Friday Fives - Christmas Wish List - Kid's books / by Harry

Books. Books. Books. There is nothing better than sticking your nose into a nice, new book and inhaling that delightful new book smell. I have no idea why book tokens have such a bad rep. I would be pleased as punch if I received book tokens for Christmas. Now then. There are many wonderful books to fill your shelves with but we are shining a festive light on these little stars.

1. The Sea Mice and the Stars by Kenneth Steven

This book gets a gold star for most enchanting title. A darling story about a family of mice who live on an old ship and have a special job every winter: when there is a shower of shooting stars they go on land, gather up the stars and distribute them to other mice, to light their homes and keep them safe. Altogether now...aaaaahhhhhhhh.

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2. Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers

Mr Jeffers has many top notch tomes available but this one is our fave. A charming little tale about the friendship between a boy and a penguin. Jeffers is a funny fella so parents and kiddies will be equally amused at his quirky quippage. The illustrations are real beauties too and really capture the emotions of our dinky duo.

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3. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

What a quirky delight this book is. A big brown bear is on a quest to find his missing hat. Where could it be? The illustrations are not what you'd normally find in a kid's book which makes it stand out from the crowd. The simplicity of the story, typography and images are such a treat, it's definitely a keeper. It's pretty funny to boot so expect plenty of Christmas chuckles.

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4. Tales for Great Grandchildren by John Jackson

Be prepared for a visual feast with this exquisite book. It's inspiration lies in the folklore of India and Nepal and is a collection of wonderous tales about magical goats and talking lotus flowers. If you aren't already rushing out to buy this book wait until you've seen the illustrations. Rich, enchanting and beautifully traditional these illustrations are reminiscent of Brother Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen. It's an absolute corker.

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5. Nutshell Library (Caldecot Collection) by Maurice Sendak

This one is a little bit of a cheat as there are four volumes in this delightful collection. The genius of Mr. Sendak is present in the form of an alphabet book, a book of rhymes for every month, counting book and finally a cautionary tale. Intriguing! We all know Maurice Sendak for his hugely loved Where the Wild Things Are but these titles are really something to marvel. There is something so exciting and so Christmassy about a collection of books. A whopper of a 'must-have'.

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