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Illustration: Huw Aaron
Interest age: 3+
Reading age: 7/8
Well, the buzz and excitement of Christmas has been and gone for another year, leaving nothing but the January Blues behind. But don't worry, if you're feeling a bit ‘meh,’ well fear not, you can still re-live the good times with a copy of Y Disco Dolig Dwl, by Gruffudd Owen and Huw Aaron (Gwasg Carreg Gwalch).
As you know, no one works harder all year round than Santa Clause, Mrs Clause, the reindeer and the elves. After building millions of presents then delivering them all in one night, I think it’s safe to say they deserve a little office party afterwards to celebrate! There’s no covid-19 in Iceland you see, so having a big party isn't such a taboo!
I remember having silly discos in the lounge with my sister when we were kids - dancing to dad’s old vinyls and cassettes on the hi-fi. In fact, I’ll often do that even now – sticking on some cheesy music like Steps or Abba and just having a dance for no reason – try it, it’s quite therapeutic actually!
The book rhymes and is suitable (according to the publishers) for children up to the age of 8 "and anyone who’d like a little Christmas fun!" Indeed, it is full of silliness – who’d have thought that even Santa and his wife have to pay taxes just like everyone else!
Huw Aaron, our very own Welsh Quentin Blake has lent his talents to sprinkle a bit of Christmas cheers over the book and I can't think of a better person to do the illustrations. They’re just perfect for the tone of this book.
My young cousins came over for Christmas, and they enjoyed the book. We had our own crazy kitchen disco afterwards! If you're longing for a bit of Christmas fun, or you’re just a highly organized person looking for Christmas stuff for next year – grab yourself a copy!