This was one of the books I added on my Christmas list and I was not dissappointed. The book is written by Voltaire and Illustrated by Shamine King.
I pre-ordered this book back in the fall and was quite happy that Voltaire worked his ass off to make sure we got it before Christmas. It arrived on the 22nd!
Like always, the product did arrive undamaged and was well packaged.
I also really like how he focuses on customer service. Being daft, I forgot to delete my old address from my Paypal account. As soon as I received my confirmation, I noticed my error. I immediately e-mailed Voltaire about the situation. I mentioned that if it were easier for him to cancel the transaction and I re-do a new one with the correct address, I would be more than happy to. Turns out, all I had to do was e-mail him the correct one.
This isn't the first time he goes out of his way for his fans/buyers. Back when he did crowdfunding for his new Raised By Bats album and I made a purchase, he e-mailed me asking me to verify my address. By the name of my street, he thought I was in college and wanted to make sure the item wouldn't be delivered to some college dorm room in the middle of summer!
Aside from being a really great person to buy from, the product, the story itself is wonderful.The story is about a bat called Hargoyle who steals candy from all the bullies on Halloween and who then gives the stolen candy to the well behaved children on Christmas. I was entertained throughout and thought it was really cute. It is very well written and the illustrations are gorgeous.
I would advise to read this to older children, though. My son is four and he had a hard to time to sit through the entire story. It is a little long but he did enjoy it. He often talks about it!
Another thing that impressed me with the book was in the beginning, there was a dedication to Sophie Lancaster and to all those people who were bullied. I thought it was a nice touch.
Thanks to reading this to my son, next year, we have to put out a big bat and a black stocking for Hargoyle. I think I am going to have to hide some of his Halloween candy or buy a special secret stash and hope I don't eat it by the time Christmas comes! My son got the overall message from the story and told me that "being mean to people is naughty."
Definitely a great story book with a wonderful message to read to your very own little baby bats. I highly recommend.
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