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The Ghastlies' Christmas


About this book:

  • ISBN: 190 452 4222 (paperback)

  • Published 2004

  • Price £4.99 + postage

  • 56 pages

  • Illustrated with 34 colour and black & white drawings

About the Book:
In this second story about The Ghastlies, the villagers are busy preparing for Christmas. All goes well until Christmas Eve, when The Ghastlies have a surprise visitor. It looks like there may be no Christmas presents for the children of Greenslopes. Can anybody come to the rescue?

It's a really good story, especially for Christmas. Grandma Ghastly is really funny and I like the pictures too - the one of Mrs Fluff's hair at the end is great. Lizzie Koronka

About the Author:

Trix Jones lives near Carlisle. She has a husband, a daughter, a son, a dog and two cats. Trix has been a teacher of children and adults for many years. She loves making up stories and poems for children and now has time to write some of them down. Trix has previously published two short collections of humourous verse - Laughter Therapy and More Laughter Therapy and the first Ghastlies story.

About the Illustrator:

Shane Surgey lives in Sheffield. He enjoys mountain biking, fell walking and playing the guitar and keyboard. He spent his childhood in Millom, Cumbria. Shane attended Black Combe Junior and Millom Secondary schools, then studied at Cumbria Institute for the Arts. Now 28 and having worked in graphic design, he is building a career as an illustrator. This is Shane's debut children's book.

Trix releases The Ghastlies back into the community

CUMBRIAN teacher and author Trix Jones has released her second children's book featuring neighbours from hell, the Ghastlies.

Trix, who lives in Dalston sold hundreds of copies of her first book about the family who live in a fictitious country village called Greenslopes. Her second book, The Ghastlies' Christmas, is illustrated with 34 original drawings by Shane Surgey, a former student of Cumbria Institute of the Arts.

Trix's Ghastlies live up to their name, causing mayhem in Greenslopes, a typically Cumbrian-style village. Trix follows the village as it prepares for Christmas. All goes well until Christmas Eve when the Ghastlies have a surprise visitor and it looks as though the children of Greenslopes won't get their presents.

'As many parents know, it can sometimes be difficult to tempt children to read when there are so many other distractions around,' said Trix. 'I am very keen to encourage reading and writing which is why I produced the Ghastlies. The series is fun and appeals to children aged six to ten whether they are keen or reluctant readers.'

Trix has been reading The Ghastlies' Christmas to children in schools and signing copies in Ottakars, Carlisle, as well as reading from the story in Penrith's Bluebell Bookshop.


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