New children's book by Coventry author will help families have a fun countdown to Christmas - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

New children's book by Coventry author will help families have a fun countdown to Christmas

Tristan Harris 30th Nov, 2021 Updated: 30th Nov, 2021

A COVENTRY author and illustrator has released his latest festive children’s book ‘How Winston Came Home for Christmas’.

Alex T Smith – the best-selling writer of the Claude series – has produced the festive sequel to ‘How Winston Delivered Christmas’.

It centres on Winston the mouse who – with five days to go until Christmas – has a very curious mystery to solve.

He knows someone very important to him is lost and sets off on an exciting around-the-world adventure to find the missing mouse.

He is helped by his old friends from the previous books and some new ones.

The mystery appears in 24-and-a-half chapters – one to share every day of December in the lead up to Christmas Day.

Each chapter includes its very own festive activity for the family to enjoy together, including crafting decorations, making Christmas food and discovering seasonal traditions from around the world and more.

Earlier this month, Alex showcased the new book at a virtual event with more than 8,500 children across the UK when he was beamed live into 70 schools, including Cannon Park Primary.

How Winston Came Home For Christmas, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, is available at all good book shops and online for £14.99 (hardback). Click here for more on How Winston Came Home For Christmas and to buy the book.

The paperback of ‘How Winston Delivered Christmas’ – which saw the plucky homeless young mouse on a mission to deliver a lost letter to Father Christmas – is now also available for £6.99. Click here for more on How Winston Delivered Christmas and to buy the book.

Alex, whose stories are inspired by him helping his niece and nephew write their letters to Santa, said: “Christmas isn’t just about the things you buy from the shops.

“I wanted to write a story about the sorts of things that are free – like bravery and kindness.

“I hope Winston’s adventure shows that you are never too tiny to be brave and that little acts of kindness can often make huge differences to people.”


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