isn't even old enough or mature enough to warrant the title 'uncle', brings home an intriguing and very unusual Advent Calendar for his nasty niece Alice. This is an advent calendar with a difference, no obvious doors, no chocolate. Each day a code is sent to Sam's mobile 'phone, when the code is punched into the buttons at the bottom of the wooden calendar weird things happen and Sam and Alice are off on an adventure.

It's like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or Sophie's World. There are codes to crack and secrets to unravel as Sam and Alice learn about the meaning of Christmas. An excellent read.

Don't miss it - it's much better than any ordinary advent calendar, even one with chocolates!

Sue Groom, October 2006

The Revd Sue Groom is the Director of Deanery Licensed Ministry for the Kensington Episcopal Area of London. Before this she was Vicar of St Matthew's, Yiewsley and also served as the Reader Training Officer for the Willesden Episcopal Area. She is the author of Linguistic Analysis of Biblical Hebrew (Paternoster Press, 2003).

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