Monday 30 September 2019

A Christmas Cornucopia

A Christmas Cornucopia edited and compiled by Beattie Alvarez and David Allan (Christmas Press) RRP PB $24.99 ISBN 9780648194552

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

A Christmas Cornucopia is the sixth Christmas anthology published by Christmas Press. The ‘cornucopia’, also called the horn of plenty, is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, and a fitting description to this great supply of food themed stories. A Christmas Cornucopia is a delightful 80-page collection of 12 Christmas stories written by well-known and emerging authors.

This unique sized paperback is filled with short stories about family, love, kindness, delicious food and family traditions. There are only one or two pictures per story, so it would be suited to older children who can easily visualise a narrative and adults who enjoy festive tales and a little bit of magic.

The feast of fabulous stories featured in A Christmas Cornucopia are written by: Wendy Blaxland, Sally Odgers, Sophie Masson, Jenny Blackford, Anna Bell, Phoebe McArthur, Debbie Tidball, Amani Gunawardana, Sharon Boyce, Victoria Nugent, Dannielle Viera and Laura Hockley.
The illustrations accompanying the stories are a combination of monochrome sketches and full colour illustrations, created by David Allan, Beattie Alvarez and Fiona McDonald. More information about each of the authors and illustrators can be found at the back of the book.

A word of advice for readers…don’t read this when you’re hungry!

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