Friday, November 20, 2009

Book Review of Secrets of a Christmas Box by Steven Hornby

Secrets of a Christmas Box
The blurb:
Enter the magical festive world of the Christmas 'Tree-Dwellers', as Larry, a Christmas snowman, wakes up after the long sleep in the Christmas box, to find his brother missing.

Desperate to find him before Christmas, Larry, along with his girlfriend Debbie, a newcomer Splint, and Larry's companion Tinsel, break the laws of the 'Tree-Elders' and escape down the tree and away into the house, to look for clues.

Away from the safety of the tree and in an unfamiliar world, the Dwellers stumble upon a dark and sinister secret that threatens their entire world. Can Larry and the group make it back to the tree in time to warn the others, and finally uncover the truth behind the "Secrets of a Christmas Box"?

When I read that Steven Hornby had initially planned "Secrets of a Christmas Box" as a screenplay, it made perfect sense. It would make a wonderful seasonal film, and as it reads it can surely become a Christmas classic. There is just the right amount of make-believe and adventure with Larry, Debbie, Tinsel and Splint. Secrets of a Christmas Box is a story of love, friendship, family, loyalty and courage. It is sure to be loved by children and grown ups alike.

Publisher: Ecky Thump Books, Inc; 1st edition (September 1, 2009), 248 pages.
Review copy provided by the publisher.

About the Author:
Steven Hornby is a multi-award winning animator and has been storytelling for over fifteen years in visual effects and animated movies. He was born in Preston, England and attended Lancaster University for Design Communication. After working on a set of commercials in Europe and Australasia and his own short film, "Zzz Night," Steven joined the animation crew in 2000, on the Academy Award winning "The Lord of the Rings" films in New Zealand.

He is best known for his award winning animation, bringing to life J.R.R. Tolkien's fictional character Gollum, on "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

He has since worked as lead animator on "I, Robot" (2004), "King Kong" (2005), Disney's "Meet the Robinson's" (2007), "Glago's Guest" (2008), Dreamwork's "Kung Fu Panda" (2008), and "How to Train Your Dragon" (in theaters 2010).

In 2009, Steven finished his children's fantasy novel, "Secrets of a Christmas Box" which was released in September 2009. He initially planned "Secrets of a Christmas Box" as a screenplay after spending several years having the story running around in his head, but iinstead turned it into his first children's novel.

Steven is currently working on the sequel to his Christmas novel. He lives in Burbank, California with his family.

Thanks so much to Steven Hornby and Ecky Thump Books for this review opportunity!

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