Book 33 - Father Christmas Needs a Wee! #100daysofbooks (verdict: not quite as hilarious as it sounds)

Day 33. After the success of The Little Mole poo story last week, this one, I thought, would be a sure winner. Unfortunately, not quite so. While it is a story about Santa overindulging in tasty beverages (and the predictable consequence), the natural hilarity of the subject matter doesn't quite translate into text, for a few reasons. Firstly, there's an unsubtle attempt to make this a counting book, which leads to some very laboured rhyming and some logic problems (why does Santa leave Christmas trees as presents? Why does each household get all the same gifts??). Then there's the logic of why Santa bothers to hold on so long. Did he not pass a public toilet during his rounds? And if not, he's a man - isn't the world his toilet?? Just because it's a kids' book doesn't mean these logic things don't matter. The ending, however, did seem fitting, and it was worth reading once. Maybe it's a title to whip out once a year, as a Christmas tradition. ;)

Master A's verdict: Squirmy, very squirmy ...


  • Title: Father Christmas Needs a Wee!
  • Author/Illustrator: Nicholas Allan
  • Source: Borrowed from local library
  • Publisher: Random House

What's on tomorrow? Another library pick.