The Accidental Father Christmas

The Accidental Father Christmas

By Author / Illustrator

Tom McLaughlin



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Oxford University Press




Paperback / softback




The latest hilarious caper from author Tom McLaughlin. Funny by name. Funny by nature. Ben has one important thing on his Christmas list, and it's the same thing every year. He wants his dad to be at home for Christmas. But his wish never comes true. And Ben's starting to get a bit sceptical about Father Christmas's existence, he needs proof. So, on Christmas Eve, he sets up an elaborate booby trap to capture the jolly bearded fella as he comes sliding down the chimney. Kicking off a sequence of hilarious events that makes this Christmas the most bonkers ever!



This is my kind of story! Ben has had enough of impostor Santas, and sets a trap to catch the real one. But it all goes wrong and Ben ends up chasing a forgetful Santa through town. A hilarious story from the brilliant author Tom McLaughlin. I laughed throughout the entire story. Once you start reading about Ben, his family and his notebook full of spy information about Santa, you are hooked. There is a mystery surrounding where Ben's Dad is as he is always working. At one point I wondered if he was Santa. This is a fast paced story about a boy who still believes and the lengths he needs to go to in order to save Christmas. There are twists and turns throughout the story and a surprising set of Elves, who seem more a mafia gang than your everyday Christmas Elves. There is a black ops helicopter and as the story unfolds you figure it all out. Luckily for all, as in many Christmas stories, there is a happy ending!

Suggested Reading Age 7+


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