The Befana Drama
Welcome to the home of fictional fabulousness and witch-dust of the most wondrous kind – The Befana Drama … a book every child aged 8-11 will wish to put on their Christmas list and which will bring a unique sparkle to every Christmas sack as the must-have book of the year.
The Befana Drama is a thrilling, magical adventure that sees the main character Bef travelling around the world as she tries to regain the hearts of Italian children and settle a few scores at the same time! It is full of exciting tuber-charged broomstick flights, wicked (and sometimes wonky) spells, intrigue and suspense of the highest order, fearsome foe and great giggles… not to mention the odd snowball fight. And why is this? Well, naturally, to decide which VIPB is going to have the right to deliver presents to children this year.
So what’s a VIPB, we hear you cry! Well, a VIPB is a Very Important Present Bringer. Many of you will know that Santa is one of these. Italian children will receive coal or candy from the Befana – an old witch who the Three Wise Men turned to for help in finding the baby Jesus. Unfortunately, her obsession with cleaning got in the way and she didn’t travel with them.
Well, in this book, Santa and the Befana have a bit of a falling out, to put it mildly. You see, the Befana believes that children truly love her and she is very proud of the fact that she has her own festival and her own postbox for children’s letters. In fact, her life is perfect until one day she learns that … HER FESTIVAL IS BEING DOWNSIZED AND HER POSTBOX SEALED UP!
If this weren’t insult enough, she is told the reason for this is that her town and the rest of Italy are adopting Santa Claus as their VIPB! Well, this is certainly more than an old witch can bear and bear it she will not, especially as she once got engaged to Santa at a Very Important Present Bringers’ conference and agreed to split most of the present-bringing world with him!
As she steams like a pudding in a pressure cooker, she learns even worse news … Santa has, for some time now, been married to a Mrs Santa Claus (Capriccia) and their wedding photos even appeared in ‘Gello’ magazine! The Befana has, effectively, been jilted! Oh dear, that spells trouble and, in fact, bats are already flying out of the church by daytime … a very bad sign indeed!
As candy balls bounce down the street, the Befana fires up her broomstick with potatoes and horse manure and heads off to find the descendants of the Three Wise Men, who happen to be a boy band in Dubai. Having made sure they will help her, she makes a flying visit to Old Father Time and, with his help, becomes Bef leaving her life as an old, wart-ridden witch behind her to become someone who is pretty in a certain light – an ingenious disguise!
So what does the trendy and cool Bef get up to? How can Gaspar, Thaz and Mel help her? What part do Bernhardt Bürstenfrisür, Jeremiah Needlebaum, Natalia Lebedev, Rocky Candymeister and Lars Llangfjord play in her journey around the world, as she heads off in search of enough coal and candy to take over Santa’s deliveries?
All of these are very good questions, but there’s one that needs answering more than any other. How will a peeved and rejected old witch react when she meets Capriccia Claus and has to face the 5-storey pink monstrosity of a building that is Capriccia Claus’s Casa of Contentments?
Will Bef manage to win back the hearts of Italian children? Will she and the best reindeer whisperer the world has ever known take over Santa’s deliveries? Will Capriccia get her just desserts or will she and the very sly 81st elf foil Bef’s plan? Only the lucky young reader, or their parent reading the bedtime story will find out!
Independent Reviews of ‘The Befana Drama’
I have been reading this book along with my 9 year old daughter. Although she hasn’t been able to put it down so she has been reading it solo too. It is great, a great adventure and the mere mention of santa has my daughter all excited for christmas. It’s great value as it is a hefty book, a really good read!
Independent review from The Baby Website
Do your little ones love a book full of excitement, wonderment and with a little bit of a difference. ‘ The Befana Drama’ has just all that, it is the most unusual ‘witch book’ for Halloween 2013 which not only sprinkles witch dust of the most wondrous kind, but also throws in Christmassy magic for good measure. This intriguing story is definitely one the kids will love this Halloween, and even better it is also the perfect stocking filler this Christmas.
Independent review from Mummy Pages
An extremely enjoyable book that I highly recommend to anyone looking for a festive adventure. This stupendous story is exciting, thrilling, and fun to read with fantastic characters, beautifully described and carefully chosen. A wonderful storyline which keeps you intrigued right up to the last page. A must this Christmas for children aged 8+ (and young-at-heart minded adults).
Independent review from What’s Good To Do
“The Befana Drama is a wonderfully written children’s novel. Well thought out with great descriptions of all characters and the worlds 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. This story is magical and as our friend Bef would say is Favoloso!” David Savage, What’s Good To Do (Five gold stars 5/5)
Independent review from What’s Good to Do
“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.” (David Savage, Good Reads review).
Independent review from www.goodreads.com
My personal view on this book is excellent, a 5 star read for children, and adults like me who love the various holidays I celebrate, such as Halloween and Christmas! Make this your child’s Halloween and Christmas read for 2013 and you won’t be disappointed!
Independent review from www.uniqueyoungmum.com
KS2 Befana Drama Education Pack
The Befana Drama Giro-Rama
Our exciting Befana Drama Giro-Rama book signing tour is heading around the country. We are adding dates and venues all the time, but the most up-to-date schedule is as below! If you wish to set up a date, please email email@example.com
|16th October 2013||Croftlands Infants & Junior School, Ulverston|
|26th October 2013||Hedgehog Bookshop, Penrith|
|29th October 2013||Dalegarth Station (Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway), near Boot|
|30th October 2013||Lakes Aquarium, Lakeside near Newby Bridge|
|31st October 2013||St George’s Shopping Centre, Preston|
|1st November 2013||Crossgates Shopping Centre, Leeds|
|2nd November 2013||Gulliver’s, Warrington|
|3rd November 2013||Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch|
|9th November 2013||The Galleria Retail Outlet, Comet Way, Hatfield, Herts|
|10th November 2013||Dobbies, Hardwick Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk|
|15th November 2013||Dobbies Christmas Grotto, Bayston Hill Nurseries, Shrewsbury, Shropshire|
|16th November 2013||Dobbies, Holmston, Ayr|
|17th November 2013||Dobbies, Houstoun Mains, Livingston, Scotland|
|18th November 2013 (AM)||St Dunstan’s RC Primary School, Moston, Manchester|
|18th November 2013 (PM)||Mount Carmel RC Primary School, Blackley, Manchester|
|23rd November 2013||Christmas Grotto, Dobbies Garden Centre Braehead, Kings Inch Drive, Renfrew, Glasgow|
|24th November 2013||Dobbies Garden Centre Christmas Grotto, Monifieth, Dundee|
|25th November 2013 (AM)||Rosebank Primary School, Dundee|
|25th November 2013 (AM)||Blackness Primary School, Dundee|
|25th November 2013 (AM)||Miil of Mains Primary School, Dundee|
|27th November 2013 (PM)||St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School, Penwortham, Preston|
|28th & 29th November 2013||Dickensian Festival, Lightwater Valley, near Ripon, North Yorkshire|
|30th November 2013||Dobbies Christmas Grotto, Street House Farm, Ponteland, Newcastle-upon-Tyne|
|1st December 2013||Christmas Fair launch, Rheged near Penrith|
|2nd December 2013||Carleton St Hilda’s School, Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire|
|3rd December 2013||Dobbies Atherstone, Warwickshire|
|4th December 2013||Dobbies Gailey, Staffordshire|
|5th December 2013 (PM)||Breck Primary School, Poulton-le-Fylde|
|6th December 2013||Woodlea Junior School, Leyland|
|7th December 2013||Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Centre, Murton, County Durham|
|8th December 2013||‘Christmas in The Quarter’, Bedford (in The Eagle Bookshop, Castle Road, Castle Quarter)|
|9th December 2013||Livingstone Lower School, Bedford, Bedfordshire|
|9th December 2013||Aspley Guise Lower School, Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire|
|9th December 2013||Sir John Rigby School, Bedford, Bedfordshire|
|10th December 2013||Christmas Grotto, Dobbies, 1a Speke Hall Avenue, Liverpool|
|11th December 2013||Christmas Grotto, Dobbies Chesterfield, Barlborough Links, Chesterfield, Derbs|
|12th December 2013||Christmas Grotto, Dobbies Garden Centre, Benthams Way, Birkdale, Southport|
|13th December 2013 (PM)||Hotwells Primary School, Hotwells, Bristol|
|14th December 2013||Dobbies Garden Centre, Shepton Mallet|
|16th December 2013||Dobbies Garden Centre Christmas Grotto, Orton Grange, Carlisle|
|17th December 2013||Christmas Grotto, Dobbies Edinburgh, Lasswade, Midlothian|
|19th December 2013||Dobbies Garden Centre Christmas Grotto, Signet Park, Peterborough|
|21st December 2013||Christmas Grotto, Dobbies Ashford, Eureka Leisure Park, Ashford, Kent|
|22nd December 2013||Christmas Grotto, Dobbies Milton Keynes, Watling Street, Milton Keynes|
|23rd December 2013||Dobbies Garden Centre Christmas Grotto, Blackpool Road, Clifton, Preston|
You can buy your copy & pay by card (£8.99 + £1.60 P&P, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01253 891114 (evenings).
#befriendBef Silver Charm Bracelets
We have bespoke silver #befriendBef charm bracelets for girls & boys. Colours are navy, red, light blue, pink, yellow or green and they cost £18.50. If you would like to order one to be specially made, please call 01253 891114 (evenings) to order, or email email@example.com
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All other enquiries for book signings, attendance at events, competitions, reader offers and other promotional opportunities should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org More information about The Befana Drama can be found at www.giannadellaluna.com