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Saturday, 24 December 2011

Christmas Eve!

Merry Christmas everyone! As I mentioned in my last blog post, I will be doing a Christmas Eve diary entry. Here it is:

It's Christmas Eve and I'm sitting on the sofa, typing to you. I'll be going to church soon. Anyway, today I... Gave my friend her present, greeted guests (we've got people staying at my house) and well I've been so bright spirited about Christmas. But actually, Christmas Eve is rather good too. First reason, the excitement and how every child is tense about Santa coming! Second reason, it's the night Santa comes! I'm hoping to get a new laptop what about you? My Christmas tree is sparkling as I look at it. Well, not literally but you know what I mean. My brother has got the biscuits out as I say "isn't it a bit early to get those out? They are meant for Christmas, which is tomorrow!". Who's watching Outnumbered tonight? The Doctor Who Special is on tomorrow at seven. I think. One of the guests at my house has just woken up a little after a huge sleep! Honestly... Oh! I nearly forgot! This Christmas, if you can, watch A Wonderful Life, Polar Express and Arthur Christmas. All either new or classics that are five star movies! And by that I mean... SPECTACULAR! Okay, I'm afraid I need to go! Have a great Christmas and happy Christmas Eve!

Lots of love and wishes,
Abigail Bronte

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Crazy Christmas (Bumper Post)

Welcome back to Readalot! Now, as you know I was going to do the big Readalot Christmas Wishes To Authors Community but some of my plans have changed. Most authors obviously keep their email private so that ruined my plan a bit because I had decided that there would be loads of emails to only four writers. Well... BAM! I've broken the rules! Now I'm going to show you a list of well deserved comments on authors everywhere:

Aliona56 says"Merry Xmas Lauren Child! I love Clarice Bean and all your fab drawings! Keep it up!"
Jessyjane420 says"Merry Christmas Jeff Kinney and a happy new year! I really like your books!"
Lindalisalady says"Thank you J.K.Rowling for inspiring so many people to read and happy Christmas!"
Messywessy likes Michael Morpurgo writing things in his stories that are true. For example, in Kaspar Prince Of Cats he went to a hotel that had a statue of a cat. Great job Michael Morpurgo! Merry Christmas!
Stagegirl1000 says"Dear Jacky Wilson, I love all your books. You've inspired me to write my own type of books. Plus I have one request that might be a bit hard for you. Could you maybe write a book about acting because it might even inspire other people to act and of course me? It would really inspire me to even write my own play when I'm older. You don't have to do this but I would be  honoured if you did. Season's greetings, Stagegirl1000"

So many people who write great stories aren't getting enough credit and should get thank you's more often. That's what the Readalot Community is here to do, say thank you. Christmas is nearly here and I'm so excited! I just have to tell you about a secret. It's not really a secret but I interviewed Santa online and this is what he said!:

Abby: Hi Santa! It's great I finally got a chance to have a proper chat with you
Santa: I know! Everything is so busy these days!
Abby: So Santa, got any Crimbo gossip?
Santa: Well, I'm writing a small story about my life which I'd love you to share with the Readalot fans when I'm finished!
Abby: That sounds so good I'm speechless!
Santa: And, I've got a Christmas tip!
Abby: SPILL!
Santa: Every child in the world must pray before they sleep on Christmas day or the only thing they'll get is an orange
Abby: What a tip! And how is Mrs Claus and Rudolph?
Santa: Mrs Claus is dandy and so is Rudolph. Rudolph has a new nickname... Winter Wow!
Abby: That's funny! Is there anything you'd like to say to the Readaloters?
Santa: Yes. Remember to be nice boys and girls because I'm coming to town! Oh, and post your letters to me because I adore reading them!
Abby: Hey Santa. who's that?
Santa: That's Dasher, one of my reindeer. He says I need to go or Mrs Claus will be shouting at me, telling me my dinner is cold!
Abby: Alright then! Have a lovely Christmas yourself! 
Santa: You too Abby! Bye!

Santa told me his favourite Christmas stories. They are the Christmas story about Jesus' birth, A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Tree. Santa also loves any cook book because then he can give it to his wife who will bake the most wonderful things.

Now we must sing...
Rudolph the red nose reindeer (reindeer)
Had a very shiny nose (like a lightbulb!)
And if you ever saw (saw it)
You would even say it glows (like a flashlight!)
All of the other reindeer (reindeer)
Used to laugh and call him names (like Pinocchio!)
They never let poor Rudolph (Rudolph)
Join in any reindeer games (like Monoply!)
Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say ("Where's my underpants?")
"Rudolph with your nose so bright won't you guide my sleigh tonight?"
Then how the reindeer loved him (loved him)
As they shouted out with glee ("Wipee!)
Rudolph the red nose reindeer (reindeer)
You'll go down in history (like the Romans!)

Ever wanted to get your parents something for Christmas but couldn't afford it? Or couldn't get it secretly? Then this is the perfect gift for you to give to your loved ones. Write a Christmas poem or a short Christmas story! Presents don't have to be expensive! I could give my Mum and Dad a present that cost one pound and they'd still like it. Christmas is about the thought, the peace.

As we're coming to the end of 2011 I just have to share with you my favourite, best ever books this year! These books will win the title as BBTY (Best Books This Year) which is an exclusive title that can only be awarded by Readalot, BBTY goes to...
Ruby Redfort Look Into My Eyes and Sapphire Battersea! Look out for these books in Waterstone's, WHsmith and Amazon. 

Here's a questionnaire for you to answer. Send me your results as soon as possible!

1. What is your absolute favourite bit of Readalot?
A: Book reviews
B: General news
C: Arts and crafts ideas

2. What else would you like to see on the Readalot blog? 
A: Interviews with authors
B: More competitions
C: Readalot merchandise

3. Do you tell friends and family about Readalot?
A: No!
B: Not really...

4. Would you recommend Readalot to your school as it is partly educational?
A: I would
B: I'll think about it
C: No

I'd like to congratulate Little Mix, Marcus Collins, Amelia Lily, Harry Judd, Chelsee Healey and Jason Donovan for getting to the final of either Xfactor or Strictly Come Dancing!

It's now time for my last book review in 2011! I'm reviewing The Nutcracker! The Nutcracker is all about a girl who's godfather comes to her parent's Christmas party and gives her a wrapped gift. But Clara (girl) is so desperate to open the gift that she unwraps it on Christmas Eve! It's a nutcracker doll, a soldier. The story is based around how the nutcracker comes to life and takes Clara on a journey to meet his magical friends. Just like A Christmas Carol it's a Christmas must have and a forever enduring, compelling tale. A reminder for you all, you may have heard of the poem book, The Night Before Christmas. Well it's really, really lovely and it's extra incredible if you read it on Christmas Eve, before you go to bed! I would know! I've read it over and over again on the twenty fourth.

Speaking of the twenty fourth, I'll be doing a diary entry that day! On my blog! Are you an organised person? Rearing to go? Why not plan out things you can make and do next year?!

My ideas: Create a Youtube account, make a Moshi Monsters account, deliver late Christmas gifts, make friendship bracelets, try a new hobby, print a photo off google images of your most liked celebrity, throw a party, become a follower or suscribe to Readalot, give your teacher a smile, work hard, read lots of books, bake a cake, go bowling, see a movie, discover an animal that isn't very well known and tons more so use your imagination!

If you complete any of these, email me at abbybronte@hotmail.co.uk because you will get a shout out in a blog post and get the Amazing Adventurer email award!

Also, you could have a Christmas Eve party or a New Year's Eve party. Buy fizzy drinks, crumbly crisps, biscuits, cakes, pigs in blankets (sausage wrapped in bacon) or ice cream! Choose a theme (Christmas, New Year!) and you could give out party bags filled with sweets and stocking fillers. Make invitations with bold colours and fine handwriting. Play some of that fun Christmas music but don't forget to play other things. Like, Kelly Clarkson, One Direction, Michael Buble, Pixie Lott, Adele or Jessie J. Your party will be one to remember! 

By the way my interview with Santa was online and in the picture he was there and he replied to all my questions, so he is real. I saw Dasher come up on the screen too and Santa would like to wish you a merry Christmas. Have a very magical Christmas! Abigail Bronte xoxo
P.S: Email me and tell me about the presents you received! 

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Spectacular Santa

Good day everybody! It's fantastic to be able to speak to you all again! I was sitting thinking today and I wondered if you wanted to hear my letter to Santa? So here it is:
Dear Santa, I always get very excited about Christmas but this year I'm the most excited ever! This year I created a blog called Readalot and I suppose, this is Readalot's first Christmas! So please Santa, this Christmas I would like all the Readalot fans to have a peaceful Christmas and for someone to open up a book one day and suddenly feel like everything is magical, the rest of the world has fallen silent. I'd also like my brother to have a huge smile on his face when he awakes on Christmas day. Maybe these things aren't as easy to find in your toy cupboard as a lego set or a barbie doll, but these are significant to me and if you can get them then I will feel as though my Christmas day is truly perfect. Lots of love, Abigail Bronte xoxo

Was that okay? Oh and guess what? The other day one of Santa's elves gave me an email and she said that Santa would really like to hear from everyone. So I answered "Well if you want, Santa could give me a call and when someone has emailed me a letter to Santa he could tell me what he wants to say back to them and I can put it on an email". If you want to have a Readalot Christmas then give me an email at abbybronte@hotmail.co.uk and by that I mean get a Santa letter. Also, please email me your votes for the Christmas Card For Authors. 

Book and author of the week goes to... A Christmas Carol and Lauren Child. A Christmas Carol is all about a man named Scrooge who practically hates Christmas. I know! It's nearly unbelievable! Well one night a group of ghosts come and show Scrooge all the people in the world who are poor and suffering and what will happen to him if he carries on being miserable. A classic Charles Dickens and a well loved Christmas special for all the family. Don't miss out! Lauren Child is a children's writer. She is the author of Charlie And Lola and Clarice Bean, two successful series of books. Her books are filled with energy, passion. She is also a very talented illustrator, you might have seen some of her special little drawings before. Got to get some sleep or Santa won't come! Lots of love, Abigail Bronte

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Come Christmas!

Happy December everyone! Now that it's the twelfth month we can look forward to a large part of the year, Christmas! Of course parents describe Christmas as expensive, busy and a time to lie in. Well mostly. Anyway, I've got five favourite books that would make great Christmas presents! The first one is Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever, my second one is Sapphire Battersea, third place is Gangsta Granny, fourth is Christmas Angel and fifth becomes The Best Christmas Present In The World. Some of these can be bought in Waterstone's and others in WHsmith. Are you going to any Christmas parties? Have you got your tree? Sent a letter to Santa? Said a prayer to wish Jesus a good birthday? What do you want for Christmas? Why not tell me? I'd love to see if you are in to the same things as I am! Soon I'm doing a quiz which will question you about which authors you think deserve to get a big "Merry Christmas!". This quiz will be on my Secret Readalot Fanclub and when we decide on four I will either ask you to comment on one particular blog post and say how cool they are and wish them a nice Christmas. Or tell you their email and what to put on it for example to put at the end, from the Readalot Community. I hope you like this idea! Now, website of the day... Paperchase! Paperchase is a shop which sells things like notebooks, stationery and stickers! They make such delicate and attractive things that I always have to buy there and check out their online shop. Already tea time! Abigail Bronte