The First Christmas Jumper and the Sheep Who Changed Everything

By Ryan Tubridy
Illustrated by Chris Judge

The story of the very first Christmas jumper and the multi-coloured sheep that started it all!

There are two things you need to know about Hillary the sheep. One: unlike her typical white or brown friends, Hillary’s wool is all the colours of the rainbow. Two: she loves Christmas. She loves everything about it, especially Santa. When news gets out that Mr Claus himself is travelling across all of Ireland, looking for the perfect sheep’s wool to make a brand-new jumper, Hillary’s head begins to spin… Could her wool-dest dreams come true? With back-chatting sheep, a jelly baby-obsessed farmer and a choir of Elvish Presley singing elves, this is a truly wild, laugh-out-loud adventure all about the creation of the very FIRST Christmas jumper.

  • Ryan Tubridy is the host of The Late Late Toyshow, Ireland's most watched programme of 2017, with a peak audience of 1.34 million viewers.
  • As Toyshow host, Ryan is known for wearing many Christmas jumpers. It is fitting that he has written this history of the first Christmas jumper – told with graaaaa-nd humour and a dollop of Christmas good-wool.
  • Fully illustrated with Irish Children’s Book Award winner Chris Judge’s goofy, festive artwork.

About the author

Ryan Tubridy has become one of Ireland’s leading and best-loved media personalities. He is best recognized as the current host of the world’s longest running chat show, The Late Late Toyshow. In 2017, he published his first picture book Patrick and the President, illustrated by P.J. Lynch, which was shortlisted for an Irish Book Award. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. Find him on Instagram as @instatubridy.

About the illustrator

Chris Judge is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Dublin, Ireland. His first picture book, The Lonely Beast, won the 2011 Irish Children’s Book of the Year Award, and was followed by The Brave Beast and The Snow Beast. He has also collaborated with comedian David O’Doherty on the Danger is Everywhere series. You can find Chris online at

ISBN: 9781406389814
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: December 1, 2019
Dimensions: 129 x 198mm, 144pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $9.99
New Zealand RRP: $12.99
Stock Level: In Stock

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