The Grumpus: And His Dastardly, Dreadful Christmas Plan – Alex T. Smith

Published By: Pan Macmillan
Pages: 176
Released On: 29/09/2022

Do you know about The Grumpus?

And his Dastardly, Dreadful Christmas Plan? And about the Awful Thing that happened at the North Pole on Christmas Eve?

Perhaps I should tell you about it . .

This heartwarming story follows the adventures of an unlikely hero as he journeys to the North Pole, unwittingly and somewhat reluctantly making lots of new friends along the way.


Thanks to NetGalley and Pan Macmillan for the advanced copy of this title in return for an honest review.

There’s something quite lovely about reading a Christmas book in the week where we are experiencing temperatures of over 40 degrees! (Boo….give me snow any day.)

I have to first mention the illustrations. I don’t know for sure whether Alex himself did the drawings, but given his background, I am assuming he did. They are so wonderfully colourful and joyful.

It is definitely influenced by The Grinch. And even though I think Dr Seuss if for all generations, it is nice to have a festive character that’s new but has a similar energy. It’s bound to become a classic read.

I will happily buy this for the kids in my family. They range from 2 to 10, and I think they would all really love it. They would get something different from it than each other and from me, but they’ll all be thrilled with it.

It is simply written but it is full of magic and it’s just heartwarming; the perfect Christmas book to return to year after year for children and adults alike.

I know Alex’s books are generally aimed at children, I am very tempted to read his other festive writings as they just seems so cheery and sparkly festive, and that’s all I ask for in a book.

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