Book Review: The Twelve Topsy-Turvy Very Messy Days of Christmas


The Twelve Topsy-Turvy Very Messy Days of Christmas

By James Patterson and Tad Safran

Little, Brown and Company (October 3, 2022)

Holiday Fiction


Move over, Dickens—America’s favorite storyteller has written a gift, “a delightful Christmas story to be shared by the whole family” (Kirkus),destined to become as treasured as A Christmas Carol.

At Christmastime, a family of three are missing someone dear to them. Until unexpected guests begin to arrive at their empty house, filling it with Christmas memories in the making.


The Twelve Topsy-Turvy, Very Messy Days of Christmas by James Patterson | James Patterson


Such a delightful book! The story reads at a good pace; written so that you want to keep turning the pages. It’s a family healing so it’s a heart tugger at some points, but fun at others. It is a very entertaining read. A wonderful new twist for a Christmas Classic book to read every year for generations. I’m gifting many copies to friends and relatives.

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (November 20, 2022)

Purchased signed hardback copy via Brenda Novak Monthly Book Box/Book Club Read (Nov 2022)

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About the Author

James Patterson is one of the best-known and biggest-selling writers of all time. His books have sold in excess of 375 million copies worldwide. He is the author of some of the most popular series of the past two decades – the Alex Cross, Women’s Murder Club, Detective Michael Bennett and Private novels – and he has written many other number one bestsellers including romance novels and stand-alone thrillers.

James is passionate about encouraging children to read. Inspired by his own son who was a reluctant reader, he also writes a range of books for young readers including the Middle School, I Funny, Treasure Hunters, Dog Diaries and Max Einstein series. James has donated millions in grants to independent bookshops and has been the most borrowed author of adult fiction in UK libraries for the past eleven years in a row. He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

Tad Safran is a storyteller. He has written them for TV, film, podcasts, newspapers and books, always with the same goal: to entertain, intrigue and amuse. He lives at the top of a hill with his wife and twin sons who make every day like Christmas Day, i.e. messy, noisy, exhausting and quite wonderful. –


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