Reviewed by David Savage
Italy’s Befana, or Bef as she is now known, is out for revenge against the mighty Santa with a little help from a boy band, Old Father Time, an exiled tailor and the world’s best reindeer whisperer. Hold tight onto your broomsticks for this adventure around the world.
The Befana is Italy’s version of Santa Claus and delivers her presents to children in Italy and children of Italian descent around the world on 5 January for her festival on the 6 January. She is a VIPB (Very Important Present Bringer). She is a good, proud and clean witch who leaves candy for good children and coal for the bad children. She believes in rewarding the children for their good behaviour throughout the year and punishing the bad (who Santa ignores).
When she finds out that her festival is being downgraded, her postbox covered up and told that Santa (her once fiancé) will be taking over her patch, she sets out on a path of revenge and vows to stop him while she delivers candy and coal to all the children off the world. She will need help in her quest so sets off on a trip around the world starting in Dubai to find the descendants of the Three Wise Men – a boy band called The Three Kings. With their help of gold and promoting Bef to the world she can become the world’s most important VIPB.
She also enlists the help of other magical characters in Old Father Time, an exiled tailor, the very angry Bernhardt of the Forest and a very special and talented reindeer whisperer. With their help she can travel to Santa’s wonderland, gain entry to his post office and disrupt his present bringing activities while dealing with his shopaholic wife, Capriccia. But she also makes enemies including Capriccia and the 81st elf in Santa’s post office.
Overall, The Befana Drama is a wonderfully written children’s novel. Well thought out with great descriptions of all characters and the world’s they live in. The excitement never ends and although aimed at children 8+ adults will love it too. It is a fun and exciting read and a great book for Christmas.
A great story that travels around the world taking in places such as Italy, Germany, Dubai, Iceland, Russia and USA meeting great characters that will grab hold and keep a tight grip on any child’s imagination.
This story is magical and as our friend Bef would say is Favolso!
If you are a teacher reading this with your class why not download the FREE KS2 The Befana Drama Education Pack here.
Available to buy from Gianna Della Luna Publishing here.