Ewan Aged 4½   Reviews CHRISTMAS by Mike Clark

Ewan Aged 4½   Reviews CHRISTMAS by Mike Clark

Non-fiction Book of The Week “Christmas – Festivals Around The World by Mike Clark Published by BookLife”


We put a lot of effort into enjoying Christmas, but we also need to put effort into understanding what Christmas is all about. This beautiful 24-page masterpiece of a book, “Christmas” by Mike Clark Published by BookLife does just that.

The recommended age range is 5-7 years old but as with all BookLife books my four grandchildren aged 3 to 7 years old gained so much joy and knowledge from the book. That is due to an excellent formula of basic straight-talking words and beautiful, clear photographs and artwork.

The book is one of a series of twelve which look at worldwide festivals . The books help our children understand festivals in many different cultures.

Let’s see what Ewan has to say about the book.


Hi, Ewan here. As I said in my Saturday Blog, Christmas celebrations have started. So, it is only natural that our Non-fiction Book of the Week is “Christmas – Festivals Around the World” by Mike Clark published by BookLife.

This book is so full of good Christmassy things in photographs that are so realistic. Especially on Page 18 and Page 19 where there are glorious full-page photographs of a roast turkey and a Christmas pudding, which is Grandad’s favourite, but I find yucky ducky.

The book explains beautifully and carefully about all the food we traditionally eat at Christmas. Grandad says traditional means we always have that at Christmas. To be honest I’d rather have a McDonalds, Berger, French fries and ketchup with a McFlurry ice cream.

But Grandad says that is not healthy food and it is not traditional. But come on let’s make a new tradition.

Did you know Christmas is a festival? A festival takes place when people come together to celebrate a special event or time of the year. The book tells us that on Page 4. And that is what makes this book stand out from all the other Christmas books I have and Grandad has in his extended Christmas book library. The pictures and the words explain what Christmas is all about.

On Page 8 and 9 we are told that Christmas is a Christian festival to celebrate Jesus’ birthday on 25th December. He was born a long, long time ago. I think he was born before Grandad, even and not many people can say that.

There is a small cartoon person on some pages of the book named Sarah. She spells some key words out phonetically. As I am only just at the start of my reading career Grandad spells out the breakdown of the words for me. On Page 9 it is “Jee-sus”. This is perfect for Sister Freya, almost 7 years old and Brother Rory who is 7 years old.

But it’s excellent for me too because I am just starting to learn phonetics.

On Page 9, 10 and 11 I thought there were good photographs of Jesus as a grown man and then as a baby with his mum and dad in the stable. I thought they looked more like paintings because they were photographs that were almost 2,000 years old. But Grandad says they are really good paintings because there were no phones to take photos or selfies in Jesus’ time. They did not even have cameras! Phew, no wonder they say Jesus had special powers. He needed them to be able  to live without having selfies taken on his mum’s phone.

We are reminded of the Christmas Story on Page 10 & 11. I know it already because when I was a lot younger than today, that is 4 years old instead of 4 ½  and I was at pre-school I used to go to my church group on a Thursday afternoon with Mum and Mamma and we learned about Baby Jesus and the real reason for Christmas. And I have starred in hundreds of nativity plays. I am an “angel” in this year’s school nativity. Grandad seems to question me being cast in that role. I think it is perfect for me.

On Page 14 there is the best photograph in the world ever. It is a perfect picture of Santa Claus. He is sitting under a Christmas tree with his sack of toys and reading a great big unrolled list. Grandad says that list is so long it must be the one I send to Santa. But I think the list could be anyone’s.

In the book it says “Many children around the world believe in Santa Claus. Santa Claus is an old man who lives in the North Pole and loves Christmas.” That sounds just like Grandad, but he doesn’t live in the North Pole. I wonder if he could be Santa. He’s always tired on Christmas Day and falls asleep, so maybe he just could be.

This book about Christmas is so good and interesting. Grandad and I have looked at the pictures. Grandad read the words about the pictures to me. Some words were easy enough for me to read too.

And then we talked lots about what each page told us about Christmas in words and pictures. All Christmas facts. A brilliant book. I don’t have another Christmas book like this one. That makes it an amazing early Christmas present.

And that list Santa is reading in the photo is proof I need to send him a great big extra-long list. Mine is only short at the moment so I had better urgently go and add to it.

Bye Bye, Ewan

PUBLISHER’S WEBSITE: https://booklifepublishing.co.uk/


Christmas (Festivals Around the World) by Mike Clark (Author)

Hardcover: 24 pages

Age Range: 5 – 7 years

Publisher: BookLife Publishing

Learn about the diverse and vibrant festivals that are celebrated around the world. This series encourages children to consider religious beliefs and cultural practices via easy-to-read text and informative full-colour images.