Title: The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything
Author: Ryan Tubridy
Illustrator: Chris Judge
Publisher: Walker Books
Genre: Children’s fiction, humour
Book format: Hardback
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Description: The first Christmas jumper?  That’s a story worth telling.
It all begins with a sheep.  Mind you, Hilary is no ordinary sheep; she is a glorious rainbow-coloured sheep obsessed with Christmas!
Santa Claus is her IDOL.
So, when word gets out that Santa Claus is flying around Ireland looking for the finest sheep’s wool for a brand new jumper, Hilary can’t quite believe it…
Could this be it?  Her chance to meet the man himself?  To be the sheep who changes everything?

*Free copy provided by publisher for review…

Review:  This book is so funny and sweet, and I just love that illustration of Hilary the sheep! ‘The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who changed Everything’ in hardback comes with a jacket sleeve with the same illustration on both the hardcovers and the sleeve. You may not notice but the blue colour on the cover has a pattern that actually looks like a Christmas jumper knitted. Inside, the book is filled with thick pages of easy to read text and lots of illustrations.

Hilary the sheep is special, she’s the only multi-coloured sheep in her herd (and the world). She loves Christmas and with Christmas approaching she can’t wait for the holiday and dreams of meeting Santa Claus. Her dream might just become a reality when Santa starts looking for a special kind of wool to make a jumper for him this Christmas. The story is quite a simple one, we start by getting to know Hilary and some of the other characters on the farm where she lives, before moving onto the approaching Christmastime and the special visit that Hilary hopes Santa will make to her farm.

The First Christmas Jumper book page image one
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The story is hilarious from the start with all the sheep characters having their own unique personalities and funny references to the way humans act around sheep. It becomes even more funny/silly with all the sheep jokes or puns that are scattered throughout the tale. References to things like music band The Bleatles, or Ewetube! Although the story is quite simple and predictable even to the end, it’s a lovely story and little extras like the relationship between Hilary and Brian or the funny talking by Didya makes the whole tale really worth reading.

There are lots of illustrations throughout the book and I really love them! The images are scattered around the text with an image on almost every page. These look like the illustration of Hilary on the front cover although they are all in black and white only. These pictures just look so fun and there’s something about the way that Hilary, and all the sheep in general look that just makes me smile. As well as illustrations within the story there are small snowflakes on pages that end a chapter before the new one begins. This gives the book such a fun and more Christmassy feel.

The First Christmas Jumper book page image two
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Every chapter has a title that uses sheep puns where possible, an example being ‘Are ewe ready for this?’. I really do enjoy these silly sheepy references throughout, it just makes the whole story so much more silly and fun! The back of the book has a section with more sheep jokes. They get so silly and ridiculous that there’s even a joke about making sheep jokes! There is also some fun information on where the traditional (and now famously worn) Christmas jumpers originate from, a good piece of information to read which I didn’t know before.

This whole book is so funny and so silly that it just put a huge smile on my face reading it. I love it so much I want to read it again and again. The illustrations are so fun and cute too with Hilary just looking so sweet and adorable. I’d definitely recommend this book to anyone who’s interested in a fun book for Christmas. It will put a smile on your face, it will make you laugh and it will make you happy as it’s a sweet and lovely heart-warming story too!

Do you think Hilary is cute or like this book?  What other Christmas books do you like?  Let me know what you think in the comments below 🙂