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Jonathan Toomey is a widowed wood carver who is known as Mr Gloomy because he is so miserable. Then a widow and her son ask him to carve a set of Nativity figures for them, and slowly his warmth returns...

Reader's Reviews


This is a beautiful book - excellent story, and superb illustrations. The gradual change in Jonathan's attitude is very subtly portrayed. The illustrations of the wood carvings are rewarding. This book lives in our Christmas box, and has been enjoyed year after year.


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Parental Guidance

  • Reading Age: 8+
  • Reading Aloud Age: 5+


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