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  • Published: 28 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780224070218
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $23.00

Father Christmas's Last Present


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A funny and touching story about the magic of Christmas, translated and illustrated by Quentin Blake

Julien's parents talk about Father Christmas endlessly, but he doesn't believe in him any more. Nevertheless he humours his parents and writes Father Christmas a letter asking for a video games console, just like his cousin Patrick's. His parents think it might be a bit expensive, but Julien is sure Father Christmas can cover it. Sure enough, on Christmas morning, with his mother and father feigning surprise, there it is. Then his mother spots another parcel under the tree. It doesn't look very exciting and no one knows where it's come from. Julien tears the paper off and is delighted with what he finds . . .

  • Pub date: 28 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9780224070218
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $23.00

About the Authors

Marie-Aude Murail

Marie-Aude Murail studied at the Sorbonne and has written several books for children under the pseudonom Moka (Elsewhere, Nothing is Black or White, The Blue Lantern, illustrated by Yvan Pommaux and Excuse Me, illustrated by Serge Bloch). She has lived in Paris and Bordeaux, but now lives in Orl-ans Marie-Aude has three children and two grandchildren.

Elvire Murail

Elvire Murail studied at Cambridge and published her first novel for adults in 1983. She began writing for children in 1989, and has written over fifty books. Elvire also works as a scriptwriter for cinema and television.

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake has been drawing ever since he can remember. He taught illustration for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, of which he is an honorary professor. He has won many prizes, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Kate Greenaway Medal, and in 1999 he was appointed the first Children’s Laureate. In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List he was knighted for services to illustration.


Praise for Father Christmas's Last Present

“It'll help keep the magic going a little longer and the illustrations by Quentin Blake are fantastic”

Families Magazine


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