Wednesday 20 December 2023

Blog Tour Review - A Friend for Christmas by Mike Martin

A Christmas book about overcoming your fears and finding friends at Christmas. 

A Friend for Christmas
Author: Mike Martin
Publication Date: October 20, 2023
Pages: 36
Genre: Children's

Book Description:
Good things come to those who face their fears. 

Robbie Rabbit lived in a warren in a big city with his wife Rowena Rabbit and their nine kits. He called it their rabbit apartment. Robbie and his family were hunkering down for winter when an unexpected visitor makes an appearance. 

A Friend for Christmas is the heartwarming tale of a very brave rabbit who faces his fears and makes a new friend at the magical time of the year.  He learns that friends can come in all shapes and sizes and Robbie and his family discover the joy of Christmas.

This beautifully illustrated book is suitable for children of all ages. Especially those who still believe in the magic of Christmas.

“This lovely fable tells the story of an unlikely friendship between a family of rabbits and a gray cat named Whisper. In these war-torn times, it’s an important reminder of our innate ability to choose live over fear.” – Amazon

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Robbie and Rowena Rabbit, along with their bustling kits, paint a vibrant picture of family life in their cozy burrow amidst the bustling city. The book wonderfully captures their daily routine, with Robbie’s excursions for food setting the stage for an unexpected encounter.

The illustrations, with their vivid colours and detailed scenes, bring the world of Robbie and his family to life. Each page turn reveals a new visual delight, making it a treat for both kids and adults. The expressive artwork not only complements the narrative but also adds layers to the emotions and Robbie's adventures.

At its heart, the story beautifully weaves in an important lesson. Robbie's initial fear of the grey cat is relatable, yet as the tale unfolds, it gently reminds young readers about the dangers of quick judgments. It cleverly explores the balance between caution and openness, offering a valuable message without being preachy.

The author's writing style is engaging and accessible for young minds, effortlessly guiding them through Robbie's journey. The tale is punctuated with moments of suspense and curiosity, making it a delightful read-aloud option that encourages participation and discussion.

Overall, this book is a charming addition to children's literature. It not only entertains but also imparts a valuable lesson about friendship and understanding. It's a book that sparks conversations and prompts young readers to look beyond appearances—a treasure for any child's bookshelf.


Rating: 5 Stars
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About the Author

Mike Martin was born in St. John’s, NL on the east coast of Canada and now lives and works in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a long-time freelance writer and his articles and essays have appeared in newspapers, magazines and online across Canada as well as in the United States and New Zealand. He is the award-winning and best-selling author of the award-winning Sgt. Windflower Mystery series set in beautiful Grand Bank. There are now 13 books in this light mystery series with the publication of All That Glitters.

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