Five-star review for Two Tengu Tales in Good Reading!

WP_20150928_014[1]We are delighted to announce that Two Tengu Tales from Japan has received a five-star review from reviewer Merle Morcom in the new(October) issue of Good Reading Magazine! Here’s an extract:

Duncan Ball retells these two old Japanese tales so simply, while David Allan weaves pure magic on every page with his classic Japanese-style art. A perfect book to introduce young children to the magic world of Japanese folklore.




Fabulous review of Two Tengu Tales in ReadPlus!

Another lovely review to add to the growing list for this beautiful book! Here’s an extract:

Highly recommended. Christmas Press continues their celebration of stories from around the world. This impressive, beautifully illustrated picture book is a retelling of two Japanese folk tales. Duncan Ball author of the Selby the talking dog and Emily Eyefinger series introduces the tengu, magical forest goblins who grant wishes to people who need a miracle. They are tricksters and there is always a sting in the tail. There’s always a consequence, often unexpected. Good and evil, poor and rich are themes that resonate here….David Allan’s art nouveau styled scenes, inspired by Japanese paintings and linocuts, are wonderful, bringing the stories to life. They evocatively set the scenes, showcasing the traditional ways of life, the mountains and countryside. An engaging read for families and classes, one to share with young and old.

Read the whole review here.

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Introducing our great book production manager

small but mighty logoThis year, as readers know, we moved to hardcover for our beautiful picture books. Doing so introduced a whole new level of complexity, especially as this also meant offshore printing, but our passage to hardcover was eased considerably by working with an absolutely excellent book production manager, Karen Small, of Small but Mighty Productions. Today we want to feature Karen’s fantastic work, both with our books--she has now handled three of them–but also a range of book projects, emanating from both small-press publishers like ourselves and self-publishers, as well as companies. Read what we and others have to say here. We highly recommend her services!


Great review of Tengu Tales in Buzz Words

Two Tengu Tales front coverAnother great review for the beautiful Two Tengu Tales from Japan, by Duncan Ball and David Allan: review published in Buzz Words. Here’s a short extract:

Thank goodness for Christmas Press which works hard to introduce young Australian readers to legends, myths and folklore from other countries! Here is its latest offering, a lively retelling by a well-known children’s author of stories about tengu, magical beings from Japan who grant wishes to those who ask them. However, tengu are tricksters…

This is a gorgeously presented book, well-designed with illustrations in the Japanese tradition which are so attractive they make you want to pore over them.

You can read the full review here.