ISSUE 1388

Our Kids’ Christmas Cover competition winner!

Hundreds and hundreds of colourful covers have been flooding the editorial office as kids across the land entered our now traditional Christmas competition! As ever, choosing a winner was a difficult process, but emerging triumphant was 12-year-old Kaoriko Tamura whose heart-warming creation really captures the spirit of the times.

We have words from our winner, words from guest judge Julian Clary and notable runners-up including kids staying at Nightingale House, a homeless hostel in Cardiff.

Also inside…

  • Why in 2019 will some kids be going hungry at Christmas? We investigate and find out what can be done.
  • We speak to the only actor to have appeared in every Star Wars film – Anthony Daniels who plays C-3PO – as the original saga draws to a close.
  • This week’s Letter To My Younger Self is star of The Wire and the West End, Wendell Pierce.
  • Ever wondered if the kids who sang in choirs featured on classic Christmas hits get any of the royalties? Maybe not, but we meet the lawyer who’s settling the score for those angelic voices.
  • This week’s My Pitch vendor is Ian in Aberdeen
  • Plus: We review the best kids books to buy as presents, dig into the soap opera that is the Vatican and just in time for Christmas, have we found the ultimate hangover cure?

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