I love Christmas, I love books and I love living in Cardiff – so you can imagine how much I love this book:
My parents bought Santa is Coming to Cardiff for Little E and Little O a couple of years ago, and it’s a firm favourite in our house.
My children instantly recognised several of the city’s landmarks on the front cover and couldn’t wait to read it. It’s a lovely little story about Santa delivering a sleigh-load of presents to children in the Welsh capital. The illustrations are brightly coloured and full of detail, and the references to Cardiff are well thought-out and not at all gratuitous. Santa’s sleigh accidentally lands on City Hall, and we see him squeezing down ‘big chimneys in Victoria Park and small chimneys in Splott’, ‘thin chimneys in Heath’ and ‘fat chimneys in Pontcanna’. My favourite page is a wonderful montage of some of the city’s most famous buildings, covered in snow.
This is such a lovely book and one certain to get young Cardiff children even more excited about Christmas.
Last year I also managed to find the accompanying colouring book. It’s part story, part pictures to colour and also has lovely references to our fine city. Little E, my just-turned-five-year-old daughter, has especially loved this one.
Both books are published by Hometown World and cost about a fiver each. I’ve seen copies of the book on sale in the last couple of weeks in Tesco Extra on Western Avenue and in Hamleys in St David’s 2. Definitely worth the money. They also do a whole host of similar books for different UK towns and cities.
*Disclaimer: I was not paid to write this post. I genuinely think they are great books and want other people to know about them.