Synopsis: How did the world come to believe Santa Claus is a man? It’s all just a big misunderstanding! This tale of friendship, sleigh rides and two formidable girls is THE Christmas book of the year – a gloriously funny, festive adventure that will delight even the biggest Grinch.

Join Blanche Claus and her best friend Rinki for a funny festive sleigh ride you’ll never forget!

From Sibéal Pounder, bestselling author of the Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids series, this tale of friendship and mince-pie feasts is the perfect book to curl up with this winter. Funny, feminist and with a huge heart.

Release Date: 29th October 2020

Format Read: Ebook

Genres: Christmas, Historical, Family, Friendship, Magic, Fantasy

Pages: 320

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Children’s Books for the Earc to read and review.

Review:If you love Christmas then I 100% recommend you read this. It is Christmas perfection. From the incredible story being told, to the spirit throughout to the magical-ness of it all and the cast of characters we meet within. It’s a must read for any Christmas lover out there. 

There are so many things I loved about this book for a start Blanche Claus yes it was so perfect that this story told us that ‘Santa’ Claus is a strong, determined, incredibly sweet, intelligent and resilient woman who does anything she sets her mind to doing. This book shows you all of that with our protagonist Blanche, it’s something the world needs to see that a woman can seriously be and do anything including be ‘Santa’ Claus. It is wonderful and you instantly love her from page one, she’s a fierce and wonderful well written woman. 

The imagination used to create this story is wondrous, taking the ideas that are out there for Christmas and all the elements and components that make it up and finding a natural reason for them, for creating them into existence in this world. From what the Elves really are to how Claus became Claus, to how Rudy became who she was and so popular. Plus the invitation to meeting Krampus which due to his terrifying nature you rarely see in stories like this. To the truest of magic, friendship and that one red bauble can be the best gift you ever receive.

I loved all the characters they were all so wonderfully written from cook who sings anytime Krampus is near which made me laugh so much, to the array or Carols with different personalities each one so perfectly crafted, to Rinki and Santa who were the truest of best friends to Blanche. Plus all the other characters we meet through this journey to create Christmas. 

I’m a Christmas person all year round and getting to read this made me feel so magical inside, that warm and wonderful Christmas feeling and spirit. It’s a book I’m certainly going to be reading each year from now on. 


Where to Buy: Amazon UK, Wordery, Book Depository, Waterstones

About the Author: Sibéal has written for publications including The Guardian, fashion trend forecaster WGSN, and The Financial Times, where she was the resident philanthropy columnist for the How To Spend It section for six years. She studied Modern History at St Andrews and Quentin Tarantino film at Yale.

Her bestselling debut Witch Wars has been translated into 10 languages so far and was shortlisted for the Sainsbury’s Children’s Book Award and the Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize.


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