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It’s Christmas Eve morning and Derek Brundle has noticed a thick tuft of grey hair above his right ear. Suddenly, a soldier elf, Munkle, appears at his window and tells him that Father Christmas has been kidnapped. Furthermore, over the next 24 hours, Derek will transform into the new Santa Claus – fuzzy beard, jelly belly and long silver hair. Problem is – he’s only seven It’s Christmas Eve morning and Derek Brundle has noticed a thick tuft of grey hair above his right ear. Suddenly, a soldier elf, Munkle, appears at his window and tells him that Father Christmas has been kidnapped. Furthermore, over the next 24 hours, Derek will transform into the new Santa Claus – fuzzy beard, jelly belly and long silver hair. Problem is – he’s only seven! The Night They Nicked Saint Nick is a 'fantoobulous' adventure with edible steam trains, flying ice cream vans, deadly robot toys and trolls with seven ankles. Have a yuletide treat and join Derek and Munkle on an action packed, fun-filled mission to rescue Santa Claus and save Christmas….


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It’s Christmas Eve morning and Derek Brundle has noticed a thick tuft of grey hair above his right ear. Suddenly, a soldier elf, Munkle, appears at his window and tells him that Father Christmas has been kidnapped. Furthermore, over the next 24 hours, Derek will transform into the new Santa Claus – fuzzy beard, jelly belly and long silver hair. Problem is – he’s only seven It’s Christmas Eve morning and Derek Brundle has noticed a thick tuft of grey hair above his right ear. Suddenly, a soldier elf, Munkle, appears at his window and tells him that Father Christmas has been kidnapped. Furthermore, over the next 24 hours, Derek will transform into the new Santa Claus – fuzzy beard, jelly belly and long silver hair. Problem is – he’s only seven! The Night They Nicked Saint Nick is a 'fantoobulous' adventure with edible steam trains, flying ice cream vans, deadly robot toys and trolls with seven ankles. Have a yuletide treat and join Derek and Munkle on an action packed, fun-filled mission to rescue Santa Claus and save Christmas….

30 review for The Night They Nicked Saint Nick

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carl Ashmore

    Again, one of mine.:)

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ben Peyton

    What an absolutely charming and fun Christmas read. Seven year old Derek Brundle is awoken on Christmas Eve by a mysterious Elf, Munkle, and discovers that Father Christmas has gone missing. To his surprise, Derek also learns that he is next in line to become the new Santa and must join Munkle and the other Elves to ensure Christmas lives on. On their journey, the pair, along with a handful of other colourful characters, must piece together the mystery of the disappearance of Kris Kringle and prev What an absolutely charming and fun Christmas read. Seven year old Derek Brundle is awoken on Christmas Eve by a mysterious Elf, Munkle, and discovers that Father Christmas has gone missing. To his surprise, Derek also learns that he is next in line to become the new Santa and must join Munkle and the other Elves to ensure Christmas lives on. On their journey, the pair, along with a handful of other colourful characters, must piece together the mystery of the disappearance of Kris Kringle and prevent Christmas from being cancelled. With his usual style, wit and energy Carl Ashmore has penned another heart-warming family romp. Some wonderfully creative inventions and a nice twist on the Christmas story make this a must read particularly at this time of year.

  3. 4 out of 5

    pdarnold

    With words and names such as Flinking Blidiot, Troll-dudgebrain, Ringle Natstoad and Bufferoon, Dozy spray, Sprite 1200, nowt to worry, Buntleflip, Zoot chute it's hard not to smile! A loveable Christmas story with lots of heart and quirky characters and a distraught 7 year old. Quite an enjoyable tale with a new twist to add to the Santa mythology. With words and names such as Flinking Blidiot, Troll-dudgebrain, Ringle Natstoad and Bufferoon, Dozy spray, Sprite 1200, nowt to worry, Buntleflip, Zoot chute it's hard not to smile! A loveable Christmas story with lots of heart and quirky characters and a distraught 7 year old. Quite an enjoyable tale with a new twist to add to the Santa mythology.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Deb Coombes

    Enjoyable read What a cracking short story for Christmas time. An easy read and loved the concept of Father Christmas. Definitely recommend to read it to kids of all ages (even a 43 year old 😜)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Cute story A lovely cute story full of fun and magic . We definitely enjoyed reading this at bedtime. Would definitely recommend!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber Dawn

    A Christmas treat This is utterly adorable. Perfect for Christmas lovers of all ages. A fun little adventure story with plenty of heart.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    Carl Ashmore has written a children's adventure story for Christmas that may be too dark for young children and too childish for older ones. The hero of the adventure is Derek, a 7 year old British boy, who is awakened by an elf on the nigh before Christmas and told that he is the next Santa Claus (the 14th of that line). It seems that the title and the responsibilities of Santa are passed down from one person to another at the end of each one's long life. (The current Santa is 157 years old.) Th Carl Ashmore has written a children's adventure story for Christmas that may be too dark for young children and too childish for older ones. The hero of the adventure is Derek, a 7 year old British boy, who is awakened by an elf on the nigh before Christmas and told that he is the next Santa Claus (the 14th of that line). It seems that the title and the responsibilities of Santa are passed down from one person to another at the end of each one's long life. (The current Santa is 157 years old.) There has been a glitch in this orderly succession. The current Santa has been kidnapped, and Derek must take his place, some 14 years prior to schedule, or there will be no Christmas. Derek is taken to Poleland, but he decides to rescue Santa because he has dreamed about where the old Santa is being held captive. He goes with some elves with very exotic and Christmas-themed weapons to try to free Santa in time for Christmas. Ashmore has written a fast-paced novella that could be read as a part of Christmas, perhaps even be made into a Christmas movie. However, the conflicts seem a bit too easily solved in the plot's haste to move quickly to resolution. This was another book I read to reach my 50 book goal, but it was an enjoyable enough reading to make me glad I had it available.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jemima Pett

    This is a rip-roaring adventure that is fun for all the family. Like the best kid's books it contains nuances and references to get the grown-ups giggling, and plenty of action so that no-one ever gets bored. Derek Brundle wakes one day with a strange dream in his head. He finds to his horror that his hair is going grey. When you are only seven years old that is a serious matter! Fortunately an elf turns up to explain things, and he is whisked off to the South Pole (I always said they were lookin This is a rip-roaring adventure that is fun for all the family. Like the best kid's books it contains nuances and references to get the grown-ups giggling, and plenty of action so that no-one ever gets bored. Derek Brundle wakes one day with a strange dream in his head. He finds to his horror that his hair is going grey. When you are only seven years old that is a serious matter! Fortunately an elf turns up to explain things, and he is whisked off to the South Pole (I always said they were looking for Santa Claus in the wrong place) to stand in for Santa Claus who has been kidnapped. The descriptions of the places he goes really take you on the journey too, and I particularly love how he travels there. Sweets play a major part in modes of transport, and Elvun Dust comes in handy too. The baddie is suitably bad, and the trials that have to be overcome are dangerous and ingeniously conquered. I loved Carl Ashmore's imagined world and his descriptions are vivid and engaging. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to everybody - except power hungry business tycoons with no sense of humour.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kath Middleton

    This was a lovely modern Christmas legend, the kind of book I look forward to sharing with my grand-children. Seven year old Derek Brundle discovers he is to be the next Father Christmas and that the current Santa is in great danger. We meet some wonderful characters in this book. I especially loved the elf Munkle with her quirky modes of expression, 'Yeppers!' The villain of the story receives a very satisfying punishment for his iniquities. Children will love it. Carl Ashmore has a great imagin This was a lovely modern Christmas legend, the kind of book I look forward to sharing with my grand-children. Seven year old Derek Brundle discovers he is to be the next Father Christmas and that the current Santa is in great danger. We meet some wonderful characters in this book. I especially loved the elf Munkle with her quirky modes of expression, 'Yeppers!' The villain of the story receives a very satisfying punishment for his iniquities. Children will love it. Carl Ashmore has a great imagination and some excellent verbal skills that bring his creations to life. He sums up Christmas by having Santa say to the villain, 'Christmas is about more than toys and presents and turkey dinners. It's about love and decency and respect and kindness. These are the real gifts of Christmas.' How can you sum it up better than that? Thank you Carl, for a bit of fun in the true spirit of Christmas.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Eric Thomasma

    At first it reminded me of some recent animated Christmas specials and I was somewhat disappointed, but then the similarities came to an end and the story came into its own. This is a fun adventure for kids of all ages, a good story, well told, but one thing bothers me. In my opinion, a Christmas story should include a nod to the real purpose of Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and this story doesn't do that but instead sticks to secular notions of love, decency, respect, and k At first it reminded me of some recent animated Christmas specials and I was somewhat disappointed, but then the similarities came to an end and the story came into its own. This is a fun adventure for kids of all ages, a good story, well told, but one thing bothers me. In my opinion, a Christmas story should include a nod to the real purpose of Christmas, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, and this story doesn't do that but instead sticks to secular notions of love, decency, respect, and kindness. Certainly a good message, but for me,not quite on the mark for Christmas.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Nicky Foster

    My daughter loved the time hunters series so we downloaded this for a Christmas read. It's a lovely, fun romp with some lovely imagery and some clever play on words and to say it was only a short read the characters really had some character! We loved Munkle and Derek. Definitely recommend for a nice Xmas read out loud. My daughter loved the time hunters series so we downloaded this for a Christmas read. It's a lovely, fun romp with some lovely imagery and some clever play on words and to say it was only a short read the characters really had some character! We loved Munkle and Derek. Definitely recommend for a nice Xmas read out loud.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Another superb offering from Carl. As I mentioned to him, I cannot wait to have kids so I have someone to read this one to. Will have to borrow my godchildren next Christmas!!! Such a magical story, which is just right in the lead up to Christmas (although I read it in February and still enjoyed it!!)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jayne Hathaway

    Short and sweet A fun story that children of all ages would enjoy. Story easy to follow and good triumphs in the end.

  14. 4 out of 5

    JenniferJ

    This was okay...I just didn't get the need for all the "slang" or unusual language the elves spoke. Fairly predictable but yet still was a fun read. This was okay...I just didn't get the need for all the "slang" or unusual language the elves spoke. Fairly predictable but yet still was a fun read.

  15. 4 out of 5

    D.J.

    So good I could hug it! This book is an excellent way to get into the Christmas spirit for younger readers and adults alike.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bobby

    A short, quick read for someone who just wants to waste a bit of time. There is nothing that particularly draws you in and makes you keep reading but still it was ok.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This is a cute little children's book about Santa Claus being kidnapped and the next Santa Claus--a 9-year-old boy--having to find him and save him. This is a cute little children's book about Santa Claus being kidnapped and the next Santa Claus--a 9-year-old boy--having to find him and save him.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

  19. 5 out of 5

    Niki Byrne

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carol Jean

  21. 5 out of 5

    Timothy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joe P.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vicky Phillips

  25. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allison

  28. 4 out of 5

    Witchhusband

  29. 4 out of 5

    L R

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Minard

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