Julia Donaldson Reads an Extract from Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle Transcript
Hello! I’m Julia Donaldson and I’m going to read you a little bit of one of the stories in a new book called Christmas with Princess Mirror-Belle. There’s quite a lot of books about Princess Mirror-Belle. She is a really cheeky character who comes out of the mirror. She looks just like the reflection of a girl called Ellen but she’s got a very different character. She’s quite cheeky and she tells lots of stories, you’re never quite sure if they’re true or not. And in this story she and Ellen are both at a Christmas party and Father Christmas has just appeared to give presents to the children.
“Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas boys and girls!” Said Father Christmas. “Happy Holidays, ho ho ho!”
“You’re extremely late” Mirror-Belle told him. “All the food’s gone already.”
“Ho ho ho!” Laughed Father Christmas even louder than before.
“What’s so funny?” Asked Mirror-Belle.
Father Christmas took no notice of her. Still laughing, he heaved the sack off his back.
“It’s nice to see you all so wide awake” he told the children, “when I come down your chimneys you’re always fast asleep!”
Mirror-Belle looked puzzled. “What do you mean you come down the chimneys? I hope you’re not a burglar. We had one of those at the palace once. He stole all the crown jewels but I chased after him on my flying horse Little Lord Lightening and I got them back.”
“Ho ho ho!” Went Father Christmas and one or two of the children laughed but the others said “Shhh or shut up!”
“Now then.” Father Christmas took a present out of his sack. “Who’s been good all year?” He asked.
“Meee!” Everyone shouted.
He beckoned to a girl dressed as a star and she came shyly forward.
“You look a bit of a star, ho ho ho!” Father Christmas handed the girl a present and she unwrapped it. It was a box of soaps shaped like bells.
“Thank you” said the star girl.
Ellen glances at Mirror-Belle. She was still looking suspicious. Father Christmas gave a torch to a boy dressed as a cracker and a card game to a boy in a batman costume.
“Excuse me, are you quite sure these things are yours to give away?” Mirror-Belle asked him.
“Ho ho ho” Replied Father Christmas but Ellen didn’t think he sounded quite so jolly as before.
He beckoned to Mirror-Belle, perhaps hoping that once she had a present of her own she would stop pestering him.
“Now then your Royal Highness, let’s find something special for you.” He said.
Mirror-Belle gave him half a smile. “At least you know how to address me” she said. But when she opened her present her face fell.