A Night at the Frost Fair

A Night at the Frost Fair

By Author / Illustrator

Emma Carroll, Sam Usher


Historical Fiction

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Simon & Schuster Ltd








Capture the magic of winters past with this stunning gift for all the family by bestselling author Emma Carroll, and award-winning illustrator, Sam Usher.  'A magical adventure to melt the frostiest of hearts' Ben Miller.

It's Christmastime, and searching for magic, Maya finds herself transported back 200 years to the banks of the frozen river Thames. A boy called Eddie shows Maya the bustle of the glittering frost fair, filled with music, sweet stalls and thrilling rides. Is this all a dream, or can Maya bring a piece of the beautiful frost fair home with her after all . . . ?

A winter story of freedom and family, from the award-winning Emma Carroll, with stunning full colour illustrations by Sam Usher, A Night at the Frost Fair is a classic to treasure on the family bookshelf this Christmas and for years to come.



A heart warming story in which Maya finds herself transported back into historical London Thameside. There, Maya meets a friend called Eddie who shows her the sights of the Winter Frost Fair. Maya and Eddie have a deeper connection than they may first realise and Maya realises her dream may be real after all!

This book would make a beautiful read together book for bedtimes, a good independent read for developing readers or a really lovely gift for boys and girls alike. It would suit children of 7+ as an independent story but would make a lovely shared read for younger children. The illustrations are charming and capture both modern and historical London entwined.

It wasn’t until reading this book I understood the versatility of Emma Carrol. The sights and smells that Maya and Eddie experience at the fair could support some wonderful setting description work in the classroom and create some wonderful opportunities for drama in a Key Stage 1 classroom.

72 pages / Reviewed by Lisa Watkins, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 5+


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