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Emily Gravett is one of my favourite children’s book illustrators. Like so many, she has a very distinctive and recognisable drawing style and that’s part of her appeal. Children’s books are all about creating that sense of familiarity and nostalgia (for when we are older at least)

Matilda’s Cat doesn’t disappoint in this respect. It takes a traditional picture book subject; animals and puts a new spin on it. In fact, it very much reminds me of the wonderful series Zoe and Beans.

Matilda is sure her lovely cat will want to play with her and chase strings of wool around the house. And of course, it will love dressing up and going to tea parties. But when the cat seems rather disinterested Matilda is worried she and her cat will never be able to play with one another.

A charming tale about a girl…and her cat with the trademark wit and warmth Emily Gravett always provides in her drawings.

Matilda’s Cat by Emily Gravett


Macmillan Children’s Books, £10.99, August 2012

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How can it be that we are here, 24th December already? It’s flown by so quickly and I do hope you’ve enjoyed the books I picked out for this different take on the advent calendar and perhaps you even went out and bought some of them? I know I did. All that can be left to say is have a very merry Christmas full of love and happiness and I hope you and those around you can be full of joy, be safe and happy. Merry reading, everyone. I will be back in the new year and for now I leave you with this beautiful edition.

The Night Before Christmas, illustrated byEric Puybaret is a beautiful edition and ever so magical. There’s something haunting and silent about the illustrations; they speak for themselves. The colours are vivid and otherworldly. I can’t imagine a better place to read this than in the living room, with only the soft twinkle of the christmas tree light and a log fire (if you’re lucky). The book also features a three song CD by Peter, Paul and Mary. Such a treat! Merry Christmas everyone.


Clement C. Moore, Illustrated by Eric Puybaret


£6.99 PB

Macmillan Children’s Books

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