Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Present

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Harvey Slumfenburger’s Christmas Presents

By John Burningham

This was my son’s favourite story for years – and not just at Christmas time, we read it all year round!  I knew it off by heart. What better recommendation could there be?

The story starts with Father Christmas arriving home tired, after delivering his presents, only to find that he has missed one.  The present is for Harvey Slumfenburger  who lives in a ‘hut on top of the Roly Poly mountain, which is far, far away’. Harvey’s parents are too poor to buy Christmas presents so this is the only present he will get.  As one of the reindeers is not well Father Christmas sets off on foot to deliver the last present.  The story is about his journey, the many types of transport he uses and the mishaps that befall him.

John Burningham’s cartoons are brilliant – perfect for the story and funny. My son loved them. I now read it to my class of 6 & 7 year olds and they love it just as much.

I can only thank John Burningham for the hours of pleasure he gave us over the years.



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