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The Christmas Crumb

The Christmas Crumb
Lou Treleaven By (author)
Alex Willmore Illustrated by

Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd

Limited ***

9.7 X 9.8 in
32 pg

JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues


A truly Christmassy story, which has an important message about how although something may seem small to you, it might mean everything to someone else. A magical story, written in rhyme by prolific author, Lou Treleaven and illustrated by award-winning illustrator, Alex Willmore.

A family of giants are enjoying a Christmas feast with an enormous Christmas Yule Log as the centerpiece! However, when the princess drops a crumb, she worries about wasting it but Mom reassures her "it is only a crumb". But that crumb rolls out of the castle and ends up in Pip and his mom’s sparse cottage—it is a Christmas gift! They dig in but when Pip drops a crumb; that crumb rolls into a mouse hole where it will help them survive the winter. Yet again a crumb breaks off and this time rolls on to feed a whole army of ants, eventually ending up being eaten by a flea.

A beautiful story, which is the perfect book to share at Christmas.


"Treleaven's rhyming couplets make the story hop along easily for a read-aloud and sets the happy atmosphere that will follow the characters (and the crumb) . . . Some pages host small details that young readers will love pointing out, such as the expressions of background characters or the decorations."—Youth Services Book Review

Author Bio

Lou Treleaven lives next door to a farm in Bedfordshire, England, with her family, a silly dog called Honey and a cat called Badger. She has written plays, picture books, and junior fiction.
Alex Willmore lives in Northampton, UK, and completed a degree in illustration for children's publishing. Alex went on to work both in-house as a greeting card designer and illustrator.