Join Jerry, the wisecracking spaniel from New York, and his dad, the Old Guy who’s from the human side of the family in two sensational seasonal stories:In ‘and a Christmas Carol’, can three (or maybe four, depending on how you look at it) Spirits of Christmas cure the Old Guy of his Grinch-like take on Christmas? And save Jerry, who’s the best thing that ever happened to his father, from a fate worse than a fate worse than death?In ‘and the Yule Lads’ join our heroes on their Christmas vacation to Iceland. Swoon as the Old Guy falls madly in love with an evil kid-eating troll. And bite your nails to the quick as Jerry battles her 13 mischievous sons, the infamous Yule Lads.In his spare time O’Connell hugs giant pandas and walks with wolves and tigers. He talks to dogs and sometimes, just sometimes, they talk back.Alex O’Connell lives in fear of being bitten on the butt by talking dogs. He believes his special O-negative blood group makes him an especially attractive target.What the experts say about O’Connell:‘A modern classic. In O’Connell we have found a worthy successor to the Brothers Grimm’ O’Connell’s mum, writing on the wall of a public convenience in Killarney with her crayon‘What O’Connell don’t say is that this is a true story. But he can’t prove nuttin’. I gotta an alibi. I was with the Old Guy all the time. Yeah, that’s right. With the Old Guy’ Jerry under caution during an interview with the NYPD‘O’Connell is a writer of the rarest talent, one who combines raw emotional power with intense sensitivity. If only I could’a come up with an idea like this!’ Charles Dickens
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