Much as I adored Jenny Colgan’s first books about Polly and her puffin, this Christmas story beats them. Illustrated by Thomas Docherty, both have caught the spirit of Polly and her Christmas wishes exactly.
There will – of course – be a Christmas baby. Every good seasonal story needs one.
But before that, Polly just can’t wait. Her poor mum isn’t ready for Christmas quite as early as Polly and Neil are. The two of them make lists. But when mum finally takes Polly to see Father Christmas at the big shop in Edinburgh, she’s not allowed to take Neil.
(Anyway, he’s got a ‘pregnant’ wife to be with.)
Unfortunately, what Polly does take – apart from Wrong Puffin – is the wrong list. She’s got Neil’s list, and ends up having to ask Father Christmas for fish and things. Very embarrassing, and so upsetting.
But all’s well that ends well.
This is so lovely.