Ava and Squishy are back and this time their adorable chaos hits Christmas preparations for Mum, Dad, baby Roo, the local Christmas fete and much, much more...In her letter to Santa, Ava only has one wish. Will she get what her heart desires on Christmas day? Rising star Pip Jones continues to give her quirky twist to everyday experiences in this warm and humorous series. The jaunty rhyming text is perfect for reading aloud, and Ella Okstad's gorgeous, distinctive illustrations will help more confident readers learn to read by themselves for the first time.
I've enjoyed this series just as much as my children have and I can promise they still feel fresh no matter how many re-readings they get at bedtime. Endlessly cute, well observed, funny and also beautifully illustrated.
This latest one is probably my favourite. The number of lazy/clunky Christmas-themed children's books out there would probably have stopped me buying this if I hadn't read the previous three in the series. If you too feel wary of seasonal kiddie books, cast your doubts aside for this one: it's perfectly pitched. If you've read Julia Donaldson's "Stick Man" you'll know what a really good, well-paced, schmaltz-free Christmas book can be: something that expresses something of the Christmas of your own childhood that, in reading it, you can share with your own child. This book is in the same league: fun, innocent and with a touch of magic to bring a smile to the mouth and the start of a tear to your eye. Wonderful.
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