AD – I was gifted the gift box set included in this post for the purpose of review and I was compensated for my time. All words and opinions are my own.

Review The Christmas Present Alexander McCabe – Each year the boys have a book advent calendar, made up of festive stories. I am always on the look out for new books to add to the collection. So when we were contacted to review The Christmas Present I was keen to see if would become a family Christmas favourite to add to our collection.

When we received the set I was very impressed. It is so much more than your average Christmas book. Firstly it arrived in a lovely gift box with a beautiful snow globe that features in the story surrounded by yellow satin.  Monkey is at the age now where he much prefers chapter books. Which is why I was so pleased see that this book is split into nine chapters. They are ideal for reading before bedtime, or an easy way of dividing up the book if time or attention spans are short.

Other than the snow globe my favourite part of the book has to be the illustrations. With double page spreads as well as single they are bright and beautiful and could be art work in my own right. Both the boys love the pictures, especially Kipper who likes to see what else he can spot in the. pictures. The snow globe adds another dimension to the story and like many children the boys really love looking at it and watching the ‘snow’ fall down.

The story…Review The Christmas Present Alexander McCabe

Did you know that at the very moment you were born Mrs Claus allocated you an elf? It’s true! Your very own elf who watches to see when you have been naughty and nice. Every year, just before Christmas, your elf reports to Santa and Mrs Claus so they can decide what presents you can have from your list.

Yet there are some people who don’t believe in Santa. I know, it’s crazy…but it’s true! Once they stop believing in Santa, then their elf is banished from the North Pole and only allowed to return when they start believing in him again.

Gabriel the Elf is worried. His child is beginning to think that Santa isn’t real. He doesn’t want to be sent away from all his friends at the North Pole, but what can he do? There is only one thing he can do…

He must prove Santa is real.

The book is all about a little boy who is not sure he believes in Father Christmas. Monkey at 7 is already being swayed by the older children in his school. Much to my dismay … seven is far too young. I really hope this book will help him to understand the true meaning of Christmas and encourage him to believe for a little bit longer.  It would make a really lovely gift on the run up to Christmas and will be a set that we get out year after year.


The gift set retails at £19.99, you can also buy the hard back book on its own for £7.99 available from Amazon and WH Smiths. Alexander McCabe is currently doing a book signing tour across the UK you can find out more on his website.  They have also given me an extra gift set to giveaway to one to my readers. To enter please use the gleam application below and please note the T&Cs.

The Christmas Present by Alexander McCabe Gift Set

  • Competition is open to residents of the UK & Ireland  aged 18 and over
  • There is no cash alternative offered
  • The winner will be drawn at random and will receive a gift set The Christmas Present by Alexander McCabe
  • The giveaway will close on the 15th December  at midnight, the winner will be notified through Twitter
  • The Winner will be asked to provide a phone number and postal address

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    It’s a very sweet idea having something tangible from a story I think it would make the story believable for some of the children.

  2. Priscilla Stubbs Reply

    Such a lovely idea. The book and the globe look quite magical. I’m sure my great grandson would love it

  3. How magical…the true meaning of Christmas preserved for the little ones

  4. I’ve collected snow globes since I was little. Looks like this would be a nice one to add to my collection 🙂

  5. The book seems very interesting! I mean the kids look very engaged in the picture. That is so cool.

  6. Love the idea of having an object whilst reading a story to get the children more interested in listening. The book sounds great with the illustrations etc. My kids would enjoy this story.

  7. catherine santiago jose Reply

    This sounds like a perfect gift to give to my kids on this holiday and I am sure they will love it.

  8. Gervin Khan Reply

    What a great book and this sounds like a great option for me to give to my kids as their holiday presents.

  9. I cant wait to get my daughter an advent calendar when she is old enough. This seems like a really cute book.

  10. Candy Rachelle Reply

    What a sweet little book! I may get this as gifts to a couple of little angels in my life. Thanks!

  11. Celebrate Woman Today Reply

    I love the book and the story! So magical and imaginative, every child would be fascinated. Really drives the child’s imagination.

  12. Natasha Romero Salas Reply

    My nieces and nephews love books, especially ones that come with something extra! I used to collect snow globes! I love them.

  13. Thanks for sharing this, I’m going to pick up this gift for my niece for Christmas! looks like your kids really enjoyed it.

  14. Rose Ann Sales Reply

    Seems like a great gift for kids this coming holidays. They seem to have so much fun reading it.

  15. This would be a great book to give my little brother. I may have to get it for him as one of his Christmas gifts.

  16. Fransic verso Reply

    The book is nice and I’m sure it would make a good gift. It would help kids to learn a lot from it.

  17. Nicz Escat. Reply

    Great books that even has a freebie on it, makes the kid more excited and interested with the book. I remember having one with a watch. Still keeping it till now. Hehe.

  18. Wow that’s a very sweet and cute gift set.

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful moment with us.

  19. This looks like a lovely book. I love your Christmas tree, it is gorgeous. Thank you for offering a giveaway.

  20. Erik the Hungry Traveller Reply

    I love books as presents for kids! It enhances and makes their imagination more colorful. And oh the free tangible item makes it more exciting!

  21. What a tottally cool book , i also love the addition of a snow globe , i bet your kids loved reading it and will be reading it many times still

  22. This is such a cute book. I love the snowglobe! I know my daughter would love this too!

  23. l love books that have items to help tell the story! This looks like a fun holiday book!

  24. Cebu Travel Blogger Reply

    That is a very lovely book, I think midgrade will enjoy the books too especially those who are not into Christmas anymore. By the way, your kids are adorable.

  25. Christine Lockley Reply

    What a beautiful book and one to bring out year after year

  26. Ruth Harwood Reply

    wow, this looks like an amazing collection of goodies, perfect to keep my daughter engaged on boxing day while I read my book and we have a pj day!!

  27. Kay Broomfield Reply

    What a lovely gift set. I’m sure my children would love it!

  28. Claire Willmer Reply

    Sounds wonderful and such a great idea! The illustrations do look lovely.

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