Mac's Christmas Star

Margaret Forrester; Illustrated by Sandra Klaassen

Out of print

Quick Look

  • A charming, festive family story with illustrations full of warmth and life
  • Mac plots to climb the enormous Christmas tree and his friend Catriona peeks at her gift. What could go wrong?
  • The second funny story about everyone's favourite Edinburgh cat

Catriona secretly tries on her Christmas present, and Mac wants to climb the 'Much Decorated' Christmas tree. What could possibly go wrong in the Edinburgh household?

254 x 210 mm
Floris Books
Picture Kelpies
colour illustrations
Age Range:
From 3 to 6 years
32 pages
Publication date:
20 Sep 2012
Picture Kelpies


It's Christmas Eve in Mac the cat's house and the family are busy preparing for Christmas Day. Catriona accidentally finds her Christmas present, some beautiful jewellery -- but then loses the ring.

Meanwhile the family buy an enormous Christmas tree, which Mac is determined to climb...

Can Mac and Catriona find the ring before Mum and Dad notice? And will Mac get his way and climb the now 'Much Decorated' tree?

A warm and funny festive story from everyone's favourite Edinburgh cat.


'A beautifully illustrated picture book that captures the atmosphere of a real Christmas ... A lovely new Christmas story for younger children.'
-- Families Magazine

'A heartwarming festive story for all the family. Beautifully illustrated, it brings the excitement of Christmas alive and would be a perfect stocking gift for children of all ages.'
-- Catworld

'I really loved the story and the pictures are beautiful, very warm and Christmassy.'
-- Esme, aged 6, Catworld

'Soft-focus watercolor illustrations match the old-fashioned flavor of the story'
-- Kirkus Reviews

'This is a lovely, simple story with no agenda and of course beautiful pictures.'
-- Lothian Life

'A quietly emotional family story set in Edinburgh'
-- Publishers Weekly

'An ideal book for new readers and ideal for Christmas ... This short story has seasonal warmth charm and is enhanced by the expressive and detailed illustrations.'
-- The Scotsman

'A beautiful story. Perfect for a winter evening and particularly for Christmas.'
-- Armadillo Magazine

'It is a gentle warm story full of festive spirit where well-drawn characters experience real feelings and show it in their words.'
-- Books for Keeps

'A lovely book about the realities of family life: about making mistakes and learning from them.'

'A gently amusing merry story complemented by soft water-colour illustrations.'
-- Carousel


Margaret Forrester was born and brought up in Edinburgh. She worked in India and England before returning to Edinburgh where she was a Church of Scotland minister and chaplain to two primary schools. She is the author of My Cat Mac, the first picture book about Mac and Catriona, and The Cat Who Decided, a novel about Mac for 6 to 9-year-olds.

Sandra Klaassen was born in the Netherlands but has lived on the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides since 2003, from where she drew her inspiration for her picture book, Uan the Little Lamb. She has illustrated many children's books, including picture book My Cat Mac, and The Cat Who Decided, a novel for 6 to 9-year-olds.


Don't miss the first picture book about Mac the cat!
My Cat Mac

Mac's Christmas Star is in Floris Books' range of Picture Kelpie Scottish children's picture books. Parents of young children might also enjoy the dedicated Picture Kelpies website. Download and print out games, colouring and jokes for your children based on Picture Kelpie favourites, and find out more about these quality Scottish picture books to enjoy together.

Mac the Cat's story continues for slightly older children in Margaret Forrester's lovely book:
The Cat Who Decided

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