The After Christmas Tree
(Scallywag Press)– hardback
What happens to a tree on pavement left alone on ‘a grey day in January’? What might happen should The After Christmas Tree be noticed and thereafter taken home with Brian? It seems as though there might be a place set for her at the table. Thereafter, she could join the family to watch TV. However, what about bath time? Or even bedtime?
Might it be that it’s time for Brian to take his tree outside?
Yet, what will happen to an abandoned tree in January? Brian tosses and turns and frets and worries until he dreams a magical dream…
The After Christmas Tree is a delight. Its watercolour tones suggest the January greys and thereafter the family’s assumption of a neglected little Christmas tree. Furthermore, we realise Brian’s attachment and the tree’s impracticality. Yet the dream… Bookwagon suggests this beautiful book, in the style of The Christmas Eve Tree, is destined to be a classic title to be read throughout December, loved and anticipated once the warm glow of the season is over.