Self-published Scottish author Alexander McCabe has written a children’s story that should help parents all over the UK extend the magic of Christmas by providing another reason to keep believing in Santa.
With eight being the average age children stop believing in Santa, The Christmas Present introduces children to the concept of their very own dedicated elf who faces the threat of being banished to the South Pole if their child stops believing in Santa.
There is also the very lovable Gladys the reindeer to capture their imagination.
Author Alexander explained: ‘From the very moment we are born, we are each allocated an elf. The Christmas Present tells the story of nine-year old Gabriel, who is feeling isolated during Christmas and struggling to believe in Santa. Now his elf, Gabriel the Elf, with the help of Gladys the Reindeer, must show him what is truly important this festive season.’
First published in 2015, The Christmas Present quickly achieved global success on Kindle, becoming a bestseller on four continents, reaching number one in Canada, Italy, Australia, and Japan in just six weeks.
The Kindle edition was followed by a fully illustrated book in 2016, which has received brilliant reviews.
The fully illustrated book, which has received glowing reviews, is now launching as a gift box set, complete with snow globe – a home for the reader’s very own elf.
The book is available from Amazon and selected stores, including WHSmith, and a book tour is scheduled for WHSmith branches across the UK over November and December 2019.
Brian MacIntyre, general manager at WHSmith, added: ‘As the only high street stockist of The Christmas Present in the UK, we cannot wait to welcome author Alexander McCabe to WHSmith stores up and down the country.’
Alexander continued: ‘I look forward to sharing the story – and a little bit of magic – over the next couple of months on the book tour with WHSmith. I hope to see lots of children excited to hear about their very own elf and to read the story for themselves this Christmas.’
The Christmas Present is currently available for purchase from WHSmith, and online at Waterstones, Kindle and Amazon. The Christmas Present’s RRP is £19.99 (box set), £7.99 (hardback book) or £2.99 (Kindle).
The WHSmith 2019 tour dates are –
13 December: Edinburgh Fort Kinnaird; 14 December: Edinburgh Gyle; 15 December: Paisley; 16 December: Ayr; 17 December: Stranraer; 18 December: Dumfries; 19 December: Carlisle; 20 December: Largs; 21 December: Glasgow Argyle Street; 22 December: Glasgow Sauchiehall Street; 23 December: East Kilbride; 24 December: Elgin.
For more details visit https://www.gabrieltheelf.com/