Sarah Reviews… The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher

Title: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch

Author: Tom Fletcher

Publisher: Puffin

Publication Date: 3rd October 2019

Format: Hardback

About the book:

‘She is the best-kept Christmas secret of all,’ whispered Santa Claus. ‘Which is surprising, because she is so powerful that Christmas itself would not exist without her. She is older than time itself, yet still as young as tomorrow. She is known only as the Winter Witch.’

A year has passed since a boy named William Trundle had an incredible adventure with the most extraordinary dinosaur: the Christmasaurus. Now, William is about to be swept back to the North Pole, and meet the icy, mysterious and magical Winter Witch, whose power to control time allows Santa to travel all around the world on Christmas Eve. And when William learns that the fate of Christmas hangs in the balance, he and the Christmasaurus must risk everything to save it . . .

Full of magic, music, and a friendship like no other, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch is the most enchanting Christmas read for the whole family.

What I Thought:

We’re back visiting William just one year after his adventures of the first book. This year though things are a little different, Brenda Payne and her mum have moved in with William and his dad and they’re getting ready to spend their first Christmas together when Santa and the Christmasaurus arrive to take them on a visit to the North Pole.

Christmas has now been and gone but I’m still doing some festive reading so for today’s Blogmas review I’m delighted to be sharing my thoughts on the follow-up to the wonderful The Christmasaurus: The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch!

Like the original book the hardback appears a hefty tome and comes in at nearly 400 pages! Broken down into 30 chapters and once again filled with beautiful illustrations it will make a fantastic advent read, a little bit each night in the run up to Christmas, assuming you can put it down that is! I read it in just two sittings and it took me a few hours.

I loved rejoining our cast of characters from the first story. There are relatively few new introductions, and I felt this meant the main plot of the story started much sooner. We were into the action pretty quickly. It was lovely to see William and Brenda adjusting to their new situation with Brenda and her mum learning what Christmas with the Trundles means! And of course there’s the benefit of another magical trip to the North Pole!

No spoilers, but the baddie this time round seemed even worse, I can’t imagine how I would feel if the vision of the world in 30 years time actually came true!

Once again I can’t end this review without mentioning the fabulous illustrator Shane Devries, who once again has brought Tom’s creations to life! The illustrations are beautiful and I loved the character gallery at the beginning. I read the first Christmasaurus novel as an ebook, so this was the first time I’d held a Christmasaurus book in my hands and I was delighted to find such a beautiful illustration hidden beneath the dust jacket!

Final Thoughts

How lovely it was to catch up with William and The Christmasaurus again! I feel like this adventure was more dramatic, the stakes were certainly pretty high! I’m not sure if Tom has a third book planned but if he does I’ll be more than happy to catch up with them again. If not what a wonderful ending showing the importance of family and not things at Christmas.

The Christmasaurus Series – via Goodreads

More Tom Fletcher on SWB

About The Author

Tom Fletcher is one of the UK’s bestselling authors for children. The Christmasaurus was the biggest debut middle-grade novel of 2016 and was shortlisted for a British Book Award, and The Creakers was a number one bestseller. Tom is also the bestselling author of the In Your Book picture book series, as well as one half of the author duo behind the Dinosaur that Pooped picture book series, which has sold over a million copies. Tom’s books have been translated into thirty-two languages and counting. He is also a music-making, song-writing, guitar-playing, Guinness World Record-holding, nappy changing, galaxy-defending dad!

Connect With Tom

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Want to buy it?

As always if you’ve read the book let me know what you thought! If you’ve not read it yet will my review convince you to pick it up?

4 thoughts on “Sarah Reviews… The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher

    1. Sarah - SWB

      They really are delightful! I’d imagine for younger children moving away from picture books they could be a little intimidating, they’re chunky books! but the pictures are so so beautiful. There’s audiobooks too which I imagine would be fun to listen to. There’s a musical edition of the first one that has Tom & Gi etc singing on


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