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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.


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.



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!


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!


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

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