Posted by Sandra on December 7 2016

There will be blood snow.

Tom Fletcher – aka leader of all things cutesy and quaint – is doing another cute, quaint thing with his children’s book-turned-film The Christmasaurus.

The Christmasaurus is now being adapted for the stage in 2017, with Tom announcing the news on Instagram this morning (December 6).

“The Christmasaurus LIVE! Is coming to the Eventim Apollo London on Friday December 22nd 2017, featuring music, magic, me and some very special guests (to be announced),” Tom wrote. “Tickets on sale this Friday 9am!!!!!!”

Promising snow, magic, Christmas lights, a very Christmassy dinosaur, music, singing elves and “the big man himself”, Tom can be seen being adorable in his Instagram video.

Holding his ‘script’, he makes his way through festive rooms backstage before ending up on stage to find nobody in the audience because the show is actually next year.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Tom is working on brand new music for the film adaptation of his children’s book.

It follows the festive tale of a boy named William Trundle who meets a dinosaur called The Christmasaurus on Christmas Eve and together they embark on a magical adventure.

The animated film adaptation will be helmed by Hollywood director Michael Gracey, who is currently working with the likes of Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron on The Greatest Showman On Earth.

Tom has written a number of new songs to be included in the film, which he will also perform at this year’s Royal Variety Performance.

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Posted by Sandra on December 7 2016

Those are the news we all were waiting for!! tom confirmed last night that he and the rest of the boys will be back in the studio in 2017 to work on McFly’s new album!! Watch his interview during the Royal Variety show below.

 
 
Posted by Sandra on December 5 2016

Dougie is back in the UK after spending a few months in the sunny L.A. and his first appearance was tonight at the Fashion Awards looking as dapper as usual! check all the pics in the gallery!

[x8]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > FASHION AWARDS, LONDON – DECEMBER 5

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 29 2016

McFly singer turned children’s author Tom Fletcher has written a heartwarming tale of Christmas wishes, cuddly dinosaurs and singing elves. It will sell millions, our reviewers predict

Teacher review of The Christmasaurus, by Tom Fletcher
The Christmasaurus is the heartwarming tale of dinosaur-loving William Trundle. He longs for a real dinosaur of his own, so much so that he adds it to the top of his Christmas list. Nothing could prepare William for the fast-paced adventure that ensues once Santa Claus reads William’s list.

Tom Fletcher is better known for his picture books. But his first venture into fiction for older children has everything: adventure, elves, dinosaurs, family, magic, villains, humour and Christmas, all wrapped up in this festive treat.

Who could fail not to be amused by the elves, Snozzletrump, Spudcheeks, Snowcrumb, Sparklefoot et al? Each with their own character, talent and special role, they work together as a team, and communicate in rhyme and song – after all, Tom is also well known for his songwriting talents. I love the idea that elves communicate in rhyme. It’s one of those things young readers will just remember – a lovely touch.

The Hunter is by far the most menacing character in the book – a convincing villain, bringing an especially dark twist to the narrative. Our reviewers also found schoolgirl Brenda’s menacing character convincing, but found her transformation into a pleasant girl less credible.

Our reviewers and I agree that the story is a heartwarming one, encouraging empathy and tolerance but also bringing the magic of Christmas alive. Tom Fletcher has created a likeable boy in William, who adults and children alike will warm to. The humour will also work at all levels, especially the language used by the elves – I found myself giggling at their funnier lines.

Special mention should be made of the wonderful illustrations, by Shane Devries; they are an absolute joy and perfectly reflect the narrative. Our four reviewers were all entranced by the illustrations. The double-page illustration of Santa Claus on his sleigh especially captures the joy and magic of Christmas. Santa looks just as we all know he does. The use of different, stylised fonts at key points in the narrative is also fun.

I wondered if this might be a book that could only be enjoyed in the run-up to Christmas. But, while it would be magical to read each night as Christmas approaches, I believe children will love this book and appreciate its message all year round. It would be a great read for 7-11 year olds.

Sally Hamerton is school librarian at Crondall Primary in Hampshire. She tweets as @HamertonSally

Pupil reviews
‘One more page…’

The book is about Father Christmas’s elves when they dig up a dinosaur egg, which belongs to the last dinosaur in the world. It’s also about a boy named William Trundle who loves dinosaurs. He wishes for a dinosaur for Christmas. He gets the surprise of his life on Christmas day!

My favourite character was the Christmasaurus, because he was cute and from the pictures he looked quite cuddly. My favourite part in the book was when The Hunter and his dog, Growler, get involved. I love action parts. When I was reading I thought to myself “I’ll read one more page,” but I ended up reading six more chapters!

The part I didn’t like so much was at the end of the book, where it isn’t clear whether Miss Payne and Mr Trundle stay together. Other than that the book was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!

If I had to rate the book out of ten it would be 9.5. It will sell millions of copies

Romy, Year 5

‘Nothing I disliked’

The Christmasaurus is about a boy called William Trundle, who loves everything dinosaur. Unfortunately, William is in a wheelchair, due to an accident that happened when he was younger. He lives in a wonky house with his Dad, who has always loved Christmas. Even a very strange Christmas, like the one coming up this year…

I loved this book. My favourite characters were Christmasaurus and the elves. I liked the elves for their weird songs and funny costumes. My favourite elves were Starlump and Sparklefoot. I enjoyed the part when Christmasaurus was flying under the Northern Lights.

There was nothing I disliked about the book, it was very entertaining and made me laugh a lot. However, there were characters I disliked in the book, especially the Hunter.

This book would be good for ages 8-12. And it would be a good match for anyone who likes an adventure.

I would rate this book 9/10 because it was funny, adventurous and really entertaining.

Tabitha, Year 5
‘It doesn’t end suddenly’

This was an amazing book!

My favourite character in this book is the Christmasaurus because he is so cute and friendly! The book made me laugh and I wanted to keep on reading! It was so good it felt like I was actually in the book! I like the way it doesn’t end suddenly like most books do. But when you get to the end you want it to never, ever end.

We all liked the character Brenda more when she was mean because she was a bit soppy when she was nice.

The hunter was very scary. The illustrations of him were very good because he looks so evil.

I would say this book is for children ages 8-11 years. I really hope Tom Fletcher writes more books. Will there be a sequel?

Tierney, Year 5

‘Good morals’

I really enjoyed reading this book. It teaches children never to give up.

The book has a lovely storyline and teaches good morals and that you can do anything when you believe.

I would recommend it for ages seven and up because there is some violence with a hunter who smokes a pipe. The illustrations are of a very high standard and the writing creates a good image in your mind!

Kate, Year 5

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Posted by Sandra on November 29 2016

The Guardian published a review of the best books for kids this christmas and Tom’s The Christmasaurus is one of them! read below what they have to say about the book.

Most kids want at least one unattainable thing for Christmas – a pony, a spaceship, a real live dinosaur. That’s the simple but effective premise of The Christmasaurus (Penguin hardback £12.99), the latest book from erstwhile McFly singer Tom Fletcher, whose dino-themed picture-book output (with bandmate Dougie Poynter) probably helped earn his icelolly.com celebrity dad of the year 2016 accolade.

For a man more used to the three-minute medium, Fletcher’s not bad. The story of Jurassic-fixated William Trundle (wheelchair-using, mumless) and a dinosaur raised at the north pole (who secretly wants to be a reindeer), Fletcher’s first solo venture for older children is full of redemption, magic and gleeful silliness, especially on the mechanics of Christmas.

Elves called Snozzletrump and the like speak in rhyme. Santa plays vinyl records on his in-sleigh gramophone; that’s the boost that sends it airborne. The tale draws to a climax on Trundle’s snowy rooftop, where a big game hunter tries to bag a flying reindeer as his latest rare trophy – or, perhaps, even a dinosaur?

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Posted by Sandra on November 29 2016

Strictly Come Dancing is perhaps one of the most loved shows on British television. The variety of dazzling displays of ballroom routines and Latin-American numbers have certainly kept viewers hooked over the years.

But what were the best and most memorable performances from previous seasons? Take a look at our all-time favourites…

McFly storm on stage

When Harry Judd was crown the Strictly Come Dancing champion in 2011 alongside partner Aliona Vilani, veteran host Bruce Forsyth was left outraged when his McFly bandmates stormed onto the dancefloor. The show host proceeded to “shoo” them away – much to everyone’s surprise. He shouted: “Get off the stage! Get off the stage! Get off! Get off!”

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Posted by Sandra on November 24 2016

Earlier this week Tom and Giovanna attended the BAFTA Kids Awards to present an award and they looked all kinds of cute with matching outfits. Check all the pics in the gallery!

[x13]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > BAFTA KIDS AWARDS – NOVEMBER 20

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 17 2016

Last tuesday, 3/4 of McFly, Dougie is still in the USA, attended the European premiere of Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them in London. Even that it was raining the boys managed to look as good as usual. Check all the pics on the gallery!

[x22]EVENTS AND APPEARANCES > 2016 > FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM EUROPEAN PREMIERE, LONDON – NOVEMBER 15

[x6]CANDIDS > 2016 > ARRIVING TO THE FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM AFTER PARTY, LONDON – NOVEMBER 15

 
 
Posted by Sandra on November 16 2016

It has finally been confirmed that Danny will join Will.I.AM on The Voice Kids next year!! Can’t wait to see him on the telly finding a new superstar!

[x1]PHOTOSHOOTS > 2016 > THE VOICE KIDS UK

The Voice Kids has put the finishing touches on will.i.am’s star-studded coaching panel.

With blind auditions beginning next month, the Black Eyed Peas star will be joined in the spinning chairs by McFly’s Danny Jones and pop sensation Pixie Lott.

Together, the trio will be on the lookout for talented kids between the ages of 7 and 14 to win a “life-changing grand prize”, which will be announced in the months ahead.

Pixie has three UK number-one singles to her credit, and also recently delighted West End audiences as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany.

“I can’t wait to join The Voice Kids and help discover the next big star,” Pixie said in a statement. “I have such a passion for talented young people and I know the UK will have lots – I can’t wait to hear them!

“I’m looking forward to getting started and working alongside my fellow coaches will.i.am and Danny Jones.”

Danny is fresh off his own successful McFly reunion tour, where the boys played each of their hit albums in sequence for fans across the UK.

“I’m pumped about joining The Voice Kids team,” Danny said of his new gig. “There are so many talented kids out there, they just need to be heard and this is a great platform for them.

“I’m looking forward to finding some fresh talent and coaching them. You never know, there might be a mini McFly out there!”

At the centre of this new coaching panel is will.i.am, who is making the move to ITV with The Voice following several successful series over on BBC One.

“Doing The Voice Kids with Pixie and Danny is going to be dope and I’m really excited to discover just how talented British kids can be,” the Black Eyed Peas frontman commented.

Ahead of the spinoff show, will.i.am is reuniting with Sir Tom Jones to join newcomers Jennifer Hudson and Gavin Rossdale as coaches on The Voice UK.

Emma Willis makes the jump from the BBC too when The Voice UK premieres on ITV next January.

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Posted by Sandra on November 11 2016

That is actually a really good article that shares the opinion of some McFly fans, and not because I’m a huge mcfly fan too but I actually agree 100% with what they say. What do you think? Why we love McFly that much? tweet me your reasons at @poyntersource :)

McFly are an English boyband formed in 2003. It’s members include Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd. With 5 albums under their belt, countless sold out tours and a plethora of fans and followers; its clear to see that McFly are still a class act. We spoke to some of their fans asking why they loved them so much and here’s what they said:

@ifyouseebeth // Twitter: I love McFly because they genuinely care about their fans, every time I’ve met them they’ve been so lovely and tried to get round everyone. They make music because they love it and not just because its a career choice and they need the money, that’s what makes them so down to earth and likeable. Their music also has meaningful lyrics and I love just sitting and listening to the lyrics of their songs. They honestly mean everything to me!”

@LaurenAmeliia // Twitter: McFly are the most down to earth band I know, they care so much about their fans and go out to see as many people waiting to meet them as possible, as long as it’s safe. The Anthology Tour was such an amazing way to come back after McBusted. To perform all of your albums live over the space of a few nights, for thousands of fans, in intimate venues is so special and an amazing way to say thank you for all the support. Even though I couldn’t go myself, the reviews I got from fans were so positive saying that they were probably of the best set of shows they’d been to. 

 

@chxrliebaker // Twitter: “I love McFly because you can see how much they love and respect each other, especially onstage where their gigs have the best atmosphere and are filled with energy.”

@GlitzBunni // Twitter: “I grew up with them, like “just my luck” and “Dougie missing his mum.” Those memories stay with you, the smallest things bring back memories.”

@GlitterRitterMJ // Twitter: “They’re not just a band, they’re best friends and you can really see that when they perform live.”

lauuwmcfly // Tumblr: “They are amazing musicians but they are also the most genuine people ever, their bond is their strength, that’s what makes them so unique. I’ve now spent 10 years supporting them and I don’t regret it one second, some moments were great, some were hard, some were sad but at the end McFly’s here forever :’)”

themboysmcfly // Tumblr: “I love McFly because even when I’m sad or grumpy, if someone plays a McFly song I have to sing along. They always bring me up from low points in my life. I think their personalities are great too, they have such an intimacy with fans with their constant posting on social media and through videos of them being goofballs on YouTube. They’re amazing. :)”

obv10usly // Tumblr: “I love how they are genuinely great friends. They have been through so much together for all of the 13 years of being a band and they never fail to show their support to each other in whatever they choose to do in their individual life. Music wise (and in everything else actually), McFly is, has always been, and I’m sure will always be real, honest and bold. They create their own music and really have so much fun playing live. They are willing to make musical and business decisions that might seem radical at times. That takes great courage in my opinion. I could honestly talk about them all day.”

Chloe Green // Facebook: “Wow, where to start with why I love McFly. McFly are absolutely everything to me even though I may not talk about them all of the time anymore, I actually owe them everything. Listening to them and seeing them live is actually my happy place and I have nothing but good memories with them. I can’t thank them enough. McFly are just one of the bands that always put a smile on my face and I love them so much. I can’t even explain how happy it makes me knowing that theyre back and McFly again. I’m so proud to say I’ve been here since the start – since I was five years old and I have never looked back since. They are such a good laugh and just such an amazing band. I love McFly, it’s as simple as that.”

McFly are so loved and appreciated by so many people, especially all of us here at CelebMix, but do you love them? Let us know if you do and why by tweeting us @CelebMix.

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