The Best Christmas Present in the World, Hardback Book

The Best Christmas Present in the World Hardback

Illustrated by Michael Foreman

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


In The Best Christmas Present in the World, War Horse author Michael Morpurgo revisits the trenches to tell the haunting story of Christmas 1914 when soldiers on both sides put down their weapons in honour of Christmas Day. This is the story that also moved Carol Ann Duffy to write The Christmas Truce and Hilary Robinson to write The Christmas Truce: The Place Where Peace Was Found. A typically spellbinding tale from the former Children's Laureate.

This vivid and emotive war story is matched by the stunning artwork from Michael Foreman (War Boy, War Game).

A picture book not to be missed at Christmas time. Perfect for kids aged 5 and up. Look out for Michael's other Christmas titles:Mimi and the Mountain DragonThe Goose is Getting FatThe Best Christmas Present in the WorldThe Best of Times


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 48 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Egmont UK Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General
  • ISBN: 9781405215183



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This is the story of the Christmas Truce of 1914 which happened at Ypres on the Western Front between the British and German troops. Morpurgo's retelling of the story happens when a letter from the Front is discovered in a newly purchased antique desk by a man who narrates the story; which is essentially about the common bond between people.I have heard of this touching story in the past and my expectations of the book were probably too high because of this. Possibly because the story has been told for children, I felt that it lacked depth with such simple sentence construction. I would have also liked to have seen more information, perhaps with a historical piece added at the end of the book. Beautifully illustrated, but slightly disappointing.

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