Fans of quirky, irreverent yuletide humor will screech with delight at Clarence the slug's Christmas adventure! A rude letter from a greedy child makes Santa go a bit bonkers - but it's Christmas Eve and the elves are desperate for someone to deliver all the presents! The Elf Doctor comes up with a completely mad plan to save the day - and soon the fate of Christmas depends on one giant slug! Will Clarence save the day, or will everybody's Christmas be a slime-covered nightmare? The Slug That Saved Christmas also contains a previously unreleased story - "Clarence the Slug's Lost Adventure" - along with two Hairy Tales stories ("The Walrus Story" and "Shipwreck'd Sarah"), plus a sizeable extract from The Easter Bunny Invasion!
©2014 Clifford James Hayes (P)2016 Clifford James Hayes
I received this book in return for an impartial review, so here goes.
It's great fun, and begins pretty much like any other Christmas story. However, things soon begin to go downhill when (Santa freaks out over a letter from a spoilt brat), and eventually it is down to Clarence ( a giant slug) to slither in and try and deliver all the presents.
I'm not really a listener of kids stories but it's enjoyable for adults also..
It's very unconventional - though having heard Hairy Tales it's not surprising. There are other stories on the audiobook too.
Carries you along nicely with the narrative, and makes you laugh with some of the accents. I enjoyed the French king (who wants to eat clarence) and the wizard elf.
The title is all you need!
Enjoyable. And kids will think so too.
Books, books, books ... and more books, please.
I'd mainly recommend it to children / their parents. It'd make a good christmas present.
It's part of the Hairy Tales book series, by the same author. It's more of the same - funny, quirky, yucky stories for kids. Modernised fairy tales.
Yes, on Hairy Tales. The performer puts a lot of effort into all the quirky nuances of the stories, and all the character voices.
The slimiest Christmas ever.
'The Slug that saved Christmas' is quite anarchic - though it starts out like a cutesy Xmas tale that premise doesn't last long. I'm slightly biased as I enjoyed CJH's 'Hairy Tales' too, but whatever - if you liked that, you'll like this, and vice versa.
The giant slug eating all the sprouts to launch the sleigh into the sky. Plus all the vomit and farting. I dare say children will like it.
Queen Elizabeth and all the elves and other historical characters.
Made me chuckle a lot. And spill my coffee on someone at one point.
A MODERN CHRISTMAS FABLE. Recommended.
Alongside 'Hairy Tales' by same author (see title above). Brilliant.
English sense of humour. The stupidity, and illogic. And yet it all comes togteher and makes sense in the end.
The actual slug of the title doesn't do much, as he's something of an innocent pawn. Probably the Elf Doctor, and his inter-species love of Clarence the slug.
Too silly to be sad, though there are some downbeat moments.
Would make a great Christmas movie. Children will love it.
I've not listened to an audiobook before, sp wasn't sure what to expect. But I enjoyed the stories on this recording. It will mostly appeal to children who like a wicked sense of humor.
Easy to follow and understand.
I think the title explains all.
Yes, at Christmas, with the kids - it combines schmaltzy Christmassyness with the kind of flashes of gross toilet humour that children love. By the way I should point out I was given this audio so I could give an impartial review - which I'm doing.
Books by David Walliams, Monty Python, Roald Dahl possibly.That kind of thing.
William the Conqueror, for his sleazy gallic accent. You'll have to see why he is on the audiobook(!)
No - best taken in chunks, as it is several stories.
Perhaps it could've been longer, but then again as it's aimed (mainly) at children I'm guessing their attention span might not be long-enough if this were longer.
I'll buy the book version for my kids as a Xmas gift. More fun than trying to get a child to listen to an audio of A Christmas Carol, that's for sure. I've listened to Hairy Tales by the same author, and it is very much along the same lines.
Well, this was quite enjoyable. As a reviewer, I was sent a copy to give a non-biased opinion - the main story (there are several) concerns 'Elf Town' just before Christmas - a stressed, overworked Father Christmas has a nervous breakdown, and it is down to his wife and the senior elves to concoct a scheme to 'save Christmas', and ensure the presents are delivered on time. The Elf Doctor suggests the use of a slug for the task (as the Rule Book states only Santa is allowed to deliver the gifts) - as so with a bit of magic and silliness 'Clarence the slug' is eventually given the job. I won't spoil it by saying much more, but it was an enjoyable yarn, and the additional Slug tale (a sort of sequel) is a welcome addition.
It will appeal to both young and old - there are plenty of festive japes (and gross-out humour to appease children).
No reason not to.
The stories and chapters aren't too long, so I split it into several sittings.
I'm sure many would appreciate it as a gift at Christmas time.
slug. christmas. funny.
Mrs Claus. She's very long-suffering ;; all the men (elves and Santa) around her are completely nuts.
not sure, but theres plenty of slime and gunge that kids esp. boys) will love. It's all very Roald Dahl.
Sad when there was nothing left, when he travels into the distant future.
I'd bought the book version originally, and this is better as it expands the story and adds other stories. Plus someone reads it to you, which is nice.
This was great fun - and appealed to me (a grown-up) as much as my daughter. The narrator puts in a great deal of effort into the tale, too - no dreary 'read-back' here.
Plenty to choose from; Clarence turning into a giant slug, and going on his present-delivering quest. And the other slug story was great, too - a time-travelling romp. With a giant slug!! Loved it. Lots of hilarious other characters, too - I loved the Elf Doctor, who falls in love with the slug. : )
Ptobably the one where Clarence ends up at the Battle of Hastings ......
A VERY silly Xmas tale.
Looking forward to listening to this at Christmas.
"A fun and silly pre-Christmas story"
Kids will certainly enjoy it - it's full of yucky sliminess and no, perhaps its not a conventional christmas tale (more farcical like monty python in places), but adults will enjoy it also. Roald Dahl and David Walliams is a guide to what you can expect.
Probably the Elf Doctor - he's more than a little confused.
No, it's best in chapters and chunks.
British humour - weird and unpredictable, but still a very good Christmas story.
"Sadly not at all a YOUNG children story"
I sat listening to this with my daughters who ate 3 and 5. Not to far in I realized this was really not s story for young children. Perhaps for older kids they would find it both funny and enjoyable but for my little ones they just could not understand why Santa went crazy and why everyone talked with mean voices. So parents beware sensitive little ones this is not for at all. I received this book at no charge in exchange for an honest review. Young children take a pass older kids a definite maybe? Personally I myself didn't like the idea of a Christmas land with mean elves and a Santa that goes off the rails. I guess I'm too old fashion and like my Christmas stories to have sweet happy things in them.
"Good kids stories"
The collection of short stories is very enjoyable. My son and I listened to them and laughed a good bit. I actually found the pirate short story more entertaining than the main slug story. Highly recommend for
Kids of all ages.I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
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