It's safe to say that our house is definitely getting excited for christmas so both Eva and I were pleased to be asked to review the book Norman The Slug Who Saved Christmas, written by Sue Hendra. Even though Sue Hendra is a well known children's book author, we had not yet read any of her collection. All of her books are aimed at younger readers. There is already a book written about Norman the slug, who desperately longs to be a snail but can't seem to find a shell.
The paperback book arrived and immediate impressions were very good. The cover jumps straight out at you being bright, colourful, glittery and christmassy. This is everything Eva wants in a book. She couldn't wait to get it open.
The story is about Norman the slug who is settling into bed on christmas eve. He is hoping for some presents but can't believe his eyes when a sack full lands at his house. He frantically unwraps them but soon realises they are not for him. He knows he has to get the presents to the family they belong to but can one slug actually save christmas and get to their house in time before they wake up.
All of us in the house have loved reading this story. Personally I find Norman very charming and normally I have quite a dislike for slugs! He is a very likeable character even if he is slimy. I like the moral of the story and that is that you can achieve anything if you try hard enough. I also like the fact that he finds himself a shell at the end of the story but that is not clearly pointed out and young children probably wouldn't pick up on it.
Eva now asks to have this read to her every night. She loves the actual story and particularly enjoys the part where Santa sneezes and the present sack falls out of the sleigh. The story is easy for a young child to follow and understand. She adores the illustrations as they are bright, bold and sparkle out of the page.
If you are considering doing a christmas book advent this year then this would be an ideal addition for any young members of the family or a perfect read for christmas eve.