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Milo’s Christmas books round-up

Well, Milo’s just seven weeks (actually almost eight now) old and he had a bumper haul of books for his first Christmas. And a few of them are definitely worth a mention here.

The cover of The Night Before Christmas

The cover of The Night Before Christmas

First up is the incredible paper-cut edition of The Night Before Christmas. Niroot Puttapipat‘s illustrations are a joy to behold – his silhouettes are sort of like a more formal Jan Pienkowski. And the paper engineering on the last spread is amazing – just remember to take out the protective slips of paper before you first read it with a child, so as not to dampen the impact.

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We also received copies of Baby’s First Christmas, and that hardy perennial, The Snowman. There was a strong animal theme as well, with Eric Carle‘s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Dear Zoo and That’s Not My Bear all finding their way under the Christmas tree. What a lucky boy! And while I might appreciate some of these for their classic storytelling there’s plenty of colourful and tactile stuff for him to enjoy as we read them together.

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Speaking of tactile, there were also two bath books and a cloth book for Milo’s pram. We haven’t had a chance to play with them yet, but they look like fun!

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For a bit later down the line, there was also Oliver Jeffers‘s The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Still it seemed very appropriate – at this rate, Milo’s going to have to devour books just to get through them all!

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Hope you all had a very merry Christmas, and I wish you all the best for 2009.

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