A mouse on a mission, fairytale villains and Christmas cheer in magical seasonal offerings
With its colourful geometric illustrations – polar bear, elf, Santa – and a baby-pleasing mirror at the back, Where’s Santa Claus? by Ingela P Arrhenius (Nosy Crow) is perfect for a first Noel. In
Reindeer Express , by Maudie Powell-Tuck and Karl James Mountford (Little Tiger), Mia has made a Christmas card for Dad – but he’s too far away to get it in time. Thank goodness for the Reindeer Express! Entrancing landscapes, ingenious cut-out doors and a sweet-faced, bespectacled heroine add up to a heart-warming picture book.
So many children need presents in derful Workshop (Oxford) that Santa and the elves must start planning in January. But as the months tick past, the problems multiply. Elys Dolan’s deadpan comic calendar of “progress” at the north pole – featuring a reindeer with superb side-eye, anarchic penguins and an irate snowman neighbour – will delight those who like a Christmas caper with bite.
The Story Orchestra: The Sleeping Beauty , by Katy Flint (Lincoln), is a lively retelling, enriched by Jessica Courtney-Tickle’s luscious illustrations – each spread is like an illuminated garden. Press the musical note on each page to hear phrases of Tchaikovsky’s music, then turn to the back to learn more about the ballet and its composer. the perfect gift for miniature negotiators and a gentle, humorous examination of strong feelings. With its request for a pocket money raise and its apology form from the Department of Regret, Remorse and Reconciliation, it is guaranteed to prompt both deep thought and big smiles.
How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T Smith (Macmillan) is a delightful story of a mouse on a mission, told in 24 and a half chapters, and illustrated with seasonal glowing charm by the creator of Claude. Read one chapter every day from today, and enjoy the
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