Snowflakes on Christmas Street by Ivy Pembroke
Publisher: Sphere (Little, Brown Book Group UK)
Published: 2nd November 2017
On a little street in a big city, everything is changing
Bill has lived on Christmas Street since he was a young man. He’s seen families come and go, watched children grow up… Now he wants to be left alone.
Everything seven-year-old Teddy loves is in America. But his widowed father, Sam, has brought them both back to England to be closer to their family. Sam’s one wish is for Teddy to be happy again.
As Teddy and Sam settle into their new life, a very special four-legged neighbour is determined to make them feel at home. Jack, the Christmas street dog, is welcome in everyone’s house – but will it be in his power to help a little boy and a lonely old man remember the true meaning of the season?
As the snow sparkles on the ground, one small act of kindness will give a whole street a happy Christmas…
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for mu copy of this magical book in exchange for my review.
This book is a magical story, filled with love, and the warmth of friends and family. I didn’t see where Jack was going to fit into this book, thinking he would be a side character but he ended up having a starring role. He effects peoples lives massively in ways that a dog really shouldn’t. He’s the connection between each resident of Christmas Street and I love how the story weaves together.
My favourite residents probably would be Sam and Teddy though. Sam, with his witty comments about beetroot (yes, beetroot), and Teddy with his caring nature. Teddy really hit a soft spot with me, he was a wonderful little boy. One part of the book really moved me, involving him, his class members, and another character, Bill his next door neighbour. It really moved me, and it showed perfectly that children always see the good in the world, while there is so much pain and suffering. It was a moving moment which fitted perfectly within in this story.
I cannot believe that this is Ivy Pembroke’s first book, it reads beautifully with fantastic characters. I love the fact that the only common link, except living on the same street is Jack. Jack being the street dog. His backstory is a sad story but I like to think that the was he lives now is better than what it was. At least as the “street dog” he has more people loving him, more affection, more food. Obviously.
Each chapter is split into sections for each resident of the street. We have Teddy and Sam, Bill (Mr Hammersley), Pen, Pari and her family (brother Sai, mum Diya, and dad Darsh), Max and Arthur, and Emilia with her parents Anna and Marcel,and of course Jack. Each character adds something to the story, be it stability, adventure, young love, family. They all add it.
I loved this book, and I don’t think I can portray actually how much I did. It made me think of how people around us impact our lives, be it an animal or an unknown neighbour. It all happens when it’s supposed to.
I give this book a huge 5 out of 5.