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A typically exuberant Christmas story from the beloved Margaret Mahy.

Goodness gracious, what do I see?
The kitten has climbed the Christmas tree!
Climbed so high and climbed so far
To cling with her claws to the Christmas star.

Help! A cute little kitten has managed to scale to the very top of the town's Christmas tree. The cat climbs up to rescue her, followed by the dog, the goat and the pigs. Amid squealing, bleating, barking and mewing, the clever little kitten climbs her way back down the tree, leaving all of her rescuers stuck!

Margaret Mahy is internationally recognised as one of the all-time best writers for young readers, and this exuberant Christmas tale is a festive treasure for every bookshelf. Full of humour, it is sure to delight readers young and old for many years to come.


The Christmas Tree Tangle will keep young listeners amused as one calamity after another occurs on a single Christmas tree. The catchy text rhymes and has lots of rhythm so a pleasure to read out aloud and children will enjoy the wee twist at the end! The exuberant illustrations add to the delight. Full of humour this book is a goodie and a fun read for our festive season.

Swings and Roundabouts

Margaret Mahy is simply one of the best children's authors New Zealand has ever produced...no maybe about it ! And it's great to see her stories still live on. When an adventurous kitten becomes stuck high up on the town's Christmas tree, who will save this feline' s bacon? From a cat and a dog to a goat and pigs, many a helpful animal also becomes stuck during their rescue attempts. Will they all manage to escape in time for Christmas? There' s only one way to know for sure!


This cute story about animals caught up a Christmas tree is the best Christmas kids’ book I’ve read this year...Margaret Mahy’s words combine with endearing illustrations from Sarah Davis. Highly recommended.

Susan Edmunds, Rotorua Daily Post

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    October 30, 2017

    Picture Puffin

    32 pages

    RRP $19.99

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