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Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – theplymouthdaily.co.uk

By InventisAdmin9th January 2017in Review0
Posted by Sarah Parker

Plymouth Father and Royal Naval Officer release storybook Advent calendar

Local Plymouth father Pinch Martin, along with his best friend and fellow Royal Naval officer, Mike Dineen, have together created Twenty Four Days to Christmas, a magical storybook advent calendar which offers at once a delightful children’s adventure and a variety of fun-filled family activities, to capture -and contain- the excitement of Christmas, under the combined pen name of Fred Arthur.

As a father with a young daughter, Pinch found himself using his imagination on a daily basis to entertain both her, and her friends, and as a result the idea for Twenty-Four Days to Christmas was born. In discussion with his best-friend Mike, these ideas grew and were combined with their own childhood memories to produce a book that reflects what Christmas is about for families with young children. From making her own Christmas Cards and building Snowman to riding the Santa Express and visiting relatives Poppy’s activities are designed to provide a balance of indoor and outdoor activities that can be tailored to suit all budgets and locations.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a wonderful story that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with children in the lead up to Christmas Day. A unique narrative and beautiful illustrations, the second edition of  Twenty Four Days to Christmas is festive story that is perfect for families to enjoy year after year.

About the authors:
Pinch lives with his wife and daughter in Plymouth but working in Portsmouth writing creative emails and text messages to his young daughter has become part of his daily life.
Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire.
Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches.
Their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries, satisfy their passion for writing and foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.
The second edition of Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur and illustrated by Paul Winward will be re-published by Clink Street Publishing later this year and will be available to purchase from online retailers including amazon.com and to order from all good bookstores.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – cphilippou123.com

#BlogTour Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

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Today, I have a special guest post as part of the Twenty Four Days to Christmas blog tour.

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Twenty Four Days to Christmas

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days to Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

Purchase from Amazon UK

 

Fred Arthur’s Top 12 Christmas Songs

  1. I wish it could be Christmas everyday – Most children do…and quite a few adults too!
  2. Do they know it’s Christmas – The song that inspired a generation and caused such an effect – Christmas is about those less fortunate than ourselves!
  3. Silent Night – carol – Fred’s Grandmother would sing this to him every year even up to her 99th year!
  4. Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer – Who hasn’t sung this at the top of their voice in the car with their friends and family?!
  5. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – You can’t help singing and tapping your feet to this.
  6. Happy Xmas (War is over) – This is a Christmas classic and contains a real sense of hope and idealism.
  7. Dominick the Donkey – Love singing this with children and in the pub La La Lala!!!
  8. A spaceman Came Travelling – Mrs Arthur loves this song!
  9. Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens at his best – listen out for the extensive use of Jingle Bells
  10. Mary’s Boy Child – Bony M – Fred grew up with this song and remembers his Mum singing along every time it came on the radio.
  11. Little Drummer Boy – Cash/Young – Countless versions made of this tune, but Cash and Young’s hit the mark every time!
  12. White Christmas – Bing Crosby – Every child dreams of snow at Christmas!

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About Fred Arthur

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy. Leaving school at the age of fifteen Pincher Martin entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and now holds the rank of Commander. Living with his family in Plymouth but working in Portsmouth writing creative emails and text messages to his young daughter has become part of his daily life. Mike Dineen graduated from St Andrew’s University before joining the Royal Navy, and he too holds the rank of Commander. Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire and works in Scotland. Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches. Their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries, satisfy their passion for writing and foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.

You can connect with Fred Arthur on Twitter

Twenty Four Days to Christmas – Press Release

By InventisAdmin1st December 2016in Press Release0

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Front CoverTwenty Four Days to Christmas

By Fred Arthur

Illustrated by Paul Winward

 

 

 

 

Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a magical storybook advent calendar offering at once a delightful childrens adventure and a variety of fun-filled family activities,
to capture -and contain- the excitement of Christmas.

The Story.

Poppy is in agony. It’s the first day of December and she is bursting with so much excitement, and anticipation, for Christmas Day that she is sending her parents crazy. What can she do with herself for the next twenty-four long and boring days until Santa arrives? In order to cure the festive fever, her Mum and Dad sit down together and use all their imagination to plan a daily, Christmas themed, activity for Poppy in order to make each day a memorable one. Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a charming and magical book that can be enjoyed in one sitting or (as the authors themselves suggest)  be read on each day like an advent calendar offering entertainment for all the family, with tips on festive activities to keep your own little elves occupied.

 

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen. As a father with a young daughter, Pincher found himself using his imagination on a daily basis to entertain both her, and her friends, and as a result the idea for Twenty-Four Days to Christmas was born. In discussion with his friend Mike, these ideas were combined with their own childhood memories to produce a book that reflects what Christmas is about for families with young children. From making her own Christmas Cards and building a Snowman, to riding the Santa Express and visiting relatives, Poppy’s activities are designed to provide a balance of indoor and outdoor activities that can be tailored to suit all budgets and locations.

 

Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a wonderful story that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with children in the lead up to Christmas Day. A unique narrative and beautiful illustrations, Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a Christmas story that is perfect for families to enjoy year after year.

 

About The Author.

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy. Leaving school at the age of fifteen Pincher Martin entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and now holds the rank of Commander. Living with his family in Plymouth but working in Portsmouth, writing creative emails and text messages to his young daughter has become part of his daily life. Mike Dineen graduated from St Andrew’s University before joiningthe Royal Navy, and he too holds the rank of Commander. Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire and works in Scotland. Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches.

Their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries,satisfy their passion for writing and foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.

 

Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur, illustrated by Paul Winward (published Clink Street Publishing 10/11/2016) is available to purchase from online retailers; including amazon.co.uk and to order from all good bookstores.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – entertainthekids.com

By InventisAdmin29th November 2016in Review0

Twenty-Four Days to Christmas Advent Book

Magical storybook advent calendar offers at once a delightful children’s adventure and a variety of fun-filled family activities, to capture -and contain- the excitement of Christmas.

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If you’re looking for something a little different for Advent to “countdown to Christmas” then this book, Twenty Four Days to Christmas is for you.

Join Poppy and her family on a 24 day journey of excitement and anticipation for “THE BIG DAY“. Each day you will find a 1-3 page story about Poppy’s day, written in rhyme throughout with beautiful illustrations to bring each day alive. Encouraging messages throughout to encourage your children to brush their teeth before bed, washing their face, etc. You will also find some awesome ideas of activities to do on the run up to Christmas.

Entertain The Kids we simply love “Twenty Four Days to Christmas“.


Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen. As a father with a young daughter, Pincher found himself using his imagination on a daily basis to entertain both her, and her friends, and as a result the idea for Twenty-Four Days to Christmas was born. In discussion with his best-friend Mike, these ideas grew and were combined with their own childhood memories to produce a book that reflects what Christmas is about for families with young children. From making her own Christmas Cards and building a Snowman, to riding the Santa Express and visiting relatives, Poppy’s activities are designed to provide a balance of indoor and outdoor activities that can be tailored to suit all budgets and locations.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas is a wonderful story that parents, primary school teachers and extended families will enjoy sharing with children in the lead up to Christmas Day. A unique narrative and beautiful illustrations, the second edition of  Twenty Four Days to Christmas is festive story that is perfect for families to enjoy year after year.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 


Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy.

Leaving school at the age of fifteen Pincher Martin entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and now holds the rank of Commander. Living with his family in Plymouth but working in Portsmouth, writing creative emails and text messages to his young daughter has become part of his daily life.

Mike Dineen graduated from St Andrew’s University before joining the Royal Navy, and he too holds the rank of Commander. Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire and works in Scotland.

Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches. Their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries, satisfy their passion for writing and foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.

The second edition of Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur and illustrated by Paul Winward will be re-published by Clink Street Publishing later this year and will be available to purchase from online retailers including Amazon and to order from all good bookstores.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – bookwormforkids.blogspot.co.uk

By InventisAdmin27th November 2016in Review0

Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur

 TWENTY FOUR DAYS TO CHRISTMAS
by Fred Arthur
Illustrated by Paul Winward
Clink Street Publishing
Children’s Holiday Fiction
72 pages

 

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December
and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that
she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she
possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads
together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different,
Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and
Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days to Christmas is
an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a
complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas
season.

 
 Purchase
from Amazon UK
here
 


Fred Arthur’s Top 4 Thoughts about Christmas
 
11)    Christmas is about
family and friends

22)   Christmas is about giving to
others and engaging with family, friends and other people: It is how we should
be all year long!

33) Christmas is about
Love; Laughter; Friendship and Generosity.
T4) There is nothing better than the look on the face of someone you love when they
open your perfect present.

Christmas is about helping those that can’t help themselves


MY TIDBITS
 
 
Through a sweet story, this book offers a terrific way for parents and kids to bridge those last days before Christmas.
 
Poppy, a little girl with tons of spirit, can’t wait for Christmas to come! And twenty-four days is such a long time. Luckily, life doesn’t sit around and wait, but rather offers a small adventure every day. 
 
The book is broken down into short chapters, one for every day from December 1st until that wondrous day of Christmas. Each day, Poppy experiences a fun, little adventure. . .nothing too outlandish, but rather simple happenings of daily life which make the waiting so much more fun. The stories are short, sweet and with a girl as happy as Poppy, simply a treat to read/listen too.
 
There are two things which really made this book stand out. One are the illustrations. Each day holds a cute picture of Poppy and her adventures. But that’s not all. Every couple of paragraphs, a small, Christmasy item is plopped in to keep things colorful and lively. 
 
The other thing which sticks out is the subtle hint at activities–not that this is a book packed with hobby or bake ideas. As Poppy jumps from one day to the next, sometimes she finds herself creating things (like with a pine cone.) These experiences are just enough to spark ideas in readers’/listeners’ heads and offer great inspirations for simple and quick Christmas projects. So be prepared!
 
Summed up, this is a wonderful read for parents, grandparents and others to share with kids ages four and up during the last count-down to Christmas. 





And here he is. . .

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for
friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy.
Leaving school at the age of fifteen Pincher Martin entered the Royal Navy as
an Able Seaman and now holds the rank of Commander. Living with his family in
Plymouth but working in Portsmouth writing creative emails and text messages to
his young daughter has become part of his daily life. Mike Dineen graduated
from St Andrew’s University before joining the Royal Navy, and he too holds the
rank of Commander. Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire and
works in Scotland. Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches. Their
goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally
forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to
support local schools and libraries, satisfy their passion for writing and
foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of
all ages.

 

Fred
Arthur on Twitter
https://twitter.com/fredarthurbooks





 

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – madhousefamilyreviews.blogspot.co.uk

By InventisAdmin24th November 2016in Uncategorised0

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Book Blog Tour

I’m delighted to be today’s stop-off for the Twenty Four Days to Christmas Book Blog Tour, to tell you all about this gem of a book that is perfect for counting down the days to Christmas.
We are introduced to Poppy, who is in agony – it is the first of December, she has twenty-four whole days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience. How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive?! Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different Christmas-themed activity every day, to keep her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty Four Days to Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.
This is such a fabulous idea and I can’t believe I’d never thought of it myself – rather than buying the obligatory mass-produced (and probably chocolate filled) advent calendar from the nearest supermarket, it would be so much more special, memorable and meaningful to create an advent calendar with a little note for each day, explaining the activity for the day.
Poppy’s parents have done most of the hard work for me and there are many activities that we will be able to enjoy along with Poppy – for example, writing a letter to Santa, making Christmas cards and creating a sock snowman (another genius idea that I can’t believe I didn’t think of !) or pine cone reindeer. Others may be harder to recreate, depending on where you live – going to see the Christmas lights in London, visiting Santa at a local garden centre, going on a train and visiting a stately home may not be on the cards – but it’s still great fun reading all about Poppy’s adventures and joining in with her mounting sense of excitement.
The book is perfect for bedtime reading as each day’s story is only a couple of pages long, and the fact that it is written in rhyme makes it lovely to read aloud. We’ll be enjoying reading this every day throughout December and trying out lots of the activities – I think a new Madhouse Christmas tradition has been born (and I think I’ll have to create our own Christmas activity advent calendar next year – I might even have time to do one for this year, if I get a wriggle on).
The book is the brainchild of Fred Arthur, which is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen, who met working in the Royal Navy. For today’s blog tour stop off, they have shared their dads’ view of the top Christmas gifts (but I’m not sure if that’s for the kids or the dads !!)
Fred Arthur’s Top 7 Christmas Presents
1. A Hornby train set – I can’t remember who played with it more; my dad or I?
2. Play-mobil – Not only is it great for the kids, it keeps all men silent for hours as they try and build whatever construction it is!!
3. Remote Control car – The faster the better!
4. Christmas bicycle – Always a great present and gets the children out in the fresh air while the lunch preparations take place!
5. Lego – A bit like Play-mobil, it keeps people occupied trying to build it – the more complicated, the better! It keeps Dad busy until January.
6. Board games – Fred Loves Uno, Outburst, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit and many others.
7. Roller Skates – They took a while to master and Fred was very grateful they came with knee and elbow pads and a helmet!
Make sure you check in at the other blogs taking part to find out more about this lovely festive book and the authors.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – mamamummymum.co.uk

By InventisAdmin23rd November 2016in Review0

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Book Tour and Review

December is nearly upon us and that means it is almost time to start the real count down to Christmas. Many of you will have advent calendars ready to enjoy but I have a nice alternative count down for you in the shape of Fred Arthur’s latest book, Twenty Four Days to Christmas.
Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives. Twenty-Four Days to Christmas is an Advent Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.

This book is brilliant for getting the whole family in the festive mood. With its bright, fun illustrations mixed in with lots of rhyming, it is a picture book that is made for the family to read together in my opinion.Each day brings us different activities to take part it. From nativities and carol singing to writing letters to Santa and visiting Christmas fayres. You can see a fab list of suggestions from Fred Artthur below on Christmas family activities.

• Christmas morning walk, with new bike, scooter, roller skates etc,This is a great way to build up an appetite and meet people and share Christmas cheer.
 
• Opening stockings together as a family before breakfast to see what Santa has brought. A real family occasion and the best way to start Christmas (usually very early).
 
• Christmas games, Jenga, Uno, Trivial Pursuit, Outburst, card games. This is what family (and friends) time is about.
 
• Christmas baking – mince pies, sausage rolls, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding. I never sure how much cake or cookie mixture makes it into the oven.
 
• Carol Singing Singing our favourite carols by candlelight in the snow (usually followed by mulled wine and mince pies).
 
• Choosing the tree and decorating it. Always a great activity especially with a glass of mulled wine (Only after you have placed the star at the very top)!
 
• Going to the Christmas Pantomime. Who doesn’t like shouting ‘He’s Behind You!’?
 
• Midnight Mass. The start of Christmas Day with a candlelit service and the end of the Service is the first time you can say ‘Happy Christmas’ to your family and friends. (And as a child, staying up until Midnight is a real treat.)
The story goes through one day at a time and with each new suggestion brings new discussions to have with the kids. For example what presents are on their lists and what have their previous favourite gifts been, do they think they’ve been naughty or nice and what could they do to be better behaved.
Now you can of course read the story all in one go or you can read one day at a time to coincide with the real count down to Christmas as a sort of reading advent. However you decide to read it, it will definitely be a story to in-still more than a touch of festive spirit into you.
If you’d like to hear more about this fantastic book then keep following the blog tour for more tips, information and guest posts and you can of course get yourself a copy of the book from Amazon.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas Review – over40andamumtoone.com

By InventisAdmin21st November 2016in Review0

I’m sharing a charming book with you today as part of a blog tour. Twenty Four Days to Christmas is written by Fred Arthur and is available in Kindle and Paperback form.  If you’re looking for a book to add to your Christmas themed collection or as part of a book advent, then this could be the book for you.

Twenty Four Days to Christmas

We meet Poppy, who is incredibly excited.  It’s the 1st December and she cannot wait for Christmas Day.  Her parents have to think of a way to keep her excitement contained in the build up to the big day.  So they come up with a range of daily festive activities.

From visiting somewhere new, Buckland Abbey, to making sparkly cards, Poppy was kept amused as she counted down the days to Christmas Day.  On Christmas Eve Poppy goes to her church nativity play, which is a little similar to the crib service that Monkey and I normally attend.  She has had such a busy few weeks, with lots happening to keep her entertained, how can it be Christmas Day already?

We’re waiting for our paperback copy of Twenty Four Days to Christmas to arrive at the moment, so have just looked through the pdf pages, so my review isn’t as comprehensive as it would normally be. I’m sure once we have the book and can read it properly together, Monkey will love it.  I certainly like the idea of a daily activity to keep children amused on the run up to the big day.

The author, Fred Arthur has also come up with a list of his favourite Christmas books – which would you add?

1. The Snowman – (watch this space for a giveaway for this book here tomorrow!)
2. A Visit From St Nicholas (The night before Christmas)
3. A Christmas Carol – Dickens
4. How the Grinch stole Christmas
5. The Father Christmas Letters J.R.R Tolkien
6. The Complete Father Christmas – Raymond Briggs
7. 101 Dalmatians – Dodie Smith
8. The Snow Queen
9. The Jolly Christmas Postman
10. The Elf on the Shelf

You can follow the blog tour for Twenty Four Days to Christmas:

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I’ve included my Amazon Affiliate links to the paperback and Kindle versions of Twenty Four Days to Christmas for your information below.

disclosure:  we are being sent this item in exchange for an honest review

Twenty Four Days to Christmas – thewritinggarnet.wordpress.com

By InventisAdmin20th November 2016in Review0

#BlogTour! Twenty Four Days to Christmas by Fred Arthur (@fredarthurbooks) @authorrightukpr

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Blurb.

Poppy is in agony – it is the First of December and she has twenty-four days to wait until Christmas and she is convinced that she will not be able to contain her excitement and impatience: How can she possibly wait so long for Santa to arrive? Poppy’s parents put their heads together and come up with a cunning plan that has Poppy completing a different, Christmas themed activity every day, to keep Her busy until Christmas (and Santa) finally arrives.
Twenty-Four Days to Christmas is an Advent

Calendar of a book, which can be read one day at a time, or as a complete story, and centres on Christmas, family and the magic of the Christmas season.Buy from Amazon UK

What does TWG think?

What a brilliant Christmas book for children! If you have children yourself, or have young ones in the family, you’ll probably be aware that their patience is somewhat…non- existent. As soon as the shops bring out their Christmas goodies…in August, cough, children are led to believe that Christmas will be tomorrow. Rightly so, they’re only children and trying to teach them when Christmas is without ruining their dream, is a task in itself. Well, it was, until now. Fred Arthur has written a children’s book in the style of an advent calendar; 24 days to Christmas, with Poppy being the voice for young children everywhere. The book can be read a page a day as a count down, or, it can be read all at once. The choice is yours. Poor Poppy is devastated to hear that she has to wait 24 days until the big man in red gets stuck down the chimney, how can you tell a child they need to wait for goodies?

Well, just like Poppy’s parents, you get them doing Christmas themed activities every single day in the run up to Christmas Day. For example, baking mince pies, going to see Christmas shows, Christmas shopping; anything to keep their little minds full of Christmas joy ready for the big day itself. I thought the idea that Poppy’s parents had was GENIUS, they took her upset and devastation at waiting 24 days, and  turned it into something much more positive.

The writing itself is very child proof due to the fact it’s written in rhymes, brilliant idea. Also, illustrations are unbelievably cute and extremely innocent in the sense it made me feel as though I was able to bring out my inner child as I read it. I believe that Twenty Four Days to Christmas will be such a big hit for both children and parents alike; especially if you’re struggling to keep the little ones occupied and happy in the run up to Christmas. Who knows, you might turn the book into your very own tradition.
Fred Arthur, you’re a genius! Thank you Authoright!

About the author.

Fred Arthur is the combined pen name for friends Pincher Martin and Mike Dineen who met working in the Royal Navy. Leaving school at the age of fifteen Pincher Martin entered the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman and now holds the rank of Commander. Living with his family in Plymouth but working in Portsmouth writing creative emails and text messages to his young daughter has become part of his daily life. Mike Dineen graduated from St Andrew’s University before joining the Royal Navy, and he too holds the rank of Commander. Mike lives with his wife in Pickering, North Yorkshire and

works in Scotland. Both are keen sportsmen and qualified life coaches. Their goal is to become successful authors, so that when the Royal Navy finally forces them to retire, it will enable them to fulfil their shared desire to support local schools and libraries, satisfy their passion for writing and foster a belief in the importance of reading and imagination for children of all ages.Find Fred Arthur on Twitter

Fred Arthur’s Top 11 Christmas Films
1. Scrooged –Bill Murray – Just love Bill Murray and the idea in this modern
adaptation.
2. Love actually – A great Christmas Family film, full of stars.
3. It’s a wonderful life – A beautiful Christmas Film and the Mother in Law’s
favourite!
4. Scrooge – Muppets and Michael Caine – Daughter loves it, and MC is brilliant!
5. Miracle on 34 th street – The original and modern day are both as good – a real
feel good Christmas film.
6. Nativity – Who would like to meet Mr Poppy?
7. Home Alone – This is a family favourite
8. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Always funny!
9. White Christmas – One for the older generation – Fred loves it.
10. Elf- Who can drink that much coke in one go?
11. Trading Places – An 80’s classic and one of Fred’s all-time favourites – not
just at Christmas!

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Twenty Four Days To Christmas Review – whatsbetterthanbooks.com

By InventisAdmin29th October 2016in Review0

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