'Christmas Carols', 'Christmas History', 'Christmas Kids', 'Foul Food', 'Silly Santa' and 'Curious Christmas Customs' from Horrible Christmas by Terry Deary
Illustrations by Martin Brown
Non-Fiction Excerpt (2000)
Terry Deary tells us the truth about all things Christmassy, in his horribly wonderful and wonderfully horrible way!
As may be apparent, I had trouble deciding which sections of this book should go into the collection. They're only short, and one or two would not be enough, so once I had narrowed it down to six chapters I decided to throw the lot in! Horrible Histories is a wonderful series - engaging, funny and always educational - and I thought this would go well after Adrian Mole's equally worthy, but different, sense of fun and humour. Of course, I must give Martin Brown his dues; it has been proven that only his Horrible Histories illustrations will do.
'But where do you get meat when your city is under siege?
'Three places: the zoo, the streets and sewers.'
Terry Deary, Horrible Christmas (Scholastic Children's Books, 2000), p.33.