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The Three Wishes
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Alan Snow is an award-winning children's book illustrator and designer who has worked on more than 160 books. His novel, Here Be Monsters (OUP, 2005), was made into an animated film, The Boxtrolls, which spent several weeks at the top of the UK box office in 2015. Fascinated with 'how things work', Alan turned his attentions towards the kitchen, acquiring sophisticated equipment such as vacuum machine, centrifuge, freeze dryer and shock chiller, and has developed his own culinary 'lab'. He has since consulted for The Ethicurian restaurant, and is in the process of launching a boutique ice cream parlour in the Cotswolds, with a nod to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. Alan now runs workshops and courses for professional chefs and cooks, and his gastronomic experiments are due to be filmed for a documentary.

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'With illustrations that capture the essence, atmospherics and quirkiness of the adventure through time, The Three Wishes is destined to become a Christmas family favourite.'

-- Lancashire Evening Post

'This fetching and original picture book tells an imaginative origin story for Father Christmas ... It combines the realistic, the ornamental and the surreal.'

-- The Sunday Times, 'Children's Books of the Year'

'Once read never forgotten! This delightful new Christmas classic feels like it has existed for hundreds of years.'

-- Creative Steps

'A fresh and fascinating Christmas tale ... beautiful words and art.'

-- Storytime magazine

'The illustrations here are just so utterly beautiful, with their folk aesthetic - rich with patterned borders and colour ... Enchanting.'

-- The Independent, 'Best Christmas Story Books'

'This is such a lovely idea, beautifully and thoughtfully executed. Questions about how Santa gets around the world in one night, why his clothes are red and how his reindeer fly are cleverly answered, and the overall feel is that of a timeless folk tale with nods to Scandinavia and various myths and legends throughout.'

-- Little Literary Society

'With illustrations that capture the essence, atmospherics and quirkiness of the adventure through time, The Three Wishes is destined to become a Christmas family favourite.'

-- Lancashire Evening Post

'A really beautiful story - important morals, magical ideas and amazing illustrations.'

-- Readingzone.com

'A clever Santa Claus origin story, which reads like a fable and is brought to life by the unusual, stylish illustrations... If you're looking for a well-written, thoughtful seasonal tale without a hint of glitter or sparkles, this is for you.'

-- Irish Independent, '50 Most Magical Reads for Young Bookworms'

'From the stately text to the beautiful illustrations - suggestive of hand-stitched quilts, all the way to their elaborate borders - it works superlatively well.'

-- Financial Times, 'Best Children's Books for Christmas'

'Evocative, timeless illustrations bring this imaginative story vividly to life.'

-- Lovereading4kids.co.uk, November Book of the Month

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