Anne Helen Donnelly
32pp., pbk., RRP $A17.99
Christmas is coming and Ori the Octopus wants to celebrate Christmas with his friends. But each friend has a request for what should be done or otherwise they will not attend. Singing Christmas carols, taking photographs, wrapping presents, a Christmas tree, a hot lunch… all the common Christmas traditions are requested. But when the day comes and Ori has organised all that has been asked, each creature finds that they can’t do everything and all looks gloomy. Until…
Bright, colourful illustrations accompany this original story which offers lots of opportunities for the little ones to join in with actions and comments about the special things their families always do at Christmas that would need to be included if they had been invited.
Notes for parents and teachers as well as some cut-out decorations that can be coloured and hung are included. Something different for very young readers.