The week in books: 14 December 2018

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The Snowman

Michael Morpurgo
Puffin
160pp, £12.99
ISBN: 9780241352410

It’s Christmas day, you’re sat around in the living room with your family, feeling stuffed after a wonderful dinner. The Snowman is on TV. This has been a familiar scene with many families over the past 30 years.

That magical moment has been reimagined by Michael Morpurgo. James is a lonely young boy living on a farm, who believes his stammer has prevented him from making friends. After waking up to a blanket of snow, he heads out into the fields with his dog Bertie and spends Christmas Eve building a magnificent snowman. ...

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