Have fun in the festive season with this fiendish quiz from Caroline Deacon.


1. In Narnia, it’s always winter but never Christmas, which sounds like no fun at all. Which four children visit Narnia during the reign of the White Witch? (One point for each child’s name and an extra point for their surname).

The White Witch with one of the four siblings from the 2005 movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. [Picture credit: Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media]

2. Which children’s author is currently re-writing the Narnia stories for a modern audience? And what are the names of the re-writes so far? (One point for the author, and one point for each of the new titles).


3. In a classic children’s novel, an orphan has to leave her beloved childhood home in the Alps. What is the eponymous heroine called? And can you name the author? (Bet you can’t!)


4. The prolific Robin Stevens set one of her murder mysteries at Christmas time. What was it called? What is the series called? And an extra two points if you can name her schoolgirl detective duo.

Nancy Drew illustration from Pinterest


5. What was the final present my true love gave to me on the twelfth day of Christmas? And what date is this?


6. What are the names of Santa’s reindeer in the children’s poem, The Night Before Christmas? (There are eight, and none of them are called Rudolf. Half a point for each).

The Night Before Christmas, illustration by Will Moses.
Published by Philomel Books/Penguin Books for Young Readers

7. In Terry Prachett’s Wintersmith, the spirit of winter falls in love with the main character, a trainee witch. What is her name?


8. In Beatrix Potter’s Christmas story, the Tailor of Gloucester sends his cat Simpkin out to buy what colour of silk thread, so he can finish making the mayor’s Christmas morning wedding outfit?

Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett, cover art by Paul Kidby 
Published by Doubleday


9. We all love Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, but in the one-off dramatisation, Blackadder’s Christmas Carol, Ebenezeer Blackadder is the nicest man in England. Who plays the ghostly spirit of Christmas who visits him to show him how good he is?


10. What is the animal symbol for the Christmas Day star sign?


You will find the answers here.


*Header image of winter landscape by Alain Audet from Pixabay.


Caroline Deacon lives in Edinburgh and is the author of several childcare books. She now writes MG and YA and is agented by Lindsay Fraser of Fraser Ross Associates, Edinburgh. Find her on Twitter and at


 Anne Boyere is a member of the Words & Pictures editorial team.


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