Mattie worries about everything and her sorrow list is long. The goods in the grocery store are very expensive and so a garden is needed. Mattie, her brother Dontie, her sister V and her little siblings Stanley and Anika, better known as Stanika, are helped by Uncle Vesuvius to lay one out. In their holidays Mattie finds a new friend. His name is Will and he knows a lot about nature and the sea.
When Dontie has an accident by the cliffs, Will, who suddenly pops up, is of great help. Without him Mattie and Dontie would have been unable to escape the flood. But, strangely enough, Dontie cannot remember Will later, and the others have never seen him either. But soon the excitement about Dontie and Will is forgotten and something wonderful happens for all of them on this Christmas.
This book is suitable for children aged 5 and 7.
Chris Higgins was born and brought up in South Wales, she now lives in the far west of Cornwall with her husband. Before writing her first novel, she taught English and Drama for many years in secondary schools and worked at the Minack open-air theatre on the cliffs near Lands End. She now writes full time and is the author of many books for children and teenagers.
Lee Wildish is an acclaimed illustrator. His Spooky, Spooky House won the Overall Red House Children’s Book Award in 2013, his Spaghetti with the Yeti was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2013, and he has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Sheffield Children’s Book Award.