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Updated: 2017-11-17T11:15:24.128-05:00


The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig


This is a wonderfully told tale that will keep junior readers laughing and eagerly turning pages.  Author Matt Haig knows what middle school readers like in a book and he didn't stop dishing it out cover to cover. 

Amelia Wishart is ten when she writes Father Christmas a letter asking for one thing, to make her mother well.  He fully intends to do all he and his magic can until multiple disasters strike in Elfhelm on Christmas Eve.

The story takes place in two locations that couldn't be more different: Elfhelm, where it is clean and only ever gets as cold as you want it to be, and in 1841 London, where it is dirty, cold and unfriendly place  to orphans.

The characters in the story are quite fun.  Amelia and Father Christmas both have strong personalities with a firm determination to get things done.  Mr. Creeper is just as his name predicts, he is creepy and not a nice man at all.  The guest appearances of a ruling head of state and a famous author are perfect.  One passage was hilarious and it took me several minutes to sop laughing before I could continue reading.  I was amused.

This is not a book for an adult to read for their own entertainment.  They should read it aloud to and with their children in the weeks leading up to Christmas.  The humour is mostly directed towards children, as it should be in a children's book.  Yes, there is potty humour and kids find this wildly funny.  This is bound to become a favourite that families will find themselves re-reading year after year.  You do not need to have read Mr. Haig's earlier book, A Boy Called Christmas, to enjoy this one.

I received an ebook review copy from Harper Collins Canada in exchange for an honest review.


Needlewrork Tuesday - Value of a Test Block


 My son has asked me to knit another baby blanket for one of his friends who recently had a little boy.  And then he said it would be really cool if I could put a weight lifter on it.  As you can imagine, there are no patterns for such an afghan that I could find. 

Time to get planning.  First, tension.  Looks good.  I have a lot of skeins of Red Heart Heathers in colour 4444 Thyme.
Next, I found a line drawing of a weight lifter pose that I felt would translate well to knitting.  I checked several sites for knitting graph paper, as knit stitches are not square.  They didn't match my tension. A little more searching and I found a site where you enter in the number of stitches and rows from your tension square and it will create custom size graph paper.

Print your own custom knitting graph paper.

 Next step is to transfer the image onto the graph paper.  This will be a new technique for me, so it might take a few tries, but I am up to the challenge.  Hope to have more photos of this for you next week.  Until then, keep stitching.

Needlework Tuesday is a regular weekly post where I share the progress of my various needlework projects over the past week. I enjoy the encouragement that I receive from my readers and in return visit their blogs and cheer them on with theirs. You are welcome to grab the cute little mouse and create your own Needlework Tuesday post. Leave a comment with a link and I'll be sure to visit with you.

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