A Very Curious Christmas

A Very Curious Christmas

Festive fun and seasonal science from around the world


Did you know that reindeer knees make a snapping sound? Or that astronauts aren’t allowed to eat Brussel sprouts? Or that the world’s biggest gingerbread house was about the size of a tennis court?

Join Maddie Moate as she uncovers the most incredible facts about the festive season – from upside-down Christmas trees to presents delivered by a goat!

You'll explore winter science – including how fairy lights work, why holly leaves are spiky and where snowflakes come from.

And you'll discover how different people around the world celebrate the Christmas period, and the fascinating history behind festive traditions.

Plus, every chapter includes seasonal activities and craft ideas to get you in the holiday spirit, from recyclable decorations to a magical recipe for Santa’s milk and even a mini ice-rink!

This curious collection of festive facts and activities will keep children aged 6+ and their families entertained through the dark winter months, and is perfect for fans of Maddie’s Do You Know?

About the authors

Maddie Moate

Maddie Moate is a BAFTA winning presenter and YouTuber, passionate about curiosity and inspiring children with the wonders of the world. She is the host of the BAFTA nominated TV series "Maddie's Do You Know?", Sony Music's podcast "Maddie's Sound Explorers" and presented BBC Earth's "Earth Unplugged". Maddie's hugely popular YouTube channel is full of fun, family-focused science videos that have taken her on curious adventures around the world. Maddie also hosts and performs her own theatre shows and live events and has enjoyed acting in the Cbeebies Christmas shows and the Cbeebies Prom at the Royal Albert Hall.
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Paul Boston (Illustrator)

Paul Boston grew up in the English countryside and spent much of his time heading off into the fields and woods exploring and drawing pictures of the wildlife he found. Now, from his country hideaway in South Wales, Paul keeps himself busy illustrating books for young people on subjects including: inventions, airplanes, trains, string and anything else you care to mention.
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