The final book for my 'Twelve Books for Christmas' is a very festive one, a zany picture book called The Santa Trap written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Poly Bernatene.
Bradley Bartleby is bad – so bad that he plans to trap Santa Claus and ruin Christmas.
With a house full of dynamite, guillotines and trap doors and a garden full of hungry tigers, what could possibly go wrong?
Here's a couple of sample spreads:
Sounds fun, doesn't it? You can buy it here:
Jonathan Emmett worked as an architect, before pursuing a career in children’s books. As well as writing picture books such as Bringing Down the Moon, Someone Bigger and The Princess and the Pig, Jonathan also writes and paper-engineers pop-up books. His books have won several awards including the Red House Children’s Book Award for Pigs Might Fly and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for The Pig’s Knickers.
I asked Jonathan to tell us a bit about himself:
Do you have any favourite family Christmas traditions? If so, what are they?
Christmas day in the Emmett household always begins with a treasure hunt. It started when the kids were little and has since become a family tradition. Every Christmas morning the family come downstairs to find all of the presents have been taken from under the Christmas tree and moved into a locked "Treasure Room" at the back of the house. This is the work of the Puzzle Elf, one of Santa's lesser known little helpers. The family have to answer a series of multiple choice questions, the correct answers to which give the location of a grid square on a map of the house where the next clue can be found. The final question gives the location of the key to the treasure room. For some reason the Puzzle Elf never sets me any questions — I assume it’s because she thinks I’m either far too clever or far too stupid. The hunt usually takes about an hour to complete. If you fancy doing something similar, you can find more details in this blog post: http://scribblestreetnews.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/christmas-is-coming-and-so-is-puzzle.html
When do you open your Christmas presents?
After the treasure hunt has been completed - usually around 10 am. My wife’s family open their presents after lunch, but the kids and I are incapable of such self-restraint.
If you could invite any author living or dead to share your Christmas lunch, who would it be?
It would have to be Charles Dickens. He’s sometimes credited with inventing Christmas (although he obviously didn’t invent the story about the bloke with the beard and sandals). I’ve read all of Dickens’s novels, so I’m a bit of a fanboy. According to many biographers he was quite a flawed person, but he was a brilliant author and I think he’d make a perfect Christmas guest.
What book would you like to find in your Christmas stocking?
I have been dropping hints about Philip Reeve’s Railhead. I’m a huge fan of his Mortal Engines books so it’s good to see him returning to Science Fiction.
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Thanks for dropping by, Jonathan. Merry Christmas!