One Christmas Eve, Father Christmas returns home after a hard evening’s present delivering. Having put his reindeer to bed, he is just about to go to sleep himself, when he makes a distressing discovery: there is still one present left in his sack. It is for Harvey Slumfenberger, a poor boy whom Father Christmas knows only ever gets one present - the one that Father Christmas brings him. So, tired as he is, Father Christmas sets out alone for Harvey Slumfenberger’s home far, far away on top of the Roly Poly Mountain. But will he get there on time?
The author/illustrator of this picture book, John Burningham, has twice won the Kate Greenaway Medal - for “Borke: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers” (1964) and “Mr Gumpy’s Outing” (1970). He has also won the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award for “Granpa” (1984). His other books include “Alphabet”, “Numbers”, “Colours”, “Opposites” and the “Rhymetime” series.
John Burningham is one of the world’s most recognized and beloved illustrators. His work has received countless awards, including a Boston Globe–Horn Book honor for It’s a Secret! and two Kate Greenaway Medals. Over his fifty-year career, John Burningham has written and illustrated more than thirty picture books, including Picnic, Motor Miles, and Mouse House. He is married to illustrator Helen Oxenbury. They have three children and live in North London.
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