Monday, December 4, 2023

Today's read... Kid Christmas: Of the Claus Brothers Toy Shop by David Litchfield


by David Litchfield
Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Picture Book  /  Holiday
40 pages
ages 4 to 8

This charming tale tells the story of little Nicky Claus, who wanted to make every child happy, if only just for one day.

Nicky Claus works with his three uncles in the Claus Brothers Toy Emporium. Uncle Hanz makes the toys, Uncle Louis checks them and Uncle Levi adds the… what's the scientific term for it? Ah, yes. The magic! For each toy made at the Emporium has a special sparkle that means it will find the child it is perfect for.

One day, Nicky notices a young girl with her face pressed up to the glass. When she disappears, he follows her and finds her living on the streets with lots of other children, none of whom can afford a toy. Nicky vows that for one night only, every child will have the toy of their dreams and – with the help of his uncles and some flying reindeer – the legend of Father Christmas is born.

This magical and heartwarming story from best-selling author-illustrator David Litchfield is a true festive treat centred on kindness, generosity and looking after each other.



A breeze of nostalgia and tradition sweeps along with festive meaning in this original tale about Santa Claus.
Three uncles run an almost magical toy store, where each toy is made with exceptional love and care. When Nicky, the young nephew who works the front, realizes that a group of orphans aren't able to purchase a toy, he convinces his uncles to make one for each of them as well. Soon, the uncles and Nicky are spreading good cheer, but there are many more children in the world, who never receive a gift. The uncles and Nicky want to help but aren't sure how. 

With traditional, Christmas story flair, this is a tale which inspires and warms the heart. Nicky's desire to spread joy through toys is inspiring, and his uncles' support beams with family togetherness and love. Even when problems arise, they never give up and do the best they can.

The illustrations are done with as much care as the story. The details of the toy store bring smiles, while the scenes with the orphaned children touch the heart. All of this is balanced with a pinch of humor to keep the story light.

The messages spin around family, friendship, empathy, giving, and team work to create a well-rounded read. It's a lovely read to pick up and explore, while waiting under the Christmas tree.