- Title: Hoglets’ Christmas Magic
- Author: Lynette Creswell
- Publisher: White Rabbit Books on August, 2021
- Genre: Children’s Book
- Pages: 32
- Formats Available: Paperback & Digital
- Rating: 5/5
Trigger Warnings: None
Many thanks to Lynette Creswell for providing me with a pdf copy of Hoglets’ Christmas Magic with a request for an honest review.
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About Hoglets’ Christmas Magic
It’s Christmas Eve with the hoglets.
Prickles and Primrose are excited. That is until… As they decorate the Christmas tree they discover the star for the top has shattered. Not to be defeated – the brave hoglets set out into the woods to seek a substitute star but stumble across Santa instead.
What adventure will they encounter?
AND… what about the star?
If you love Winnie the Pooh you’ll fall in love with the hoglets, Prickles and Primrose, from Briar Wood.Goodreads Blurb
Lynette Creswell brings a hedgehog family to life in Hoglet’s Christmas Magic. It is indeed full of magic. The family brings a sweetness that resonates with so many during the Christmas holidays. I adore how Santa falls into the narrative. His appearance was unexpected yet delightful.
The hedgehog family lives deep in the woods near a wise old owl and a persnickety badger. Unfortunately, on Christmas Eve, a dreadful thing happens that saddens Mother Hedgehog and the whole family. Primrose and Pickles, the hoglets, go on a hunt to make Mother Hedgehog feel better. As the hoglets go about their journey, they encounter a man with a problem. The children decided to help the man while pushing their sadness aside. Will the children bring happiness to Mother, or will Badger ruin their plans?
I can’t even begin to tell you all how wonderful this story is. It is a simple story with a big meaning. The emotions I felt while reading this children’s book rocked me to my core, and I will admit that my eyes leaked a little at the end. Primrose is sweet and naive, while Pickles is older and has more experience with the world. He is a good leader for Primrose. And, of course, Santa is Santa. Need I say more?
The illustrations by Doriano Strologo are absolutely amazing! The pictures are crisp and bright. The story itself is good, but the images make the book come alive. The only thing that bothered me was the background illustrations. The story images clash with a repeating background that hurt my eyes a little bit. Sometimes it was hard to see the story pictures against this backdrop. However, the same background features on the pages with words. This contrast helped me view the text better. So, it is a bit of a catch 22 there. You want the uniformity of the backgrounds, but some pages are improved while others aren’t. I’m not sure there is a win here, and I am sure that it is just me who has this problem.
I award Hoglets’ Christmas Magic a full 5 out of 5 stars. The original story and the beautiful pictures will delight kids of all ages, including grown-ups who are kids at heart, like me. This book would be a fantastic gift in your child’s stocking this Christmas. I promise you can’t go wrong with this book. I’ve been considering buying a paperback copy to keep it on display during the season. I encourage you all to take a look and see for yourself how special this little book is.
About the Author – Lynette Creswell
Lynette was born in London, England, and from the tender age of five was raised by her grandmother and given books to help keep her quiet. Lynette found she had a passion for reading and subsequently started writing once she began school.
Years later, Lynette’s husband was so impressed with her ability to capture children’s imaginations with her short stories that he encouraged her love of writing by buying her a laptop in the hope she would write something more substantial. So with a little push in the right direction, Lynette decided to write a fantasy trilogy and the subject would be something that all children love to read about (and most adults too) – magic!
Lynette’s inspiration came from childhood books written by Enid Blyton. The Enchanted Wood and The Faraway Tree were her first real taste of fantasy and later on Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Series captured her own vivid imagination.
Her first novel, Sinners of Magic was published in 2012 and is now receiving attention from both London and American film producers. Betrayers of Magic became the second book of the series followed by Defenders of Magic. Her new book, Clump, A Changeling’s Story is due to be released by October 2014.
Winner of the ‘Write On’ Competition, which saw one of her short stories being made into film for TV and narrated by the famous actress, Julie Peasgood. Lynette has since had one of her short stories published in America, hitting No 4 in the US bestsellers charts. The Witching Hour is only available via Amazon.
Lynette lives in North East Lincolnshire with her husband and King Charles Spaniel, Ruby. All of her grandchildren are the apple of her eye.