Festive countdown- week two!

With two weeks to go until Christmas, we’ve been enjoying two other advent calendars online that we’d like to share with you:

Booktrust’s advent calendar (which you can find here) lists in their own words “24 of our favourite children’s books: classics, picture books, poetry and stories. We’ve loved sharing them with our families and hope you’ll enjoy them just as much with your loved ones this festive season”. They’ve already revealed a variety of wonderful books and we’ll be checking in daily.

Closer to home, we’ve become besotted with the #LibraryAdvent produced by Writers’ Centre Norwich (take a look here!). They’re showcasing a different library each day along with an inspiring quote and it’s been lovely to see some of our favourite Norfolk libraries appearing with other branches from around the world. Well done, WCN- as an office of library lovers, we love it!

Back to our own countdown, and you’ll find below the second set of books we’re recommending for you in week two of our festive countdown.

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  • That’s My Hat! by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud

The concept is simple enough, being a novelty puzzle book of simple shapes which require the reader to hunt a naughty monkey who has stolen a blue hat, on every page, but it is done with sophistication and originality.  These are simple line drawings, with the shapes in colour, quite small scale on white double spreads and minimal humorous text. Lots to look at.(Thames & Hudson, £14.95 hardback, ISBN 9780500650578)

Goth Girl and the Wuthering Fright by Chris Riddell

This is the third Goth Girl book from the Children’s laureate and like the previous two, it’s packed full of clever and satrical literary references which pleased this avid reader! A literary dog show is taking place at Ghastly-Gorm Hall and Ada and her father Lord Goth are joined at their home by some of the premiere writers of the time- Plain Austen, Homily Dickinson and Hands Christmas Anderson to name a few. As always, there’s a mystery for the Attic Club to solve as something is afoot: chewed shoes, sinister footprints and howls that can’t be attributed to any of the competition hounds. Frightfully festive, this would make a lovely read over the christmas break. (Macmillan, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781447277897)

  • L is for London by Paul Thurlby

Books for children about London have proliferated lately, and this is another lovely stylish example.  The cover – red of course – just asks to be stroked with its big shiny ‘L’, and inside the thick brown pages are a visual delight with illustrations showing both the famous and the not so familiar, from A to Z, plus a simple map. (Hodder, £14.99 hardback, ISBN 9781444918779)

  • The Wild Swans by Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris has created a short novel-size version of a Hans Christian Andersen story, and embellished it with her beautiful evocative illustrations.  With themes of loss, misunderstanding and even despair, it could be very mournful, but it is encased in magic, of course, and a happy ending is ensured, while still holding on to a touch of sadness. (Frances Lincoln, £10.99 hardback, ISBN 9781847805362)

You can find our first installment of 2015 here.

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