Book Review #4 : One Christmas Wish

Hello, everybody! Today I want to share with you another book review of a book I recently read. A company called Boolino got in touch with my Mum – they send out books for kids like me to review. They read my other reviews and said they’d like to send me a book to read and write about. So, a couple of days ago, I received a parcel with a book in it for me! I hope you really like it!


TITLE: One Christmas Wish

BY: Katherine Rundell (who also wrote ‘Rooftoppers’, which I loved, and ‘The Wolf Wilder’)



BLURB: When you wish, you have to wish with every inch of your heart. It’s Christmas Eve and Theo, left at home with his babysitter, sees an odd-looking star out of his window. He decides to make a wish. He wishes that he had some friends to keep him company. Moments later the Christmas decorations begin to disentangle themselves from the tree behind him, ready to wreak a little havoc…

WHY I LIKE/DONT LIKE IT: This book is extremely heartfelt and loving and tells of a boy who just wants some friends. It has a lot of powerful but not difficult adjectives which help to tell the story and dazzling illustrations which are so detailed and colourful. This is the perfect book for a young child to curl up with on a cold winter’s day.

IMPROVEMENT SUGGESTIONS: I would like it to have been a little bit longer but otherwise, no.

THIS BOOK IN THREE WORDS: Heartfelt-Moving-Imaginative


RECOMMENDATION: I would recommend this book for 6-8 year olds but anyone with a good imagination and/or a kind and loving heart should read it. It will lighten and drain away any bad moods or expressions.

RATING: 9/10

A little note from my Mum…

‘One Christmas Wish’ is an absolutely beautiful book – the detailed and whimsical illustrations really add to the feel of the story.  As Ella is almost 11 she rarely lets me read to her any more so she enjoyed a quiet hour reading it to herself.  Almost as soon as she was done with it, her younger sister (aged 9) sidled in to borrow it, which really surprised me as she’s currently more than a little bit obsessed with the Harry Potter series (it’s all she’s read, over and over and over, for the last six months or so).  She loved it too and recounted the story to me in lots of detail, which was wonderful to listen to as she’s not usually so forthcoming with her thoughts.  My littlest one (almost 8) is yet to read it, though I have plans to snuggle up on the sofa with her during the Christmas holidays and read a few pages at a time each night in the lead up to the big day.  ‘One Christmas Wish’ would make a beautiful gift for any child who loves the magic of Christmas – it would be an ideal stocking-filler or present for a Christmas Eve box of goodies.

Please note:  We were gifted this book and as always, all thoughts, feelings, opinions, ideas, words and images are our own.

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  • Reply November 30, 2017

    Jade @ Captured By Jade

    Lovely to hear your girls have been enjoying this wonderful wintery read… I’ve heard good things about this title, and have myself enjoyed The Wolf Wilder by the same author so am familiar with the beauty of her writing.

    • Reply December 17, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Ah yes, Ella loved one of the other books she’s written – I think it was Rooftoppers?

  • Reply December 4, 2017


    Aww this looks like a gorgeous read, might be a little too old for George to read to himself at the moment but I’ll definitely add it to the list x
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    • Reply December 17, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      I think he’d give it a good go! And the illustrations are beautiful so they would captivate him anyway I’m sure. It’d be a lovely book for you to read to him over the course of a few evenings too if it did turn out to be a bit too old for him t read himself though – the story is just gorgeous.

  • Reply December 4, 2017


    This sounds like a lovely book and one I’ll keep an eye out for, for my girls x

    • Reply December 17, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Oh your youngest girl would adore it!

  • Reply December 4, 2017


    This book sounds wonderful Chloe! I love the magical look on your girls’ faces as they read – it’s clearly captured their imaginations.

    • Reply December 17, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      It’s such a beautiful book Suzanne. Is it ok to be a little proud that that’s the expression they have no matter what book they’re reading? Thy get so lost in books and I love that they do 🙂

  • This sounds like the perfect Christmas book. It’s so lovely to hear that your girls are so into reading, my eldest hates reading and it’s a big issue in the house because she refuses to read. I wish she had that love for reading, life is so much easier when you enjoy it.

    Beautiful review Ella xx
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    • Reply December 17, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      Oh bless her. Am I right in remembering that she’s dyslexic? It does take the joy out of reading for sure, because it makes it so much harder. She’ll figure out her own way of enjoying books and reading when she’s ready to, I’m sure.

  • Reply December 5, 2017


    What a fab book for Christmas we love a good Xmas story to read throughout the festive holiday. It’s great your girls are good bookworms. My two you can always find with a nose in a book I was the same growing up. #wrc
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    • Reply December 17, 2017

      Chloe Ridgway

      I was too – I always had my head in a book! B and MM would love this one – it would be perfect for one of your Christmas Eve boxes that you are so good at putting together.

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