The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas

The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days Of Christmas opening line: What is the worst present you have ever received for Christmas?

The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days Of Christmas

My blurb:

What would you do if the twelve days of Christmas were sent to you? I mean, what could one possibly do with ten lords-a-leaping if they do not speak English? And what about all the milk from eight maids-a-milking, let alone the cows? Where does one keep seven swans-a-swimming? And how do you use all the eggs from six geese-a-laying? Can you imagine the mess from four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree? But for Will and Ella, this is most certainly the most bizarre Christmas they have had for the past 5 years since their mother died. It may not be the best way to make their father move on with life and living, but his true love seems to think so.

The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas
One family is in for more than festive cheer in this new modern Christmas tale by bestselling author James Patterson.
No stockings, no gifts, no tinsel and no tree – has Christmas been cancelled?
It’s mid-December and for the fifth year in a row, there is little sign of the festive season in the Sullivan family’s home in South London. That is until a mysterious someone starts sending strange gifts to widower Henry and his two children.
First, a small-beaked and feathered face pokes its head out from between the branches of a pear tree. Before they know it, the Sullivan’s home is full of boisterous animals and house guests, all demanding their attention.
The next twelve days turn the Sullivan family’s lives upside down in ways they never could have imagined. And even though this Christmas will be messy, it may be just the gift their family needs.
My verdict:

What a delightful book that will have you rooting for all the chaos. And at the same time be grateful it is not your home being invaded. The sadness felt by the family is smothered by the gifts the true love has sent.

About the Author

JAMES PATTERSON is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 300 million copies worldwide and he has been the most borrowed author in UK libraries for the past nine years in a row.

He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, House of Robots, Confessions, and Maximum Ride series. James is the proud sponsor of the World Book Day Award and has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.
Publishing information:
ISBN 9781529136388
Format Trade Paperback
Published November 2022

Penguin Random House South Africa sent me this novel to review.

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13 thoughts on “The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas

  1. Ha! Well, you seem to have had fun with this one !!! Of course the mail dropped in just as I was off for an early supper ere watching cycling . . . and I promptly concluded we were dealing with a Christmassy cookery book . . . BUT, have not read Patterson & coy for ages either > perhaps one should . . .

      1. And I saw very little second-hand . . . Milan>St Remo was not covered by my Cycling Australia and I was not going to pay $35 for the experience going thru’ UK 🙂 ! Better organized next time !!

  2. The book sound delightful and fun ! I must say I was taken back at your post title – I thought I was on an old post! Great way to introduce the book.- thanks Tandy.

  3. Sounds like a fun book. I’m thinking the author’s name is used on many books, rather than him actually writing them. He apparently also writes with an Aussie writer or 2… You know how they become a brand, rather than a real writer? :=)

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